As a freelancer, keeping overheads down can often be vital. With no fixed salary and no definite assurances about future work, freelancers often choose to work from home to cut costs, as you avoid having to fork out on a daily commute and office space.
However, as many freelancers will attest, home working has its pitfalls.
Sure, you wake up and don’t have to rush, but without the need to get out of bed you can often end up sleeping in after your alarm goes off.
Yes, this may sound like a dream, but having the discipline of waking up at the same time each morning can be the key to staying focused and productive throughout the day.
Additionally, distractions are plentiful when working from home! Looking online or on your phone can be problematic, but it is also hard to disconnect from the daily household chores.
Delivery people, washing up that needs finishing, clothes which need hanging up, pets who need feeding—all these little tasks are hard to avoid when you’re at home and can put you off your stride throughout the day. And, maybe hardest of all, working from home can become isolating and lonely.
Freelancers can end up feeling trapped in a place that not only damages their productivity and output but also keeps them from having any human interaction throughout the day. This is not the case for all freelancers. Many people often feel motivated and happy working from home.
However, it still stands that many freelancers are in search of a place to keep them invigorated, productive and focused.
There are options for freelancers on all kinds of budgets who need somewhere to be productive.
The following 4 options are more expensive than home working but could improve a freelancer’s productivity and output to such an extent that they could be considered investments.
Many freelancers might gawk at the notion of renting an office or desk space, as an unattainable luxury. It doesn’t have to be so!
Coworking spaces offer monthly passes that are not enormously expensive, extremely flexible and offer freelancers a pretty extraordinary opportunity.
There is no need to rent out office space on a long lease, as may have been the case in recent years. Instead, freelancers can rent a desk in a coworking space for a monthly fixed price. This opportunity could be vital for a freelancer looking to escape their house.
Any problems with productivity or motivation will disappear from the moment you arrive. Other freelancers, creatives, entrepreneurs and small businesses crowd coworking spaces. Which can be inspiring, and the energy can be contagious, so freelancers are likely to be instantly invigorated.
This is why choosing a coworking space can be seen as something of an investment. Your ability to concentrate and create work to the best of your capacity will increase massively. This improvement on your output does not have to involve any financial risk or long-term commitment.
Coworking spaces run on monthly contracts, meaning you never have any obligation to stay longer than you have agreed! So, coworking spaces could not only be the key to getting you out of the house but could also facilitate the next step of your career without incurring financial risk.
For those who feel that monthly coworking rents could still be out of their budget, there are numerous options for them to get out of the house. It is still possible to take advantage of the benefits of coworking spaces!
Many coworking spaces now offer day passes, giving people the chance to find a desk and make it their office for the day.
Hot-desking at coworking spaces can be incredibly cheap and day passes mean that freelancers can stick precisely to their budget, only paying for the days they can afford.
With this, freelancers still get all the advantages which come with coworking spaces. The vibrant, entrepreneurial spirit of the place will be just as contagious!
Also, coworking spaces are often impressively designed and reside in beautiful buildings, which can be inspiring for freelancers used to working in their smelly bedroom.
Even if you are on an immensely tight budget, hot-desking just once a week is an option for basically every freelancer. This day, though, will likely make an enormous difference to your mood and productivity.
The mere fact you’re out of your home, working in a buzzing and vibrant workspace, will give you something to be excited for. It makes for a guaranteed day of productivity and great opportunities to network.
3. Private Serviced Office
Coworking offices fit under the remit of serviced offices, but you can also find private, serviced offices. This option would be advantageous for a freelancer with a slightly larger budget looking for an individual space to concentrate.
Like in coworking offices, you would sign up to monthly rentals for private offices meaning you can still be extremely flexible, thereby not having to risk large amounts of money.
These offices provide all kinds of break out areas, meeting rooms and amenities. These shared spaces provide opportunities to network and meet other similar-minded people, while only actually paying for private office space.
This could be hugely beneficial for a freelancer with a slightly larger budget for a whole host of reasons.
Firstly, the private office gives them an essential separation from work and home. This means they can come to work and avoid the daily distractions and motivation killers common in the household. These offices are usually accessible 24 hours a day, meaning freelancers can come and go as they please.
By paying month by month, no freelancer has to take a substantial financial risk. They are almost always the cheaper and more flexible option when compared to private, leased offices.
If a freelancer is looking to project a more professional image to potential clients, serviced offices are a cost-effective option.
4. Buddy Up
One final option for freelancers, who maybe feel that private, serviced offices are too expensive, is buddying up.
This would allow them to take advantage of the benefits a private, serviced office can often provide. Undoubtedly, other freelancers in your area are looking to get out of the house and get more productive.
By finding freelancers just like yourself online, you could soon create a small collective. If you band together, you could then all move into a private, serviced office. With enough of you, this could come to less than $100 a month each.
Freelancers could not do much better than band together and find a serviced office that fits them all in. Not only will they have a place to go each day which keeps them productive and motivated, but the office will also likely be in a nice building.
Additionally, you will be able to take advantage of meeting rooms, administrative staff that can help and break-out areas.
So, by banding together, freelancers can get to work in beautiful parts of town, in beautiful buildings with others!
They can work alongside and be inspired by like-minded freelancers, network with larger businesses, all at a reasonable price. Freelancers, unite!
Every single time you hire a new employee, your business takes a risk. Will the new person live up to your expectations? Will he or she fit in well with the company culture?
Since employee turnover costs a lot of money, sometimes it’s in your best interest to hire from the inside. After all, you already have a good idea if an internal candidate has what it takes to fit in and succeed.
Hiring internally, however, is not fail-safe. That’s why we’ve given you some tips to help you and your promoted employee hit the job fulfillment jackpot.
