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Study politics Politics is a fascinating subject that is guaranteed to elicit a rousing debate at the dinner table or cocktail party. It is also a field ripe for self-study and for mastery, if one applies critical reading skills and analysis to certain resources. This article will provide suggestions and resources for self-study of politics in the United States. If the goal is to study formally and earn a degree, you should consult other articles regarding application to undergraduate and graduate programs. Clarify your interest. Are you intrigued by the electoral process, by which representatives and Presidents are chosen? Are you confused by campaign finance and strategy decisions? Do your interests lie in the subjects of legislative process (how bills become law) or federalism (how states and the federal government interact)? Or is it all fascinating to you? Clarifying which specific subjects you wish to study will help you create a plan for study and focus your search for resources more effectively. Helpful tip: start with a general overview of United States politics, such as that found at Wikipedia, and use its outline format to help you create an outline of topics that you wish to study. Brush up on the basics . Remember Schoolhouse Rock - "I'm just a bill?" Refresh your memory on the basics of American government: the three branches, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the states' relationship to the federal government. A few good online sources for this basic information are the aforementioned Wikipedia article and other articles within that same free online encyclopedia site such as "Federal Government of the United States," "U.S. State," and "United States Constitution." Delve into political theory . This is the meat of political process in any country. No system of government evolves in a vacuum, or simply by virtue of a few people sitting around brainstorming ideas for legislative methods. Scholarly debate and literature abound on the topic of classical and modern political theory. Understanding theory helps give nuance to your study of modern U.S. politics and puts the system into context. Additionally, when you examine the political philosophies prevalent at the time of the American Revolution, you begin to understand just how radical the Founding Fathers really were. Some places to start include Wikipedia's "Political Philosophy;" an article titled "Political Philosophy" by Paul Newall courtesy of the Galilean Library; and the free online texts of some important political works such as Paine's Common Sense and Rousseau's The Social Contract , found at MondoPolitico. Other classics of Western political thought include Locke's Second Treatise of Government and Mill's On Liberty . Research the parties . Compare and contrast the political platforms of the major U.S. parties - the Democrats, the Republicans, the Libertarians, the Greens party, and various others - by consulting their websites. Get "into" Congress - not by election, but by studying the various websites that are associated with "the Hill." Visit the House website and the Senate site to explore the various committees and structure of our bicameral legislature. Read The Federalist Papers . In our country's early history, a series of letters began showing up in newspapers and publications signed by "Publius," who came to be known as "The Federalist." In reality written by three men, the collection of writings explored the various aspects of the Constitution that had been proposed for the young country. The collection has come to represent some of the finest thinking on political process and Constitutionalism ever put in writing. The three men, by the way, turned out to be James Madison, John Jay and Alexander Hamilton. Available in many compilations, as well as on the web in portions, the collection is a must for any serious student of politics. Go back to "college" - the Electoral College, that is . Understanding the Electoral College is mandatory if you want to truly appreciate the excitement of watching election returns in the U.S. Start with the Wikipedia article on "Elections" and then explore books such as Enlightened Democracy: The Case For the Electoral College by Tara Ross and Why the Electoral College is Bad for America by George Edwards III. Stay abreast of current political events . The winds of change are always blowing in politics. Yesterday's rumor becomes today's headline, which might evolve into tomorrow's legislation. Keeping on top of what's happening in politics might seem like an exhausting proposition at times. Try focusing on a couple reputable media sources. Look into headline clipping services; many websites will send you headlines on your selected topics of interest for free via email. Then you can explore the subjects of interest to you at your leisure. Get involved . The best way to learn about politics is to get involved with a political campaign, or consider running for..
