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Who Has the World’s Toughest Job?

29 Jul

Looking for a video with a job-hunting chuckle and an emotional ending? Then, this is the post for you.

Hang in there until the reveal in this video from American Greetings! It’s worth it. :-)
 
 

 

Making a New Job Less Stressful

27 Jul

Starting a new job can be a stress-filled time. So, what can you do to reduce your anxiety and optimize your relationship with your boss?

According to Careerealism:

“Building a relationship with your new manager isn’t complicated. It must be intentional, genuine, and built on a foundation of respect. As a new employee, ideally you should be spending some time with your manager every day for the first couple of weeks, even if only for a brief check-in. These meetings are ideal opportunities to jump-start the dialogue. Here are five simple conversations you need to have with your boss when you start a new role.”

 

 

Business Career Tips and Resources

21 Jul

In the slideshow presented below, learn about many of the opportunities and challenges facing those interested in a field of business.

The latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics are included.
 

 

An Interview with Fashion Legend Diane Von Furstenberg

17 Jul

Diane Von Furstenberg has been a prominent, trend-setting fashion designer for decades. Take a look at the Web site of her company to see what she’s doing now.

Here’s a brief bio of Von Furstenberg by Liz Welch of Inc.:

“Designer Diane von Furstenberg was 27 when she made the first wrap dress in 1974. The iconic design landed her on the cover of Newsweek — and millions of women snapped up her dresses. But when demand faded, von Furstenberg ended up selling most of her licenses to avoid bankruptcy. In 1997, von Furstenberg relaunched her company, which now has annual sales of more than $200 million. The wrap dress, too, made a comeback, and recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with ‘The Journey of the Dress’ exhibition, which traveled the globe. And, as the 68-year-old designer recently shared with Inc. contributing editor Liz Welch, she is focused on building a company to outlast any fad.”

Click Von Furstenberg’s photo to read her recent interview with Liz Welch for Inc.
 

 

Resources for Women and Minority Business Owners

16 Jul

Although these observations by the National Women’s Business Council refer specifically to female business owners, they are equally applicable to minority business owners:

“Like all entrepreneurs, women business owners face many challenges in making their entrepreneurship dreams a reality.  Some of the challenges faced by women may be specific to women, due to the historical and cultural context within which they do their work.  Women have the challenge of confronting and overcoming the historical barriers of being kept out of business and capital markets until the late 1980s.  Even today, women’s access to information (or lack thereof) about financing strategies and opportunities may be limited due to a lack of access to the social networks where many key decision makers and capital players make deals.  A lack of information about financing a business may result in more women raising lower levels of capital or pursuing only debt financing, which can limit their growth potential. ”

Click the image to read more from the NWBC.
 

 
With the above in mind, Tom Shaw (a Visible Systems Specialist for Magnatag) has published an excellent series of links to resources for women and minority business owners. Shaw provides links to 45 resources!! Click here to access Shaw’s “Women and Minority-Owned Business Resources.”
 

Thinking About a Career in Marketing?

5 Jul

In the slideshow below, learn about the vast range of job possibilities in marketing, the kinds of organizations that employ marketers, and annual compensation for many marketing-related jobs.
 
 

 

Lessons for Potential Entrepreneurs

3 Jul

Looking to be an entrepreneur? Do you have what it takes? Read this article for many tips and things to think about.
 

 

A Self-Branding Slideshow

1 Jul

Because of its importance to readers of this blog, we’ve devoted a lot of attention to career planning and opportunities – with a special emphasis on self-branding. This could be the most important concept for us as we plan out and move through our careers. What is our personal brand and how does this make us stand out from the crowd?

Here is a slideshow synopsis on self-branding.
 

 

Tips for Creating a Better Blog

29 Jun

Take a look at this slideshow for tips from Careerealism.

 

 

What Do Hiring Managers Want from Job Applicants?

24 Jun

According to Tracey Parsons, the CEO of CredHive (a networking firm), there are many things that job applicants can do to facilitate the hiring process for potential employers.

Here are six tips from Parsons:

  1. Follow instructions — “It is refreshing when a candidate does exactly what we ask when applying for a position. At my company, we require you to join our database. We only use our own tool to identify talent for our open positions. We don’t take resumes. We don’t believe them. But, that’s our requirement. So, when people do what we’ve asked, we are happy.”
  2. Use focused communications — “When a candidate tells me exactly what they are going to bring to the table to solve my business challenges, I pick up the phone and call them. And who doesn’t love it when the hiring manager calls them directly to talk about their experience. When you are writing to a hiring manager, try to keep the following in mind, ‘What’s in it for the hiring manager?’”
  3. Be on brand with the company — “I love it when people send me contact requests or inquiries that sound like someone here wrote it. This tells me three things: First, you took the time to read our site and understand our personality. Second, you understand our brand enough that the learning curve when you start isn’t steep. See, I can already see you working here when you write in our voice. And finally, it tells me that you also see alignment.”
  4. Show examples of past work — “Nothing beats examples! Examples are awesome and help you stand out. If you have a portfolio, Slideshare, CredHive, links to documents, spreadsheets, reports, project plans, ideas, and presentations from Dropbox, send them.  It helps me see what you’ve done so that I can better imagine you working on our team.”
  5. Ask good questions — “You should be curious about our company, its trajectory, my management style, and the team. When you ask good questions, I can tell you are curious and that you are thoughtful. These are my top two desired skills.”
  6. Follow up smartly — “Nothing seals the deal like a smartly crafted follow-up message. The net, always send a thank you note. The real deal-sealer is when a little time has passed; the candidate sends me a news article or blog post that is thought provoking based on our conversation.”

Click the image to read more.
 

 

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