Job hunting skills that actors and performers can teach you

Job hunting skills that actors and performers can teach you- What you need to know to be successful

 

If you’re a graduate student, or a mum returning to the workforce or changing fields, finding work is challenging and sometimes tiring. But if you’re not tired of job hunting, you are probably not trying hard enough. Yes sure the market is slow and hiring at this time is hard. But before you get discouraged and give up; here are a few tips that performing artists use to help them succeed.

Even if you aren’t job hunting, these skills can help you succeed in your business.

  1. Go out and be seen! –Network, Network, network! Spread the word amongst your friends, family and friends of friends. You need to let them know that you are ready to work. Use social media to connect on LinkedIn, join communities and forums like Skillpages to let hiring agencies know of your experience.
  1. Be prepared for any role: If you are starting out or if you have had experience before, you must be prepared to start from either a junior or mid-level. Experience is essential and if it is a role you wouldn’t have normally considered, starting small and at a lower level will be key as you climb up the ladder.

 More importantly if getting job offers are hard to come by, it’s wiser to take up what’s available. That doesn’t mean giving up on your dream job but rather working towards it.

 

  1. Improvisation: Actors, performers have countless performances where they’ve forgotten lines, entered at the wrong time; had technical difficulties but they always improvise and put on a good show. How? Because they focus, think on their feet and try to keep things under control. Use the same at interviews; job searches when you’re faced with an unexpected situation. It will help more so in front of clients; presentations and at meetings.
  1. Rejections happen, move on: It’s disappointing to get rejections; but we need to let go off the emotional component and get on with the search. Each rejection should make us stronger and positive. This is absolutely essential to finding your next job. Actors after their movie or show don’t just sit around do they? They go out scouting, meeting producers, to get themselves the next role. Take inspiration from them and remember, we all have to start somewhere.
  1. Project Management: Actors, performers, before each show have to treat it like it’s a business project. They have timelines, budgets, allocation of people and skills. Job hunting should be treated in a similar manner.You have to set yourself a timeline, shortlist various kinds of jobs, salary expectations, follow up on interviews, send thank you emails to employers- be the head at the helm of your job hunting project.
  1. Manage with a budget: All performers know that budgets are everything. Music shows, movies, plays are all done on budgets and not all of them are big! Working on a shoestring budget actually forces you to think creatively, do more with less time and money. Do what you have to in order to get yourself that job!
  1. Making Difficult choices: Choosing the kind of role you want to do, letting go of some of what you look for and sticking to what’s best. You need to cut your losses when you can and make the most of the job that comes your way. Being too choosy won’t help you and the higher the position you look for, the harder the decisions you need to make.

 

  1. Connect to your objective: All performers as they are working ask themselves the question ‘Why’ why am I doing this? Or what is the objective of this? Asking this question to yourself makes you connect to your goal. It is also a good motivator to help get you what you want. Determine your plan of action and how you want to achieve it.

Dealing with rejection:

After an interview, or a meeting that hasn’t gone as you had hoped, you will be dejected.  We all will ! But, it is important to not let it get to you.

  1. Get back on track and stay positive
  2. Look for the silver lining
  3. Ask for feedback from the concerned parties if you can. Some of them may actually give you constructive criticism
  4. Keep an open mind.

We hope these tips help you with your search or at moments when you feel deflated. If in doubt read some inspiring stories of actors before they became where they are now like  Channing Tatum, George Clooney, Even some YouTube sensations like  have some inspiring stories behind why they do what they do.

What are your thoughts on the subject? Let us know!

-Social Pandora

 

 

The Worst Place To Read A Book

Dysfunctional Literacy

At least I hope that guy is just reading. (image via Wikimedia) At least I hope this guy is just reading. (image via Wikimedia)

Reading at a funeral is a bad idea. I usually don’t like reading in public anyway (usually for safety reasons), but a funeral is an especially bad place to read. In my defense, I was reading a good book (it had been a while since I’d read a book I was excited about), and I wanted to know what was going to happen next.  I don’t want to mention the title of this book because a lot of people hate this book and would think I was a horrible human being for wanting to read it at a funeral. I had it on my phone, so nobody would have known I was reading a book instead of checking messages, but I still would have looked like a phone tool at a funeral, and I didn’t want that either.

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Five Minutes in a Book Store

Dysfunctional Literacy

A lot can happen in five minutes, even in a book store. (image via Wikimedia) A lot can happen in five minutes, even in a book store. (image via Wikimedia)

I don’t enjoy book stores as much as I used to. It’s not necessarily the book stores’ fault. I don’t like to go to a lot of places that I used to enjoy, like movie theaters and restaurants. That’s a lot of places for everything to be somebody else’s fault. I don’t want to come across as somebody who thinks he’s perfect while everybody else is stupid. I’m aware of my own flaws.

