Monday, October 24, 2011

Career Spotlight: Human Resource Managers

Human resources managers plan and direct policies about employees.

In a company of 100 people, there will be a variety of employees who perform many different tasks. There might be a shipping manager, a chief financial officer, the head product designer, and the receptionist. There might also be a director of communications, the lead researcher, and the tech support specialist. All these employees manage different parts of the company. But who, then, manages all the people? Human resources managers, that's who.

Human resources managers in large companies often work in one of several areas. These include employment, pay and benefits, or labor relations. Their tasks are many and varied. Human resources managers plan and direct the work of staff. They develop policies for recruiting, testing, and placing new employees in their jobs. Sometimes managers have to do difficult things, such as fire employees, settle disagreements, or help the company manage when they don't have enough employees.

In addition, they evaluate policies and training programs. They also make sure employees have the required information about their benefit and retirement plans. They regularly discuss benefits, pension plans, and policies with employees. They also post notices for jobs so applicants can apply. Human resources managers also conduct orientations for new staff and exit interviews for staff who leave. They also prepare budgets for their programs.

Human resources managers keep records and write reports. For example, they prepare forecasts of employment needs, using statistical data to make decisions. They prepare information for staff about pay or benefits. They develop ways to improve employment policies and give reports to officers. Human resources managers also write manuals for managers about topics such as how to avoid discrimination. They investigate work accidents and write reports. They also write termination notices when employees are fired.

Human resources managers have many other duties. They contract with vendors to provide employee services. They represent the company at personnel hearings. Some human resources managers work in the area of labor relations. They study laws and decisions about labor contracts to assess trends. They also negotiate new labor contracts and resolve disputes.

Human resources managers who specialize in training perform many of the same tasks as other human resources managers. In addition, they set training policies and schedules. They train instructors and supervisors. They write training manuals and create visual aids. In some industries, training managers interpret policies on apprenticeship programs. They also provide information to trainees and labor representatives.

Career Overview for Human Resource Managers

Often work in employment, pay and benefits, or labor relations

Keep records and write reports

Work with supervised staff, other managers, and directors

Typically work a standard work week

Are knowledgeable about labor laws

Have a bachelor's degree

Earn $81,220 - $94,950 per year (Ohio median)

To find out more about a career in Human Resource Management or research colleges and universities that offer this major go to the Ohio Career Information System website (OCIS) User Name: celinahs Password: ohiocis03

Thursday, October 20, 2011

ACT Tip of the Month: College Planning for Juniors

It's time for juniors to spring into action. Ideally, high school juniors have already been thinking about college and investigating choices, but now is the time for action. As a parent, you know time goes by very quickly. This year's graduating seniors would agree.

Juniors should:

  • Continue to take challenging courses. When registering for senior year, they shouldn't just sign up for easy courses because that will hurt chances for college admission. Also, students who go the easy route will pay when they arrive at college and can't handle the coursework.
  • Begin to make a preliminary list of colleges to investigate further. Use the Internet to check out college websites. A great resource for CHS students and parents is the Ohio Career Information System website:
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The "School Sort" activity is a great way to start thinking about what factors are important to you in your college search.
  • Fill out a college comparison worksheet. ACT offers one to download at the junior year college planning checklist.
  • Make plans to visit colleges this spring when classes are in session.
  • Create a record of academic and extracurricular activities. Like a resume, list all honors and club, athletic and volunteer activities, including dates and notable achievements. A complete record will help when filling out applications in the months to come.
  • Have a Social Security number—or get one as soon as possible. It will be needed for college applications.
  • Register for the ACT test. Juniors should be academically ready to take it by spring of this year. If not, they should plan to take it in the summer or fall, work hard in school and check out ACT's free practice questions.
  • Check into applying to college online.
  • Begin investigating scholarship opportunities.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Career Spotlight: Accountants and Auditors

As a new feature of our blog, we will be highlighting a different career every few weeks. To begin our career information spotlight, we will look at the job of accountants and auditors. Accountants and auditors assemble, analyze, and check the accuracy of financial information.

In the context of history, accounting may seem like a newer profession. After all, didn't people just barter or make their own goods? Wrong! Currency and taxes have been around for centuries. In fact, the system of "double entry" bookkeeping was invented between 1200 and 1350 A.D. in Italy. This method of accounting allows you to record both debits and credits and keeps your records accurate.

There are four major fields in accounting-public, management, government, and internal auditing. Accountants share some tasks across these four fields. However, they work for different clients and have some unique tasks. Within each of the four fields, accountants often specialize in one area.

Public accountants have their own businesses or work for accounting firms. Their clients are individuals or businesses. Public accountants provide accounting, auditing, tax, and consulting services. For example, they examine business operations such as revenues and costs. They go over financial records to make sure the information is correct. They also may develop accounting systems for clients. In order to do that, they first must learn each client's accounting needs.

