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How To Report Self-Employment Income At Tax Time

It makes no difference whether you do occasional jobs or work full-time as an independent contractor; current tax laws require that you report this income at tax time. Cash payment does not make you exempt from the law, nor does the fact that you don’t “operate” a business.

People who do not operate a business simply report the total of all cash and checks as miscellaneous income on their personal tax return. Expenses are deducted there as well; however those expenses cannot exceed the income. Someone who has occasional income from a hobby activity would fall into this category.

Self-employed businessmen and women report all income and expenses on Schedule C, the small business tax form. The profit or loss calculated there is transferred to their personal tax return. A self-employed individual can use any business loss to offset personal income tax debt. For many, especially during those early years, this often lowers the overall tax burden drastically.

People become self-employed for a lot of reasons, but the driving force for most is the desire to make money. When you’re in business for yourself, how much money you keep in your own pocket depends on how well you understand the costs involved in producing that income. And for many, one of the biggest costs will be taxes.

Self-employed people are allowed to deduct all legitimate business expenses, depreciate major purchases, take advantage of business tax credits, expense research and development costs, deduct a portion of their residence if they have a home office, and a whole lot more. And, after deducting those costs, any remaining profit can be further reduced through pre-tax benefits, business retirement account deposits, education, and a host of other items designed to keep more money in the business owner’s pocket.

There are many ways to avoid paying taxes; when you do it legally it’s called smart tax planning. IRS code includes a long list of tax-free expenses that are available to individuals and business owners; you just have to know what they are and how to use them to your benefit.

It is important for self-employed people to realize that income tax is not the only bill levied at tax time when you work for yourself. This is also when you determine what you need to deposit into your personal Social Security and Medicare accounts.

When you work for yourself these two taxes are referred to collectively as Self-Employment Tax. As an employee, your employer is required to pay half of your FICA (Social Security) and Medicare taxes. When you are self-employed you pay both halves because you are now both the employer and employee, and that amount can be overwhelming if you’re not prepared. And that’s where tax planning really helps.

Tax planning is the combination of projecting next year’s income and expenses, using current tax laws to boost retirement and insurance benefits, scheduling the taxable events in your business and personal future, looking for tax law changes that will affect your bottom line, and calculating any quarterly tax deposits. A good tax professional not only prepares your tax return, he or she also helps you with tax planning as part of your annual visit.

If your tax preparer doesn’t offer tax planning you’re not getting full value for your money, and you’re probably paying too much out in taxes. When tax planning is done right there are few surprises at tax time, your return is audit proof, and you have a clear picture of your financial future. And that just makes good business sense.

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How to Recognize Compassion Fatigue

Nurses are particularly vulnerable to compassion fatigue in the specialty areas of intensive care, mental health, pediatrics, and oncology because they enter lives of others during times of critical illness becoming partners as opposed to observers in their patient’s health. It is essential that nurses are aware of work stressors and warning signs of compassion fatigue so that work-life balance can be maintained.

Compassion fatigue is not the same as burnout, although they are related. Compassion fatigue is the profound emotional and physical exhaustion that develops over a course of time. It is the gradual erosion of all the things that keep us connected to each other as caregivers. When compassion fatigue begins to set in, we see changes in our personal and professional lives. We can become bitter at work; we may add to the toxic work environment; we are more prone to medical errors; and we may violate client boundaries. At home, we may become short-tempered with out loved ones and feel a sense of guilt or resentment at the ongoing demands on our personal time. This is the “cost of caring”.

Burnout is the physical and emotional exhaustion that you experience when you have low job satisfaction and feel powerless and overwhelmed at work. Burnout does not mean that our view of the world has been damaged or that we have lost the ability to feel compassion for others. Individuals who are non-helping professionals experience work-related burnout. Burnout can be easily resolved by changing jobs that provides immediate relief. This is not the case for compassion fatigue.

To develop your warning scale, you must increase your awareness of your own symptoms of compassion fatigue. Do you have any of the following symptoms?

