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Want to Work From Home? Amazon Is Hiring 5,000 People to Work From Their Kitchens and Living Rooms

Jeff Bezos. CREDIT: Getty Images

These jobs are all about the flexibility and the benefits–including, of course, the ability to work from home.
  
  By Bill Murphy Jr. 
There's nothing like working from home–that is, if you can make it work for you. Prerequisites: an efficient space, a healthy respect for your own time–and, of course, a job.

If it all sounds appealing to you, and you haven't already found your work-from-home nirvana, perhaps Amazon might be the answer. The company recently announced it's planning to hire 5,000 home-based workers to join its customer service teams.

Many of the new jobs will come with benefits, including health insurance, sick and vacation time, and tuition.

Jobs "with benefits"
We'll get to the hourly pay in a minute, but the real value in these jobs is probably in the flexibility and those two little words: "with benefits." Because if you work more than 20 hours a week at Amazon, the company says, you get:

"… life and disability insurance, dental and vision insurance with premiums paid in full by Amazon, and funding toward medical insurance," along with the company's Career Choice program, which "prepays 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a future career at Amazon."

"There are lots of people who want or need a flexible job–whether they're a military spouse, a college student, or a parent–and we're happy to empower these talented people no matter where they happen to live," Tom Weiland, Amazon vice president for worldwide customer service, said in a press release.

In addition to these positions, Amazon says it's hiring another 25,000 part-timers to work onsite this year, and another 100,000 full-timers over the next 18 months.

There's no word on what the home-based jobs pay in the press release, but a separate job listing says the "pay rate nationwide is $10.00 per hour."

And, at least for now, it looks like the part-time hours are limited to nighttime and weekend work, which could make it tough for parents who were hoping to work while their kids are at school, for example.

Also–again at least for now–Amazon is limiting hiring to people who live in 26 of the 50 states. (Sorry Californians and Texans.) You can find the details and the application process here.  http://www.amazondelivers.jobs/about/our-opportunities/#hourly-fulfillment-associates

Nobody is going to get rich working from home for Amazon for $10 an hour, of course, but even though we're technically at full employment in America, that's an economic term–of course there are still people who would like to be working but can't find jobs.

Among them: lots of stay-at-home moms, military spouses, and others who need income but might not have the flexibility to work outside their homes. Here's hoping other companies follow suit, and that these unemployed and underemployed workers might now have a steady, new, workable option.

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Entrepreneurs And Finance People Share DNA

Gone are the days where your average finance person was the stereotypical bean counter. Today they come in all sorts of shapes and forms and you will find that many of them are starting to show some DNA of an entrepreneur. Wow, did he just say that? I couldn’t think of two kinds of people that are more different. OK, hang on and let me try to explain. First, let’s just agree on what an entrepreneur really is.

“a person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit.”
There are two main elements of above and then some other aspects that are not that well covered. 1) Someone who starts a business and 2) Someone who takes risks in hope of profit. I’ll give you that while there are finance people who set up businesses because they are also entrepreneurs then that’s not the main point as finance people, in general, are not people who set up businesses. As for the second point then there’s starting to more resemblance.

Risks vs. profits
At school, all finance students are taught about the relationship between risks and profits and how to balance them. A typical framework used is the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) which describes the relationship between the expected returns at any given risk profile.

So the balance between risk and returns is a finance person in a nutshell and a clear area where entrepreneurs need to also become more like finance people. If we continue to test that argument then let’s look at what’s missing from above definition. The idea! So in order to become an entrepreneur you typically need to have an idea. Entrepreneurs are full of these although it’s always harder to get idea #2 after you’ve made a living out of the first one. When it comes to finance people I always say that they don’t have to come up with the ideas but more need to be facilitators of ideas i.e. take them from the idea stage to something that gets executed on. But does it stop there? It shouldn’t. Finance people who truly know and understand business will be able to come up with just as many ideas as entrepreneurs. Finance people then have the added advantage that they are able to quantify and qualify the idea, create a business case and connect with the right people in a company or in the market to execute on it. Some entrepreneurs do this very well, of course, but I’d also say that here another area where entrepreneurs can learn from finance people.

