Free education is abundant, all over the internet. It's the desire to learn that's scarce. – Naval Ravikant, Cofounder and CEO of Angelist
Soon college graduates will be asking this question: How am I supposed to get a work experience if nobody wants to hire me without experience?
You shouldn't worry anymore because here are some of the ways to get experience before getting a job.
Learn On Your Own
Internet is playing a very important role in our lives especially in education. It provides us instant information by means of articles, images, and videos posted on different platforms like YouTube. With YouTube, you can learn almost everything. Let's say you are struggling with Math, patrickJMT a youtube channel will teach you techniques and the easiest way to solve math problems. He’ll help you better understand different equations whether it’s calculus or trigonometry. You can also learn hands-on skills like welding from weldingtipsandtricks. Many of us find it more easy to understand things by watching it rather than by just reading on it.
Apply on websites that cater to college students and new grads
It may be hard for you to get a call despite sending a lot of emails to companies who are looking for new applicants. There’s usual websites where you can find jobs like indeed.com and LinkedIn but these sites may not be suited for you especially if you're a college student or new graduate. You have to realize that you are competing with different applicants with more experience than you. But you don't have to worry because there are site like WayUp.com who specifically cater to people like you. With WayUp, you can build you own profile where you can put all your information and achievements where over 12,000 employers can browse it.
Matt gets over 11% annual returns of his money by investing on a website called Prosper. As seen on the screenshot of his last statement below, he has $37,563.91 invested and in interest for that month, he earned $530.
Prosper Statement (Email me if this link ever goes down, sometimes I accidentally clean out things in my drive that I shouldn't)
Prosper is the first marketplace lender in the U.S. when it was launched in 2006. And has now evolved into a personal finance company. There are two ways to use Prosper. You can be a borrower or an investor. Being a borrower, Prosper will give you a small amount of interest compared to the banks and an option of 3 or 5 years of payment. All you have to do is create an account asking you how much do you need, the years of payment, your employment status, bank account and loan's purpose. These information will allow investors to browse individuals and choose where to place depending on how much they want to invest with that person. If a borrower’s loan meets the 75% funded then his loan will automatically deposit to his bank account once their information has been verified.
Just last year, Prosper launched its app called Prosper Daily. With just your mobile you can monitor your loan and investments. Borrowing and investing money is now made easy with Prosper.
If you want an in-depth information about Prosper just click the video below.
Your resume is a document that represents you. It contains a summary of your skills, abilities and accomplishments. Resume formats all over the internet and overrated. Adding something new on your resume will be an advantage for you. So, here are four tips you can use the next time you write your resume.
Documenting everything you do
It is important that you have a documentation of what you did or experience on a job or internships, it could be a photo or video. Having a documentation allows you to show employers what are your experiences and capable of.
Post on Linkedin
You can post all of these documentations on your LinkedIn account. If you haven't heard of LinkedIn, it is the world's largest professional network which allow users or job hunters to different companies and vice versa. All you have to do is to update and share everything you learned and experienced.
With your resume, you can write a short description of what you did and include a link where employers can browse your examples. It is a great advantage to have this on your resume for them to see that you can actually do what you are claiming on your resume. Employers might also find it impressive if you have a blog where you write everything you accomplished since you we're in college.
Resume on Google Docs
Another way of sending your resume is through Google Docs. Write a cover letter and at the end of it insert a link of your resume that you saved on you Google Docs. The employer who received your resume will be able to edit and comment on it. Another use of this is that you can edit it and will automatically update on the copy you sent to the employer. By doing this, you will never have to send another email to the same employer just to show your updated resume.
If you wanna know more about these four tips just click the video below:
Copywriting is a growing industry that many haven’t heard of because it’s not taught in schools. Copywriting has a lot of opportunities to work from home, and opportunities to make a lot of money. Charlie Price has been a copywriter for over 3 years now and runs a facebook group called Traffic and Copy (10,000+ members) where he shares information and tips on how to be a copywriter.
What is Copywriting?
Many of you might be confused of what copywriting is. Some thinks it's a process where someone copies someone else’s written content online or think that it's the same as copyright. Copywriting is a process of writing a content which purpose is to advertise or market a certain product. This is usually appeared on social media accounts, brochure, billboards, websites, emails and advertisements on tv. The content what copywriters do is called Copy. It is a short message with a goal of getting the reader's attention to take an action. The action might be to purchase or engage
with a product, service or company.
Which type of copywriter do you want to become?
If you want to work at an agency, you will be working with different clients. Some of these clients are in need of someone to handle their social media accounts. So basically, you will be copywriting products that they want to sell on social media.
If you want to have a part-time job then go as freelance copywriter. Freelancers write for anyone they choose and want to. Some businesses hire freelancers when there is no in-house writers or they are in need of more writers to do load of works for a certain period of time. The good thing about this is you can explore and get experiences writing for different companies and products.
How big the Copywriting industry is?
