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Social Media – Should I Invest the Time?

With an extremely competitive job market coupled with a down economy, you may be looking for creative ways to find leads and connect with hiring managers. You may even be wondering if social media is the answer. Is it worth investing the time? Will I really get results? Which site should I try first? These are only a few of the questions I’m sure you have.

If you feel you’ve exhausted all your options and haven’t tried social media, I would highly recommend it. What do you have to lose? Social media is very similar to going to a networking event, except its less invasive and you can network on your own schedule. Similar to a networking event, you try to engage with people you don’t know as well as maintain relationships you’ve already created.

When starting, first and foremost, if you do decide to try social media, you must know you have to make a time commitment. The more time you invest into sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, the more results you will receive.

Which site should you use? This depends on the type of job you are seeking and the people you already know. In general, I recommend using LinkedIn for job searching over any other site because of its professional nature. This is especially true if you are not using any social media and are looking to start.

Here is just an overview of 3 popular social networking sites:

LinkedIn – is known for being business-oriented and can be used to find jobs, people and business opportunities. You build your network by asking people you may or may not know to connect with you. Once they accept your invitation, you then get access to their network as well. LinkedIn allows employers to list jobs and search for potential candidates through keywords, job titles, location, etc. Job seekers like yourself can review the profiles of hiring managers and discover which of your existing contacts can introduce you. If you are new to social media, this is a great site to start with because of its professional nature.

Facebook – was initially created for college students and the tools and usage are more social in nature then business-oriented. The site is typically used to network with friends and family allowing users to send messages, update their personal profiles, share photos and videos, tag people as relatives, comment on someone’s public wall, etc. This site can be used for job seeking purposes by letting your network know you are looking and by providing status updates. If you are looking for a job and currently use Facebook; make sure to always keep your comments and pictures professional. If you don’t already have a Facebook account, you may want to try LinkedIn before you try this site.

Twitter - is a micro-blogging service that enable its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on your profile page and delivered to your followers. This is great site to find experts within your industry and to get connected with them. As a job seeker using twitter, this site may take the most time to build a relationship that could ultimately end in a job.

On all social networking sites, you have to be diligent in updating your profiles and status. Make sure to offer your connections, followers, or friends some benefit so they want to continue to follow you. This can be status updates, knowledge, humor or insight into a topic. And always remember to only post items that you would want a potential employer to see.

Top 9 Reasons Why a Home Based Business Beats the Corporate Job Sham Everytime!

Why is network marketing the way to go…because the ‘American Dream’ is a scam. We have all been fooled into thinking the way to go was college (debt), marriage and a house (debt/mortgage), and sitting in a corporate job that stinks waiting to get outsourced to a 3rd world nation. What a joke and 95% of the American people are walking zombies and falling into this trap. Who says that we have to work Monday – Friday and we only get two weeks off of vacation each year? When did that become the ‘norm’?

Not sure about you but I don’t want to live this way and have to ask my boss if I can take a day off of work to spend time with my family. Not again! Why join a network marketing business…because I can work for myself and not have to ask for vacation time each year, but below are some more reasons why its the way to go.

- A network marketing job creates a level playing field for all people. There is no seniority or discrimination in this industry as long as you can produce. Success is all determined by how hard you are willing to work and sacrifice to reach your goals.

- There is little investment to start this business. In most cases, you can start with less than $1k and have the potential to make a comfortable six-figure income. “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary”

- This network marketing business depends only on YOUR effort. At the end of the day, you can blame only yourself if you do not succeed. If you work hard, you will reap the rewards but if you do not sow the seeds for success, you will not harvest. “The soil says, “Don’t bring me your need. Bring me your seed.”

- Network Marketing has an Immediate Mentorship Program. People in this industry are genuinely interested in helping you succeed because this industry is a big Team. Your team is all in the game together and all looking to succeed — you are all driving towards the same goal. There is no infighting about who will get a promotion or will get the corner office. Your network marketing team is focused on building a strong team guided towards a common goal. “One person caring about another represents life’s greatest value”

- This is a part time business. You can be very successful in network marketing working it as a part time business. You can continue to work your full time job and part time with network marketing. “I am working my job full-time at my job and part-time at my fortune”.

- You get to pick your team. With your job, you have people that you work with and you have to deal with it. Some folks that you work with in your JOB are slackers while others get the job done. You don’t need to worry about this with your network marketing business because you get to choose your team. You get to determine what people and what type of person you want to work with.

- Business Building for the Next Generation. You can build this business and pass this along to your family and create true wealth and freedom. You are building an asset that you can then let your family continue to build and reap the rewards.

- Because of the residual income and building a HUGE network the larger the business, the less effort it takes. As you work hard and build your business for 3-5 years and you do it the right way, you can kick back and relax a little and continue to reap the rewards. As time goes by, the business building will take less effort.

- Economic Proof Business – right now during our economic problems facing this country and the world’s economy, network marketing is growing like a weed because people are starting to see the light on what is going on. There are no guarantees and right now many US jobs are either being shipped overseas are are not coming back at all. – You Sow what you Reap. If you give and help others in Network Marketing, it will come back on you multiple times with residual income. “Giving is better than receiving because giving starts the receiving process”

The above is just a partial listing of why getting involved in network marketing is the way to go and how you can benefit by starting your own business. Please seriously consider this option and watch your life transform into something special. Contact me below to learn more reasons why network marketing is the way to go.

Planning to Invest in a Swimming Pool?

If you are one of those people who enjoy swimming which provides you with hours of recreation with family and friends, an above ground or in ground swimming pool is surely a worthwhile investment for your home. There are some apparent differences between the two kinds of pools and it is entirely left to you to opt for one which will suit you best. Above ground swimming pools are much cheaper and are easier to install when compared to in ground pools.

Different Kinds of Above Ground Pools

The sides of these above ground-pools can be made from different kinds of material which include aluminum, resin and steel. Steel is more costly than the other two kinds of material, but can be installed more easily. The shape of the pool also varies from oval or round to rectangular and square shaped according to your taste.

Benefits

These kind of pools have a lot of advantages over the in ground swimming pools. They are

1. Above Ground ones Are Less Expensive- The biggest benefit of these are that they are not as expensive as in ground pools to install.
2. More Safe – these are much safer than in ground swimming-pools
3. They Add a Touch Of elegance to Your Home – these pools actually make your home and courtyard more attractive,
4. Installation can be done all alone – there are DOY kinds of these pools which can be installed all by you without any one’s help. You can save a lot of money this way also.

With the vast strides in technology today, there are numerous companies who manufacture these kinds of pools like Esther Williams who are extremely reputed in this field. So if you are planning to build a swimming pool in your home, think about settling for an above ground swimming-pool which will be an investment you are sure not to regret.