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Job Security – Does it Really Exist?

Companies are closing down at an alarming rate. The world is changing. Goods and services that were necessary just 10 or 20 years ago are no longer needed.

I remember 20 years ago, my daughter was just born, my son was a year old and the internet was dial up. AOL…that was THE internet provider. I got internet and very few of my friends had it. They didn’t want it. They didn’t know about the power of the internet. People thought it was just email. And that’s about all it was used for back then. The average person did not have an email address. These days, everyone has one and most people have a social networking account or two.

The internet is the new local corner store. Gossip and recommendations for products or services used to take place mainly in person. Now they take place mainly on the internet. If you want to recomment a product or service, you “like” it on facebook or review it on your blog or tweet about it. If you want to know what others think about a product or service, you “google” it, you ask your twitter followers about it or you ask your facebook friends about it.

Then, if you like a product or service based on what you’ve read, you can even BUY it on the internet.

This eliminates the need for a LOT of physical jobs. Not to mention the fact that there are way more information products these days than there were in the past. People are paying for information, training, and knowledge to better their lives. Schools and colleges are not teaching entrepreneurship. Well…some are, but not many. But, being an entrepreneur is the only way to have a secure future. It’s the only way that YOU can be in control of YOUR future.

How secure do you think YOUR job is now?

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Happy Independence Day

Tomorrow is Independence day in the US.  July 4th.  I’ve been thinking a lot this past week about independence and what it means to me.  I am so blessed to be an entrepreneur.  What does that mean?  It means FREEDOM.  I work around my schedule, not someone else’s.  Oh sure…I have deadlines and certain times that clients need things done, but, for the most part, I am on MY schedule.  I live in a house on the bay and can take time to enjoy sitting out on the deck looking at the water.  As a matter of fact, that’s where I’m sitting as I write this newsletter to you.  My kids have had the good fortune to have mom home with them almost all of their lives.  They spent a few years in daycare and at sitters while I went to a J.O.B. but for the most part, I’ve been here for them and their friends while they were growing up.  Being and entrepreneur has allowed me to homeschool.  It has allowed me to be here for my husband when he comes home from work every day.  It has allowed me to be a second mom to most of the kids’ friends.

I’ve done a few different things over the years, but for the most part, I’ve been a network marketer, business coach and life coach.  When I was growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher.  I let friends and family talk me out of it.   They said that teachers don’t make a lot of money.  They talked me into going to school for accounting.  LOL.  Those of you who know me well know that I would much rather be talking and interacting with PEOPLE than sitting in front of a computer working with numbers all day.  Don’t get me wront – I LOVE working on the computer.  I have that “computer geek” side to me.  I just love interacting with people while I’m doing it.  That’s why I’m starting another book club and teaching an internet marketing course.  I get to interact with and teach people.

What did you want to be when you grew up?  Are you doing that?  Or did someone talk you out of it?

I was reading somewhere the other day about a guy who was told he could make money doing what he loves to do.  His passion was making toothpick models.  He had no idea how he could make a living doing that, but he started taking pictures of them and getting the word out.  Now people are paying hundreds to thousands of dollars for him to make custom toothpick models.  There’s another guy who was on Oprah who loved blowing bubbles.  You know…the soap bubbles with wands like the kids love…anyway…he is now traveling the world and getting paid to put on shows where he stands in a kiddie pool filled with soapy water and a huge wand and encases himself inside a bubble (among other things).  This just proves that you CAN do whatever you love AND make a living at it.  I am doing what I love.  Are you??

Join my book club and find out how you can be happier doing what you love.

Make it a great day!!!

JOB equals Just Over Broke

In my last 3 blog posts I went over how to get a JOB.  You may be wondering

“Why is Roxanne Green teaching me how to get a job?  She hates jobs.  She says J.O.B stands for Just Over Broke.  Why would she want me to get a job?”

Here’s the deal:

I believe that the best way to wealth is to become an entrepreneur and NEVER count on a JOB for security.  Believe me – I’ve had plenty of “Just Over Broke”s and there is nothing wrong with having to do that once in a while.  It’s just not a long term secure plan for the future.

With that said – in order to survive while you are starting your own business venture – you need some form of income.  You need to be able to sustain yourself and your family while building up your income from your business.  It’s just to provide a cushion.  Not a lifeline.

