5 Tips to Building an Awesome Resume.

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Resume ListWriting a resume begins before looking for a job.  Employers want to know how you will improve their company. If you can explain, in a detailed way, how you improved your current employer, and explain how you will improve the new one; you’ll get HR managers begging to hire you .

What do employers want?

Employers want motivated employees that show value for their employer. Explain your value, and hiring managers will beg to hire you. Think about this; if an HR manager listened to a potential employee, someone applying as a forklift operator, or line cook, or butcher, or whatever, and they explained how their skills cut costs, improved safety, and reduced inventory loss; how could they not be hired? As a hiring manager, for myself and for two companies, I would offer the position.

The dirty little secret is, most of the good employees are working already. If you got laid off and you can’t find work, take a job that pays the bills, don’t work for less, just work hard and get back to the top again. Hard working employees, get noticed, and when jobs plateau move up or move out.

What are employers saying?

Hiring managers that I have spoken with would agree, finding a qualified candidate is hard enough. Most managers would take somebody who was just adequate. Be prepared, and don’t be someone who present themselves like a set of skills that lacks personality.

Some people build resumes with bullet-pointed skills they’ve developed, but that’s not lazy it’s uniformed. Skills are still important, but they can be taught to anybody. Hiring managers, at least good ones, are looking for people who bring value to the company.

Can YOU adapt to a new environment? Do YOU get along with people? Have YOU improved yourself and the company? Can YOU take control of this new position and impress everyone around you? Hiring managers are hoping to find YOU, as someone they can develop into a more accomplished and higher paid employees.

I’ll explain exactly how to show your awesome on a resume.

Show a hiring manager your potential in the initial interview and you’re golden. The question you may ask is, “How do I build a resume that has everything I need to look like an awesome candidate?”

First, you need to have a great attitude, you might think this isn’t a secret, but it is. Most working class employees have an attitude of a working class employee; one who clocks in and is paid for their time. Don’t get me wrong, we work for money, but to build a successful career you need to sharpen your skill-set. Hiring managers can tell a difference. The optimal candidate for the position should have a great working attitude, and a detailed well-written resume and cover letter.

Second, on your resume show how you have personally taken on responsibility at your current employer. It’s not difficult to do, it just takes some practice. Here’s some quick examples.

♦ Find a way to conserve company resources and track it. You can state that       you found a way to reduce, ___% of company resources.

♦ Find a way to improve your productivity, or that of others; and state on a      resume that you improved productivity by … say 10% each year you were      employed.

Next time you’re at work see what kind of improvements you can find.

Third, accomplishments written on your resume, and in your cover-letter, will give potential employers interesting interview questions. Practice a couple of different answers to each one to avoid surprises. Either way, be prepared, and look forward to, answering all their questions, after all, they’re about you.

Fourth, you must have a cover letter and a resume; even if you have very little to show. Every job I applied for asked me to fill out their employment application; use the resume as a template for you to use when filling out the written one. All the dates and contact information should be on it,  just transfer the information effortlessly. Plus it gives you an edge of professionalism. Need some ideas? I found this on Google I am not sure the page ends. 

Fifth, never, never, never, get fired or quit and walk off the job. If you think can feel the cool breath of the business reaper, make a quick move. Never get fired, the next boss may look at you as damaged goods. Never walk off a job unless you are asked to commit a crime or something immoral; look for a quick replacement.

If either of these happen — it’s not the end of the world; you may just have to start over and work your way back up. You can’t always know when the time is coming. I can tell when its time to move; I get a ornery and bored.

Don’t you agree that candidates for warehouse positions look great, if they were focused, kept track of, and could prove increased production as a result of their influence.”

I would mentor this candidate for future positions. Asking how this was accomplished would make it a memorable interview. All managers want great employees at every level, it’s easier to promote people to higher positions from within, rather than gamble and lose with new people off the street.

Our country thousands of businesses. If you think the business reaper is coming, your board, start looking. The perfect job may be posted today, or in six months, take your time and find the right one. Job search engines email lists of new postings; it’s always a good idea to know what’s new. Pretty soon I will have an e-book on, How the Working Class can master the interview, and, How to Build the Perfect Working Class Cover-letter and Resume.