Physical Signs of Compassion Fatigue

  • Physical exhaustion – feeling depleted not just tired
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Increased susceptibility to illness
  • Somatization and hypochondria

Behavioral Signs and Symptoms

  • Increased use of alcohol and drugs
  • Other addictions (shopping, workaholic, compulsive eating)
  • Absenteeism from work
  • Anger and irritability (two key symptoms of compassion fatigue)
  • Exaggerated sense of responsibility
  • Avoidance of clients (not responding timely)
  • Impaired ability to make decisions
  • Forgetfulness
  • Problems in personal relationships
  • Attrition (quitting or taking extended time off)
  • Compromised care for clients

Psychological Signs and Symptoms

  • Emotional exhaustion (the hallmark of compassion fatigue)
  • Distancing; avoiding friends and family
  • Negative self-image
  • Depression
  • Reduced ability to feel sympathy and empathy
  • Cynicism and embitterment (not supporting new ideas; eye-rolling at a new nurse)
  • Resentment
  • Dread of working with certain clients
  • Feeling professional helplessness
  • Diminished sense of enjoyment/career
  • Depersonalization
  • Heightened anxiety or irrational fears
  • Increased sense of personal vulnerability
  • Inability to tolerate strong feelings
  • Problems with intimacy
  • Hypervigilance
  • Hypersensitivity (crying over simple things)
  • Insensitive to emotional content
  • Loss of hope
  • Difficulty separating personal and professional lives
  • Failure to nurture and develop non-work-related aspects of life

Make it Personal – What are YOUR warning signs? Take some time to answer the following questions.

  1. What S/S stand out most for me?
  2. What S/S do I bring home with me most often?
  3. What S/S do I experience at work?
  4. What do I have to lose if I don’t deal with the effects of this “occupational hazard”?
  5. What do I stand to gain if I move toward improved self-care?
  6. Who will be the biggest supporters of my self-care?

Source by Rachel C Cartwright-Vanzant

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Business Analytics Training: The Best Career to Pursue


Data analytics is no longer an unknown term. Data analytics is simply collecting, organizing, analyzing and gaining useful insights from raw data. It is explained as evaluation of Big Data, the severe datasets containing business data, using the methodologies and techniques specifically designed for that purpose. Such analytics transforms the organization into a more effectively managed entity. It is not only beneficial for the organization but also for those choosing data analytics as a career option. It has drastically changed the way businesses work nowdays.



Managing and processing data of any business or industry is in itself a challenging task but at the same time handling an amount of such data is extremely complex and difficult for the skilled professionals. This not only requires skilled personnel but also the adoption of the techniques and methodologies which can allow personnel to perform their work effectively and efficiently. This challenge can be enhanced by using the tools designed for analytics such as Hadoop and Python.


These analyzes are not only trained about handling of data but also its presentation in a form that is easily readable and understood by the audience. The challenges associated with visual representation can be overcome using graphs and tables.


The data streaming in the organization is increasing day by day. The management and storage of this massive amount of data is becoming the toughest challenge for the organization. The multiple layers present between the databases are making it difficult and time-consuming for the organizations for data traversal. But if the organization takes care with its architecture and technology then performance issues can be reduced and scalability can be enhanced.


The organizations who have adopted the tools and techniques associated with big data analytics lack the skilled personnel who have the understanding of how to deal with Big Data. The shortage of the skilled professionals (data analysts, business analysts, data scientists) is another challenge for any organization irrespective of the size and nature of the business entity. And this shortage has been transformed into superb job opportunities and made this job quite attractive among the job aspirants.


Collection and organization will not be fruitful and beneficial if the organization is not able to make the data gushing in their data data secure areas. A risk related to security and privacy of data might lead to exposure of this data. As the amount of data increases, the security concerns increase automatically. It is yet another challenge in front of companies as to how to manage the data without hampering the security and privacy security measures.

