Ensuring Your Side Business Thrives While You Work

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Around 40% of UK workers have a ‘side hustle’ (including their own business), according to research conducted by the Henley Business School, with uncertainty about work, a desire for a better standard of living, and the desire to face new challenges being three key reasons why. Ensuring your business thrives without your ‘standard job’ suffering – and vice versa – can be a big challenge, but getting the balance right isn’t a matter of intuition or chance. Rather, it involves creating a strict business strategy you follow to the letter, without wavering from what is probably your ultimate goal: being your own boss, 24/7.

What are the Elements of Business Growth?

The key elements of most business growth strategies include leadership (vision, knowledge, risk taking), marketing (connecting with your audience via social media and branding), sales, tech (relying on the right people to solve technical glitches), and support (having a team that attends to clients quickly and efficiently). All these elements are far easier to run smoothly when your business is a full-time occupation. However, when you only have part of the day to dedicate yourself to each department, time management is key.

Ensuring Your Side Business Thrives While You Work

Building Your Plan

For each key element of your strategy, goals and time limits should be set. For instance, if you are selling your services as a writer, legal professional, or accountant, set reasonable goals for areas like marketing and social media. How many followers do you have on Instagram and Twitter, for instance? How many do your competitors have? What number can you set as a goal and how many weeks or months will you give yourself to achieve it?

Branding is another area that should be broken down into components with time limits for each task. Your brand should connect with your target audience via the right logo, website content, and social media channels. Technical knowledge is another problem. Try to think of what might be standing in the way of a smooth customer experience. Is your website mobile compatible? Does your page take too long to load? You can tackle many problems yourself. However, when you are truly stuck, don’t waste valuable time trying to solve a problem that needs technical knowledge. Rely on trusted professionals when you are stuck in a rut.

Take Calculated Risks

Growing as a business involves stepping outside your comfort zone frequently. As stated by Amy Morin, author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, fear causes you to overestimate risk. However, the difference between an ordinary and extraordinary life, lies precisely in your willingness to embrace change. Calculated risks are not based simply on ‘gut instinct’. T

hey involve researching into possible losses, having a “Plan B”, and seeking advice from valued mentors. Request feedback from trusted entrepreneurs and be especially open when they point out possible flaws or mistakes. When you take risks, check periodically that they are bearing fruit. If something isn’t working, change your strategy to minimize loss.

Validate Your Idea

There are many ways that business ideas can be validated, one of which involves developing an MVP (minimum viable product) and seeing your target audience’s reaction to it. If it’s an app, for instance, test your MVP on investors, mentors, and your target audience. Ask for feedback so as to tweak any existing glitches. Conduct keyword searches with WordStream or Moz Keyword Explorer, to find out the existing supply for the demand your product is meant to fulfill. Ensure your business offers greater value than your competitors, and make a social media schedule, using various media to share awareness about your product.

Products like Hootsuite (which allows you to programme your social media uploads days in advance) exist to help you save time. However, this and other tools only work if you set a schedule for them that you stick to – even on days on which you feel tired after a full day at work.

By defining key tasks, setting goals and time limits, taking risks, and obtaining feedback, you can grow at a steady pace, staying motivated until the day you can dedicate all of your time to your true passion.

By Cassandra McNulty

Is Summer Really Bad for Your Job Search?

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There is a common perception that companies slow down or even stop hiring processes during summer months. You may feel tempted to take a break from your job search and succumb to your naturally lazy nature.

However, is this the best time to stop the search?

Based on JobisJob’s market trends, summer months present a great opportunity for job seekers. In the UK, analytics reveal that in the last 12 months there has been an average of about one million active offers per month and these figures remained the same in the July-September of 2018 period. On the contrary, the lowest period of the year was December, during end-of-year festivities, when job offers fell by 30%.

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Active offers in the UK, July 1018-June 2019. Source: JobisJob Trends.

Can we predict the same behaviour of the job market for this summer? According to most recent trends, the same seasonal pattern will repeat this year: job offers will surely not decrease.

Therefore, why should you postpone those summer plans and keep on track with the search for the best career opportunities? We give you four more reasons to reconsider your plans for the next few months.

1. It’s a matter of probability

Most likely, you’re not the only one who believed in the summer-slowdown myth. But the equation is easy − look at it this way: with less competitors in the race, your chances of being hired are higher! With hundreds or thousands of applications received for only one position, recruiters usually discard candidates based on objective parameters and don’t have time to carefully analyse each one. Fewer applicants means more possibilities of standing out.