Glorifying the finance person at the expense of the entrepreneur?
Right, if all finance people are so great at everything an entrepreneur does then why are they not all successful entrepreneurs? OK, so I might be glorifying the finance people a bit here and maybe what they lack is the true courage to jump into a business adventure, yet the evidence of sharing DNA is definitely still present. While they might not be bean counters anymore they are still a bit conservative and perhaps not willing to become entrepreneurs also. So if you can take the best of both you will get entrepreneurs that become better at managing risks for profits and managing the full cycle from idea to execution and delivery. What’s not to like about that? Then we can talk about what finance people can learn from entrepreneurs another day!

To stay updated on how Finance can help the business create value I would encourage you to follow my “value-series” where you can find past articles below. To be sure to stay informed about future articles you can either connect with me or join my group Finance Business Partner Forum. Last but not least you can also follow me on Twitter.

Finance Needs A 20/20 Vision On The Business

How Much Value Does Your Finance Job Create?

5 Ways For Finance To Start Adding Value Now!

Finance’s 5 Drivers Of Value Creation

How Can Finance Help The Business Add Value?

Don’t Measure Finance’s Value Creation

How To Become Great At Business Finance

We Need More Business In Business Finance

How Finance Business Partners Improve Company Performance

What Finance Business Partnering Really Is

How Finance Can Help When Business Is Bad

Anders Liu-Lindberg is the Senior Finance Business Partner for Maersk LineEurope Region and is working with the transformation of Finance and business on a daily basis. I have participated in several transformation processes among others helping Maersk Drilling to go Beyond Budgeting and transformed a finance team from Bean-counters to Business Partners. I would love the chance to collaborate with you on your own transformation processes to help you stay out of disruption. If you are looking for more advice on how to get the most of LinkedIn I also have a few tips to share as well as if you want help in your job search. Don’t be shy! Let’s get in touch and start helping each other.

Anders Liu-Lindberg Anders Liu-Lindberg
Senior Finance Business Partner • Maersk Line 

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How to Memorize Scripture Be Like the Cow

Be Like the Cow

Written by Dan Lee on 28/02/2017
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: God, Scripture, Memorization, Meditation
Instead, the Law of the Lord makes them happy, and they think about it day and night.

Psalm 1:2
The Bible mentions many strong and noble animals – the lion, the eagle, the horse. Why would we want to be like the cow?

The reason is that after eating a stomach full of grass, the cow brings back the grass to its mouth to chew it again and digest it completely.

When we read God’s word, we have to “digest” what we read. Psalm 1 tells us to think about God’s law day and night. This means we should “meditate” scripture – think about it over and over again, so we can understand it.

If we go beyond reading, and actually keep His word in our heart, the Holy Spirit can bring scripture back to our mind anytime. This is why it is important to read the Bible everyday, if possible.

Take Jesus for example, when He was being tempted in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-13), He resisted Satan’s attacks by quoting scripture that He had memorized.

So what are some practical ways we can start to memorize scripture?

1. Choose a Passage and Set a Goal
Memorizing a bible verse here and there is valuable. But a verse is just one small part of a book of the Bible. God’s word is better understood when we read the text around one verse. Choosing a longer passage of scripture helps you avoid changing the meaning of scripture or misunderstanding it.

So, try to select a paragraph or even a short chapter. You might look for a passage containing attributes of God, or one which will help you in an area of weakness. For example, if you lack joy in your life, you might choose Philippians 4, where it says “Rejoice in the Lord always . . .”

Other suggestions are: Colossians 3:1-17; Matthew 5:3-12 (the Beatitudes); Ephesians 1:3-14.

Also be sure to use a Bible version that is easy to read and understand. If 17th century English is hard for you to understand, then don’t choose the King James version!

Finally, decide how quickly you want to memorize your passage. Adding one verse a day may be good. A little bit of daily progress adds up fast!

2. Make Multiple Copies of it
You probably don’t carry your Bible everywhere. Here are some other ways you can keep your memory passage with you at all times:

Type it on the computer and print it out. Then fold the paper so it fits your pocket or purse. Tape a copy to your bathroom mirror where you brush your teeth.
Use a Bible app on your mobile phone or tablet if you have one. There’s even an app for phones that are not so fancy! You can download it here. (Link to AskBible)
Make it easy to find on your smartphone or tablet.
Make an audio recording of yourself reading the passage, or use an existing audio Bible. You can then listen to it while exercising, cooking, or walking.
If you don’t have access to all that technology, you can write your passage out with pencil and paper!
3. Read, Listen, and Speak it over and over
As you review your passage in all these different ways, think of the words and how they sound (this helps you remember it), and also think about the meaning of the passage. Try to hear what God is saying to you through it. And the more you go over it, the more God can speak to you.