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Four Steps on Surviving Job Loss

Loss of Routine

Most people do not realize how important routine can be in our lives. That morning cup of coffee you carry to your desk or workspace, your favorite break and lunchtime routine, the other people you encounter in everyday interactions, and the full calendar that organizes your work time are things you may not be aware of without something goes wrong and you are annoyed. But all the things that go smoothly on a daily basis and pass beyond your attention or awareness, are what you'll miss when they're gone. The strength of this loss can be a total surprise because you may have been resenting the time at work which makes it even more upsetting.

To cope during your search for a new job, give yourself a chance to grieve for your old job. Spend a little time noticing everything that you miss. Replicate whatever you can; get up at the same time, make yourself the morning latte you would get on the way to work, take a lunch break at a regular time, sometimes go out to a coffee house with your laptop to do job search, so you're around other people and do not feel so alone. Establish a routine for job search, so it's not hit and miss, and feels more like the time structure of a job. Also focus on using the extra time you have in constructive ways. In addition to job search, explore some of the hobbies and pastimes you wished you could do when you were so busy working. This is a great time to clean out some closets or start that patio container garden you've been thinking about.

Watch your self-talk

If you are already to periods of depression, learn to watch what you're silently telling yourself. It's a major factor in depression; and job loss can trigger a flood of self-blame. Everyone has running dialog in their heads, which can be negative and self-defeating, or positive and energizing. If these messages are negative, you will feel dissatisfied and depressed, and it will bleed out in what you say to others, and how you appear on job interviews. The good news is that you can choose to replace your negative monologue with something more positive. Self-talk is the most powerful tool you have for turning your negative feelings to positive and your negative interactions with others into positive exchanges.

Take charge of your negative thoughts (that's one thing altogether in your control) and turn them around: argument with them, fight them off, wrestle with them. Put energy into it. Let go of whatever you can not control such as other people, life's events, loss, disappointment. Stop trying to change what will not change, accept what is, let it be and live life as it is. I know it's easier said than done, but once you get a handle on it, life itself is easier. Fretting about what you can not control is an endless, useless waste of energy you can use elsewhere.

To stop blaming yourself for your job loss, go through those thoughts one at a time and rebut them. You can analyze what went wrong and what went right without being negative about yourself. Most job losses are not the laid-off person's fault, they're corporate financial decisions. If you think you might have been able to forestall this loss by getting more pro-active, or looking for a new job while you were still employed, then become determined to do that now.

Do not collapse and mope around

Do not sink into apathetic laziness and hopelessness. If you take some time off, treat it like a vacation. Do not just mope around home, go out and do things. Be active. Network with friends and family for job search and fun. Go through your wardrobe, and clean out things that are no longer useful. Go over your work attire and make sure it's ready for job interviews and that new gig. This is a great time to think "out with the old, in with the new" as you clean and clear your closets or your home, it can symbolize letting go of the old situation and preparing for the new. This is a great time, especially if your subsidized by unemployment compensation, to try things you always wanted to do when you were too busy. Take some classes, try new sports, do yoga. Anything positive is a good use of your extra time. Contact friends you have not seen for a while and spend time with them. Make a sandwich and some coffee or sun tea and have a picnic lunch out somewhere. Fill your days with fun and productivity.

Get pro-active about interviewing

When you go to a job interview, think in terms of you interviewing them. Go in prepared with the questions you want to ask, what you'd like to know about the prospect new job, and speak up. Remember that you are searching for a situation that's good for you, not just a job. If you do not get called back, then assume it was not good for you. Research companies you are applying to, so you know something about the specific company and job when you go in. Get help from an employment counselor "head hunter" person you feel good about. Interview them, too, until you find a good one. Talking about a job interview with the counselor can be a great way to debrief and gain perspective. Do not just rely on online job hunting sites to find your new place. Network, talk to people you know, go to industry meetings like the Chamber of Commerce or a professional association or union group to find out where the jobs are.

Look at this as an opportunity to re-structure your work life. Have you thought about moving somewhere else? Getting training for a new line of work? Starting your own company? This may be the opportunity you were waiting for. Take the loss of your job as a message from the Universe that it was not the right place for you, and take advantage of this new chance to do something better.