1. Implement an Internship Program and Have a Mentoring Mentality
By giving students a chance to embed themselves in your business, not only are you reducing your hire risk (since the internship is temporary and costs little regarding salary and benefits) but you are also giving yourself a strong base of options for hiring into your permanent entry-level positions.
By getting someone in the door on the ground floor and mentoring them on company culture and expectations, you are setting them up to work their way through the ranks and contribute to the company’s success.
Also, developing mentorship relationships with your current employees is a must. Give them opportunities to feel established, invested in, and valued.
2. Be Very Descriptive In Your Job Descriptions
You may assume (wrongly) that internal job applicants already know all they need about internally posted job positions. Because of this assumption, you may also believe (again, incorrectly) that you don’t need to put much effort into the job post and description.
Since you don’t want to deal with crowds of unqualified candidates or applicants that won’t end up being happy in the new position, you need to craft an attractive, effective job listing.
Treat the job title as an attention-grabbing headline.
Make the description easy to scan by using subheadings and bullet points.
When it comes to applicant requirements, only list those that are essential. This screens out the unqualified but also leaves enough flexibility for you to work around.
Be very clear about what the job entails as well as its hours, benefits, and compensation.
List why a candidate will enjoy working in this new position.
3. Interview an Applicant’s Coworkers (and Potential Coworkers)
This move can be a little risky, as bias can come into play pretty quickly, but it’s not a bad idea to get others’ opinions when it comes to hiring the best person for the position. After all, team members have been or will be, working with the candidate side-by-side every day.
You will probably receive some input, both positive and negative, that you wouldn’t have gotten otherwise and you will get a feel for compatibility so that the future team’s success can be more effortless.
4. Be Careful When Courting a Current Employee
If you already have a candidate in mind for the opening, but they aren’t actively looking for a new position, you need to do plenty of footwork first. Research, research, research before you even speak to them about a job.
Your belief about what they can do and want to do may be way off. You also don’t want to build any bad blood between you and the other supervisors or coworkers.
When it’s time to speak to the candidate, make the employee comfortable and create a connection.
Start with questions. Is there something else you can offer that they’re not getting from their current job? Be prepared to sell the position, its compensation, and the benefits.
5. Have a Vision and Share Your Strategy
If you want to win over the best and brightest hires, you need to demonstrate that you’re a leader, not just a manager. This is an area where you can’t afford to wander. What does team success look like to you? What kind of steps do you need to take to get there?
Selecting a goal, collecting relevant information, and knowing your numbers will go a long way toward working out the flaws of your vision and getting you on the path to achieving it.
Share information regularly, especially once you know where your team is going and your strategy for getting there!
“When your team sees what they’re working towards, they will be more motivated to achieve it – and they’ll feel more accomplished when they do. Let them in on your grand master plans. Better yet, let them be part of the process of developing goals. That way, they will feel like they have a say in their future, which will empower them and enhance their motivation.”
6. Before You Make Your Decision, Create Some “Psychological Distance”
Once again, CMOE offers some interesting insights that can improve your problem-solving skills, which can extend to hiring the top choice for the open job.
When you train your brain to think in different ways, both logically and abstractly, you open yourself to finding the optimal path forward.
Before making your final decision, try out these ideas:
Rely on others’ experiences and ideas, even those from outside the company and in different career fields.
Make a mind map. Draw the goals you want to achieve with your new hire. Surrounding them, add the reasons for the aspirations and then the problems that are in the way of achieving the goals. Next, make a separate mind map of the final few candidates and how they can help you achieve the goals. Keep drawing in details until it’s apparent which candidate resolves the most problems and gets your team closest to achieving its goals.
For a time, increase your mental distance from the decision by working out, spending time in nature, or getting a good night’s sleep. In doing so, you’ll enjoy an increase in creative solutions. This is because thinking more abstractly helps our brain to form unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated concepts, and allows us to expand our problem-solving (or job hiring) capacity.
According to a recent study, “43% of U.S. office workers are bored, and that bored workers are twice as likely to leave.” The bottom line is that your employees desperately want to progress their careers and add value to their company.
When you invest in upskilling your team and promoting from within, you end up with a more engaged workforce, an increase in productivity, and reduced turnover. It’s a win-win for everyone!
So much about the workplace has changed in the last decade, from office design to the technology we use, the way we dress and the hours we work. Significantly, organizational culture has undergone a dramatic transformation.
There’s little doubt that business success today is dependent on more substantial investment in people.
Company culture is now the buzzword in the business world. So, what is driving this phenomenal change?
1. New Technologies
The rapid development of new technology over the past decade has had a dramatic impact on the way we work. As technology has progressed, both communication and company culture has changed significantly.
Technologies such as mobile devices, 3D printing, and the Internet of Things are changing the way companies operate, while social networking and HR technology have changed the way companies hire, manage, and support people.
Digital technology is shaping how workers collaborate. It’s also having a positive influence on employee experiences at work. HR technologies have developed significantly in recent years, enabling more satisfying and progressive engagement with individuals at work.
Virtual meetings, screen sharing and instant messaging are proving advantageous to both employers and employees.
There is no doubt that technology has enabled more flexible and collaborative ways of working. Businesses may have embraced this initially as a cost saving but have also seen increased efficiency and employee satisfaction.
3. Change in the Formal, Hierarchical Business Model
There has been a significant shift in the business model from traditional, formal hierarchies to a network of teams.
Deloitte spotted the trend for deconstructing hierarchical business models a couple of years ago, writing “Companies are decentralizing authority, moving toward product- and customer-centric organizations, and forming dynamic networks of highly empowered teams that communicate and coordinate activities in unique and powerful ways.”
The Deloitte report also reports the growth of the Millennial demographic, the diversity of global teams and the need to work more closely and innovatively with customers as being the driving forces behind new organizational flexibility.
