What is the best job in America? According to U.S. News & World Report, the best job of 2012 is a registered nurse (RN). The rankings, calculated on projected growth, average salary and job satisfaction statistics, include a number of jobs in the quickly growing health care sector, with medical assistant and pharmacist also making the top five — but only RN had a combination of pay, satisfaction and projected growth that make for the best job in America. Why does the health care industry boast three of the best jobs in the country? According to John Challenger, CEO of the outplacement company Challenger, Gray & Christmas, health care has replaced manufacturing as the core of the American economy. "It's a confluence of forces causing this,” he told U.S. News & World Report, “including the science involved in uncovering new frontiers, the aging of the population and government's commitment to providing health care to a broader generation of people. That causes job growth in several sectors." That growth means more job opportunities and increasing salaries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, RNs are the fastest-growing sector in the health care industry, expected to add 711,900 jobs by 2020, and according to David Card, director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Labor Studies Program, those jobs will be see relatively even distribution, with openings available in even small rural towns. While many nurses work in hospitals (most often located in urban or suburban areas), others work in private homes, public health facilities and alternative care settings, such as rehabilitation centers and schools. There are many paths to becoming a registered nurse.You can enter the field with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, although an advanced degree will give you better access to higher-paying and more desirable jobs. Nurses will also have to pass the National Council Licensure Exam, and may have to meet other licensure requirements, which vary by state. Nursing is a demanding and rewarding career that involves an incredible diversity of tasks, settings and challenges. If you are thinking about entering the profession, you may want to research some of the specific types of nursing that most interest you. Would you be happier in personal care (one of the highest paid areas, with nursing salaries as high as $95,000) or helping patients recover from heart surgery? Whichever area you of nursing you choose, you will be caring for others while pursuing the best career America has to offer. This article was written by Social Media Outreach Coordinator, Erica Moss, on behalf of CAREEREALISM-Approved Partner, 2tor — an education technology company that partners with institutions of higher education such as Georgetown University to deliver their online Master of Science in Nursing degree online. Best job 2012 image from Shutterstock
A common interview question employers ask during job interviews is, "Why are you interested in this position?" They want to know why you want to work at their company, and the specific motivation behind why you applied for the job (not that you need a paycheck).
Knowing how to answer interview questions well is always important, especially with this question.
To persuade the employer that you have a true connection to the company and a passion for the job you applied for, your answer to this interview question should start with, "I'm interested in this job, at this company, because…" and then list at least three reasons why you want to work there.
Here is how you should structure your answer to the interview question, "Why are you interested in this job?"
Reason #1 – Professional Fit
Your first reason should always show fit in terms of professional skills.
Example: "I'm interested in this job because I can see that, in this role, my skills could help solve this problem within your company. I also see an opportunity for me to learn and grow these skills, so we both would benefit personally, professionally, and financially. If I can come in here and solve problems and accomplish your goals, I know I can develop my career the way that I want to."
This part of your answer lets them know that you are excited about what you will be able to accomplish for them, while still emphasizing what they are getting out of the bargain. You need to sell yourself as a business-of-one who can provide a service better than the competition.
Reason #2 – Cultural Fit
Your second reason when answering, "Why are you interested in this job?" also shows fit, but in a different way.
Example: "Also, I like the culture of this organization. From what I've heard and what I've been reading about the company, it seems like a great fit for my personality and my values. I really connect with your mission statement, and feel passionate about the work that you do."
This is a general answer, so if you can be more specific by actually naming a couple of things you've heard or read about the company's workplace culture that you like, it will help your cause. This is one area where your pre-interview research is critical.
Here are a few things you may want to look for when you research the company:
- Is this a top company in the field/industry?
- Is this company known for cutting-edge products or other innovations?
- Does this company have a great reputation for customer service?
- Is this company known for being a great place to work?
- Does this company value and/or provide resources for employee development?
Mention those things that truly speak to you and your values so your sincerity shows.
Reason #3 – Personal Fit
Wrap up your answer to this interview question with something that personalizes it a bit more.
- "And this job is in a great location for me. I've always wanted to move here."
- "And this job is only five minutes from my house, so eliminating the commute is a big plus."
- "And I've always used your products, and I just love them. I am really excited about being a part of that."
Say something that gives you another reason of your own for wanting this job. This interview answer is a fantastic place to let your enthusiasm for the job show. It's very appealing to employers, and it gives them one more reason to hire you.
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You'll have a very clear and thorough answer to the question, "Why are you interested in this job?" if you follow the formula above. Set yourself apart from the competition today!
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