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Recent and proposed changes in emissions laws as they pertain to newly manufactured automobiles has prompted the auto industry to rethink it's focus on fuel economy. Though manufacturers have reacted to legislative changes by developing and promoting hybrid and fuel cell powered vehicles, very few car owners have made the switch. The expense of research and development in addition to revised manufacturing platforms has put environmentally friendly vehicles out of reach for the average consumer. Still, the writing is on the wall in terms of the automotive industries future regarding reduced emissions.

Automotive Technical Schools Keeping Up With the Times

Automotive Technical Schools Keeping Up With the TimesRecent and proposed changes in emissions laws as they pertain to newly manufactured automobiles has prompted the auto industry to rethink it's focus on fuel economy. Though manufacturers have reacted to legislative changes by developing and promoting hybrid and fuel cell powered vehicles, very few car owners have made the switch. The expense of research and development in addition to revised manufacturing platforms has put environmentally friendly vehicles out of reach for the average consumer. Still, the writing is on the wall in terms of the automotive industries future regarding reduced emissions. Despite the fact the low emission vehicles make up less than one percent of the nations overall vehicle ownership, many in the industry are preparing for eventuality of a market dominated by hybrid cars and trucks. Automotive technical schools, the institutions by which the mechanically inclined learn the skill sets and knowledge necessary for auto and diesel repair work, are already gearing up for the changes. In addition to teaching the intricacies of gas and diesel powered vehicles, several automotive technician schools are incorporating coursework that pertains to the specialized fuel systems and engine components of hybrid vehicles. Some are even offering entire programs based on the vehicles that have already been developed and are currently available on the market. As with the information technology sector, educational institutions that offer automotive related programs must constantly keep abreast of trends in the industry as sweeping changes can happen seemingly overnight. Automotive technical schools are one of the few institutional entities that cater to modern technology and must keep their course offerings relative to the marketplace in order to adequately prepare graduates for what they will experience when employed. Unlike educational providers that offer IT curriculum, however, automotive technical schools are able to stay ahead of market driven changes as the average price of new vehicles keeps consumer spending relative to the age of technological advances.

Beware Of Job Fraud Scams!

Beware Of Job Fraud Scams!

Searching for a job can be difficult enough, but when you finally spot the 'job of a lifetime' just consider that if the job sounds too good to be true quite likely, it is!Imagine the job of "Designer - Developer/Applications/IT" with a tax-free salary of $120K for 6 months work. Perks including Paid Overtime at $300 per hour, paid first-class accommodation, $3,000.00 flat rate travel/entertainment allowance for every intercontinental trip, free comprehensive healthcare, two weeks of paid vacation, a free laptop computer and free transportation/vehicle.WOW!!! Where do I sign up???This is just one of the many recent postings on Monster.com other jobs with the same salary and benefits are also available including:* Project Manager - Project/Infrastructure/IT* Analyst - Systems/Support/IT* Technical Advisor - Computer/Security/IT* Analyst - Data Manager/IT/Sometimes the scams are easy to spot other times it can be more difficult. Quite often the job titles and job descriptions are often stolen from other legitimate employment sites. You may be able to enter a snippet of the job description in double-quotes and find the original source through your favorite search engine. For example, the position I mentioned earlier contained the text "(C++, Java, HTML, PHP, Visual Basic)" in the job description. Search for this in Google (including the double-quotes) and youll quickly see how often this exact string has been used in scam-related job postings.These companies (more likely individuals) have absolutely no intention of hiring you they are simply after the "Administration Fee" you need to send in advance. Here is an example of some terms on a recent posting on monster.com:You are liable to make charges of about USD$950.00 for the procurement of your working and residential permit documents which covers:1, Administrative charges:2, Diplomatic Courier Charges:3, Working Permit charges:4, Residential Permit charges:5, Hard copies of the terms:They promise reimbursement of fees and travel expenses to attend the interview, but only AFTER youve shown up for the job and discovered they never existed!In addition to money sent to the fraudsters in advance -- you could be suckered in for airfare, hotel and thousands of dollars in other expenses.Some obvious clues that should send up bright red warning flags:* The job is in Nigeria, or posted on behalf of a Nigerian company. Quite often the jobs are IT-related in companies involved with oil, banking or mining. * The contact is using @hotmail.com or some other free email service. Legitimate offers generally come from legitimate companies with real email addresses.* The telephone number is a fake. Dont even try to call. Most often, if the number even works at all, it leads to a mobile phone in Nigeria or a similar country. Check the country code before calling and see if it matches the companys address (if they even provide one).* Beware of requests for detailed personal information, such as a copy of your passport, birth certificate, SSN card and so forth. This trick is used to make the application more real but if they can't sucker you on the application fee they may just sell or use your identity instead.* Quite often, there will be many errors in the references, spelling and/or grammar. Here is another example:"You are to receive the hard copies of the contract terms and agreement and also your working and residential permit altogether, it will be delivered through Diplomatic Courier Services(DHL) to your various designated addresses respectively."Do a Google search for "Diplomatic Courier Services(DHL)" and you will again see dozens of listings discussing or exposing the scam.There are many variations to this new type of scam. Currently, IT professionals seem to be the major target. Monster.com and Monster's country-specific sites have become the hot target for these scamsters. Although Monster does remove bogus job postings fairly quickly, the process to complain about them is difficult and time-consuming. In many online job boards, there is no 'filtering' or human review process for job postings -- otherwise such fraudulent listings would be need to be much more difficult. Many job boards also allow free postings for advertisers -- making them even more attractive for scammers.The important thing to remember is that few legitimate employers will ask for fees of any kind up-front in fact, many employers will pay for your travel expenses in advance.Dont let the job of your dreams become a financial nightmare be cautious when dealing with any business you can not easily identify or verify. Best of luck on your job search!

