13 Steps to Writing the Perfect Resume

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While job applicants can use different styles and formats, the basic building blocks of the perfect resume don’t vary.

So you’ve graduated from college and have acquired a degree, but while most of your peers have already started their “9 to 5” journey, you are somehow falling behind.

But wait!

Before you slip into panic-induced self-doubt, let’s be clear here.

Well, it’s not you, it’s your resume.

Yes, you read that right, it’s probably the way you’ve prepared your resume which is undermining your worthiness and failing to impress the employers.

Wondering what you can do about it?

Well, for starters, you need to get creative (and possibly competitive) to make your resume striking out of a pile of hundred other resumes. Don’t get fooled by resume writing myths, it’s simple to get your resume noticed if you follow certain rules and tips.

But to make sure your resume gets noticed, you need to follow certain best practices. So without further delay let’s dive in discuss what those practices are:

1. Style and format

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Resumes have no set format and this can lead to candidates interpreting this as a license to do whatever they feel on paper. While there are some niche positions where a visual bombardment will stand out in the right way, these are few and far between.

With resumes, conformity is key.

Human Resource departments will only spend a few seconds looking at your application before moving onto the next. If they don’t see what they want they will simply pick up the next one after giving your file a cursory look.

When creating a resume, keep in mind that there is a wide range of templates available online to choose from. These are recognized formats that resume-reader software and HR departments are familiar with. They also have the advantage of guiding you through the construction of your application. These are good, but you may also wish to consider using a professional service to help you create your resume.

If you decide to just go it alone then keep it as simple as possible. Pick a readable and professional-looking font such as Times New Roman or Arial and use it throughout. Keep the formatting simple and do not overuse bold, italics or underlining. Sometimes it will look better to get emphasis by increasing from 12 point to 14 for a title or name rather than underlining it. Never go beyond two pages– keep it short and to the point.

2. No two resumes are the same

Resumes should be crafted for the position being applied for. The skills and experience you highlight will be specifically tailored to what is required by the employer. Before you start to write your resume you will need to know who you are writing it for. Job applications typically will have job descriptions or even descriptions of the skills and experience wanted from a successful candidate. These tables are your framework for both your resume and cover letter. Some roles will go as far as to tell you where they will be looking for evidence of you meeting that skill (interview, resume or cover letter). If you are applying speculatively or the company has not provided a description of this type then it is important that you research what the role will entail and use this information to inform your construction.

3. Order it correctly and highlight your strengths

You are just starting out and you won’t have several positions to discuss and show off about. This doesn’t mean that you have nothing to say. In a conventional resume, the candidate would lead off with their work experience in reverse chronological order (starting with the most recent first). Unless you have relevant and strong work experience you will want to leave this section until later. For your first resume, you will need to lead off with your qualifications and education history. Include grades and GPA if they are good, otherwise just give details of what was studied. Craft your resume to suit the position – you will include your whole education on every version but which essays, feedback and course content you highlight will depend upon what the role needs.

Next, focus on your skills and related experience. Are you IT competent? Have you got leadership experience from scouting or other voluntary activities? If you are used to working to deadlines, employers may have forgotten that aspect of college life, so remind them. If you have ever organized an event, describe it. Look at what they want from an employee and find something from your life to match it.

4. Get the basics right

It doesn’t matter how good you are, basic mistakes will cost you a job. Read everything carefully, check the spelling, grammar, and formatting. Once you’ve looked at it close up, look at it from a distance.

Don’t focus on the words anymore but the style, does it look clean and professional, or is it busy and childish? Have you included your name and contact details on both pages? Have you tailored it to their job? If you’ve got a cover letter is it addressed to the right company throughout? Have you used advanced and recent formatting that older versions of Word will struggle to render?

Remember many companies, especially in the government sector, will only upgrade operating systems and software when it becomes absolutely necessary. Keep it simple. Don’t include any photographs, references or personal objectives, and only have a link to your blog if it is well written and relevant.

5. Consistency

When you’re preparing your resume, you need to always keep the consistency factor in mind. This means that the formatting, the colors, the font, everything should be added with a sense of uniformity.

If you submit a resume that’s disorganized, you will obviously come across as sloppy, unmotivated, and confused. Think about the kind of job you’ll be applying for, and include a legible and coherent font, simple spacing or follow a template for a creative touch.

If you really want the employers to notice (which you obviously would!), you can even create a completely new template, but always ensure that your resume appears consistent throughout.

6. Make the perfect cover letter

Now a common practice among most of the job seekers is that if a job application urges them to provide a resume, people will send in their resume. What most people don’t consider is presenting a cover letter along with the resume.

So that your cue, if you want that dream job of yours, you need to make that extra effort and attach a cover letter with the resume, and you will definitely be able to win over the recruiters. Your cover letter will be supplementary to your resume and will briefly explain the skills you’ve acquired in your academic journey. You will see that the efforts you made while writing the cover letter will surely pay off.

Now speaking of your skills, you need to pay special attention to the section where you list out your key skills. While focusing on this part of the resume, you need to emphasize the skills that the employers are specifically looking for in a candidate.

Provide evidence along with your major skills. If you have prior work experience, you can consider mentioning how much sales your previous company had garnered with your contribution, rather than just elaborating on how you’d adopted a unique marketing strategy to increase the sales.

This way every recruiter who goes through your resume will be intrigued. Always try to present the skills you possess with proper metrics so the recruiter gets an idea that you could bring similar results to the position you’ve applied for.

7. Social media matters

The perfect resume reflects who you are and provides insight about you to the recruiters. That’s the reason why you need to maintain complete transparency about your personal details so that the recruiters can see that you’ve got nothing to hide.

While providing the link to your Facebook or Twitter profile may not be appropriate (unless you’ve applied for a position that involves social media, for instance, social media manager or PR manager) but you can mention your LinkedIn profile, contact numbers, and address.

A Jobvite social recruiting survey found that 93 percent of recruiters will search for your online profiles before they decide to interview you.

Employers are generally always concerned whether you’re easily accessible or not, or try to gather more details about you, from the pointers stated in your resume. Additionally, it also builds a sense of trust between the concerned parties.

8. A great resume is tailored

This is possibly the most crucial aspect to keep mind while preparing your resume. To ensure that your resume appears to be perfect, you have to have an idea who your employer is.

For example, the resume you send to the Royal Bank of Scotland will not be applicable to Google. So it’s best you conduct some research and gain a clear idea about the work culture, the objectives of the organization, and the ethos of your employers.

If you’re applying to a job straight from the online portals, always remember to go through the job description carefully and determine which aspect of your resume you can highlight, is it your experience, major skills, education, or achievements? If your resume is prepared according to the requirements of the employer, you will always have the edge over other applicants.

9. Put quality over quantity

Your resume isn’t placed where you tell your life story. Be careful about including the details, and always go for the experiences, which you consider to be fitting to the position you’ve applied for. If you’ve served as an intern for another organization, that’s more worthy of a mention than the fact that you worked at a restaurant on weekend shifts. Well, you get the drift, but ultimately it matters how much experience you have gathered in the specific field where you’ve applied for a job.

