Archive for Mar, 2015

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By Dan Grabham

Ted Nash is CEO and co-founder of mobile advertising exchange Tapdaq. He became the world’s youngest person to achieve 1m App Store downloads when 17 years-old and now, at 23, has just closed a $1.4m (£868,000) seed funding round for Tapdaq.

So Ted is in the perfect position to be offering guidance to other would-be entrepreneurs. Consider yourself a business prodigy? Then listen up.

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By Mark Slack

If you’re a first-time job-seeker, you probably feel a lot of pressure to find a job quickly. And at this stage, the fastest way to land more interviews is to take your cover letter seriously.

Yes, your resume is also important, but here’s the thing: In a sea of youthful candidates, most of your resumes will look very similar. And as most companies deal with a huge influx of entry-level applications, so hiring managers find that judging candidates based on virtually indistinguishable resumes ends up being inefficient and cumbersome. Instead, they’ll use your cover letter to gauge your potential.

The clincher? Entry-level and internship candidates tend to make the same cover letter blunders, which are fatal to their applications. Here are seven big mistakes entry-level candidates make, and how you can avoid them to come out on top.

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By Ford R. Myers

1. The most qualified candidate does not necessarily get the job offer

Many times, candidates with lesser qualifications get job offers simply because they’ve prepared and presented themselves in a more compelling way. In other words, they’re better self-marketers than the other candidates!

In a tight job market, being qualified is never enough. You must DEMONSTRATE to the employer that you’re the best candidate for the job. Depending on your age and how your parents raised you, you may be operating under a “wishful thinking” mindset regarding the concept of meritocracy. This would include the following cultural messages and ingrained assumptions that many of us had “drilled into our heads” by well-meaning parents and teachers:

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By Lily Zhang

When it comes to writing a cover letter, you often hear the advice to walk through the highlight reel of your career path, showing why your background and experiences make you an ideal fit for the position in question.

But, well, what if you don’t exactly have that perfectly trodden path?

For many of us, tying together three tangentially related experiences, a side gig, and some outside-of-work interests or volunteer work to explain why we could do the gig is more the norm. So, how exactly do you do that in a tidy one-page cover letter and thoughtfully showcase why you’re the right one for the position?

Hint: It’s all about highlighting your transferable skills.

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By Amanda Berlin

We all know those people who seem to effortlessly garner attention. They easily command a crowd and seem to shine in any social or professional gathering. What’s the secret? Are some people just naturally charismatic? Or is this a skill that can be cultivated?

You may have been this person. Maybe there was a moment in time when you felt particularly magnetic. What was going on in that moment, and how can you recapture that allure?

We all want to be interesting to others, even if we’re not necessarily comfortable being the center of attention. Being interesting makes us feel “seen.” It leads to opportunities. It leads to influence.

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By Travis Bradberry

TalentSmart has tested more than a million people and found that the upper echelons of top performance are filled with people who are high in emotional intelligence (90% of top performers, to be exact). The hallmark of emotional intelligence is self-control—a skill that unleashes massive productivity by keeping you focused and on track.

Unfortunately, self-control is a difficult skill to rely on. Self-control is so fleeting for most people that when Martin Seligman and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania surveyed two million people and asked them to rank order their strengths in 24 different skills, self-control ended up in the very bottom slot.

And when your self-control leaves something to be desired, so does your productivity.

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by LifeHacker

A lot of weaknesses in your professional life can be turned into advantages. The crucial element is knowing how to frame your perceived “weak” qualities to contacts and potential employers. Here are five common disadvantages that you can reframe and use to your advantage.

You’re Inexperienced: You Can Learn Without Being Threatening

When you’re an intern at a company, you might feel like you’re at the bottom rung. You can turn that into a position of power—as other people might be more willing to take you under their wing.

Nobody wants to make themselves obsolete. Talented or accomplished individuals at your company will be wary of sharing information with their peers. They might be more open to sharing it with an intern or student. Since you’re in this type of position, people will think you lack experience. They won’t perceive you to be as threatening as a colleague, peer, or a rival on similar or even footing.

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By Lily Zhang

Your dream job just got posted, and you’re super excited. There’s just one problem: You literally (and I actually mean literally) have zero relevant work experience. Whether you’re a career changer or a new grad with no internships under your belt, what can you actually put on your resume that makes you look as qualified as possible?

Fret not. There are a few different things you can include, as well as a couple of formatting tricks, that will help you present yourself in the best light possible.

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From impossible to the possible

by Erin Greenawald

 

Following your dreams is hard. It often involves seriously shaking up your life, perhaps leaving a stable job or a comfortable life for something a little more uncertain. And that’s, well, scary.

But going through a life where you never get to live out your deepest passions is scarier, at least to me. So, how can we push past the fears that are stopping us from moving forward in the direction we feel we’re really meant to be going?

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By Aja Frost

We know it’s about who you know when it comes to getting a job. But even when you’re happily employed, it’s important to take stock of your contacts and make sure your network includes the people who can truly help you out and boost your career at any stage.

No, this isn’t yet another article about why you need a mentor. (Don’t get us wrong, you definitely need a mentor). Instead, this roundup focuses on the more unique connections you should have. Do you know these eight people?

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