Interview Questions

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Big picture | Strengths | Possible weaknesses | Stress | Working with others | Constraints | See also

Job interviews are often the most feared aspect of finding yourself employment, and yet they need not be that way. A critical trick is to know what questions you might be asked and hence have great answers already prepared for those tough questions you may be asked.

This section not only tells you how to answer interview questions, it also explains what they are looking for and hence lets you answer difficult questions with effective answers. Please do note: the answers offered here are to help you think and understand and may the right things to say in all situations.

Big picture

Big picture questions seek to understand the whole person, their overall motivations and their general approaches to work.

Strengths

Strength questions effectively ask ‘Why should we employ you?’ If these are not answered well then there is no chance you will get the job.

Possible weaknesses

Weakness questions seek to understand where you might not fit with the job. They are also a test of character, including how you face up to weaknesses and how you manage and improve them.

Stress

Stress is a killer at work and many jobs are very stressful. People who are seeking stressful jobs and who cannot handle stress well are obviously not good candidates. This is also test of how honest you are with yourself – interviewers will watch for correlation of body language and answers.

Working with others

Many jobs need you to work in teams and across departments. These questions seek to find out how good you are at this.

Constraints

If they like you, they may ask questions to determine what would stop you from working with them. This also helps them match the person with the job.

And…

Do remember that although the truth may be extended a little to help you get the job, outright lying and excessive exaggeration is unlikely to help you in the longer term. For example, if you cannot handle stress and land a high-pressure job, then you are unlikely to survive for long.

Note also that although there are many ideas here, they do not cover the whole show. More questions can be asked and there can be other purpose to the questioning. The bottom line is to be calm, positive, interested, enthusiastic or otherwise the ideal employee they are seeking!

See also

Questioning techniques, Listening, Interviewer Bias

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Jobs / careers / business for felons

1. Mobile App Developer
Guess what? CNN Money has named this occupation as the best job in America.6 So it’s probably a smart idea to look into the field of mobile app development, even if you have a felony on your record. The technology sector is filled with a lot of open-minded employers. And since demand is so high and many companies are having a hard time filling open positions for mobile application developers, you may be able to find some great opportunities if you can show that you have the necessary skills. Plus, doesn’t making apps for iOS or Android devices sound like a lot of fun?

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$27.57
  • Average hourly wage—$49.12
  • Typical qualifications—Associate’s or bachelor’s degree

2. Wind Energy Technician
Do you have a fear of heights? If not, you may want to consider going after a career in which you get to climb tall wind turbines in order to make repairs and install or maintain their sophisticated components. Electric power utilities and wind turbine manufacturers may not currently appear on a typical list of companies that hire felons, but they are still worth contacting to see whether training for this career would be a good idea.

After all, no other occupation in America is expected to grow faster. (Between 2014 and 2024, employment in this trade could rise by 108 percent.)4 As a result, some wind energy employers may be willing to hire people who’ve served time for non-violent felonies in order to help meet their demand for new technicians.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$17.79
  • Average hourly wage—$25.50
  • Typical qualifications—Associate’s degree

3. Computer Network Support Specialist
The broad field of information technology (IT) has been known to provide some good jobs for convicted felons who don’t have a history of fraud, theft, violence, or computer-related crimes. So if you meet that criteria and already have some experience with computers or a strong interest in learning more about them, then this may be a path you should consider.

These days, almost every company needs a fast, secure, and reliable in-house network as well as stable connectivity to the Internet. With the proper skills and credentials, your future may involve testing, analyzing, and troubleshooting various types of computer networks and minimizing the times when they are offline.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$17.48
  • Average hourly wage—$32.33
  • Typical qualifications—Associate’s degree

4. Web Designer or Developer
Some jobs for people with felonies on their criminal records offer the possibility of self-employment. Web development is one of them. Think about it: You can design and code websites at home, on a freelance basis, for as many clients as you can handle. And being self-employed means that you probably won’t have to pass any pre-employment background checks.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$16.71
  • Average hourly wage—$33.97
  • Typical qualifications—Associate’s or bachelor’s degree

5. Mechanical Engineering Technician
Some prisoners get the opportunity to learn mechanical skills while serving out their sentences. That’s why the field of mechanical engineering technology often provides suitable jobs for ex-felons. With additional vocational training after your release, you can pursue opportunities that involve helping engineers develop, modify, and test various kinds of mechanical equipment and machinery.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$16.26
  • Average hourly wage—$27.11
  • Typical qualifications—Associate’s degree