10. Present your educational information chronologically backward

Provide your educational qualifications according to the relevance, with the most recently acquired degree being at the top, and keep going backwards following this method. The employers are likely to be concerned with the degree you just attained than something you did five years ago. However, as has been pointed out earlier in the post, don’t forget to maintain consistency.

11. Use relevant industry-specific keywords

Now here’s a fact, with so many applicants vying for the same job you wish to land, recruiters are hardly going to get the time to read your whole resume. Especially in case, if it’s a multinational organization where every day hundreds of applications are submitted for a single post. Many of these organizations actually adopt a filtering method to evaluate your resume and look for several keywords that are crucial to your particular industry.

12. Get creative with the resume

If you treat your resume like a business report, then it’s highly likely that the recruiters won’t spare a second look at it. The prevalent notion about a resume is that it’s there to let the employers know what your accomplishments are, a document that chronicles your professional background.

But in reality, that’s not true. You need to remember that the resume is prepared so that you can sell your abilities and skills. You can consider it to be like an advertisement that’s exclusively presented to sell your skills. So you might as well put your creativity to use, and ensure that your resume doesn’t turn out to be too mechanical and dull.

13. Thoroughly proofread your resume before sending it

Before proceed to send out your resume, spare a few minutes to read the document precisely. You need to be certain that there are no mistakes in the papers. There shouldn’t be any traces of typos, spelling or grammatical mistakes. You should also pay attention to whether the formatting is properly maintained or not.

When you present a resume laced with errors and inconsistencies, it’ll never fetch the desired results, no matter how skilled you are as an individual. Remember that this apparently simple (and often insignificant) step is one criterion by which you’ll be assessed. So to prepare a remarkable resume, carefully cross-check for errors before sending it out.

With these handy tricks, you will get one-step closer to landing your dream job.

How To Be Chill At Work in 2020 — and Your Life (Backed by Science)

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Whow to be chillonder how to be more chill during your workday and your life? Here are 5 realistic ways you can become a happier, chill person overall.

We could all use more chill in our lives, right? Fortunately, there are many easy adjustments you can make to take some of the stress and chaos out of your daily routine—so easy, you’re going to wonder why you haven’t been doing these things all along.

Here are 5 easy ways to reduce stress, improve quality of life, and add some much-needed chill to your day.

1. Get enough sleep

If you’re not getting a solid 7-9 hours per night, you’re doing it wrong. And unfortunately, that’s a lot us: about a third of the U.S. population doesn’t get enough rest.

But science doesn’t lie. Research and studies consistently demonstrate that 7-9 hours is the golden standard for the average adult. Many people insist they only need a few hours of sleep a night to function. But that’s most likely because they’re delirious due to lack of sleep. Only a very small percentage of the population (around 1%) can function optimally on less than 7 hours per night, and that’s due to a genetic mutation.

The effects of sleep deprivation are no joke—impaired cognitive function, decreased productivity, and greater chance of having an accident or falling asleep while driving. Not to mention the long-term medical issues it can lead to: obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and mental distress.

So don’t cheat yourself. Get into the habit of getting a full night’s rest every night. The best way to do this is to go to bed at the same time every evening. Just count backwards 8 hours from the time you need to be up in the morning, and set yourself a reminder to be in bed about 15-20 minutes before that. Newer iPhones even have a handy bedtime reminder feature built into the alarm clock.

2. Take breaks during the day

Most of us work 8 hour shifts, or more, but the reality is that human focus has its limits. Our brains are simply not wired to be focused for that many hours a day, especially all in a row, and this is proven by science. One study revealed that experts who are elite in their fields (basically all fields: artists, athletes, intellectuals, scientists, saving experts) typically can spend only about 4-5 hours per day intensely focused on their work.

It’s unlikely this evidence will persuade your boss to shorten your workday, but taking breaks throughout your shift can help you stay on task and be productive. Planning out your work day and timing breaks will ensure you don’t lose track and end up spending 3 hours looking at cute cat memes on the internet.

The experts in the study above tended to work at the start of their day when their focus was best, so always plan to start your day with the project that will require the most focus (NOT with email!). And then take a break. One study suggests that the perfect ratio is 52/17: work for 52 minutes, and take a break for 17. If you can swing it without getting a raised eyebrow from your micromanager boss, give it a shot at work tomorrow.

3. Meditate daily

You may scoff at this suggestion but scoff at this: science has proven that people who meditate regularly actually change the composition of their brains. One study from UCLA showed that the brains of long-term meditators were better preserved than non-meditators. Meditation also reduces stress levels, helps with pain management, and relieves anxiety and depression.

The even better news is that even a few minutes a day will benefit you. If you’re a beginner, start with 5 minutes a day and work up to 15 to really start feeling results. Google “how to meditate” to find a plethora of advice on how to get started (or check out my step-by-step video guide), but the basics are pretty much the same no matter what source you consult: find a quiet location, sit or lie in a comfortable position, focus your attention on either your breathing or a phrase you repeat in your head, and keep an open attitude. If you follow these 4 instructions, there’s no wrong way to meditate.

Warning: At first it may feel like nothing is happening, or you may feel silly or bored or distracted, but just keep trying. What you’re doing is actually training your brain, and each time you sit down to meditate, something is shifting, slowly but surely, and it’ll get easier and easier with time.

4. Say ‘no’ more often

Make 2020 the year that you realize that you can’t please everyone. People pleasing is deeper than being accommodating, it can actually be detrimental to your health and not allow you to be chill according to TalkSpace. To chalk it up, by trying to say yes to everyone it can actually hurt your mental health. So learn how to politely say no at times when it’s in your best favor.

5. Stop reading negative news

What’s worse than waking up on a beautiful Friday morning, the weekend is a stone throw away and you hear about a double murder six blocks from your old elementary school? The media’s job is cause awareness but also to insight negative emotion and fear. Research shows that negative news can poorly affect your mental health. While it’s important to stay aware of what’s going, it’s always equally important to your health to stray away from negativity all the time. Take a binge from watching the news, so instead focus on meditating, exercising, or another activity that has been proven to boost your happiness and make life more fulfilling.

As our lives get busier and busier, especially for Millennials who are not only entering the peak years of their careers but also becoming parents, it’s even more important not to lose sight of the big picture. We owe it to ourselves to slow down and dedicate time each day to habits that improve our health and wellbeing and keep us grounded. Stay chill, guys.

11 Easy Ways to Make Money Online

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Today I’m going to show you some new strategies to make a little extra cash.

Seriously. Are you looking to make money today?

Life happens.

Sometimes you need to figure out how to make money fast to pay a bill or you’re trying to save up for something you want. You don’t want to fall behind on bills and are wondering how to make money today. Sure, another 100 or 200 dollars earned today wouldn’t hurt.