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Why Should you Let Corporate America Pay for College

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college can be expensive; find the best way to pay for college.

College can be expensive; find the best way to pay for college.

There are many ways to pay for college; I know of an easy way to get it for free. My way will keep mounds of college debt from lingering around; one that will keep the principal and interest from eating away at your net income.

Throughout our childhood we have heard the phrase “A college degree will opens doors to better paying jobs and a more secure future.” And today those words are resonating through the hallways of every high school in this country as parents scramble to find a way to pay for college. But I don’t completely agree with that statement.

How to pay for college?

My daughter, a junior, at our local high school is hearing the murmur. I have told all my children that college is only required, if they pursue a degree in a career field that requires it; i.e. teaching, engineering, psychical therapy, nursing… I don’t want my children to go to school for “the experience”; they need to go for an education. If they want the experience they can get a job and an apartment.

I rented an apartment, with two other friends, when I was nineteen and had a blast. I quickly learned some major life skills, budgeting, cleaning and feeding myself, cleaning up after myself… But I was also gaining career experience. I didn’t go back to college, and looking back that may have been a mistake. But if I had, I may have dropped out and squandered my opportunity anyway. I was a little misguided at first, as we all can be.

College is not a place to get away from controlling or absent parents either, and “going off to find yourself “isn’t good enough reason. It’s important to focus on the future. Its not time to  postpone maturity, party for four years, squeak out a degree with barely passing grades, and build mortgage like debt. Once you graduate, you will face the job market with a degree, and if you don’t work at meaningful job during college, you will lack an equally important piece the career puzzle, experience. Check out this infographic from U.S. News and World Report, on Paying for College What’s the answer?

Paying for College

Let Corporate America pay for college.

I propose letting corporate America pay you, and pay for your college. Corporations have been paying for employee education for a long time and many of them still do. Starting at the entry level and becoming a career-focused person; you can climb the ladder quickly gaining the much-needed experience. Some corporations have a waiting period before paying for your post high school education. It will be important to use that time to build the foundation of your career; a career you will build upon for the rest of your life.

It is not easy working forty hours while attending school; think of it as a trade, for the loss of time and increased workload. This can save you some big money. Isn’t it better to have someone else pays for your college?

Pay for college yourself.

Working Smart.

If you choose to go to college, it’s a big decision, and you should take it seriously. There is no doubt it will set y0u up for the future, but there are some things you can do to improve your chances on placement after college.  Find a job in the field your degree will apply to. If you are going to school for teaching then you should find a job at a daycare. Find any job in the field the degree is in, and apply for an entry-level position. Work as much as you can; find a way to blend work with your education.

For example: if you are going for a business degree, work hard to gain an assistant manager position at any retail store. Some shifts are flexible, but you will have to see what’s out there; getting good grades are more important. This is where you will gain some much-needed experience, and some cash. Experience on an application makes you immediately marketable.

Please don’t be disappointed that I am not recommending you to put your life on cruise control for four years during college. The goof off time was in high school and now it is time to focus on your career. And, if your parents worked hard to pay for college, you need to work even harder, you owe them! Not everyone has financially supportive parents. Work hard now and enjoy the benefits later.

Pay for College

There is another upside to having a job; you will have money. Working hard brings in cash you can spend on yourself, and as much as you want. You can buy concert tickets, cars, food (my favorite).  Go to your job and work really hard, be the best employee you can be, whether you are in college or not. Go to work with yourself in mind. Gain all the experience you can, then, when your job plateaus, move to a new one. Either up or out. Changing jobs usually boosts my income; make employers pay you, they want you as a their top tier employee. They have to give you a reason work for them, right?

Yes this is difficult, and it’s hard, but this is your future and you need to start taking it seriously. Colleges are charging too much for an education, only giving you a piece of paper and a kick in the butt. Colleges try, but there is no guarantee for placement. It’s getting harder and harder to choose to bear the weight of college debt when there are better ways to either, make someone else pay for it, or find a better use for the same money. Don’t get me wrong a college education is important if you use it; use it as a tool, not something to do after high school.

