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Laura has put in tens of thousands of hours over twenty years to help people make career transitions and improve their lives. Through her coaching company, books, corporate and civic speeches and her media appearances on such shows as The Oprah Winfrey show, CBS This Morning, GMA, The Today show and more, Laura has reached millions of people and showed them how to figure out what to do with their lives without ever looking at their resume. Laura Berman Fortgang is the author of Now What? 90 Days to a New Life Direction and a pioneer in the personal coaching field. Her five books in total are published in thirteen languages, have graced bestseller lists and one, The Little Book on Meaning, was up for a Books for a Better Life Award alongside the Dalai Lama and Pema Chodron. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
Never miss a talk! SUBSCRIBE to the TEDx channel: http://bit.ly/1FAg8hB As the Athletic Director and head coach of the Varsity Soccer team at Ryerson University, Dr. Joseph is often asked what skills he is searching for as a recruiter: is it speed? Strength? Agility? In Dr. Joseph's TEDx Talk, he explores self confidence and how it is not just the most important skill in athletics, but in our lives. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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..
Join the National Federation of Paralegal Associations Are you a paralegal, or are you studying to become one? You may want to give some thought to joining the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA). Formed in 1974, NFPA currently has over 60 organizational members and over 15,000 paralegal and student members. It is a member-directed group, organized to enhance ethical standards for the paralegal profession, increase the profession's visibility, and create and foster new associations and communication pathways dedicated to advancement of the paralegal profession. Paralegals are defined by the NFPA as persons "qualified through education, training or work experience to perform substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts and is customarily, but not exclusively, performed by a lawyer." Paralegals may be hired as independent contractors or employed by lawyers, law firms, government agencies, or other organizations to perform "substantive legal work" which is defined as "work requiring recognition, evaluation, organization, analysis, and communication of relevant facts and legal concepts." The benefits to NFPA membership are numerous, and include both intangible (and invaluable) rewards such as networking, contacts, and career advancement, and tangible economic and professional benefits such as: Car rental discounts Discounts on legal-subject software Discounted delivery service rates And other benefits. For a full list of the benefits available to NFPA members, visit this page. Check to see if there is a local member organization in your area. NFPA encourages paralegals and students interested in membership to first join a regional organization that is a group member of NFPA. Doing so automatically qualifies the individual for NFPA membership. Check this page to see if there is an organizational member near you. Alternately, consider forming such a group and applying for NFPA membership directly! The fee for organizations is $200 per year, and the same application form may be used (see step 3 below). If there is no member organization near you, consider joining as an individual . There are two categories of individual members - one for practicing paralegals, and one for students. Students are defined as those who are enrolled in or are recent graduates of a paralegal training course. Practicing paralegals are those who are employed or working as paralegals, using the definition given above. Download the application form . This is a PDF file. Helpful Tip : Print off two copies of the form. Use one as a draft, then fill out the other using a typewriter or neat block printing. Fill out the form carefully . Make sure you select the correct category of membership. Include the requested supporting documentation . Practicing paralegals must enclose either a resume or a letter from their employer verifying that the applicant performs paralegal work. Students and recent graduates applying as students must enclose a copy of their transcript. Enclose your check, or alternatively, provide your credit card information . Make sure you specify the correct amount. As of this writing, practicing paralegals pay $85, students pay $50, and organizations pay $200. Mail the application, check (if applicable) and supporting documentation to : National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.; P.O. Box 2016, Edmonds, Washington 98020. You can contact the NFPA via email at email@example.com, or by telephone at (425) 967-0045. Quick Tips: Remember to save a copy of your application materials for your files. Professional dues are deductible from income tax as a business expense. Save your receipts. Useful Links: Adobe Acrobat Reader
Find teaching jobs Congratulations on your decision to become a teacher! Education is one of the noblest professions. If you're still pursuing your degree, consider taking online courses. They'll offer the flexibility you'll need so you can get out there and start your job search early. Looking for a job in any field can be stressful, and teaching is no different. Here are some tips on how to find, and land, a job as a teacher. Search the want ads . Most schools hand out contracts for the following year in March and April. When their teachers do not sign back on, they start advertising for the open positions. Your local newspaper or online job search engines are filled with teaching positions in the spring for positions the following school year. Check back often, as many additional positions come open as teachers decide to take other jobs even if they already signed a contract at their current school. You