We’ve all been there, but what do you usually do when that happens?

This is an exhaustive list of things that anyone can do, today, in order to make money (make $200 fast) through the best ways to make money I’ve found.

If you’re strapped for time, I’ll go ahead and share the best ways to make money fast:

11 Easy Ways to Make Money Online

1. Score Cash Taking Surveys Everyday

how to make extra moneyTaking online surveys to make that extra 200 dollars is a no-brainer!

You definitely won’t get rich or make thousands of dollars per day with surveys alone, but you won’t waste much time, and you can make some money the easy way. Here is my favorite (and highest paying) survey site:

Survey Junkie: This is a free survey app for your phone that pays you to take online surveys, participate in focus groups, and try new products. And, I really mean free all around – free to join and they don’t charge anything to be a member (they will actually pay you in cash via PayPal). You can get a free registration bonus for free when you join through this link.

Survey Junkie pays between $.50 and $9 per survey, and many of them take less than 5 minutes to complete. It is one of the highest paying survey sites that actually works. Sign up through here.
Pros Cons
There’s absolutely no cost to join. Tip: Never register for a survey site that asks you for cash Sometimes you’ll be a few questions in only to find out that you aren’t eligible for a survey, but you still get points
Points can be exchanged for both cash to PayPal and for gift cards Minimum balance of $10 USD needed for Payout
Your information will go toward helping companies improve their products and services Only users from the United States, Canada, and Australia can participate with future plans to expand
Answers that you provide are kept completely anonymous
The potential for high earnings (depends on your demographics)
Registration bonus if you go through this link.
If you’re not eligible for a survey, you’re still given points

2. Free Cash Does Exist – Here’s How You Could Score $10 Right Now

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Swagbucks is another great survey site to make $200 fast in your free time. As a new member, you can earn up to $35 per survey! They are known for giving out fun, top-paying surveys. And you can also get paid to play games and watch TV!

It’s similar to Survey Junkie, but there are also a few other ways you can earn money as a member (including a $10 bonus just for signing up).

Other ways you can make money with Swagbucks outside of surveys:

Here’s the good and the bad about Swagbucks:

Pros Cons
An incredibly wide range of activities to partake in Sometimes there’s no sign-up bonus
Most of the tasks are incredibly simple to complete May take up to a few days to receive your reward
Sign up bonus of $5.00 through this link.
100% free – never join a rewards site that asks for your payment information
Great referral program – earn 10% of friends’ earnings

Swagbucks is conveniently offering a $10 bonus just for signing up through this link, so act fast.

3. Get a Personal Loan Fast Even if You Have Bad Credit

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make money fastIf you actually need money now, then you can opt for a personal loan. When you need money in a hurry ZippyLoan is where to go.

You apply for a loan through the Zippy Loan site, if approved they send your loan application to one of many loan providers.

You review the loan details and e-sign if you like what you see. No risk in checking what offers you’ll get. You can borrow between $100 and $15,000 as soon as tomorrow.

Loans service up to 60 months.

ZippyLoan connects borrowers to lenders through their network of lenders. They’ll find you the lowest interest rate and is one of the best no credit check loan. You can visit ZippyLoan here.

4. Free Money Just for Just for Talking to a Free Bot? Yes, Please.

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If you have trouble saving money, you’re not alone. Most people actually get ripped off every month and this could possibly put them in debt. Stop paying more than your neighbors for the same services like cable bills, phone bills, and more. Let Trim find ways to save on your bill and do the work negotiating it lower for you!

Bottom line: This free bot will cancel your old subscriptions, set spending alerts, get your balances, find out how much you spent on Uber last month! It’s all done vis an SMS chat bot, it’s not an app.

Could you use an extra $100 (or more) in your life right now?

I thought so. Sign up for Trim here.

5. Just Save Your Emails and Get $100s Back in Your Pocket

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Paribus is saving hundreds of American’s money. They are such a great company that Capital One just purchased the entire startup. Now they have even more resources to help us all (including I) save even more money.

To chalk it up, this free app will scan your emails for any purchase receipts from dozens of online retailers. When they detect potential savings, they let you know and help you get money back. You don’t even have to know about the price drop in order to get your refund. It’s 100% free and will save you a lot of money. I pocketed around $50 in the first few weeks of signing upRemember, it’s 100% free!

Over $29 million in potential savings found for users to date.

Want to get effortlessly got refunded without doing a thing?

Sign up for Paribus.

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6. Make Money Playing Trivia on Your Phone

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What is the most popular drink in the world that does not contain alcohol? What the official national anthem of the United States of America? What is the Capital of Australia?

If you answered coffee, the star-spangled banner, and Canberra, then you may want to look into the SwagIQ app that pays you huge cash prizes for your smarts.

Today’s prize is worth over $1,000! I’ll be playing, will you?

Click here to download the free trivia app and start winning cash daily!

7. The App That Helps (Broke) Millennials Invest Easily

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Fundrise is a real, much better and desirable alternative to stock market investment. With Fundrise, you deal in the private real estate market that allows you to invest just like the super successful institutions.

You don’t have to be a millionaire to invest in these types of properties. You can now invest in large-scale real estate for as little as $500 with Fundrise.

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Through their real estate investment products, investors earned an average of 8.7 – 12.4 percent on their money last year, and all without painting a wall or dealing with unruly tenants.

There is a reason why they currently have over 250,000+ users, this app really pays you!

If you’re interested, I recommend you sign up for more information from Fundrise by clicking here.

8. Have a Spare Room? List it On Airbnb a Few Nights and Earn $1,500 This Month

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Yup, it’s true!  There is a company out there called Airbnb that can net you over $1,550+ a month just by listing your spare room just a few nights out of the month.

Are you interested in seeing what your income potential could be by listing a spare room on Airbnb?

See how much people are making from listings in your area, then make your own!

This is a free room booking app for your phone. I really mean free all around – free to join and they don’t charge any fees for you to list your spare room.

You can get paid when somebody books your spare room and you can charge whatever you want when you join through this link.

9. Free Gift Cards Just for Scanning Receipts? You Had Me at Free!

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Yup, it’s true! There are several cash back apps out there that will give you free money just for signing up.

Fetch Rewards is a mobile rewards app that pays you for shopping (from any store).

This is a great way to make money, the easy way, and can add up to a large wad of cash with time.

Here are the steps:

  1. Click here to download Fetch
  2. Scan any receipt from any stores that you use daily
  3. Get cash (via PayPal)

Enjoy your free money! It’s really that simple.

10. You’re Throwing Away $50 By Not Downloading This App

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By using the internet as you do every day, Nielsen invites you to make a difference – and you can make money too.

If you download this app then you can make $50 per year just for letting the app sit on your phone. It’s a legit app that collects your browsing data and shopping preferences.

You don’t really have to do anything other than initially registering your computer or phone.

Nielsen: This company will pay you $50 a year to keep their app on your favorite internet browsing device and they also give away $10,000 each month. So you can possibly make more than $100. Sign up through here for a registration bonus.

