Joyce Hanson

  • How to Write a Better Business Letter

    How to Write a Better Business Letter

    Jane Curry and Diana Young -- two Ph.D.s from Chicago who, for the last 20 years, have taught businesspeople how to write -- understand that most folks don't love to write. That's why they've penned their book 'Be a Brilliant Business Writer: Write Well, Write Fast and Whip the Competition.' Continue Reading

  • Bosses Day: How to Write a Thank You to the Boss

    Bosses Day: How to Write a Thank You to the Boss

    Getty Writing a thank-you note is a great way to celebrate Bosses Day. (The holiday is usually Oct. 16, but when the day falls on a Saturday, as it does this year, Bosses Day is observed on Friday, Oct. 15.) Your boss will enjoy receiving a written recognition of the day, whether your working relationship is... Continue Reading

  • Entry-Level Mechanical Engineer Job Description

    Entry-Level Mechanical Engineer Job Description

    From Boston to Seattle and many cities in between, industries of all kinds are looking to hire talented mechanical engineers. For people just starting their careers, mechanical engineering is a good place to begin because it is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. And once you've earned a bachelor of... Continue Reading

  • Data Entry Specialist Job Description

    Data Entry Specialist Job Description

    Becoming a data entry specialist may not exactly be the dream job you've always hoped for, but there are some very good reasons why you may want to consider this position while you are looking for that dream job, going to school or simply supplementing your family's income. Here's why: data entry specialists... Continue Reading

  • Financial Analyst Job Description

    Financial Analyst Job Description

    The thing that sets financial analysts apart from most people is their mathematical aptitude and a willingness to take certification exams and earn post-graduate academic degrees while they work long hours on the job. It's not easy, and it's not a job for everyone. But for those who love an intellectual... Continue Reading

  • Receptionist Job Description

    Receptionist Job Description

    When you're employed as a receptionist, you're the face of the company you're working for, and what you say and do creates the first impression many people will have when they make contact with your employer. Continue Reading

  • Driver Job Description

    Driver Job Description

    If you know how to drive, have a valid driver's license and a clean driving record -- and you're looking for a job -- you may want to research the possibility of becoming a professional driver. What kind of driver? There are many directions to steer toward: taxi, limo, bus, delivery van or truck driving are... Continue Reading

  • Entry Level Electrical Engineer Job Description

    Entry Level Electrical Engineer Job Description

    Electronics. If that word gets your blood pumping with excitement -- and if you're a good student in math and science -- you may want to consider a career as an electrical engineer. After earning a bachelor's degree from an engineering school, you'll work with the technology of electricity and use your knowledge... Continue Reading

  • Four Career Resources for Freelance Workers

    Four Career Resources for Freelance Workers

    You're a freelancer. You have perseverance, get-up-and-go and an independent ability to get the job done. And the better you are as a freelancer -- whether you're a writer, designer, programmer, producer or all-around task monkey -- the more you have in common with a small business, with all its joys,... Continue Reading

  • The Street Performer's Art: How to Get Started as a Busker

    The Street Performer's Art: How to Get Started as a Busker

    When James Muschler is seriously engaged in creating an artistic piece of music, he has been known to compose 40-minute-long pieces simulating 4 billion years of Earth's history based on biological fossil records. But sometimes, he just needs to pay the rent. That's when Muschler, a 20-year-old drummer, composer... Continue Reading

  • Assistant Physical Therapist Job Description

    Assistant Physical Therapist Job Description

    The U.S. health-care industry is growing in leaps and bounds these days. In fact, it's one of the few sectors of the economy that keeps reliably expanding, and employment for assistant physical therapists is projected to grow much faster than the nation's average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics... Continue Reading

  • Sales Associate/Retail Job Description

    Sales Associate/Retail Job Description

    A long and satisfying career in the retail sector usually starts small. You may be a cashier for a local shop in your town or a sales clerk in a nearby shopping mall. However you get your foot in the door, you can be sure that first years working as retail sales associates will be an eye-opening experience that... Continue Reading

  • How to Deal with a Hostile Work Environment

    How to Deal with a Hostile Work Environment

    As much as you want to keep your professional relations cordial, difficult people have a way of making a bad work situation feel personal. Continue Reading

  • Blog Your Way to a New Job: How to Use a Personal Blog as a Career Stepping Stone

    Blog Your Way to a New Job: How to Use a Personal Blog as a Career Stepping Stone

    There are as many ways to find your next job by blogging as there are blogs. So when it comes to blogging your way to a new job, the tried-and-true rules apply: write what you know about, follow your bliss and make honest connections. Continue Reading

  • CIA Jobs: 5 Positions Working with America's Most Clandestine Organization

    CIA Jobs: 5 Positions Working with America's Most Clandestine Organization

    Heads up, Mission:Impossible and Bourne Supremacy fans. You, too, can enjoy an exciting career with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. That's right. While it is indeed America's most clandestine organization, the CIA needs talented people to help accomplish its missions impossible, intriguing and exotically... Continue Reading

  • Entry-Level Software Engineer Job Description

    Entry-Level Software Engineer Job Description

    Jobs are being created daily due to the explosive growth of digital technologies, and companies everywhere are hiring software engineers to meet the growing demand for new computer software systems. Snagging an entry-level job is the right place to start for a rewarding career as a software engineer. The best... Continue Reading

  • Five Little Known Facts About Employment Age Discrimination

    Five Little Known Facts About Employment Age Discrimination

    It's a tough job market out there. There are fewer "buyers" (employers) and more "sellers" (job seekers), and that means employers these days are being pretty darn picky and choosy about who they're going to hire. What that also means is that older people in the job market are having a harder time of it. Have... Continue Reading

  • Four Arguments For Raising the National Minimum Wage

    Four Arguments For Raising the National Minimum Wage

    Think you could live indefinitely on a job that pays $7.25 an hour? That's the national minimum wage set by the Fair Labor Standards Act as of July 24, 2009. If you add up the numbers, 50 weeks of 40-hour workweeks at the minimum wage comes to a total of $14,500 a year -- well below the U.S. poverty level of... Continue Reading

  • Employment 411: What Is Age Discrimination?

    Employment 411: What Is Age Discrimination?

    Like racism, age discrimination comes from stereotypical thinking that's not based on fact and involves broad generalizations about people without knowing much about them as individuals. Ageism is also fear-based: young people may see a gray-haired senior stepping carefully down the sidewalk, and they're... Continue Reading

  • 3 Federal Employment Laws That You Should Be Aware Of

    3 Federal Employment Laws That You Should Be Aware Of

    Many of the employee rights we take for granted in the modern workplace came from workers' protests dating back to the 19th century and the early days of our industrialized economy. Just read Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, and you'll get a fair idea of what workers were up against: children as well as adults... Continue Reading