2. Summer temp jobs can lead to a permanent position

With many employees on holiday, many companies look for temporary workers to fill vacancies. Temporary jobs and even summer internships are an opportunity to shine and convince your future employer to keep you. If not, you’ll have gained experience and narrowed the gap between your last job.

3. You can take some days off to schedule appointments

If you are currently employed, it’s easier to ask your boss for one or two days off during these months. You’ll have more freedom to schedule appointments and interviews, or even to update your resume and write some cover letters. And if you have pending holidays, why not reserve a week to plan your search? (Definitely, writing a good resume is still important: don’t forget to check some tips and keep it up to date.)

4. Don’t overlook the fact that people are in a better mood

Most people are on a higher energy level during this hot season and this can make us feel more empathic (summer boosts the mood, science says). Take advantage of it when you meet recruiters. You can also reactivate networking activities and call those old friends from school that may help you in your career shift.

Of course, some difficulties can arise. Hiring processes tend to slow down. After the first contact, recruiters and managers can also go on holiday and may postpone their final decision for some weeks. While they probably want you to settle in to your new position when the business activity starts up again, in the meantime, they have no reason to be in a hurry. You’ll need to be patient.

Data is on your side during the job search!

JobisJob Trends is a powerful analytics tool for job seekers. At a glance, you can find the market big figures, top hiring companies and recruiters, the hottest sectors and job titles, and the average salaries, among others. If you’re not from the UK, data is probably available in your country also: take a look!

Need more data? Check our specialised big data tool for the recruitment industry.

5 Survival Tips for Young Entrepreneurs with Little Experience and Money

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Entrepreneurship is a goal for many. There is nothing better than the feeling of being your own boss and calling all the shots. Especially with the UK labour market not being as appealing as it once was.

While in thought, everything about becoming an entrepreneur may seem amazing, it is actually difficult when you start on the entrepreneurial path. So difficult that 3 out of 4 entrepreneurs end up failing.

There are many reasons for failure such as pressure and stress on entrepreneurs as they are solely responsible for the outcome of their business. Which can take a toll especially if you have little experience and money.

But don’t sweat it too much, the following tips will help you survive the quest of becoming an entrepreneur and yield the rewards and excitement that come with it.

Make sure you are passionate

For any entrepreneur to be successful they need both passion and commitment. You need that fire from within to really drive you to succeed.

If you feel that you don’t have the passion or time for commitment towards your solution, even the slightest bit of doubt, you may want to reconsider investing heavily in it and trying to build a business out of it. The reason why is because the path is not all rainbows and butterflies, there will be more downs than ups initially. The only thing that will drive you at that point is your passion.

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Pick a mentor

The path of entrepreneurship is not easy and twice as hard for someone who is inexperienced. While you, yourself may not have the experience, doesn’t mean you can’t find someone to guide you on this path. Someone that is an experienced entrepreneur. A mentor can help you plan and set a strategy that is not only effective but realistic.

Throughout your journey, you will have someone to turn to for guidance and assistance when needed. You may need to give up some equity for their time and guidance but at the end of the day, it will be worth it when your business succeeds.

Budget the limited cash you have

One of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make is that they focus more on their potential in years to come rather than focus on today, especially when it comes to money. Rather than thinking about your projected earnings in the next 4 years, focus on what they are today. Don’t get lost in projections because then you will end up spending more money, thinking you will be okay cause your projections will have you covered.

Think of cash as the oxygen for your business, without which it won’t survive. Have a plan of what your costs are today and what it will take for your startup to stay afloat for at least a year.

You want to consider your rent along with other overhead costs like broadband internet, electricity, and so on. Plan and budget accordingly today so that your cash doesn’t bleed. Always check if there’s any available discount code to save money. Otherwise, you’ll create even more problems for your business and you don’t really want that, do you?

Know your market before you make the product

Never make a product and then try to create a demand for it. This is a sure way to fail. It is important that you do your research prior to making your solution. The solution needs to fulfil a demand that is already there in the market.

Therefore, talk to your target audience and devise your solution accordingly. The idea you have will have a specific market whether it is adults, children, parents, and so on. Speak to them and see how they would want the particular problem your solution is solving to be solved. This will allow you to cater your offering to the liking of your audience.

Have the right people around you

It is very difficult to build and grow a startup on your own. You may think that you can make it on your own but if you truly want to be successful, you will need a team by your side.