11. Earn Cash by Reading Emails, Searching the Web, and Watching Videos

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The next thing you can do is sign up for InboxDollars which pays you, in cash, to watch fun videos & take surveys and they’ll also give you a $5 free bonus just to give it a try.

By spending just 5-10 minutes per day on this (either on your lunch break or during TV commercial breaks) you can earn and save an extra $50/month.

More people should be doing this!

Ready to Start Making Money?

If you went through this list then you should have plenty of side hustle ideas to earn extra cash this month.

It’s now up to you to pick one (or more) and stick with it. A ton of people use these same ideas to rack up $100s, $200s, or even $500 or more in extra cash.

Enjoy your $100 (or more) and feel free to take the weekend off!

19 Best Jobs for Introverts

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I never knew I’d benefit from jobs for introverts. I spent the better half of high school and college thinking I was an extrovert. I enjoy spending time with friends, do well at networking, and get along with pretty much anyone. However, I noticed myself getting burned out and could not stand working in a cube at my first job out of college.

It was exhausting and required constant interaction, which was overwhelming. It was until I found a new job that gave me an office. I was finally at peace. This was when I decided to take the Meyers-Briggs personality test and it turns out, I’m an extrovert.

That must be why working in an open office environment really exhausted me. What about you? Are you an introvert?

What is an Introvert?

Introverts emphasize their preference to work alone since introverts get their energy from within. Introverts aren’t usually the life of the party. Being an introvert, I can tell you that we usually aren’t well suited for an open office environment. Working in close quarters, such as cubicles, can really drain an introvert who may become overly stimulated.

However, there are jobs for just about anyone and this list will help if you’re an introvert. Here are potential ways to make money outside of a traditional 9-5 (best jobs for introverts).

Here are the best jobs for introverts, including the average salary you can expect to earn in each role, according to Indeed:

  1. Accounting Manager (Average Salary: $78,638 per year)
  2. Landscape Designer (Average Salary: $48,290 per year)
  3. Behavioral Therapist (Average Salary: $17.75 per hour)
  4. Content Manager (Average Salary: $57,368 per year)
  5. Executive Chef (Average Salary: $62,023 per year)
  6. Editor (Average Salary: $45,907 per year)
  7. Graphic Designer (Average Salary: $17.96 per hour)
  8. IT Manager (Average Salary: $83,896 per year)

If you are already set in your career and don’t want to switch it up to a more introverted oriented job, here are some ideas to make extra cash this month:

Low-Stress Ways for Introverts to Make Money

9. Get Paid for Taking Online Surveys

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If you’re looking an easy and fun way to make money from home, have you considered making money with online surveys? It is possible to make money from the comfort of your own home.

Survey Junkie pays you, in cash via PayPal to take online surveys. There are some spammy survey companies out there — believe me, I’ve tried pretty much every one of them — but Survey Junkie is 100% legitimate and not spammy.

By spending just 5-10 minutes per day on this (either on your lunch break or during TV commercial breaks) you can earn and save an extra $50/month.

More people should be doing this!

Oh, and Survey Junkie also has an 8.9/10 rating on TrustPilot — the highest of any online survey company. This is a legit way to earn extra money, especially from the comfort of your own home.

10. Get Paid Every Time You Use The Internet

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Swagbucks makes surveys fun by having you watch videos, answer questions, play games, and use their search engine. You also pay in cash via PayPal and you can earn up to $35 per survey.

This is the best survey site for you if you are prepared to take surveys with your laptop. If you prefer to take surveys with your mobile phone, then Survey Junkie is better.

Many claim this to be one of the easiest jobs for introverts since you can do it on the side to earn easy cash.

Plus, if you sign up and they even give you a $10 sign-up bonus!

11. Rent out a Room to Make Your Income

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Airbnb is is an online marketplace for people with space, rooms, or even entire houses to spare, Airbnb lets you list your place for rent just like a hotel or motel.

With Airbnb, you can fill that empty space in your home, and fill that empty spot in your wallet with more than a little spare change.

Be sure to check out this guide, “How To Be An Airbnb Host: Beginners Guide” if you’re considering becoming a First-Time Airbnb Host.

12. Start A Blog and Earn Money from Home

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Is it hard to start a blog and grow it?

The hardest part is getting yourself to just do it. Once you create your blog, you’ll actively work towards growing it and it’ll grow to become a new passion or hobby you have in life.

After starting it, there are a ton of helpful sites and articles for new bloggers. The first step is simply to remember to start today, not tomorrow.

It’s easy, all you have to do:

  1. Check out this free blog starter guide.
  2. Buy Hosting and Register Your Domain with Bluehost (Best Hosting Provider)
  3. Use this link for the cheapest possible price
  4. Simple 1 click install of Wordpress
  5. Start writing and sharing your blog with friends, family and others on social media.
  6. Watch the traffic come in and start monetizing your blog to earn an income from home.

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13. Get Paid To Watch Videos Online

easy ways to make money onlineThis one might just be the toughest on the list…

…who are we kidding, all you need to do is watch some short videos.

Given how easy it is to lose yourself in a never-ending cycle of YouTube videos, this one couldn’t be easier.

The catch here? The videos include ads.

While they may annoy you while browsing YouTube, you also don’t get paid to watch them. At InboxDollars, you do. Who wouldn’t watch an ad or two if they were getting paid?

14. Get Paid To Lose Weight

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HealthyWage offers people the opportunity to earn cash for losing weight. Getting paid for losing weight? Sounds too good to be true, but you read it right. The company was founded in 2009, and its HQ is in New York, and part of its mission is to provide ways to have a measurable impact on the growing obesity epidemic in the US.

They do this by legitimately offering cash prizes to make weight loss and fitness more fun and effective. Since HealthyWage was founded they have been featured in literally hundreds of newspapers, magazines, TV shows, blogs, and websites.

How can you make money with it? You essentially bet on yourself and how much weight you can lose. Since they are promoting ways to be healthy, your winnings depend on how much weight you lose and how much you bet. It’s a great way to make money and be healthy at the same time. A great option for introverts.

15. Get Paid For Teaching English Online

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Still wondering, the best jobs for introverts after going through this list? Well, have you considered teaching English online (pick your own hours too)?

All that is required is that you are fluent in English, have a bachelor’s degree, and have some tutoring experience. This a great way to earn money from home and already 30,000+ use VIPKID to teach English from home.

You’ll make $12-$22 an hour, and Forbes ranked this company #1 on it’s 2017 “Top 100 Places Work From Home Companies” Since this is a legitimate way to make extra money, the application process pretty detailed.

With an opportunity to make $650 a month, just from one hour out of your day, may be worth looking at it. You can learn more about teaching English online on VIPKID’s website.

16. Get Paid for Renting Out Your Car

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Did you know that you can rent out your car when you’re not using it? And that you can bring in a lot of extra cash in your wallet by doing so?