Find paralegal jobs So you've graduated from a paralegal training course, whether it is a certificate program, associate's degree program, or bachelor's program. Or perhaps you've got a few years of experience under your belt - but your solo practitioner boss just decided to chuck the law and open a bed and breakfast in Vermont. Now, you must find a job - but not just any job. You want to find the right paralegal position for you. It isn't as daunting as it may first appear to be. In fact, you probably have more resources available to you than you might realize. This article will help you conduct your job search and land the perfect paralegal position in the minimum timeframe. Prepare your resume . There are literally thousands of websites, books, and resources out there which will help you polish up your resume - including articles right here on Howtodothings.com. Some things to watch out for: No misspellings . Make sure the resume is grammatically and typographically perfect . Your resume will be the first proof, along with your cover letter, of your skills, so you need to make sure you're not giving your future employer the wrong impression of your typing skills. Readable format and attractive layout . Ensure your resume layout leaves sufficient white space to make reading easier. No fancy stationery or graphics . This isn't the time to show off your skills with clip art. Your resume should convey a professional image, because that's what you are now - a professional. One page only . Edit out information or change the layout if you must, but do not let your resume exceed one page. Active verbs and descriptive language . This is your opportunity to sell yourself. Do not, under any circumstance, lie, prevaricate, or exaggerate your qualifications, but do take the time to describe your past experience positively. Use a variety of active verbs, such as: designed, created, accomplished, compiled, achieved, coordinated, organized, supported, presented, increased, established, conducted, Etc. Research potential employers . Use the Internet to find information on firms, businesses, and governmental groups. This is especially important before an interview. You should be able to talk intelligently about the firm's client base, the types of cases it handles, the business's products or services, the government agency's jurisdiction, and any "hot topics" affecting the employer (such as recent legislation that might impact it, or current events in which it played a part). Use, but don't rely on, your local classified ads and websites . The vast majority of available positions in all fields are never advertised. This is true of the legal profession as well. Don't forget to call on your career services office . Most educational institutions will have a career services office that exists solely to help their graduates locate jobs. After all, your school looks good when its graduates are gainfully employed! Take advantage of all the office has to offer. Look into workshops on resume preparation, image improvement, researching potential employers, and interviewing. Draft a cover letter . Again, there are many resources on the web to help you, but here are a few pointers to keep in mind: Be specific: No "to whom it may concern" or "sir/madam" openings. Find out who does the hiring at your target firm. Address the letter to him or her specifically. Perfect presentation : No misspellings (especially of names!) or grammatical errors. Use clean margins and an attractive font - Times New Roman is best. What have you done for me lately? Use the cover letter, not to boast of your accomplishments, but to communicate clearly how your qualifications will help the firm. State your follow-up : Tell the addressee that you will call in two weeks to follow up with him or her. Keep excellent records of all your contacts . Note the time, date, and content of whatever contact you have with a potential employer, whether it's a resume sent, telephone call made, or chance run-in at the grocery store. Think quantity and quality . You need to crack a lot of oysters to find a pearl. The same is true of landing any legal services position - whether you're a lawyer, paralegal, or office administrator. Aim for hundreds, rather than dozens, of resumes sent. But don't simply blanket the legal community with resumes and form letters. Targeted mailings work best. Use your contacts . Think beyond people you know from your training program. Ask your family members, parents of your children's friends with whom you're on close terms, or even your spouse's coworkers if they know any attorneys or businesses that might be looking for a paralegal. Get involved in community affairs . Look for groups dedicated to causes you already believe in. Don't fake sincerity just to get a job; people will be able to tell and your reputation will suffer as a result. If you haven't already, join a professional organization and be active in the..
Get journalism training In the age of blogs, it seems like everyone can be a journalist. If you have an interest in the field and would like to pursue it by getting some real training from professionals, there are many places where such training is available, from local papers to big colleges. Volunteer at your local paper. Whether you live in a community with a population of fifty or a million, you can probably find opportunities to get journalism training with your local paper. The upside is, you won't have to pay for it. The downside is, you probably won't get paid for your work either. Small and medium sized towns probably provide the best opportunities: They may need people to supplement their staffs and report on small events. Bigger papers may offer similar opportunities to write up neighborhood happenings or news blurbs, but there may be more competition for these openings. It's still worth checking out. Contact your local paper and see what opportunities might exist. You will have to follow guidelines and deadlines, get on-the-job experience and interact with an editor. All of this is good training. Shadow a professional. Maybe your local paper doesn't have a spot for you to actually contribute. That doesn't mean you still can't use that paper to get some journalism training. Ask if you can follow a journalist on his or her daily routine someday. You can see what they do, where they go, how they handle interviews and research. You will have a chance to ask questions, too. It also provides a good chance to network. Maybe the paper you call doesn't allow job shadowing, but then again, maybe it does. You won't know until you give it a try. And if the first paper says no, try another one. Ask at an e-zine. The internet, as mentioned, is filled with blogs and e-zines and other places in need of content and reporters. If you're interested in journalism, surf the next for small sites you respect and see if they are taking trainees, interns, or even contributors. Many small, high-quality e-zines (online magazines) exist and usually, they have a need for content. This is often because they can't afford to pay professional writers and thus, don't attract them. So, there's your opening! Ask the e-zine editors if they provide writers with editorial feedback and help; in other words, is this a good place where a beginner can learn a little about the field? If they say yes, working for a small e-zine or even a blog can provide you with a great training ground while also giving you a chance to compile published pieces for use applying to future jobs. Take a class. Journalism is definitely something you learn by doing, but that doesn't mean there aren't a lot of bare bones basics, writing techniques, tricks of the trade and elements of the craft to learn, too. Many of these can be learned journalism class. You can also learn a lot from a teacher who has had experience "in the trenches." That's why so many top journalists begin in journalism school. If you're not looking to do a whole degree, that's fine. Just look around at local colleges and adult education centers and see if there's a journalism class being offered. If there is, why not take it? The more you know about the basics, the better. And many classes mandate students do actual reporting and interviewing, so you will get some hands-on experience, too. Quick Tips: Hands-on training and instruction on the basics make for a good learning combination. Look to your local paper and the world wide web for writing and training opportunities.
