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  • Business Plan
    business plan templates to comprehensive business plan templates and even a couple that can help you get the funding you need These tools will provide the guidance you need to make the business plan creation process a little easier without starting from scratch See Full Story on businessnewsdaily com Filed Under Entrepreneurship Tagged With Business Plan Startups Templates 4 Tests to Fail Proof Your Business Idea 6 September 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment The knowledge you gain from testing your idea will help determine if it is ready for the market and improve your business plan You ll set yourself up for success by preemptively identifying problems and minimizing risk And hopefully your nerves will be eased Use one or more of the following strategies to test your idea before it launches 1 Test your idea with a venture capitalist Venture capitalists are brutally honest That s why it s a great idea to pitch your business idea to them They re not going to lie or sugarcoat their feelings Show them your business plan or product What do they think of your plan In my experience venture capitalists are very talented at quickly identifying holes and problems If you ve forgotten to address something important they ll tell you If they re interested that s a great sign What you learn will help you be a better entrepreneur 2 Show your prototype to product retailers Product retailers are at the front line of retail they have a unique understanding of what consumers like and dislike because they literally watch what sells and what doesn t They know what consumers want They know what consumers are asking about Your idea needs to be easily understood when you show it to retailers If you have a prototype made it doesn t need to be polished Rough drawings might even work On a slow shopping day visit a local retailer where you think your product might be sold What do they think Is it a good idea Is it a bad idea These people are in the trenches every day They ll tell you if your product stinks You can go one step further and try to get a retailer to place an order Would they be willing to actually carry your product See Full Story on entrepreneur com Filed Under Entrepreneurship Tagged With Business Idea Business Plan Fail Proof Knowledge Why You Shouldn t Send Your Business Plan to Investors 28 August 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment The trick is not simply sending out a plan It is finding the best way to leverage it Here s why Your Business Plan Can t Answer All the Questions Regardless of how good your business plan is it will never be perfect For instance it can never answer every question an investor might have If it did it would be 100 or more pages long in which case no one would read it Likewise any written document including your

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  • Fail-Proof
    re not going to lie or sugarcoat their feelings Show them your business plan or product What do they think of your plan In my experience venture capitalists are very talented at quickly identifying holes and problems If you ve forgotten to address something important they ll tell you If they re interested that s a great sign What you learn will help you be a better entrepreneur 2 Show your prototype to product retailers Product retailers are at the front line of retail they have a unique understanding of what consumers like and dislike because they literally watch what sells and what doesn t They know what consumers want They know what consumers are asking about Your idea needs to be easily understood when you show it to retailers If you have a prototype made it doesn t need to be polished Rough drawings might even work On a slow shopping day visit a local retailer where you think your product might be sold What do they think Is it a good idea Is it a bad idea These people are in the trenches every day They ll tell you if your product stinks You can go one step

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  • Managing the Second Half of your Career
    your level TAKE ACTION Go beyond mentors Find champions Early in your career you may have had a mentor who showed you the ropes of your job Later on though you ll need higher level contacts who can sing your praises when it comes time for raises promotions or job cuts and who can connect you to decision makers in other departments or firms You want credible people who can advocate for you says Hoffmann Show knowledge not credentials After 45 pricey degrees may not be worth the investment You simply have less career time to make the cost pay off Employers do like to see though that you re still learning says Scott Kane founder of the job placement service Gray Hair Management Focus on transferable skills Think about the things you ve done that could be valuable to a wide variety of employers for example the time you overhauled a training program or spearheaded a cost cutting team How to manage the second half of your career via money cnn com Filed Under Career Progression Tagged With Career Champions Knowledge Mentors Second Half Speak Your Mind Cancel reply Name Email Website Email Newsletter Sign up to receive email

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  • Champions
    competition for jobs at your level TAKE ACTION Go beyond mentors Find champions Early in your career you may have had a mentor who showed you the ropes of your job Later on though you ll need higher level contacts who can sing your praises when it comes time for raises promotions or job cuts and who can connect you to decision makers in other departments or firms You want credible people who can advocate for you says Hoffmann Show knowledge not credentials After 45 pricey degrees may not be worth the investment You simply have less career time to make the cost pay off Employers do like to see though that you re still learning says Scott Kane founder of the job placement service Gray Hair Management Focus on transferable skills Think about the things you ve done that could be valuable to a wide variety of employers for example the time you overhauled a training program or spearheaded a cost cutting team How to manage the second half of your career via money cnn com Filed Under Career Progression Tagged With Career Champions Knowledge Mentors Second Half Email Newsletter Sign up to receive email updates and to hear