Do you sometimes not use your car on the weekends or during the day?  If so, renting out your car while you’re not using it could be an easy way to make a good living.

A well-known company, Turo, which has signed up nearly 5 million users to its website, according to Bloomberg, lets you do just that.

It’s also really simple to do (and free). Listing your car is quick and easy and takes less than 10 minutes to set up.

According to a recent Turo review, somebody listed their car for 5 days every month and made $3,496 in a year. Sounds pretty good to me. Oh, and they also protect your car against physical damage, so you’re fully covered. You can sign up here and let your car work for you.

17. Get Paid to Write Articles Online

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Freelancing platforms like Upwork are a convenient way to search for writing assignments. If you have a specialization – like you have a culinary degree and can write food recipes and tutorials, or you’re a music enthusiast with a deep knowledge of music history and trends – try to contact online publications that specialize in these topics. They’re always on the lookout for writers who have a deep understanding of the subject matter.

One of the most challenging parts of looking for jobs for introverts finding people that’ll pay you to do it.

Based on our research, one site that has been a good place to start is with Writing Jobs. They’ve been around for a while and have been featured on Entrepreneur, MSNBC, and Yahoo News. When you go on their site, you just give them your email and some other information and they match you up with large corporations who are looking for writers. It’s a legit way to earn an income if you’re introverted.

18. Get Paid To Test Apps

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Developers need people to play with the beta versions of their apps on different devices so they can find bugs and see how it runs on different devices.

Your reviews and feedback let them improve the app and check if people really like the concept. So it’s a win-win scenario: you’re helping them out and earning a little extra cash while doing something you enjoy.

You can earn a decent amount of income.

The fees depend on many factors: the website you have signed up for, the developer’s budget, and the kind of testing you’re being asked to do. So there’s a big range – maybe $10 for a small and simple job, and $100 for a complicated RPG from a bigger developer. I personally have used AppCoiner and they paid out on time and via PayPal.

19. Get Paid to Write Slogans

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Want to get paid for writing slogans? You can now get paid for coming up with catchy slogans and selling slogans to companies.

I have gone through this massive list of 100 creative ways to make money online and just have come across this new and lucrative job for introverts.

Believe it or not, you can get paid to come up with slogans.

It’s true, and people are really selling slogans to companies for some serious cash.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Come up with a catchy slogan.
  2. Upload your slogan online, many people use this site.
  3. If a company decides to use your slogan, you’ll get paid (you’ve got nothing to lose, but a lot to gain).

Get Started With These High Paying Jobs for Introverts

These ideas should serve as stepping stones to get your feet wet with some easy jobs for introverts.

If you want other ways to make money besides these quick cash ideas, you can take a look at some high-paying jobs if you really wanted to switch careers.

Good luck coming up with finding an introvert dream job and getting paid! If you come up with another lucrative introvert job, leave it in the comments below!

Keep Grinding: How to Get More Done at Your Job

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Looking for ways to get more work done? Stop and read these 5 genius tips for making your workday easier that’ll teach you how to keep grinding and stay motivated.

Because let’s face it, with distractions like Facebook, Twitter, iPhones, Tablets, and other forms of technology chipping away at our everyday productivity, it’s no wonder that so many people are looking for ways to keep grinding and stay motivated at their jobs.

If you’re one of them, never fear – there are plenty of simple and easy techniques for getting all of your work done in a timely and efficient way.

The following five tips will steer you in the direction of being more productive than ever.

Happily, none of these suggestions is particularly difficult or involved; implement all or most of them to see your productivity soar.

5 Genius Tips for Making Your Workday Easier

1. Make a List

Mapping out your “to-do” list for the day is a great way to stay focused.

Going about things in a willy-nilly fashion will increase your odds of spinning your tires.

You can go the old-fashioned route by jotting down a daily task list first thing in the morning, or you could try productivity apps to keep yourself on task.

Either way, prioritizing your daily tasks will help you stay more efficient. Do this first.

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2. Make the Work Meaningful

There are ways to find meaning and purpose in any type of work, no matter how mundane or boring it may seem.

If you’re in need of a little career inspiration, look no further than these 15 pieces of career wisdom from your favorite celebrities.

Just remember that for most people, the acknowledgment that the work they are doing is putting food on the table for their family is meaning enough. Whether you’re working to support yourself alone or an entire family, take the time to reflect on the importance of what you do.

The simple feeling of accomplishment that you enjoy in getting the work done is meaningful in and of itself, too.

3. Do Work That You Love

Being passionate about your work makes it a lot easier to do. Find ways to make your job more enjoyable.

Work to increase your passion for what you do. If you can’t develop any kind of enthusiasm for your job, you might want to consider a different field.

While no job is a day at the park every day, it’s perfectly possible to find work that will make you happy.

You can start with these few tips for staying passionate about your job:

  • Understand your impact
  • Embrace the adventure and don’t be afraid to take risks
  • Keep learning, don’t think you know it all
  • Always have integrity at work
  • Don’t think you’re perfect
  • Stay humble, and hungry
  • Mix things up, take a different route to work or talk to a new coworker
  • Stay grinding always, find new ways to learn and grow

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4. Create Rewards

A little bit of incentive can go a long way, and everyone deserves a break every once in a while.

Therefore, it pays to reward yourself for keeping your nose to the grindstone. When faced with an especially important or involved task, set up a reward that you can enjoy upon its completion.

It could be as simple as scrolling through Instagram or eating out at your favorite lunch spot after finalizing that critical report; just knowing that there’s a carrot at the end of that stick can promote productivity. 

If you want to reward yourself without busting your budget, here are some ideas:

  • Stay at home movie night
  • Potluck night game
  • Fancy coffee
  • Take a hike
  • Hit the gym
  • Go camping in your backyard
  • Buy something nice (that you actually need)

5. Consider the Consequences

Finally, make sure to consider the consequences of not getting the job done. Any time you feel tempted to throw in the towel, walk yourself through the things that will happen if you do so.

Nine times out of ten, the consequences just aren’t worth it. Push through to complete every item on your list and you won’t have any to face.

At the end of the day, if you keep grinding and hustling, you’ll set yourself up for success in your career.

Just make sure that you’re working hard, and smart.

15 Pieces of Brilliant Career Advice From Your Favorite Celebrities

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Looking to get ahead with celebrity advice?

Being a Millennial means that you must be aware of what is going on with what is happening with celebrities. Even if you don’t like it, Millennials use pop references all the time and it is just a part of modern times. So, we decided to take something from our knowledge about celebrities and apply them to my professional life.

And just to make myself clear: This doesn’t mean that I find these celebrities role models, it just means that we can learn something from them whether you are starting a new job or well into your career.

Here are 15 pieces of wisdom from your favorite celebrities and that I am sure no one will ever tell you:

1. Beyonce – Know your strengths

Have you ever heard of anyone with more self-confident than Beyonce? She knows her strengths and shows them to the world and so can you! If you haven’t already, make a list of your qualities and say them out loud.

