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Then and Now – CEOs

Everybody starts their career somewhere,even CEOs. Below are some interesting profiles of CEOs and how they broke into the business world:


Gary Kelly

CEO, Southwest Airlines

THEN

  • First job after college:CPA for Arthur Young & Co. in Dallas
  • Responsibilities: staff auditor,CPA
  • Annual pay (2006 dollars): $47,996
  • College: University of Texas,Austin
  • Degree:BBA, accounting
  • Year of graduation: 1977

NOW

  • Started with Southwest: 1986
  • First job title: controller
  • Current annual pay (2005): $748,699 Stock options (2005): 10,617
  • Company sales (2005):$7.6 billion 
  • Net income (2005): $548 million
  • Employees (2005): 31,000
  • Other companies on resume: Systems Center
  • “[My first job] was an awesome learning experience about working with people and about business. And it was a lot of work. I had the second-highest overtime in the Dallas office”


Judy McGrath

CEO, MTV Networks

THEN

  • First job after college: writer, WEJL, Scranton, Pa.
  • Responsibilities: writing copy for radio DJs Annual pay (2006 dollars): NA (“I had six roommates in a one-bedroom apartment, if that tells you anything.”)
  • College: Cedar Crest College, Allentown, Pa.
  • Degree: bachelor’s, English literature
  • Year of graduation: 1974

NOW

  • First job title: writer, on-air promotion/creative director
  • Company sales (2005): $6.8 billion
  • Net profits (2005): $2.6 billion
  • Other companies on resume: Condé Nast, Rock the Vote
  • “Trust your own instincts, but know that the listener/reader is the boss. And music is the highest art.”


Andrew C. Taylor

CEO, Enterprise Rent-A-Car

THEN

  • First job after college: RLM Leasing, a Ford Motor affiliate in San Francisco
  • Responsibilities: leasing and sales
  • Annual pay (2006 dollars): $54,409
  • College: University of Denver
  • Degree: bachelor’s, business administration
  • Year of graduation: 1970

NOW

  • Started with Enterprise: 1964
  • First job title: car prep and management trainee during high school Company sales (2005): $8.2 billion
  • Employees (2005): 65,000
  • Other companies on resume: none
  • “I started learning this business when I was 16, washing cars at one of our St. Louis offices. At the time, Enterprise was primarily local leasing company with few locations. Now we have more than 6,900 locations worldwide….I’m proud of our growth and dedication to customer and employee satisfaction — the things that have made this incredible ride possible.”

View more profiles at: First Jobs: Lessons Learned. [BusinessWeek Onlne]

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Career Hacker * www.careerhacker.com * By Bill Inman * www.billinman.com

5 Career Posts from Lifehack.org

Lifehack.org is a “daily digest and pointers on productivity, getting things done and lifehacks.”

Here are 5 career posts from Lifehack.org:

Seven Career Killers.
 9 Tips for Career Starters
Move Sideways.
Professional Volunteering: the Killer App!
Secrets of Satisfying Careers.

Lifehack.org.

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Career Hacker * www.careerhacker.com * By Bill Inman * www.billinman.com

The Highest Paying Jobs in the U.S.

Department of Labor information shows that 8 of the 10 highest paying jobs, in the U.S., are in the medical field:

The Highest Paying Jobs in the United States
(Non-medical salaries in bold)

  1. Surgeon — $181,850
  2. Anesthesiologist — $174,610
  3. OB/GYN — $174,610
  4. Oral and maxillofacial surgeon — $169,600
  5. Internist — $156,790
  6. Prosthodontist — $156,710
  7. Orthodontist — $153,240
  8. Psychiatrist — $151,380
  9. Chief Executive Officer — $140,880
  10. Engineering Manager — $140,210
  11. Pediatrician — $140,000
  12. Family or general practitioner — $137,980
  13. Physician/surgeon, all other — $137,100
  14. Airline Pilot — $134,090
  15. Dentist — $132,660
  16. Podiatrist — $111,130
  17. Lawyer — $110,590
  18. Dentist, any other specialist — $106,040
  19. Air Traffic Controller — $100,430
  20. Computer and Information Systems Manager — $100,110
  21. Marketing Manager — $100,020
  22. Natural Sciences Manager — $97,560
  23. Sales Manager — $96,950
  24. Astronomer — $96,780

View job descriptions and job listings for this list at Careerbuilder:

America’s Highest-Paying Jobs. [CareerbuilderLaura Morsch]

Additionally the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ has listed the estimated pay of the 10 fastest-growing jobs through 2014:

Average pay for the Fastest Growing Jobs
(Non-medical salaries in bold)1. Computer systems software engineer — $81,140*
2. Computer applications software engineer — $76,310
3. Biomedical engineer — $70,520
4. Physician assistant — $69,250
5. Environmental engineer — $67,620
6. Computer systems analyst — $67,520
7. Database administrator — $61,950
8. Physical therapist — $61,560
9. Network systems and data communication analyst — $61,250
10. Hydrologist — $60,880

*Median annual salary, according to November 2004 BLS data.

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Career Hacker * www.careerhacker.com * By Bill Inman * www.billinman.com

Search 12,000 Job Descriptions

CareerPlanner.com Career Hacker Bill InmanFrom ‘Able Seaman’ to ‘Zoologist’, CareerPlanner.com has over 12,000 job descriptions you can search for free. Why is this valuable to you? You might use this information to:

  •  Enhance your resume by adding some of the skills mentioned in CareerPlanner.com job descriptions to the previous or current position(s) listed on your resume.
  • Understand better what it will skills and abilities it will take to make a move towards a new career path.
  • Find job related keywords, on CareerPlanner.com job descriptions, that you can plug into job boards and search engines to locate hard to find positions.
  • Find out what skills you might be lacking in your current job and what you need to improve upon.
  • Write a great job description for an opening in your department.

All CareerPlanner.com job descriptions contain (1) a description, (2) required knowledge (3) required skills (4) required abilities and (5) job activities. You can search by RAISEC career code, keyword or term, or browse alphabetically.

CareerPlanner.com Job Descriptions. [CareerPlanner.com]

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Career Hacker * www.careerhacker.com * By Bill Inman * www.billinman.com

Best Places to Launch a Career – Business Week

disney1.jpgLaunching (or re-launching) your career? Business week published a McGraw-Hill Study that ranks the top 55 companies, provides the number of entry level hires for 2005, lists the top degree for entry level hires and the most desireable trait each company looks for. The top 5:

  1. Walt Disney
  2. Lockheed Martin
  3. Deloitte & Touche
  4. Goldman, Sachs, & Co.
  5. Enterprise Rent-a-Car

Best Places to Launch a Career – 2006 Rankings. [McGraw Hill Company]