6. Marketing Specialist
People who have different perspectives on the world than the average business professional develop some of the best marketing strategies. And organizations of every variety need effective marketing, which is often derived from fresh ideas and unusual insights. It’s why second-chance jobs for felons sometimes become available in this field, which includes the exciting area of Internet marketing. By refining your creative and analytical thinking abilities, you may be able to offer your own distinctive ideas to this field.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$16.12
  • Average hourly wage—$33.67
  • Typical qualifications—Bachelor’s degree

7. Oil and Gas Derrick Operator
Clean energy technologies will probably be the dominant sources of power in the coming decades, but oil and gas still supply most of America’s energy right now. In fact, some of the best jobs for felons are within this industry since oil and gas companies need hard workers and ex-cons are often among the hardest workers around. Derrick operators get to set up and control the framework and equipment that fits over oil or gas wells.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$16.00
  • Average hourly wage—$24.38
  • Typical qualifications—High school diploma or vocational certificate

8. Electrician
The skilled trades offer some potential jobs for ex-cons. You just need to investigate the licensing requirements in your particular state since certain felony convictions may disqualify you. In general, however, trades such as electrical work are worth looking into. You’ll definitely need some extra training in order to become a journeyman electrician, but most of that training will be paid. Plus, it’s possible to find electrical contracting companies that will hire felons since some of them are owned by ex-convicts who want to give others the same opportunities that they had.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$15.10
  • Average hourly wage—$26.73
  • Typical qualifications—Vocational certificate and paid apprenticeship

9. Oil and Gas Rotary Drill Operator
Like derrick operators, rotary drill operators are known for having labor-intensive jobs. Felons can get some of those jobs if they’re able to demonstrate a willingness to learn, work hard, and live in remote regions. (Many oil and gas wells are far away from large towns or cities.) You may get to help set up and control large drills that remove oil, gas, or core samples from deep under ground.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$14.59
  • Average hourly wage—$29.03
  • Typical qualifications—High school diploma or vocational certificate

10. Commercial Diver
Potential careers for convicted felons don’t get much more adventurous than this one. After all, it involves working under water in order to help fix, install, remove, or inspect structures such as bridge supports or large pieces of equipment such as offshore seawater intakes. Your employment opportunities may depend on exactly what you were convicted for as well as how long you’ve been out of prison.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$14.58
  • Average hourly wage—$26.27
  • Typical qualifications—Scuba certification and vocational certificate

11. Plumber
The residential and commercial plumbing industry sometimes provides good job opportunities for felons. However, you should check your state’s vocational licensing requirements in order to make sure that your specific convictions don’t disqualify you. For instance, some states may ban people from pursuing the residential plumbing trade if they have prior convictions for violent crimes, theft, or sexual offenses. But some plumbing contractors are willing to hire ex-cons if they feel that they truly want to learn the trade and will stay loyal to their companies for several years.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$14.27
  • Average hourly wage—$26.49
  • Typical qualifications—Vocational certificate and paid apprenticeship

12. Writer
Here’s one of the potentially high-paying jobs for felons that can be done from home. All kinds of businesses, publishers, and other organizations need quality writing for things like sales and marketing materials, advertising copy, online content, and magazine articles. Some companies hire in-house writers, in which case you may have a background check run on you. However, many successful writers are self-employed, which removes that particular obstacle.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$14.05
  • Average hourly wage—$33.24
  • Typical qualifications—Bachelor’s degree is often preferred but not always necessary

13. HVAC/R Technician
Heating, air conditioning, and good ventilation are often essential for the health and comfort of people who work and reside indoors. That’s why most buildings in America need effective climate-control systems. And many companies rely on commercial refrigeration systems to keep their perishable products at the right temperature. Since the demand usually remains strong for qualified HVAC/R techs, this field sometimes makes jobs for ex-convicts available. However, like with other skilled trades, becoming a licensed technician may depend on your particular felony convictions.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$13.36
  • Average hourly wage—$22.78
  • Typical qualifications—Vocational certificate and paid apprenticeship

14. Graphic Designer
Do you have any artistic abilities? Many ex-cons do. If you’re one of them, you may be able to transform your talents into a fun career that offers extensive possibilities. Graphic design is used by almost every organization that needs to market its products or services. And today’s designers now have the chance to create graphics for print, online, and multimedia projects. This type of occupation even lends itself perfectly to being self-employed, which makes it one of the best careers for felons who have creative talents.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$13.25
  • Average hourly wage—$24.83
  • Typical qualifications—Associate’s or bachelor’s degree

