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A Croissant a cup of joe and a lesson learned

Part 2 of a strange morning and a torn resume

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After the debacle of an interview, I decided to get a croissant and a cup of coffee. I wanted to calm down from the shock and really think about why the recruiter tore my resume before I left. As I watched people go back and forth, I have come to realize a few things. One, she was probably new to the agency. Two, she was having a bad morning. Or, three she was just unprofessional all around. My final assessment is that she was new to the agency. Even though she was probably right to destroy the resume, she needed to wait until I left the office in order to do so.

As I look back on her overall behavior I noticed just how nervous she was. She stuttered a couple of times and said some of the wrong things. However, she was friendly enough to break the ice. As I sip my coffee I realize that taking things like this personal gets me nowhere. As a new person that has to deal with people on a daily basis is nerve racking. You don’t know who is coming into your domain. In the case of the recruiter, she didn’t know whether I was an ideal candidate or not. There is also a question as to whether my resume is accurate as well. She didn’t know what type of attitude I would have as an experienced candidate.

Another thing I had to consider is that whatever issues these agencies have is none of my business and it’s out of her hands. She is just following the rules as far as not working with me. There is nothing personal here. Just business and I should take this as a lesson of experience. How? By realizing that there are other opportunities and I can gain experience and discipline elsewhere. Candidates usually strike out because they don’t realize that one, the recruiter or potential employer is under pressure to find the right person. Two, they probably don’t want to interview anyone. And, three, they are human beings just like us and landed their job through a job interview as well.

We all have someone to answer to. Whether we are an attorney or child with adults in their lives, we have to submit to rules. What does that mean? Well the recruiter was given a form of orientation when she initially started working at this agency. We all have an orientation of some kind. And I’m sure  There Are some guidelines she had to follow. Who knows whether she had to hear about the issues agencies have. She was briefed on any issues recruiters will have when dealing with new candidates.  So I finished eating my crossiant and drinking  my coffee and decided to let it go.

A strange morning and a torn resume

Art by Steven Fulcher

Art by Steven Fulcher

It was time to look for work again. I was happy to get the opportunity to get interviewed by a number of agencies. It was a while before I was called. Sometimes being out of work too long can take a toll on you and your finances. Anyway, I’m all ready to go crisp suit and slick hair with all smiles. However, I am always having problems before I even leave the door. I can’t find my keys. My glasses are nowhere to be found. What is that on my skirt!? In my shoes is that a hole?!

 

I’m sure you can relate. So, I finally get out the door early. How I managed it no one knows. My father is still confused at that one. Anyway, I get to the train station. In hot summer heat mind you. There is this individual to my right on the platform yelling at the top of his lungs. We are on a platform that’s outside. It is hazy out at eight in the morning. This guy has headphones on and thinks he’s singing along. Oh and I’m pretty sure the train tracks are not a urinal.

 

A lady to my left is on her cellphone arguing or talking I couldn’t tell. But I was wondering if she realized she was wearing pajamas. She had rollers in her hair. That’s not the strangest thing I’ve seen. She could be going to an event. But there was no dry cleaning in her hands. Minding my own business I get on the train when it comes. I finally get to my destination. When I get there I’m already uneasy. You know sometimes you have a sinking feeling in your gut. I’m there I fill out the paperwork for them. Then it’s my turn to be interviewed and the women that gave the interview made me uneasy.

 

She asked all of the typical questions potential employers can ask. Tell me about yourself. Etc. Here is where it gets a little weird, on my resume, there are a few agencies I have already worked at for quite some time. As we are talking I start to fidget. My alarm bells go off in my head. She’s too quiet at a point in our discussion. She’s reading over my resume and then she says “I see that you worked for a certain agency”. I nod my head and say yes. She says I’m sorry but we can’t take people who have worked for certain agencies. Instead of walking me to the door and saying thank you for your time, she tears up my resume and application in front of me and tells me to find my way out.

 

So, I am stuttering  because I have never experienced such a thing. I ask her why we are unable to work together. She gives me a nasty look and says that she already told me. Then she ushered me out like I was a pest. Now, this happened a long time ago. I asked a few people in that had a lot more experience than me why this happened and if it happened to them. To my surprise, it did happen to them. The reason this particular agency did not want to work with me was that they had a conflict with one listed on my resume. They cannot work with temps that are still actively communicating and potentially working those agencies. It would be a conflict of interest.

 

Why couldn’t she verbally say look you work for an agency my agency is in conflict with and we cannot work with you. I’m sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for coming in. Wait until I leave then shred my documents. What a strange and unprofessional day indeed. If you have a strange interview either as an employer or a candidate please send them to me here.

What is a Text Ad Exchange

Advertising is a very important part of overall business. In order for a business to thrive, they need to promote their services, share their expertise or network with other like-minded individuals. There are many ways to advertise your business. One of those is Text Ad Exchanges. Text Ad Exchanges allow you to advertise your affiliate programs, business opportunities, and digital products. There are benefits to using a text ad exchange. What are they really?