4. A Change in Attitude
CEOs, leaders and supporting executives are realizing that corporate culture is not merely a catchphrase. It is the backbone of a company’s overall performance.
Increasingly, businesses understand now that success relies heavily on getting company culture right. Attitudes at the top are changing, as can be seen in a plethora of organizations and businesses around the globe.
The attitude amongst leaders in SMEs is shifting. Inclusiveness, transparency, a move from micro-management to personal responsibility and autonomy, a growing interest in workplace wellbeing, flexibility and strengthening of communication and workplace relationships— forward-thinking leaders in their businesses are championing all these changes.
5. Robotics, Healthy Work-Life Balance and Well-Being
Not only are businesses recognizing the benefits of promoting a healthy work-life balance within their teams, but AI and automation are also freeing up time to support those policies.
Correcting mistakes on low-level tasks is now being completed by robot technology. Machine learning and automation is also enabling workers to progress and focus on more satisfying activities.
By 2020 Millennials will comprise nearly half the working population, and this bunch of professionals is getting choosy about their employers.
Millennials’ values are having a drastic impact on the shape of corporate culture.
Businesses looking to employ the best talent are shifting towards more ethical company cultures and values as a direct result. Millennials want more emotional engagement at work, a better work-life balance and to lead a life with more purpose. Corporate cultures are adapting to emphasize personal growth alongside career growth.
7. Toxic Cultures Are Being Exposed
The digital age isn’t without its problems. One of the good deeds to come from the digital world is transparency and ease of communication. Poor management, discrimination, and unacceptable behaviors are being exposed and shared at the touch of a button. Finally, we are starting to unearth toxic work cultures.
Uber’s string of scandals, blunders and PR disasters have all been exposed and have significantly damaged the business’s reputation. Sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein are highlighting Hollywood’s toxic culture, and the cultural conversation that ensued has gone viral.
We live in an age of transparency. Toxic cultures in a global society will find it more and more difficult to hide away.
8. Role Model Businesses Attracting the Best Talent
Employees today are placing much more importance on the benefits that come with the job, rather than pinning everything on salary. Attractive companies are the ones with strong company culture. As a result, businesses today are making the company culture a big part of their brand. It’s important to customers, and it’s helping to attract and retain talent.
9. Millenials Are Also Customers
Customer requirements can force a shift in culture. When a customer base demands a different approach, culture shifts in response. This can be from a change in pricing structure or how a company goes about delivering a service.
Competitive markets can be unkind to some corporate cultures which shift in the wrong direction in an attempt to manage profit margins.
However, there are signs of consumer behavior having a positive effect on company culture. Millennials don’t just work for companies; they are customers too. Culture matters to millennials from both sides of the coin.
The driving force behind the incredible change in company culture over the past decade is multi-faceted. Technology, the global economy, and people are at the heart of those changes. What is clear is that workplace culture will continually evolve.
Business culture is comparable to an ecosystem that requires sunlight, food, and water to grow. Businesses who ignore the call for cultural change, or believe culture is things, do so at their peril.
It’s logical that when you come to work, you want to do some actual work. You want to accomplish something, and you want your boss to see your productivity and dedication.
Have you ever given a thought on how are you spending your time at work? How much of that time are you doing the actual job? You may be wasting your precious time without even realizing it.
There are silent killers of productivity, and there are some obvious ones. But you might not be aware of half of the things you do. Here are six things that steal your time at work the most.
1. Replying to emails
Emails are undeniably out of great importance when it comes to business communication. We are swamped with emails daily, but the thing is not all of them are THAT important.
When summed up, the time we spend responding to emails is shocking. That’s the way people like to start their workday. But what they do is postpone the real work that they should be doing.
The thing you could do to help you avoid finding yourself in a loop of responding to thousands of emails is to flag those that are most important, so you know that those are your priority, and you won’t waste your time reading all the others.
Other, not-so-important emails can wait until you have some spare time.
The number of times people check their phones is shamefully high. Leaving your phone on silent sometimes isn’t enough, because you still hear that buzz.
And then your curiosity just won’t let you be, and you need to go and check it out. And if you haven’t heard any buzzing sounds, you still need to check just in case someone important has reached out.
What you need to do is schedule a particular time you’re going to look at your phone, and stick to the plan. Limit yourself the similar way you did with your emails, respond only to the most important texts and calls.
To be productive, you must prioritize almost everything, including people that text and call you.
You may be one of the lucky ones with great co-workers whose company you genuinely enjoy. Or maybe there’s just that one co-worker that’s a close friend as well. That’s great; it makes your job ten times better.
However, know when’s the time to hang out and when’s the time to do some actual work.
The time to hang out is never in the office. The only exception is when you’re on a break. But don’t make your trips to the water cooler trip-to-Mordor long. You’re there to get water, not to tell your life story.
If you want to hang with your buddies from work, ask them to go for a drink after work.
If you are obsessing about time, it will kill your productivity without a doubt. Measuring how much time you have left to finish your assignment or how long until the break- you’re not going to get very productive.
You need to focus on your task, instead of obsessing about how much time you have for doing it.
Planning your day will be a much more efficient way to deal with this problem. Think ahead about the tasks you should be doing for that day, and stick to your schedule.
You know the approximate time it takes to do a specific job. If you plan your day, you won’t have that much free time to think about the time. Keep yourself busy and focused.
Sure, multitasking looks excellent on paper, but that’s about it. You might think you’re doing several things at once, but you’re wasting time.
It is not possible to be equally productive doing four things at once as you would be if you were doing one at a time. It will take you three times more time to do a task than it would regularly.
When doing several things at once you’re tricked into thinking you’re super productive, but you will do a mediocre job, and it will take you more time. And again, proper organization is the key.
If you organize your tasks, you won’t have to do several things at once. That way, everyone can have your undivided attention, and you will do a much better job.
