Friday, February 4, 2011

how to make a resume whitout money

  1. Understand the purpose of a resume. This will help you to identify what is really important to focus on when putting yours together. Basically, a résumé is a brief overview of your experience and credentials put together in such a way as to sell you as one of the best choices for a prospective employer to interview. It initiates the process of introducing yourself to the employer. Therefore, given that a résumé is both introductory and a personal sales presentation, a good résumé will be concise, easy to read, positive, and interesting. 
    • A résumé is not a mere summary of what you've done – a résumé needs to be focused on the job targeted, making the content relevant to the hiring team's viewpoint.[1] An often-made mistake is to develop a "one-size-fits-all" résumé without tailoring it to the specifics of the job.[2]
    • Look at existing résumé examples to get a good feel for putting together a good résumé. Borrow books on résumé writing from the local library, or get online and check out résumés uploaded by various people. Within your industry, it's often possible to get a search return for people who have submitted résumés that have been made public and stored electronically, and this gives you a great opportunity to see how the top people in your industry prepare their résumés.
    • Know what the reader will be looking to get out of a résumé. Key professional behaviors that a reader will want to see leap out from reading your resume include communication and listening skills, ability to be a team player, goal orientation, analytical skills, motivation and initiative, reliability and dedication, determination, confidence, pride and integrity, efficiency, and the ability to follow directions.[3]
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    Make it easy to read. The manner of presentation will impact how easy it is to read the résumé. Use good taste when developing a résumé and forget gimmicks; in general, recruiters approach resumes conservatively and do not like or trust being presented with resumes printed on color paper, in 3D, with unusual fonts, or shaped like whatever product the company's trying to sell.[4] Stay with what is tried and trusted because recruiters like the familiar, and anything that bucks that trend risks a negative reaction.
    • Use the font size 10-12. For a traditional look, use the serif Times New Roman. Use Century Old Style for traditional business jobs. For a more contemporary look, use the sans serif fonts Helvetica or Arial. Non-traditional fonts not only risk looking unprofessional but if you're emailing them and your employer doesn't have the font type, your resume will end up unformatted as it's replaced by a different font, with the end result probably looking unreadable.[5] You can avoid this problem by emailing the document as a PDF file.
    • Avoid switching between too many fonts. Sans serif fonts are best for headers, serif fonts are best for listing the content details.
    • Use bold and italics to make important information stand out but use bold sparingly. Also make use of white space; ensure there is enough to make it easier to read.
    • Use black and white. Color should be used restrictively and preferably not at all.
    • Keep the format neat and well organized. Format consistently throughout the document.
    • If printing hard copies to send, use quality paper.
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    Choose a style you'll use. Leaving out personal pronouns is commonplace but the use of third person or first person is really up to you and your personal style. What matters is that you come across as personable and someone people want to work with. Don't make it overly stiff or overly casual; try to find a perfect medium.
    • Be careful to maintain the correct tense throughout the résumé.
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    Decide on the positioning of the content. A résumé can be chronological (placed in date order) or functional (focused on specific professional skills). The chronological résumé is the more common, listing current work and moving down to your first job. Chronological résumés work well for people who have remained in the same profession and can demonstrate an evolving, improving history of experience. For people who change jobs frequently, it can make you appear less reliable and knowledgeable. The functional résumé works best for older workers, for frequent job changers, for those who have a career hiatus (such as for child-raising or illness), and for anyone who wishes to focus more on skills.[6] Many résumés tend to be a combination of both approaches now.
    • An example of a chronological résumé can be viewed here; an example of a functional resume can be viewed here.
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    Make a master list. This list will be your background working document from which you create each new résumé. Keep it somewhere safe and refer to it every time you create a resume, as well as remembering to constantly update it as you do new things in your life. Having the master list will trigger your memory quickly and allows you to cherry pick from all of your experiences, rather than leaving you tempted to include absolutely everything in the resume document itself. Over a lifetime, your resumes will appear quite different as you emphasize a different set of skills for different positions.
    • Make a list of all the jobs you have ever had. Don't leave out anything, even short stints, internships, or work experience opportunities.
