Searching for a Business Manager

Business ManagerCould you be a part time Business Manager?

A retail business in Winston-Salem North Carolina is looking for a business manager.

Today it’s a ~$500K business. Lots of growth is very likely with the right team and business manager.

The best person for this position will be someone with these talents, skills, experiences and successes

  • a Business Professional with business management experience
  • Intimate understanding of a P&L as a business manager
  • Experience with a business with rapidly moving inventory
  • Knowledge of best practices for Point of Sale Systems used by entry level associates
  • Business experience managing a team of 4-5 people
  • Knowing how to budget fixed expenses and variable expenses
  • Knowing how to contract great partners in the business spaces of marketing, legal, finance, etc
  • Able to coach the team and focus on success for the business
  • Someone who can be dedicated to the business and business success
  • Someone who values these words, trust, respect, honesty, support, giving, working hard

If you are a Business Manager – let’s talk


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How to create enthusiasm

Three girlfriends in white T-shorts jump togetherEnthusiasm can change your life

Enthusiasm makes stuff happen

Enthusiasm works

Often the stuff we have to deal with in life can squelch our enthusiasm.

Job seekers and anyone trying to make new connections thru their networking activity must have some enthusiasm about them.

So what do we do if we just are not enthusiastic?

How do we counter the lack of enthusiasm we may have? We all know that lots of things can drain us of energy and enthusiasm – our children are ill, our parents are dealing with a serious disease, the bills are piling up, the car needs to be repaired, our partner is not supporting us, the roof is leaking or any of the unimaginable number of negative and painful things that we have to deal with.

It’s not easy, but I think I have a few ideas that may help. Any chance we have to increase our enthusiasm, to make us just a little bit more upbeat, to but a little spring in our step and a bigger smile on our face, will help us when we are networking, interviewing and even when we are just trying to have an OK day.

Here are some basic ideas to consider:

  1. Call a friend who loves you and have a quick chat
  2. Pick up a baby and hug them. Tickle them and listen to the baby laugh
  3. Listen to your favorite music artist
  4. Read scripture or a psalm in the bible
  5. Read or listen to a poem
  6. Tell a joke to someone who laughs really loud
  7. Hug someone who you know needs a hug
  8. Call a friend you have not said hello to in a while and talk about what they are doing
  9. Ask a friend to hug you
  10. Look at a picture of someone you love and remember a time when the two of you played and laughed together.

How do you pump a little enthusiasm into yourself. Take your mind off the stuff that is dragging you down and focus on something that makes you happy, smile or laugh. Think about making yourself  just a little bit happier.  Your problems won’t go away, however you will feel better about yourself at that moment.

Once you take yourself thru one or more of these activities, head off to your interview, phone conversation or networking activity. Keep thinking about the happy stuff that helps you, even if just a little bit.

Strive to be a little more enthusiastic. The benefit will be that you will be a little more successful with the task in front of you.

If you want to take your enthusiasm to another level – read Dale Carnegie’s book – How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

When I learned about day-tight compartments and how to accept the worst thing that can happen to me, this book changed my life and elevated my enthusiasm and attitude to a completely new & better level.

If you have any other suggestions of how to be more enthusiastic, please comment belown

Your Skills are stale

This is part 16 of the 16 post series.

“The dinosaurs disappeared because they could not adapt to their changing environment. We shall disappear if we cannot adapt to an environment that now contains spaceships, computers — and thermonuclear weapons.” Arthur C. Clarke

“Employees who don’t constantly develop and experience new ideas, tools, or systems will themselves become extinct.” ~ @NCWiseman

Often I meet individuals who had the same job for 15, 20 or thirty years. Some learned new ideas, tools or processes, but many kept doing the same thing and never developed new and improved skills.

Unfortunately, the employees who never developed new skills or refined their existing skills, are the ones who struggle the most to find a new job when that time comes (& it will come).

I wish I could tell every employee out there, before they lose their job, that they need to do some professional development activities, NOW! Unfortunately this is not going to happen.

So, what options do you have if you have not developed any new skills or improved your existing ones?

There are three, but only two are going to help you

  1. Write your resume and create your LinkedIn profile boldly displaying the skills you have today
    • Since you have not done any professional development work, you should know your current skill set is outdated and likely unmarketable.
    • This is the option I do not recommend
  2. Start now working on refining, improving and adding to your skill sets
    • Use your local community college system to get training on the skills they can help you with
    • Use professional training programs available to you to get more specific and unique training
    • Consider volunteering or interning in a business where you can learn from others while providing some value
    • Promote your ongoing development activity on your resume & LinkedIn profile so that recruiters and hiring managers see that you are improving while you are searching for a job.
  3. Don’t give up
    • Believe in yourself to get better, to improve your skills and to find that job that will fit your newly improved and refined skills.

