I once heard Warren Buffett state that a doctor or accountant or any type of professional will always command a portion of society’s income because of her skills. Even if there is inflation and prices go up, our skills allow us to command the same portion of society’s income. The implications of that quote are profound. We are not paid random amounts, instead there is a rhyme and reason to our compensation structures. Furthermore, we have some control over the pay we receive. The most important and impactful message I learned from this quote was to continue to develop and build my own skills strategically and to the best of my ability. The wider and deeper your skillset, the more opportunities there are for you. Instead of focusing on the money, focus on developing your skills and doing well at your job or business. As a result, the money will come in response to those skills.
Previously,I had written a post about why you should build a personal website. Today’s post will be about how to design and build that website. Although I personally recommend Weebly, you can use any other website building service out there. Weebly is just extremely easy-to-use and affordable. It comes with a wide selection of themes and images (both free and not free) to make your website look professional and attractive. At just $8 per month for the annual membership, you can have a professional website up and running within a couple hours. Here are my top tips for your personal website.
Our world is moving increasingly online. Many years ago, it was common for people to mail or hand in printed copies of their resumes when job hunting. With the advent of the internet, it became extremely easy for people to submit electronic resumes when applying for jobs. Next came social networking, and in particular, Linkedin. Linkedin allows us to have a professional online presence, network with other professionals, and look for job opportunities. It evolved the way people networked and connected with each other professionally. I believe that we can take it even a step further with a personal website to showcase our skills, projects, accomplishments, and interests.
Your resume is one of the main factors that determine whether or not you will receive an interview, and potentially a job. It is a reflection of yourself, your accomplishments, and your potential. Therefore, if you are looking for a job, you need to put together the best possible resume you can.
CareerBuilder conducted a study to figure out the worst and best resume terms to include. What they found was that managers highly preferred terms that indicated positive results in your work rather than terms that describe your abilities.
“Hiring managers prefer strong action words that define specific experience, skills and accomplishments,” said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder. “Subjective terms and clichés are seen as negative because they don’t convey real information. For instance, don’t say you are ‘results-driven’; show the employer your actual results.”
Think of your Linkedin profile as your online, public resume. Whether you are looking to move up or move laterally, recruiters and managers will most likely check out your Linkedin profile in addition to the resume you submitted. Even when you are not applying for jobs, recruiters will frequently scour Linkedin to look for viable candidates. You never know when an amazing opportunity may come up. Therefore, it is important to have a strong and appealing Linkedin profile. Here are my top tips for improving your profile.
Hiring managers want the best of everything. In their job postings, they’ll post a long list of requirements and skills that they are looking for. However, chances are, it is very hard to find someone who has all those exact skills, requirements, and experiences. A lot of those skills end up being learned on the job or not needed at all. The more of those skills you have on your resume, the greater your chances are of landing the interview, regardless of whether or not you can perform the job well. So, if you don’t have those skills on paper, how would you convince a hiring manager to give you an interview and potentially the job?
Professional Development and Personal Finance Blog