Thanks for reading,

Jon Hirsig

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How I get through my day?

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How I get through my day?

I am a cryogenic technician with a specialty gas company; handling the gas is not the only danger I can fall victim too. I install carbon dioxide and nitrogen blend gas systems for breweries, dry cleaners, restaurants and pubs; they use my gas to push beer and wine, wash clothes, and carbonate soda.   Today is a day I dread.

Today I have to face the beast: it’s not the 275lbs six feet tall by two feet wide stainless–steel liquid carbon dioxide tank I will wheel on a seventy-five pound dolly; it’s the stairs I have to take them down.  Once I pass the first step there is no turning back, the tank and dolly are too heavy for me to lift them back up if I notice a problem too late. I am committed. Each step I drop down they make a horrible clatter, the pinging of steel on steel, the thud of the wheels hitting the next step, and the crackling of cartilage in my body. Each time the tank is lowered every muscle I have has tightened: my forearms maintain a death grip, my shoulders, neck, upper and lower back strain to balance the weight, as each knee must bear the 565 pounds (the tank, the dolly and me). My chest is too clenched to breath as the dolly crests each step and drops to the next. All 388111_9014the way to the bottom.

I am part of the working class; I am blue collar.

I live in a blue-collar world that contains distinguished, yet invisible people, which have accomplished remarkable feats of psychological and emotional perseverance. If you ask, they will say, “I’m just doing my job.” I admire the steel worker of the past that walked the narrow steel beams, without safety harnesses, building the skyscrapers business people use today. I marvel at the accomplishments that have been built by the hand, I enjoy blue-collar art.

I like my job, each day I leave the shop I set out to learn something new, meet new people, or tackle new challenges. Working with my hands gives me great satisfaction. Some of the things I have built will last the test of time. As each day falls away in a blurred cadence, with work, kids, and writing; I am reminded of how little time is left. Gray whiskers have begun popping out of my chin, and the sun has begun its decent on my life.

I see old men that are crippled by a life of labor; that can’t be me, despite my enjoyment. Two months ago, I lay on a sterile bed drifting to sleep in a cold steely room with four figures hovering over me waiting to cut me open; this was the second time I have seen the inside of this room. I made a decision that day to commit myself to sharing my experiences with you; I hope it’s my salvation.

There are times I am asked to complete a task that is at the edge of my physical ability; of what I think I can do. The question every blue-collar worker asks is should I do it? It’s not a happy challenge with a hopeful outcome; if I don’t succeed I fail – and fail means injury or possibly death. If I do it with blind luck and succeed I feel successful, it’s a hollow fe566081_28669562eling, one only to myself; it’s what’s expected. But what if I don’t?

NO? Then my world collapses in; I am labeled as cream-puff, not a worthy member of the club. The white collar, the business owner, the feeble or the weak; that are not blue collar, believe I belong to an imaginary club where I will never say no, but be happy with any decision others make. I hear the voices of no. The Boss-man says, “What do you mean you can’t?” The salesman says, “I told them you could, why can’t you?” The customer says, “I was told you could”; every one is speaking for me. How do they know what I can do?  Do they think I’m some kind of superhero. It’s in my job description to accomplish the feats most men cannot handle. I willingly do so because it is part of my job, despite the threat of replacement that looms over my head.

We are called upon to go to work when it is needed; when the winter wind bites the face, and the frost has locked unused doors, a roofer is called to traverse the slopes of a damaged roof.   Roofers’ trade their labor for a monetary amount while putting their life in the balance. We have many understood yet undesired potential exchanges for the food for our table; for some it could be their life.

We all work, some are in charge of progress and others are tasked with the build; once papers are initiated the workers begin. The worker, wedged between self-preservation and self-confidence, is forced to accept any challenge a salesman agrees to by paper. We are at the mercy of those who wheel the pen: the suits, the skirts, the plain clothed, that demand the near impossible from corporations large and small. This world can’t turn without the sellers and the hustlers, both honorable and the slick, nor can it turn without the builders.