    • Include awards, educational degrees, skills, and personal projects.
    • Think of anything that would be impressive or interesting to anyone reading about you.
    • Maintain this list so that you don't have to revisit the older portions year after year. It's helpful to organize the list by category: that way you can find your answers quickly.
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    Avoid making your resume too long!
    Avoid making your resume too long!
    Consider the résumé content carefully. A résumé should be brief and unless you have considerable experience in many jobs, it's important to keep your résumé to 1 to 2 pages in length at the most. One standard suggests that a page for every 10 years of experience is appropriate.[7] On average, a résumé is given less than two minutes reading time,[8] so you'll want to make sure that the content that it does contain matters and sells you well. If you're tempted to bloat it, keep in mind that the interview is the right place to share more information.
    • If you're just out of school or college, make the résumé no more than one page. List your scholastic accomplishments, including involvement in official positions, school newspaper, student council, awards, etc.
    • Provide your educational history. Placement of this depends on the importance of them to your job and the amount of time you've been in the workforce. Always list top accomplishments first, for example, use the order: PhD, MA, BA, diploma, certificate. It is standard to abbreviate degrees. List relevant scholarships and awards.
    • Include positions that were extensive. Unless you're fresh out of school, working at a place for a few weeks does not count as "extensive", and tends to suggest that you job hop.
    • Include accreditation and licenses.
    • Include employment dates. A résumé that does not include the dates makes recruiters nervous.[9]
    • Include an address, phone number, and email address. But do not include an email that shows you shouldn't be taken seriously, such as Don't use your current employer's name, number or email, either. If necessary, get an extra email address with a professional name that you can use for job searches.
    • Top résumés do not list referee's names because it's assumed by the recruiter that you have referees and it only comes into play if you're successful at the interview. It's considered unprofessional to set out names in this way.[10]
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    Tailor your résumé. Using your master list as a prompt, it's time to craft a résumé targeted at your intended job. In order to tailor the résumé, you'll need to do your research, be prepared to trim out any irrelevant information, and rework the relevance of remaining information that you're including.
    • For your research, use the job advertisement, job description, anyone you know who works in the place, media information (internet, newspaper, company's own press releases, etc.), gossip, and calling up the incumbent or person identified as the appropriate person to talk to.
    • Make the tone positive. Whenever possible, list your experience in terms of accomplishments and achievements rather than tasks and responsibilities. Show your success. Accomplishments are more impressive than a list of duties. For example, "Cut expenses by 25 percent over six months while maintaining historic revenue levels" is more impressive than saying, "Was responsible for a $500,000 budget." The latter says "I did this", while the former says, "I did this, and I can do it for you too."
    • Accomplishments that can be quantified can be helpful, such as saying how much time your streamlining saved the company.
    • Explain the relevance to the targeted job of the content placed in the résumé.
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    Know what to watch out for. There are some things that might seem good at the time but are real "killers" when it comes to a recruiter trying to gauge your worth to be added to the workplace. Here are some things that will dissuade the reader from letting you through the rest of the recruitment process:
    • Don't make demands. If you set out to let your potential employer know what you expect to get out of them, you'll lose them straight away. Leave this part for the negotiations at the time of the job offer.
    • Don't inflate your achievements and abilities. Three out of every ten résumés contain inflated educational qualifications, causing employers to check these more often than not.[11] If you haven't done it, don't say you have; if you're still getting a qualification, simply make that clear!
    • Don't over-qualify yourself for the position. Give enough information for interest and save the "wow" factor for the interview.
    • Be careful to avoid coming across as stubborn, arrogant, or difficult to work with. While it might seem fine to tell someone that you're strong willed and stand your ground in a dispute, this can suggest that you're inflexible and disinterested in listening to others' opinions, not likely to be someone a boss is keen to have on board! Always take great care with the impression your words create about your character.
    • Avoid listing weaknesses. While the unoriginal, standard question "What are your weaknesses" will likely come up in an interview, the résumé isn't the place to be berating yourself! This is a sales document, not a soul-searching exercise.