6. The Internet
The Internet, oh. A land filled with wonders. As it can be our friend in numerous situations, it can also be our frenemy. You can find a bunch of useful information there, but the Internet is chock-full of material that will distract you from the actual work.
From social media, YouTube, exciting articles, to quizzes about which kind of bread represents your business style.
It is easy to get sucked in the loop. You promised yourself to start with work just after you check your Facebook and Twitter. Two hours later, you haven’t even started, and you’re laughing at memes about a corporal world and crying to a YouTube video of a gorilla cuddling up to a man and his wife.
You need to have strict boundaries when it comes to browsing through the web. It’s very likely that you’ll have to use it for work, but don’t let yourself get sucked into the black hole. And it is so easy to get there. So, so easy.
So now you have six things that are the biggest culprits when it comes to wasting time at work. You want to be efficient and to make your time at work count.
It is simple to get sidetracked; this is why you need some extra planning and extra discipline not to let yourself fall into your trap.
Effective organization and some self-discipline are essential. If you don’t think that those are your strong points, don’t fall into desperation. With some time and practice, anyone can become better at it. It does take some time to adjust, but once you do, it gets 100 percent better.
With today’s development of artificial intelligence, humankind faces the very high likelihood of considerable changes to our lifestyle. In particular, changes to the employment market, as many professions will decrease in necessity. Some may become extinct entirely.
Check out our list of jobs which will disappear partially or may be entirely replaced by the robots.
1. Taxi Drivers
It is inevitable that autonomous vehicles will replace taxi drivers and, in fact, the process has already started in some countries. Self-driving cars will likely put taxi drivers out of business shortly.
Automated vehicles will soon hit our roads, and the creators claim that it will be beneficial for all parties. Passengers will enjoy a ride in a silent atmosphere, and the owners of the taxi companies will not need to pay for drivers.
Journalism is considered to be a creative profession which, supposedly, cannot be accomplished by robots. However, even this job is not immune to being eliminated by technological development.
Intelligent software has already been in use for several years to write, for example, financial data reports.
These days, even thesis writinHg is not a difficult task for machines! It is very probable that soon robots will be capable of creating all kinds of content without any human involvement whatsoever.
3. Movie Stars
This is another occupation which most people couldn’t imagine robots filling. However, it is now possible to see whole recreations of actors from any time in their life.
Advanced technologies can now create believable pictures, and resurrection technology can make beloved actors stay on screen, and still in the business, for decades.
4. Financial Workers
An excellent professional financial worker is always in demand. However, with the high speed of computerization, such job as a financial analyst could be eliminated with time.
Robots can do all the calculation— probably more accurately— which, as we all know, is critical in the financial industry.
5. Supermarket Employees
We all want and need to consume healthy and fresh food, so the job of an employee who restocks shelves in the supermarket is essential. They keep an eye on the dates and reshelve the items, making sure we get the best products.
However, soon supermarket employees might be substituted for machines, which would be able to fulfill all the same essential functions. They will also be able to inform the staff of whatever is wrong in the store.
No more pricing errors and arguments with the unhappy employees.
Although it is usually scorching in the kitchen, automated cooks can take up your job as a chef, no problem. Sometimes, the pressure of working in the kitchen can get too high, and a human mistake becomes very likely as a result.
Food prepared by a machine can be as good as food made by a human being! This is primarly because a robot has a lot more precision, and can be programmed to prepare basically anything.
In addition to this, drones could deliver prepared food, so even such professions as waitstaff may become extinct with time as well.
7. Construction Workers
Workers who perform manual work, specifically in the building and construction sphere, have already felt the influence of automation on their work. Machines are a great help since they can perform a lot of tasks faster and more efficiently.
Also, safety issues are no longer a problem since robots can undertake nearly all dangerous tasks humans cannot. Though, this will, of course, limit the availability of human tasks in this vital field.
8. Customer Support Representatives
We all have already heard about chatbots, and they are being used more and more by companies. Mainly, this is a beneficial option for employers since they do not need to provide extensive training to new workers and it is easier to program chatbots once and keep using them automatically.
Smart machines can reduce the time of wait on the line, so customers benefit as well. The reduction of the human factor, which often has an adverse effect, could, in this case, be beneficial for companies and customers alike.
Medics are extremely important since our well-being depends on them, their skills, and their understanding of human health. However, medicine is still subject to human error. A human being physically cannot know everything and their judgment or diagnosis may end up being flawed or incorrect.
Machines, though, can analyze patient data more efficiently. They can store near limitless amounts of information and draw strict conclusions based on these facts. All free of human bias.
As a result, artificial intelligence may give a convenient opportunity to have a personal physician in your pocket. Despite this, artificial intelligence will never entirely replace healthcare workers.
Phil Burton-Cartledge, a program leader for sociology at the University of Derby in the United Kingdom, says, “when it comes to advice about higher education, I’d recommend students go for more generalist as opposed to specialist degrees, whether in the human, natural, or computer sciences. A broad range of skills and competencies is the best way to future-proof people for the challenges coming down the line.”
The future is here, and robots are coming. How this will influence employment is still unknown. Regardless, Artificial intelligence has already proven a controversial issue.
Automation can do a lot for our society since it can make both production and service more useful. This comes with a lot of benefits, but, nothing can replace the connection of people.
We must be careful about how much we rely on technology. We have to make sure that for all we develop, machines never manage to entirely replace what makes us people and what makes us valuable in our society.
Your career may have begun in the military, but that’s not where it will end. Now, you’re on the hunt for a civilian job that provides you with new challenges and a different sense of fulfillment.
Even though you’re ready for the next chapter, it might be a foreign experience to search for a role after years of military service. Fortunately, because of your background, you have the skills required to take on this task and succeed.
Here are eight tips for finding your next post with ease.
