Every job asks for experience, but no job wants to hire us so we can acquire the experience
We’ve all heard this from discouraged young job seekers. After college, you will most certainly find yourself under qualified for many positions you desire. However, with a litle bit of luck, it is possible to win your recruiter’s heart and the position you thought you were underqualified for.
Go the extra mile
If you do not have what it takes on your resume to impress the recruiters, it is important to go the extra mile in order to show your interest. Whether it means attending networking events where you will have the chance to meet some decision makers or trying to get a meeting with someone at the conpany, it is important that you show how much you want it. This will compensate for your lack of experience during the decision making process.
Find someone to slide in a good word for you
It might be someone who already works at the company and who will be able to play a part in influencing the decision makers. It could also be someone you did an internship with who happens to know your recruiter. Never underestimate the power of word of mouth.
Talk about your side activities
You might not have 3 years of experience but the work you did on the side over the last year can increase your chances of being selected. Any experience counts and can be a good card to play.
The sky is the limit. Be bold enough to pursue your dreams.
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If you sold lemonade as a child, you have a good idea of what it means to be an entrepreneur. For my part, there are so many valuable lessons I have learned from selling a fresh cup of juice to my neighbors. And these lessons, no matter how small they might seem, have been able to transform into priceless career tips;
Great customer service is key
It doesn’t matter if the lemonade is not the best. If you are nice to people, they will buy a cup or two. While product quality is very important, customer service plays a major role in determining whether or not people will come back for more. If the client feels valued, he will most likely build a relationship of trust and loyalty with your company.
It is ok to start small
It’s ok to place a table outside with a lemonade sign made with bad quality paint. It is all about using what you have and making it grow. As entrepreneurs it is important no to burn the bridges. Starting big does not guarantee success just like starting small does not mean failure.
Be creative with what you have. Maybe the trick is to use colorful straws to attract more clients than the stand on the other sidewalk. Creativity will set your product apart and put you one step ahead of competition.
What have you learned from selling lemonade as a child?
Not all jobs are meant to have forever. Some jobs are here for a sesson, to teach us a lesson, to prepare us for a better future.
When do you know it’s time to say Goodbye?
There is no more room for growth
When there is no more room for growth, it is a sign that it is time to leave. Some jobs are only good for a season and that is ok. Sometimes, a job teaches us how to be good employees for a better position. If you currently feel stuck in your position with no room to evolve and learn, then it might be time to start job searching.
You feel undervalued
Sometimes, it is not that they do not realize your worth. It is just that there is no opportunity inside the company to use your skills. If you feel like you could be doing so much more, the company might not be the best fit for you. You might need to look up companies with more experiences that will know how to use your gifts and talents.
You found a better offer
Of course there are many things to take into consideration when thinking of changing jobs but it is up to you to see if what they offer is worth leaving what you already have. The salary might be better but is the experience going to be worth it? Take the time to consider all of your options. Then if you truly feel comfortable, leave.
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Working from home requires discipline. Especially when you have more than one contract to handle. How to manage your time wisely while juggling with multiple gigs?
Plan your days at home
Set up specific hours so you can focus on your work at home. Even though you are not sitting behind a desk at an office, it is important to plan your days as if you actually have a shift. This will help you gain enough discipline to get the job done.
Set realistic goals
Before accepting gigs, make sure your calendar really allows you to get everything done. It is more important to accept less contracts and have satisfied clients than having to rush through everything.
Manage your free time wisely
Use some of your free time to fill out the cracks. Your free time is your to use as you please but taking one or two hours when possible to wrap up some work can be very rewarding in the long run. This will allow you to finish things that you might not have had enough time to complete during your working hours.
Have an accountability partner
While you cannot depend on others to do your part, it is always good to have someone to hold you accountable and remind you of what needs to be done. It could either be a family member, your spouse or even an assistant.
The way you start your week gives a good idea of how you will finish it. If you start tired, unrested and unfocused, chances are, you will feel frustrated by the end of the week. It is better to make sure that our week starts well than to try to make up for our poor results on Thursday. And what better way to prepare ourselves than planing our week-ends wisely? Here are a few things you can do over the week-end that will help you start your week fresh.
Get some rest
Getting the amount of rest you need is crucial in order to start the week fresh. Find something relaxing to do like sipping some tea on the porch or enjoying a glass of wine on the couch. A Sunday well spent brings a week full of content.
Spend time with your loved ones
Spending time with loved ones will allow you to fill your love tank before the busy week. It is better to enjoy your time with them before you have to focus on work. This will avoid you feeling pressured during the week to catch up on moments you could have enjoyed over the week-end. Cook diner together, watch a movie or play in the backyard. A healthy personal life will equip you to better embrace your personal responsibilities.
Read a good book
A good read will motivate you for the week ahead. Find an interesting subjects that will encourage you to reach your goals throughout the week.
Take the time to unplug during the week-end. While you might want to finish some work, it is better to simply put it on your agenda for the next week. We all need a day off from time to time and it is only fair that we leave work on the side once or twice a week to regain some good energy.
What do you do to start the week fresh?
The bible is a book full of wisdom and lessons. Aside from the spiritual aspect of scripture, it is a great source of empowerment for entrepreneurs. From investment to patience, the bible has a lot to teach us
You should always invest your current resources
The bible teaches us to use what we currently have in order to have more in the future. In the parable of the talents in the books of John and Luke, a master puts his servants in charge of his goods while he is away on a trip. Upon his return, the master assesses the stewardship of his servants. He evaluates them according to how faithful each was in making wise investments of his goods to obtain a profit. It is clear that the master sought some profit from the servants’ oversight. A gain indicated faithfulness on the part of the servants. The master rewards his servants according to how each has handled his stewardship. He judges two servants as having been “faithful” and gives them a positive reward. To the single unfaithful servant who “played it safe,” a negative compensation is given.
