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Have you ever wondered which professions out there in the workforce bring along the highest levels of job satisfaction? Did you ever question which cities hold the highest numbers of content workers?

Though the results may not be definitive, we may have a better snapshot on jobs that gives us some answers to those questions, thanks to a recent report from Indeed.com, a massive job search platform based in Texas that operates on an international scale.

 

But focusing on the U.S., this past summer, the company, along with survey company Censuswide, surveyed more than 1,000 professionals throughout the country and asked them whether their work made them feel very or completely fulfilled. We took the results of the survey on jobs and folded them into a slideshow, which you can view below.

In the survey, respondents outlined a number of different factors that made them feel fulfilled. The most important, as one might expect, was salary, with 59% citing it as their number one motivator. The second most important factor, at 53%, was positive relationships with colleagues, followed by having a positive impact, at 50%. Other important factors were the ability to have a positive work-life balance, said 43% of respondents, and feeling challenged while on the job, said 40%.

When Indeed broke down the respondents by age, differences in levels of fulfillment were not drastically far from one another. By the numbers, 58% of those ages 16 through 24 said they were fulfilled, workers ages 25 to 34 (54%), ages 35 through 44 (47%), ages 45 through 54 (48%) and those over 55 (50%).

Indeed also zeroed in on the geography of worker contentment by discerning which cities had the highest percentage of professionals that declared themselves very or completely fulfilled.  It turns out that Charlotte, North Carolina, had the highest percentage of fulfilled workers at 65%.

In second place, on the list of cities where the highest percentage of workers feel fulfilled, was Boston, at 56%, with 15% claiming they felt completelyfulfilled. Indianapolis, Indiana, came next, also at 56%, but only 12% declaring complete fulfillment. In fourth place came New York City at 55%, and Denver, Colorado, rounded out the top 5, with 54%.

Source : http://www.forbes.com/

Auhtor : Karsten Strauss

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Whether you're on the hunt for a full-time job or simply just looking for ways to pick up some extra cash, opportunities to work-from-home are on the rise! 

Jobs that offer the flexibility of telecommuting, or working remotely, used to be rare -- available only to people in certain roles or specific situations. But with the rise of technology, along with new trends in the workplace environment and culture, the game has changed. 

FlexJobs, a job search site focused on telecommuting jobs, including freelance, flexible and part-time opportunities, released its third annual ranking of the top 100 companies offering remote jobs.

According to the report, the number of telecommuting job listings on FlexJobs' site increased by 36% in 2015, compared with 2014.

To come up with the list, FlexJobs analyzed more than 40,000 companies in its database and ranked them by most remote-friendly jobs -- those that offer some level of telecommuting -- listed over the past year. The report also included the top career fields with the most work-from-home opportunities.

Top 20 work-from-home companies for 2016

  1. LiveOps 
  2. TeleTech 
  3. Amazon 
  4. Sutherland Global Services 
  5. UnitedHealth Group 
  6. Dell 
  7. IBM
  8. U.S. Department of Agriculture 
  9. Working Solutions 
  10. Humana 
  11. Aetna 
  12. Intuit 
  13. Kaplan 
  14. Kelly Services 
  15. Cactus Communications 
  16. Westat 
  17. Salesforce 
  18. PAREXEL 
  19. CyberCoders
  20. American Express 

Top career fields with remote jobs

  1. Computer and IT: Dell, IBM, Apple
  2. Medical and Health: UnitedHealth Group, Aetna, Cigna
  3. Sales: American Express, Appen, GE
  4. Administrative: Kelly Services, Healthfirst, McKesson
  5. Customer Service: Sutherland Global Services, Amazon, LiveOps
  6. Education and Training: Connections Academy, K12, Kaplan
  7. Marketing: About.com, ADP, HD Supply

Source : clark.com

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If you really know your way around the web, there are plenty of opportunities for you to work as an Internet researcher. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the job outlook for online researchers is above average through at least 2018. All you need to get started is some research know-how and a high speed Internet connection. It also helps if you have a specialized skill or degree, because companies may be looking for your particular area of expertise.

