Through Food and Beyond

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Let me paint you a picture: Have you ever fixed a drink with five liquors, while listening to two drink orders from antsy customers at the bar, sent the busboy back to the kitchen for crisper chicken wings and poured the perfect Sam Adams for your server, tapping her foot at the service bar? All in the space of 120 seconds? That is the essence of restaurant work. Where else can you learn multitasking on this level? And this is after showing up two hours before your shift to stock the bar and brief the manager on how closing went last night. Continue Reading

HP Matter: The Future of Health Care

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of HP Matter for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. The convergence of technologies in the last decade or so has disrupted industries as diverse as newspapers, universities and record companies. Healthcare has had its share of game-changing predictions, many of which are about to come to fruition. Macrotrends throughout the sector are teaming up to alter the management of care, rocket surgical procedures into science-fiction-like territory and grow the ancillary industries that surround hospitals, doctors and medical groups. The potential availability for patients to get cutting-edge treatment at reduced cost is enormous with the combo of technology and healthcare. Continue Reading

A Career in Restaurants and Proud of It

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Working in foodservice is something to be proud of. Plenty of executives and white collar workers, even if they moved on to other industries, had their first job in a restaurant kitchen. Or a deli. Or bussing tables at beachside cafe. According to the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, that initial employment experience instills the value of hard work and accountability, as well as the idea that work can be loads of fun. Continue Reading

Tips for Negotiating a Better Compensation Package


These days, it can be tough to find a good job. There were a lot of people in that waiting room who would have been glad to take the job you just got. It is understandable that you don’t want to mess it up just when you are about to sign on the dotted line. There’s just one little thing that should be troubling you as you look at the official offer from the company. They are lowballing you big time. They know it. You know it. And every busy beaver working at their little cubicles knows it. You are about to sign a bad deal because you are too afraid that you will lose your opportunity. A good way to avoid this moment entirely is to take a job through a professional staffing agency. I’m not talking about entry-level jobs. The next nursing home administrator in State College, Pennsylvania will likely be hired through a staffing agency. De Vore Recruiting spotlighted this particular position, which offers a salary range of $85,000.00 - $100,000.00. A staffing agency is a great Continue Reading

Restaurant Launching Pad

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Next time you go out in your town or city, look around at all the business old and new. What sticks out? Restaurants. There always seems to be a new one popping up. It signals constant growth and vitality. That means jobs; Restaurants: The Launchpad to Career Growth. The foodservice industry has always been dynamic. An ever-changing marketplace, awash with chances to grow your skills, your income and your long-term wealth. Nine out of 10 restaurant workers 35 or older have jumped up to higher-paying positions after breaking into foodservice. That is an unrivaled success rate.  Continue Reading

Work Crush? These Books Can Help

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If you have a work crush, you are not alone! We spend more time with the people that we work with than the time we spend with friends and family members. So, it should not surprise anyone that the workplace provides the fertile setting for romantic relationships to evolve. Sure, late night romances abound in watering holes, but most of those romances last as long as a Kim Kardashian-inspired reality show. Work crushes are the rule, not the exception. How do you deal with that loving feeling? You read books to help you navigate a work crush. What You Need to Know The best books to help you navigate a work crush focus on four central recommendations. You may not need to learn each of the four recommendations, but you should have the recommendations in mind every time a co-worker lights the flame of your passion. There is a Difference between Feeling and Acting You can enjoy a feeling, without ever acting on it. This may sound counterintuitive, as most people believe it's Continue Reading

A Restaurant Leap of Faith (Backed Up By Hard Numbers)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Choosing a career is hard. It’s even harder when the economy full of uncertainty. Sometimes the key is just to stop worrying and take the plunge. But which body of water is safest? According to the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation it's restaurants. Your first job is fundamental to understanding the world of work. If and when you land a good one, that can set the stage for a lifetime of meaningful, enjoyable labor. Restaurants can provide that essential initial experience, since 92% of workers younger than 18 say that their first job was or is in the foodservice industry. Continue Reading

Technical Careers for the Creative Kind

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Computer science and creativity aren’t often considered related. After all computers are usually associated with left-brained functions like mathematics, while creativity is considered to be strictly right-brained. The reality is that there are several careers that combine creativity with computers. Web Designer Web designers do more than just make websites look pretty; they also need the technical expertise to make the web sites functional. For example, if you look at Amazon's site you’ll notice that it is laid out in a visually appealing manner with a lot of graphics, animation, and easy-to-navigate headers. The site also keeps track of your product purchases, searches, and wish lists so that it can customize your experience when you log in. A web designer designed all of those visual elements, but also worked on the thousands of lines of code needed to make the website run seamlessly. Continue Reading

Is Forklift Certification for You?


The job market is rough out there for all the so-called soft majors. From English to history to communications to theater, if you did not get your bachelor’s in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering and math), you might be struggling in an ultra competitive job market. If your employment prospects are dim, you might want to try getting your forklift certification. Instead of pushing yourself through that dead-end retail job at your local mall or waiting tables at your local chain restaurant, why not look into a more lucrative career? Forklifts are everywhere.  Continue Reading

Gift Giving Etiquette for Workers


The winter holidays increase the stress in an already stressful work environment. Office decoration parties and holiday social events combine to push some workers over the edge. However, one annual rite of passage causes the most consternation among company workers. Whether your company assigns or promotes grab bag gift giving, you can rest assured that office gift giving produces enough angst to fill the largest stocking. Make the holiday season less stressful by learning about gift giving etiquette for workers. (And find great cheap gift ideas for coworkers!) Personalize Your Gift Personalizing your gift means a couple of things for gift giving etiquette for workers. Your colleges feel appreciated whenever they receive holiday gifts that match their personal preferences. For example, if you have to find a gift for a bird lover, consider buying binoculars to enhance your co-workers bird watching experiences. Another example of personalizing a holiday gift is to use your talents Continue Reading