This blog post features an excerpt from a publication I put up on Medium last week.
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Away with the average
When I was in business school I read the World is Flat, by Thomas Friedman. The title is a metaphor for the post-Internet world viewed as a level playing field, where everyone has an equal opportunity. It also alludes to the shift in skills and approach required for companies and individuals to compete. The book was my game-changer.
Almost a decade later, Thomas Friedman continues to challenge the way we think about America’s workforce, education, and business. In his recent thought-provoking piece in the New York Times, the Average is Over, he wrote:
A membership in a student association and two Summer internships used to be enough for college students to find work after graduation. Today, that’s average.
A one-page resume is no longer enough to get an interview either. Today recruiters search your name in Google to learn more about you. That is your zero moment of truth.
In order to stand out in the pile of job applications that recruiters receive every day, you need to find your extra.
Demonstrate online entrepreneurship
Businesses that are hiring today have transformed their organizational models, removing layers of hierarchy in favor of flatter structures. As an employee, you are expected to fit in and add value on day one. It’s actually best to consider yourself something more than an employee; you should assume ownership.
Leading companies look for proof of entrepreneurship when they hire. They want you to run their business as if it was your own… (read more)
Become a Blogger
Blogging has helped me move up in the world. But don’t just take my word for it. Some of the most successful entrepreneurs I follow, such asRandal Fishkin, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Dharmesh Shah, built multi-million dollar businesses by blogging. I learned by reading their blogs and experimenting.
If you are a beginner and don’t know where to start, read Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk. I started here as well. I recommend WordPress as a blogging platform because it has a lot of free social media plug-ins that will make your blog…. (read more)
Brand yourself on LinkedIn
Let’s be clear about something. Your mere presence on Linkedin is not an extra. It is average.
You should be very serious about how your Linkedin profile looks. What are your extras?
How many connections do you have? How many people have endorsed you for skills or recommended you? Do you have a professional photo? How many Linkedin groups are you an active member of? Do you share insightful content?
Source: Business Insider
Successful companies that offer great careers, such as Google or Facebook, look beyond your last job description and professional skills. They want to get insights into your personality and character…. (read more)
Become your own curator of information
Content curation is about sorting through content on the web and presenting it in a meaningful way around a specific theme. That’s not rocket science.
Social media provides great tools for you to express your creativity. And the best way to generate following and gain authority is to curate and share great content. Here is how… (read more)
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