Put multiple small-business owners together in low-cost space and the result is co-working. This new development, multiple contiguous offices in open space, is spreading across the country. What new issues arise among these neighboring co-workers?
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A wave of abundance, with the exception of rejections, rarely washes over a job-seeker. Everything else seems in limited supply, including contacts. Enter a person who freely gives you one. Should you do more than write, telephone or email thanks?
Consumers, often very demanding customers, have their own pocketbooks at stake and lack product knowledge. Three immigrant business owners from as many continents draw on their culture to enhance their customer service.
Obtaining short-term assignments through a recruiting firm is different from landing one on your own with an organization. Recruiters may be advantageous to your search, because they work in the world of jobs. However, working with them is less direct and therefore a little more complicated.
“Contract workers are the business equivalent of stepchildren who go from one parent’s home to the other,” comments Misti Cain, founder of the boutique marketing agency Red Cello Marketing in Carlsbad, Calif. She worked with them for seven years and is one now.
Entrepreneurs, compared with people in other occupations, often appear to experience life as a whole in their work. They’re engaged, attentive and open to surprises that lift them up. Sometimes, the natural environment causes them; other times, entrepreneurial drive does.
Some companies were still shrinking as recently as 2012, Seattle-based PayScale Inc. says. PayScale reports amassing compensation data with 36 million salary profiles. More than a fifth (21 percent) of large organizations shrank, while 17 percent of both small and medium-sized companies did.
As the economy inches along in recovery, dreams of greater impact and/or equity may lure you into considering startups for possible employment.
Co-founders with similar skills and/or experience may have difficulty deciding who should do what when. If the co-founders’ skill sets are very different, the demarcation line is clearer.
Although job-seekers may overshare in interviews with negative statements about a previous employer, they risk falling victim to it.
“We’d been working on a large tool for four or five months to allow people new to investing to search more than 15,000 mutual funds and identify the best ones for them,” says Susan Lyon, senior analyst at NerdWallet Inc., a financial literacy website based out of San Francisco. “It was a really big data set. Less than a week before launch, we found an error we’d have to correct.”
You have your job down pat. You know your industry. You job hunt intelligently, but you’ve hit a brick wall. What have you not learned to do? For inspiration, read some tips from people throughout the country.
Corralling clients and prospective clients in demanding environments may require you to compete with other attention-getters to assure a new or continued revenue stream. Meetings, telephone calls, a torrent of emails, bosses, supervisees and external customers likely come first. Become skilled at spotting lack of focus and returning it to projects.
Many job seekers may have trouble understanding whether people who’ve helped them in the past can’t now, don’t want to anymore or, despite appearances, may still be willing.
The Boston Marathon bombing drew attention to the antisocial personality, beginning with the bombing, an act of violence, and the emotionless face of the younger suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. You might encounter it more commonly at work in theft, lying, sexual harassment and stalking.
Job-hunting doesn’t have to be pure drudgery. Go against the pack to open doors with less resistance. Look inside yourself for direction and, when you network, use smart methods.
Selling new natural food products requires knowing what it takes to get people to buy them. While operating b-to-b, getting to that “c” is essential.
Craig Ahlstrom needed a potential construction manager for a Texas manufacturer of steel utility poles. The founder and president of the executive recruiting firm Perfect World Search Inc. in Morton, Ill., searched both his personal database and LinkedIn.
Some people overstep the boundaries of good business practice when they communicate by telephone and email. Not being seen creates a false sense of security.
In the early 1990s, women became aware that they could identify and secure “options.” That same spirit has moved into the retirement camp, where men are designing theirs by using no-nonsense job-hunting tactics.
IHS Global Insight’s research in 12 countries on behalf of DHL Express in Woodinville, Wash., captured information about interest in international trade from 410 small- to medium-sized businesses with 10 to 249 employees. Forty-one percent want to open markets outside of their countries. Their greatest challenge when exporting arises from making contacts with international partners and/or an international customer base.
An aspiring software developer was interviewing by telephone with Jerry Masin, then- president of an information technology career school. The man was discussing his portfolio in excruciating detail. Almost overwhelmed by this highly skilled person, Masin whisked him off the telephone. He maintains that the incident illustrates the danger of coaching that leads to becoming “overprepared and overheated.”
Khaleelah Jones, working with contractors in her first freelance job postcollege, opened emails attacking her because of her age. Not willing to put up with it, she blocked the emails and spoke with the person by telephone and face to face. With the mask of anonymity off, the offending woman backed down. Jones is now a digital communications consultant at Something With Words LLC in New York, where she is founder and managing partner.
Anger could be impeding your job search, career counselor Deborah Brown-Volkman, president of Surpass Your Dreams Inc. in East Moriches, N.Y., says.
Ryan Zagata, founder of Brooklyn Cruiser LLC, which sells urban bikes out of Brooklyn, N.Y., needed his first commercial loan to accelerate growth. The 18-month-old business had been self-funded, with reinvested profits, but Zagata didn’t want a loan to depend on equity. He was a poster boy with personal assets, a fine credit rating and a strong earnings history in sales, his previous career, an important factor should a business fail. Two large national banks denied his application — they needed more than two years of consistent cash flow.