Feedback That Matters!

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I can’t remember the last time I received interview feedback that outlined areas of opportunity that were valuable in helping me prepare for the next interview. If I have received any feedback, it has been vague and provided no value for my career growth.

This article provides helpful information in providing interview feedback.

If you have decided not to hire someone, you should have valid reasons for not hiring them. If you can’t write out clear reasons for not hiring them, you need to consider that your reasons are not valid and are subjective. Your reasons should align with the job requirements and experience that was outlined in the job description. When your reasons align with what you requested, you will hire the best qualified person for the job.

In my job seeking experience, I have encountered those that do not know how to conduct an interview or provide valuable feedback. It’s unfortunate that so many times these are the people who are making hiring decisions. Companies should consider sending out surveys to interviewees to receive feedback about their interview experience. Most companies would be surprised!

There’s A Leader Inside of You!

There’s a leader inside of you that wants to manifest in your life. Leaders have certain characteristics that set them apart from everyone else. There are so many leadership characteristics, but the characteristics that resonate with me most are honesty, positive, good communicator, integrity, confidence and transparent. What leadership characteristics resonate the most with you? You will notice that the leadership characteristics that resonate most with you are the characteristics that you will recognize most within yourself.

You may be wondering how do I know there’s a leader inside of you. There’s been an argument that will probably continue forever between leadership scholars. One school of thought is people are born leaders, and the other school of thought is people can learn to be leaders. I believe each of us has the ability to be a leader. The issue is do we want to be a leader.

Some find out because of challenges or adversity in their own lives that they are leaders. Others seem to have a natural gravitation to leadership. They always seem to be placed in positions of leadership, or are expected to lead. Are you a leader? Do you want to be a leader? What events will have to happen for you to demonstrate you are a leader?

Handle Your Business


There are so many business resources to help anyone be successful in business, yet it seems a lot of business people do not take advantage of these resources. Some business owners stumble upon a successful business venture, and destroy the business with their lack of business knowledge. I hear the argument for not receiving some advanced training in your chosen field. However, there will be less heartaches and headaches by investing some time in learning more about your business.

How do I begin? Being by conducting some research of the industry of your business. If your business is hair care, you should research the hair care industry. It is important to know what the latest technology and trends in your industry. This information will not be gathered by focusing only on your business, but you need to know what others in your industry are doing. Conducting research will help in determining your pricing structure and developing a business plan.

A business plan is needed. The business plan will show that you are well versed in your industry, as well as provide a plan for your first few years of business. Most business fail in the first few years, and the failure can be contributed to a lack of planning. Your business plan will show the source of funds for your business, and what the funds will be used for in the business. If you are seeking funding for your business, investors will want to know what you are investing in the business. If you are not investing your funds in the business, it’s difficult to gain the buy in from others.

Location! Location! Location! Where will your business be located? Location is important. Will you have a home-based business, or will you need an outside location? What city will you conduct your business? The research you completed previously will help in determining the location of your business.

How will your business be structured? Sole proprietorship, partnership, Limited Liability Company (LLC), corporation, S corporation, nonprofit or cooperative. Your legal structure will determine the type of licenses and filings you will need to complete in your state.

What’s the name of your business? Creating a business name is important and the business name should portray your business. You want a name that people will remember. Do not take creating your business name lightly. Register your name with your state.

Uncle Sam will get his! Make sure you register for state and local taxes.

Will you be employing others? You have to understand employer responsibilities. The last thing you want to do is violate an employee’s rights.

Are you handling your business?

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