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Eating Healthy at Work

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions year after year is to improve overall well-being, which includes eating healthier and losing weight. Eating healthier can be a difficult goal to attain when the work-life balance is thrown into disarray. A hectic, unbalanced life often increases stress; and stress is known to affect your mood, energy levels, and eating habits. During the long, busy workday packed with meetings and conference calls, it’s often easier to grab a blueberry muffin from the break room than it is to mix up a cup of yogurt with a handful of fruit and granola. Unfortunately, many people are oblivious to the amount of calories that they are consuming daily by making impulsive food choices.

Here are a few examples:

· Yoplait Light Blueberry Patch Yogurt is 100 calories compared to Dunkin Donuts Blueberry Muffin at 500 calories or Reduced Fat Blueberry Muffin at 450 calories

· A medium banana is 110 calories compared to a slice of Starbucks Banana Nut Loaf at 490 calories

· A medium apple is 95 calories compared to McDonald’s Baked Apple Pie at 250 calories

· McDonalds medium Strawberry Banana Smoothie is 260 calories compared to McDonalds medium Strawberry McCafe Shake at 710 calories

· A packet of Quaker Apples & Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal is 130 calories compared to Starbucks Outrageous Oatmeal Cookie at 370 calories

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the suggested calorie intake for an active adult woman is 2,200 calories and the suggested calorie intake for an active adult man is 2,800 calories (both can vary based on age, activity level, and weight). When consuming high-calorie foods during one meal or snack, it doesn’t leave much room for the rest of the meals that day. If you are craving a particularly high calorie food, do a quick search for a healthier, satisfying alternative. There are countless sites to help determine the calorie content of any food item and most restaurants post nutrition facts on their website. Lastly, always remember to read the nutrition labels when available! Just because a food item sounds healthy, doesn’t mean it really is healthy. For the purpose of this blog, only calories were compared. There are various other factors to consider when choosing healthy foods; i.e. fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, sugar, and protein are some of the most popular.

Help your fellow comrades stay on track to improving their overall well-being and share your favorite healthy foods with us!

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Find A New Career Online – 8 Key Things To Keep In Mind

You may have reached the top of the field in your specialty and would like to rise up a level to a more rewarding career. In this article, I'll list 8 important things to consider as you seek to find a new career online.

What about your own situation, are you ready for a change? Have you seriously thought about changing your career course completely? Are you hesitant to act on your desire because of monthly obligations like rent, electric, gas, grocery, and other bills to pay? Many are stuck in a career job that just is not right for them and are ready for a change, but may not even have any idea where to start or what else they could even do to earn a full-time income.

Here are 8 key things to keep in mind as you move on to find a new career online:

1. Great Attitude is essential

One important thing to get right and keep a watch on is how you are viewing your situation, positively or in a negatively dominant state. Make it a habit to greet each day, situation, and everyone, as an ambassador of your purpose. The biggest challenge will always be self-management, and that includes attitude. Be positive and the best that you can be each day and you'll be among "the best of the best". Do not lose your great productive attitude due to an obstacle or a change of plans but positively overhead and continuously move forward.

2. Follow a tested and proven plan

Do not learn a new career by trial and error but by proven and strategic lessons and tasks taken with each lesson. Follow a specific plan that's time-tested and has a record of success. This can make all the difference and will save a lot of time. It is possible to self-teach and still be successful but following a tried and a proven path is time better spent and a better way to find a new career online. There will still be hurdles to get over and challenges of course but the path path is a compass to the stairway of success.

This being said, caution needs to be taken while choosing your pathway to success in order to keep from being taken advantage of and save your money.

3. Do not do it alone

It's important to be among a community of like-minded individuals that help one another, seek help from each other, and rejoice in each other's successes. There are some great communities for sharing and support on various forums and on social media like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and the rest. If you become part of one of the tens of 1000's affiliate programs, there is usually support and a forum or community of those all working on their own businesses but always willing to answer the questions of another.

When starting out on a new venture sometimes it can be exciting and other times you can be terrified and feel inadequate to enter into another career and earn enough to pay the bills. Being part of a like-minded community, all going through the same pathway to success really helps, especially when advice or a clear understanding of a certain matter is needed. Some of these people you'll get to know for years to come.

