Advantages & Disadvantages of Working With a Startup

Working With a Startup“Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.” – Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, Apple

These are many inspirational quotes by entrepreneurs who have made it big in the world of business. Many of the multinational corporations which you see now have been started in a garage with little funding, but by young entrepreneurs. Gone are the days, when a large business magnate was more than fifty years old. In recent times, younger-than-30 years CEOs are common and the surprising fact is that they have made a splash in the big whirlpool of business and redefined old traditions and norms.

However, if you are a job aspirant, fresher or experienced, the choice for working in a start-up should never by hurriedly

10 Ways To Leverage LinkedIn For A Career Change

Leverage LinkedIn For A Career ChangeHere are 10 ways for career changers to leverage LinkedIn® in the job search:

1. Include Target Keywords

Just because you don’t have the industry experience yet, doesn’t mean you don’t have the right profile or transferrable skills. If you’re ever going to be found or considered for your next move you’ll have to brand appropriately which means including the best target keywords in your profile. The Summary section is a great place to subtly slip in keywords that will help you be found by those searching people in your target industry. Add a paragraph of career interests that is keyword rich by simply writing: “Career Interests: Keyword 1, keyword 2, keyword phrase, keyword 3,” etc. Ultimately, you want to start molding yourself into your new target-self whether this means adapting your profile story to communicate a new you or gradually weaving in target industry lingo.

2. Volunteer in Target Industry and Add as Recent Experience

Your recent experience is of paramount importance because the reader or hiring manager wants to feel you are up on current trends and practices. If

Things You Must Know When Getting A Work Permit Abroad

Work Permit AbroadIf you are allowed to live in another country, this does not literally mean that you are also allowed to work in your profession. Indeed, there will be a lot of different factors to consider if you are to apply for a work permit. This often starts with your immigration status.

How To Get A Work Permit

Determine how eligible you are – Most of the time, you will need to have a work permit so you can legally work in another country if you are not a citizen or do not have a permanent residence status. However, there are times when you might be allowed to work on a temporary basis without even having a work permit if you are a performer, emergency service worker, or a clergy.

Get a job offer – You must have an employer who will provide you with a contract outlining your wage, working conditions, and job title. There are employers who are allowed to hire foreign workers. There are instances where your credentials might need to be assessed.

Complete the application process – Today, you can now

Bring Your Passion to the Workplace

Bring Your Passion to the WorkplaceMy father was a country boy from Mississippi. In his early twenties, when my grandfather became ill, being the eldest, he was held responsible for running the family farm which helped feed his nine brothers and sisters. I’m sure this expanded his perspective about what was possible.

He wanted more. “More” in the fifties was going west. He ended up in Los Angeles where he was able to land an assembly-line worker job at General Motors. Through that job, dad was able to accomplish much-he married, was able to sustain four children while my mom was a stay-at-home mother, and acquired income property and a nice nest egg.

After thirty years, he was able to retire with a handsome pension that took care of both himself and mom. He was a loyal worker and GM was loyal to him. Those were the good old days.

Why Live Your Purpose?

Our economy has shifted. Good pensions are passé, lay-offs and demotion punctuate the economic landscape and many companies have tanked. Displaced workers are asking themselves, “How do I redefine myself and get

How to Start to Be a Professional

Be a ProfessionalBecoming a professional is an extremely daunting task. Knowing where to start your professional career can be equally as daunting. To decide where you want to go with your career is the first step. The best way to decide where you want to go you must find what you are passionate about.

Finding something that drives you is as simple as looking into your hobbies and finding out what you look forward to at the end of the day. If you look forward to your weekend fishing on the weekends, then go and look for jobs selling boats, or in a manufacturing facility that sells boats to retail distributors. Find what you enjoy to talk about. If you enjoy talking about the subject, it will show at your job as well as to your customer. People enjoy being around someone who loves their job and is passionate about a subject. This will help fuel your business. Also being happy at work is key to having professional career because your passion will drive you to more career accomplishments.

