Should You Become Self-Employed ?

Do you want to have more control over your work, be able to set your hours, or work on things you’re passionate about? Perhaps you want to build your business around supporting a good cause, or you have great ideas that aren’t possible to realize in your current job.

If this is you, then you might want to consider self-employment. Learn about whether self-employment is for you and what to consider before going through with it.

Pros & Cons of Self-Employment

There are several good reasons to become self-employed but also many difficulties that come with it. Let’s start with the more obvious stuff.

Self-employment allows you a lot more control over, and flexibility with, your work. You set your hours, choose where you work, who you work with, and what you work on. These are great, but they come with a lot of responsibility.

Though you get more flexibility with your work, self-employment means more work hours, not less. You will also have to handle the legal matters that a company would have handled for you.

Being self-employed lets you structure your work around what’s important to you. You can solve problems you care about, follow your passion, and learn a lot of things you wouldn’t have learned from working in a company along the way. 

However, you will be out of your comfort zone. That you will be learning a lot of things is great but it’salso an indicator of how much you don’t know. You won’t have co-workers to help or teach you if you don’t know something. If you weren’t directly interacting with clients before, chances are you will have to after becoming self-employed.

In the end, it depends on what you prefer, how important the advantages are to you, and how much you’re willing to bear with the disadvantages.

Another thing to consider is how much your circumstances mitigate the disadvantages. You might have a lot of money and assets, a strong support system, or experience with a wide range of tasks. All of these could make transitioning to self-employment a lot easier

Self-Evaluate and Consider Your Options

Before becoming self-employed, you should take the time to consider if this is something you actually want to do. Ask yourself what your options are and why you’re doing this. Some people might consider self-employment because they

hate their current job or their boss.

Avoiding bad jobs is certainly a perk, but it’s not enough of a reason to become self-employed. Being self-employed comes with its own hardships and responsibilities. Quitting your job and starting your own business is something you have to commit yourself to, so make sure you go into it with enough resolve.

If you’re resolute, then it’s time to take stock. Ask yourself the following questions:

Are you disposed to having more responsibility for your work?

What are you passionate about and skilled at?

What services or products can you offer?

How much of your money and assets are you willing to utilize or risk?

This should give you an idea of what it is you want to do and what your business should offer.

Come Up with a Business Strategy

After handling all the legal requirements for forming a business, it’s time to strategize.

If you come into this without a detailed business plan, then you will be setting yourself up for failure from the very start. Analyze your competitors and set yourself apart by focusing on what’s unique about what you offer.

You will need to pick a niche, at least in the beginning. Why do people buy products or avail of services? It’s because they have a goal they want to achieve or a problem they want to solve.

They buy toys to make their children happy. They hire exterminators to get rid of termites. What are you able to offer, and who would your customers be? Start small and specific. As a newly self-employed individual, you will have little in the way of reach. Address a small set of problems and offer solutions.

You will also need a way of financing your business. This could come from your savings, family and friends, a business loan, or any other source of funding.

Once your business is up and running, you should aim to get your brand out there. You will need a website. It’s a great way to attract clients and partners. If you can afford it, you might want to hire a company to market your content.

There are many objectives you won’t be able to reach simply because you lack the manpower and specialized knowledge. Partnerships and outsourcing are a couple of great ways to compensate for this.

It will be difficult, but as long as you go into it with good reasons and a good plan, self-employment can be one of the best decisions you can make for your career. You’ll inevitably stumble, but keep at it, and you’ll be able to make things go your way.

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Common Mistakes To Avoid When Job Hunting

Finding a new job is no walk in the park, particularly in the wake of a pandemic. If you’ve been searching for a while, or you’re stumbling at the first hurdle, here are some common mistakes to avoid to improve your chances.

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Submitting dated resumes

One of the most important tasks to cross off your list when you apply for a job is updating your resume. If you’re submitting or uploading a dated version, you could be missing out on opportunities. Make sure your resume includes up to date information about your qualifications and employment history and double-check it before you apply for every job. 

