Despite increasing college tuition and student loan prices, The Huffington Post has reported that 1 in 2 college graduates are
still jobless or underemployed
.  ”While there’s strong demand in science, education and health fields, arts and humanities flounder…Taking underemployment into consideration, the job prospects for bachelor’s degree holders fell last year to the lowest level in more than a decade.”  These statistics have left recent graduates feeling directionless.

To get ahead of some of the competition as a job seeker (whether recent graduates or not), you should be reevaluating your job searching skills.  Define your goal, job search and social media skills, networking and  interviewing techniques, and more by revisiting YCDWYL’s “Job Search Analysis” series.

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After getting some great feedback on our 55 Non-Desk Jobs post, we’ve decided to tackle individual jobs from the list and provide further detail on what that job and its industry entail. Stay tuned as we continue down the list of exciting jobs that don’t require a desk!

Teacher
A more commonly-encountered job that most people feel they have a firm grasp on, I invite you to read a bit more about what being a teacher truly involves.

Work Environment
The work environment for teachers is generally more standard and uniform than many other jobs on this list. While it doesn’t necessarily require a desk, most classrooms are typically similar to one another, and a teacher will still report to the same place each day.

Safe to say that many people are aware of what a classroom is like: A chalk-board, wipe-board and/or touch-screen is often where notes are written for students’ reference. Tables or desks with chairs are where students will sit. You usually do have a desk, but often won’t sit at it! Classrooms that house younger children are many times more colorful and hold educational toys, sometimes an in-classroom restroom or cubbies for each student. Students at this age are much more dependent on adult supervision.

Depending on your specialty, “classrooms” can vary based on the type of classes being taught. For instance, if you choose to teach industry talents such as culinary skills, your classroom may consist of ovens and refrigerators.

Types
Being a teacher’s aide can be a great way to discover what it’s like in a classroom environment and speak to a qualified teacher about any questions or concerns you may have about the occupation. Teachers specialize in many different age and grade levels about many different subject matters or occupational skills. Certain types of teachers may require additional forms of education (see below).

Teaching doesn’t necessarily apply to only the obvious options of elementary school, high school or college-level education. It can also span public, private, boarding and religious educational institutions, as well as continuing (adult) education. Teachers can also lend their talents to technical and occupational schools, workshops, seminars, online courses or in-field courses (for instance, photography).

Education
Requirements vary by state, so be sure to check the standards set by the state in which you wish to teach. Most states have credentials and certifications based on the level and subject you plan to teach. Students will need to pass the Praxis exam (or similar state test) to become a certified. They will also be required to have a bachelor’s degree in Education. Many of these courses and training programs teach methodology for teaching students with varying learning processes and disabilities as well as individual subjects. For this reason, behavioral and psychological studies are often suggested or essential as well. For higher grade levels—high school and college—one is usually required to hold a degree in the area in which they are teaching. This may consist of a double major or advanced degree.

Salary Range
Salary varies based on education, state, type of school, grade level being taught, responsibilities and more. New teachers can earn an approximate range of $35-50,ooo. Private school teachers tend to get paid a lower salary than public school teachers.

As your experience increases, often so does your salary. Teachers with a master’s degree will earn more than teachers with bachelor’s degrees. Additionally, administering extracurricular activities—being the moderator for student activities such as sports teams, drama & arts groups, etc.—will supplement the salary. Extra teaching, such as tutoring programs and summer schooling can also help to increase a teacher’s income.

Time Commitment
Yes, having the summer months off is a sweet deal, but don’t think that teachers simply have a walk in the park. They are required to set a curriculum (usually to correspond with state testing such as Regents exams). In pre-college classes, a teacher will likely have to fit their lessons within standards set by the state and school board. Lessons should be planned, assignments arranged and given out and quizzes and tests written. When assignments and tests are completed by students, they must be scored and graded. Most of these lessons and grading are not done during school hours. This is when a desk may come into play, but this time-consuming work can usually be done from somewhere other than the office (which can potentially mean sitting in your backyard or in your pajamas). Teachers often put in additional hours with requirements such as parent-teacher conferences, tutoring, school events and class trips.