The logger, the farmer, the steel workers, firefighter and police, the high-rise window washer, the driver, the construction worker, the electrician and many more… all carry heavy risk while “in the office”.

We are subjected to risk evevery day; the smoke, the dust, the noise, the heights

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and depths, the tragic things that can cross our path at any speed. We are always in harms way, exposed to slips and falls, cuts and bruises, sprains and tares, infection and disease, the short-term and the long-term effects of what we do.  I, along with my fellow workers weather by choice, obligation, need or fear, are members of the club. People say, “it’s your job” – and it is.

When you call on someone to complete a task you can’t or won’t do yourself, or when you leave your home, work, or classroom, and see a worker on the road, or on a scaffolding, or on a roof, building tomorrow or sustaining the present; acknowledge the sacrifice, commitment, and exchange for income each man or woman makes for the progress of this great nation.

Every working person makes a contribution to society, and most of us are here because we love it.  But for me at my age, the days are getting shorter and it’s time for me to adjust and find something new; it may also be time for you to adjust.

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How I survived “falling” through an open door of opportunity

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If I can build a blog anyone can – and yes, you can set goals and accomplish them too. Take this opportunity to to focus your thoughts on your goals; struggles are everywhere embrace them.

Building a blog was difficult for me. If you stay true to yourself amazing things can happen for you.  Let me tell you how I struggled with building this blog and how it relates to you.falling door3

Starting a blog can open doors of opportunity for you. It can reach people all over the world and improve their lives with new information.  My door-of-opportunity … was in the floor.

I can’t believe how many times, and how many things, I hit my head on when I decided to start a blog.

Building a site in WordPress is the easy part; the difficulty is deciding on a name, the purpose, direction of the site; also writing content that is relevant – content that people want to read – content that is helpful.

I have it all backwards … I have concepts and ideas people will want to read; the working class needs direction and I have the ideas and the desire, but nothing more.  All I have to do is build a blog, write, and post them.  So then what’s my problem?

EVERYTHING… I was a complete failure in school. When all my peers were learning grammar and punctuation, I was daydreaming about fast cars and recess.  I barely understand how to use computers let alone how to write … I’m wing’n everything.

FM Name crop finalA few years ago I wrote a proposal for a book called the Working Class Coach, I submitted the proposal to a few publishers. I did get a positive response, she thanked me for the opportunity to review my proposal, but stated it was not for her.   I didn’t have an established audience and for today’s publishers that’s a problem. I thought a blog would be easier and I could establish an audience … Ha! Jokes on me…

I remember the difficulty creating the name “Working Class Coach” it had to sum up my “idea” in as few words as possible,

I had the name and looked for hosting.  I’m ready for building a blog and sharing my ideas.  A friend of mine, Ian,  suggested I use WordPress – “it’s the easiest to use and won’t take too long to get it up and running”, he said.

RIGHT!!!  That’s what happened – real easy for most – but not for me. I spent eight hours trying to choose a theme on WordPress.   And there are so many technical words I had to look up on Wikipedia just to understand, like, widget, SEO, permalinks, meta…  Hours and hours clicked by trying to build what I thought would be acceptable site.  I am also very particular and will spend the time to get everything exactly the way I want it.

I felt MF WP croplike a foreign exchange student dropped new country knowing only a few words of the native language.  I took me a few hours just to get Word Press connected to my host, iPage.  Even the simplest tasks were challenging, I had to learn this new language to survive.

MF social 3I finished the basic outline of the WP site, choose my theme, set the title page, had the widgets and menus filled with what I wanted, and plugins installed; this process took me four days. I felt so accomplished; now I was ready to link the social media to the site.

Getting Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ up and running was frustrating too.  I had to  register new accounts, add pictures and comments, save passwords and link them to my site. I have spent the past twenty five years making a living with my hands. This is a whole new world for me.  I like it, but there are some growing pains.