As a veteran, you automatically have access to a vast network of current and former troops who can help you find your next role. On top of that, you have friends, family members, former classmates — all your contacts can become part of your job-search network.
The best thing to do as you begin your quest to obtain the perfect role, then, is to brush up on your networking skills. Whether you head to social gatherings or send an email to an old friend, make sure you’re doing it correctly.
And, once you have your job, be sure to return the favor by becoming an excellent contact for those who helped you, too — you never know when you’ll need their help again.
2. Use Veteran-Centric Resources
You’re not the only one who wants you to get hired. A wealth of organizations have made it their mission to help veterans reacclimatize to life on the home front.
Don’t be shy — check in with groups like the VA, the American Legion, and Hire Heroes USA to see how they can aid you in your search for a job. They might provide job listings, resume-creation tips or interview pointers.
For example, veterans have praised companies like Verizon, JP Morgan Chase, and Humana because they provide resources like medical insurance, retirement contributions, vacation days and pay raises.
If you can’t find a role within one of these companies, try a looser search for an industry that suits vets.
There are some obvious choices — the defense and aerospace industries, for example — but healthcare, technology, manufacturing, and insurance could be excellent fits, too.
4. Build the Perfect Résumé
Your military experience will be so valuable in helping you obtain your next job. The only problem is that many civilians won’t understand the service-centric jargon. So, it’ll be up to you to put your work history into layman’s terms so employers can see the value in your experience.
For example, artillery training was undoubtedly valuable as you served, but it’s not something you’ll need in the workplace.
Instead, focus on your leadership experience, as well as behind-the-scenes training that could help you in a more traditional role.
Of course, if you’re looking for a civilian version of your military job — say, as an air traffic controller — you can add more jargon or specific bullet points that’ll prove your prowess in the role.
5. Find a Mentor
This is a tip that can help you both in your job search and once you obtain the right position. Start by approaching a person whose career trajectory you hope to emulate. Ask that person if you could go to lunch and pick their brain for tips on how to get yourself started on the same path.
Once you’re on the job, there are further benefits to having a mentor on your side. For example, if you face an unexpected or otherwise uncharted challenge in your new role, you have someone who can provide you with advice on how to handle it.
If they’re within your company, your mentor can guide you — and perhaps even recommend you for a role — when you’re ready to move up the career ladder.
6. Write the Perfect Cover Letter
This is similar to your resume, but perhaps even more critical regarding shaping your military experience to prove it applies to potential domestic jobs, too. The best way to do this is to look at the job description. What skills are they looking for in a person to fill that position? What past experiences?
Once you’ve pinpointed the bullet points you possess — although they may not be as apparent on paper — write your letter. Explain how you fit the bill and how your experience would translate.
Every employer will value your military career, of course, but your cover letter gives you the chance to flesh out how it’ll serve you back on home soil. Take advantage of this resource.
7. Don’t Forget the U.S. Government
We’ve mentioned the fact that you should seek out job search help, as well as work with employers known to understand and welcome former servicemen and women into their ranks.
But we would be remiss to ignore the fact that no organization will better understand your history and put it to good use than the government that trained you and sent you overseas.
There are countless opportunities for work within the U.S. government, and it’s safe to assume that hiring managers know how your military experience will parlay into a more traditional workplace.
Working for the government will provide you with a wealth of benefits, from healthcare and insurance to a desirable pension that’ll greet you when you retire.
Plus, you might even be able to find work within your realm of expertise. The government controls military operations, after all, so particular departments and organizations would likely be an excellent fit for your post-service career.
8. Remember Where You’ve Been
It might be a struggle to find your footing once you return home. Don’t allow yourself to get discouraged by the job search ahead of you. Instead, forge on until you see an employer that values your experience just as much as you do.
That perfect position is out there, and you will discover it in due course. Keep your search steady, your resume up to date and your contacts close. That way, you can strike when the iron’s hot and grab the right position as soon as it becomes available.
With these eight tips in mind, your transition back to civilian life doesn’t have to be a difficult one. Instead, you’re likely to find the role that works for you, as well as an employer who appreciates your service — in the past, in the present, and in the future.
It is becoming more and more common for potential employers to check each applicant’s social media profile when assessing their suitability for the position. With that in mind, you may want to delete any indecent photos you uploaded on a night out, thinking nobody but your friends would see.
With the new focus on social media profiles to narrow down the perfect applicants, many bright people are choosing to take advantage of this.
You don’t have to wipe clean all your social media profiles; you can use them to create the image you want employers to see!
Read on for some sure-fire tips to make your social media profiles work appropriate!
Facebook is traditionally a social platform for people to connect with their friends and family and share photos and thoughts. However, employers have searched up a potential employee’s Facebook profile, so it is crucial that you have the right information on there.
Firstly, delete or make private anything you have on your profile that you wouldn’t want an employer to see (e.g., photos, status posts or posts that you have shared from your high-school days).
If you genuinely cannot bear to delete them, you can change the privacy settings so that only you and people you are friends with can see the post.
The first thing your potential employer will see is your essential information. You need to work on this and optimize it, make doubly sure it matches up with the information you have provided to employers such as your education and past work experience.
If there are things that you purposely did not disclose to your employer (e.g., your age) make sure you remove this from your Facebook profile.
One of the biggest things to assess is your profile picture. This is the first thing a future employer will see about you, so it’s important to think about what kind of image this will communicate with them.
Choose a friendly photo that highlights your personability for every occasion.
Facebook isn’t your LinkedIn—it doesn’t have to be professional, but try to use it to portray the perfect image of how others (employers included) want to see you. A picture can often say everything that a person needs to know about someone. Make sure yours says what you want.
LinkedIn is your primary professional social media platform. This is something you should include on your resume and expect your employers to see. Having an outdated, forgotten profile will only work against you.
