Inspiration from Walt Disney

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From sketching a rabbit to building a multi-billion dollar empire, surely there are a few things about Walt Disney’s success and motivation that we can take with us.

Walt Disney’s humble beginnings

When that humble little mouse started whistling a song on an old steamboat, people must have thought he was pretty cute. However, no one could have dreamed that he would eventually spawn magic carpet rides, adventure up Witch Mountain, through Wonderland and Neverland; or that his brethren would cavort with pirates in the Caribbean or with countless princesses or bears, Pooh and otherwise – no one except maybe Walt Disney himself.

Everyone has to start somewhere

It’s not like he was riding on the tail of some great success he’d already achieved, not at first anyway. When Disney first tried to get work as an artist he was turned flatly away.  Undaunted, he eventually made his way into animation – at first by using cutouts. Then after reading a book about animated cartoons, he decided that was where he wanted to devote his time and energy.

The Failure Roadblock

Walt Disney secured a deal with a local theatre owner, recruited a coworker started creating cartoons. After they started gaining steam he hired more animators and made more cartoons. However, the cartoons weren’t making enough money to pay the animators and the company went bankrupt.

Giving up wasn’t an option

Undaunted, Walt Disney and his brother Roy decided to try again. – this time, in Hollywood. They created a couple of successful characters but lost the rights to them. Still undaunted, Disney decided to create a new character to replace the lost ones. That character was Mickey. The tenacity and dedication Walt Disney demonstrated in bringing Mickey to life is what’s still inspiring dreams in generation after generation 85 years after his mouse took the help of his steamboat.

To round out this little inspirational Disney moment, a few more words. “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Tip Tuesday: Remember to Smile in Job Interviews!

“I was asked once how we taught all 1700 employees who worked at one property to smile. We didn’t teach anyone anything. Instead, we hired people who were already smiling.” – Arte Nathan

There is a lot of advice floating around the internet about how to be professional & sell yourself to showcase your skills for a job interview. But if we’re being honest with ourselves, often the deciding factor between a job offer and no job offer is your attitude and your personality – it’s if the person interviewing youwants to work with you. Sometimes it can be something as small as a warm smile that will put you ahead of competition!  As much as people will throw around the term “sell” yourself, you need to keep in mind that you’re not a product. You’re a person. Someone who your potential employer will be spending eight hours a day with, five days a week for the foreseeable future. Like anybody, they would much prefer to spend that time with someone they like.

Don’t get us wrong, skills are great – your qualifications are what got you called into an interview in the first place, and they’re important. But you’re there because they know you’re qualified – now they want to figure out what kind of person you are, and how you would fit into the position. Remember, everyone they’re interviewing is qualified. There are twenty people with resumes just as good – or better – than yours in the running. So stand out – this is about you as an individual now, not your skills. Be friendly and authentic, and show them why you in particular deserve the job more than anybody else they’re interviewing.

What do you offer no one else does?

Do your best not to freeze up from the nerves of trying to remember all that advice you’ve heard about handshakes and eye contact and tiny details. Forget all that. Just be confidant, relaxed and natural. Eye contact, smiling, posture and all sorts of other positive body language cues will fall into place naturally if you’re genuinely comfortable and confidant.

So take a deep breath, relax, and remember that your interviewer is a person just like you, and you don’t need to feel intimidated. Treat them like a person – ask them briefly about themselves, maybe joke with them (if the situation is appropriate, you don’t want to appear as if you don’t care – just that you’re confidant, and comfortable enough to show your sense of humor.) Be friendly, smile, show that that you’re both qualified for the position and a generally good person to be around.

If you strike up a good connection with them, they’ll remember you. If you make them laugh, they’ll want to see more of you. When it comes time to consider who gets the position in the end, you can bet you’ll be near the top of that list.

Job Fact Friday: Age is Not Just a Number

According to a Bullhorn survey, your age matters when it comes to being considered for a job.
 
Seventy per cent of recruiters say they prefer to place 30-year-olds into new jobs. They also said there is a demand for people in their 40s than job seekers in their 20s.
 
However, don’t let this discourage you. There are just as many companies who are looking to hire young, bright individuals like you. Employers want young employees because they have a fresh mind filled with creative ideas!
 

Resume Writing for Beginners (Pt 3): Summary of Job

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Now that you’ve properly formatted your resume and decided on the information to include, it’s time to get down to business and write what you’ve done at each job.

This part is trickier than it sounds. There are two things you have to remember when summarizing your experiences: use bullet points (three to four) for what you did without making it seem like a list of duties and make sure that the description explains why you did it and how it benefited the company – all in one to two sentences.

Here are some rules to follow when summarizing job experiences in your resume:

1) Don’t Make it Sound Like a Job Description:

Your goal is to form a resume that is interesting to read. No employer wants to read a list of job duties. For example, don’t just put: “Stocked shelves”, “Helped customers with purchases”, “Input data on Excel spreadsheet”. This is boring and doesn’t describe the type of person you are or your capabilities and work ethic. Which brings us to the next point…

2) Explain Why You Performed those Duties and How it Helped the Company:

Go beyond listing your job duties and explain how it was beneficial to your (previous) employer. For example, if the majority of your duties was customer service, say something like: “Built professional relationships with customers by recommending products based on their needs which resulted in an increase of returning customers.”

This description isn’t a run-on sentence and it hits all the important points. You performed the job because you had to help customers with the store’s products and understood different people have different needs. You also formed professional relationships, which shows you did more than just answer customer questions. Finally, all your responsibilities led to satisfied customers.

3) Use keywords:

Recruiters and hiring managers receive so many resumes a day that they spend less than 20 seconds going over, (or rather skimming) your resume. When they do this, they’re often looking for the keywords that they’ve placed in the job ad or words related to the position. Make sure you clearly read the job ad. Pick out the important words that are relevant to the position and use those words in your resume.

4) Include numbers and achievements:

Numbers speak volumes on your resume so use them when you can – the higher the better. For example, if you worked in sales, there are many numbers you can use. If there was a sales quota you had to meet, use the weekly quota instead of the daily one because it’s a higher number: “Successfully met weekly sales quota of $10,000 and increased monthly sales by 40%.” Numbers are proof of your work ethic and performance.

Tip Tuesday: Spring/Summer Work Attire

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It’s getting warmer and you know what that means…spring and summer work attire!
 
But don’t wear just anything to work. Just like we’ve been preaching from the start,
keep it professional. Avoid wearing pants higher than your knees or tops with spaghetti
straps to work.
 
Instead, ladies who choose to wear sleeveless shirts should make sure
it covers the whole shoulder. For pants, capris or loose sundresses/skirts
are also appropriate.
 
Men should wear golf shirts instead of t-shirts.
 
Enjoy the sun!