Workers in the oil-extraction industry toil on average more hours on the job per week than workers in any other field, according to PayScale. Law enforcement, health care and transportation are fields that also average relatively long hours.
While social networking sites such as Facebook and Google are household names, numerous smaller social networks have cropped up to cater to niche groups. This article offers eight of the weirdest niche social networking sites, including a dating site for moustache enthusiasts and a discussion board for dream interpretation.
Visit www.bls.gov to access government reports on which industries are hiring, Debra Wheatman writes. "Employment information is not just for politicians to spin or news anchors to fill a 60-second gap in the evening newscast. Rather than tune-out these reports, pay attention," she writes.
You shouldn't be embarrassed if you don't know how to use Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn -- but you should educate yourself right away, Debra Wheatman writes. "Even some of the most well respected business professionals are unfamiliar with the best ways to use social media sites to advance career efforts," Wheatman writes.
Before you request a higher salary, make sure you do your homework so that you know what the marketplace is offering. Also, be willing to compromise -- for example, by taking more vacation time in lieu of more money, Debra Wheatman writes. "Present your case in a clear and compelling manner; remain calm and collected. This is business," she writes.