Once you have found what you are passionate about;

Aiming for Work Life Synergy

Work-Life‘Men for the sake of getting a living, forget to live.’ Margaret Fuller

In all likelihood you’ve been there… and you may have seen generations of your family and friends go through the same! You’re working endlessly, but find that you have so little to show for it! Hard work alone doesn’t always pay, and that’s a fact. I’ve had times where the days of stress accumulated into weeks, which then turned into months, and when it started to affect my health, I told myself that I wouldn’t put myself through that again. As the story goes though, my work-horse nature took over, and before I knew it I began working frantically yet again, scrambling to ridiculous self-imposed deadlines, with weeks passing by in a blur. Thankfully, a bit of good sense kicked in, and although I had to make a concerted effort to do so, I forced myself to stop, take a step back, assess the situation and devise ways of working smarter and not harder. And that’s not just something that ‘people’ say. You can actually get more done in less time, and lead a more balanced

5 Ways Your Online Lifestyle Can Ruin a Career Opportunity

Lost My JobMany people want to keep their “work lives” and their “personal lives” separate. However, with social media it has become more and more difficult to keep the two worlds from colliding. Today’s employers will look through social profiles in order to help them decide who would be a good candidate for a job position. The amount of information you publish on social media sites makes it easy for potential employers to have access to your personal life, which could turn out to be bad for you if they happen to spot some things that will turn them off, and ruin your opportunity to get the job.

1. Vulgarity and Obscenity: People generally speak on the internet the way they speak in real life. Or at least that’s the way employers think. If you use vulgar language in your profiles, then employers will assume you lead a lifestyle where you speak publicly the same way, and they will not want to hire someone who they cannot trust to communicate in a professional manner.

2. Negativity: Employers want to hire people who will keep a positive atmosphere in

I Just Lost My Job Now what?

Lost My JobYOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND that being canned wasn’t your fault. After all you are in good company.

Job cuts have been the highest since 2009, says a survey by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray, and Christmas. According to the study, US companies announced plans to terminate over 65-thousand employees in April alone.

What to do after losing a job

Nobody needs to tell you that your task is to find another job pronto. And while this article gives you four handy pointers about what to do after being laid off, it’s critical that we start-off with what NOT to do. A job finding campaign that starts badly won’t end well because it will drag on and on and on.

So after you receive a pink slip, don’t make panicky calls to everyone you know to grumble about how upset you are over having to train people from India who have replaced you.

While that would piss anyone off, focus your attention on planning the right things to do after losing your job. Here are four tips to be done in order:

    1. Take care

Here Are 5 Strategies to Cope With an Unpredictable Manager

Unpredictable ManagerJekyll, reflecting on mankind, “All human beings… are commingled out of good and evil.”

You may be familiar with the Robert Louis Stevenson story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Dr. Jekyll believed that he found a method of separating the good and evil that he believed resides in all of us. The consequences of his experimentations did not bode well for him or the safety of others.

The story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been used as an analogy for the balance many people try to maintain, between being a good person and doing “the right thing” at work, and acting in accordance with other self-interests. We have all likely worked with individuals who may not have always acted in the best interest of their employer and/or their customers, which can create an ethical and possibly moral conflict.

A duality can also be used to described individuals who are perceived as being moody, or someone who does not demonstrate a well-balanced sense of emotional intelligence. This is a person who seems to have an on/off switch that can be triggered or activated, with

How to Get Ahead in Your Chosen Field

Chosen FieldEach and every one of us wants to get ahead in our chosen field. In order to accomplish this successfully we need to be at the right places at the right time. The moot point is to try and develop the right mindset, you would not only taste success in the field of your choice, this attitude would stand you in good stead in life in general.

The Bigger Picture

Once you are able to figure out what it is that you exactly want, you ought to make a concerted plan for getting there. In addition to this you must work really hard and stay focused on the bigger picture. Just ensure that while you are at it, the distractions and the pettiness of everyday living do not get in your way.

The Right Mindset

So far so good, in order to get into the right mindset, you need to take care of certain things, like arming yourself with the requisite knowledge. Figure out your goals, way early in your journey towards success. It goes without saying you got to make a to do list.