Now that the pressure is off, you can begin building your business.  I prefer a home based business.  I like to wake up in the morning when my body says it’s time, not an alarm clock.  Plus, you can work in an hour or two after your job when you are just starting out.

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Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
What will you do with it?

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How to Find a JOB in Today’s Economy

This post is PART ONE of a series

There are many people out there who are not good candidates to be self employed and need a job. This post is for you.

I don’t care how bad people claim the economy is. There are a lot of companies hiring. They may not be paying what you are used to. For example, you may have to work for $10 per hour instead of $12, but $10 is better than ZERO. Working for any amount of money is better than laying around on unemployment being a bum. So…let’s get started.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. You have no job. Maybe you just graduated school or maybe you lost your job due to unforeseen circumstances. Maybe you are just looking for a new job because you hate the one you have now. Whatever the reason, you are looking for a new job.

First identify what you would like to do. Search online for companies in your area. Look through the phone book. Look around as you’re driving down the road and see if any companies come to mind as a place you would like to work. Let’s say you love shoes. Well…start with the local shoe stores. You may not make a lot of money, but you will probably get a really good discount on something you like to buy anyway. This post isn’t about making a ton of money, it’s about step ONE – getting a job and getting some cash flow. Once you find a job, you can always look for something better.

Once you’ve identified a few companies at which you would like to work, you are ready for step two. Go to each of these companies and fill out an application. DO NOT ASK IF THEY ARE HIRING. This is very important. All companies accept applications and resumes whether they are hiring or not. No one can tell the future. They don’t know if perhaps someone will die tomorrow, leaving them with an opening. Or maybe someone quits. Or maybe the punk kid who loves to defy authority will punch the boss in the nose and end up in jail, leaving an opening. See what I mean? This is why you never wait until there is an opening to apply.

When you hand in your application, ask if there is someone you can talk to about it. If no one is available right then, ask who the hiring manager is. Write down their name and direct phone number or extension. This person will be one of your new best friends.

Every 3 to 4 days (once per week MINIMUM), call the hiring manager. Let him or her know that you filled out an application (or submitted a resume) on whatever date you did it. Tell them you just wanted to make a quick call to see if any openings have come up. Keep this call short unless the hiring manager asks you questions. If that happens, answer the questions as clearly and quickly as possible. Don’t go off on a tangent or chit chat. If they are asking you questions, that means there is a reason for it. Maybe they know an opening is coming up.

You never want to “pop in” without an appointment. Here is why you should call as opposed to walking in. Let’s say you applied at a store where the hiring manager works in a visible position. You walk in and say “Hi – I’m Joe Smith and I filled out an application on (date). I wanted to touch base and see if you anticipate any openings coming up in the near future.” Mr./Ms. Hiring Manager is not prepared for you at that point. They will most likely be polite and say there are no openings right now. You go on your merry way and the person who is scheduled for the next shift doesn’t show up. The hiring manager thinks “HHMMM…I should call that person who came in to check on their application. But…I have 50 applications here and don’t remember his name. He has brown hair. I can picture his face, but his name escapes me.” and they go to the pile of 50 applications and may not come across yours before they find someone else willing to work.

However, if you call, managers are already predisposed to have a pen and paper handy when taking a phone call. When taking your call, they will write down your name. This extra step of writing your name down will help them remember it. Now when the person who is scheduled for the next shift doesn’t show up, the hiring manager thinks “OH – Joe Smith has been calling. Let me pull his application and call him. He seems like someone who actually WANTS to work.” Your NAME will be on their mind instead of your FACE. (CAUTION: This will only work if you call on a regular basis. If you call one day and don’t call again for a month, it will not work. You MUST be consistent.)

Don’t forget – you identified a few companies in step one. The more companies you have in the pipeline, the better. Let’s say you choose 10 companies. You can take one day per week and call all of them. Keep notes of when you called and with whom you spoke. If you do not actually speak with the hiring manager, keep calling on a daily basis until you speak with them directly. Add one or two new companies per week to the pipeline (or more if you are real serious about getting a job).

NEXT IN THE SERIES – You’ve Got an Interview, Now What?

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Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
What will you do with it?

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