Job Board (& Praxis Exam Info and Prep)

About the Praxis Exam: http://www.ets.org/praxis/about

Praxis Preparation:
—Praxis Professor: http://www.praxisprofessor.com/
—Test Prep Review: http://www.testprepreview.com/praxis_practice.htm
—Praxis Exam Flashcard Study Guide: http://www.teachercertificationzone.com/praxis-flashcards/
—Study Guide Zone: http://www.studyguidezone.com/praxistest.htm

Job Boards
Education America: http://www.educationamerica.net/
School Spring: http://www.schoolspring.com/
Teacher Jobs: http://www.teacherjobs.com/
Teachers-Teachers: http://www.teachers-teachers.com/
U.S. Department of Education: http://www2.ed.gov/teachers/jobs/find/edpicks.jhtml
Often jobs are listed within state- or county-specific boards as well.

Have anything to add about Teaching jobs or the information above? Let us know! Leave a comment below or email me at feedback@ycdwyl.com with any additions, concerns, job opportunities or questions!

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Let’s face it: iPhones have become commonplace in our lives. They make our day-to-day routines efficient, productive and convenient— so why shouldn’t they help us with our job searches as well? Lucky for you, they do! Welcome to our “iPhone Apps for the Job Seeker” Series!

Your job search is a full time job, and we’ve compiled the must-have iPhone apps that every job seeker should have! Best yet, ALL of these apps are completely FREE. Each post this week with feature apps from a new category necessary to the job search process:

Networking
Finding Available Jobs
Job Interview Prep
Keeping Your Search Organized

Free APPS TO KEEP ORGANIZED for the job seeker

JobRadio.fm–Stay tuned with this career advice radio station. Hear from the experts on interview advice and career tips 24/7 by streaming the station to your iPhone. Some professionals who have been featured are Founders @chrisrussell and @peterclayton as well as regular contributors like @savvyjobseeker @careermoxie and @careerradio

Mint.com Personal Finance--Managing your money is a cinch with this app. The program automatically syncs with the bank accounts you enter, making it easier to manage with your transactions and statements right at your fingertips. Let’s you see monthly income vs. spending on all accounts, deposits and investments. My favorite part is that it divides your purchases by category and/or major merchants, so you can get a much clearer idea or what you’re spending your money on. Don’t worry: If you lose or misplace your phone, with one click you can deactivate your account making it impossible for unauthorized people to see your information.

Home&Work Lite—Allows you to separate your responsibilities into 5 separate categories for your to do lists.  Add visual task icons within each category to cut down on writing and see your upcoming tasks at a glance.  View your tasks within each category by timeline (today, tomorrow this week) or category (daily chores, appointments, kids, financial, etc.)

DropboxIf you like the idea of being able to access your files from anywhere and on any device or just having your precious data backed up in the cloud, then check out Dropbox. The iPhone app lets you add and retrieve files to your Dropbox account, and to save files to your iPhone for offline access.

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Let’s face it: iPhones have become commonplace in our lives. They make our day-to-day routines efficient, productive and convenient— so why shouldn’t they help us with our job searches as well? Lucky for you, they do! Welcome to our “iPhone Apps for the Job Seeker” Series!

Your job search is a full time job, and we’ve compiled the must-have iPhone apps that every job seeker should have!  Best yet, ALL of these apps are completely FREE.  Each post this week with feature apps from a new category necessary to the job search process:

Networking
Finding Available Jobs
Job Interview Prep
Keeping Your Search Organized

 Come back each day for the next list.  Yesterday, we featured Job Search apps.  Next up: Job Interview Preparation!

Free JOB INTERVIEW PREP APPS for the job seeker

1.  What Color is Your Parachute?–Based on the bestselling book
by Richard N. Bolles, this app is an all-in-one resource that helps you prepare for your interview. Complete with advice on how to prepare, how to answer the toughest questions, common mistakes to avoid and more.

2.  101 Great Answers to Toughest Interview Questions—Leave no page unturned as you prepare for the questions you may be asked while in your interview.  This about covers it!  Apply these suggested answers to your own life and give answers that are relevant to you specifically (HR reps can smell a cliché answer a mile away!)