Sending the same resume and cover letter for every job

It is essential to tailor your resume and cover letter to each role, regardless of how many jobs you’re applying for and how many rejections you’ve had. If you feel like you are spending all of your waking hours submitting applications, you might not want to take the time to review and revamp your resume, but tailoring your application to each position will increase your chances of getting the job. Read the job description and tweak your resume and cover letter accordingly.

Your online image

Employers have access to information about candidates via online resources, sites, apps and channels. If you are struggling to get past the first phases of the recruitment process, your online image or reputation may be a contributing factor. If you have shared or liked posts that could be deemed controversial, or you have a criminal record related to charges that have been dropped, there are solutions. You can use professional services to remove mugshots and delete social media content. It’s also beneficial to check that your accounts and profiles are set to private so that the content you post or share is only visible to your friends. 

Looking in the wrong places

There are many ways to find a job in 2021. While applying for a job used to involve flicking through newspaper adverts or calling into stores or offices and asking about vacancies, most people now search online. Although there are some fantastic resources available for job-seekers, it is possible to find yourself in the wrong place. Try to focus on high-quality sites that are relevant to the industry in which you want to work, contact reputable recruitment agencies, and upload your resume to websites that have an excellent reputation and an impressive track record. You can also use social media apps to hear about job openings and find out more about companies and organizations if you have an interview. It’s also wise to network and to use your contacts to find out about opportunities. 

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Are you finding it tough to get interviews, or are you firing off applications to no avail? Job hunting can be challenging, especially during a very uncertain period. If you’re looking for a new role, make sure you’re not making the mistakes listed above. Tailor applications, update your resume, enhance your online image and use reputable recruitment agencies and job sites to find vacancies.

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Looking For A Job Post Pandemic

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Over the last year and a half, a lot of people have had big career changes or interruptions in their income. When the pandemic hit a lot of people lost their jobs or had their hours reduced. This has meant that a lot of people have either changed jobs, are still looking for jobs or have set up their own side hustle business.

As the world returns to some form of normality people are starting to get their businesses back to normal as much as they can. As so many people were out of work you can expect that when jobs come up they have a lot of applications. So you need to make sure that you stand out. Why should employers pick you over everyone else? That is what you need to make them see when they see your application. 

One of the most important things and something that is often forgotten about is fully adapting your cover letter or CV for the jobs that you’re applying for. It’s great to have a CV but when certain job roles have essential skills and requirements needed it’s beneficial for you to implement that into your cover letter and CV so that they can see that you have the right skills and capabilities to do the job that you’re applying for.

Another thing to be considerate about is your online reputation. With so much of the will being online now a lot of employers will look at potential candidates on their social media before interviewing or hiring them. Brands have certain values and characteristics and they want their employees to have and show to the world. So for example they wouldn’t want anyone who shares potential harmful or dangerous things on their socials or anyone that could damage the reputation of the business. You can check your reputation score and look at how to improve it so that you can improve your chances of getting a new job with your social media influence not getting in the way.

A lot of jobs are now becoming a lot more flexible. For example, in an office-based role is a lot of them are opting for a hybrid working option now rather than fully having everyone back in the office. This with you could be working from home I’ll give the office in your new role so if you are looking for flexibility there could benefit you and suit your needs. There are some jobs which wouldn’t have this option for example retail or hospitality as that is something you’d always need to be there for.

Lots of people have used the pandemic to upskill themselves and work towards their passions. The pandemic has made people realise life is short and they want to do what they love. As more and more jobs become available you could find that you can look at going into the industry that you’re passionate about and can use the online courses, side hustle activities and anything else even over the pandemic to support your applications and chain why you would be great for the new change in your career life.