You want to sell yourself in the best light to any recruiter, so make sure your education is current and includes any relevant TAFE course or short courses that you have completed.
Have a look at your work history and make sure that you have adequately described your role at each company and you have not included anything that you didn’t want your employer to know.
For example, if there are past positions that are not relevant to the roles you are applying for now, get rid of them. Keep your LinkedIn profile concise and current. There is no need to include a brief, casual job that you had when you were a teenager.
A good tip when filling out your LinkedIn profile is to make sure people can scan it. Use bullet points, short sentences and highlight your responsibilities and achievements during your time at the company.
The essence of this is to make sure your profile conveys the professional image that you want your employers to see.
It is unlikely that an employer will look for your twitter account, but you could mention it to them if you use it in a professional capacity.
Twitter is a great way to share the news with your industry and have your ideas heard. There are many like-minded professionals that you can find on Twitter who are willing to have a conversation about stimulating topics.
The best part is, you can connect with people all over the globe! Which means you get to see how people are thinking and doing things in other countries.
Because of the emphasis on fast news and updates, conversations and content on Twitter are constantly evolving so there is always something new to learn.
Twitter is a good one to use to get your professional voice heard but make sure the content on your profile is nothing that you wouldn’t be happy to show a potential employer.
People use YouTube for some reasons; from watching funny videos to learning about exciting new topics. Using YouTube for professional purposes is an excellent way for you to learn more about things that you are interested in and connect with other professionals in your field.
Before you start sharing your YouTube account with the world, make sure you don’t have anything on your profile that you’d prefer people not to see (e.g., old video blogs and such).
Consider using YouTube to have your ideas heard in the industry. If you’re not camera-shy, make a few professional videos that relate to topics or issues that are relevant to your field. This will set you apart from other job seekers, and it can sound fascinating to employers.
Social media profiles are fun ways to connect and be a part of our digital world. Using them to your professional advantage will open up new career opportunities for you and help you get to where you want to be.
Make Your Profiles Consistent
One of the best ways to think about all of your social media profiles is that they are your brand. Ensure they are consistent across the internet.
The more platforms you use, the more opportunity it is for a future employer to come across conflicting or embarrassing information about you.
Perhaps you’ve made sure your LinkedIn is perfect, but have left a job on your Facebook profile that doesn’t make sense, or the dates of employment are incorrect.
You want the employer to get the same feeling about who you are as a person, so double-check all your accounts, even those you don’t use anymore.
That way, you’ll be one foot ahead to landing an interview with your future employer.
Personal branding is a process of creating an impression of who you are; your values and what you stand for in your career and life. Your personal brand encompasses unique skills and experiences that make your stand out. Having a great personal branding will give you an unfair advantage over others in your field.
There was a time when personal branding was meant for only CEOs and celebrities. Nowadays, successful companies know the values of personal branding and they ensure all of their employees have that.
Creating a unique brand enables you to stand out from others and that’s one way to become successful in your career.
As a business owner, it’s impossible to build a successful brand without showing people how credible you are. In business, 84 percent of buyers start their buying decision based on a referral. And they check your brand out online to see who you are and why they should buy from you.
This means your brand online is as important as your brand offline and if you don’t take charge of your brand online you might be missing out on some benefits.
Do you want to create and expand your personal brand? That should not be a problem as we have taken care of that for you in this post.
This post features the top 5 personal branding experts you should follow in 2018 to make you build and boost your personal brand and attract the benefits attached to it.
1. Gary Vaynerchuk
GaryVee is popularly known as a 4-times New York Times bestselling author. He has worked in many industries and has worked hard to earn himself a name in those industries.
He was a part of the early investors in Twitter and Tumblr. Also, he owns the first wine e-commerce site in the world, WineLibrary.
Gary has been around for some time and has developed a reputable name in the marketing industry which made him create his own digital marketing agency, VaynerMedia. Vaynerchuk also runs a video blog, Wine Library TV, which he has used to expand his liquor business and became a social media giant.
He is definitely one person to follow this year as he has built himself a strong followership online using his own social media influencing strategy.
He teaches growth hack to create a solid online personal brand and influencing. Following him can be the best decision you will make for your personal brand development.
2. Dan Schawbel
Dan Schawbel is referred to as a personal branding guru by The New York Times. He is a renowned career and workplace specialist and the Managing Partner of a Gen Y research and consulting firm, Millennial Branding.
He is the founder of the Personal Branding Blog, a blog that was ranked as number 1 Job Blog by CareerBuilder. He is a columnist at Forbes and Times, a syndicated columnist at Metro US, and has contributed to Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardians Numerous many others.
He’s been invited to speak at some of the world’s top companies including Google, IBM, Time Warner, McGraw-Hill, and Siemens, as well as Harvard Business School, Stanford, Cornell, and MIT.
Dan has been labelled as a personal branding guru and he has much to offer if you diligently follow his strategic branding tips.
3. Leonard Kim
Leonard Kim is a managing partner at InfluenceTree, a company where himself and his team has developed a comprehensive course that teaches top secrets in personal branding. He has been regularly featured in high-ranking publications such as Fox News, Fortune, Forbes, and Entrepreneur.
Leonard Kim’s TEDx Talk, Why You Should Let Your Fears Guide You, has been ranked by Forbes and Inc. Magazine as one of the best TED Talks.
Leonard Kim was recognized as a top digital marketing in 2016 and he is reputable for creating top content that instigates people to work towards their dreams. He also teaches how to discover, establish and develop personal brands.
4. Tim Ferriss
The 4-Hour Workweek author is a veteran when it comes to creating buzz. He has mastered the art of using digital marketing and offline strategy to turn his books into a bestseller. Tim Ferriss was included in the Fast Company‘s list of “Most Innovative Business People”, also one of Fortune‘s “40 under 40.”
