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As a resource to all current and prospective students, Allied Schools, Inc. has developed this blog to provide relevant information to students, job-seekers and professionals alike. Use this blog as your "career guide," turning to Allied Schools for industry updates, career trends, and job search advice. We thank you for visiting!

Career Guidance: Industries at a Glance

Be informed! It is important to do some research before you change jobs or embark on a new career. You don't want to choose a field that is shrinking, or pick a job that will be obsolete in a year. You need to plan ahead to ensure that you make an informed decision.

Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions that you will face. It affects almost every aspect of your life – financial, professional and even personal. So before you pick up the classifieds or search for job leads on the Internet, do your homework.

Consider -- Is there positive growth in the industry? Will there be opportunities in your field five years from now. Do you need formal training?

Take a look at some of the top-performing industries:

Medical - The medical industry is projected to have the strongest employment growth of any industry within the next decade. Continued advances in technology, as well as a growing population, will spur this growth and create opportunities for well-trained individuals. There will also be more opportunities to record, transcribe and manage data as older individuals require greater numbers of medical tests, treatments, and procedures. The number of group practices, clinics, and other health care facilities will increase at a steady rate.
    Allied's Medical Programs
  • Medical Billing School

  • Medical Coding Courses

  • Medical Transcription

  • Medical Terminology

  • Medical Administrative Assistant

  • Dental Office Assistant

Business - The business industry is projected to have stable growth over the next decade as it continues to expand and provide additional employment needs. Opportunities will be greatest for well-rounded individuals that possess knowledge of computer software applications and office machinery, and demonstrate solid communication skills. Employers will seek individuals that have the ability to perform multiple tasks. There will be an ample amount of full- and part-time jobs as well as temporary positions.
    Allied's Business / Professional Programs
  • California Contractor

  • Private Investigator

  • Hotel Restaurant Management

  • Computer System

  • Property Management

  • Administrative Assistant

  • Microsoft Office Professional

  • Financial Accounting

  • Enterpreneurship and Small Business Management

  • Professional Quickbooks

Real Estate - The real estate industry is projected to experience an increase in employment opportunities over the next decade as a growing population has a greater housing need. With a robust economy, individuals will be more likely to buy a new house, or invest money into a secondary residence. There will be a greater need for agents and brokers if low interest rates continue to spur market activity. Flexible work hours and high earnings potential will draw more people into this profession.
    Allied's Real Estate Programs
  • Real Estate

  • Real Estate Broker

  • Home Inspection

  • Appraisal

Information on career outlooks, wage data, industry forecasts and employment rates is readily available through the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

All of the programs offered by Allied Schools are within industries that have a positive career outlook. What does this mean for you? By enrolling in Allied, you get the skills and training to work in growing and profitable fields. Make the right choice!

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Career Guidance: Choosing the Right References

You walk out of a successful job interview and think that the job is yours. Not so fast…the interview process is not over. Most likely an interested employer is going to ask for a list of references. Before you print out the standard list that's been circulated from company to company for the past few years, you should give your references some thought.

As mortgage and car companies will check your credit history before co-signing a loan, employers will check your references before offering you a job. It is important to make sure that your list includes current, relevant and positive information regarding your job history.

The following steps explain what you should do to maximize your reference list.

Choose effective references - Select individuals that have known you for at least one year. Your list should include four or five people, such as former or current supervisors, colleagues or subordinates, former customers or clients, former professors, or contacts from work-related associations.

Make sure your records are accurate - Verify all contact information, including phone numbers, addresses and titles, to make sure it's up to date. It is important to make it simple for an employer to reach individuals on your list.

Maintain active and positive relationships with your contacts - Keep in touch with your references and make sure they are abreast of your current progress. This can be accomplished through periodic e-mails and phone calls.
Advise references of an important opportunity - Be selective when contacting your references about potential job opportunities. You don't want to call them every time you send out a resume.

Use a reference-checking service - Make sure you know what a reference is going to say about you. This service will contact the individuals on your list and ask questions similar to that of a potential employer.

Ensure that you include references that complement your resume. The goal should be to pick individuals that confirm the details on your résumé and offer positive information about your skills and experience.

A good list of references may be the difference between you and another qualified candidate. Make yours count!

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Career Guidance: Rules of Relocation

You've finally found the perfect job; however, it is located across the country. You're now facing relocation, which can entail changing your residence, moving your family and starting a brand-new job. Luckily, many employers offer assistance to make the transition easier for you.

When you are offered a job that requires you to relocate, you can often request help from the company with the following personal and professional matters:

Moving Expenses - A company will often cover the actual expenses incurred in a move. This includes the costs to hire a mover, transport yourself or your family, and store your items, if necessary. If the organization is unwilling to pay all of the expenses, you might be able to negotiate with your boss to cover a percentage of the move.

Housing Assistance - It is common for a company to pay for house-hunting trips prior to a move. If you are unable to find a house, or if the move is time sensitive, you can often get funds to pay for a rental or other type of temporary housing.

Flexible Start Date - A company will often give you time to complete your move before you start work. This typically includes one or two weeks, which will enable you to get unpacked and situated in your new home before your start your job.

Spousal Assistance - It is common for a company to assist a spouse with his or her job search. The organization will use its network of contacts to help the spouse find a suitable job.

Additional Advice - A company will often provide valuable information about a new community. Your boss and co-workers can provide advice or resources to help you learn about safe neighborhoods, good schools, affordable housing, and other areas of interest in the city.

Relocating to a new city does not need to be overwhelming. Negotiate the above factors with your employer prior to your move. Remember the company wants a satisfied, productive employee. It should be willing to help make your move a happy one.

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Career Guidance: Recruiters Get the Job Done

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. We’ve spent countless hours pouring over newspapers or searching Internet job boards in an attempt to find the perfect job. With hundreds of other candidates doing the same thing, it’s hard to make yourself stand out.

Recruiters can help by doing the legwork for you. Basically, they market your skills on your behalf. Their job is to get your résumé and qualifications in front of the right people. Think of recruiters as matchmakers. Their goal is to successfully match your needs with the needs of a company. They do this with no out-of-pocket costs (although some recruiters do charge for their services).

    The Benefits of Using a Recruiter
  • They know the current marketplace and industry trends.
  • They have a large database of contacts.
  • They have access to unadvertised positions.
  • They provide tips on how to strengthen resumes and improve interviewing skills.
    The Process
  • Doing your own job search takes a lot of time. Recruiters can make the process easier by:
  • Evaluating your experience, qualifications and interests.
  • Matching your qualifications with a suitable company.
  • Scheduling interviews on your behalf.
  • Helping you negotiate a salary and benefits package.

Remember to be up front with recruiters about your expectations for a job. By being honest, they will know your likes and dislikes. They will use your job histories, interview answers and references to make a good match for you. They will be informed to make better choices for your future.

How do you find a recruiter? There are recruiter firms and online networks available to everyone. Simply pick up a phone book or source the Internet to locate the one nearest you.

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