Who's Hiring

There is a wide range of companies that outsource research projects. Law firms are always hiring, so if you have any sort of legal background, this presents a great opportunity. Political action committees and campaigns need researchers during election years (make sure they're offering pay and not volunteer work). Marketing firms, insurance companies and health care companies are also expected to be offering more Internet researcher jobs in the coming years. These are just a few ideas to get you started.

Work Description

The hours you'll work as an Internet researcher partly depend on your client. In some cases, you'll be given a task with a quick deadline--such as finding case law related auto accidents, or finding the average cost of a product or service in different cities. In others, you'll have a longer amount of time to do the research, but perhaps need to go more in depth on a topic. Some clients will expect you to work during business hours, and others will just want the work to be done on time. You'll also need to be able to compile the research according your clients' needs. This could range from a Word or PDF document to an Excel spreadsheet or a PowerPoint presentation.

 

How to Land Work

You can apply for work at an Internet research service. The advantage here is that the company that hires you does all the research and marketing to find clients. You could join the national Association of Internet Researchers as another way to find clientele and keep up with the latest advancements in the field. If you set up work as an individual, you'll want to build a web presence for yourself to market your skills, and then start making cold calls to law firms, marketing companies and other sources. You can also bid for projects on various job websites.

Research Tools

The following is a partial list of some of the tools that the top Internet researchers use:

  • Zotero and Wired-Marker (Firefox add-ons)
  • iCyte
  • Similar Web
  • Concierge (Safari plug-in)
  • EagleFiler and Selenium (Mac OS X)
  • SpringNote
  • Google Notebook

Pay Rates for Internet Researchers

The rates of pay for Internet researchers depend on their experience and areas of expertise. Jobs start at around $10 an hour or less if you don't have much of a track record. Once you have some positive testimonials and have proven yourself, you can bump your rates up to the $20 an hour range. If you have a legal or technical background, you can set rates as high as $50 to $75 an hour.

Since you're working from home as an Internet researcher, you have several options for setting up payment plans with clients. PayPal is an easy option, and you can invoice clients based on the hours you work. Once you've established a reputation and have developed long-term clients, you can ask for a retainer fee from clients and get paid up front.

Source: http://www.wahm.com/articles/working-from-home-as-an-internet-researcher.html

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Warning: if you are going to argue a point about politics, medicine, animal care, or gun control, then you had better take the time to make your argument legit. You can't copy-paste wikipedia links or spend ten seconds with Google and think you have a winning argument.

 

Legitimate research is called RE-search for a reason: only through repetitive filtering and patient sifting will you achieve the depth of understanding that a controversial topic deserves.

 

There are over 100 billion web pages published, and most of those pages are not worth quoting. To successfully sift it all, you must use consistent and reliable filtering methods. You will need patience to see the full breadth of writing on any single topic. And you will need your critical thinking skills to disbelieve anything until it is intelligently validated.

 

If you are a student, or if you are seeking serious medical, professional, or historical information, definitely heed these 8 suggested steps to researching online:

 

 

1. Decide if the Topic Is 'Hard Research', 'Soft Research', or Both.

'Hard' and 'soft' research have different expectations of data and proof. You should know the hard or soft nature of your topic to point your search strategy where it will yield the most reliable research results.

 

A) 'Hard research' describes scientific and objective research, where proven facts, figures, statistics, and measurable evidence are absolutely critical. In hard research, the credibility of every resource must be able to withstand intense scrutiny.

 

B) 'Soft research' describes topics that are more subjective, cultural, and opinion-based. Soft research sources will be less scrutinized by the readers.

 

C) Combined soft and hard research requires the most work, because this hybrid topic broadens your search requirements. Not only do you need to find hard facts and figures, but you will need to debate against very strong opinions to make your case. Politics and international economy topics are the biggest examples of hybrid research.