4. Habits and the right to choose.

Your daily habits are what will help you find a new career and build your business. Each day we all have the right to choose what to do with our time and energy. There are 24 hours in a day and minus 8 for sleeping leaves us 16 hours per day. It is our choice just how to fill up those hours each day and if we spend our time wisely much can be accomplished in a short period of time. The time it takes to find a new career and become an authority in it can be fairly short when we make a few changes. It's best to turn off the TV and create a quiet study time, and area so that we can focus completely on the tasks at hand.

Most often one that seems to excel very quickly in a new job does so because they make it their main focus and give themselves to succeeding. Steve Jobs said that he's "convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance." The habit of being persistent is apparently very important to exercise and is very rewarding.

5. Uncertainty And Taking Action.

Do not over-analyze things, but be a person of action and watch things start to change. Everything becomes clear and is shaped as you take planned action toward growth and make corrections and changes as you gain knowledge and get a clear view of the target in focus. When someone gets in the habit of over-analyzing they can become confused and really slow down their own progress. Following a step by step guideline (see below) with tasks to go with each lesson is best as we learn so much by taking action after learning the "how to".

6. Be the best that you can be

Focus on being the best that you can be in your field and become an authority so that you can demand a higher price for your quality services. Focus on connecting with people and offer your quality service knowing that with each task performed you're gaining more experience, confidence, and knowledge in your new career. It's good to remember to always be growing, and bear in mind that there are 16 hours per day to use with that in mind.

7. You gotta be you – do something that you really enjoy.

This is really important and affects everything. The reasons that made you look to find a new career show that it's best to really enjoy what you're doing day after day. Even if something's profitable, it will get tiring after a while if it's not something that you enjoy doing. Being happy in what you do each day benefits every part of your life and health so do not just choose something because it pays well without you can use that to further your planned end result.

8. Become an "expert" in a niche and seek out clients.

The more that you enjoy working within your niche, the more productive you'll be. Most likely you'll be writing a lot of quality articles on your chosen subjects, for the website, if you are promoting your service online.

When you find a new career online, it should not feel like a job but should be fun and exciting for you, as a hobby, something stimulating and stimulating.

Once you are ready to attract viewers or customers there are a variety of ways to do this. A few examples could be selling products on Amazon, eBay, Etsy or any of the many more product outlets including Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, etc. Learn how to draw customers to your website by email marketing or article writing and also how to share your article content on the social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc.

You can also take care tests to get an idea of ​​what's best for you and get a better idea of ​​what your options are.

Source by Peter Mangini

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Is Job Search Success Eluding You? 3 Steps To The Right New Job

Job hunting will always be stressful, particularly in times like these, but there are ways to reduce the stress and shorten the search. Success is a matter of knowing what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. Here are three steps to super-charge your search for a new job.


There are dozens of small steps in a successful job search campaign. Many of them will lead to nothing, but each will add to the momentum of your search … and it is momentum that extremely leads to success. Success is attracted to speed! Focus on the big picture and commit yourself to acquiring the right tools, developing a plan, and executing the plan relentlessly until you have received an offer you like. Remember, even in a bad market, you can track down good job openings and gain interviews – if you go about it the right way.


A paper resume, an electronic resume, good cover letters, resume cards, marketing lists and a plan. These are the tools you will use.

A resume is probably your most important tool, so keep in mind that it is better to have no resume at all than to have a bad one. If possible, have your resume, both paper and electronic, prepared by a professional resume writer (not typist).

Resume cards are equally important as they are able to go places your resume alone never could. They can open new doors and pave the way to getting your resume read … which must be completed in order to land interviews and job offers. Professional resume cards are opportunity stalkers!

A target marketing list, for the most part researched and developed online, is best described as a list of employers who are not necessarily advertising new positions, but are known to employ people with your background and skills. This list is your pathway to the invisible (hidden) job market.

