Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the July 5, 2005 issue of QuintZine.
While mentoring is common in large corporations, many entrepreneurs don’t have a source of advice. Successful small business owners are often ones who have learned from those who have experience in their industry or who have previously dealt with similar business issues.
SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business,” offers several steps for choosing a mentor who will best fit your business goals and give you helpful answers to your business questions. For example, what do you do if a competitor opens up across the street? How do you deal with an unreliable employee? And, how can you take advantage of a promising, new business opportunity?
- Think About Why You Seek Advice. Establish the goals you expect to achieve by talking to a mentor. Pick the top 3-5 challenges or opportunities that your business faces and prioritize them in order.
- Make Time to Meet with a Business Mentor. To get help, though, you will need to commit some of your time and energy to meeting with your mentor.
- Find the Right Mentor for You. Look for someone who has accomplished goals that might be similar to your own. Your mentor should be someone who can provide the time and energy to help you achieve your objectives.
- Build Your Success Team. Be sure to seek guidance from multiple sources.
- Ask SCORE for Help. Get real-world advice and know-how from SCORE’s expert business counselors. Confidential advice at no cost is available face-to-face at SCORE chapters nationwide, through online counseling, or by calling 1-800/634-0245.
“I get the sense you’re concerned that I have a business on the side. The only way it affects my current job is positively — what I’ve learned on my own has been a benefit to my employer. In the job we’re discussing, I believe the skills I’ve acquired would apply in these ways. [Be ready to list them.] If you’re still worried about it, I encourage you to discuss it with me. If I can’t show you how I can handle both this job and a part-time, non-competing business, then you shouldn’t hire me.”
- Bnoopy, an entrepreneurship blog
- flyte blog: “What Works Online”, focusing on what small businesses and entrepreneurs need to know about building a more effective Web site, Internet, and email marketing, search-engine optimization
- StartupNation blogs, a collection of 4 blogs at the StartupNation Web site
- Re:invention blog, for women-led businesses. Has ceased new postings but has a rich archive
- Entrepreneur’s Journey: The Internet Business Blog, filled business articles, latest news, strategies and advice
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