Scripture memory can help you with patience! Maybe you are in your car sitting in traffic, or in line at a store, or waiting for someone who is late. Instead of being annoyed at having to wait, pull out your scripture passage and go over it again (but please don’t read while driving!).

Then, when you have memorized the passage, review it often. And then choose the next passage to work on. I am excited to get up each morning, knowing that there is another verse to memorize!

We pray that as you memorize God’s word, hide it in your heart, and meditate on it often, the Holy Spirit will do His work in you and that you will truly be “Transformed by the renewal of your mind.” (Romans 12:2)

Pray this week:

Dear Father, thank You for Your wonderful Word, the Bible. I do want to hide Your words in my heart and let You speak to me often. Help me to do this by the power of the Holy Spirit and for Your glory. Amen.

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What is the Purpose of Trials in Our Life?

We have false expectations if we believe that good deeds are always rewarded, and evil is always punished in this life.

Written by Joy on 30/03/2014
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Life, Purpose, Trials
“Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles he performs for his people" Psalm 66:5

Job, probably the oldest book in the Bible, asks this question. Job’s friends accuse him of a hidden sin, since God seems to be punishing him with tragedies. Is this true? Are tragedies punishment from God? The Bible says, absolutely not!

Tragedy Can Bring Us to Jesus
We have false expectations if we believe that good deeds are always rewarded, and evil is always punished in this life. We live in a fallen world, corrupted by sin. Disease and disasters are a natural result (see Romans 8:20-22). Yet our problems and needs are the very things that can cause us to seek God and draw closer to Him.

Jesus was asked this question by his followers: “Why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sin?” “It was not because of his sin or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him” (John 9:2-3).

God’s Power Revealed
Then Jesus healed the man and restored his sight. According to Jesus, this man had lived in darkness all his life for this one moment: so that the healing power of Jesus could be revealed, and he would see that Jesus is the “Light of the World” that leads us out of darkness. Because of this miracle in his life, he was able to say, “‘Yes, Lord, I believe!’ and he worshiped Jesus” (John 9:38). And because of his testimony, many others believed as well.

Only God Can Do the Impossible
Many people turn to God only when they are in a hopeless situation. Seeing God’s loving care and power helps build our faith. Our testimony of God’s miracles in our own life may be critical in helping someone else to believe. “But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead….. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness towards us.” Ephesians 2:4-7.

God’s greatest miracle is how he gives us a new life in Christ. Each believer is a beautiful painting, illustrating God’s grace and power to save. Ephesians 2:10 says we are His Masterpiece, his greatest work. So let’s glorify our Creator and proclaim his power to the world!

Pray this week:

God will help you see His powerful and faithful presence in your circumstances.

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6 Social Media Jobs That Are Great For Millennials

Jimmy Rohampton ,    CONTRIBUTOR
I cover how to use social media to level up your career  

Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.
If you’re a millennial, learning to use social media was as natural as learning to walk. That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but social media has been a big part of your life for nearly as long as you can remember. In fact, it’s such a central part of your day that you probably have a hard time staying away from your apps. On average, millennials spend 5.4 hours a day consuming user-generated content, much of it on social media.

If you consume a lot of content on Twitter, Facebook and more, a social media career might be right for you. After all, you’ve already put in the time as a digital native. Now, you might as well get paid for it. The key is to match your skill set and salary needs with the right social media job.

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Then, you’ll get paid to do something you love. Here are a couple social media jobs that might be right for you:

1. Social Media Manager

Are you the type of person that likes to be in charge? If so, you might be perfect for a social media manager position. Social media managers are responsible for all aspects of social media campaigns. You’ll take care of the strategy, implementation, and marketing.

If you work for a small business, expect to wear a lot of hats with this position. You will be the resident strategist one minute, and the next minute you’ll be putting that strategy into action. If you work for a big company, though, you can expect to have some employees under you. These employees will take on most of the duties and you’ll watch over them.