 

Multiple services in one site

 

A text Ad exchange has a multitude of services and functions. There are, solo ads, hot link ads, high priority solos, cash solos, network solo advertising, banner ads, Text ads, link cloaking, log in, and sometimes you can use a link rotator. A text ad exchange can also provide splash page creation and promo pages. Depending on the website you join you can get the splash page and promo pages free. All of these methods of advertising can prove useful to anyone that needs free advertising. Plus, it’s a perfect start for people new to internet marketing for business.

 

Earn points for advertising

 

When you become a member of a text ad exchange you automatically become a subscriber of their solo ads. Those ads are sent to your email address and there is a credit link that is situated at the bottom of the email that’s sent to you. Some text ad exchanges provide an option whether to send solos to your email or, you can sign in to your account and click the solo ads. Now, there are other ways you can earn credits. You can earn credits by clicking the banner ads, links, viral links, navigation links, and text ads. The credits you earn for clicking the various ads will allow you in (exchange) to advertise your product and services. Depending on the website you joined, you can even trade your credits for ads.

 

Some text ad exchanges allow a certain amount of credits for the ads they offer. Credits are equivalent to the amount of views you would receive for your ads. For example, you want a solo ad. Now, each solo ad is allotted one thousand views. So, the admin of that site is allowing each solo ad to get one thousand views over time. If you have enough credits, you will be able to trade credits for that ad.

Text ad exchanges are not MLM sites

 

A member is not required to purchase a membership. This type of site is not a gambling site. Nor, is the member going to get rich instantly for using the service. Text ad Exchanges provide advertising services with different methods in order to help a business get a steady flow of website traffic. A member will get what they signed up for with a text ad exchange especially if it is a highly responsive website with a lot of active members.

 

What is a text ad exchange? A text ad exchange is a multi-service website that allows you to gain a steady flow of traffic to your website. Plus, you gain more potential customers. A member will be able to get something out of using the services of a text ad exchange.

Let your Solo Ad do all of the work

Solo Ad marketing is a great way to introduce your website, product, or service. You can make a lot of headway. But, is your solo ad campaign getting you the results you need? Do need to tweak your campaign a bit? There are many reasons why your ad may not get the clicks it should be. Sometimes it’s the simplest thing. There could be too many errors, too long, not long enough, not sent enough etc. What else could be the reason?

Not using keywords

When promoting your website product or service, it is always good to use certain key words in your ad. Sometimes full key phrases can drive the point home. If you don’t use key terms or words, your ad will not even get impressions let alone get clicks. What can an internet marketer do? When promoting se certain terms from your website that will get the visitors attention. For example, let’s say you have a Kitten adoption agency (for the sake of argument) and you want to promote the fact that you have rescue kittens. You would want to put in your headline “Rescue kittens need a new home.” You can also use “Rescued kittens could use some TLC”. Then in the body of your ad in brief you can write down where you are the condition of the kittens and the bread of rescued kittens you have.

Inconsistent mailings

Although it is good to be cautious about frequency of mailings, there is such thing as inconsistency. Not sending a solo ad at least every two days can hurt our campaign. It sometimes takes a visitor to see an ad seven times before they are convinced they want to buy your offer. Once a day is good too if you are rotating different ads. But Inconsistent posting will not get the results you need. So, sending a mailing once every two or three days on a consistent basis should get you the steady traffic you need at the start.

Not using questions

Is your headline a question? Does it make the potential customer think? Sometimes questions in an article or advertisement can evoke interest. How so? Let’s go back to your Adoption agency for rescued kittens. You want your potential kitten parents to at least click your link right? Suppose they themselves rescued a kitten or two. Next, consider that you may have an experienced Veterinarian n hand. Headline can read “Need an experienced vet for your rescued kitten?” That will fuel their curiosity no matter corny you think our headline may be. The fact that it is a question will get them to click the link.

No call to action

The visitor clicked the email link to your solo ad. Now what is next? The call to action is next. The visitor has read your email and is interested. Now they need to act on that interest. A call to action such as, sign up now, click the link below and other variations can help the potential customer act. However, they may open that email the first time they see it but may not want to act on their interest. It may take them several times to see that email before they make up their minds. Being realistic about your advertising efforts can help keep you focused on the goals. Knowing that things take time and patience will get the results needed to help your business grow.

Let your Solo Ads work for you. Take your time with your campaigns. Keep a realistic outlook when advertising your business. Consistent advertising will help get results over time and maintain steady traffic to your website. Questions are a great way to get potential customers think about why they should buy your product or service. Lastly, keywords are the main ingredient to getting the customer to click that headline.

Resource: Custom Membership Sites

There are many ways to start a business online. Some are more expensive to invest in than others. There are membership sites, ezine or newsletters, advertising businesses and more. But what about having a custom membership site? A membership site is the type of site that you can earn a profit from. In most cases is done right it will be easy to run. Why not look into Custom Membership Sites?

 

What type of websites do they offer?

