What is a Virtual Assistant? This is a question you've probably asked yourself if you have heard of the title "Virtual Assistant." A Virtual Assistant (VA) is an independent contractor and a home-based entrepreneur who uses the Internet, phone, fax, email, and other technology to communicate with his/her clients. Virtual Assistants provide administrative support and/or specialized business services. Many Virtual Assistants were most often Administrative or Executive Assistants in traditional work environments before launching their Virtual Assistance Practices. Most Virtual Assistants work from their home office and, with the help of technology, other virtual locations. Technology has enabled Virtual Assistants to have a global client base.Virtual Assistants: What do they do?Ok...so now you know the answer to the question of what a Virtual Assistant is, now lets talk about what they do. Virtual Assistants provide much of the same services as an onsite employee, but without the added expense to employers. Some provide general services while others provide more specialized services such as a Virtual Real Estate Assistant. Here are some services Virtual Assistants offer (this is not an exhaustive list):- Website and Graphic Design - Website Maintenance and Updates- Online and Offline Marketing and Promotion- Accounting / Bookkeeping- Data Entry- PowerPoint Presentations- Advertising in Print Media- Desktop Publishing- Custom Ad Design for print media- Travel Arrangements- Writing, Editing & Researching Services- Secretarial Services- Word Processing - General and Legal Transcription Services- Database Management- Personal Assistant Services- Event Planning- Technical Support- Coaching / Consulting- Customer Service- Real Estate SupportThese are just a few services you can offer as a Virtual Assistant. The more specialized your services are, the less saturated the market will be. Try to find a niche and target market if you have a specialized skill and/or expertise.Basic equipment and software needed can include, but is not limited to, the following:Basic Equipment:- Computer and/or Laptop- Cable, Satellite, or DSL Internet Service- Modem- Fax Machine- Printer- Copier- Scanner- Telephone with unlimited long distance service- CD BurnerSoftware:- Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Word, Outlook, Publisher)- Macromedia Dreamweaver or Microsoft FrontPage (for web design, editing, and maintenance)- Instant Messenger (AOL, Yahoo, MSN etc.) - Antivirus Software- Adobe AcrobatWhile all the equipment and software above is not mandatory, they are very useful and worthwhile to learn how to use. The Virtual Assistance industry is growing tremendously. It has enabled many to start their own business while being at home with their family. There are many great resources out there if you're an aspiring Virtual Assistant.
For people who find themselves at sea when it comes to choosing a career path, or for those who simply yearn to live on the open water, the U.S. Merchant Marine may be the perfect port. Here are answers to some common questions about the nation's "fourth arm of defense":Q. What is the merchant marine?A. The merchant marine is composed of men and women who crew U.S.-flag commercial vessels on the deep seas, inland waterways and Great Lakes. It's an industry with a wide range of opportunities, partly because there are so many different types of vessels-containerships, tankers, bulkers, passenger vessels, tugs and much more.Q. Is the merchant marine part of the U.S. military?A. America's mariners are civilians working for private companies, and are not members of the armed forces. However, merchant mariners crew all types of vessels, some of which are under contract to transport troops and military goods. Mariners continue to support U.S. troops in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.Q. Where do merchant marines receive their training?A. There are a number of maritime schools across the country. For example, the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education, based in Piney Point, Md., offers entry-level training, a program for military veterans, ongoing vocational classes, academic support and more. Since the school opened in 1967, approximately 145,000 students have trained there. The school offers academic support plus GED and college degree programs. Also, many of the maritime classes can be used for college credits.Q. What is the training like?A. The Paul Hall Center features top-notch educational equipment in a picturesque setting. The apprentice program blends hands-on training with classroom instruction. It consists of three phases, including 90 days aboard a U.S.-flag ship.Q. Do graduates tend to stay in seaworthy careers?A. Approximately 75 percent of students who complete the entire program are still sailing four years later.