Here are examples of hard vs. soft Internet research. ..


2. Choose Which Online Authorities Are Suitable for Your Research Topic.


A) Hard research topics require hard facts and academically-respected evidence. An opinion blog will not cut it; you will need to find publications by scholars, experts, and professionals with credentials. The Invisible Web will often be important for hard research. Accordingly, here are possible content areas for your hard research topic:

 

Academic journals (e.g. a list of academic search engines here).


Government publications (e.g. Google's 'Uncle Sam' search).


Government authorities (e.g. the NHTSA)


Scientific and medical content, sanctioned by known authorites (e.g. Scirus.com).


Non-government websites that are NOT influenced by advertising and obvious sponsorship e.g. Consumer Watch)


Archived news (e.g. Internet Archive)

 

B) Soft research topics are often about collating the opinions of respected online writers. Many soft research authorities are not academics, but rather writers who have practical experience in their field. Soft research usually means the following sources:

 

Blogs, including personal opinion blogs and amateur writer blogs (e.g. ConsumerReports, UK politics).


Forums and discussion sites (e.g. Police discussion forum)


Consumer product review sites (e.g. ZDnet, Epinions).


Commercial sites that are advertising-driven (e.g. About.com)


Tech and computer sites (e.g.Overclock.net).


3. Use Different Search Engines and Keywords


Now comes the primary legwork: using different search engines and using 3-5 keyword combinations. Patient and constant adjusting of your keywords are key here.

 

Firstly, start with broad initial researching at Internet Public Library, DuckDuckGo, Clusty/Yippy, Wikipedia, and Mahalo. This will give you a broad sense of what categories and related topics are out there, and give you possible directions to aim your research.


Secondly, narrow and deepen your Visible Web searching with Google and Ask.com. Once you have experimented with combinations of 3 to 5 different keywords, these 3 search engines will deepen the results pools for your keywords.


Thirdly, go beyond Google, for Invisble Web (Deep Web) searching. Because Invisible Web pages are not spidered by Google, you'll need to be patient and use slower and more specific search engines like:
Scirus (for scientific searching)


Internet Archive (to backwards-search past current events)
Advanced Clusty Searching (meta searching specific parts of the Internet)
Surfwax (much more knowledge-focused and much less commerce-driven than Google)
US Government Library of Congress

 

4. Bookmark and Stockpile Possible Good Content.

While this step is simple, this is the second-slowest part of the whole process: this is where we gather all the possible ingredients into organized piles, which we sift through later. Here is the suggested routine for bookmarking pages:

 

CTRL-Click the interesting search engine result links. This will spawn a new tab page each time you CTRL-Click.


When you have 3 or 4 new tabs, quickly browse them and do an initial assessment on their credibility.
Bookmark any tabs you consider credible on first glance.


Close the tabs.

Repeat with the next batch of links.
This method, after about 45 minutes, will have yielded you dozens of bookmarks to sift through.


5. Filter and Validate the Content.

This is the slowest step of all: vetting and filtering which content is legitimate, and which is drivelous trash. If you are doing hard research, this is also the most important step of all, because your resources MUST withstand close examination later.

 

Carefully consider the author/source, and the date of publication. Is the author an authority with professional credentials, or someone who is peddling their wares and trying to sell you a book? Is the page undated, or unusually old? Does the page have its own domain name (e.g. honda.com, e.g. gov.co.uk), or is it some deep and obscure page buried at MySpace?


Be suspicious of personal web pages, and any commercial pages that have a shoddy, amateurish presentation. Spelling errors, grammar errors, poor formatting, cheesy advertising on the side, absurd fonts, too many blinking emoticons... these are all red flags that the author is not a serious resource, and does not care about the quality of their publishing.


Be suspicious of scientific or medical pages that display scientific or medical advertising. For example: if you are researching veterinarian advice, be wary if the veterinarian web page displays blatant advertising for dog medicine or pet food. Advertising can possibly indicate a conflict of interest or hidden agenda behind the writer's content.