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  • Mentors
    by Digital Curator Leave a Comment The rules of managing your career in its second half are different from those that worked when you were younger You need a fresh strategy to get you up the ladder when there are fewer rungs to climb with stiffer competition for jobs at your level TAKE ACTION Go beyond mentors Find champions Early in your career you may have had a mentor who showed you the ropes of your job Later on though you ll need higher level contacts who can sing your praises when it comes time for raises promotions or job cuts and who can connect you to decision makers in other departments or firms You want credible people who can advocate for you says Hoffmann Show knowledge not credentials After 45 pricey degrees may not be worth the investment You simply have less career time to make the cost pay off Employers do like to see though that you re still learning says Scott Kane founder of the job placement service Gray Hair Management Focus on transferable skills Think about the things you ve done that could be valuable to a wide variety of employers for example the time you

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  • 5 Interview Skills That Will Get You Hired
    fit for the job brushing up on basic interview skills is always a good idea Hiring experts shared five of the most important skills to focus on if you want to get hired Clarifying interview questions Most people are afraid to ask an interviewer to clarify his or her question said Sara Sutton Fell CEO of job listing website FlexJobs You might worry that the interviewer will think you weren t paying attention but ensuring that you thoroughly understand the question can really help you give a thoughtful relevant response 50 Job Interview Questions You Should Be Ready For Try to paraphrase the question and say Is this what you re asking she said Thinking out loud One mistake that many interviewees make is stalling when they don t have an answer ready or responding with I don t know Shon Burton CEO of social recruiting tool HiringSolved said that thinking aloud is a good tactic to combat this problem The best approach is to have humble confidence Burton said Repeat the interviewer s question and work through your thought process out loud The interviewer may give you a hint if you re actively thinking instead of stalling See Full

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  • Job Interview
    Career Progression Tagged With Arrogance Desperation Job Interview Overconfidence Robert Half Your Interview Packing List 29 April 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment So you finally got that call back asking you to come in for an interview Congrats This is an exciting time full of nerves palm sweats and last minute shopping for the perfect interview outfit or just something you won t have to iron yourself Amongst all that running around it can be easy to forget some essential items A Watch A Watch is both a perfect accessory for your dress for success persona as well as a practical addition In general it is best to keep your phone uses to the absolute minimum so having a watch will allow you be time conscious and not distracted by the buzzing of your phone Written Directions I know we live in the technological age and written directions are a bit archaic However if the worse does happen and you lose all power to your GPS enabled devices you won t be completely lost Resume Copies Be sure to bring lots of copies of your most up to date resume with you One for every person you ll be interviewing with and then some extra s for them to take to non attending decision makers If you know all your interviewer s names you can even create named file folders to put your resumes in This will show that you are prepared and care enough about the opportunity to put in some prep work See Full Story on www blogging4jobs com Filed Under Career Progression Tagged With Interview Job Interview Looking for a Job Packing List Resume Job Interview Questions You Should NOT Answer Or Ask 10 April 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment Here are some commonly asked interview questions that are inappropriate and in fact illegal in many parts of the world Have you got children What is your age What is your citizen status What is your weight What is your financial status or credit rating Have you got any debts What is your family status Do you believe in God Where do you go to church Do you drink alcohol What do you do at the weekends What religious holidays do you observe What is your race Have you ever been arrested The tricky thing is how to handle these questions Always remember that you don t have to answer any questions in a job interview that are not related to your job and you don t have to answer question about race sex religion national origin age disability family status type of military discharge or your financial position You can even terminate the interview and leave However refusing to answer questions can create a very awkward atmosphere and often jeopardize any chance of securing the job If you are happy to reveal the answers you can simply answer the questions but remember it is your right not to I actually prefer a

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  • Meetings
    you re a good fit for the job brushing up on basic interview skills is always a good idea Hiring experts shared five of the most important skills to focus on if you want to get hired Clarifying interview questions Most people are afraid to ask an interviewer to clarify his or her question said Sara Sutton Fell CEO of job listing website FlexJobs You might worry that the interviewer will think you weren t paying attention but ensuring that you thoroughly understand the question can really help you give a thoughtful relevant response 50 Job Interview Questions You Should Be Ready For Try to paraphrase the question and say Is this what you re asking she said Thinking out loud One mistake that many interviewees make is stalling when they don t have an answer ready or responding with I don t know Shon Burton CEO of social recruiting tool HiringSolved said that thinking aloud is a good tactic to combat this problem The best approach is to have humble confidence Burton said Repeat the interviewer s question and work through your thought process out loud The interviewer may give you a hint if you re actively thinking instead

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