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You are now listening to the final Part 6 of the 6-Part series…Putting It All Together.
To access Part 1 of the 6-Part series titled “Create your career & economic plan with deadlines” – Go HERE
To access Part 2 of the 6-Part series titled Learning about your credit & finances…Go HERE
To access Part 3 of the 6-Part series titled… Having your career tools ready….Go HERE
To access Part 4 of the 6-Part series: “Learn how to handle your job interviews and business meetings like a BOSS…Click Here”
To access Part 5 of the 6-Part series titled “Learning the Art of Negotiation…” – Go HERE
Your career & economic life depends on what you do with this information…in order for any of these things to work….you MUST TAKE MASSIVE ACTION! Ultimately, it’s your life…decide now to live it WELL.
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In the 3rd part of the 6-Part Series, we talked about having and using your career tools such as your resumes, cover letter and letters of recommendation work for you, as long as they are tailored to the career opportunities you truly want. You can go to the 3rd Part of the Series right here.
Now, let’s get into the 4th Part of the 6-Part Series which talks about learning how to handle yourself in job interviews and business meetings, like a BOSS!
If you have your career tools like your resumes, cover letters and letters of recommendation already working for you, then landing job/career opportunity interviews is the next progressive step. If you have never been through the interview process before, it can nerve racking! I can remember like it was yesterday, my first job interview, mind you it was for Arby’s…but I was in high school and my nerves were all over the place! Don’t think I still don’t get nervous. The difference between then and now is repetition, knowledge and strategic preparation. If you have no idea how to prepare for your next interview, please check out this resource to dominate and truly handle the interview, like a true BOSS. Fortunately for you reading this now, you get the benefit of my experience and knowledge, so your learning curve decreases by 80 percent.
Now, if you are going the entrepreneurial route and you start taking business meetings to develop key relationships, then you can schedule an interview session so you can get the results from the meeting you want, like closing the deal, getting the business contract or proposal signed or even a follow-up meeting.
Listen high school graduates, I understand this information is a lot to absorb, but look at the bright side…you are getting an outline to have your career and economic head start in life that most of my generation had to stumble, fight and struggle through. Being a responsible adult who gets to live their dreams, takes preparation, strategic tools, skills and knowledge. Execute these tools now, so your dream life will not die a dream but become your reality.
Now that we have discussed Part 4 of the 6-Part Series, we are going delve into Part 5 of the Series. Part 5 – Learn How to Negotiate for the Job/Career or Business Deals you want. Negotiation is an extremely important skill in your career and in business. Don’t be person in the deal NOT getting what you want. You won’t want to miss out on Part 5 of the Series…
Graduates, I want to welcome you to the DREAM Career Community by inviting you to join our monthly newsletter, where we explore topics helping you to enhance your DREAM CAREER! You can do so by grabbing your FREE DREAM Career Newsletter for May 2018 Issue.
I know that things and times have changed as it pertains to the way you guys deal with life issues and problems. As millennials, you have found innovative ways to communicate through social media, navigate information and carry on major conversation through the awesome power of technology. I truly applaud you for taking advantage of how technology makes all of our lives convenient but some areas of life are based on principles and maturity. No amount of technology is going to exempt you of going through the maturation process of earning your economic independence from your parents home. As much as your parents love you and genuinely want to help you….secretly they want you to be fully functional independent adult not dependent on them to provide things like food, clothes, shelter and other basic necessities for you. Some of you may have been raised in households that instilled your independence already. If you fit that description, then you have some of the tools to start working towards your financial independence. If you have no idea I am talking about or can’t relate in any way, then I wrote this piece especially for you.
6 Things you MUST DO to get and keep your economic independence soon after high school graduation. Let’s get started with the first thing….