Four Common Sense Tips For The Telephone Interview

Four Common Sense Tips For The Telephone Interview

Heres a phone interview tip worth considering: smile. A smile is a magic thing, and in addition to being seen in person it can be felt from a distance. When doing a phone interview, dont think that because the person on the other end of the phone cant see you that smiling and other positive body gestures are not important. The best interview tip that anyone was ever given was to smile and make positive gestures. In fact, many people talk with their hands. If you do, consider a telephone head set to free your hands up. Another tip that will be worth its weight in gold is to have a good quality telephone. It may seem silly to even mention it, but the better quality phone you use, the better your voice will sound. Years ago everyone rented his or her telephones from the local utility phone company. These days people own their own phones, and while many people use good quality phones, many use the ten and fifteen-dollar phones theyve found in the local dollar store or discount mart. Those phones are fine for talking to your spouse perhaps, but for business use make a good business impression, and use a good phone. Add this tip to the mix as well: use a landline with a cord, and not a cell phone or cordless phone. Dead batteries, crackling sounds, bad cell sites, and weather interference can make you sound bad at the other end, and you may not even know it. When doing your phone interview you want to be clear and make a good impression. Take this tip to heart and use a good quality landline.I once received a tip from a headhunter who specialized in finding people jobs. While it seemed like common sense, I realized that it was a tip of value, and recommend it to people to this day. Do your homework on the company before your phone interview. Do a search on the Internet using Yahoo, Google, MSN, Dogpile or any of the major search engines. Look them up in an online database like Dun and Bradstreet or InfoUSA. If you dont have easy access to these online tools, go to your local library and tell the reference librarian what you are doing. He or she will be glad to provide you with information sources that will help you seem knowledgeable when having your phone interview.The last tip to keep in mind is to be yourself, and be comfortable. One of the best ways to be yourself, and maintain comfort during your phone interview is to practice the interview. Ask a friend to play the part of the boss. Call your friend on the phone and go through a mock interview, answering all of the questions that you think the interviewer is likely to ask. Mock trials help lawyers, and rehearsals help musicians. It only makes sense that a practice interview will help an interviewer. While it may seem silly, this is a phone interview tip you should take to heart.

Importance of a Thank You letter

Importance of a Thank You letter

In the competitive world that we live in, many people apply for the same job openings and hope that they have made a positive lasting impression with their interviewer. It was fortunate enough that the person was able to land an interview and get a chance to obtain the position. What some people tend to overlook after an interview is the follow up. Obtaining an interview from an employer is big. It means that an employer has screened through a pile of applications and resumes and have selected possible candidates that he/she feels is qualified enough to handle the tasks involved in the job. But it does not end after the interview. A good common practice is to follow up with the company. One way to follow up is to send a Thank You letter to your interviewer. Thank the interviewer for giving you a chance to interview with him/her and for taking time out of his/her day to meet with you. Let him/her know what you felt about the interview and that you will be following up with him/her within a few days to check on the status of the position whether or not it has been filled. It is good practice to keep the Thank You letter brief and straight to the point. Mention within the letter the highlights of the interview and any possible skills, qualifications, or availability that you forgot to mention during the interview. By doing this, the hiring manager will be able to recall who you are and what you had to say. Remember, a good resume leads to an interview, but a simple Thank You letter and follow up may just be the professionalism the hiring manager is looking for that can land you the job.Postmeup.comhttp://www.postmeup.com