Accredited checking technician jobs are similar to pharmacy technician jobs. While the latter receives the prescription, takes out the drugs from shelves and packs them, the former checks the dispensed prescription for its accuracy. Checking, labeling and packing have all become formal procedures and the accredited checking technician will be trained in all these in a pharmacy context.Training to Become an Accredited Checking TechnicianThe technician training is done under vocational training schemes, and accredited checking technicians are NVQ 3 or BTEC certified (in UK). The checking technician is trained to check that:
- The medicine or product matches the prescription and is in date
- It is assembled using correct equipment and processes
- It is packed and labeled appropriately
- Appropriate records are made
- Health, hygiene and safety procedures are followed at all times
- Start with an explanation of the legal and professional issues involved in checking, packing and labeling pharmacy medicines
- Train the technician to work with other staff of the pharmacy
- Make the technician go through typical checking exercises
- Involve a final project to check 1000 items at a hospital without errors
- Proceed to a test and assessment by a panel of pharmacists and technicians
- Involve a probation period during which his or her performance is observed
Are you looking for a new career? You may want to think about becoming a mortgage broker or loan officer, or sell useful products to the existing brokers and "loan officer" s.If you type Mortgage Broker or Loan Officer in your search engine, you will find links to thousands and thousands of websites. This is because Mortgage Brokers and Loan Officers provide a much needed service to the public. They take applications for mortgage loans from prospective homebuyers, and help the buyers find the right loan. If you ever applied for a "mortgage loan" for the purchase of a home, you worked with a broker or loan officer.A "mortgage broker" works on his/her own bringing a borrower and lender together for the purpose of a mortgage loan. Brokers are quite often real estate agents in addition to working as a mortgage broker. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association of America, there are approximately 40,000 mortgage brokers in the U.S. The mortgage loan officer is an employee of a mortgage company, bank, or other mortgage lending institution. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that mortgage loan officers earned between $30,000 and $100,000 in 2005. However, highly motivated loan officers earn much more. There should be no shortage of business for mortgage brokers and loan officers as numerous real estate properties are bought and sold every day in the U.S. The mortgage broker, loan officer field is a lucrative, well respected field that thousands of people are now in or want to start. There are also many brokers and loan officers who are interested in enhancing their present business and knowledge.You can sell well respected items that really do sell and get paid up to 50% in commissions. Mortgage Broker Training provides banners and text links to make it easy for you. Click below to take a look at some of the products.
Any good job hunter needs a resume package. The cover letter and resume always go together and do the same basic thing in slightly different ways. A job hunter without both of them will probably not get very far in the search for a good career position. With that in mind, lets take a look at what these crucial documents should do for you. The first part, the cover letter, is a short one page letter consisting of three or four paragraphs. It serves as an introduction to the resume. It is the part that will always be seen by the gatekeeper.The second part is the resume itself. Many job hunters make the mistake of thinking they can just leave a resume without a cover letter. That is like putting on a suit and tie, but forgetting the shirt or the pants. They are a package and they go together. The resume itself may be in either functional or chronological format. The functional format concentrates on skills. The chronological format concentrates on employment listings. The most effective resumes use elements of both formats to create a combination resume that gets results. It should be laid out in a graphically appealing style, with adequate use of white space, bullet points to draw attention to important parts, and conservative fonts used. While you will occasionally bold face or italicize a font to draw attention to a point or break up a large section of type, changing fonts often makes it hard to read, so stick with one basic font. Also never go smaller than ten point type, and if possible stick with twelve or eleven point. Those sizes are easier to read. If your cover letter and resume are in a small type and hard to read, they simply will not be read, and will not help you.Many job seekers wonder how they should present the resume package to the decision maker. There are several acceptable methods. If mailing it, use a large nine by twelve white envelope to avoid folding your materials. The white envelopes look nicer than the tan manila commonly used in business. Also large envelopes are generally the first thing people open when they get their mail. If not the first then they may save the large envelope for last. Since people tend to remember the first and the last the alpha and the omega while forgetting much of what is in the middle, either first or last is a good thing.If you are hand delivering your documents stop by an office supply shop and pick up a clear plastic folder with a pressure binder spine and place your cover letter and resume in it. It makes a great presentation and will complement it perfectly. Use these tools well and you are on your way.