1. Create a career and economic plan of action for the next 10-15 years of your life with deadlines. Sometimes, we make something very simple become very complicated, all because we are unwilling to take action. Creating a plan for your economic life and independence is simple as you getting a notebook with a pen and paper to start writing. The career and economic plan may start off something like this…
a. What do I want to do with my life after high school in terms of dreams and aspirations? Write it
b. What type of job or business do I want to start now? Write it down. If you are struggling with this
part of the plan, you can check out the FREE DREAM Career Guide to help you figure out the ideal job,
career path or business specifically tailored to you.
c. Depending on what job, career path or business you decide on, what tools, certifications, equipment,
specific education or overall resources will you need to get started? Write it down
d. Depending on the length of time your career or business aspirations take, what will you do to earn
money to take care of your basic needs in the meantime? Write it down
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then check out our resource to get your tailor-made career and/or business guidance specific to YOU.
e. Based on personal preferences, what type of house, apartment or tiny house do you want to live in? Do
you want to rent, own, sublease? How much per month will it cost you to live there? Will the job,
career or business be able help you pay the monthly living expenses? Are you familiar with what a
budget is? Just in case you don’t know, the definition of a budget is a plan you write down to decide
how you will spend your money each month. A budget helps you make sure you will have enough money
every month. Without a budget, you might run out of money before your next paycheck. It also shows you
how much money you make and how much money you spend. Click here to view an example of a budget to start your responsible financial journey.
To some of you, this laundry list of things may sound like a lot to do, but imagine going through your adult life aimlessly without a plan. Unfortunately, I had to learn the hard way by having LIFE knock me down a few times for me to understand why this wise person once quoted, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. You would not believe how truthful quote describes our lives. I also do not want you to miss my emphasis on WRITING THESE THINGS DOWN. The first step to taking the necessary action, it to document it, then take action.
In the next portion of our 6-Part Series, we will talk about learning about how your personal credit works NOW before your credit ends up trapping you financially. I want you new or soon to be graduates to walk around the hot burning fire hoops I had to experience in my first few years after graduating from high school. It’s always better to learn from other people’s mistakes than enduring them yourself. As always, if you have questions or concerns, please reach out to me at email@example.com or click on the gray “Send Voicemail” tab on the right side of the screen to leave me a voicemail message and I will return the call within 24-48 hours.
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Are you unemployed or “underemployed” looking for a much better opportunity and seem to be getting nowhere?
If your full time job is looking for a job…there may be some things that might be missing from your job search that could be hurting, not helping your chances of getting the job you want. I want you to know that I have been there before…literally! I know what it’s like to spend hours each day on the computer editing your resume and cover letter to fit every job you’re applying to. Each time uploading your resume to each of these companies applicant tracking system (ATS) only for the system to autofill your information in the wrong place, so you have to fix each one… Pounding the pavement to handing our resumes and business cards to every business that may be looking for your experience, qualifications and educational background…
All that effort you’re putting out…only to hear NOTHING as responses to your job search efforts is downright FRUSTRATING!!!! I know this job/career search process was frustrating for me, until I started evaluating how I was applying my efforts. I also started learning how things work from the human resources recruiters or also known as talent acquisition specialist perspective, as I gain more human resources experience. Once I realized the signs, I also figured out what to do about the signs…so let’s get into it…
Sign #1 – Your resume does not answer the key question that recruiters, company owners and hiring managers are asking after looking at your resume for 15-30 seconds…The primary questions they are asking…can you do the job you are applying for based on the information on your resume? Do you have the specific experience and qualifications to do the job well? If you’re not sure your resume answers any of those questions or recruiters, hiring managers and company owners, check out this resource to make sure your resume answers this questions right away!
Sign #2 You have only applied to a few jobs but expect to see positive results right away. First, let me say this…just like sales people have to put in the work with their sales goals completing as many sales calls, you have to complete as many applications as possible to see results. I know this sounds old school but principles are timeless. You have plant enough seeds in order for you receive and benefit from the harvest. If you only apply to three jobs in a week, then don’t expect opportunities to just automatically fall in your lap. You have to put in way more work than that to see the true benefit, especially in this job market. If you are looking for additional help with what to do to improve your chances, leave me a voicemail here by clicking the “Send Voicemail” tab on this post and I will respond to your questions within 24 hours.
