Category Archives: Career Advice

Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

So you think you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Sure, it’s great to be a leader and to make your own decisions. But do you have what it takes? There are many things for an aspiring entrepreneur to consider.

YE3BR41KSE (1)Creating a business takes a considerable financial investment, a lot of time and many, many hours of hard work. Your starting point is therefore to ask yourself if this is really something you can see yourself doing for the next years. As mentioned on entrepreneur.com, there is a big difference between wanting to be able to make a living doing something, and the actual chance it’s going to work out.

Follow the leader

Are you a leader or a follower? Are you comfortable directing a team of employees? It is very likely that you will be hiring staff at some point, even for a starting business. Keep in mind that leadership skills are a part of making it as an entrepreneur. Good leaders make good entrepreneurs.

Money matters

How do you manage your money? There are really only two options: either you make it through the initial stage and get to build on your investment, or you don’t, which will be the end of your business. An entrepreneur knows how to handle uncertainty, and knows finance through and through.

Do what you enjoy

Seek out your talents and let your interests decide where you will go with your business. It’s all about distinguishing yourself out there, and what better way to do so than by doing something that you love and know everything about?

Business time

Your business plan is your bible. A solid business plan takes into account and analyzes as many different situations as possible. This is where your keen insight and experience with corporate and finance come into play. Formulate your goals and most of all, how and when you are going to achieve them.

Know your customers

 Yes, the start-up of a new business is a hectic time. But the fact that your business is small scaled has its advantages. It allows you to get to know your customers, for example. In the corporate world, most customers are just some file on a computer. Work on a personal experience for your clients, they will be sure to appreciate it.

It’s all about creating a competitive advantage: something that makes you preferable over your many competitors.

Invest not only in your business, but in yourself

Keen entrepreneurs are always on the lookout for ways to improve themselves.  This means you should keep cultivating yourself, your talents, and your interests. In other words: go to conferences, take courses and read books on relevant topics.

The best advice to anyone that is an aspiring entrepreneur is arguably: ‘Know thyself.’ It takes certain skills to be an entrepreneur. Being honest to yourself about whether you possess these assets is the very first step on an exciting road to building up a business, or choosing a career path that better suits you.

 By Laura Macek, Journalism and Content Intern at Who’s Who

5 ways to promote yourself in 2016

In a competitive jobs market, promoting yourself and getting your name out there have become an important part of branding yourself, making contacts and meeting people who can push your career in the right direction.

But in a world where #braggingrights and #blessed have become common practice, how do you talk about your achievements without coming across as pompous?

Improving yourself in 20161. Know the difference between self-promotion and bragging

Self-promoting yourself is about telling relevant people i.e. recruiters, your colleagues, industry contacts, etc., about your skills and how they add value to your career goals. On the other hand, bragging is telling anyone and everyone who cares to listen about your value with the sole purpose of making yourself superior.

2. Know how to strike a balance between bragging and telling the facts

You can tell a recruiter you’re interviewing with about growing the client base of your previous employer. That’s simply stating a fact. You can also speak about the hard work that went into finding creative strategies to get the new clients onboard, and how that took you many hours of research and fine-tuning the marketing concept. That’s still not bragging.

But when you start saying things like, “I’m a marketing guru who can easily reach targets without flinching”, now that’s bragging.

Here’s why:

When talking about yourself there is a major difference between mentioning something inherent, like being smart or having good looks, and something you did, such as being innovative.

3. Don’t avoid talking about your achievements

Exposing yourself to people’s judgements is hard, we understand. But avoiding talking about your accomplishments at all costs can cost you more than you may realise. Self-promotion has become even more important in an economy where job stability is not guaranteed. Those who get promoted or get an increase in their salaries are usually the ones who aren’t afraid to speak up.

If nothing else, remember that self-promotion can literally mean the difference between an empty pocket and getting more money in the bank.

4. Be honest and genuine

When trying to build a network of people who can support your ideas and help you find career opportunities, it can be easy to give yourself more credit than is due. If you’re serious about getting people to buy into what you have to offer, don’t make the mistake of pretending to be someone or something you’re not. Pay close attention to the message you want to send out, and be ready to answer for it.

For instance, if you call yourself a “Business development guru” or a “Social media expert”, make sure you can walk the talk when you need to.

5. Avoid feeling guilty

Think of it like this: You’re bringing home the bacon. Therefore, by being good at what you do, doing it well and telling those who need to know about it, you’re pushing your career forward.

Self-promotion is something that you need to practice every single day. In fact you need practice it to the point where you don’t even feel like you’re doing it anymore. Once you’re comfortable with talking about your achievements, your career will prove it.

5 bad reasons to quit your job

5 Bad reasons to quit your job

A couple of bad days are inevitable and sometimes even necessary in any professionals career. However, if in your frustration you’re adamant that it’s time to quit, here are a few bad reasons to quit your job.

You’re feeling overworked

On top of the deadline you have to meet, you’ve also got a pile of documents you must sit through. Not forgetting the in between meetings you must prepare for.  A huge workload can often leave you feeling overwhelmed which can quickly lead to stress and job dissatisfaction.

Take into consideration whether overtime the workload will become more manageable. If you find it’s not the case, talk to your manager about changing your deadlines and adjusting your workload.

You’re having a bad day

Bad days are part and parcel of any job. Even an innocent waking-up-on-the-wrong-side-of-the-bed can turn into a dreadful day. Bad days can even stretch into bad weeks or month.

But when the only reason you’re considering a career is because you’re feeling frumpy, think about all the other good days you’ve had. Also consider whether the things that made them enjoyable are still there.

 You’re bored

You may feel like your full potential in your current role isn’t  being tapped into and that your work has become redundant and tedious. But is this reason enough to look for a new job?

If there’s still room for growth in your company, talk to your manager about taking on new responsibilities. You can also search for ways to be promoted or sign up for extra training.

You dislike your colleagues

Slackers, oversharers, complainers – the list is endless. And because over your lifetime you’ll spend approximately 90 000 hours at work , you’re bound to work with annoying colleagues who’ll rub you off the wrong way.

You’re envious

Your friends go on about how much they love their jobs or that they’ve received a pay rise. But do they tell you about the downside: late nights, early mornings, increased workload or the added stress?

Every workplace has its ups and downs – the reason why you can’t compare your job to the people around you. Next time you consider leaving your job, make sure it’s not to keep up with your peers.