You should also compile a networking list (past supervisors, peers, customers, your banker, insurance agent … every professional person in your sphere with what you enjoy good relations). Next come your personal reference list, the placement (employment) agencies you will contact, the websites you will use to post your resume and check job openings, plus any news you will follow to check job announcements and learn new business start-ups or expansions.

Finally, we come to your self-marketing plan. Without a written, comprehensive job search plan to which you are committed, you will do one thing today, something else tomorrow and sometimes nothing at all the following day. Consequently, you will build no momentum, which will lead to a lot of frustration and a prolonged job search. Job search should be a full-time job if you are unemployed and a regular part-time job otherwise.

Develop a formal schedule for daily / weekly job search activities, giving top priority to tasks, such as telephoning, that must be handled during normal business hours. Computer and administrative work can be handled in the evening or as time permits during the day. Any job search must be flexible as there will be job fairs, networking events, employee interviews and other important functions that require time away from your desk … however, it's equally important to stay current with your job search plan.


Begin making daily networking contacts, applying online, posting your resume, handing out resume cards, answering advertisements – in general following your formal job search plan. There are two important rules when applying online or mailing your resume to a prospective employer: first, visit and study their website so you will be equipped to write a covering cover letter. Second, follow the employer's posted application instructions exactly as stated. Keep meticulous notes regarding all contacts and follow up each one with a telephone call, note or email. Maintain control by working your various lists in sections.

The secret is to keep working the weekly schedule until you have been hired into a new position. Never break your momentum by waiting to hear from a job interview. Send thank-you notes to the interviewer (s) and get back to work.

Source by Pat Callahan

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Pre-Employment Tests Help You Make a Safe Workplace – How to Avoid Hiring Violent Employees

Pre-employment tests plus other techniques may help you avoid hiring violent, sometimes even murderous, employees. You do not want to hire potentially violent employees and you need to create a safe workplace.

Recent news reported a company's employee murdered co-workers, and then committed suicide. A surveillance camera caught him stealing. The company was firing him when the massacre began. So, how might that company – and your company – avoid hiring violent, maybe murderous, job applicants?


Certain personality test scores tell you if a job applicant may lash out in violent or dangerous ways.

Good news = In my 20+ years' pre-employment testing experience, no company using my personality tests hired an employee who became violent on-the-job.

Interestingly, some companies using my pre-employment tests rejected job applicants due to their poor test scores, and those applicants responded in aggressive or threatening ways to their rejection.

More good news = Those companies called me to say my pre-employment tests forecast serious problems in those obnoxious people – and helped them reject those disturbing people.

What pre-employment test scores could help you foretell a job applicant may be a violent or dangerous person? Since you can use two types of personality tests – dependability tests and behavior tests – let's look at "bad" test scores that may predict violence.


Companies give "Dependability Forecaster ™ Test" to job applicants applying for "blue-collar" jobs, such as lower-level, entry-level, unskilled or semi-skilled jobs.

If an applicant gets low scores on five "Dependability Forecaster ™ Test" scales, watch out – for possible violence or other trouble:
1. Dishonesty on DF – if applicant does not answer test honestly, that is bad sign
2. Lousy Work Ethic – imagine the anger of a lazy bum whom you tell to work harder
3. Impulsiveness – impulsive people act before thinking – so imagine if they get mad
4. Theft / Stealing Concerns – thieves violate rules – including possibly controlling anger
5. Substance Abuse Concerns – substance abusers want you-know-what & want it now

So, if a job applicable gets bad scores on the dependability-type personality test – congratulations. You quickly discovered an applicable whom you probably want to avoid hiring. Do not you feel better knowing this – before you hired that risky person?


The employment test entitled, Behavior Forecaster ™ Test "prerequics 14 work behaviors, including interpersonal skills, personality traits, and motivations. Companies give this pre-hiring test to applicants for skilled and "white-collar" jobs.

Be careful with applicants who get certain scores on "Behavior Forecaster ™ Test." For starters, a low score on Honesty on BF scale is a bad omen. I received phone calls from companies that rejected applications who scored low on Honesty scale, telling me some of those dishonest applicants became "stalkers." They bugged the hiring manager who rejected them. You need to avoid hiring such dangerous people.