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Yes, You Can Have a More Fulfilling Career

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If you’re unhappy in your current role or your career isn’t panning out like you’d hoped, it’s never too late to make a change. While modifying your career plan might feel like a daunting prospect, the opportunity to do something you genuinely enjoy should never be overlooked. To find out how you can have a more fulfilling career, take a look at these top tips now:

Get More Experience

If you’re not sure what you want to do or what type of company you want to work for, focus on getting as much experience as possible. Many companies now offer work placements to professionals, rather than just students. This gives you the chance to see what a different job involves or even what a different industry can offer. 

Be Selective

When you’re offered a job, it seems counterintuitive to turn it down in the hope that something better comes along. However, you need to be selective if you want to enjoy a rewarding career. Registering with a staffing agency, like http://prolinkstaffing.com, can be an effective way to fast-track your journey. When you can explain to your agency exactly what sort of role or employer you’re looking for, you’ll have a team of professionals searching for the perfect placement for you. Not only will they have access to new vacancies, but they’ll also have the knowledge and experience you need to determine what the right career is for you.

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Prioritize Flexibility

A new career path may bring professional fulfillment but it’s important to have a good work-life balance if you want to enjoy a well-rounded lifestyle. By choosing a job or career that provides flexibility, you can ensure that your new role doesn’t take over your life but that it integrates well with other responsibilities and interests you have. As a result, you’ll find that your career becomes an important part of your life, rather than your sole priority. 

Choose a Job That Delivers Value

When you feel that your job has a wider benefit for an industry, community, or society as a whole, it can keep you motivated and give you a sense of purpose. After all, you’ll be a vital cog in a machine that delivers genuine value to people. For many, it’s this purpose that gives them job satisfaction. When your career path involves bettering society in one or another, it’s hard not to feel fulfilled. 

Develop a Personal Brand

Once you know what you want to do, you simply need to find the right vacancy and land your dream job. To do this, you’ll need to develop a personal brand that sets you apart from other candidates and differentiates you as ‘top talent’. Highlighting the skills, traits, and characteristics that you want to be known for – and embodying them – is the first step to securing your dream job and enjoying a fulfilling career. 

Making a Career Change

When you’re unhappy at work, it can affect every aspect of your life, so don’t risk staying in a job that you don’t find rewarding. Instead, take the time to discover what you’re passionate about and set your mind to building a fulfilling and rewarding career around it.

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The Benefits of Following Your Passion When Choosing Your Career

The Benefits of Following Your Passion When Choosing Your Career

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Few things can be more draining than pursuing a career that you don’t desire. Unfortunately, that is the case for many people in the working world. According to CBS News, 51% of people have careers they have no interest in. For that reason, their work engagement level is based on monthly earnings and other financial benefits. Moreover, a Forbes survey revealed that people wish to exchange their passionless careers for other interests but cannot due to certain factors. Are you stuck in a job you wished you could change? Regardless of your answer, find out what the benefits are when you follow your passion when choosing your career.

Self-motivation remains high

Usually, people perform below expectations when they lack the motivation to do so. Inspiration to work must go beyond your monthly paycheck. Instead, it should be your willingness and commitment to give more of yourself in the job or profession you’re engaged in. Moreover, several research papers support that personal interest in a job is directly linked to performance and turnover. When your career is aligned with your interests, you can set higher professional goals. Experts say doing what you love predisposes you to an inner desire to go above and beyond.

It helps you utilize your best strengths

A CBS survey revealed that persons engaged in their chosen careers tend to be less frustrated. Indeed, it is natural if you do not display great mastery over every assignment. However, the tendency to give off your best strength is highest because of a personal drive to succeed at what you do. For example, if you choose to become a health coach because of your passion for helping people attain their fitness goals, you will most likely succeed and receive greater fulfilment.

It is a psychological drive usually exhibited by individuals who turn their passions into a career. People know they are good at what they do, but the urge to show their best is greatly diminished when in the wrong environment. However, it’s almost impossible to feel frustration over a challenging piece of work in the right environment.

A consistent drive to meet high standards

Have you ever wondered why certain people can meet high standards consistently? Indeed, hard work, determination, commitment, and other personal values contribute to this result. However, many fail to realize that these individuals achieve consistently high standards because of their love for their jobs. Indeed, work is more enjoyable when your passion is closely related to your career choice under the right conditions. For this reason, you can set new and higher goals for yourself and improve your skill-set simultaneously.