2. Madonna – Be yourself

You are not Madonna and Madonna, isn’t you. Only you can be you. Madonna is such an icon because she never tried to be someone she is not. You are unique. Embrace that uniqueness, improve and work on yourself to become the best version of yourself.

3. Oprah – Overcome your problems

I know! Oprah, right? There are hundreds of lessons we can learn here. But did you know that before she became rich and famous she had to overcome things like poverty, sexual abuse, and teenage pregnancy? So stop complaining about your problems and start working to solve them!

4. The Kardashians – Brand yourself

Maybe not the better role models but they sure are examples of branding. If you had to advertise yourself, how you would do it?

5. James Oliver – Focus

He started his career to show people how to eat better. And he still does that today. If now that he is famous, his focus is still the same. What is your focus?

6. Steve Jobs – Be innovative

Jobs was known for thinking outside the box and creating things we did not even know we needed it. He never settled down for was already out there and neither should you if you want to earn more money.

7. Steven Spielberg – Be passionate

Before becoming one of the most famous directors of all time, Spielberg was rejected by the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts three times. It was his passion for movies that made him pursue his dream and we can see his passion in his movies. Can people see the passion in your work?

8. Ellen DeGeneres – Fake it till you make it

Her brother was the funny one in the family and nobody encouraged her to become the successful comedian she is today. Imagine where you want to go and make your way to it.

9. Steve Buscemi – Help others

The famous actor worked 12 hours shifts volunteering for as a firefighter after 9/11. You will find out that by helping others professionally you are not creating stronger competitors, but stronger friends.

10. Keanu Reeves – Be humble

This celebrity is worth more than $100 million and still takes the subway and goes to simple restaurants. Being humble is not just professional advice but life advice. Humble people are always willing to learn.

11. James Franco – Keep studying

After 5 degrees, the actor is now taking his Ph.D. at Yale. Keep studying, always. Even if you think you don’t have to study anymore. Read, write, and teach and work harder.

12. Jennifer Aniston – Make friends (get it? Friends!)

One of the reasons Aniston is the huge success she is today is because she surrounded herself with friends in high places. In your profession, try to make good connections!

13. Ashton Kutcher – Adapt

The actor, investor, entrepreneur, producer, and philanthropist is not afraid of changes. He embraces and dives into them. Adapting is not always easy, but it is necessary. Adapt or get left behind.

14. Bill Gates – Take risks

There are many lessons we can learn from Bill Gates, but according to him, “success lies in unchartered territories”. Maybe you will fail, but maybe not! And if you do, just take a look at the next celebrity advice:

15. J.K. Rowling – It is okay to fail

The Harry Potter story was rejected by 12 publishers. Rowling said she “had failed on an epic scale”. Have you ever felt like that? If not, you probably will. But hey, if Rowling got through it, so can you.

What’s your favorite celebrity advice?

10 Networking Tips for College Students

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College students! Now is the time to hone in on one of the most powerful career-building tools: networking. Whether you like meeting people face to face, we’ll share networking tips for college students that will help make your job hunting more successful.

If you are on the job search then you must know the importance of constant and deliberate networking. On paper, you may have everything that your ideal employer wants. If you don’t know the right people, though, even the most well-polished resume and spot-on experience in the world isn’t going to help.

The importance of networking in college simply can’t be overemphasized. Or you can simply be networking to develop professional or social contacts, but that comes with it.

Even after you’ve landed your dream job, it’s still crucial to maintain good networking habits.

By doing so, you’ll be able to advance your career in a more efficient and effective way. Here are successful networking tips for college students that could make all the difference.

What is Networking?

Networking is talking to people and forming connections to put it simply. In your life, this means building a network and relationships with new people. You can network at job fairs, meetups, on LinkedIn, and other professional events. By networking, you can build your social capital and it has become extremely important.

The Benefits of Networking in College

Networking can help you land your first job post-graduation. How huge is that?

Building networking skills can really help set yourself up for success. As your network grows, you’ll have people who have been in your shoes before and will be eager to help. More importantly, these connections can also help you find jobs that you may not know about or introduce you to the right people to know.

In fact, 35 percent of professionals say they found a job through a professional connection, according to Jobvite’s study. What’s more, is that 60 percent of participants stated that they have referred a contact to a company.

I’ve worked in numerous companies where bosses have stated that they have a job opening and if employees knew anyone who would be a good fit. So before you start networking, here are some helpful networking tips to know.

Networking Tips To Know

Whether you like meeting people face to face or prefer to connect online there are a variety of networking tips and tricks that will help make your job hunting more successful.

1. Meet People Through Other People.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But it’s probably the easiest way to network effectively. By sticking around colleagues that you already know, you are likely to be introduced through them or meet people in their circle. This is one of the best ways to network because you are taking advantage of your own social circle and expanding from within.

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2. Leverage Social Networking.

Whenever you make a new business contact, ask for their social networking information. It’s easy to stay connected with people online, thanks to the proliferation and popularity of sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. With a few clicks of the mouse button and a couple of keystrokes per day, you can stay in touch with people from within your industry with ease.

3. Informational Interviews.

Informational interviews are great ways to get your feelers out there about prospective jobs within your field of interest. In an informational interview, you sit down with someone who holds a position that you are interested in pursuing.

While such an event is a lot less stressful and regimented than a formal job interview, it should still be carried out in a professional manner. The icing on the cake of doing such interviews is that you can ask for business contacts at the end of the interview. Those contacts can be used to improve your overall networking situation.

4. Blogs and Forums.

If you don’t already interact on forums and blogs that relate to your industry, start doing so. Zero in on the most popular and well-executed career blogs and forums from within your field of interest. Get into the habit of checking in with them daily. Make a point of commenting on a regular basis so that you can stay in the loop about what’s happening. More importantly, those comments will help you to make new connections within the industry – and to help acquaint yourself with others.

5. Your Own Website.

A great way to spread a wide net in the networking world is by starting your own blog or website. Keep it as industry-specific as you can and resist the temptation to fill it with fluff. Instead, work hard on it and fill it with useful content that others will find valuable. From time to time, try to spark conversations about hot-button issues within your industry. You’d be amazed by how many people will start chiming in. Market your blog or website via various social networking conduits and you will bolster your networking potential considerably.

6. Industry Events.

You don’t have to be extremely fond of socializing in order to get something out of industry events. The fact of the matter is that such events are designed with networking in mind. By simply showing up at events within your industry, you will rub shoulders with many people who could provide amazing benefits for your career.

7. Volunteer or Side Jobs.

While relaxing is a great way to spend your spare time, you should dedicate a decent percentage of your extra time with volunteer activities or side gigs. Ask around about volunteer opportunities within your industry – you may be surprised by what you discover. Look into freelance or consulting opportunities that relate to your industry, as well. These are great ways to get your name out there in a truly positive way.

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8. Maintain Your Networks.