Ok – Working Class Coach is up and running, social media is hooked up and I am ready to load in some posts and I am excited to start sharing my point of view. I finally get to show the world what my ideas are, how they can change the way all working class people look at their employment, and learn how to find a path of success starting at any level.Writing Content crop 2

I written a proposal for a book, had some paragraphs and stories already written, and they were ready for posting.  I began writing a couple of posts on some ideas I wanted people to know first: Warning… disaster lurks when changing jobs.  and Is success really only one step away from where you are?  So I started writing and poured all my emotions in the words.

I started looking for information on how to write blog posts that moved people, and I thought I wrote some good posts.  But then I discovered a problem – EDITING.

Everything I wrote was poor – ideas were good – writing sucked.  I really banged my head on this one, as I looked over everything I wrote, I found that I committed the most egregious errors.  I now began learning everything I Editing Content cropshould have learned in the third grade – I began to see how the structure of conveying a point on paper is built.  I spent countless hours reading as many tips as I could from many different blogs on how to build a simple post.

It’s similar to building a future in the working class, even if you start at the entry level you must work hard for yourself. You control the flow of information – it’s up to you to learn how to build a structure that will support your success.  All careers have challenges – you can’t get discouraged.  I have been discouraged many times, stay focused on your goals.  It took me a while to build this blog – now I have a structure that can support my success.

At some point our fall comes to a rest and you can collect yourself and be ready to build a future.  Soon you’ll be on the right path to find everything needed for success in the working class. Opportunities are everywhere.

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Is the American dream for you, are you on this list?

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The American Dream is alive and well in this country – and it can be found in the working class. The Working Class Coach is written for anyone – at any point in their career.  For those who have zero skills, zero school, and zero experience – and want a plan that leads to success – this is for you.american-flag-flies-in-the-autumn-sun-660477-m

I’ve overcome many difficulties just about anyone can experience – I have found the key to overcoming the obstacles that will eventually block your path.

I can show you how to spot them, move them, climb over them, go around them or sometimes take a few steps back and find a completely new route to avoid them.  Every person considered successful today started out somewhere near the bottom, some even took a couple trips, and started all over again.  Successful – or not,  the Working Class Coach has has something to offer everyone…

It’s for…

People with no skills, no school, and no experience – and want to learn how to build a path that leads them to the highest level of success imaginable.

People with some skills and feel trapped in a job without a  future. Not every job is a job to keep forever; I’ll help you discover the difference and support you while you build the work ethic and experience leaders are made of.

Students leaving high school who want an alternative to college that can lead to success.  If you have a career in mind that requires college – then go.   Not every student has college in their immediate future; some employers will offer to pay for your school – that can be a better plan.

College students, trying to find the experience they will need once they have earned their degree.  This is the plan that will get you the experience you need and will give you a beginning attitude to establish a work ethic employers a dying to have in new applicants.

Big corporations who want to improve overall wellness for their employees; give them a direction and the rungs of the ladder of success to climb.  For those who will lift the company from the bottom with their success.

The prison system to give inmates a plan and direction to rebuild their lives.  It’s time to stop tossing people that paid their debt to society out into the street to fend for themselves in what might a completely changed world.

Parents encouraging their children to find their own way.   When I left home, or (you might say kicked out) for the first time, I was completely directionless.  I can offer parents the help they desperately need, an explanation on how to find success for their children from the bottom up.

Staffing agencies looking to boost their clientele with more support placing people in permanent jobs.  Understanding how to find success in the working class world and using the plan I am talking about will lead to attaining an attitude and work ethic full time employers are desperately looking for.  This will lead to more permanent positions and that boosts the success finding others jobs.

I even have a section that will teach managers the missing piece to the puzzle that improves the working environment, and their chance at moving up.  Understanding how to work with people is a vital component to managerial success, I will soon have a course on how to work with conflicting, contradictory, and the outrageous personalities we all find in the work place.

It’s for all the people who forgot what the American Dream looks like and where to find it.  I absolutely believe you can find the dream in the working class. There are so many possibilities the options are limitless and I can honestly say anyone can find the success they are looking for, especially when they know what it looks like and how to find it.