He is an investor/advisor in some of the world leading technology companies (Uber, Facebook, Shopify, Duolingo, Alibaba, and many others) and the author of five #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers.
Tim is recognized as a media expert due to the influence of his podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show, which is the first business podcast to get over 200 million downloads. Tim has the keys to making things get better and he pours out his mind whenever he teaches subject in his niche.
You should definitely subscribe to his podcast and channel to get first-hand info on how to make your brand get better.
Brian Tracy is the Chairman and Chief executive officer (CEO) of Brian Tracy International, a company that specializes in counseling on leadership, selling, self-esteem, goals setting, strategy, creativity, and success psychology.
Brian Tracy has developed experience and mastered the art of counseling, consulting and selling. He is a keynote speaker and seminar leader and have consulted for more than 1,000 companies and addressed more than 5,000,000 people in 5,000 talks and seminars in over 70 countries worldwide.
His audience includes corporate and public staff of world leading organization, he speaks several subjects including personal and professional development, strategy, and his seminar is renowned to bring long-lasting results.
On a final note, many people are devoted to getting better and building their personal brand these days and if you don’t attempt to grow, you will be left behind.
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Although we’d often like to believe we’re in control of our destinies, the facts of life can sometimes say otherwise. We can plot and plan until the sun goes down, but sometimes the temptation to go with the flow and wash up wherever the tides of fate land us professionally can be hard to resist.
However, this is not a habit that ought to be encouraged. Those of us who are willing to actively map out a career path and stick to the plan can enjoy a much more dynamic professional trajectory – that puts us where we know we should be – when we refuse to sit anywhere else but the driver’s seat.
For anyone looking to take their career to the next level: don’t worry, you’re not alone. With the emergence of short-haul labor situations typified by modern developments in employment, many people find themselves stuck in an employment situation that’s less than ideal.
Nevertheless, it’s still possible to reap the benefits of an organised career plan that can provide a roadmap to your ambitions and redirect the narrative of your employment path on your own terms.
Previously, creating a career map meant preparing a route through the winding maze that is the corporate ladder: setting a path from one department to another, whilst aiming for the appropriate promotions along the way, right up until retirement becomes a feasible proposition. However, these days things are a little less clear cut.
Freelancing is on the rise, especially in the realms of ICT and startup entrepreneurship. People’s professional habits have taken on a much more individualised nature as more and more of the workforce migrates to the freelancing format.
Whilst this affords more flexibility, it also makes it a lot easier to fall into a myopic cycle of gig work that doesn’t provide a great deal of constituent opportunities to develop a coherent blueprint to career development. Nor does it necessarily leave one’s CV with many achievements that will make you stand out when it comes to applying to competitive positions.
With that in mind, it is still possible to weave through this unpredictable employment landscape and stick to a progressive career map that can get you to where you want to be.
One of the key factors to focus on in developing a practical career map is the ability to prioritise the right work in terms of one’s ability. If you’re working within a commercial undertaking and the opportunity presents itself to employ cooperation to get a task completed more efficiently, don’t be afraid to put your work in more capable hands.
The aim is to avoid roadblocks at both a micro and macro level, to enable you to reach a level where you can engage with work professionally that better caters to your strengths. By releasing yourself from tasks that don’t suit your skillset you can expedite your career progression much faster.
Not all career mapping will be a challenging affair, but it pays off to take a more lateral approach to handling your workload. With that in mind, here are four rules to play by when coming up with a practicable career map for your professional development.
Many of us have areas where we can excel without overexerting ourselves. Find out what you’re good at and build upon that foundation to become great.
By playing to your strengths, you will find that it’s possible to develop yourself professionally with passion and enthusiasm, instead of banging your head on the wall trying to accommodate responsibilities that don’t suit your talents.
You’ll be able to do more with less effort and put yourself in a position where it’ll be easier to excel professionally.
In addition, if you’re finding work easy, you’ll probably be making it look easy, which will make a better impression of assured confidence on others, especially when the time comes to take your career to the next level.
By pledging to develop yourself incrementally over a sustained period of time, you’ll find that you can generate tangible improvements in your professional situation without your efforts plateauing.
Try and spend at least half an hour everyday broadening your outlook, whether it means arranging to network with a superior over coffee, or reading a book that’s relevant to your area.
By maintaining constant pressure on yourself to keep developing personally and professionally, you’ll improve in these areas over time, and won’t be so likely to plateau your development by trying to reach for the stars all at once.
Slow and steady wins the race, so be sure to keep at it, and you may be surprised with the progress you’ll see eventually manifest itself.
It’s important to establish your own personal criteria for what you view as success. Are you interested in starting a business? Making a positive impact in people’s live? Assume leadership positions?
Clarifying these in your own mind will focus your ambition and help you better work towards a more tangible end goal. Bear in mind that you don’t necessarily have to sprint towards your professional destiny all at once.
Volunteering, moonlighting and otherwise pursuing your goals on the side can still be achievable alongside your current employment, and means that when you’re ready to make the next leap forward, you’ll be doing so from a position of strength and stability.
As humans we rely on professional and personal relationships to help bridge the gaps between what we have and what it’s possible to accomplish. Simply put, the broader the reach of a trusted social circle you have access to, the more options you’ll have to execute on.
Cultivate your interpersonal situation, and you’ll find you will get out much more than you put in with the help of a robust and positive support network. These relationships can often make the difference when it comes time to reach your full potential.
The thing to avoid is becoming a passive observer of your own career arc. Keep the destination in mind at all time, regardless of how far off it seems, and the journey will fall into place much more easily.
When it comes to mapping your career, determination, patience and vision will see everything eventually fall into place.
In this case, the enterprise continually needs new, qualified personnel. HR-managers are in search of them every day, every hour.