Military Retirement: When Services Really Pay

When somebody has done something good, it is right to provide him or her some rewards. For all the hardships and continuous service to the community, a worker is entitled to all the required benefits in exchange for all the services that he or she has done.It is for this reason that retirement benefits are extremely important. It is solely the best gratification one could ever have after so many years of working hard.In the military, people who work for the government and for their respective community should likewise be entitled to receive the benefits that are due for them.Basically, military retirement is available in three remuneration plans. These plans were authorized by the Congress, which are entitled for every military personnel who have rendered the needed services to the government and to the whole country as well. Military retirement plans are unique on its basic concept inclusive of the service dates, in which the amount of retirement benefits will be based from.These military retirement benefits involve the primary service dates that provides the DIEMS or the Date of Initial Entry into Military Service and the service date as stipulated in the Title 10, Section 1405 of the United States Code.For a complete understanding of the benefits in military retirement, here is a list of the three remuneration plans.1. DIEMS before September 8, 1980For military personnel whose DIEMS is before September 8, 1980, the military retirement benefit is based on the product of the military personnels monthly income and the 2 % of the concerned personnels years of service.This plan is known as the present military retirement plan.2. DIEMS between September 8, 1980 and July 31, 1986Any military personnel whose service dates falls between September 8, 1980 and July 31, 1986, the expected retirement pay is the product of the 2 % of the personnels years of service and the average of a personnels highest 36 months of the basic take-home pay based on the days of active duty.This military retirement plan is known as the High 36/50 Percent Plan.3. DIEMS on or after August 1, 1986Any military personnel whose DIEMS is on or after August 1, 1986, the amount of the expected retirement benefit is the product of 2 % of the personnels years of service, but less than 1% for every year of service that is below 30 years, and the average of the personnels maximum income on a 36-month remuneration.This plan is called High 36/40 Percent Plan.Indeed, any of these three plans will definitely give the military people enough financial aid by the time they retired from service.

Ladies And Gentlemen, Start Your Careers! Automotive Technicians Wanted

It can be a challenge to land a prime spot on a race car pit crew. Yet vehicle dealerships across the country are scrambling to find qualified automotive technicians for their own "pit crews"-even with salaries of $30,000 to $70,000 or more, depending on the market and the technician's level of training.The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the auto industry will need 35,000 new technicians every year through 2010. Lucrative But Overlooked CareersWith that in mind, an unusual contest is getting into gear with the purpose of increasing awareness about this lucrative and rewarding yet often-overlooked career, and support training opportunities for future technicians. It's called the No. 29 Goodwrench Expertise Challenge. And it is a challenge. "Historically, being an automotive technician has been depicted as a dirty, dead-end kind of job," said Peter Lord, executive director, GM Service Operations. "That old stereotype could not be further from the truth. Today's cars and trucks are very sophisticated-the computer technology in them alone, for example, is nearly 1,000 times more powerful than what took the Apollo mission to the moon.""Dealerships need trained, qualified technicians because they know that satisfaction with vehicle service and repair work is closely tied to how customers view their vehicles and the dealership."The Challenge benefits automotive technician training like this: If driver Kevin Harvick's No. 29 car wins two out of 12 selected NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races beginning May 28 with the Coca-Cola 600, GM Goodwrench will set up a $200,000 scholarship fund to encourage Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) high school students to continue their automotive technical education by attending GM Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP) colleges. AYES is a nonprofit business and education partnership that creates automotive technology career opportunities for promising young men and women at automotive dealerships. It was founded in 1995 by former GM Chairman Jack Smith as a way to address the growing need for technicians.Spreading The Word"There are thousands of NASCAR fans-and others-who are ideal candidates for a career as an automotive technician," said Larry Cummings, CEO of AYES. "The Expertise Challenge is a fun and engaging way to help spread the word about these great career opportunities."Students enrolled in GM ASEP two-year programs earn while they learn, rotating their time between classes and interning at GM dealerships and other GM service centers. There are 66 GM ASEP participating schools in 38 U.S. states, 15 in Canada and one in the People's Republic of China. Successful students graduate with an associate's degree, and either are ready for or have passed their National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification test. More than 2,000 students are currently enrolled in the program, and there are more than 14,000 graduates. If Harvick and the team meet the Expertise Challenge by winning two of the 12 select races, GM Goodwrench will award 29 Grand Prizes, which consist of an all-new 2007 Chevy Avalanche, a $1,000 GM vehicle maintenance certificate and a trunk full of Reese's products. Program Rules AvailableIf only one race is won during the promotion, two lucky winners will be awarded an all-new 2007 Chevy Avalanche, a $1,000 GM vehicle maintenance certificate, and a trunk full of Reese's products. They will also donate $25,000 to the GM Goodwrench Scholarship Fund. If no races are won during the promotion, the promotion will still give away an all-new 2007 Chevy Avalanche, a $1,000 GM vehicle maintenance certificate, and a trunk full of Reese's products to one lucky winner, and provide a $25,000 donation to the GM Goodwrench Scholarship fund.

Summary

Recent and proposed changes in emissions laws as they pertain to newly manufactured automobiles has prompted the auto industry to rethink it's focus on fuel economy. Though manufacturers have reacted to legislative changes by developing and promoting hybrid and fuel cell powered vehicles, very few car owners have made the switch. The expense of research and development in addition to revised manufacturing platforms has put environmentally friendly vehicles out of reach for the average consumer. Still, the writing is on the wall in terms of the automotive industries future regarding reduced emissions.