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Success is only one step away from where you are?

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So let me prove my one step success theory.

Making the change to a positive and successful attitude is as instant aslight behind door flipping on a light switch. Success isn’t measured by a big bank account; it’s tasks you have succeed in accomplishing. Changing your attitude to a positive one opens your eyes to seeing all tasks as successes. let each one build upon the other; it will snowball, give it a chance. But there is a problem when you flip the switch.

I know what I see in my room when the switch is on…

Hard work – once you flip the switch – problem’s  are found, and what’s seen in the light – all the hard work required to have a positive mental attitude.  It may be easier for other people to keep a good attitude going – as for the rest of us, we need to stay in the fight.

Correcting how you see the world is hard, but making the change in critical to surviving the journey.

I have trouble keeping the light on too; it’s easier to switch off the light and forget about the responsibility.

See all the good stuff and junk for what it is. Time to separate what you need, from what you don’t. It’s time to drop the anger towards your boss, jealousy you have for others, feelings of entrapment due to lack of success, and everything else that is robbing you of your future.

When you’re ready to take action – moving forward will be challenging, but all good things are worth fighting for.

Time to clean up the junk on the floor -sometimes big things need to be moved to the curb and thrown away, and in order to keep your attitude strong you now must clean up the mess.

I had a tough time getting rid of the anger I had towards all forms of authority.  I felt management was against me; now I realize that  most managers don’t understand how to work with people, they’re just doing the best they can, even if their best – stinks.

What the light showed me was the emotional burden all that anger loaded onto my shoulders – working with management is better for everyone. Your positive mental attitude should ease tensions at work, if not, it may be time to leave.

You may see how others will treat you differently, not everyone will except your new attitude.  Others will love it and join you – accept them and build a team.

You may even see that some of the close friendships you have – must come to an end.

There are habits you need to stop; addictions that have plagued you for a lifetime, you must now have to face it, quit them, and begin the recovery.

Sometimes you may even need to weep for the loss of what was close to you so the healing can begin.

Take some time – and take a good look at what is around you.

The light – from the switch – showed you what you need to do, it’s the first step – DON’T turn it off, fight to keep it on, fight with everything you have.  This is your saving grace; this is where you will find your success.

Having a solid positive attitude transcends itself into every aspect of your life and when you use it at work – that is when the magic happens – when you begin to build you.

Keeping the light on is the first step … the rest gets easier… and then it gets even easier… and soon you will be surrounded by your new successful life.

I’ll stand by your side, I have my fight as well as you do, but I can encourage you as you begin your fight.

Let me know if I can help, just leave a comment in the box below and I promise to respond to every one if I can.

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How, The Working Class Coach helps you, build you!

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The Working Class Coach is written for all of us who hold or want to hold a working class job, and find success.  It’s for the information and service industries – and for those like me, who are blue collar.

Let me share with you what working class success is and how to achieve it.

I want you to go to work with the idea that you are there to work for yourself.   You are … working for you, so to speak, similar to an entrepreneur. You are building you.

How I can help you build – you

When you go to work, you are not there to build a better product, upgrade a sale, or provide a better service – you’re there to build you – to be the best, most efficient, most dedicated employee – you can be.  And when you are there working for you – the company will always win and grow because you… are building you to be the best at everything!Tina arting Building yourself is simple, but it’s not easy.  I have a plan you can use to achieve the success I am talking about in any working class field.

Take advantage of this information – when you use these strategies you will reach your potential quicker than you may think.

When I’ve reached my potential it’s time for me to move on – to find a better position with a new company.  When I look for a new employer – one that can challenge me – I find better pay, better benefits, better work conditions, better commute… I get to choose what’s better.

Sometimes its better to find new employment.

When you have reached your potential at your current employer, it’s time to move up or move out.  Finding a better job may scare you, but you will always have more confidence in an interview when you are the leading individual at your position at your current job.  Confidence is what separates good candidates from great ones.   Great candidates land better jobs quicker and are more likely to achieve their career goals.