It is important that you select individuals that not only believe in your solution but share a similar vision as you. This is the only way you can be certain that they will put in the effort that is required to help make your startup a success. While you may have to take time in finding such individuals, in the long run, the effort you put in will be worth it.

Sources: JobisJob, Entrepreneur, Plusvouchercode, Freepik.

10 tips on how your resume should look like in 2019

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You made your list with all the changes you want for 2019? If one of these changes is to find a better job – that means that it is worth making the best of your chances. The good news for you is that year after year, employers look after people ready to adapt and have a touch of creativity; the only thing you need to do is to use this in your advantage and find your desired job.resume tipsSource: Unsplash

When we are referring to look for a new opportunity or changing the current job, the CV, namely what it looks like and what it contains, is extremely important. And if you manage to make it attractive to recruits, you are likely to be called for job interviews in a fairly short time. And although the structure of a CV does not differ greatly from one profile to another, what differentiates you from other candidates is what your CV contains! Now let’s see how a resume should look like.

1. Revise your resume’s look and feel

Sending the same old CV, with nothing update from a couple of years can be a real problem in getting your dream job. As you already know, this first interaction can make your employer to call you for the interview or to find another candidate.

Candidates often abstain from specifying their professional goal in their resume, but in 2019, they should not miss. It’s enough to say a few words about yourself, who you are, what you can offer to the company, and what are the goals of your career. Also, here, do not forget to adjust your goal depending on the role you are applying.

2. Amend your header and Choose your words carefully

May sound pretty simple, but you will be surprised how many forget to check their resumes before sending them. That’s the way you need to read it multiple times and don’t forget about grammatical mistakes. A clear mind is always welcome – why don’t you ask a friend or an acquaintance, who have some free time, to help you and check how good is your work. There is no excuse for spelling mistakes in your CV.

Don’t forget to follow some basic structure:

- Try to answer this simple question: How do you want to look like in front of your possible employer through a paper?
- Show the required skills through some specific activities you had in other professional experience
- Keep everything simple – don’t try to make your presentation too hard to follow

Too many words = agglomeration = confusion = refusal. It does not matter how impressive you are doing at work if it’s impossible for you to sum it up on a page. Eliminates all the details in addition and keeps the essentials, cut out mercilessly both from the sections where you organize your resume and the words you use. For each thing you write you have to ask yourself: will this improve the way the employer sees me?

3. Choose simple font

These details are an important aspect which many employers look at. In this case, you should try to be careful at this and use a classic font – you will never fail with this!
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4. Respect your reader

Don’t be, in your way to keep the resume as simple as possible, too modest. Details regarding your experience, your firm name, address and some information about your position held there are equally important.

Let’s take, for example, the situation in which you are working for a very well-known firm – like Google, Apple or Amazon; in this case, you must describe your position over there as not many know how these things work. Moreover, you can give some numbers regarding your firm evolution/status and if you helped in this matter. For sure, people like to see how important you can be and if you can give 100% to another employer as well.

In your way in creating the best resume ever, try to avoid the most common mistakes you can make – like spelling/ grammar errors.

5. Building a resume for a specific career

An ideal CV should contain up to two pages, but for sure you already know this information. Anyhow, try to leave some details for the job interview. Practically, with your CV you should attract the recruiter so that he wants to know you better and contact you for a face to face meeting. If you are applying for a change of career then you need to build your CV in this matter – even if your professional history is not in that domain, for sure you did some projects which used that specific field of activity.

6. Offer the best first

Have you been rewarded for your hard work in your professional life? Then don’t forget to write about that! If you were a speaker, an event moderator, or just received a diploma; write that down. Any employer wants to see that a possible employee worked for developing his/her skills, and they will do the same.

7. Bolster your Key Skills and Technologies section with new additions

Hard skill or soft skill? Why don’t you try to say how good you’ve become in the last few years? If in your resume format keep these details which will make you shine. If you are just finishing college, then don’t worry – for sure you’ve been part of some important project, you won some medals, or you’ve been the best in some class.

8. Include your current position

Although your previous jobs are important to the recruiter, however, the last job you have had is the most relevant for a future employer. And here you should adapt the role to the one you have applied to, namely, to specify what you did at the previous job and what is appropriate for the job that the company was doing.
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9. Create an online portfolio

Living in an ingrowing online development you need to be sure that you can be there if an employer is looking for their future employee. So, in this matter start creating an online portfolio – if you have any questions how to make a resume you can look for a UK essay writer. The numbers of people using this kind of interaction are growing, year after year, and statistic say that 71% of firms have been influenced in their decision by this small, but important aspect.