Custom Membership sites offer a wide variety of scripts. They offer, ad exchange scripts, list builder scripts, down line scripts, link cloaker scripts and ad board scripts. Why would you want to start a membership site? No matter the type of scripts you are interested in, you will be able to earn an income online from these custom websites. In each instance, you will build a list of members you can build a relationship with.

What are their services?
Your website is going to need a bit of work. You will not be able to just get the script and POOF it’s done and ready. You will be able to purchase additional services such as website design, promotional banners, headers, and footers. Plus, you can opt to have a comprehensive web hosting package to go with your shiny new website. If you need to modify the script, Custom Membership Sites will help you with that.

 

Pre-built sites anyone?
There are a few membership sites that are already packaged and ready to go. Each website is fully designed and has all promotional material. You have a choice to purchase a network of websites or an individual site.

 

Would I highly recommend this site?
Yes! I have used their services. Blog Text Ads was designed and installed using The Custom Membership Site services. I am very satisfied with the way they do business. If you have any questions about their services talk to Phil. He will always answer your questions. His design skills are professional and always imaginative.

Want to start a blog? Part 3 Why are you blogging?

pexels-photo-45718Now that you know to start small you know what your blog is about. You know where to go from there. There is one question must ask yourself though. Why are you blogging? Really now, what is your motivation? People start things for a reason. It could be that they want to earn money, help the community, s how their medical research or any number of things. Why do people blog?

 

Great form of marketing

Blogging is a very effective way to communicate your ideas and knowledge to the general public. The more you blog and leave comments the more traffic and readership you receive. It does take time to building a relationship with readers. Consistency is important to gaining such a following. Now that there are social media outlets, you’ll be able to reach a larger audience.

 

Earn income from posting

You can monetize your blog and offer ad space with your own ad service or as an affiliate. There are many websites that offer opportunities to publish their ads. Sites like Google Ad Words, LeadsLeap, Bidvertiser. Having your own ad manager is also an option. What about posting for pay? You can post for a living as a freelancer on fiverr.com or a paid to post service like Blogvertise. The choice is yours. Getting paid to blog has its advantages despite the obvious. On one hand, you can show your skills as a writer. On the other hand, the more you post you learn to improve your skills.

 

 

Creative and style expression

Some people have fashion blogs, artistic portfolios, Crafts stores. The list goes on. Having a blog allows people the freedom to express their creative and business interests. Some topics and interests compliment others. For example, a fashion blogger may have a steady amount of posts pertaining to plus size fashion. Now, the outfits that are showcased in the blog may have certain looks that the reader can put together simply. What about hair? If the fashion blogger is an affiliate of a hair care line they may earn money by showcasing the product in their style guide. They may even consider showing their audience they tried the product. So you see the creative part of blogging and the business part of blogging.

 

 

Enjoyment makes the difference

If you enjoy blogging it will show in your writing. It will also show in how you convey your message to your audience. If you don’t enjoy blogging, why do it? Also, if you are not a great writer, and you don’t want to just post articles, why not videos with a short description? You can post different styles of things other than videos. Post, your artwork, (comics, art pieces you wish to sell) photography, short status updates, etc. It all boils down to what you want to do with your blog and how you want to communicate.

 

 

Know why you are blogging. Whether it’s for a creative, personal or business reason its always a good idea make sure you enjoy it. There is nothing worse than thinking your blog is a chore. Earning from your blog isn’t too bad either. Just shop around and do your home before entering into an affiliate program.

Slow cooked chicken with quinoa salad

People live pay check to pay check these days. Sometimes you have the means to do your grocery shopping but you just don’t want to spend it. Well, it’s like that for us at home. There are times you and I can barely scrape two pennies together. So what do you put together so you can eat? Slow cooked chicken with quinoa or rice. If you still have meat in your fridge that still good to eat put it in your crock pot or slow cooker. When I made this I didn’t have broth. So here’s what you need:

1. Meat- could be beef or chicken
2. Soy sauce- light or regular
3. Salt and pepper and other spices
4. Dash of cumin
5. Two cups of water
6. Quinoa
7. Rice- yellow, brown or white
8. Whatever vegetable you have in the fridge.
Leave the chicken in the cooker for at least 5 hours on high.

Want to start a blog? Part 2

What is your Blog About?

 

Now that you know where to start, consider what your blog is about. Your Blogging experience should not be a chore. Blogging should be an enjoyable process. It is always good to know where you want your blog to be in the future. Mapping out what you have in mind for your blogging experience may seem tedious, but it is important to know what you are getting yourself into. You will be able to set short-term goals regarding the type of blog you have.

 

What does that mean? There are many types of blogs of interest out there. For example,
• Fashion blogs- fashion merchandising, schools focused on fashion and fashion illustrations
• Business- Anything having to do with running, and maintaining a business legally
• Web Hosting- All things web hosting from reseller to cloud computing.
• Public opinion- Spectators of politics
• Hair- Blogs that have natural hair journeys and advice on natural hair products.

 

The list goes on. You get the idea. As far as short term goals are concerned, it is always a good idea to know just what you want to talk about. Once you do this you will be able to stick with it.