Sometimes just changing your attitude changes your work atmosphere.  If you found this blog – chances are you already have a strong desire to find an edge to shoot pass the mediocre employee to your success.

Where is Working Class Success found?

Man in manhole 2Success is everywhere, success isn’t always making money – everyone wants to be a millionaire – there are many more satisfying and fulfilling levels between here and there.  The Working Class Coach starts at the very beginning, at the entry level, and offers a platform for achieving any level of success.  You’ll get to learn how to really build you, and that will turn a hard work ethic and a great attitude in to great pay and a solid future.

There is little motivational and instructional resources available that focus on success in any of the working class fields.  What can you find?  Some great strategies to land a big sale; there’s thousands of  sales book.  There are also many books on how to run a successful small business, even books on how to be “The Best Executive” large companies are looking for.

What’s available for the working class; resumes you can copy from a book?   What I am offering is something more useful.  It’s the “Why and the What” in addition to the “How” that is important.  I will teach you how to use strategies and even tricks to get your resume noticed and get employers begging to hire you.

Together we can build your success.

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Our nation has an ever increasing level of poverty, and in today’s economy it seems like the working class is struggling with unemployment and the rising cost of… well, everything.  Those on the bottom are in need of a way to begin on a new path of success.

I have the path built upon many of my working class experiences.  And it doesn’t  just start at the very beginning – at the entry level – it’s for all parts of employment at any time.

You just need to know how to do it, why to do it, and when to take each new step.

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How 5 simple steps can change your attitude, which will change your life.






Warning; disaster lurks when changing jobs

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I have found just the opposite, more people that believe that than you may think.  I have achieved more money, better benefits, a greater title and a shorter commute, every time I have changed jobs.Danger

Fear can be a near paralyzing emotion and most people will do anything to avoid it. That’s probably why you are reading this post.

Your career may stall – staying at a current company and waiting, praying, your boss moves on so you can move into his position.

And then when you do finally move in to his job you find, a minimal raise, the same crappy commute, same pay structure, and same co-workers, just to have new headaches?  Maybe staying with the same company isn’t always the best plan.

I have found moving to a new job entirely can be a better fit.  To start; you should get a good raise, better benefits, better commute and /or meet new people.  That’s what the interview process is for right, to determine these things?  A new place to work gives you a good environment to learn new things that down the road will lead to more improvements.  The potential problem people fear?

 Is a new employer secure?

The real question is; why is your current employer more secure?

At any given point you current employer can go bankrupt, close its door, or get bought out and you become the redundancy.    There are no guarantees in life, that’s an old but important cliché.  How many businesses close up due to mismanagement of funds, only to be hacked up and sold off to cover debts?

Not to scare you though.  We have all seen a thriving business one day, and then it closes its doors the next.

brewery-805514-mA year ago – I knew of a small craft brewery that opened and was booming; a slightly larger craft brewery chain wanted to buy them and the small one of course said no.  The bigger craft brewery then bought the strip mall the small one had a lease with and when the lease was up the larger brewery didn’t renew the lease – the small brewery was forced to move.  Moral of this story, never build your house on rented land… oh and always be ready for change.

Change is an important part of life, and preparation is just as important. Moving up or moving out every 3 to 5 years is better for your career, unless of course you truly love your job “and” it doesn’t become burdensome.  You can play with the frequency a little if you want  – changing things up will keep you and your resume fresh, thus minimizing any impact on unseen change.

What to do with a stale job.

Your job/career must benefit you, and when it becomes a burden it’s time to either move on or move up.  Most employment should be enjoyable, and for me that will last about five years give or take a year.  Most jobs become tedious at some point and I need a new challenge.  After that I need to move on or move up.

Don’t let this trouble you too much, conventional wisdom tells us to grab a job and hold on for dear life, change wasn’t really part of the game plan.   There are far more examples of reasons to move on than to hold on.

One quick example; “GM, too Big to Fail?” remember that, how many people were left holding the bag on that one?  Moving on or moving up, gives you different platforms of experience that become very useful if the bottom falls out; plus it keeps you fresh.

Never jump unless you are prepared!