    • Unless relevant to your job, avoid mentioning age, race, religion, sex, and national origin. In the latter case, national origin may be necessary if you're working in a country not of your birth – in that case, make it clear that you are entitled to work in the country.[12]
    • Forget the photo unless you're applying for a job where your appearance matters (such as modeling). The current trend is moving away from the inclusion of a photo.[13]
    • Avoid space wasters such as telling the employer you're available (why apply if you're not?), titling your résumé "Resume/CV/etc.", talking about early childhood achievements (you're not asking your mom for a job!), or health (unless health is integral to the position).
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    Make your resume interesting. We'd all rather meet an interesting person than someone who doesn't seem to be engaging, is indifferent, or is on the dull side. Giving the impression that you're worth meeting is vital in a resume. The key element of a résumé is to sell yourself without sounding reticent or over-the-top.
    • Focus on your best accomplishments, and write in a way that a reader will think: "I want to find out more about how this person did that!"
    • Some useful things that increase your interesting allure include listing professional affiliations (demonstrates career commitment), your language abilities (always useful in a globalized world), your publications and patents (how creative!), military or emergency services experience (dedication, teamwork, determination), professional training (you like to remain up-to-date), and endorsements (people praise you!).
    • This isn't a time to be shy. The résumé needs to sell you to people who haven't met you yet, so refrain from the shrinking violet approach on paper. Your modesty will come across in the interview. Instead of saying "answered phones," say "answered multi-line phone and routed calls for an office of 43 people." This demonstrates that you're able to handle high volume work in a complex environment, which is not something to be shy about!
    • Use action verbs. Find a list of résumé action verbs online or in a résumé book. These will make it much easier for you to write a resume that is vivid and very readable.
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    Proofread and revise. This step cannot be overemphasized. Proofread your résumé several times. Have someone else proofread it. Have another person further removed from you read it. Spelling errors and grammatical errors in a résumé are enough of a reason to discard it when you're competing in the dozens or hundreds. Don't let this simple part slip you up! As well as looking for errors, ask your proofreader to be frank about the overall style, tone, and presentation—ask them "does this sell me for this job?" And look at what you can excise from the résumé—spend a lot of time removing superfluous language, repetitive elements, and anything that you have doubts about.
    • Take constructive criticism on board and amend your résumé to reflect the suggestions if they're valid.
    • Check that you have followed all the directions provided by the job application instructions. This is a huge indicator of responsibility to a hiring manager. If the ad says "no calls please," then don't call!
    • It's a good idea to prepare your résumé several days in advance, so that you can come back and read it again a day or two later, with fresh eyes. You may be able to better see what to leave out, and to add anything else pertinent.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

How Students Can Dismiss Online Distractions

Attending school online has its many advantages—it's convenient, you can essentially go to "class" whenever you want and you can earn your degree at your own pace. But you will learn early on that in order to be successful in an online program, you must have a lot of discipline, and the fact that you are on a computer with the largest temptation known to students (the internet) this can prove to be a difficult task. To learn how to avoid online distractions and other distractions that may hinder your performance, continue reading below.
Since you are taking classes online you obviously need the internet to retrieve your assignments and tune-in on lectures. However, it's important that you don't let distracting social networking's sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube defer you from your studies. If you know that you are the type that checks these types of sites every 5 minutes, it's best that you do whatever you can do to condition yourself from visiting these sites so frequently. To help you do this, only visit these sites as a treat to yourself. Meaning, tell yourself that after an hour of consecutive studying or after listening to your professor's lecture then you can enjoy a few minutes on Facebook, for example. If you are having trouble with this method, a good way to cut yourself off cold turkey is to simply deactivate these sites temporarily while you are studying. While on the same note of deactivation, it's also best if you turn your cell phone off during class and study time. You may think that receiving one text message or phone call won't do any harm, but it can result in an unnecessary hour-long conversation.
Another good way to avoid temptations and distractions is to study in a proper location. Don't try to study in the living room for example, with the TV and or radio playing in the background. Try to find a quiet space where you can concentrate, but try to avoid studying on your bed. You don't want to risk getting too comfortable and falling asleep. Sit at a desk or table in an upright position with lots of lighting. If there are still too many distractions, then try studying in a new environment all together such as a public library or a quiet café.