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Social media managers make an annual median salary of $46,169 and there is a projected growth outlook of 13%. In other words, you can expect lots of these jobs to pop up in the coming years.

2. Social Media Specialist

If you excel at strategizing but don’t want all of the responsibilities that come with being a social media manager, you can become a social media specialist. Social media specialists are responsible for developing strategies to meet companies’ and clients’ social media needs.

Don’t worry, though. It’s not all work and no play. You’ll also immerse yourself in social media posts. In fact, you’ll need to monitor all of the social media conversations to determine which direction your company should go in when posting on social media. On average, social media specialists make $38,100.

3. Social Media Coordinator

As a coordinator, you’ll be responsible for making sure that all of the posts go live every day. You can’t just post on a whim, though. You’ll follow a posting calendar for all of the social media accounts. Message relevancy is very important for social media coordinators. You’ll speak to people in all of your company’s departments to make sure you’re staying on message with each post.

A social media coordinator has a median salary of $37,865 and it has a projected growth rate of 6% up to 2024.

4. Social Media Analyst
If you like the numbers side of social media, consider becoming a social media analyst. You’ll look at various metrics and trends to help your team cultivate a social media strategy. Keep in mind that analytics are constantly changing so you’ll need to keep your hands on the wheel at all times. You can expect a fast-paced career if you become an analyst.

Social media analysts make an average of $45,720 a year.

5. Social Media Community Manager

Do you spend a lot of time interacting with people (even strangers) online? If so, you might have the perfect personality to become a social media community manager. This fast-paced job puts you right in the middle of the online action. You answer questions, join conversations, and offer solutions.

In some cases, you’ll even have to get conversations started. You’ll be the spark that ignites exciting conversations on all of the channels. When you do this, you have to keep your company’s brand in mind. Every conversation should focus on the brand and improving the user experience.

Social media community managers make an average of $31,500 a year.

6. Social Media Planners

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You’ll make an average of $45,000 a year if you take a job as a social media planner.

 

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No matter who you are or where you are, God can empower you to do His work!

God’s Power in Your Life: The Power To Do God’s Work
No matter who you are or where you are, God can empower you to do His work!

Written by Hope on 25/10/2016
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Power, Holy Spirit, Guidance
God uses Scripture to prepare and equip His people to do every good work.

II Timothy 3:17
What makes you feel powerful? If you have accepted God’s forgiveness and allowed Him to teach you to walk in His ways, now you can show God’s empowerment in your life.

Here are ways you can show His power through your actions:

1. Don’t Depend On Your Own Strength
God’s power is given in His grace; He can work in your weakness. The Apostle Paul worked in the power of God’s guidance only, and is recorded as doing more to help form the early Church than any other Christian. And it was because he depended on God, not on himself. The Lord told him, “My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.” And St Paul added, “So if Christ keeps giving me His power, I will gladly brag about how weak I am (II Corinthians 12:9-10). Are you willing to let God show his power in your weakness?

2. Let God Lead The Way
If you have accepted God’s power, and are ready to do His work, you might be wondering what to do. First, start by praying to God and consult with other believers about finding God’s will before making any decisions.

Here is an example of listening for God’s leading, found in II Samuel chapter 7. Israel’s ancient King David wanted to build a temple to hold the Ark of the Covenant, and at first, the Prophet Nathan approved this project. However, that night, the Lord instructed Nathan to stop King David, for it was not God’s will to have the building at the time. The Lord later allowed David’s son Solomon to construct the Temple.

We too must be careful to listen for God’s leading, and let Him empower us.

3. Understand The Power Of The Holy Spirit
So how will God empower you? The Bible tells us that “God’s Spirit gives us power, love, and self-control” (II Timothy 1:7). The Lord fills His people “with power and His Spirit” (Micah 3:8) whom Jesus promised to send to all those who have accepted Him.

Are you depending on the Holy Spirit for guidance? If so, you can trust the Lord to empower you and guide you in doing His work.

Pray this week:

Dear Lord, allow me to be weak, so Your power can enable me to do Your will! Amen.

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How the Most Successful People Spend the First 30 Minutes of Their Workday

Does it ever seem like some people you know are advancing rapidly in their careers or businesses, while you seem to be just plodding along? Chances are you're not doing one simple thing that can make all the difference to achieving your goals. You're not putting yourself first.