Be prepared to jump before you jump employers.  Take time to polish up your resume – and your attitude before you consider moving anywhere.  I have many tips, some old – some new, on perfecting your resume.

Leaving a current employer can be scary it’s important to do your due-diligence by researching any new employer to check for sings of stability.  I like to look for new opportunities that can improve my current situation; it can be exciting looking because the ball is in your court, actually you are holding all the balls.

Looking for new employment while you are currently employed gives you a huge boost in confidence and potential employers really like that.  Has anyone ever noticed a potential employer scoot closer to the edge of their seat during your interview?  You never know when you may need to consider moving employers – always keep your options open.

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How 5 simple steps can change your life.

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Some say beauty is skin deep and for the most part they are right.  In my opinion real beauty is personality deep.  I think employment is attitude deep.  Those with the best attitude have the best chance to get – and keep the job.

how to change your attitude about your employment.

Start by cleaning up all the garbage you think about your job today and accept it as it is.  Take all the good and the bad and lump it all into one transparent box, and see it for what it is.  See it as a way to make money to spend on your life, while you work towards your career goals.

  • First part is to go to work and work for you.  I work for myself at my job; like an entrepreneur without upfront capital.  I develop me, I am my product, each step I take builds a stronger resume that I use to grow and move around, and this improves my income and benefits.  

  • Second, work hard, and by that I mean do whatever it takes to be the best at what you do.  When you’re seen taking on responsibility, you are naturally seen as a leader.  That will make you look good and an obvious choice for advancement. 

  • Third, ignore the negative chatter, not everyone likes someone who over-works.  Remember you are at work for your success and only yours.

  • Fourth, look for advancement when you’re ready, if there isn’t any than look elsewhere.  Look at each job as a vehicle that takes your career from one advancement to the next.  Each job you gain experience and titles, which you can use at the next one to move up in pay or in stature.  Get what you need out of each job and use that experience to move and improve upon.

  • Fifth, learn to enjoy change, we have been told since birth to find a job and hold on to it for dear life, never changing for the fear of the unknown.  Change can be a beautiful thing; it is possible to get a 10-20% pay raise every time you change employers, look for the ones who will pay you to improve their business.

Here is a quick example:  let’s say you are in an entry level position mopping floors for a fast food joint, and your attitude is, complacent at best.  We’ve all been here; I spent most of the 90’s there.  You come to work late, do a “whatever it takes to get by” kind of job and no one takes you seriously.  Then, you have read this post and finally see the light (angles singing in the background). So what do you do?

Make the change in your attitude.

Right away you will see results, managers love to have people who want to improve their business.  Actually, they love people to just do their job, let alone search for more to do.  If you’re practicing this it won’t take long to move to another position.

Work hard for one to two years, and I mean really hard, make a couple of jumps using your new and improved attitude and move to assistant manager.

Work one more year with that title, if you can’t move up – move to a different place of business, you now have management experience – and a great attitude this is what employers want.

It’s easy to doubt its simplicity.

These steps are the basics to achieving success.  Look around you work; do you see any people doing just enough to get by?  People can work a lot more, but they just choose to do the bare minimum.  And that’s great for us; this is how you can get promoted quickly.

Most of the time all you have to do is your job, but if you found more to do you begin to look like a leader.  Don’t listen to the negative chatter.

There is a lot of negative chatter out there.  Some working class people don’t like change and when you change and grow as an individual, they feel like they will get left behind, refusing to grow with you.

Complaints are a sign that you are on the right track remember you go to work for you and that is what your success depends on.  I have left jobs because of a constant negative atmosphere, but for me, I don’t mind finding new work.

These are simple but in no way are they easy.  Some may say they can be some of the most difficult endeavors of our life, and when you go to work you determine your success.

We all face these challenges that’s why millions books have been written on the subjects, these decisions are more emotional and they scare us.  To be successful we have to choose to be successful and overcome adversity to achieve it.

I am here to walk with you, to encourage you when times are tough, but you are the only one who can make the choice.

So, what do you think about what I have said, does it sound reasonable?

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