Anyway, I had a few dollars left on my Brick&Mortar Booksellers gift card from Christmas, so my youngest daughter and I made a Saturday trip to BM Booksellers after a bunch of errands. When we walked in, my daughter noticed a lonely author having a book signing in the middle of the store. From what I learned later, she was a local author…

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Gaining a Competitive advantage with Cloud Computing

 

Gaining an advantage with Cloud Computing

 

Cloud Computing is spoken about everywhere and movies are being made about it, small, medium and large businesses have embraced it and quite frankly it’s difficult to imagine using apps or technology without it! After cloud computing has been introduced, companies have reduced their costs, increased flexibility and capacity.

 

As an entrepreneur, you will look to maximize your IT return on investment as well as increase your company’s functionality. Companies have to process large amounts of data and the system you use needs to be reliable, economical and more importantly secure. That’s why more and more companies are choosing cloud computing to meet those demands.

 

What is cloud computing?

 

Essentially, cloud computing is a kind of computing which is hosted online via the Internet. Cloud computing has many different services. A cloud server can host Websites. All forms of data, emails and communication software can also be hosted within the cloud.

 

How can you as an entrepreneur use cloud computing?

 

Before you start using the cloud, you will need to make a few changes to  your company in terms of resources as well as strategy. There will need to be changes in the IT structure, information security, decisions on how and where the data will be stored, integrating the front and back end. After getting the environment ready, here’s how using the cloud can help your business.

Cloud Computing as an Entrepreneur

 

 

  1. Reduce your staffing requirements for IT: Cloud computing can save your business heaps of money by doing the services in house, reduced costs by external servers, plus you can use tools to help streamline productivity and reduce energy consumption costs.
  2. No physical equipment to maintain: cloud computing is not physical, therefore it makes things flexible and adjustable to the needs and size of your organization. The bandwidth can also be met because of the huge capacity of the cloud’s remote servers.
  3. Have more time to run your business: All entrepreneurs will tell you how long their days are and what even an hour or two worth of time will mean to them. Cloud computing can do just that. Instead of purchasing and installing expensive software yourself, your cloud service provider can do this for you in addition to scaling the operation structure leaving more time for you to run your business.
  4. Create and collaborate: Who doesn’t love a virtual team? If your team is working on a project and cant all be in the same location, you can use cloud computing to give access to the project for all or some of your employers. External contractors, vendors, suppliers can all have access to the same file too! Imagine saving on travel and time!
  5. Backup, file storage and sharing: As much as we love hoarding hard disk’s worth of data, why not store them in the cloud? You can access your files at anytime from any location using any computer. Dropbox is widely used by people and businesses alike to store their files and backup their data. So if any of your hard disks or computer were to crash. You’d have a back up ready to go!
  6. CRM at it’s best! Customers are our single most important element in a business and  we take time and effort to build and develop relationships with them. Setting up a customer relationship management software can be time consuming and expensive. As a small or medium sized company, you want a great way to store your customer’s details. Cloud based CRM can do that for you in half the cost with easy access.
  7. Storing, Sending and Editing large files: Have you tried to edit or download large excel sheets worth of data or tried to send photos that are absolutely gorgeous but are huge? That’s where Google Docs and Office 365 come in. They can send files and they have access to office suite where you can log in to from anywhere.
  8. Different industries can use them: One of the most important industries here in Australia is logistics. Even they can benefit from using Cloud computing. For example, you can make use of SAAS or Software as a Service provider that helps companies keep track of their trucks, drivers and deliveries. Cloud computing allows a company called Transics to offer reliable information in a way that optimizes costs in an industry that has high overhead cost.
  9. Disaster Recovery: Using cloud computing, having your employees work remotely can mean lower severity of an in house IT crisis. It can also resolve issues faster, meaning you don’t need to have complex plans for disaster recovery put in place.
  10. Automation: Most companies need to invest in IT support to maintain and update your storage and files. That can work out pretty expensive. Cloud computing has automatic updates saving you heaps of time and money

Cloud computing across operating systems

With so many benefits to using Cloud computing, even small businesses can start small without making any major changes and work your way up and make use of the changing trends to drive profitability.

We here at Social Pandora use Cloud Computing to store files, share files, work virtually and even back up all our client databases! We find it convenient and saves us heaps of money.

Check out 39 of the most important people in cloud computing and see what you can use for your business.

Have you used Cloud for your business ? How has it worked for you? Let us know in the comments below!

-Social Pandora

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