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Tips for Landing a Job

Tips for Landing a Job

These tips are applicable to any career opportunity, whether it be a job, internship, or even a volunteer position.  These opportunities are extremely valuable, because not only do they provide you personal skills for a great future career, but they also provide opportunities for personal development and self-discovery.

1) Maximize your opportunities. 
 Networking is important, especially if you're in college and you are given many opportunities to do so.  Take advantage of opportunities to network with professionals in your field.  Even some of your recently graduated friends may be able to help you by giving you advice or recommending you to a company they are currently working for.  Also, be sure to apply to as many jobs as you can, in order to increase your chances of getting an opportunity for an interview.

2) Have a great resume.  Make sure that your resume can concisely but elaborately list all of your relevant experiences, education, and accomplishments, while also detailing your duties and responsibilities for each.  Format them in a way that includes the organization you worked with, the time you spent there, the name of your position, and your responsibilities.  Be sure to use a lot of active verbs to detail your duties, and of course, be sure to spell check.  Lastly, be sure that the font is standard.  Perhaps you may even have a portfolio of your past work, especially if you are going into a field like graphic design.

3) Write a great cover letter.  When you send the e-mail to express interest in working for the company, you really want to convey how interested you are.  For example, talk about what the company does and relate it to yourself, by explaining how your experiences and passions would make you a perfect candidate for the job.  Also talk about your unique qualities that will not only make you stand out from other applicants, but also how they will contribute to the improvement of the company's work.  Of course, talking about what the company does requires you do some research on them, which is great knowledge to have, since the interviewer may ask you about what you think the company's work.

4) Nail the interview.  First, show up early and be dressed rather formally and clean cut.  Approach the interviewer with a lot of confidence, which can be displayed by being confident in what you say, maintaining eye contact, and greeting them with a firm handshake.  You can also ask questions yourself, such as what your daily responsibilities may be, or you might ask what the interviewer likes about the company.  You will also most likely be asked about your past experiences and accomplishments, your future goals, and your strengths and passions as they relate to the job position.


5) Follow-up.  After your interview, send a follow-up e-mail, to thank the interviewer for their time and consideration.  Not only is this very polite, but it will make you a more memorable potential employee.

I hope these tips are helpful.  Good luck on applications and interviews.



What Makes A Successful Company

What Makes A Successful Company

The question of what makes a successful company is not a simple one.  While there are many successful companies one can observe, they don’t all follow one plan of action.

What does the literature say?

What makes a successful company? A search of various business-orientated literatures does not yield a consistent set of results

According to Forbes, there are six key things that make a successful company.  It states that “they have a mission, they keep employees happy, they react quickly and adapt, they work the long term, they are not islands, and they have a family plan”

Success here could mean an increase in profit, brand loyalty from customers or an increase of the market share.

Michael Schmidt, writer for Investopedia argues that “competitive advantage, above-average management (and) market leadership” make a company successful.  In contrast Michael E. Raynor and Mumtaz Ahmed writers for the Harvard Business Review argue a successful company is one which focuses on being “better before cheaper” and places “revenue before cost”.  To them a company which “compete on differentiators other than price” prioritises increasing revenue” rather than solely attempting to reduce costs are those most likely to thrive and grow a successful company.

What do these points mean and what is the answer?

Clearly there is no strict set of steps to take however there does seem to be a list of ideals from which companies can base their approaches.

Although it is completely dependent on what your company wants to achieve there are a few key ‘no brainers’.    Having a mission, treating staff above average and flexibility are all invaluable qualities for a successful company.  Following the examples of already successful companies is a great way to learn but ultimately you need someone with innovation and bravery at the helm of the company in order to lead it to the same levels of success as the big companies.  The following three points are essential for a successful company:

Value your employees

A successful company is based upon the people that create it.  It is therefore imperative that a company recruit the best staff and treat them well.  Companies with extra benefits such as providing breakfast or gyms like the Google model are excelling and other companies are following suit.  Arguably, as well as being ethical it is proving to make great business sense to treat your staff as well as you would treat your family.  Happy staff makes productive employees.  In fact research has shown that as long as staff are paid enough to live comfortably, productivity does not go up with increase in monetary incentives. In fact, these improvements are generated by increases in benefits and better treatment of staff.  This challenges the very traditional business model which assumes that increased salaries make happier, more productive staff.

Focus on quality

A successful company needs a good, high quality product.  This should be put before cost savings.  Companies that skimp on quality eventually lose out to higher quality products.  Having a good product gives both the employees and the consumers a product to believe in.  In guarantees loyal customers and customer recommendations.

Look ahead and react quickly

A successful Company works long term and reacts quickly.  While you have to think for the long run you also need enough flexibility to react when things don’t go as planned, when markets change and when new opportunities arise.

While no one knows for sure what the secret to success is these key factors are something that a successful company cannot afford to avoid.  However a hard work ethic and a drive to succeed combined with the above three points is a great place to start.



Are You Broke For Christmas

Are You Broke For Christmas

The following article was written by Felicia Hagler.

Are you broke this Christmas? Join the club. While many Americans still manage to make Christmas do-able it is strictly getting by for most of us. Truth be told it is causing families to be stressed more so than happy over the holiday this year. As a mother I can agree that I too am feeling the stress of money for this holiday season. It is important for people, now more than ever, to remember what Christmas is really about. Spending time with family and making the best out of a bad situation in our poor economy. That is what is going to get more people through this tough holiday. After all it is the thought and heart put behind the gifts that matter, not the money. The amount of money people will spend on Christmas this year will be far less than the average do to the hardships many are facing. A survey taken to see how much people will spend on gifts this year for the holidays shows as below, and can be seen at https://www.gobankingrates.com/savings-account/holiday-spending-survey-2013/

Survey 1: How much do you plan to spend on holiday gifts this season?

I’m not buying holiday gifts (40.3%)
Less than $500 (37.4%)
Between $500 and $1,000 (14.6%)
Over $1,000 (7.85%)

40.3% is a large number of people who are not buying gifts this year. Sadly many of us do not make enough money to have any extra to spend on gifts, while others, like myself, make no income and can not buy gifts even if they wanted to. Maybe next year we can see an improvement in our economy and more Americans will be able to afford to spend money come the holidays next year in 2014.

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The above article was produced by Felicia Hagler. It does not necessarily represent the views of LearnByCam.


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