Sign #3 You have not received any responses to your job applications on or offline. This sign can be frustrating but your resumes and cover letters you are using may not be fully tailored to the jobs or career opportunities you are applying. For example, you would not list the same set of skills for a construction worker job, then apply for a telephonic customer service job. The skills and qualifications you have listed on your resume(s) may not fit the jobs you are applying, so the ATS system may not even place your application or resume for the hiring managers, recruiters or company owners to even review. If you want to make sure your resume(s) and job applications are getting pass the ATS and get some responses from the decision makers, check out the tools review resource. Your resume(s) and other career tools should work for you, not against you in our job/career opportunity search efforts.
Listen, I want you to truly succeed in your job/career opportunity search, so you can find the job or career that fits you, or pays you to your satisfaction. I want to assure you that your efforts are not futile, but may just need some slight adjusting to be truly successful. If you’re looking for additional resources to narrow down what your career goals are, then check out my FREE DREAM Career Guide, to help you get clear about the career that truly fits your uniqueness. Take care and stay connected with me.
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In this new season of automation, the rise of e-commerce shutting down traditional retail stores, it seems that some of the younger generation thinks that some manual processes are obsolete. Like an old computer, the new generation want to toss out some of the old career processes and tools when they do not understand the real reasons they have been in place. We also have corporations who have embraced technology to make their lives easier as well.
The picture of a human resources clerk reviewing resumes and cover letters physically has now been replaced by applicant tracking systems. Although, the advances in technology help human resources officers and decision makers to gain efficiency when processing potential candidates for an open position, it doesn’t give the job/career applicants permission to become lazy in the job or career search process. Just like I emphasize on having your resume work for you in the job market, your cover letter is no different.
Here are three reason your cover letter still works to your benefit in the job market, if you have a strategically well written one for your desired position.
1. First, you must understand the purpose of your cover letter. The main purpose of your cover letter is to sell employers on the skills and qualifications on your resume. The cover letter is another career marketing tool for you to highlight the most important aspects of your experience directly correlating with the job/career opportunity you are applying. If you are look for help to create or revise your cover letters, resumes or other career tools, check out this resource to get the specific help you need for your career journey.
2. Secondly, most ATS require you to upload a copy of your resume and cover letter when applying for the job. The ATS may not accept your entire application because your cover letter is missing. I’ve also discussed with several human resource executives that refer to the applications where the cover letters are missing, gets pushed to the reject pile automatically. I would hate to know that you are feverishly applying to positions online but due to missing cover letter, you career/job opportunity goes down the drain of life. In other words, don’t be lazy! Get the cover letter done.
3. Thirdly, the quality of your cover letter can make or break your chances of even getting called in for an interview. Your cover letter is the first introduction the decision maker or human resources officer has of you. Make a tremendously positive impression by having your cover letter represent you well. If you are not sure your current cover letter is doing this for you, check out the career tools review resource, so your career tools works for you IMMEDIATELY!
Awesome Folks! This is the fourth installment of the Job Interview series…of Things to AVOID before and during your job interviews…..if you have any hope of landing this job or career opportunity, please keep reading…
Avoid #4 Attending the interview without knowledge about the company, you are being interviewed by and their overall impact on your future professional relationship.
There is nothing worse than attending the interview unprepared. It looks bad on you and it will cost you the job or career opportunity. There are way too many tools on the internet and some social engineering you can do to avoid not doing your research. If you’re not sure what to look for or where to start with your research, I recommend looking into interview help audio series which provide specific guidance on how to execute this portion of your interview process, LIKE A BOSS!
Need additional in-depth resources to help you with your next career/job interview? Schedule an interview coaching session to obtain the “industry specific” strategy and tools to DOMINATE in your next interview or if you’re truly motivated and move at your own pace, find this resource helpful.
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