Fortunately, you will continue to set, break records and reset higher standards for yourself. That is the joy of linking your passion to your career. Furthermore, consistent standards drive innovation, and if you have employers, you will become a valuable employee. If you own and run a company, that means business growth. Hopefully, you’ll consider these benefits as you decide on your future career path. 

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How To Identify Your Career Options As A Student

If you’re currently studying at university and you start to worry that you’ll be graduating without any idea of what kind of career you might like to go into, don’t worry. Many students apply to take degree courses in subjects that they enjoy and that they’re good at without knowing where they want that degree to take them. However, so that you don’t waste a lot of time once you graduate searching for something that might suit you, and so that you don’t get stuck working in a career that you don’t like because you found it was your only option, it’s best to narrow down your ideas sooner rather than later. Here are some ways you can do it. 

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Research Options Related To Your Degree 

Since you will have chosen your degree for a reason, perhaps because you always liked the subject, because you’re particularly good at it, or because you felt that it would lead you to excellent career choices, your degree is where you should start when it comes to looking for a career once you graduate. 

Take a look at the kinds of jobs previous students on your specific course have gone on to do. You can search this online, but to get a better idea, and one that is more personal to your own situation, it can often be best to speak to the course directors or the careers advisors at your college. These are the people who are most likely to know first hand what other people have moved onto after graduation, and they might even be able to put you in touch with some older students so you can find out more. 

Study Trips 

Study trips are wonderful ways to look at the larger world around you and discover more about yourself and what you might like to do in your career. You can travel abroad for one of these trips, or you can focus on UK study trips, depending on your preferences and what you want to gain from the opportunity. 

Taking part in a study trip could open up a variety of different and new possibilities to you, ensuring that you are immersed in different cultures or that you can try new things, all in the interests of learning. In this way, you’ll be able to guide yourself in the direction you know you should be going in once you return, even if that means changing your degree course. There’s no point in studying for something that won’t help you get the career you want, especially if there is a course that will. 

Emerging Career Options 

There are always new careers emerging, and the more advanced technology becomes, the more new careers there will be to choose from. If you haven’t yet found anything that has sparked your interest and in which you can see yourself working for many decades to come, perhaps it’s time to start looking at these new, emerging careers. It might just be that you don’t know what to do because you aren’t aware of all the options open to you. 

Take a look online and see what innovations are doing to the world of work. It’s best if you know roughly what area you want to work on as this will narrow things down, and then you can set about finding a brand-new career that fits in perfectly with your skills and personality. 

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3 Top Tips To Make You More Employable As A Graduate

3 Top Tips To Make You More Employable As A Graduate 

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With more people attending university and completing higher education, succeeding in the graduate job market now requires much more than a degree certificate. Companies want to see that there is more to you than your studies and that you have the right skills for the job role outside of academics. We’ve run through a few top tips to make sure you stand out from the crowd in your next application process. 

  1. Find your USP As A Candidate:

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We’re all completely different; everybody knows that. So, even if you’re going for the same job role as the other two hundred applicants (because trust us, graduate roles attract A LOT of attention), there will be at least one thing that is entirely individual to you. This is what we call your unique selling point. Maybe your time working as an assistant in a gaming store has made you an expert on the market as a whole. Or perhaps your time working at children’s birthday parties on the weekend has given you the patient of a saint when working in high-pressure situations. Whatever it is, you need to find your unique trait that can allow you to stand out amongst the other candidates. Even if it might not appear directly relevant to the role at first, make sure to take the time to tailor your strength to something mentioned as a desirable trait in the job description.

