More and more, companies are requiring that their employees or applicants have college degrees. Twenty years ago, having a college degree was not as urgent or as important as it seems to be today. What is interesting is to see how many college graduates end up in careers that they majored in. I’m a prime example. I have a degree in criminal justice and I am a writer for a newspaper now. Trust me, I never dreamed that would happen. However, my employer didn’t seem to notice that my degree had nothing to do with writing articles, they simply noticed that I had a college degree and that satisfied them. Amazingly, that’s how quite a few places seem to work nowadays. Continue reading
If you are an start up company with the next great product, sometimes you need an angel investor on your side. A study by the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Venture Research showed that “angel investors” – high-net-worth individuals willing to invest in entrepreneurial companies at an early stage – shelled out more than $18 billion into early-stage companies last year alone, compared to $304 million by venture capitalists.
Finding an angel investor, however, is not an easy task. Safer Smokes Inc. is one company that understands the challenge of attracting the right investors. This development-stage company is tapping the smoking cessation market with a unique tobacco-free, nicotine-free smoke called Bravo, which has the appearance of a traditional cigarette and burns like tobacco, but is actually made from lettuce fibers. Continue reading
Franchise businesses such as Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Burger King and many other food and clothing items are booming. The people setting up franchise ideas and businesses know a good thing, and are really promoting this idea. Franchises for just about every conceivable kind of business are being sold in ever increasing numbers. Some franchises are good. They treat both the franchisor and the franchisee very well. Others are very one-sided. Still others are almost total rip-offs that trap one into paying 10 to 50 times the actual value of the business idea, equipment, or whatever it is they are trying to get you to buy. Here’s a checklist of questions before you buy any Franchise Business. Continue reading
Career Myth #1: You can’t make a living doing something you love. This is the grand-daddy of career myths, the belief that you can’t have a “practical” career doing something that you were passionate about. It has to be one or the other. This myth is rooted in fear. Fear that we have to sacrifice our happiness to make a living. Don’t buy the myth that you can’t earn a living by doing what you love. When I first started trading, I heard from plenty of people that it would be very difficult to make a living doing this work. I just decided to find traders who were successful, and to learn from them (simple, eh?). If you find yourself buying into this myth, consider this question – As you look back on your life, what will you regret more? Following your passion or following your fears? Continue reading
Here’s a fact to get started: Employers love referrals and first look to tap their own workers for people they know that can fill open positions. It is cheaper and provides higher quality recruitment. By networking, you increase your chances of being personally referred and thus have your foot in the door.
Now, lets quickly cover the following questions:
1. Why Network With People?
2. Five Networking Tips To Get Started.
3. Quick Networking Hints.
4. Sources To Start Your Network.
1. WHY NETWORK WITH PEOPLE?
It’s true, some of the best jobs are never advertised. Many are filled by successful job seekers who networked with the right people and got the job before it was ever advertised. Its a fact that informal networking is a great method to gain more job leads and information about job opportunities that are not normally advertised. There is more to successful networkingthan just talking to your friends. To be a successful networker you must have as many contacts as possible hear your pitch andunderstand that you are in the job market. There are manystudies and surveys that clearly show that networking made thedifference for successful job seekers. Now that you understand the power of networking, here are some tipsand advice that will help you get started. Continue reading