In the personal finance world, experts often advise people to "pay yourself first." The idea is that when a paycheck or other payment comes in the first thing you should so is put a portion of it into your savings and only then pay your bills and other financial obligations.

Most of us, of course, instinctively do the opposite. We first pay our bills and then put money into savings if there's any left over. The problem, of course, is that there very rarely is any money left over. So our bills get paid, but we never manage to save much, making it impossible to reach our financial goals. This is why 401(k) programs are so powerful: They literally force you to pay yourself first by putting money into savings before you can pay anyone else.

Unfortunately, most of us take a similar approach with our time, a resource even more valuable than money. On any given workday we are faced with an array of tasks that we need to complete to fulfill our commitments to our customers, satisfy our bosses, meet our deadlines, and give our employees the support that they need.

But then there's another whole set of tasks. These usually have no deadlines, and there's no customer or colleague waiting impatiently for you to get them done. In fact, there's a good chance that nothing will result if you do them because they are often speculative in nature. These are tasks such as pitching new customers, researching possible markets your company could enter, or trying to develop a new product. If your initiative succeeds, you'll be a hero, but there's every chance that it may fail. 

It may seem foolish to devote your time to projects that may pan out when there are paying customers waiting for you to deliver. Yet I'm suggesting you do just that for just half an hour a day. Here's how it works:

1. Take 30 minutes of each day and spend them on a speculative or dream project that could yield big dividends. 
You could also spend them on research, or on learning more about your industry. If there's something that has real potential to move you forward and that you love to do, choose that. (If, like me, you're a Pomodoro Technique user, spend one pomodoro on your dream task.)

Why just half an hour? Wouldn't an hour be better? It might, but that would mean taking a big enough chunk out of your day that you might not be able to do it consistently. If a major deadline is looming or your boss is waiting impatiently for you to finish a proposal, will you really be able to set those concerns aside for a whole hour while you work on your dream project? Whereas there are few obligations so urgent that you can't sneak away for half an hour.

2. Make it the first half-hour of your workday.
Why? For the same reason that 401(k)s work so well: You're paying yourself first. You could turn to the most urgent tasks instead, hoping you'll have a half hour left over at the end of the day for your dream project. But most of the time you won't. 

There's another good reason to take your half hour of "me" time at the start of the day: Neuroscientists report that the beginning of our workday is usually a great time to work on a creative project or other task that requires your brain to be functioning at its best. 

3. Block out interruptions.
For this to work well, you should block out your half hour with no interruptions, for instance by closing your office door and turning off your phone. If necessary, put a sticky note on your door explaining that you'll be available in half an hour or less. And whatever you do, don't read your email before or during your "me" time, except for message specific to what you're working on.

4. When the 30 minutes are up, stop.
Even if you're on a roll and the work is flowing along like never before, stop when your time is up. Why is this important? Because if you sit down to work on something for half an hour but don't stop until two hours have passed, it will be twice as hard to keep that date with yourself tomorrow because you won't trust yourself to stop on time and get back to your most pressing tasks. You can always schedule some more time to work on your project later on if it seems to warrant it. But for now, stick to your commitment to stop after 30 minutes.

5. Track your progress.
It's easier to stick with something if it's yielding measurable results. So keep track of how you spend your "me" time. Make note of whether you managed to do it every day, or if there were some days it got swept aside. And track your progress on your dream projects and goals as well. That should help you understand what's working, what isn't, and how you can best spend your time.

6. Don't feel guilty.
If you feel like you're stealing time away from what you should be doing, get over it. The things you do during your "me" time create more potential to benefit your company and customers than if you simply focused on your existing tasks. Google famously allocated one full day a week for its engineers to work on whatever they wanted, and Gmail is just one of many widely used products to emerge from that practice.

What new products or initiatives will result your own whatever-I-want-to-work-on time? It's time to find out.