I can’t count how many times I’ve received business cards in college and received LinkedIn connections but never followed up. This is a huge mistake. You must actively reach out to your newly formed contacts, and it’s as simple as sending an email and mentioning how you were happy to meet them. Not everyone takes the time to do this, so if you do, then you are more likely to be remembered and get hired later down the road if an opportunity arises.

9. Be Open to New Connections.

You can make new connections while walking your dog around campus or while at the grocery store. Networking really never stops and it’s important to remember this. If you’re in line at the grocery store and hear somebody talking about something you’re interested in, you can always politely join in. Networking doesn’t stop.

10. Visit Your Campus Career Center.

Have you visited your campus career center yet? It likely has a ton of information that is free! You are likely to find open internships or full-time jobs that you can obtain. Even if you are not looking for a job currently it doesn’t hurt stop by to network. Go ahead and visit it this evening or tomorrow and shake some hands and have a conversation. You never know what potential a new networking contact can bring after all.

More Tips on Networking

While understanding networking better, I came across a YouTube video where Charisma on Command speaks on how to network as an introvert. His tips are spot on, even if you are an extrovert you would likely learn something new. It’s worth a watch and is around 8 minutes long.

If you want more tips on networking, here’s the introvert’s guide to networking:

Networking in College Really Helps

By including as many of the preceding ideas into your everyday life, you can kick your networking potential up by a considerable margin. Give it a shot – you are sure to see amazing results in no time.

Starting a New Job? Here’s How to Ensure Your Success

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It may not seem like it, with the unemployment rate dominating the news, but there are people who are entering the workforce at an increasing rate. For some, it’s their first real job. Others are moving on to new jobs, and out of the comfort zone of a job and the relationships, they had formed.

More than ever, it’s important to understand what is expected of you and how to beat those expectations. People will make snap judgments and companies are putting more teeth behind a 90-day evaluation period. It’s important that your new co-workers like what they see. So whether this is your first job or your dream job, here are 5 things that everyone should keep in mind.

5 Ways to Get Your New Job Off to a Great Start

1. Listen first.

For someone out of school, this may be easy. But if you have some experience, a company may be hiring you to shake things up a bit or to look at their processes from a different point of view. That’s all well and good, but before you start blowing things up, you should be careful to observe what does and doesn’t work. Take time to talk with as many employees as you can.

2. Be your best, professional self.

Everybody likes to be greeted with a cheerful good morning and a pleasant smile. But not everyone likes to have the first few minutes of their day hijacked with happy talk. Adapt to the company. If you didn’t notice at the interview, call your boss before your first day and get a clear idea of what the dress code is. This also goes for your work area. Your goal is to showcase your competence, not your quirks.

3. Act like you’re always being watched.

You’re the new person and this is their company. Other employees, especially the ones above you, are going to want to know who you are what you bring to the company. If you give them the perception that you’re not serious and focused, it could take months, or years to change that perception. If you get a chance to change it at all.

4. Be punctual and willing to work late.

Most employers will gladly overlook the occasional day when you’re a few minutes late, and think nothing of you needing to leave a few minutes early, but you have to earn it. And that starts by showing you understand how to manage your time. If you do have to be late, make sure you have a good excuse.

5. Do whatever it takes.

This is really what it means to be a team player and working hard. More than likely, your boss has plans for you, he just may not be able to start you on a specific project your first day. Showing that you’re flexible and willing to help out in different ways shows a mature understanding of the way businesses work.

When you take care of these five basic tasks, it will be much easier for you to get noticed for the right reasons and you’ll start being given more responsibility. And that’s when you can become more assertive in making sure your boss understands your value, while still being respected by your peers.

Here are 5 Things To Stop You From Getting Promoted

It’s not fun to watch your peers get promoted while you stay stuck in the same job. It’s also not fun to do the same job and earn the same paycheck for 10 years or more. You aren’t going to get free money, so you should work hard to get ahead. Unfortunately, most people find themselves in that exact situation.

If you went to college and then got a white-collar job, chances are that you’re looking to get ahead of the pack. You have dreams of becoming a manager, director, or executive someday. But if you aren’t careful, you’ll find yourself stuck doing exactly what you are currently doing five or ten years from now. In this fast-changing business world where more and more jobs are being outsourced every day, that is a disastrous place to be.

Here are the top five reasons you won’t get promoted.

1. You don’t want it bad enough.

Do you want to be promoted? What are you doing about it?

Employees do not have a right to be promoted; it is a reward for hard work and commitment. How many people do you know that think they deserve to keep their job or be promoted because of the number of years they have been in a job? If that idea rings true for you, it’s time to change your attitude.

2. You aren’t improving yourself.

Education, certification, and experience are all key steps in climbing the corporate ladder. As an individual, you are your own brand, and developing a skill set is an important part of the product you offer. If you are not working to improve yourself each day, month and year, then you will be stuck in the same job forever.

3. You are not an expert in your industry.

Knowing all there is to know about your business means that you understand your industry, competitors, and product inside and out. For example, if you are a financial whiz, you should know about financial statements and financial services.

To reach a point of expertise, do things like research everything you hear but don’t know about or understand. Read magazines or blogs related to your field. Seek out and learn as much information as you can, so that when the boss asks your opinion on an issue, you can give an informed and educated response rather than I don’t know.

4. You only focus on daily tasks.

The old philosophy that working as hard as you can at doing what your boss tells you so (s)he will think you are a good worker and give you a raise or promotion is dead.

Everyone is replaceable. If you want to want your boss to notice you, you obviously need to complete your work on time and as expected, but you also need to create value for the company by thinking out of the box and improving processes, systems, and strategies.

5. You haven’t asked.

You need a track record that demonstrates that you are a valuable employee by consistently performing at the level to which you want to be promoted. But here’s the kicker: if you never ask, chances are, your manager will never promote you. Not all bosses see your promotion as their priority, so you need to put it on their radar by asking. What does asking look like?

There are many opportunities to make your desire known. When you meet with your manager for a one-on-one, find ways to express your goal of being promoted to the next level. You can talk about the things you are currently doing to improve the business, or how you have already improved it, and make a strong case for yourself. When the time comes, you need to be bold. Tell your manager flat out tell what you want. If you have clear and well thought out examples to give for why you deserve a promotion, your boss will respect you and give you a straight answer about the possibility. Use your boss’s feedback to develop a plan to climb the ladder.

6. You aren’t networking.

If you are on the job search then you must know the importance of constant and deliberate networking. On paper, you may have everything that your ideal employer wants. If you don’t know the right people, though, even the most well-polished resume and spot-on experience in the world isn’t going to help. The importance of networking simply can’t be overemphasized. Or you can simply be networking to develop professional or social contacts, but that comes with it.

Even after you’ve landed your dream job, it’s still crucial to maintain good networking habits. By doing so, you’ll be able to advance your career in a more efficient and effective way. Look to use successful networking tips that could make all the difference.