There are thousands of advertising agencies where they hire a lot of copy writers for their clients. Their clients are from big and small company who wanted their market to be bought and make a mark on a specific platform. You can also find copywriting jobs by finding companies who are in need of individual copywriter. You can easily find a job because of the internet businesses growing nowadays. Companies need to compete with others in order for their product to be on top.
Do I need a degree to do this?
No. There are copywriters with college degrees and high school graduates. But if you have a degree in English it will be an advantage for you. According to Charlie, a Math degree will also help you with writing. Probably because you will be paying attention on the number of words you
are allowed to write for a certain content. Because copies are usually short but with a direct message to get the reader's attention.
How to start in this career?
You either start freelancing or being an apprentice. You can find copywriter freelance jobs on websites like elance and upwork. Being an apprentice for a copywriter will also help you build your skills and name. You can also find facebook groups to join like Traffic and Copy. It has been more than 10,000 members. This kind of facebook groups will help you learn more about this career, find jobs and find people who are also in the same career. Charlie started his career by sending cold emails to different companies who needed improvement on their copywriting. He suggested to keep it short, light and conversational.
How much do copywriters make?
Salary depends on different factors. This depends on where and who you are working for, if it is a big or small company. You also need to consider your learning and experience. The more experience you got the bigger the digits are. Charlie also shared that being a copywriter allows him to travel on different countries. Aside from this career he also do e-commerce where he sell his own product and write his own copies to sell it.
If you wanna know more about copywriting you can join Charlie's Facebook group called Traffic and Copy or you can check out the video here:
1. Make money
Nowadays, make money literally doing nothing.There are businesses who paid people for sleep testing. You just have to explore new things to earn money. Some of you might think of starting a business but you have to know that this doesn't work for everybody because you might be that type of person who works, supporting a family and can't find time to manage it, there are still side businesses you can do. Just like creating a blog and YouTube channel. You just have to be creative for you to have multiple sources of income. It is now a trend that people create their own job. According to Forbes, 50% of the people in the US will be freelancer by 2020. But the thing is they don't where. But if you have the right mindset to understand the strategy on how to do it.
2. Make it work for you
Earning a lot of money doesn't mean anything. Don't just settle with it. You have to work it for you by thinking of ways on how and where you can put it to double your money.One of the best options are to invest it on real estate, stock and bonds. There's also Dividend where you can invest and receive a portion of the company's earning. However you cannot predict when is the right to invest but you know when it's up and down. And the right time to invest is when it's down, it is the time when the media is telling us that the world is going to end because everything at that time is cheap. There are also investing apps that you can try to control your money like Acorns. It is an application where they automatically invests your spare-change.
How much did you think you should invest in yourself? Jaspreet Singh from Minority Mindset suggested that if you're young, you should go all in and not worry about investing on stocks. Instead put it in a business and start allocating the 50% on living expenses, 30% on investing and 20% on savings. And if you're older, 75% on your living expenses, 15% for your investing and 10% for your savings.
3. Learn how to keep that money
Try to put your mindset on how not to look rich but to be rich. You have to keep in mind that material things doesn't matter. You may not have the most expensive things you can think of but at least you know in yourself that you will not be hungry or broke for the next few years.
If you want to learn more about this, just click the video below
Thousands of people have become web developers by using FreeCodeCamp. It is a website where you can learn code through their focused, interactive courses and tutorials. And the good thing about this is that it’s free. You can also earn certifications by the end of each course.
Quincy Larson, the creator of FreeCodeCamp shared some tips on how teach yourself code.
It will be easy for you to understand code if you do it every single day. You start with the basics, try it, experience errors and try to solve it. If you do this every day, it will become a habit and coding will be easier for you. Just keep going. But if it's really hard for you to build this habit then you can try to motivate yourself by thinking that you can actually do something big, make something you believe in. Or try the Promodoro technique which can help you to free from distraction so you can focus more on what you are doing. Promodoro technique is where you get rid of all distractions and set a timer for 25min. The goal is to just do 25min of interrupted work. Many people find that after one 25min set, they’re in the mood to do another set after a short break.
Hangout with other people who code
Hangout with someone who can code, someone with whom you can share your coding experiences with. If you don’t know someone try going meetups. You can usually find meetups on Facebook groups like Free Code Camp – Los Angeles or on meetup.com
The tools don't really matter
It doesn't matter what type of tools you're going to use especially if you're just going to start coding. Instead of worrying about what tools you should use, just focus on coding. Ignore those people who tell you what tool you should use and what you shouldn't. Focusing on coding and building software is much better.
Don't worry what to build, focus on how to built it
It is great if you have something in mind that you want to code, but the downside of this is that you will be more focused on what you are building and not on how you are going to build. You can also use sites like FreeCodeCamp that provide sets of actual projects So you can focus on how to build something and now what to build.
Contribute to Open Source
Open Source are computer software which can be download and worked on by anyone who is interested in enhancing the software. There is usually a community of developers that control what is accepted into the published versions. This is actually a good to start on getting experiences. FreeCodeCam is open source and allows any users to contribute to it. It’s not as complicated as it seems, some tickets are simple typo fixes.