15. Solar Energy Technician
Like wind energy, the growing field of solar energy offers the possibility of providing good second-chance jobs for convicted felons. As the prices of solar panels and similar technologies continue to drop, the demand for them keeps rising. It often takes skilled technicians in order to properly install them on rooftops or in other locations where they can be most effective.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$13.24
  • Average hourly wage—$19.26
  • Typical qualifications—Vocational certificate

16. Sales Representative for Wholesale Products
All kinds of manufacturers and wholesale distributors need hardworking sales reps who are good at promoting their products and closing deals with companies and other organizations. So if you’re outgoing and don’t mind traveling or making a lot of phone calls, then this career may be a good option. And the art of selling can often be learned through online courses. Just keep in mind that many sales jobs for convicts will only be available to those who don’t have felonies on their records for crimes like theft or violence.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$12.90
  • Average hourly wage—$32.11
  • Typical qualifications—High school diploma or higher

17. Film or Video Editor
This occupation might be one of the most engaging jobs that felons can get. Among other things, it requires creativity and special technical abilities, but you can probably learn what you need to know at an art school or career college. Plus, the opportunities may grow in number as more and more companies choose to market themselves through professional online videos. And this type of work is also something that you can do on a freelance basis in case you’re worried about background checks.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$12.63
  • Average hourly wage—$38.61
  • Typical qualifications—Associate’s or bachelor’s degree

18. Commercial Truck Driver
Commercial trucking jobs for felons often become available when transportation companies experience a shortage of workers due to a period of strong economic growth. You will need a commercial driver’s license (CDL), and you might want to approach smaller transportation companies first. (CDL jobs for felons are sometimes easier to get with small trucking companies since they may be less likely to run background checks or screen out qualified ex-cons.) However, keep in mind that the long-haul trucking industry doesn’t usually provide jobs for parolees since their positions tend to require traveling out of state (which is typically forbidden when you’re on parole).

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$12.62
  • Average hourly wage—$20.43
  • Typical qualifications—Vocational certificate

19. Carpenter
The carpentry trade is often a good source of opportunities for ex-offenders. With proper vocational training, you can work your way up to becoming a journeyman carpenter. Just be sure to research the licensing requirements in your state in order to see if your particular felony convictions will be a problem. Many carpentry jobs that hire convicted felons are offered by ex-cons who have built successful businesses in the trade and want to give back.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$12.61
  • Average hourly wage—$22.49
  • Typical qualifications—Vocational certificate and paid apprenticeship

20. Welder
Like carpentry, the welding trade sometimes offers good employment for convicted felons. Plus, welders are needed across multiple industries such as construction and manufacturing. And the training that is required for getting started often takes less than a year.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$12.47
  • Average hourly wage—$19.70
  • Typical qualifications—Vocational certificate

21. Substance Abuse Counselor
As someone who has made life-altering mistakes and paid a heavy price for them, you may have great insights to share with other people who need help making better life choices. In fact, many social agencies have discovered that ex-cons and former addicts are sometimes very good at such jobs. Hiring convicted felons who’ve had behavioral or substance abuse issues of their own allows those agencies to offer help from people who can truly empathize with the challenges of addiction.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$12.43
  • Average hourly wage—$20.64
  • Typical qualifications—Anything from a post-secondary certificate to a master’s degree (depending on the particular state, employer, and position)

22. Helper to Extraction Workers
You don’t necessarily have to develop a lot of mechanical skills in order to work in the oil, gas, or mining industries. Instead, you may be able to provide assistance to the skilled workers who operate the big machines. Your job may involve cleaning up work sites, carrying equipment, or performing other random tasks that help keep things moving along.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$11.88
  • Average hourly wage—$17.83
  • Typical qualifications—High school diploma or less

23. Painter
The walls of nearly every building require paint as part of their structural integrity and visual appeal. And many other structures and pieces of large equipment need paint for the same reasons. So painting is often a good job for convicted felons who can demonstrate trustworthiness and who need to start making money in something that can be learned fairly quickly.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$11.49
  • Average hourly wage—$19.49
  • Typical qualifications—High school diploma or less