Once you get past this career snafu – learn by this mistake, because you will be looking for another job one day in the future.

Resume Styles

Chronological Resume – A chronological resume starts by listing your work history with your most recent position listed first. Your jobs are listed in reverse chronological order with your current, or most recent job, first, followed by your other jobs. Chronological Resume Example & More Info

Combination Resume – A combination resume lists your skills and experience first. Your employment history is listed next. With this type of resume you can highlight the skills you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for, and also provide a chronological work history. Combination Resume Example & More Info

Functional Resume – A functional resume focuses on your skills and abilities, instead of on your chronological work history. It is typically used by job seekers who are changing careers or who have gaps in their employment history. Functional Resume Example & More Info

Resume With Profile – A resume wtih a profile statement includes a two or three sentence summary of your skills, experiences and goals as they relate to a specific job opening. Resume With Profile ExampleResume With Profile Statement & More Info

Targeted Resume – A targeted resume is a resume that is customized so that it specifically highlights the experience and skills you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for. Targeted Resume Example & More Info

Mini Resume – A mini resume contains a brief summary of your career highlights and qualifications. It can be used for networking purposes or shared upon request from a prospective employer or reference writer who may want an overview of your accomplishments, rather than a full length resume. Mini Resume Example & More Info

Nontraditional Resume – Nontraditional resumes include infographics, online portfolios, video resumes, personal career-focused websites and blogs, social resumes. Nontraditional Resume Examples & More Info


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Make a complete career change

Often when we leave (or get let go from) our current job, we ponder this question, “Should I start doing something different?’

This question can develop from not liking the last (or current) job or maybe a burning desire to do something new, challenging and/or enjoyable.

Regardless of the reason, we must ask our selves this question and we must be deliberate about the answer we give ourselves. Never shove the question aside and ignore it. You must answer this question honestly.

If you ask yourself this question and you answer, “Yes, I want to do something else!”, then  the next question is equally important, “I wonder what I should do?”

In mid 2010, selling IT services for a local IT company, I asked myself these same questions. “Should I do something different and if so, what should I do?” My answer was clearly that I wanted to do something different. In my case, I wanted to start my own business.

The second question, “what should I do?” was more difficult to answer. I kept leaning back to what I had been doing, technology consulting because it was an easy choice. Something in me kept saying, “Don’t go easy, go real.” So, I decided to ask this question out loud and to my friends and professional contacts.

Asking others to help me figure out what I kind of business to create was the best way to answer this question for me.

During my conversations with dozens of great people, they asked me, “What do you want to do Teddy?” Rather than say, I want to do this, or I want to do that, I decided to say, “I don’t know. My skills and interest are diverse. No matter what I end up doing, I do know that I want to help other individuals. This I know.” I wanted to be open to all kinds of ideas, so I strived not to burden the conversation with any other preconceived ideas.

When the idea of being a technology consultant came up, my coffee or sweet tea partner would just snicker at me. “That’s not who you are,” they would say. Then they would commence to tell me who they thought I was and what I would enjoy and be successful doing.

Having these conversations was how I ended up being who I am today, a Networking Strategist focused on teaching people to Network for Mutual Benefit and to Build Relationships through Social Media. I decided to go out on a limb and created a business of outplacement coaching, social media coaching, writing, public speaking, blogging, training and sharing ideas. It has been a fantastic journey so far and one that I look forward to every day.

In summary, regardless of your desire to be employed, or to start your own business, you could end up doing something totally different than what you have done, if you are willing to listen to yourself and others. What you learn from these conversations can shed a big bright light on a completely new career journey.

Career Reengineering Options

You can have it done quickly, done economically or done perfectly. What you can’t have is all three at once. This applies to career reengineering as well.

In our career we decide to reengineer when we:

Want to do something new and/or different
Discover that our skills are rusty and/or out dated
Want to reach to a higher level in our current career

Often making the decision to reengineer is the hardest thing for us to do.

However, it can also be overwhelming when we look at the different options for career reengineering.

There are at least four paths that can lead to a successfully reengineered career:

Option # 1 – Go back to full time college (University or Community College)

This option has lots of requirements (other income, daytime flexibility & lots of dedication. If possible, this can be a great way to reengineer for a completely different or higher level career step.

Option # 2 – Take evening classes at Community College or Online University programs

One of the key requirements of this option is, lots of energy. Working one shift while taking classes on another shift is the same (if not more work) as working two jobs. This option allows you to continue working and gives you the option of doing the reengineering at your own pace.

Option # 3 – On the Job Training – Take a lower level position and grow upward.

This option will take the most amount of time to achieve your reengineering goals. You’ll have to be careful that it does not turn into a trapped lower position and that real honest growth is possible. However, if you choose this option, you could switch to another company if the first one does not give you the opportunities you are looking for.