Hard Work Won’t Make You Successful — But Doing This Will

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There’s an important difference between working hard and working smart. In the first case, it’s possible to extend huge amounts of effort that, in the end, net you absolutely nothing. In the second case, your odds of being rewarded for your efforts are vastly improved. Working hard does not always pay off; the following four examples will are proof positive of that fact.

1. You Don’t Like Your Work

Walking into work every day with enthusiasm for what you do makes all of your efforts well worth it. On the other hand, dreading what you do or having no real stake in it renders it pointless. At the end of the day, you should feel fulfilled and optimistic about the work that you have completed. That feeling, in and of itself, is highly beneficial. Most of the time, it pays off in spades in the form of promotions, advancements and increased income.

2. You Don’t Believe in What You Do

Do you ever find yourself belittling the work that you do? If so, you probably don’t believe in it very much. If you’re of the mentality that it’s just a way to bring home a paycheck, you’re doing things the wrong way. You should believe in the mission that’s behind the work that you do. That way, you’ll work harder to achieve it and will be proud of what you accomplish. All of the hard work in the world can’t make up for being unenthusiastic about your job.

3. You’re Stuck in a Go-Nowhere Job

If your job is nothing more than an endless, repetitive loop with no end – or promotions – in sight, why put forth extra effort on it? Working harder won’t free you from such an interminable situation. If you’re not careful, you could end up being one of those people who’s dedicated the best years of their life to a job that, in the end, has produced no real value. Be mindful of how much effort you extend; pay attention to whether or not it’s actually getting you anywhere. If it’s not, you might want to jump ship sooner rather than later and start a new job soon.

4. You’re Working on the Wrong Things

When you work on innovations and improvements, it’s easy to put forth a ton of extra effort. After all, you’ll get to see your ideas come to fruition. Working on mindless tasks that don’t produce any added value, though, can drain the life out of you. Furthermore, extending extra effort on idle tasks won’t get you any positive benefits in the long run. Look for work that inspires you and that allows you to be innovative and proactive – your hard work will pay off enormously in such cases.

5. You Aren’t Networking

If you are on the job search then you must know the importance of constant and deliberate networking. On paper, you may have everything that your ideal employer wants. If you don’t know the right people, though, even the most well-polished resume and spot-on experience in the world isn’t going to help. The importance of networking simply can’t be overemphasized. Or you can simply be networking to develop professional or social contacts, but that comes with it.

Even after you’ve landed your dream job, it’s still crucial to maintain good networking habits. By doing so, you’ll be able to advance your career in a more efficient and effective way. Look to use successful networking tips that could make all the difference.

6. You Aren’t Prepared for Interviews

When you are a recent graduate and do not have any experience with a job interview, it can be a challenge to ace your first job interview. As you will be applying for entry-level jobs, there might be a number of candidates with the same qualifications interviewing for the same position. In order to stand out from the crowd, it is essential that you make the best impression in the interview. Follow these job interview tips to confidently prepare and excel in your first job interview after graduation or at any time in your career.

The Bottom Line

So, where does hard work fit being successful? And what does it mean for you?

Oxford defines hard work as, “a great deal of effort or endurance.”

Merriam-Webster defines hardworking as, “industrious, diligent.”

No one gets to define hard work for you. Just like success, you define hard work for yourself and nobody else.

Your definition of hard work should support your definition of success!

These Are The 6 Best Resume Tips That’ll Get You Hired

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The best tips for writing a great resume in 2019. Implement these best resume tips on your next job application and see how fast you’ll get an interview!

Recruiters and human resource managers are seeing a plethora of resumes cross their desks these days, most of them rife with errors. If you want to get more interview requests, you need to make sure your resume is up to snuff with these six resume writing tips.

If you are swamped for time, take a look at this quick video that sums it up perfectly:

If you didn’t like the video or want more advice, check out the best resume writing tips below.

The Best Tips for Writing a Great Resume

Here are some tips for writing a great resume that you should incorporate so that you can boost your career.

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Resume Tip 1: Use Great Formatting

The initial look at your resume will last less than thirty seconds, no matter how tight the copy. If it is difficult to scan due to excessive length or poor organization, it might get tossed in the reject pile.

Make sure that you use a readable font, definitive headings, and wide margins. Utilize bold and italics to help make scanning easier. Bullet lists are a great way to highlight important points.

Resume Tip 2: Focus on Accomplishments Rather than Plain Descriptions

Hiring managers need to know what potential employees can bring to the table that will help build their company and solve existing problems. You need your resume to show them how you have been able to use your skills in the past to troubleshoot similar issues with success and to the satisfaction of your former employers.

Tell them what you did, not what the job description requires. Start with one to two lines about the job description, then follow up with your actual accomplishments. Show off what benefits you brought to the company. These should showcase your skill set, not a generic idea of what the role you were supposed to play in the company.

Resume Tip 3: Quantify Your Accomplishments

One of the most common resume mistakes is to focus on jargon rather than accomplishments. Remember that the point of your resume is to market yourself, selling your skills and strengths rather than a general bio.

Show off specific things that you have done that show why you are the perfect candidate for the position. Gain their interest by using specific wording for your achievements and using hard facts and figures to back your claims. If you aren’t sure, consider what would have occurred had you not performed your role well.

Resume Tip 4: Consider the Industry

Mechanic engineering resumes should not use a lot of creative designs like those in advertising and other artistic fields. Too much distinction in your presentation can be a sure way to get your resume skipped over.

Remain conservative and make sure that you have tight, error-free copy on attractive paper.

Resume Tip 5: Use a Career Summary Rather than an Objective

Objectives are often generic because everyone is seeking essentially the same thing: a fulfilling job that uses their skill set. On the other hand, a career summary shows them who you are and your capabilities.

You need to hook them from the start because you only have one chance to make a first impression. Your summary should grab their eye and show them how you can become an invaluable member of the team who is capable of bringing your A-game to the table and provide viable solutions.

Resume Tip 6: It’s All About Networking

If you are currently unemployed, then you should make a full-time job out of searching for a job. Networking is an essential aspect of getting your name and reputation out there. Senior and mid-level positions are often filled via networking opportunities, and you need to make sure that your name is on the lips of the right folks. Not only should you work with recruiters, let others in your industry know your needs. They can provide great insights and recommendations.

Networking includes previous business contacts, including former employers and subordinates. Additionally, sales reps and vendors who you have had positive relations within recent years. Also, check the alumni directory of your alma mater for other potential connections.

What Makes An Amazing Resume?

Okay, so what makes an amazing resume? How can you stand out to employers? Remember, it’s a great idea to find out if your employer uses an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). This is a type of software that scans your resume for keywords before passing it onto an actual human being. If you need an ATS resume, you’ll need to change up the format. Luckily, if you don’t want to do all the work yourself you can use a template for does all the work for you. You can see here for more information.

If you use these tips for creating your resume, you will be much closer to securing an interview. Remember, a resume is to market yourself, selling your skills and strengths to secure your dream job and advance in your career.