  1. Get Your Driver’s License:

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It might not seem like a priority when preparing to enter the job market, but having a full driver’s license and access to a car can make you much more attractive to employers. It is not uncommon for job adverts to list a license as ‘desirable’ for candidates. Many even require applicants to confirm that they obtain a full license to progress with the application process. This is because many roles, especially those that are client or customer-facing, require travel to meet clients at a location most suitable for them. Public transport is renowned for being unreliable, so an employee relying on it to meet clients is a risk for any company. Getting your license might seem daunting, and if so, you’ve probably been putting it off since you were old enough, but here’s your sign to just get it done. With a few hours of lessons a week, fitted in alongside your studies, you’re likely to be able to pass your test within a year. There’s tons of advice available online about how to perform well in your test, and you can read more about it here.

  1. Keep A Record Of Any Achievements And Skills:

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With so much information being thrown at you during university, it’s easy to forget everything that you have learned during your time there. Chances are you’ve kept a record of your grades for when employers ask for them, but it can be useful to go one step further. Employers love when you provide practical examples of the skills you’ve learned, especially in interviews. Therefore, it can help keep a good record of all of the examples of personal development and soft skills your degree program has provided you with. When it comes to completing job applications, all you need to do is link these qualities to the specific role, and your application will really stand out. 

These simple steps might not seem like a lot, but they’ll be sure to make you stand out from the crowd to employers. The graduate job market can be challenging, but if you persevere, you’ll be sure to find the position that’s right for you, hopefully with the help of our advice.

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Define Success, Then Chase It

Define Success, Then Chase It!

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A successful career is one of the most rewarding features in anyone’s life. However, what you consider success may vary greatly from what someone else thinks it should be. So, if you want to carve out a career that will leave you smiling, determining your definition is a vital first step to take.

Once you know what success looks like in your mind, you can set out on turning that vision into a reality. Here are the most common definitions to consider.

Big Earnings

Let’s face it; earning a salary is the chief reason for having a job in the first place. For many people, then, financial success is the main objective. When you trade your time for money, getting a bigger return will open the door to greater opportunities away from work.

Money-orientated workers should know that some careers will have a higher ceiling than others. Moreover, there are plenty of well-paid roles that do not require special qualifications. So, you can begin earning big in next to no time.

Find a lucrative career that you can follow, and then take the steps needed to maximize your hopes of securing the desired role. Simple.

Making A Difference

While earning money is an important issue for all workers, you may also have a desire to support society. When altruism is a priority in your eyes, there are many ways to make it happen. Whether it’s a role that secures status or retains some anonymity, it is your legacy.

The medical and healthcare sectors stand out as the best place to make a difference. Getting a degree from USAHS will open the door to several opportunities in this arena. Alternatively, you could look at working in the field of greener technologies.

Making a difference may even include teaching the next generation. Getting paid to make the world a better place is surely one of the best things anyone can do.

Managing Your Destiny

Establishing a sense of control in all aspects of your life can feel highly rewarding. As far as your career is concerned, putting fate in your own hands can be considered another form of success. Not least because it removes the ceiling on what could potentially be achieved.

Perhaps the clearest way to achieve this goal is to start a company. Registering a business at US formation is the first step to success. Whether it’s a side hustle, solo endeavor, or full company is up to you. Either way, working towards your dream in this way feels amazing.

Every target you hit will deliver a massive boost of self-esteem in the process. Moreover, you will be in full control to make any alterations as other life goals evolve.

The Final Word

There are over 7.5 billion people on this planet. So, to think that we all have the same career goals would be crazy. Whether starting out in your work life or looking to change direction, now is the time to think about what you truly want. When your eyes are locked on the destination, the road ahead will be a lot clearer.

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Aspire To Be Successful, Despite Your Obstacles And Worries

We all have aspirations in life, things we dream of doing or being. They can be small purposes or they can be wishes that require years of work. Following your dreams may not be easy, but it is worth the journey because this is how your life makes sense. Sometimes finances get in the way or unexpected problems. So how can you balance it all out?

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Define a purpose that will lead you to success.

How can you know if you are on the right track if you don’t have an exact destination?