Option # 4 – Start your own business

I have seen many long term employees make the decision that they no longer want to be an employee. They decided that they don’t want to go back to college or be an intern. Many an eager person has decided that they want to be their own boss doing something totally different than  what they are or were last doing. One challenge here is to not believe you can do it on your own. Unless you have all of the skills for business, marketing, operations, finance, etc. seek help from others and success will be more likely. However, I can attest that reengineering by create my own business has been one of the most rewarding and successful things I have done in my life.

Reengineering – this is how we polish up our current skills and/or add new skills and become something different that we are now. Better & Different is better & different


You want the same pay as your last job

This is part 12 of the 16 post series.

I hear this all the time. I need to make the same pay as I did in my last job.

OK, maybe you can. Maybe you can make more. But the likelihood of you making significantly less is real. Accept it.

One philosophy that I teach is “When looking for a new job, look for rewards & compensation, not compensation & rewards.” ~ @NCWiseman

You want a job that will pay you what you need to survive & thrive. You should also want some of the pay to include rewards that fuel your life.

These rewards include lots of positive things. Time off, less travel time, better lunch options, Starbucks coffee nearby (important to me), big stepping stone in new career, flexibility, success, professional development, personal development, variable hours, work from home or offsite, professional connections, access to resources that develop you and fulfill the job requirements, the ability to be imaginative, creative and to be productively different. If you think hard enough, there are rewards that are personal to you that do not fit my needs. Look for them and then consider if they fit into this new job. Will the pay + rewards = an appropriate compensation for you today? If so, consider the job despite the fact that you will not get paid what the last job paid you.

Be creative in considering the compensation.

Desire, Attitude and Passion presentation

Desire, attitude and passion

Desire, Attitude and Passion presentation.


Have Desire, Attitude and Passion in your life and success is more likely and rewarding

I hope this presentation was useful to those who attended. Let me know if my POKING created any ideas or questions that I can help you with.

Desire, Attitude and Passion are important for life

I hope this discussion of Desire, Attitude and Passion was useful to those in attendance.


You have to re-engineer yourself

This is part 7 of the 16 post series

I have heard career coaches use the following phrases in regards to that next job, “Do you want to ride the same horse in the same pasture, a different horse in the same pasture, the same horse in a different pasture or a different horse in a different pasture?”

I’m not sure where this phrase came from, but it simply means – “What the heck do you want to do and where do you want to do it?”

If you are either unemployed or considering a career change, this is a big question that you need to answer before you start looking for that next job. Otherwise, you have no idea what you are looking for.

If you decide that you want to ride a different horse, or get into a different industry, sometimes this requires learning new skills, systems or processes.  In the career transition world we call this “re-engineering.”

If we further defined re-Engineering, it can mean at least three things:

  1. Complete skill set & education change
  2. Adding a few new skills
  3. Polishing up on old skills

Regardless of the work that you have to do to re-engineer yourself, you must include this task into your job search program in order to get that next great job, unless you are going to keep doing the same thing in the same industry.

Re-engineering can be done lots of ways, many you may not have considered:

  • Go back to college
  • Attend classes at your local Community College
  • Online studies
  • Intern or volunteer in an environment where you can learn from someone else
  • Read lots of books

The worst thing you can say, at any age or regardless of how much re-engineering you want to do is, “I can’t do it.”

If you want that job, then work to get it, regardless of how much work it is.

Who Am I

Who am I?Today at the Winston-Salem Job Search Network we discussed, “Who Am I.”

Here are the notes from this session:

  • You are not your last Job Title, Industry or Company. You are the activities that did that you enjoyed and were successful doing in life & career.
  • Write down these activities, be as granular as you can. Get down into the specific tasks & activities.
  • Prioritize these activities by how much you enjoyed doing them and how successful you were doing them.
  • Ponder them over & over again. When you are done – ponder even more
  • Ask people you trust & respect to talk with you about what they think you are or what they think are your best talents, skills, experiences, passion, etc. Be blunt, bold & positive about the good stuff. Write down the stuff you should never do in another list.
  • Never qualify what Who you are based on revenue or income. This comes later
  • As you think about your activities, consider PAR Statements. This philosophy helps you to ascertain what you were good doing as it relates to success for your employers, clients, etc.
  • Consider outlines documented in “What color is your parachute.”
  • Consider or other online & free Self Assessment tools
  • Set out on a journey of coffee, sweet tea or “soda-30” with people you trust & respect, and who also trust & respect you. Have your arms wide open and ask, “What do you see me doing? What ideas do you have?” Collect all ideas and explore them.
  • Listen to everyone, but be careful listening to nay-sayers or people who tell you, “You can’t do that.” They could be wrong, way wrong.
  • Believe in yourself. Until you believe that you are what you say you are, no one else will.
  • Once you feel good about your, “I AM…” statement, use it to guide your resume & LinkedIn modifications.