may even find openings as late as July or August, so don't give up! Check with your State Board of Education or the websites of schools in your area . Many State Boards of Education have a website or job database that schools can advertise their positions on for free. Also, almost every school district is now online with a school website. Many of those have a page dedicated to open positions in the school or district. If you have a particular school or several schools in your area in mind, go to their websites and see if there are any openings. Use national teacher placement websites . There are several websites dedicated to helping place teachers in schools across the country. Some of them allow you to upload your resume and what you are looking for and the schools can find you. Check the sidebar of this article for links to a few of these websites. Create an outstanding resume . Once you have found some positions for which to apply, it is time to polish up your resume. Teachers need to be well-spoken, organized, and passionate if they want to find a good teaching job. Your first impression is the resume and cover letter you send in to apply for jobs. Administrators are turned off by disorganization, too much information, or poor grammar when reading your application. Take your time when creating these documents. Proofread and edit several times before sending anything to potential employers. Be professional at the interview . If you get an interview, go into it as the professional you truly are. Dress appropriately and come prepared with any questions you might have as well as answers to questions you think the interviewers will ask. Teachers are authority figures and need to portray that during interviews. Good luck with the job search and keep trying...and don't forget to keep your skills sharp by taking online continuing education courses . Before you know it, you'll be making lesson plans and teaching! Quick Tips: Create a professional portfolio to take with you to interviews. Even if you have no teaching experience, take along your student teaching portfolio to give the interviewers a better idea of who you are and how you teach. Useful Links: Employment Services for Teachers Teachers-teachers.com Links to State Boards of Education
Write a standard resume
A well-written resume is your gateway to success. While a lot of aspects in your career depend on your day to day output, for you to have a shot at that career, you need to have a neat, precise and accurate resume. It is not an option to undersell or oversell yourself in resumes since both things can do harm to your long-term career. If you are just graduating from college or it would be your first time to write your own resume, then you need to read the steps below so that your resume will follow what is commonly expected and at the same time, showcase your talent and skills.
Materials that you will need:
clean sheet of paper
updated photograph of you (in full color)
pen and paper or your favorite word processing tool
Get yourself a modern resume template. Most word processing applications have built in resume templates that you can choose from. Choose one that best reflects your style while still adhering to the principles of good resume writing. The format should be easily readable, with font size set between 10 and 14. If you are not satisfied with how the templates look, you can alter their format and style further. Writing down the basic information – your contact details. Every resume is only as good as the contact information attached to it. All of your achievements will be useless if the recruitment arm cannot contact you. You need to place your complete and updated contact information on the upper portion of the resume for easy spotting. Make sure that the phone number is written in international format so that if your resume will be forwarded to international recruiters, they can easily contact you. Setting your goals and objectives for the job search. This section of the resume shows your goals and why you are applying for a job now. It can read, “a fresh college graduate seeking a challenging training experience in the field of industrial psychology” or something like this, “a passionate product manager looking for a competitive environment where he can use his 5 years of product and brand management experience.” This opening part of a resume sets the tone on how you can potentially fit the company’s family. A good technique is to slightly change the objectives section by looking at the job description of the spot you are applying for, and placing the keywords in your own goals description. Providing a summary of your work and educational background. As an added help to the resume reader, which can spell the difference between an interview appointment or your resume going straight to the trash bin, you can place a short enumeration of your past work experience and educational attainment. In this section, you need not say more than the duration of your stay in the school or company, covered dates and the name of the school or company, followed by your designation. Enumerating your work experience, starting with the most recent. You then need to enumerate in detail your work experiences, with your most recent work at the very top. Write your job title along with a brief description. Key points are the main accounts that you handle, who you report to, how many you are in the team and how you interface with the rest of the team. You can also place how you take part in decision making in the company, as well as achievements and awards that you received. A very useful tip is to include your salary range while you were still working and the reason why you left that group. This is very important so that your interviewer will already have a clear view of your work experience even before your interview.
When you have listed all of your job experiences and schools you have attended, list a couple of professional references and then proofread, print and send.