12 things to get done before lockdown officially eases to help you be successful on your independent career women journey.
1. Get your C.V. & cover letter templates done:
Not many companies are hiring due to this pandemic (recruitment freeze). However, they will be hiring soon and when they do YOU need to be READY. You CV needs to be clear, concise and SPECIFIC to the industry you are applying for. Generic C.V, especially after this pandemic, will not cut it anymore.
Your cover letter needs to show how your EXPERIENCE and how you add VALUE to the company. Cover letters should be around 3/4 of a page with about 4 paragraphs. Each paragraph should be about a different skill you have mastered with your previous experience. Always end you're each paragraph with how your skill and your experience can help that company if they hire you.
It is better to prepare now then stress about it when the perfect jobs come about. Book a one to one with us, we will help create the best CV and cover letter. Click here
2. Target recruitment companies :
Now is a great time to speak to recruitment companies. Recruitment companies get paid bonuses and commission to help you find a job so they are determined to find you a job. Though there is a job freeze due to this climate, you can still speak to recruitment companies and develop a relationship with the recruiters, once you do this they will make sure to call YOU first when the right job opportunities appear. There are recruitment companies for specific industries, for example, a career in finance or marketing. Or for different roles like teaching, coaching and more. Join our mailing list we will be sending over the recruitment companies we recommend. Click Here
3. Level up your Linked Profile:
The use of social media has shot up. LinkedIn is the biggest professional social media platform. We have seen people get hired from their inconsistency on LinkedIn. Linkedin posts have also attracted business partners, investors and business funding. Make sure that your is profile updated with your latest work experience (your CV can help you with that). Try and post once a week at least. You can post about something that you have learnt this week, a conference or event you have been too, or something you have accomplished or participated in. To really make the most out of LinkedIn think about WHO you want to attract to your profile and post content that will specifically attract them. Do you want to attract other companies to collaborate with your you on a project that you are running? Then post more content about your specific project, the progress you have made on the project and how companies can get involved in the project. LinkedIn, can open a lot of doors for you. You need to be committed to using it!
4. Books we recommend:
Reading is one of the most common habits that successful people have. Developing a reading habit is a must in our opinion and reading books that develop your mindset, helps you focus, stay disciplined and give you direction. Here are our top 3 personal development books that we recommend every young independent woman should read. You click the book to read the summary and to purchase.
Lean In - Sheryl Sandberg :
The 5 Second Rule - Mel Robbins
Nice Girls Don't Get The Corner Office - Lois P. Frankel
Creating a personal budget plan:
The best way to get out of debt, save and have money to invest and spending is to create a budget. You need to have a list of all the income stream you have, how much each stream brings in and have a list of all your outgoing, even the smallest things you spend money on. This will allow you to see where your money is going and how you can cut back and be more intentional with your money. You can cut back and put the money into a saving account or investing. Book a one to one session with us and we will help you create the best personal budget for you and we will support you to ensure you stick with it and excel with your money. Click here to book
Credit Score - increase your score plan:
You really shouldn't worry about credit scores until you have a stable source of income. So too our students and recent graduates, please do not stress yourself about having a great credit score at all. But we do recommend that you learn all that you can about credit scores so that you can avoid making unnecessary mistakes and you can develop good credit habits when you develop a good stream of income.
If you do have a secure stream of income, credit scores help you to buy houses, financing large purchases and in some cases to secure a job. It can take you 6 months to a year to completely transform your score. There's no rush, but we recommend you either download Clear Score or Experian. They update you each month on what you should and shouldn't be doing with your money to help you improve your score.
Another stream of income:
This pandemic has taught us that we need at least two streams of income at all times. The pandemic has also shown that online services are thriving. Here are 5 things that don't cost a lot of money to start, but you can make a lot of money out of them in the long term.
Write and promote an E-book
Create an online course
Be a Virtual Assitant
Manage social media for a company
Run online coaching/webinars
Here are our 3 top books we believe that all young women should read to help you develop good money habits. Click each book to read the and summary to purchase.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad - Robert T Kiyosaki
You're Not Broke You're Pre-Rich - Emilie Bellet
Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
Sort out your Accounts
Many small busines struggle because they don't have an accounting system. They don't keep track of their spending, their earnings, their receipts. Many start-ups use their own MONEY to get started and don't know how to account for it properly. When you don't account properly, you can miss out on financial support from the government and potential sponsors. So we recommend getting a business bank account for all your business' transitions so that you can monitor them through one account. We suggested that you keep all your receipts in organised folders (on your computer and in physical folders) every month. Book a session with us by opening a Tide bank business account for FREE. We will help you create an accounting system. Click here
Really understand your audience. This could be through doing regular surveys, focus groups and polls to get their honest feedback. Having an engaged audience that gives you feedback that can really grow your business. It will guide you to make better business decisions for your business, investors are likely to invest in companies that have engaging audiences and more people will trust and recommend your company. Try a poll or survey this week! Typeform and Google form are free amazing survey platforms. It will change your business forever try it.
Try and pilot your new projects for your business. A pilot is a way for you to test your business service or products before actually launching it. This could be through a soft launch with a few people, This could be through a free webinar, sending samples out to friends and family. This is a good way to get feedback, get the statistics and footage to help you with promoting your business idea. A pilot is all about trying it your idea on a scale so that you a fully prepared for your large scale business project.
3 books that all-female business owners should read. Click each book to read the summary and purchase it!
Girl Code - Cara Alwill Leyba
Profit First - Mike Michalowicz
The 4-Hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss
So Get it Done ladies - use our hashtag and tag us in if you done any of these 12 tips.
We hope this helps! Please don't hesitate to email us if you have any questions, need help or want to collaborate. Email us Officialmsindependent@gmail.com
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