24. Locksmith
The locksmithing trade offers good potential for self-employment. Just be aware that many ex-cons don’t qualify for locksmithing licenses if their felony convictions are for crimes related to endangering the safety or security of people or property. So check with your state’s vocational licensing department before pursuing this trade. If you get approved, this occupation can provide an enjoyable way to earn a living and re-establish trust within your community. And you can probably learn locksmithing through an online or distance-learning course.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$10.95
  • Average hourly wage—$19.84
  • Typical qualifications—Vocational certificate

25. Auto Mechanic
Fixing cars and trucks obviously requires special skills, but you may only need a year or less of training at a trade school in order to begin this type of career. The auto service industry has a fairly long history of providing jobs for people with felony convictions. Your own opportunities may just depend on exactly why you have a criminal record and how much you’ve grown as a person since serving your time.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$10.11
  • Average hourly wage—$19.58
  • Typical qualifications—Vocational certificate

26. Construction Laborer
Many of the lower-skilled jobs in the construction industry are good for ex-cons who may not be able to pass strict background checks. Since you don’t need a vocational license for basic laborer jobs, some employers in this sector may be willing to overlook your convictions if they feel that you’ll work hard and not cause any problems. Your role may include assignments like digging trenches, cleaning work sites, erecting scaffolding, and using basic tools for other routine tasks.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$9.92
  • Average hourly wage—$17.57
  • Typical qualifications—High school diploma or less

27. Auto Glass Installer or Repairer
Most vehicle owners eventually have to get their windshields fixed or replaced. So the demand for auto glass services tends to stay strong. One way to learn the required skills is to take an auto body programat a trade school, which may qualify you for additional kinds of positions in the industry.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$9.81
  • Average hourly wage—$16.93
  • Typical qualifications—Vocational certificate

28. Shipping and Receiving Clerk
Every large warehouse and big-box store requires clerks for handling and preparing incoming and outgoing merchandise or other materials. They tend to verify records, double-check items being delivered, and arrange shipments. It’s a good job for certain kinds of ex-offenders who can be trusted with a lot of important details.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$9.73
  • Average hourly wage—$15.55
  • Typical qualifications—High school diploma or GED

29. Telephone Customer Service Representative
Many companies don’t want to hire felons for positions that require face-to-face contact with customers. But they are sometimes willing to hire ex-cons for telephone-based positions since there isn’t as much potential risk to their businesses. Plus, phone-based customer service jobs are often difficult to fill with people who will stick around for more than a few months. So some employers may recognize that your felony background makes it more likely that you’ll stay with their companies for a while (since securing a job is probably more difficult for you than other people).

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$9.47
  • Average hourly wage—$16.62
  • Typical qualifications—High school diploma or GED

30. Helper to Construction Tradespeople
What jobs can a felon get in the construction trades without becoming a licensed journeyman? Become a helper. Many skilled tradespeople need assistants who are willing to perform basic tasks such as carrying materials, holding tools, cleaning equipment and work sites, and helping with simple projects. For example, many carpenters, electricians, roofers, and stonemasons hire helpers. The bonus is that being a helper can provide a good introduction to a specific trade, which can help you decide whether or not to pursue it further yourself.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—From about $9.16 to $9.99
  • Average hourly wage—From about $13.38 to $15.43
  • Typical qualifications—High school diploma, GED, or vocational certificate

31. Delivery Driver
Being a good driver can be very valuable in the job market. As long as you haven’t committed theft or any serious traffic infractions (such as driving while intoxicated), you might be able to land a job that involves picking up and delivering packages or merchandise.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$9.07
  • Average hourly wage—$16.38
  • Typical qualifications—Valid driver’s license and a clean driving record

32. Landscaping Worker
Do you mind doing work that is physically intensive? A lot of gardening and landscaping companies hire people to help trim, water, fertilize, and plant lawns and other vegetation for their clients. Many of them also need people to help dig small trenches for sprinkler systems. And, in some cases, they are willing to give certain types of ex-cons an opportunity to prove that they are honest and reliable workers.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$8.87
  • Average hourly wage—$13.20
  • Typical qualifications—Vocational certificate or high school diploma or less

33. General Laborer
A lot of temp agencies have clients that need short-term workers for odd jobs requiring manual labor. Among other tasks, you might be asked to help move heavy materials or carry various items from one place to another. Taking on this kind of work can help you establish trust with potential employers and gain references for future jobs.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$8.79
  • Average hourly wage—$13.39
  • Typical qualifications—High school diploma or less