Ten Career Change Myths

career mythsMyth #1: You can’t make a living doing something you really enjoy

This is a well-known, age-old career myth… the belief that you can’t have a career that allows you a comfortable living doing something that you enjoy and are good at. This is an outdated concept, which stems from the times of our forefathers. Yes, of course you need to earn to provide for yourself, and for your family, but fear and a reluctance to step outside your comfort zone can prevent you from reaching your potential and earning a living doing what you’re passionate about. You don’t have to sacrifice on happiness to make a living, you just have to be willing to think creatively about what you’re good at, how you can earn from it, and be prepared to put in the work. If you enjoy what you do, believe me… it won’t feel like work!

If you find yourself buying into this myth, think about what you’ll regret more… following your passion or giving in to your fears! Now by no means am I suggesting

How to Get a Promotion

Get a PromotionAs you build your career, there may be many opportunities for promotion. Some people seem to be able to glide up the ladder, while others may find it more difficult to advance. No matter where you fall on this spectrum, there are definite things you can do to help yourself get promoted. Here are a few to try:


Does your supervisor know what you do? If you are in an independent working situation, be certain to let him or her know the work that you are doing. Offer ideas to make the business run better and support the implementation of these programs if they choose to run with them. Be a team player. Make your boss look good and they will move you into their slot when your work helps them to excel as well.

Make Yourself Indispensable in the Right Way

Another important part of getting a promotion is to become the best at things… but only the right things. Think managerial and not maintenance. If you become the only one who can fix the copier or file things correctly, then you

A Few Ways to Tap Into the Hidden Job Market

Hidden Job MarketThis isn’t about jobs that are not posted anywhere that is a gigantic myth of epic proportions. Most companies spend a lot of time prior to posting a job determining what they need and then getting approval for that job to be filled. There may be some that are not posted but most jobs will be placed somewhere whether it’s with a recruiter or placed on their website. The problem is that there are way more companies that need your skills then you could possibly find. For example right here in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex there are thousands of companies. Not all need your talent but you never know. The Hidden Job Market that I refer to is finding people who work at companies that have opportunities for you and they are willing to refer you to the position. Human Resources and Hiring Managers love employee referrals especially if they like the employee giving them the referral.

Each time you put in for a job posted on the normal methods i.e. Monster, Dice, and CareerBuilder etc. Hundreds of

A Few Job Search Websites That Everybody Should Use

Job Search WebsitesThere are a staggering number of online job portals available today. There are so many that a job seeker can be overwhelmed just trying to figure out which one to use. There are large search engines and small search engines. They are niche job boards that cater to specific industries, and there are even some bad job boards that will do little to help you find a position. While some of the major well-known sites are good, many job hunters are afraid to visit the less well-known sites. Many of these sites can be just as good, or even better than the giant mega job portals. Here is a short list of 5 online job sites that everybody should use:

  1. This website is a meta-search engine that actually collects and compiles data from other websites. collects job listings from job boards, newspapers and human resource pages of company websites. It puts all this information in one place and filters out multiple listings of the same job. When you find a job you want to apply for, simply sends you to the original posting of

Speak Slower to Communicate Faster

Speak SlowerPeople in a hurry, or who are nervous, often speak fast. Their listeners don’t understand, and either ask them to repeat themselves, or stop trying to figure out what they said. In either case, the speaker’s message is lost, and the listener may be frustrated. If this happens enough, the speaker’s supervisor may be upset, subordinates stop trying to follow instructions, and possible sales or job promotions may be lost.

When trying to speak slower, focus on the goal of the message being understood, not on yourself as the speaker. If the information in your message may be complicated for your listener, the listener is in a noisy setting, may be distracted or may have a hearing loss, you need to be especially careful to speak more slowly. Again, this isn’t about you as the speaker; it’s about the goal of getting that message through to your audience.