Lastly, if at all possible the best way to avoid online distractions is to go offline all together. Go online to retrieve your reading assignments for that day or find the web pages that you need to help you finish your assignments, but then disconnect your Wi-Fi or unplug your Ethernet cable until the assignments are completed.

50 Famously Successful People Who Failed At First

Not everyone who's on top today got there with success after success. More often than not, those who history best remembers were faced with numerous obstacles that forced them to work harder and show more determination than others. Next time you're feeling down about your failures in college or in a career, keep these fifty famous people in mind and remind yourself that sometimes failure is just the first step towards success.
Business Gurus
These businessmen and the companies they founded are today known around the world, but as these stories show, their beginnings weren't always smooth.
  1. Henry Ford: While Ford is today known for his innovative assembly line and American-made cars, he wasn't an instant success. In fact, his early businesses failed and left him broke five time before he founded the successful Ford Motor Company.
  2. R. H. Macy: Most people are familiar with this large department store chain, but Macy didn't always have it easy. Macy started seven failed business before finally hitting big with his store in New York City.
  3. F. W. Woolworth: Some may not know this name today, but Woolworth was once one of the biggest names in department stores in the U.S. Before starting his own business, young Woolworth worked at a dry goods store and was not allowed to wait on customers because his boss said he lacked the sense needed to do so.
  4. Soichiro Honda: The billion-dollar business that is Honda began with a series of failures and fortunate turns of luck. Honda was turned down by Toyota Motor Corporation for a job after interviewing for a job as an engineer, leaving him jobless for quite some time. He started making scooters of his own at home, and spurred on by his neighbors, finally started his own business.
  5. Akio Morita: You may not have heard of Morita but you've undoubtedly heard of his company, Sony. Sony's first product was a rice cooker that unfortunately didn't cook rice so much as burn it, selling less than 100 units. This first setback didn't stop Morita and his partners as they pushed forward to create a multi-billion dollar company.
  6. Bill Gates: Gates didn't seem like a shoe-in for success after dropping out of Harvard and starting a failed first business with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen called Traf-O-Data. While this early idea didn't work, Gates' later work did, creating the global empire that is Microsoft.
  7. Harland David Sanders: Perhaps better known as Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame, Sanders had a hard time selling his chicken at first. In fact, his famous secret chicken recipe was rejected 1,009 times before a restaurant accepted it.
  8. Walt Disney: Today Disney rakes in billions from merchandise, movies and theme parks around the world, but Walt Disney himself had a bit of a rough start. He was fired by a newspaper editor because, "he lacked imagination and had no good ideas." After that, Disney started a number of businesses that didn't last too long and ended with bankruptcy and failure. He kept plugging along, however, and eventually found a recipe for success that worked.
Scientists and Thinkers
These people are often regarded as some of the greatest minds of our century, but they often had to face great obstacles, the ridicule of their peers and the animosity of society.
  1. Albert Einstein: Most of us take Einstein's name as synonymous with genius, but he didn't always show such promise. Einstein did not speak until he was four and did not read until he was seven, causing his teachers and parents to think he was mentally handicapped, slow and anti-social. Eventually, he was expelled from school and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School. It might have taken him a bit longer, but most people would agree that he caught on pretty well in the end, winning the Nobel Prize and changing the face of modern physics.
  2. Charles Darwin: In his early years, Darwin gave up on having a medical career and was often chastised by his father for being lazy and too dreamy. Darwin himself wrote, "I was considered by all my masters and my father, a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard of intellect." Perhaps they judged too soon, as Darwin today is well-known for his scientific studies.
  3. Robert Goddard: Goddard today is hailed for his research and experimentation with liquid-fueled rockets, but during his lifetime his ideas were often rejected and mocked by his scientific peers who thought they were outrageous and impossible. Today rockets and space travel don't seem far-fetched at all, due largely in part to the work of this scientist who worked against the feelings of the time.