34. Dog Trainer
Being around domesticated animals can be good for your mental health, especially if you’ve had to spend time in prison. Dogs are particularly worthy companions, which is why they are incredibly popular with many pet owners. A lot of dog owners will pay good money for help with training their canine companions to follow commands, stay well behaved, or even perform basic tricks. That’s why this industry sometimes offers enjoyable jobs for felony offenders who don’t have violent backgrounds and want a chance at self-employment.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$8.725
  • Average hourly wage—$10.855
  • Typical qualifications—Vocational certificate

35. Barber
Knowing how to cut and style men’s hair, give clean shaves, and trim beards is a good set of skills to have. You might even be able to offer a mobile barbering service and go to your clients’ homes or workplaces in order to make things more convenient for them. First, however, you should find out whether or not you’ll be able to qualify for a barbering license in your state. Certain kinds of felonies might disqualify you.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$8.62
  • Average hourly wage—$14.01
  • Typical qualifications—Vocational certificate or associate’s degree

36. Stock Clerk or Order Filler
Large stores, warehouses, and distribution centers employ many people to do things like help unload trucks, stock shelves, fill customers’ orders, set up displays of merchandise, and organize stock inventories. You may have to work early in the morning or late at night, but this kind of job can be fun in its own way. A felony conviction for theft, violence, or drug use may cause employers to not want to hire you. But if you can show good references and prove that you’ve matured as a person, you may have a chance at landing a position.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—$8.52
  • Average hourly wage—$12.47
  • Typical qualifications—High school diploma or less

37. Cook
The culinary industry has a strong track record of being a good source of jobs for ex-cons. In fact, a lot of restaurants don’t perform background checks. And if you prove that you can be counted upon, then this industry often provides a lot of opportunity for moving into higher, better-paying positions. Plus, in addition to restaurants, you might be able to find employment opportunities at institutional cafeterias. Just be aware that places like schools and hospitals will probably have stricter requirements and want to check your background for certain types of felonies.

  • Entry-level hourly wage—From about $7.94 to $8.36
  • Average hourly wage—From about $9.43 to $12.29
  • Typical qualifications—High school diploma or vocational certificate

 

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When Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg sound the same dire warning about jobs, it’s time to listen
Published: June 3, 2017

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The jobs figures for May disappointed most analysts. But Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, who built billion-dollar technology companies in two very different areas, see more seismic shifts ahead.

At his Harvard University commencement speech last week, Facebook FB, +1.37%chief executive Zuckerberg, had some tough words for the Class of 2017.
“Our generation will have to deal with tens of millions of jobs replaced by automation like self-driving cars and trucks,” he said, adding, “When our parents graduated, purpose reliably came from your job, your church, your community,. But today, technology and automation are eliminating many jobs. Membership in communities is declining. Many people feel disconnected and depressed, and are trying to fill a void.”

Gates, the founder of Microsoft MSFT, +2.37% last month, sounded the same warning. Gates said he didn’t want to sound like the guy from “The Graduate,” which celebrates 50 years this year. In that movie, old Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) was given this very famous piece of advice: “I just want to say one word to you. Just one word …Plastics,” And today? That word would likely be “robots.” Gates took his 34.8 million Twitter followers by the virtual shoulder and said “artificial intelligence” would have a huge impact. In other words, why not join the revolution? After all, that’s exactly what Zuckerberg and Gates did with social media and computer software.

But that’s not the only response to the robot revolution. Last February, Gates also told Quartz that robots should free up labor “and give graduates an opportunity to focus on jobs that only let us do a better job of reaching out to the elderly, having smaller class sizes, helping kids with special needs. You know, all of those are things where human empathy and understanding are still very, very unique.” Gates said there is a counter-intuitive way of approaching the rise of robots. “So if you can take the labor that used to do the thing automation replaces …then you’re net ahead.”

Zuckerberg too spoke about finding meaningful jobs and purpose in this new automated economy. “Class of 2017, you are graduating into a world that needs purpose. It’s up to you to create it,” he said, adding, “Taking on big meaningful projects is the first thing we can do to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose. The second is redefining equality to give everyone the freedom they need to pursue purpose. Many of our parents had stable jobs throughout their careers.” Today’s graduates, he said, will need to carve their own path, but have the freedom to fail and to try again.

They’re not wrong: Robots are expected to create 15 million new jobs in the U.S. over the next 10 years, as a direct result of automation and artificial intelligence, equivalent to 10% of the workforce, a recent report by Forrester Research found.
The downside: robotics will also kill 25 million jobs over the same period.
So in one way Gates is correct. Artificial intelligence and automation is an area undergoing a seismic shift, just like computers did in the 1980s and plastics did 30 years before that, and how people around the world changed how the communicate and share information about themselves (and, yes, data about themselves) 10 years ago.

