Job seeking can be exhausting, stressful, and time-consuming.
You pour so much effort into putting yourself out there and wonder whether half of what you do is worth it.
You revise your resume once, twice, fifty times over, and still don’t hear anything back.
It’s enough to drive you crazy.
But most people scramble to try and change every little detail if they don’t get a phone call within a day.
In an effort to save time, I’ve even copied my resume word-for-word and pasted it into multiple career listing websites across the web.
This is a horrible idea.
Do you know what happens? If an employer is actually interested by looking at your profile and then asks for your resume, what are they going to receive that’s any different from your profile?
How can you stand out online without spilling all your beans?
Not to mention the THOUSANDS of recruiters that call for jobs that don’t match anything you’re looking for.
In this article, I want to show you what you should put on your online profiles that will differ from your resume and help you stand out while providing value separate from your deliverables.
Today, there are millions of apps to download from mobile app stores. We have the world at our fingertips and an abundance of distractions to fill our time.
I remember when the first iPhone was released. I was so excited to discover applications that added even more functionality. I thought I was living in Star Trek.
Over the years, I’ve gone through many cycles of installing and deleting apps. I was overwhelmed and felt a conviction to delete things I wasn’t using. It’s especially convicting when you realize you’ve been scrolling through Instagram for HOURS. 😬
Applications exist to help you in your life, not consume it.
I talk a lot about productivity, tools, and hacks. Chances are that if you are on the hunt for a tool, I could recommend something that would work.
You could have every tool in your arsenal, have a top-notch resume, know all the words to avoid in your email, and have your morning routine down to a science. But none of that is going to matter if you don’t have some basic soft skills.
What do I mean by soft skills?
I’m talking about emotional intelligence, accountability, responsibility, dependability, and good work ethic.
It’s one thing to say you possess these things on your resume or in an interview, but to practice them daily is another thing entirely.
Let’s be real.
Job hunting sucks.
It’s stressful, anxiety-inducing, and makes you want to pull your hair out.
“Should I revise my resume?”
“Should I include a cover letter?”
“Am I even qualified for this job?”
All these questions and more likely plague your mind, as they did mine for years.
Whenever I job hunted in the past, I would apply to as many jobs as I possibly could. If it looked like it was somewhat close to what I was looking for just from the title, I would apply. I didn’t look into the description, the benefits, or the requirements.
This is a huge mistake. Why?
It’s been over a year since I last clicked “Add New Post.”
At the beginning of 2017, I was excited to launch this blog. I thought that I finally hit the nail on the head with the branding. I could write about my travels and also have a place to embrace my nerdy side and talk about technology, productivity, business, and more.
I was selfish. The little content I had did nothing to serve the audience I thought I would be serving. There was no clear vision for who I wanted to read my blog, let alone, who I wanted to help or what that help would be.
I treated it more like an online journal (Xanga anyone?) than a tool to help others achieve the lifestyle I managed to build for myself.
It’s the American dream to own your own business. But like most of us, we have to pay the bills so we have full-time jobs.
I love my job and I love what I do. Building a side business is not a “plan B” for me. Rather, it has become a passion of mine to create something from nothing while helping others in the process.
However, it can be tough to juggle a career and entrepreneurship. You don’t want to just slide by in your job and not further your career. But, you also don’t want to give your side business the attention it needs to grow.
How can you balance furthering your career and growing a business?
43 percent of employed Americans spend at least some time working remotely, according to a Gallup survey of more than 15,000 adults. (via NY Times)
Opportunities for working remotely are on the rise and in more industries than you may realize. In this Forbes article, they list over 100 companies where their employees work remotely. That number has likely already increased over the past year.
But what a lot of people want to know is where to find the companies that are hiring remote employees. Here is a list of at least 9 websites to locate remote opportunities:
Ever since I got my first remote job, friends and family have made comments such as:
“Wow, how lucky/blessed are you.”
“That must be the life.”
And while I do feel extremely blessed and enjoy my life immensely, I want to shed some light on this lifestyle that many people may not consider.
When you are preparing to travel via airplane, it can be easy to remember to pack things like clothes, shoes, and toiletries.
But, do you ever consider preparing your devices before you leave for a trip?
No, I’m not talking about making sure your devices are charged.
For those that do not know, I work remotely and travel full-time in an RV with my partner and two dogs.
A question I get a lot is how I am able to access the internet while I travel. Before we bought the RV, this was my main concern. I researched for months about data plans with cellular carriers, satellite internet, and RV park internet.
There were pros and cons to all the options. Cellular carriers did not have any unlimited data plans at the time, satellite internet was complicated and very expensive, and RV park internet is not very reliable.