 

BY MINDA ZETLIN
Co-author, 'The Geek Gap' @MindaZetlin

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Store The Word In You

The Word of God is your source, and God’s plan is for you to be nourished and sustained by your source. You were born, not of perishable seed, but by the Word of God that lives and abides forever.
Do you see why you’re unconquerable? Nothing can put you down, because you’re an offspring of the Word. However, you must keep feeding your spirit
with the Word. The Bible says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16). You become the Word of God that
you receive into your spirit. As the Word of God gains the ascendancy in you, it produces in you the mind-set of victory and dominion. When you face crises, you
won’t be shaken, because the Word of God is strong in you. It doesn’t matter what’s going on around you; refuse to panic. Greater is He that’s in you, than he that’s in the world. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that
Store The Word In You Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of
incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever (1 Peter 1:23). love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” You can’t know this and be a sissy or
weakling that’s defeated in life. The question is: do you love the Lord? If your answer is yes, you have nothing to fear. No matter what’s happening, it’ll turn out for
your good. The Bible says, “…count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations” (James 1:2). Keep the smile and laughter on; you’re more than a conqueror. Store
the Word in you. Digest and “drink” the Word; get it
into you in abundance, and your life will be an endless
stream of victories and the miraculous. Hallelujah!
Prayer
Dear Father, I thank you for
the Word of your grace, with
which my life is being built, and
established in your righteousness,
victory, glory, and success. I’m
one with the Word; it grows
mightily in me and prevails over
sickness, death, failure and all
negative circumstances. The
Word propels and causes me
to function excellently in all my
affairs, in Jesus’ Name. Amen

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After work, is what determines your future! Spend one hour per day doing these 5 things and your life will change forever!

Kalyana SundaramFollowKalyana Sundaram
Business Development Executive – ERP Services(ROW)
You finish work at 6 pm, go to bed at 12 midnight.

Within these six hours, how do you spend them?

Watching TV?

In fact, the activities you do between 6 am and 12 midnight,

the importance of it is beyond your imagination.

Too many people believe that,

your career is determined by the 8 hours of hard work and effort you put at work,

and your future and career progression depend on the boss and the company.

But the reality is that for most people, this thing, you are on your own…..

 

Read on…

 

“Cultivation”, it’s forever dependent by yourself.

If you found yourself not progressing in life,

you cannot blame and put the responsibility on your company for not grooming you.

 

1. What you do every night is important

My major in college was marketing, but I expect to become a designer.

So I practiced day and night,

picking up some freelance work to improve my design skills.

It took me a long time.

When I became a boss, I no longer need to involve myself in design work,

So I went back to the Marketing field.

Every day, when my children are sleeping,

I began learning to gain more knowledge, this again took me a long time,

But I begin to realise my returns.

 

If I rely on my working hours to gain skills,

then I will never have become a creative director and a product manager,

or like today, teaching MBA students on Marketing.

What I rely on, is myself giving myself “lessons”.

And the most successful people I knew, walked the same path as I am.

I have a friend who is a History graduate,

but he is interested in technical sales,

In the day, he does telemarketing, at night he learns how to code,

Finally, he became the vice president of sales in a startup company.

Now, he’s a CTO.

I have another friend, he received a degree in political science.

But he’s very interested in entrepreneurship.

he learnt a lot of knowledge on how to start up a company,

eventually, he founded a company and sold it,

Now he has reaped the rewards.

 

For them, what they do between 6 pm till 12 midnight,

is what determined their future.

Clearly, we need to balance life and work.

If you have a wife and children, every night, you have to stay with them.

Even if you are single, you also need a reasonable allocation of time to go to the gym, to meet with friends, or be alone to meditate and so on.

Of course, watching movies, playing games is good.

But there are things you do not need to do.

For example, watching the new season of a Netflix drama,

14 hours per week watching television (This is the average amount of time watching television).

 

The time spent playing the game Candy Crush.

 

Or spending time stalking your high school alumni on Facebook,

it does not seem to be good.

So what should you do?

 

2. Read more, anything will do!

My college mentor was born in Alabama,

A poor African family.

He was admitted to West Point Military Academy, and he became the first person in the family to go college.

Before going to Havard for his MBA, he’s a trained officer.

When I met him, he has already developed his career in the city of Colorado Springs.

 

I asked him, what’s his biggest success?

He replied, because he kept the habit of reading,

and he never stopped.

He believed that if you want to get what you want in life,

knowledge is the key.

He often asked his interviewees what book are they reading now,

the excellent ones can give an answer immediately.

Reading can give you a good headstart,

this is often what your peers cannot obtain.

Compared to others,

you are more likely to know other industries strategies and tactics,

and that may be helpful to your company.

 

You can transfer your knowledge within the organization,

create new possibilities for your company.