But it is challenging to hire the right person who is entirely suitable for the company and will not cause problems. Nearly three in four employers are affected by a bad hire, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey.
On the path to successful engagement you face endless questions and make many mistakes. Do not forget that every fault has a number of consequences, so it’s better to avoid them. But how?
You will have to reconsider your strategy and find flaws in it. At this rate, you will be able to foresee the error at the very beginning of the path.
In this article, I have mentioned five of the most common mistakes while hiring. I hope it will help you in one way or another.
1. Are you sure that you need a new employee?
This is probably the most common mistake among all enterprises. Especially typical for large firms with big teams.
The problem lies in the fact that it is difficult to distribute duties in a large team, and it is often done incorrectly. If so, then it seems like more workers are needed. Although you can not precisely say what role should play a new employee.
Afterwards, you will not be able to find assignments for the new employee, or draw up his work schedule correctly. As a result – company will suffer from such hiring decision. And you run the risk of losing a lot of time and money.
To avoid this, think carefully whether you need a new employee at all. Think about the purpose of his work and the result that you want to get.
Also, you should hold a meeting on this topic. Learn from their subordinates what they think about hiring a new employee. Perhaps you will be able to share the tasks that you wanted to entrust the new person between yourselves.
Together it is easier to decide what tasks and prospects you can offer a new person. Start looking for a new employee only after the final decision.
Do not ignore this critical point, because it is followed by a number of consequences.
2. Do not narrow your search
Most of the recruitment managers are trying to find the perfect candidate for all points. This is not quite the right approach. Thus, you significantly narrow your search and risk missing a very talented person.
It is not entirely correct to think that if a person has enormous work experience or good resume, then he is ideal for you. In many cases, the opposite happens.
A person who is trained to do work in a specific way will not be able to perform it differently. Sometimes it is easier to teach than to retrain.
Accordingly, if you do not focus on your “ideal”, and you will consider candidates without experience, or with minimal work experience the search will expand and the chance to find a good worker will increase.
Also do not be afraid to invite many people to interview, perhaps in live communication, they will reveal themselves better.
It is better simply to look for an employee and make a final conclusion only after an interview or probation period. Remember that everyone is capable of surprises.
3. Everyone can have skeletons in the closet
Supposedly you have already found a suitable candidate and are ready to send him an offer. Make sure that this person does not hide things that can affect the success or reputation of your company adversely.
You can not fully trust the resume or the results of the interview. There is always something that a person tries to hide. In order not to hire a fraudster into your team, it is possible to conduct a small investigation.
For example, check the availability of a license, insurance, medical book and verify that all of this is veritable.
Some check candidate profiles in social networks. Most often people are not afraid to write the truth and to divulge their secrets. This happens because people on the Internet have a sense of “security”. Many believe that no one can reach them in the network or harm in any way. Therefore, people behave uninhibited in the net.
Employee background check services help perform such an investigation. Background checks contain the necessary data about criminal records, marriage and divorce records, previous addresses, court judgements and bankruptcies.
Moreover, you can use phone number lookups. Such services allow to find an email address, location, social media profiles, and even criminal records by the phone number of the owner.
The main thing is that you can not trust everything that you see and hear. It is always necessary to check the candidates for a reason not to hire a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
4. Do not hurry
People are beings who are used to doing everything at the last moment. This affects the quality of work greatly. But in the HR-manager’s work this is unacceptable.
It is not right to start looking for a new employee if you need him in the shortest possible time. Start searching in advance.
For example, you know that after a while one of your assistants will quit, then you need to start looking for a replacement right now. It is worth starting to look for new personnel if you are going to expand the company, too.
We often miss important moments in a hurry. If you do not have enough time, then hardly you can do everything qualitatively. No wonder there is a saying “Haste makes waste”.
If an unforeseen situation has already happened, and you need to find a new person very quickly, do not ignore such vital points as an interview, little investigation or probation.
Try to find time to think over the controversial aspects. Do not forget to pay attention to the details.
Do everything as correctly as possible, because if you miss something important, then you might have to start all over again. Of course, it will be much better if such situations happen rarely.
5. It won’t be very good if you choose only one person for probation
So what to do next if your ideal candidate fails the probationary period? You’ll have to start searching from the very beginning. With this approach, you will lose a lot of time for nothing. Fortunately, all this can be avoided.
You should try to change your strategy a little bit. Instead of one suitable candidate, select several. Maybe it will take a little longer, but at the final stage, such an action will be worth it.
After you have selected a few applicants, equal in experience and skills, you can send them on probation. Make an individual schedule for everyone, so you can easily monitor their work.
It is very important to give them the same or the most similar tasks. So, in the end, you will be able to objectively assess the results of each and make the right choice. Only after the comparison, you can find out who is more suitable for your team.
To sum up, we can say that startup companies are always in search of new employees. The hiring process becomes more complicated because of many different factors. HR-managers allow mistakes that lead to unpleasant consequences.
All the faults are hiding in the strategy, so the first thing you need to do is revise it. Perhaps you will find them and make corrections. If you do not get to see in what you are wrong, then I propose to look again at the most common mistakes.
As already mentioned, first you need to define a clear goal for your hiring. Decide what role in your team will play a new co-worker, develop a work plan and schedule for him or her .
Try not to create ideals. It is also worth giving a chance to inexperienced people who have a great desire to work. In this case, the circle of your search will be more significant, and the percentage of the successful hiring will also increase.
Remember that every candidate should be checked. Employee background check services and phone number lookups will help you in this.
Do not rush during the search. Make sure that you have enough time for your work. Be attentive to detail and try not to miss something important.
Choose several persons for probation, so then you will be able to hire the best one.
So, take your work seriously. Do not make such faults as I described above. It is better to learn from other people’s mistakes. I hope that this article was useful for you and you found here what you were looking for.