Everything Alternative Careers Book

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Overview

Would you like to trade in your corporate attire for a ski patrol uniform or the cloak and hat of a detective? You can make that daydream become a reality with The Everything Alternative Careers Book! Packed with information on jobs that normally don't show up in the classifieds, this groundbreaking guide helps you take your basic skills, talents, and interests and enter an exciting new career. From unique volunteering opportunities to exciting entrepreneurial ventures, this practical book offers you a wealth of imaginative ideas you may never have considered.
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Ever thought about joining the circus? How about joining the Peace Corps? In The Everything Alternative Career Book, writer James Mannion explores what it takes to pursue the jobs that don't usually show up in the classifieds, and presents the resources necessary to land them. From writing for fun and profit, to careers in the arts, to working at home or on the road, Mannion describes the opportunities that are out there for adventurous job seekers, as well as the financial planning and research they must first consider. Copyright © 2004 Soundview Executive Book Summaries
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593370381
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/2/2004
  • Series: Everything Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Top Ten Crazy Careers x
Introduction xi
1 It's Time to Follow Your Dream 1
The Times They Are a-Changin' 2
Downsized and Out 3
Why an Alternative Career? Why Not! 5
Turn a Crisis into an Opportunity 7
The First Day of the Rest of Your Life 9
2 A View from Abroad 11
Celebrating Diversity 12
Finding Jobs Abroad 13
Teaching Abroad 18
English as a Second Language 19
3 Be Prepared 25
See the World 26
Passport to Adventure 26
A Shot in the Arm 30
Don't Drink the Water 31
Different Strokes 35
Let's Be Careful over There 39
4 The Great Outdoors 41
Back to Nature 42
Be All You Can Be--Be a Park Ranger 42
Up the River 44
Hit the Slopes 47
On the Patrol 50
Camp Counselors 51
Out to Sea 53
5 Shall We Dance? 57
Dance Fever 58
How Hungry Are You? 61
Teaching Dance 62
Walk on the Wild Side 64
6 A Life in the Theater 67
An Actor's Life 68
Working with an Agent 71
Presenting Yourself 73
Joining the Unions 77
Acting Around the Country 79
7 Writing for Fun and Profit 81
The Writing Life 82
Start the Presses: Working in Journalism 83
The Art of the Novel 87
Writing for the Big (and Small) Screen 89
The Freelance Adventure 90
Finding an Agent 93
Other Writing Opportunities 95
8 The Artist's Way 99
You Gotta Have Art 100
The Art of Successful Self-Promotion 100
Other Venues for Your Work 104
The Art of the Craft Business 105
9 Model Citizens 111
Have You Got What It Takes? 112
You Can Do It, Too 114
Commercial Modeling 115
Glamour Modeling 116
Where to Start 117
The Road to the Runway 120
Nobody's Perfect 124
Other Modeling Opportunities 124
10 Circus, Circus! 127
Run Away and Join the Circus 128
Life Under the Big Top 128
Clowning Around 130
The Man (and Woman) on the Flying Trapeze 133
Animal Handlers 135
11 On the Road Again 139
Living out of a Suitcase 140
Roadies 142
Couriers 143
Tour Guides 145
Road Rats 149
12 Working at Home (or Close to It) 153
The Home-Court Advantage 154
Caring for Children 154
Pet-Care Careers 158
Personal Companions 162
Tutoring 163
Cleaning Services 164
Tax Information for the Self-Employed 165
13 Internet Opportunities 167
Superhighway to Success 168
The Right Computer and Internet Connection 168
Telecommuting 170
Buying and Selling on eBay 174
Selling on Amazon.com 178
Providing Computer Services 179
Spam and Scams 180
Checking Out Online Opportunities 182
14 Personal Coaching 183
Get in on the Ground Floor 184
There's Money to Be Made 186
Are You Cut Out to Be a Coach? 186
Getting Started 187
Certification 191
15 Law Enforcement Careers 193
Detective Work 194
Areas of Expertise 195
Requirements to Be a Detective 197
G-Men (and Women) 200
Spy Games: The CIA 201
Working for the FBI 202
16 Giving Something Back 205
So You Want to Do Some Good 206
The Peace Corps 206
Habitat for Humanity 213
Keeping the Faith 215
17 Just Causes 219
Making a Difference 220
Defending the Environment with Greenpeace 220
Starting Out with Internships 222
Amnesty International 223
Save the Children 224
Improving Your Own Neighborhood 225
The World of Politics 227
18 Staying Healthy 229
If You Have Your Health, You Have Everything 230
The Right Plan for Your Needs 231
Should You Go with an HMO or a PPO? 233
Other Types of Coverage 234
Life Insurance 235
Liability Insurance 237
19 Financial Planning 239
Don't Lose Your Cheese (A Fable) 240
Making a Budget You Can Live With 241
Working with a Financial Planner 245
Beware of the Credit Card Trap 247
Weathering the Hard Times 250
20 Grants and Funding 251
Follow the Money 252
Going to the Sources 253
Approaching the Benefactors 254
The Art of Grant Writing 255
Presenting a Proposal 260
Appendix A General Alternative Career Resources 263
Appendix B Resources by Field 267
Index 281
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