Post available freelance writing jobs Freelance writers provide valuable services to a wide variety of businesses. Many publications, both online and traditional, utilize the talents of freelancers to provide occasional, and sometimes regular submissions. Many, if not most, successful writers got their start by taking freelance work. These pieces not only help to build a writer's portfolio, but writers, both novice and well established, often seek freelance jobs to supplement their income and build contacts. Because of the benefits to writers for taking freelance work, offering writing jobs is likely to get you an enormous response. There a few guidelines to consider when posting freelance writing jobs: Know your market. If you require a piece with local flavor, advertise in small, specific areas. Most cities have a hometown newspaper, so when knowledge of the locale is vital, that would be your best place to start. Prepare for an onslaught. Good freelance work is the lifeblood of many writers, so expect a large response to your ads. Consider adding a mailbox to your phone system specifically for replies and if you are advertising online, it would be wise to designate a separate email address just for writers' correspondence. Do a search. A quick entry of "freelance writers" into your favorite search engine will result in a feast of sites that allow employers to post help wanted ads for freelancers. Keep an eye on the bottom line. Advertising costs vary dramatically in both the real world and online. Comparison shop for the best prices. Know what you want. If you require an experienced writer, say so and mention that you'll want to see published clips. Writers are a hungry breed and often will inquire about positions for which they are poorly qualified unless the job poster makes it immediately clear that there are fairly rigid standards. Be upfront. Decide on a pay rate and include it in your post. This will help you to weed out responses from writers who are unwilling to work for your rates. Tailoring your ad to generate responses from qualified applicants who are in agreement with your pay scale will save you valuable time. Timing is everything. If you have a tight deadline, state it. Many successful freelance writers have a full agenda of jobs in their waiting-to-do list. It is good to let potential candidates know your time perimeters so that they can decide if they will be able to meet your deadlines. Get a quick look at their style and ability. Whenever possible, require respondents to contact you via email or snail mail as opposed to by telephone. Often, one quick look at a candidate's grammar and spelling will persuade you to pass them by. Everything that you can do to shorten the stack of possible contenders will help you to quickly locate the perfect writer for your job! Quick Tips: Post a listing for a specified time frame only. You do not want to continue receiving responses for a position that has been filled. Consider giving new writers a chance. They are likely to work for a reasonable rate and will be grateful for the opportunity! Provide clear guidelines. You are much more likely to get what you want if the writer knows exactly what you are looking for! Useful Links: Journalism Jobs Writer's Weekly elance.com Guru
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In order to keep life moving and provide for the demands of the society, each individual must do “his share”. Doctors take care of your health; teachers are responsible for the education of the youth; businessmen keep the economy stable; architects provide safe and practical shelters; and so on. Have you ever wondered who are responsible for the jobs that require more than your average skill and talent? These unconventional jobs need a brave soul, a strong heart, and possibly a tough stomach.
High risk jobs are often considered to be one of the well paid jobs in the society. However, this is to compensate for the hazards that these individuals are exposed to. If you are one of these individuals who are interested in getting a well paid, high risk job, then simply follow these steps:
Get physically active. High risk jobs often entail a lot of physical work. You will need to prepare yourself for the physical stress that you will undergo when you apply for a well paid, high risk job. Eat healthy and exercise! Determine the kind of job you want. There are various kinds of well paid, high risk jobs such as an underwater welder, a crab fisherman, an oil rig worker, a high altitude plumber, a pyrotechnician, and a lot more. Determine which field you think you will be most productive in. Research on the job you have chosen. There are many resources available on the Internet and on print media where you can find out more about the well paid, high risk job that you plan to take on. See whether you are really interested in what you are about to get into. Remember that applying for a high risk job is a very serious matter that you should think about. Consider all the hazards that come with the job and see if you still feel like taking it. Look for a company that you can apply. Once you have decided what job to apply for and that you are ready for it, look for a company where you can apply. Companies usually make announcements for job openings on print media or the Internet. Look thoroughly. Check the requirements of the company. Job eligibility requirements may vary depending on the company that you wish to apply in. Call the company or check out their website to find out what their requirements are. Update your training and experience. Now that you have specified the kind of job that you will be taking on, you can update your training to increase the possibility of getting hired, and later on, being promoted to a higher position in your line of work. Complete the requirements. Once you have a list of the things that are needed to apply for the job, complete the documents that you will need to submit along with your resume, credentials, and certifications. You can now pass this on to the companies’ human resource department and await further instructions.
Remember that your life is more important than the amount of money that you can earn from these high-risk jobs. Make sure that you maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep up with these so-called high risk jobs. Good luck!