Moreover, your conversation topics will become more interesting.

 

Anthony Robbins said:

“If you spend one hour a day to learn about a topic,

a year later, in this regard,

the knowledge you gain will be more than 99.999% of the world’s people.”

Even if you have 30 minutes every night,

each week you can easily read a book.

You may not be an expert, but I promise,

you’ll know more than what your peers know.

 

3. Do some projects

You can apply the knowledge learnt to real work scenario,

this is only an ideal state.

If your company did not give you this opportunity,

create opportunities for yourself.

You can do some volunteer projects. They can bring you fame.

Working with a team,

you’ll understand how things work.

In the practical application of the industry,

and how it ultimately affect actual customers.

You’ll learn how to perform the task and meet deadlines,

and get feedbacks on what you are doing,

and benefit from it.

 

When you are not strong enough, these experience may not have any value to you.

But you are still a novice.

these experiences are far more valuable than the miserable pay you are getting.

If you can really convince others of your pockets of fruits of labour,

Then go try it. But do not let these private jobs affect your work.

 

4. Actively build your connections

In your career path,

a strong network of connections will make everything accelerate.

If you have not set up your own personal connections,

you’ll need to divide a portion of your time to do this.

A strong network of relationships, can enable you:

contact smart friends, and learn their opinions
get information and knowledge that are difficult to obtain
help the company look for more potential partners
or income generating opportunities
Go get to know your work colleague or boss…..

 

If you are an entrepreneur,

your network connections will be your early customers,

your staffs are a source of capital

rather than go home, or going to a bar,

you should find some inner circles.

There are many small groups which are highly relevant to your career.

You should try to integrate into these circles.

Every week, you can drink coffee together with new friends,

go drinking or have breakfast.

 

You can also look into everyone’s career developments on LinkedIn.

And establish a network with mentors in those professional industries.

They may be your next job employer, who knows?

Your connections will be your most powerful asset in the workplace.

Since you have time to watch “The Voice of China”,

you have time to build a social network.

 

5. The CHANGE of your LIFE starts TONIGHT

6 pm to 12 am, you go home, though physically and mentally tired,

you are free to do anything and do not have to take orders from others.

During this time,

you can switch off like switching off your computer at your workplace, switch off your brain.

But you can also do something,

make you smarter, stronger, have a wider network of people.

From the start tonight, take an hour a day to do these things,

I guarantee that after a year,

your career, and life will change.

ShareShare After work, is what determines your future! Spend one hour per day doing these 5 things and your life will change forever!

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8 Ways To Beat Job Search Burnout

Burnout is a state of physical and emotional exhaustion that can result from chronic stress. It often leads to cynicism, detachment, a lapse in accomplishments, and feelings of ineffectiveness. According to HelpGuide.org, “When you’re burned out, problems can seem insurmountable, everything looks bleak, and it’s difficult to muster up the energy to care – let alone do something about your situation.”

However, left unaddressed, burnout can threaten your relationships, your health, and your career, not to mention your job search. So, how can you prevent or heal job search burnout? Here are eight strategies to consider:

1. Leverage technology

Use a wide range of technologies, software, and apps to enable you to work smarter and job search less time each day without sacrificing results.

Use job lead aggregators, for example, to eliminate the task of manually searching for open positions on job boards – let automated searches do the work for you and deliver relevant lists to your inbox.
Organize your search and networking to-dos with tools such as JibberJobber that simplify critical follow-up tasks.
A simple tool such as the canned emails feature on Gmail allows you to strategically re-use email messages over and over again without having to rewrite them.
Discover 35 apps and tools that can save you hours of time each week in your career search.
2. Batch activities to streamline your job search workload

In other words, combine apples with apples and oranges with oranges – capitalize on mental synergies by doing similar job search activities at the same time.

Reply to emails and voice mails in the same period of time since both tasks require similar intellectual energies and will often utilize the same information.
Do all of your resume tailoring for the day at the same time.
Chunk your relationship-building with recruiters and hiring managers into the same time period so you can re-use messages and resources when relevant.
Complete a week’s worth of content curation within a few hours so you can quickly access curated material when you’re ready to batch emails to recruiters.
3. Say no

Set limits with others and yourself. Know what you can manage and ensure you take on no more than that.