You can watch the whole video by clicking the link below to get more tips from Quincy Larson and learn how FreeCodeCamp work.
Google is a good example to differentiate the two. As you can see on the photo below, Google's appearance is simple that you can easily determine how you will use and navigate it. That's what UI Designers or User Interface Designers do. They are concerned on how the platform should look like and how should it work. While UX Designers or User Experience Designers they are concerned on how and what the platform users will experience. If you search something on Google and you start navigating the website then you are experiencing what UI Designers did. To sum it up, UI Designers are concerned on the appearance, brand and design of the platform while UX Designers are concerned on how the platform should function and what users should experience while navigating.
Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.1 (UX Designer)
Average US rate: $71,918 per year
Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.1 (UI Designer)
Average US rate: $64,157 per year
2. Ad Operations Manager
Try to open any website and examine how it looks like. Most likely it has one or two advertisements place on the slider, above the header, on it's two sides and even on the bottom page. That's what Ad Operators do. They manage those ads to earn revenues. According to AdMonsters.com, Ad Operations refers to process and systems that support the sale and delivery of online advertising. More specifically this is the workflow processes and software systems that are used to sell, input, serve, target and report on the performance of online ads. They are the brain of the digital marketing. Ad Operators learn and solve problems involving advertisements and apply technologies to make money.
You can actually try this right now. Build a website, put contents and try to build a community who can view and navigate it. Then try selling your own products or someone else. And if you already built a bigger community, try to introduce it on small and big companies to invest for an advertisement on your website.
Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
Average US rate: $61,074 per year
3. WordPress Designer
A wordpress designer uses editing softwares like Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator to make a certain graphic design. Unlike Web Developer, WordPress Designer are more on the creative design. But these two works together. Whatever a designer did for the website, a developer is the one who encode this to make it work. If you're that type of person who are into creativity then try this. Most likely you should have a strong knowledge about color scheme, typography and design.
Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
Average US rate: $48K per year. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission.
4. Social Media Manager / Specialist
This career is the first non-software language skill that is in demand. Both small and large companies are hiring social media manager for their different accounts. Social Media Manager are the ones who are assigned to handle social media accounts and create contents like copy and artworks and blog for the company.They make sure that their social media accounts are reaching the target audience of their product and company for them to earn revenue. In order to be successful in this career, you have to know how to plan and set goals for the social media accounts because you don't want to waste your time and effort doing something for nothing. You also have to know how to build brand awareness.
You shouldn't be worried about learning all of these, you can learn it from watching YouTube videos, attending bootcamps, seminars, convention and internships.
Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
Average US rate: $47K per year
Even though these careers don't required degrees, of course you still need to do a lot of research to learn it. Attending different bootcamps, seminar and interships would really help you gain more knowledge and experience. Also, watching YouTube videos from professionals will be very helpful.
***Work Life Balance Rating are based on at least 60,000 company reviews shared by employees per calendar year. (Acc. to Glassdoor.com)
***Average US Rates are based on payscale.com
Watch it here to lean more about these high-end careers.
Who would have thought that conducting a webinar will let you earn $25,000? A webinar is a short term for Web-based seminar wherein a presentor is having a live video where he can discuss a specific topic to the viewer. Both presentor and viewer can share opinions, documents and apps through online. Tim Han a youtuber from SuccessInsider recently conduct a webinar training in UK entitled 5 secrets to make 2017 your best year ever yet.
Tim Han also shared some tips on how he manage a successful webinar and earn $25,000 from it.
1. Good traffic source
Having a YouTube Channel and Facebook page help him to gather a lot of traffic that he used to promote his webinar. The good thing about using these two platforms is that you don't have to pay for advertisements to promote your event. And also, you can see how many of your viewers will be interested and you can keep them updated about your upcoming webinar.
2. Objective Handle
Make your objective clear to your audience before and during your webinar. With that you are giving them assurance that what they're going to pay and time is going to be worth it.
3. Make the presentation
As much as possible keep your presentation clean by putting 1 or 2 sentences per slide to prevent the audience from being bored. You can also add images to keep them interested on what you are discussing. A good presentation is a representation of yourself.
Make sure that you know every detail about your topic, presentation, audience and your main goal for the webinar by practicing. By doing it there is a assurance that your webinar is chronologically arrange.
5. Engage with your audience
You have to know who are your audience in order for you to know how you handle them on your discussion. With knowing your audience it will be easy for you to engage them by asking different questions that are relevant to what you are discussing. In order to engage them you should apply different tones and maintain a good posture. Apply different tones if you're discussing different points and if you have something to emphasize that you want the audience to remember. While having a good posture is a body language telling the audience that you are ready and energetic for the whole webinar.
After discussing and sharing the main point of your webinar, you can easily introduce services like one on one coaching, upcoming webinars, promotion of your Youtube Channel
and Facebook group.
If you want to know more on how Tim from SuccessInsider earned $25,000 from a webinar, just click the video below.