Be suspicious of any ranting, overstating, overly-positive, or overly-negative commentary. If the author insists on ranting and crying foul, or conversely seems to shower excessive praise, that could be a red flag that there is dishonesty and fraudulent motivations behind the writing.


Commercial consumer websites can be good resources, but be skeptical of every comment you read. Just because 7 people rave that Pet Food X is good for their dogs does not necessarily mean it is good for your dog. Similarly, if 5 people out of 600 complain about a particular vendor, that doesn't mean the vendor is necessarily bad. Be patient, be skeptical, and be slow to form an opinion.


Use your intuition if something seems amiss with the web page. Perhaps the author is just a little too positive, or seems a little too closed to other opinions. Maybe the author uses profanity, name-calling, or insults to try to make his point. The formatting of the page might seem childlike and haphazard. Or you get the sense that the author is trying to sell you something. If you get any subconcious sense that there is something not quite right about the web page, then trust your intuition.


Use Google 'link:' feature to see the 'backlinks' for a page. This technique will list incoming hyperlinks from the major websites that recommend the web page of interest. These backlinks will give you an indicator how much respect the author has earned around the Internet. Simply go to google and enter 'link:www.(the web page's address)' to see the backlinks listed.

 

6. Make a Final Decision on Which Argument You Now Support.

After spending a few hours researching, your initial opinion may have changed. Maybe you are relieved, maybe you are more afraid, maybe you've just learned something and opened your mind that much more. Whichever it is, you will need to have an informed opinion if you are about to publish a report or thesis for your professor.

 

If you have a new opinion, you might have to redo your research (or re-sift your existing research bookmarks) in order to collate facts that support your new opinion and thesis statement.


7. Quote and Cite the Content.

While there is not a single universal standard for citing (acknowledging) quotes from the Internet, the Modern Language Association and American Psychological Association are two very respected citing methods:

 

Here is an example MLA citation:

Aristotle. Poetics. Trans. S. H. Butcher. The Internet Classics Archive.

Web Atomic and Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
13 Sept. 2007. Web. 4 Nov. 2008. ‹http://classics.mit.edu/›.
Here is a sample APA citation:

 

Bernstein, M. (2002). 10 tips on writing the living Web. A
List Apart: For People Who Make Websites, 149.
Retrieved from http://www.alistapart.com/articles/writeliving
More details: how to cite Internet references.

 

More details: The Purdue University Owl Guide explains both of these citing methods in detail:

The MLA citing method
The APA citing method


Remember: DO NOT PLAGIARIZE. You must either directly quote the author, or rewrite and summarize the content (along with appropriate citing). But to restate the author's words as your own is illegal, and will get you a failing mark on your thesis or paper.

 


8. Choose a Research-Friendly Web Browser

Researching is repetitive and slow. You will want a tool that supports many open pages, and easily backtracks through previous pages. A good research-friendly Web browser offers:

 

Multiple tab pages open simultaneously.
Bookmarks/favorites that are fast and easy to manage.
Page history that is easy to recall.


Loads pages quickly for your computer's memory size.
Of the many choices in 2014, the best research browsers are Chrome and Firefox, followed by Opera. IE10 is also a competent browser, but try the previous 3 choices for their speed and memory economy.


9. Good Luck with Your Internet Researching!

Yes, it's re-searching....the slow and repetitive method of sifting good information from the bad. It should feel slow because it's about diligence and skeptical hard questioning. But keep your attitude positive, and enjoy the discovery process. While 90% of what you read you will discard, take pleasure in how funny (and how idiotic) some internet content is, and put your CTRL-Click tabs and your bookmark/favorites to good use.

 

Be patient, be skeptical, be curious, and be slow to form an opinion!

 

Source:  http://netforbeginners.about.com/od/navigatingthenet/tp/How-to-Properly-Research-Online.htm

Categorized in Online Research

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