10. Consider your cover letter

You didn’t think that there is a possibility to be selected if you have a cover letter? Then, you should know that those who send a cover letter, even if this is optional, had bigger chances of being selected. Being clear, but respecting the structure and the topic, you can catch the firm attention.


Author’s Bio Harry Southworth

Being in the field of the employer for more than ten years, he knows what aspects are the best to follow when it comes to getting a job. Harry Southworth was one of the best HR managers and that’s why he knows all the secrets from the employer point of view. He succeeded to choose the right people and he never regretted his choices.

How to Prepare College Students for a Career

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Students in colleges aspire to pass their courses and graduate, then afterwards to find their
dream job, travel, have adventures and eventually settle down for a happy life. The reality,
however, is far less direct than this statement would imply. You are likely to meet college
graduates who have not managed to find the job they have desired for a long time and others
that have completely changed their careers, losing years as they relaunch in a different sector.
The main cause is insufficient career preparation while they are in school.

Both the student and professors have the responsibility to prepare the graduates to know how to
find a job after college. Today we want to look at what can really help you regarding career
planning for college students. Learn more here about getting the most out of your education. You
have the potential to find the best jobs on the market that you can even enjoy if you prepare
yourself.

Here are the five good tips to follow when building your career plan:

1. Participate in Work-Based Learning:

Most Universities have the option of working for professors or with associates in industry, either
as summer jobs or throughout the academic year. These experiences can really help you later
when writing resumes/CVs for your field. These positions enable students to make a living while
completing their education. This caters not just to your finances, but also to your future goals!
If you can, avoid minimum-wage, low-skill jobs as a student. They won’t help you on your
resume in 10 years!

Avoid being misused just because you have not graduated yet. To build experience for the
career you want, you need to find jobs related to your major and job goal while you are in
school. An example is if you are studying to become a tech developer, you should start by
getting a job in a computer store with software related services. The exposure makes you stand
out when you graduate from college.

2. Expand Your Knowledge:

There are many subjects and courses offered in colleges. Many students choose what they
want to be and disregard the rest. When you want to know how to choose a career, keeping
away from other subjects in college is risky. You will need them in the future after graduation,
they always give you insight. It is better to pay attention and seek new knowledge rather than
discarding any academic opportunity.

Prospective employers will gladly take you if you have knowledge in a wider range of
interrelated fields they may need in their companies. For instance, if you are planning to
become a software developer, it is ideal to learn how to develop websites as well.

3. Find and Participate in Job Shadowing Positions:

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Job shadowing is when you visit a business to observe how they run. You can see the
responsibilities of one more job positions of a real business in any field of study you are
interested in. You will learn the basics of a job, the challenges, and the potential. The time you
can have to learn this depends on how long the business owners are willing to welcome you.
Job shadowing allows you to make a sound decision as to what career you should settle for.
When you know what a real job in the business world is like, you will have a better idea of how
to find a job after college.

4. Be Wise with Internships:

The internships help the students get hands-on experience with a real job while they are still
advancing towards graduation. However, some students don’t get the opportunity to intern at a
place that actually helps them with their career goals. It is sad to acknowledge that companies
may take you for an internship and offer you a job that is outside your career plan.
If this happens, you need to make changes. Find something that will help you with your career preparation.
Even if it means that you have to work long hours, it is better. An instant assignment help service (UK)
can help you write your assignments while you get your hands on the career you are aspiring towards.

5. Stay Updated:

Are you able to discuss the latest developments in the industry of your choice? In the effort to
innovate, new technology, discoveries and methods tend to play a significant role in most
business. For any graduate to land a job that fulfills their desires, they need to ensure that they’re
up-to-date with all the aspects in their industry.
Current college students are privy to all the big new tech trends and innovation. Older
employees out there understand industry developments, but are often a bit outdated in tech and
research. Learning to stand out from the majority of graduates is a primary goal in your career
preparation.
Instead of relying just on the knowledge you get from your lectures and textbooks, you need to
take time to learn about the industry trends in your career path. Universities have professional
journals released every month for various industry subjects. You need to read as much as
possible and discuss this knowledge with your professors and colleagues to get ahead with your
career preparation!

Author: Michelle Lambert