Management accountants work for corporations. These accountants work as part of their company's management team and help make decisions. They give the team advice about how certain financial changes may affect the company. They record and analyze the business's financial information. In addition, they create budgets and manage costs and assets. Management accountants are also called corporate or private accountants.

Government accountants maintain and examine the records of government agencies. Government accounting differs from other types of accounting. This is because they must follow special procedures and regulations. Accountants in this area may write reports for government officials. Government auditors check the tax records of businesses and individuals.

Internal auditors generally work for a company. They check that the company's financial records are correct. They also check for waste or fraud and help find ways to prevent financial loss. Internal auditors also make sure that company operations are efficient.

Accountants and auditors may use special accounting software. They also must know the rules and regulations for their area of accounting. Both the rules and the software change frequently. Thus, accountants and auditors must regularly take training to keep their skills up to date.


  • Must have a bachelor's degree in accounting, finance or related field.
  • Must have good analytical and math skills.
  • May work long hours from Jan. - April
  • Need a license to practice as a CPA (Certified Public Accountant)
  • Ohio median income $67,000.00 per year
For more information about careers in Accounting or other fields visit the Ohio Career Information System Website:

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Monday, October 17, 2011

PLAN Test Offered to Sophomores

Current sophomores may want to consider signing up for the PLAN test when it is offered on Nov. 9th. The PLAN test measures academic development in the areas of English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning. PLAN also includes a career interest inventory that can help students identify potential occupations. PLAN assists students prepare for the ACT test, which most students will take during the junior year.

Students may register in the guidance office starting Monday, Oct. 24 and continuing until Friday, Oct. 28th. The cost of testing is $11.25, which should be paid with a check made out of Celina High School. The test will be given on Wednesday, Nov. 9th from 1-3 period.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Helping Your Child Choose a College

On Wednesday evening, Oct. 5th the guidance department welcomed Mr. Van Wright who spoke with parents about the process of helping your child choose a college. Mr. Wright, an admissions counselor for Bowling Green State University, has worked for a number of years with parents and students interested in BG, and a wide variety of other public and private institutions. Mr Wright had the following advice for parents as they begin this journey:

1. Make sure that your child is making the right decision for him or her. Even though a friend or sibling went to a certain college, that may not be the right fit for your son or daughter. Help them look at the college from their own perspective, not through the eyes of someone else.

2. Pay attention to Deadlines! As a rule students should apply BEFORE Thanksgiving in order to receive maximum consideration for financial aid. Be sure that your student is aware of additional deadlines that may be set for special programs....for example: Pharmacy at ONU has an application deadline of Nov. 1. Wright suggested that parents help students by periodically asking them where they are with their applications and gently reminding them of the deadlines.

3. The best way to receive financial aid is through strong academics and test scores. Most colleges will award some type of financial aid based on a combination of GPA and ACT test scores. Check the websites of your prospective colleges to see what type of aid may be available for this. Help your student by reminding them to keep on top of their grades. Be sure that your student takes the ACT in the Spring of the junior year. To insure a better score, be sure your student prepares for this test by accessing the free test preparation materials at

4. Use the following factors to narrow down your choices as you search for the right college:
Look at the size and scope of colleges and decide which is right for you Is it a large or small campus? How many students? Is is residential or commuter?
How far is it from home? What is the surrounding area like? Is it in a small town or big city? Is the area around the campus safe?
Does it have what you are looking for? Is your major offered? Does it have the sport you may want to play? Does it have special programs you may be interested in....Study Abroad, Co-ops, service learning, services for student with disabilities, etc.
What is the cost? Don't rule out a more expensive college due to "sticker shock". At any college you explore be sure to investigate all sources of financial aid: merit based, need based, work study, loans, grants and other possible sources.
5. Take a QUALITY campus visit:
Don't accept the generic campus tour...CALL ahead to schedule a personalized visit. A thorough visit should include the following
  • Talk with someone (faculty and/or students) in the area your plan to major in. Ask about the requirements to get into the program. Find out what classes you will need. If possible, talk with students in this program and attend a class.
  • Meet with someone in the financial aid office. Ask about deadlines! What type of aid is available. What can you do to maximize your opportunities for financial aid?
  • Gather resources such as: a student handbook, housing information, information about recreational activities such as clubs and sports, a schedule for tutoring services or other academic support, information about special programs such as study abroad, honors courses or co-ops.
  • Ask about post-college placement services. Many colleges have a department that assists students in finding a job after graduation. Check out what resources are available and how they may be accessed.
  • Eat on campus! Find out what the food service is really like! You will be eating there for four years!
  • Talk with students on campus. Most will be more than willing to tell you about their experience!
  • While you are there, ask yourself "Can I picture myself here?" This is so vital in choosing the right fit for you!