On this pre-employment test's interpersonal skills scales, you may feel suspicious of people who get very high scores on Aggressiveness scale. Job applicants who get high Aggressiveness scores "eat people before breakfast – and spit them out before lunch." Be careful about hiring applicant who gets very high Aggressiveness score. Such people can act overbearing and pushy when they do not get their way.

Also, consider it a bad omen when a job applicant gets the following risky test scores in the personality section of the behavior pre-employment test:
a. Lax & unconcerned about Following Rules, Policies and Procedures
b. Whining & ultra-upset Reaction to Pressure
c. Pessimistic – focuses on problems, and ignores solutions
d. Excitable – hyped-up & looking to get rid of steam
e. Very Emotion or Feelings-Focused

If an applicant gets such risky personality test scores, do not "light a match" near that person. They may be ready to explode verbally or physically when they feel bothered or upset. Better yet, you probably prefer to not hire people with such possible personality problems. Why would you want to put them on your payroll?


Pre-employment tests can help you hire productive employees who work well with others, and help you create a safe work environment. I explained warning signs you must watch for when you look at job applicants' scores on two types of personality-related tests:
1. Dependability test
2. Behavior test

Such pre-employment tests not only help you hire the best. They also help you hire safe people you and your employees will not need to fear.


Source by Michael Mercer

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What You Need To Know About Human Resource Trends For 2007

Human Resource Trends for 2007

Based on SHRM’s Workplace Forecast 2006-2007 Executive Summary

In reviewing SHRM’s Executive Summary, I reflect on certain trends in Human Resource Management that seem to strongly effect not just the world of business but our society. Let me quote from this summary to report the Top Ten Trends in Human Resource Management for 2007:

1. “Rising health care costs.

2. Increased use of outsourcing (offshoring) of jobs to other countries.

3. Threat of increased health care/medical costs on the economic competitiveness of the United States.

4. Increased demand for work/life balance.

5. Retirement of large numbers of “Baby Boomers” (those born between 1945 and 1964) around the same time.

6. New attitudes toward aging and retirement as baby boomers reach retirement age.

7. Rise in the number of individuals and families without health insurance.

8. Increased identity theft.

9. Work intensification as employers try to increase productivity with fewer employees.

10. Vulnerability of technology to attack or disaster.”

This Executive Summary was produced by SHRM for its 140,000+ members and who gathered this information from many HR sources and surveys. (SHRM is the Society for Human Resource Management.)

The report goes on to detail other main issues that have become common to HR professionals such as: employee retirement benefits, labor shortages, retention of key personnel, economic uncertainties, labor negotiation, cross cultural understanding, legal responsibilities and employee rights, global business practices, and many other family, work, and societal trends.

This is stressful for HR professionals, other managers, and for your personnel. The way I read this report (from my position as a stress management trainer, consultant, and coach) is that the increased pace of change and the aging of the workforce has driven pressing considerations for managing stress in the workplace. Un-managed stress contributes to negative challenges in health care costs (issues #1, #3, #7), work life balance (#4), retention (#5, #9, #4, #6), and reduced levels of productivity (#9, #4.) Insecurities and threats from global pressures are not issues which stress top management, these are concerns of many HR professionals and many people in our work force.

While it may beyond our ability to control major global trends or even changes within our society, we can develop strategies to control the way we, and our workforce, responds to these pressures. We can manage change by leading change in the most positive ways. We can avoid using “denial” as a tool to put off the needed trainings that are essential for economic health and increased productivity in business. So let’s take our “heads out the sand” and move forward by addressing these issues and not just reacting to the aftermath of negative situations.

Be a leader and help develop the strategies that your organization requires to minimize the stress of these inevitable trends upon our personnel and productivity.

