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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ready to Follow Your Passion Into a Second Career?


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When it comes to mixing passion and career, the devil is in the definition. If you define your passion by what you love doing, then by all means follow your passion. But, you don’t want to constrain your business search by linking your passion to what the business does.

Just because you love cooking doesn’t mean you want to jump into the restaurant business. After all, most restaurant owners aren’t in the kitchen. They’re managing the front of the room, greeting customers and managing staff. A job for a people person, an impresario. Yes, of course, we all know about the famous chefs who open their own restaurants, but the ones who have multiple restaurants aren’t likely doing much cooking. They’re too busy managing their businesses, which includes hiring and managing good employees. And who better to judge a good cook and a great wait staff than a great chef! But you don’t really need cooking skills, just a well-developed sense of taste. Or at least a trusted employee with a refined palate.

When you select a business to own that will give you the career of your dreams, first and foremost, you need to consider the role of the owner of the business. This is why it can be a mistake to eliminate businesses that may at first seem less than desirable. Some of these have the capacity to earn you a terrific income — and you may, in fact, love the job of being the owner of that business.

The point is what owners do can be far different from the work of the business.
A prime example is a home cleaning business, which may not sound appealing to those whose thoughts immediately center on scrubbing and polishing. But just as many restaurant owners succeed without being culinary geniuses, owners of home cleaning businesses won’t be wielding a mop or cleaning toilets.

Owners work on training a stellar crew to do a great job, managing their time, and acquiring a stable of steady clients who will provide repeat business over many years.
The average owner of one great residential cleaning franchise we work with, after establishing his or her business over the first three years, achieves annual revenues of over $1 million. The margins are terrific, with the owner earning an average income of $200,000 a year.

And while you may have to work lots of hours at the beginning, after about the third year,owners average working only 35 hours per week. By then, you’ve hired a training manager and maybe a quality control manager, and you’re managing the managers and focused on marketing and business development programs.

While this business may not sound sexy, what matters is the substance. This is a business that is fairly resistant to economic downturns, tending to do well in both strong and weak economic periods.
So when it comes to choosing a new business, you may want to widen your search and remain open-minded to businesses that you may have been too quick to cross off your list. What counts most as you look for a suitable business are your interests, skills and talents. Ask yourself:
  • Are you a natural salesperson?
  • Do you excel in managing people?
  • Do you love to get out and about, meet new people and create strong networks?
  • Do you have a head for details?
  • Are you comfortable delegating?
  • Do you prefer to work on your own?
Owning your own business has many great payoffs, from being in charge of your own career to gaining all the fruits of your labor. But the nitty gritty of running the show may draw on a different set of skills than you realize. And the best matches are always forged by people with their eyes wide open.

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From The Washington Post: The Recovery Puzzle- Must Read.

This article explores the many nuances involved in hiring and how you, the job seeker, can improve your odds by improving your Interview Skills.

The recovery puzzle: A new factory in Ohio struggles to match jobs to job-seekers. (editors notes)

"Bernie Coyle wants to hire people. In this hopeful moment in the recuperating American economy, he wants to give 40 new employees health insurance, dental insurance, good wages and a 401(k) plan with a company match, and then he wants to bring them to Fort Recovery, Ohio, where, on June 1, he is scheduled to open a new plant.
These 40 people will run machinery dedicated to the breaking of eggs, whose liquids will then be shipped to commercial bakeries throughout the country. One hundred and forty-four thousand eggs each hour. One-point-three million eggs a day." CLICK HERE for full article.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Weird Job Wednesday: The Plague Doctor

Or Way Back When Wednesday.
Plague Doctors were introduced during the Middle Ages and were specifically hired by towns that had many plague victims in times of epidemics. They were paid by he city and so treated everyone - the rich and the poor.

A plague doctor would have worn a beak-like costume in his role as a specialized costume designed to protect him. The protective suit consisted of a heavy fabric overcoat that was waxed, a mask of glassed eye openings and a cone shaped like a beak to hold scented substances. Some of the scented materials were amber, balm-mint leaves, camphor, cloves, laudanum, myrrh, rose petals, and storax.  the "Beak Doctors" believed the herbs would counter the "evil" smells of the plague and prevent them from becoming infected. A wooden cane pointer was used to help examine the patient without touching. 

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Saturday, October 11, 2014


Finding a job or making a career change can often prove to be a "job" in itself. And it's a job for which most people get no formal training. Effective job searching requires research and strategy as well as old-fashioned common sense. 

Creating a job-search strategy will keep you grounded, less stressed, and ultimately more successful. If your search needs a boost, think as a journalist would—but with yourself as the lead story. Focus on the “Who, What, When, Where, and How.”
- Target a specific industry and position. Don’t waste time searching or applying for jobs you don’t really want.
- Identify the type of employer you think you’d be interested in—large, small, entrepreneurial, nonprofit?
- Identify “age friendly” employers by visiting the AARP National Employer Team and Web sites.

- Assess yourself. What are you looking for in a job? What are your “must-haves” and your “nice-to-haves”? What are the things that don’t matter to you?
- Look at all options—full time, temporary, part-time, contract, or seasonal work; consider a broad range of jobs and industries.
- Know your skills and match them to the job you are seeking.
- Consider a job with less responsibility if you’re changing careers.

When:- If you have recently been laid off, take a couple of weeks if you can to get that experience behind you. Rather than jumping in and trying to get interviews, focus on developing your job-search strategy. If you have to, consider a part-time job to generate needed cash.
- Carve out a specific time to begin and end your job-search efforts each day.
- Spend about 4–6 hours a day on your search, but make sure you add some variety. For example, do industry research for an hour, research employers for an hour, then do some networking and follow-up with contacts.
- Be sure to take time for yourself and your family. A balanced life is as important when you’re looking for a job as when you’re working.

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