3.  Interview Prep Questions—Displaying questions in the form of a digital flash card, practice your answers by pretending you’re on an interview.  Speaking your answers aloud is a great way to hear what the interviewer will hear.  If you’re stuck, don’t worry,  The app shows you some suggestions for those questions asked.

4.  How to Tie a Tie–Once you get the interview of job, male readers should know how to tie their necktie. Don’t fret: iTie will teach you, step by step (with visual aids) how to master any of 12 major necktie knot styles. One less thing to have to worry about before the big day!

5.  Resume BearResumeBear is a resume delivery and tracking tool.  It allows you to send your resume and receive notification when it’s opened and read.   You will need to first visit their website to create an account, and then you’re set to go!

BONUS: Find Your Way
6.  Hopstop—One of my favorites, on a regular basis.  Have an interview in a major city and aren’t familiar with its transportation system?  Learn the most efficient way to get where you’re going by way of bus, subway, walking or taxi. Enter a current location and destination & Hopstop will tell you where you need to go, including maps and travel time.  It’s like a GPS for the subway system!

7.  Mapquest—If driving, double-check the directions to your interview by using Mapquest.  Some people think this is unnecessary with the prevalence of GPSs, but GPSs aren’t always reliable.  It’s best to have an idea of where you’re going sans computer-voice just in case.

 

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Let’s face it: iPhones have become commonplace in our lives. They make our day-to-day routines efficient, productive and convenient— so why shouldn’t they help us with our job searches as well? Lucky for you, they do! Welcome to our “iPhone Apps for the Job Seeker” Series!

Your job search is a full time job, and we’ve compiled the must-have iPhone apps that every job seeker should have!  Best yet, ALL of these apps are completely FREE.  Each post this week with feature apps from a new category necessary to the job search process:

Networking
Finding Available Jobs
Job Interview Prep
Keeping Your Search Organized

 Come back each day for the next list.  Yesterday, we featured Networking apps.  Next up: Finding Available Jobs!

Free FINDING A JOB APPS for the job seeker

1.  Job Compass—This app uses your location to its (and your) benefit by detecting available jobs within a radius of 5 up to 100 miles away.  View the job description and email it to yourself on the spot.  Better yet, contact the company and apply for it right from your phone!

2.  SnagAJob--Get hourly updates on jobs that are picked out based on your geographical location. You can even view a map with the listed job opportunities mapped out for you! Though many of the jobs are not high-paying positions, it’s the perfect app for finding part time employment while you continue looking.

3.  Job Search Engine by LinkUp.com—A hidden treasure trove of jobs not listed on major search engines can be found by searching through the career listings on company websites.  Luckily LinkUp.com saves you the time of jumping from company site to company site.  They gather these listings—only the ones from employer and company websites—for you. Their mobile app proves all the same great services.

4.  Craigslist Mobile—Gives you all of the functions of Craigslist.org and allows you to bring them with you.  Search through Craigslist Job postings in your area.  This app is best for freelancers & for those looking for jobs at small- and medium-sized companies.

5.  Monster.com Jobs—Search for jobs through Monster.com’s renowned search engine.  What I like most about this app is that you can sync it with your existing Monster.com account & swap info between mobile and computer.  Find a job you want to apply to later?  “Save” the job and access it from either device later on.

6.  Jobs by Career Builder–one of the most comprehensive iPhone apps for job searching.  Search for jobs by keyword, read job descriptions and salaries and email job links to anyone on your contact list.  Also search for jobs based on your geographical positioning with a Google map pinpointing the job locations.

7.  Jobs by Indeed.com—Indeed.com is still one of my favorite aggregator engines—meaning that it collects data from many major search engines and makes them available all in one place.  In fact, Indeed.com sponsors our site’s job board!

8.  iFreelancer –Choose which categories you wish to see freelance jobs for.  This app sifts through all major freelance sites to pick out the jobs that are relevant to your chosen category.  The newest version also has push notifications, letting you know as soon as a job you may be interested in gets listed.

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