Posts Tagged ‘Entrepreneurs’

I have a friend who made the most of his time when he was laid-off.  He was let go from a great job that he had been in for almost 28 years. He became busier while on the job hunt than he was when he was working full-time.

So what happens when you get laid-off or lose your job?  Do you suddenly drop out of circulation?  Do you really cease to exist?  Does your network suddenly drop you?

My friend decided not to waste his time ONLY looking at the online job boards, but to add to his skills set while he was searching for a new position.   He still hunted high and low for a new job, which took him a while, but in the end, he landed a great job and is happy.  To fill in the gaps in his resume, he decided to get proactive instead of sitting around moping.  Just because my friend was not getting paid for his work, did not mean that the work he decided to do was not valuable or should not be counted.

Filling in gaps in a resume is a great way to stay current with the job market, meet new people, network, and potentially land a new job. He used some of these techniques and is now working in a great job in his field.

Here are 10 ways in which job seekers can “Fill Gaps in the Resume”.

  1. Volunteer
    • Do some community work and give back
    • Broaden your opportunities by talking to a wider variety of people
    • Volunteering is good for the heart – it makes you live longer
    • Teach children the value of giving back by setting an example and volunteering      
  2. Attend Seminars and Workshops
    • Fine seminars related to and slightly out of your field
    • Listen to and talk to the key speakers
    • Find out new information
    • Network with others and spread the new information IN your field (your colleagues)
  3. Upgrade Your Skills
    • Take courses towards certifications
    • Attend conferences
    • Write White Papers related to your field as a Subject Matter Expert (SME)
    • Go back to school to finish up a degree or even change careers
  4. Take a Job Slightly Out of Your Field
    • Do some training or teaching SME or Mentoring
    • Help someone who needs something i.e. create a website or a database
    • Work with others in your field to solve problems
  5. Consider starting your own business as an Entrepreneur or helping a Start-Up
    • Take that basement idea and start your own company
    • Seek entrepreneurial help – every community has a chamber of commerce or business help program
    • Work with existing Start-ups to gain experience and move them closer to obtaining customers or funding
    • Do a Needs Analysis and create a solution to a problem

Next 5 tips are continued in Filling Gaps in Your Resume – Part 2

Start a Movement

It strikes me that there is a great divide between the leaders who start things and the true leaders who are the early adopters.  If one is truly a visionary then one sees the merit in following someone or something that seems a bit out of step. A leader is not the person who first tries something, because they may be looked at as being quirky or weird.  The true leader is the one who begins to notice the guy out of step, sees a potential, follows and then encourages others to follow his lead.  The trend is set as the early adopters begin to shape the movement.

So what is it that we classify as an entrepreneur?  Is it the guy who has the next greatest widget or is it the person who can envision down the road a movement where all of the customers see value in what he is selling?  The whole point of the market analysis is to see if your product, widget, idea or service will be adopted.  At what point does the scale begin to tip in your favour? 

The market reveals the true nature of your consumers and they are extremely fickle.  The consumer and other business people do not like anything new or unproven.  It then becomes your job to create the buzz, get inside the head of your target market audience and give them the realization of their dreams.  You, as the entrepreneur, fill the needs that have been plaguing the consumer for a long time.  How do you sell the concept or get inside the head of your audience?

This is done through research, analysis and more often than not, test markets.  But the real question is: do test markets really work?  Perhaps it isn’t such a good idea to give the consumer everything that they want up front.  It might be better to save some of the goodies for later on when they are actually using your product or service and have become hooked.  Then you unroll your latest upgrades.  This is what creates that buzz.  The movement is started and will soon take up speed once the first adopters start spreading the word. 

I did exactly this for a product that measures the return on investments (ROI) for social media tools.  The company is SWIXHQ ( and they allow you as a company or an individual to push the boundaries of your social media network.  I put it out there on Twitter to some of my network and the next thing I knew, it was being taken up by recruiters and career coaches all over the US and the UK.

It’s all a matter of branding, profiling and seeing the merit of being an early adopter.  Maybe the makers of the Edsel could have taken a page out of the new marketing bible of the 21st century.  It is not enough to be an early adopter since you may be the only one. Make sure of what you follow, the trend, how people react, what the market will bear and if it really is a good thing.  This is what makes a true visionary and entrepreneur who can start a movement.

Derek Sivers – How to start a movement


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