This is an encouragement for entrepreneurs to take risks instead of playing it safe. It is all about having our money reproducing in our pockets instead of being safe and unfruitful at the bank.
Good things take time
Through the bible, we learn patience. Scripture reminds us that there is a time to sow and a time to reap. As entrepreneur, it is very important to learn to wait for results. Success is not built overnight. It takes sweat, sleepless nights, tears, discouragement and flexibility. You need to be willing to wait while you work towards your goals and know that every good thing takes time.
Laziness is the enemy of success
Lazy hands make for poverty,
but diligent hands bring wealth. Proverbs 10:4
The bible is full of stories encouraging us to work and do our part. It is an encouragement to always find out what can be done on our side and never stop working to reach our goals.
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Staying focused on your goals in a world full of distractions can be tough. Here are some tips to make sure you are on the road to success:
You have a goal
If you have no goal and no vision, you are destined to fail. Take the time to know what you want and why you want it. Nothing will bring you more motivation than the vision board in front of you.
You have a plan
Well… even a draft is enough. We do not always know how to get where we are going but it is important to have a list of ideas. Nothing guarantees that our plan A will work. Even our plan W might fail but it is important to have a map, no matter how flawed it is, in order to know which road to take.
You are surrounded by the right people
On the road to success, your the people around you will play a very important role. It is important to make sure that the people you surround yourself with are headed in the same direction. You might have different goals but your motivation and hunger for success must be aligned. Find a support system that will help you walk in the direction of your dreams.
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Interviews can be stressful. Not too many people like being put on the spotlight. How can you make sure you have the right cards in hand?
Talk about your hobbies
Sometimes, we think it is not important to talk about our hobbies during interviews. Your hobbies will give your future employer a better idea of your personality, of things you can do and about your passions. Talking about your hobbies during the interview is a good card to play. It will show that you are comfortable enough to tell more about your personal life and will make you feel more confident. Talk about that Youtube channel you’ve created, this blog you run, these people you train at the gym or these jewelries you make. Do not leave anything behind. Employers like working with people who have a sense of purpose in life and who are not waiting on exterior circumstances to take action.
Tell them what you know about the company
Before the interview, make your researches so you know the mission and vision of the company. A little knowledge about their clients will not hurt either. Showing that you already have knowledge about the company will prove your interest and increase your chances of being selected.
A personal story
Think of a personal story, an experience that you could share and that would portray your abilities to face difficulties and get the job done. It could be a story about how you got back on your feet after a failure or how you went out of your way to reach your goals. Sharing a story will help your future employer connect with you on a more personal level and will reveal traits of your character that a resume will never be able to show.
Share what you do on the side
Share what you do on the side. If you write for a magazine, it might be important to share this information as it will allow your future employer to identify your current strengths and what position will be the most fitting for you at his/her company.
Bring a portfolio
Don’t just talk about what you do. Show what you do! Bring some of your work with you. If you are a photographer on the side, bring some pictures. If you bake cookies, why not bring your future employer a box of goodies? This will not only help you win his/her heart but will a tangible proof of what you can actually do.
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Starting a business does not have to dry up your savings. There are ways to make sure you spend less money and still launch your the business of your dreams:
Use your basement
You might want to start big but managing your costs is crucial as an entrepreneur. Instead of renting out place from the get go, use your basement, living room or coffee shops! Chances are you won’t even have a big staff to start with so why not find a room at your place where you can welcome staff and interns and work a few hours a day? This will help you save up a lot of money that you can invest in more important things for the business growth.
Whenever possible, do things yourself. Find out whatever skills you can use for the business. If you are good at web design, it will be a good idea to build your own website or setup your own logo. Starting a business doesn’t need to cost too much money if you take the time to think things through and do some yourself.
There are many young adults out there looking for a fun new experience. Why not test them out and get them to help you build your empire? It will only cost you a few coffee bags a month and maybe a lunch out once in a while.
Focus on customer loyalty
Instead of spending tons of cash for marketing, you might want to try focusing on customer loyalty and word of mouth first. Set up a platform so your customers can share their experiences and leave reviews. This platform has the potential to bring you more clients than ads ever will.
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We all make mistakes. In real life, it is just harder to cope with them because we can rarely get by without paying the consequences. In the office, things are no different. Since mistakes are inevitable and that we will all, at some point or another deal with them, might as well learn how to face them. When you accidentally do something wrong, here are some things you can do other than running to the bathroom to hide from your boss
Take some time to breathe
In our moments of panic, we tend to be a little impulsive. No matter how stressed you might be feeling, take some time to think things through and breathe. Make sure you fully understand the situation before you decide to act upon it.
No matter how uncomfortable things get, do not lie. It is better to be honest about your mistakes. Do not try to hide them or the situation might turn out worst than it actually is. Being honest with your boss will show that you are responsible enough to own up to your mistakes instead of hiding. Chances are, the earlier you tell him, the easier it will be to fix the situation.
Propose a plan B
Do not just announce the bad news. Propose a plan B. This will show that you took some time to think about ways to make things right. Sit down, breathe and write down the possible solutions
Be ready to make up for it
You need to be ready for the consequences. You might not loose your job but you might have to work harder to gain your superiors trust back. Be ready to do whatever needs to be done to make up for your mistakes.
Do not stay stuck in the past
While some experiences can lower our self-esteem, it is important to be ready to move on. Everybody makes mistakes but it is how we get back up that counts. Do not wear your failures like a price tag. Instead, keep moving forward.
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