And what field will be hot 50 years from now? Some 65% of Americans expect that within 50 years robots and computers will “definitely” or “probably” do much of the work currently done by humans, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center, a nonprofit think tank in Washington, D.C.
Some 38% of jobs in the U.S. are at “high risk” of being replaced by robots and artificial intelligence over the next 15 years, a separate estimate by consulting and accounting firm PwC found, which is still lower than Germany (35%) and the U.K. (30%).

But for those who don’t want to work in artificial intelligence, there are some “robot-proof” careers, at least for now. They include composers and artists, nurse practitioners, home health aides, elder care specialists, child care workers, engineers, teachers and, finally, human resources executives, a report released earlier this month by careers firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas concluded. What’s more, many traditionally blue-collar jobs will be hard to replace, including carpenters, plumbers, electricians. And, of course, robot engineers will not be replaced by robots.

Low-paying jobs appear most at risk from robots, economists predict. For those who want to avoid being replaced by robots, a college education will likely help. As MarketWatch previously reported, there’s an 83% chance that automation will replace a job that pays $20 per hour, according to a White House report released last year. It found that there’s only a 31% chance that robots will take over a job that pays between $30 and $40 per hour, and only a 4% chance that automation will replace jobs with an hourly wage over $40.

Gates also cited biosciences and energy as a good bet for the Class of 2017.
Traditional energy and energy efficiency sectors employ around 6.4 million Americans, according to the 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report. These sectors increased in 2016 by around 5% on the previous year and account for roughly 14% of all those created in the country. Jobs in biosciences are increasing at a rate of 10% per year, the latest report on the industry by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization estimated, and employs nearly 1.7 million people in the U.S.

And Zuckerberg also had some words of wisdom for tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. “Let me tell you a secret: no one does when they begin. Ideas don’t come out fully formed. They only become clear as you work on them. You just have to get started,” he said. “If I had to understand everything about connecting people before I began, I never would have started Facebook. Movies and pop culture get this all wrong. The idea of a single eureka moment is a dangerous lie. It makes us feel inadequate since we haven’t had ours. It prevents people with seeds of good ideas from getting started.”
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/bi…-advice-from-the-graduate-for-2017-2017-05-16

 

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6 Black-Owned Staffing Agencies to Help Find Your Next Job

Here’s a way to support black businesses while searching for your next employment opportunity—becauseby Safon Floyd Posted: August 14, 2016[​IMG]
(Image: iStock.com/Olivier Le Moal)In full support of meaningful employment and black business, BlackEnterprise.com has compiled a list of staffing agencies for you to check out while engaging in your job search. These companies specialize in varying industries—from tech, to sales, to healthcare, and finance. Find your best fit below.1. Nolan Career Consulting

Founded by Aaron Nolan, Nolan Career Consulting specializes in placing top talent within diverse organizations. Those with interest in the advertising, management, healthcare, sales, sales support, operations, accounting, IT, and cosmetology industries need apply.

2. ACT•1 Group

Janice Bryant Howroyd founded ACT•1 in 1978, and has since become the first Black woman to own a billion-dollar company. Operating in over 19 countries, the company provides employment, workforce management, and procurement solutions to a wide range of industries, Fortune 500 organizations, local and mid-market companies, and government agencies.

3. Standby Talent Staffing Services

Based in Atlanta and founded by Derrick Harris, Standby Talent Staffing Services provides temp-to-hire, project based, and direct hire opportunities to those in the information technology, administrative, accounting, and finance industries.

4. Diversant

Founded by Gene C. Waddy, Diversant is as fully-certified, minority-owned business enterprise. It is also the largest African American-owned IT staffing firm in the United States. With several locations around the United States, this company offers direct hire, IT staff augmentation, and innovative diversity solutions.

5. MoTek Technologies

Founded by Jerald Baker and located in the heart of Valencia, California, MoTek Technologies specializes in placing exceptionally talented software and hardware engineers in highly coveted positions in Silicon Valley.

6. Vets Etc.

Founded in 2009 by veteran John Nash, Vets Etc. offers staffing services, logistics consulting services, and more in and around Seaside, California. The company serves federal defense and civilian agencies, commercial businesses, and state and local government entities.

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