Success represents something different for each person. To be successful, you need to have clearly defined what success means in your particular case. Real success comes from achieving goals that are meaningful to you, and that help you achieve fulfilment and happiness. Try to write your definition of success, be it getting a job doing a particular activity that you enjoy, living in an area of ​​your city that you like a lot, having the possibility of travelling, or starting a happy family, among many other alternatives.

Ask yourself: What is it that makes you happiest in life? Do you want to spend time with your family, travel, play sports, practice a hobby? What would you do if money was not a concern? Then consider what the next step you need to take to get a little closer to that goal is. Create a long-term vision. Having a long-term vision can help you further refine your purpose. Where do you want to be in 5, 10 and 20 years? What can you do today to start the path that brings you closer to that dream? Imagine your ideal life. Close your eyes, visualize yourself and express your future in writing. Try asking yourself questions like:

  1. What career or job are you doing?
  2. Where do you live?
  3. Who is with you?
  4. How do you look
  5. What are you wearing?
  6. How do you feel?

You can even try writing down your perfect day, from start to finish, starting with the time you get up and each of the tasks you do.

Learn from failure and obstacles.

You are likely to run into some obstacles or failures in the process of achieving your dreams. But you don’t have to let any setback derail your plans. You have to learn to see failures as life lessons and deal with them constructively. A failure does not close all doors. You can close some, but others are still open. Maybe your plan to become an opera singer failed, but that doesn’t mean that a music career is out of your league. Perhaps you have the necessary preparation to sing in a choir, or perhaps you can use your musical skills to become a singing teacher. You should be aware that your failures may be monetary. If you have had any type of accident or issue at work or anywhere, you may need to look at hiring help. You may need to ask yourself when you need a car accident lawyer? This may seem like an obstacle, but you can overcome it. Don’t let any obstacle hold you back from creating the dream life that you desire.

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High Paying Career Ideas That Require No Experience

Are you looking for a new career at the moment? Are you currently stuck in a dead-end job where you’re never going to earn a decent living? Then you’ve come to the right place! In this article, we’re going to take a look at some high-paying career suggestions that require no experience. That’s right! You don’t need any previous experience at all to try these jobs, and they have the potential for significantly larger salaries than you’ll find anywhere else. 

With that in mind, grab yourself a coffee, and let’s begin!

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Work on a trawler 

It doesn’t matter whether you’re male, female, or anything in between, anyone can get a job working on a trawler if they have the right attitude and connections. The job involves spending weeks at sea fishing, but you could earn a small fortune every year. In most instances, the boat captain will take money from the catch to cover their costs. They will then pay themselves before splitting the rest of the profits between the crew. 

Lots of people who work on trawlers earn a middle-class wage each year, and you could do the same. Get in touch with different captains, and ask if they have any available positions if you want to try this career. 

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Work in the energy industry

There are many different jobs within the energy industry that offer fantastic wages, even if you don’t have any experience. For instance, you might work an unskilled job aboard an oil rig or something similar? You could join a drilling company and spend time in Africa searching for natural gasses or minerals. The possibilities are endless, and it’s possible to earn a crazy wage if you join the right company. 

For jobs of that nature, you need to check the websites of different energy companies. Most will list available positions in their jobs sections. 

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Work in real estate

One of the best things about working in the real estate industry is that you expose yourself to unlimited earnings. In most instances, you will earn a small wage from the company for which you work. However, you can also earn a commission on every house you sell. So, if you work hard and master the trade, it is possible you could significantly improve your quality of life. 

Of course, selling property is hard work, and it might take a while before you become proficient at it. Still, if you’re a fast learner, real estate could be an excellent idea. 

The high-paying career ideas listed on this page require no experience. So, there is nothing preventing you from getting a CV together and sending it off to some suitable companies today. Just remember that you’re far more likely to catch a fish if you have lots of fishing rods in the water. That means you need to contact hundreds of different firms if you want to secure a job offer. If you do that, you’re sure to get a bite eventually. 

Whatever you decide to do, make sure you check out some other fantastic career articles on this blog before you leave! See you next time!

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