Start by imagining yourself doing something you consider to be “slow”. That might be driving at 25 mph down a particular street, swinging on the porch swing, backing out of your driveway, watching a turtle walk, or some other

How to Avoid the Most Common Mistakes When Negotiating a Job Offer

Negotiating a Job OfferWhen you’re looking for a job, one of the most stressful aspects of the process is handling the salary conversation. We’ve always been taught it’s impolite to talk about money, and yet, there you are, meant to be haggling away and assigning value to yourself that should match a secret number your potential employer has in mind, too. It can seem like a minefield to navigate, but there are some common steps to this process that will help you move forward, especially in the construction and engineering industries, where numbers can depend on conversations that job seekers often have a hard time with.

Giving too much information: A potential employer will likely ask you what your current salary is, or what your requirements are. If they ask this early on, be aware: you don’t have to answer this directly. If you’re hoping to make a vastly higher number than your current salary; you will give some leverage for the employer to offer you less early on. You’ll lose any kind of ground you can gain later in the interview process through negotiating–once you will have proven

Building a Career in the Oil & Gas Industry

Career in the Oil & Gas IndustryIrrespective of the huge popularity of oil and gas industry, only a few candidates after finishing their college, choose to go into it. Passing out of college and getting into the industry may take consistent effort on your part. Unless you have the right direction, you may have to suffer a lot of hurdles, which, is a great challenge that you face as a beginner. However, here is what you can do to make a strong foundation that will take you to success.

Look for relevant courses and highlight them in your CV

As employers are always looking for the right talent, the candidates as well, should look for courses that the employers are looking for. It is important for them to gain the relevant skills that they would like to mention in their resume. This is because, the human resource personals don’t have enough time to go through every CV they come across. They would just go through your skills no matter your CV is first or last in their catalog. A resume

Managing Your Boss

Managing Your BossHaving a job that you love makes you feel happy and content. However, working for a boss who takes credit for your work can be enormously demoralizing. Steve who works for an advertising agency toiled several nights for a big presentation to impress his senior management. But, on that very important day, his boss Caesar tells him that he will be presenting it to the clients, not Steve. Does this situation give you a feeling of déjà vu? If your answer is yes, rest assured you aren’t suffering alone. There are umpteen managers/bosses who effortlessly take credit for things they haven’t done at work. And the person who slogs it out isn’t even mentioned when the boss gets all the accolades.

What do you do when you are faced with such a situation? Quit, and start looking for better opportunities? Well, let’s look at what can be done when it comes to dealing with such difficult and toxic bosses. Firstly, you need to take a step back and get a bird’s eye view of the current situation. Are you being over-sensitive and making a mountain of a

Career and Salary Variation Factors

Career and SalaryOccupational Therapy is evidence – based health program and a fulfilling career path. As a Therapist, you can help and provide treatment for all age group people with physical, cognitive, and mobility impairments. You can assist infants, kids, toddlers, and adults spend productive, meaningful, safe, and quality life in the environment they live. With your support, these people can independently perform functions necessary for their activities of daily livings (ADL), manage homes, and participate in their communities.


The bright career outlook, attractive salaries, and easy employment opportunities combine to make Occupation Therapy the fastest growing career. There is a greater demand for these health professionals in a variety of settings because they help individuals with disabilities and impairments recover and develop the skills needed for performing everyday activities.

According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS), May 2015, their jobs will grow 27 percent from 2014 to 2024, and 30,400 more practitioners will be required in all settings. In the same period, employment of therapy assistants will grow 40 percent. The workplaces for both practitioners include private and public hospitals, rehabilitation centres, skilled nursing

5 Things That Must Be on Your Resume

Your ResumeThe first step to getting a job interview is having a stellar resume. Here are 5 things that must be on your resume if you want to get to the first step in landing a new job.

Contact Information

This is the most basic thing, but so many people do not get this right. You need to have your cell phone, email address and LinkedIn address. You also must include your town. This is important because employers want to see where you are located in relation to the job. You can leave your street address off if you do not feel comfortable having this information out on the web.

Dates of Employment

Hiring managers hate job hoppers and will look for gaps in your resume, so alleviate this concern by putting dates of employment in chronological order. If you have gaps in your employment, put what you were doing with a short bullet point.


Always put your education on your resume. If you have a 4-year college degree put Bachelor’s degree. Do not just put the name of the college you attended.