Weekly business rail, with tips on changing careers, a Better Business Bureau warning about door-to-door salesmen and more.
Tip of the Week
Kimberly Bishop, founder and CEO of a career management and leadership services company, advises that people looking to change careers set aside time every day to zero in on what they are looking to achieve as they begin taking the next steps to shift from their current career to the next.
1. Research, research, research: It may sound tedious, but learning more about the career field you are interested in is vital.
2. Identify your transferable skills: You may already possess many skills that can be leveraged in a new career.
3. Assess your training and education: Search the Internet and identify job descriptions for positions in the field that interests you and find out the education and training requirements for these positions.
4. Know the importance of family: While family may think they know what you do, they may not understand your actual skill set. By taking the opportunity to share your intentions and abilities with your family, it may springboard a connection to someone else they know in your related field.
The Better Business Bureau recommends being cautious of a door-to-door salesperson or itinerant worker if they:
- Use high-pressure sales tactics. A reputable salesman will give you time to think through the deal and make an appointment to return at a later date. Watch out if you’re asked to sign up immediately before you do your research.
- Offer a deal that sounds too good to be true. Some salesmen might offer an extremely good price for their products or services. The adage holds true that you get what you pay for and many people have been quickly disappointed when the products didn’t live up to the hype or the company did a shoddy job.
- Work for a company with a poor rating from your BBB. Before you break out your checkbook, always check the company out with your BBB first to see how many complaints they’ve received in addition to BBB’s overall rating.
- Finally, pay with a check or credit card—rather than cash—in order to take advantage of the consumer protections provided.
For more information on this topic and others, go to www.bbb.org.
Here are the 10 richest people in the U.S., according to Forbes.com:
1. Bill Gates
2. Warren Buffett
3. Larry Ellison
4. Christy Walton
5. Charles Koch
5. David Koch
7. Jim Walton
8. Alice Walton
9. S. Robson Walton
10. Michael Bloomberg
Number to Know
37: Number of cities that Southwest Airlines will add to its itinerary thanks to the acquisition of AirTran.
The maker of BlackBerry, Research In Motion, announced it will offer a tablet device like the iPad. The BlackBerry PlayBook will be available next year.
GateHouse News Service