Say no to more projects or honey-do assignments. Being unemployed does not mean you have endless time to get things done around the house. Make your search a priority without sacrificing your personal relationships, but make sure you set limits on how many extra projects you can complete.
Say no to workaholism. Job searching more than 30-35 hours per week is counterproductive. By exhausting yourself week-after-week you will inadvertently rob yourself of energy when you need it most – for job interviews and salary negotiations (not to mention starting your new job). I suggest working no more than 4 days weekly in your search so you can take every Friday as a  “me” day. Use that time to invest in yourself personally and professionally. One of my clients goes golfing every Friday, for example, which gets him away from his computer. He gets exercise, invests in networking relationships, and returns to his search the following Monday with a renewed perspective.
Say no to too many social contacts. There is no way to do it all when you’re in active search mode. You may have to say no to attending select get-togethers or professional association meetings. Choose the ones you do attend wisely and spread them out through the course of the month. While it’s critical to stay in touch with people and professional organizations in your search, it is possible to overdo both. Know what you need and let go of the rest.
4. Know when enough is enough

How many job applications should you complete every week in your search? How many recruiters should you contact? How many times? How many LinkedIn invitations to connect should you send? When it comes right down to it, most of your job search to-dos can be boiled down to a series of simple metrics.

Create a job search dashboard so you have specific goals to work toward each week and know when they are complete. Set achievable, realistic targets for every area of your search.
Use those targets to create a weekly job search action plan. This directs your job search activity a week at a time and helps you to sustain momentum month-by-month.
From your weekly job search action plan extract daily to-dos and monitor your output and success. Make it a habit to start and end each job search day by reviewing and updating your search metrics.
5. Invest in yourself & your career

A career search is the perfect time to invest in reflection and growth, both personally and professionally.

Take time out to earn a new certification, take a professional development course, or finally enroll in that MBA program you’ve been wanting to pursue.
Explore your passions. Revitalize your energies by indulging in beloved hobbies or work-related interests. Read books, journals, and articles. Start a blog. Write guest posts for others’ blogs.
Invest in your values. What is most important to you in your work or life? Invest time or energy in family, relationships, friends, or favorite activities. Take a vacation, preferably toward the beginning or end of your search.
Have fun. Now is the time to play and recreate more. Reserve a little fun for each day and a little more each Friday. And role model that self-care by weaving more fun into your weekends with your loved ones, too. Your kids and your spouse will thank you.
6. Shift paradigms

Most job seekers have an inherent “me, me, me” attitude. Shift that to a “give, give, give” mentality to transform your search results.

Instead of pummeling your network with requests, trying giving valuable ideas, suggestions, resources, and aid.
Rather than trying to grab the attention of recruiters, why not earn it by giving them leads, strategic industry information, and recruiting resources?
Stop pursuing hiring executives and refocus to building long-term relationships with them. Invest in their interests, learn about their problems, and suggest solutions. Interest in you and your candidacy is sure to follow.
7. Take a break. (Or 2. Or 3.)

Research shows us that we all need breaks in our work approximately every 90 to 120 minutes. Likewise, we need longer breaks on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual basis.

Take breaks every 1.5 to 2 hours throughout your job search days. Make sure you switch mental gears. Get away from your computer and all technology for 15 to 30 minutes each day.
Plan at least a full hour break daily. Get totally away from technology for that period and engage in activities that utilize different parts of your brain.
Change up your “work” locations. Conduct your search from your back porch, the beach, or your favorite coffee shop at least once a week.
8. Keep your search in perspective

Yes, your career search is important, even vital. But let’s face it, it’s not more important than the rest of your life. For most of us, there are other things that are much, much more important.

Take time out to remember your priorities in the midst of an extended job search. Remember your “big whys” – why the search is important to you and why it’s important to your family. Reconnect with what matters and gives meaning to your life.
Take care of your social needs. Not all of your social engagements have to be about networking, so make sure you hang out with friends and family and participate in neighborhood get-togethers. Don’t avoid social contact because you don’t have a job (do set limits on how much you will talk about your search and what you will say, though; otherwise these social outings will discourage you).
By leveraging practical solutions, setting healthy boundaries, and establishing rational expectations for your search, you can heal burnout or, better yet, prevent it from happening in the first place. And the even better news? Any or all of these same strategies will help you fend off burnout in your career as well.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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