Consider learning more about:

Change management… Leading Inevitable Change and Transitions in Positive Ways

Stress Management for key individuals, teams, and your organization

Building Effective Retention Strategies

Work Life Balance and Quality of life programs (retention and health care cost control)

Health care cost containment

Wellness as an important benefit for health care cost containment and as a retention strategy

Enhancing Productivity of your workforce by removing distractions

Whether your organization is large or small these trends will affect you. If your business is in: healthcare, finance, manufacturing, transportation, human services, education, technology, government, or retail, you will need to address how changes in our world and our society influence your workforce. Even though you may feel overwhelmed by these trends, you can save time and money while increasing productivity by helping to create strategies that will assist your managers and your personnel to respond in the most positive ways.

Along the way, please take good care of yourself.

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8 Necessary Steps to Developing a Successful Music Career

No matter how successful you were in your music career last year, this year could be better. Then again, if you are unwilling to change with the tide, it could end your career completely. Here are 8 steps to make sure your music career develops into the most successful business venture it can be.

Write Down Your Goals

At the beginning of each year, you should write down realistic, attainable goals for the next twelve months. Break your long term goals down into short-term goals so that you can monitor your progress, and reward yourself every now and then.

Keep that list of goals in front of you every single day. What you do then is work out a plan of how you will achieve each of goal. By having an actionable plan that you can look at every day, will reinforce the need to complete a certain number of things per day. You may also come up with additional ideas as you go along. By the end of the year, you will be amazed at just how much you did accomplish from your list.

Learn How to Make a Strong Marketing Plan for Your Music

Your music is a product, so you better have a strong marketing plan to get the word out about it. This is especially true if you're an unsigned artist, and still need to do a lot of your music promotion yourself. It's a lot more than recording a great sounding album, commissioning artwork for it and spending tons of time on the packaging. These days, only the most die-hard fans even buy CD's. You should be spending your marketing money on promoting the music itself. In the long run, your money does a lot more work for you that way.

Start Gigging

Playing shows is one of the best ways to promote your music. Not only is live music everywhere, but once you've established enough, you get paid to play, rather than the other way around. It also offers a great venue to sell CD's and other merchandise. You can not really beat live shows, no matter how big or small they are, because they offer some of the best word of mouth you can get. They are also a great way to get contacts within the industry, as people scouting for talent scour even the most out-of-the-way places to find the next big thing.

Make Your Own Music Website

Having your own website is extremely affordable. After purchasing a domain name, hosting can even be free outside, of paying for the domain every year. Make sure that you have strong knowledge of online marketing or hire someone who does. Your website becomes the hub of all of your music marketing efforts and from there, visitors can branch out and see everything that you do. It can be one of your greatest assets and can make even unsigned musicians a lot of money through the exposure.

Get Your Music Promoted on Blogs

Bloggers are happy to promote good musicians and they are one of the easiest ways to get song promotion. They often only require a bit of your time for an interview, as people want to know the artist behind the music. By taking the time to interview, the blogger can gain a better respect for who you are and provide valuable information to people who are looking for new artists in your genre. Bloggers get paid by their own advertisers and by referring their visitors to your music. The social media coverage that bloggers offer is also fairly basic and can get you a lot of new followers.

Understand That Your Music is a Business

Like any industry, music is a business. This means you have to make money to get anywhere. Whenever you make a profit from your music, it's smart to reinvest that money. You can put some into marketing and advertising, some into improved equipment, and some into getting to play better venues.

Streaming is Where the Money Is Now

With album sales going by the wayside, streaming music is the area to focus on. While it does not look as glamorous as record sales, the long-term profit margins are actually significantly higher. People who like your music and listen to it all the time will actually make you a lot more money than they would have by simply buying an album or their favorite tracks. It also means that the tracks that are not as widely marked are just as accessible as the hits, meaning that people will be a lot more likely to check out your whole catalog, meaning you can make a lot more money.

Learn How to Adapt and Grow with The Industry

Every industry is always growing and evolving, and keeping up with those changes is extremely necessary to stay successful. This does not mean buying into every new trend that comes along. But if you can find a way to take advantage of new technology or other new advances, while staying within your budget, and making a profit.

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Source by Charlene Little