  4. Isaac Newton: Newton was undoubtedly a genius when it came to math, but he had some failings early on. He never did particularly well in school and when put in charge of running the family farm, he failed miserably, so poorly in fact that an uncle took charge and sent him off to Cambridge where he finally blossomed into the scholar we know today.
  5. Socrates: Despite leaving no written records behind, Socrates is regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of the Classical era. Because of his new ideas, in his own time he was called "an immoral corrupter of youth" and was sentenced to death. Socrates didn't let this stop him and kept right on, teaching up until he was forced to poison himself.
  6. Robert Sternberg: This big name in psychology received a C in his first college introductory psychology class with his teacher telling him that, "there was already a famous Sternberg in psychology and it was obvious there would not be another." Sternberg showed him, however, graduating from Stanford with exceptional distinction in psychology, summa cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa and eventually becoming the President of the American Psychological Association.
These inventors changed the face of the modern world, but not without a few failed prototypes along the way.
  1. Thomas Edison: In his early years, teachers told Edison he was "too stupid to learn anything." Work was no better, as he was fired from his first two jobs for not being productive enough. Even as an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. Of course, all those unsuccessful attempts finally resulted in the design that worked.
  2. Orville and Wilbur Wright: These brothers battled depression and family illness before starting the bicycle shop that would lead them to experimenting with flight. After numerous attempts at creating flying machines, several years of hard work, and tons of failed prototypes, the brothers finally created a plane that could get airborne and stay there.
Public Figures
From politicians to talk show hosts, these figures had a few failures before they came out on top.
  1. Winston Churchill: This Nobel Prize-winning, twice-elected Prime Minster of the United Kingdom wasn't always as well regarded as he is today. Churchill struggled in school and failed the sixth grade. After school he faced many years of political failures, as he was defeated in every election for public office until he finally became the Prime Minister at the ripe old age of 62.
  2. Abraham Lincoln: While today he is remembered as one of the greatest leaders of our nation, Lincoln's life wasn't so easy. In his youth he went to war a captain and returned a private (if you're not familiar with military ranks, just know that private is as low as it goes.) Lincoln didn't stop failing there, however. He started numerous failed business and was defeated in numerous runs he made for public office.
  3. Oprah Winfrey: Most people know Oprah as one of the most iconic faces on TV as well as one of the richest and most successful women in the world. Oprah faced a hard road to get to that position, however, enduring a rough and often abusive childhood as well as numerous career setbacks including being fired from her job as a television reporter because she was "unfit for tv."
  4. Harry S. Truman: This WWI vet, Senator, Vice President and eventual President eventually found success in his life, but not without a few missteps along the way. Truman started a store that sold silk shirts and other clothing–seemingly a success at first–only go bankrupt a few years later.
  5. Dick Cheney: This recent Vice President and businessman made his way to the White House but managed to flunk out of Yale University, not once, but twice. Former President George W. Bush joked with Cheney about this fact, stating, "So now we know –if you graduate from Yale, you become president. If you drop out, you get to be vice president."
Hollywood Types
These faces ought to be familiar from the big screen, but these actors, actresses and directors saw their fair share of rejection and failure before they made it big.
  1. Jerry Seinfeld: Just about everybody knows who Seinfeld is, but the first time the young comedian walked on stage at a comedy club, he looked out at the audience, froze and was eventually jeered and booed off of the stage. Seinfeld knew he could do it, so he went back the next night, completed his set to laughter and applause, and the rest is history.
  2. Fred Astaire: In his first screen test, the testing director of MGM noted that Astaire, "Can't act. Can't sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little." Astaire went on to become an incredibly successful actor, singer and dancer and kept that note in his Beverly Hills home to remind him of where he came from.
  3. Sidney Poitier: After his first audition, Poitier was told by the casting director, "Why don't you stop wasting people's time and go out and become a dishwasher or something?" Poitier vowed to show him that he could make it, going on to win an Oscar and become one of the most well-regarded actors in the business.
  4. Jeanne Moreau: As a young actress just starting out, this French actress was told by a casting director that she was simply not pretty enough to make it in films. He couldn't have been more wrong as Moreau when on to star in nearly 100 films and win numerous awards for her performances.
  5. Charlie Chaplin: It's hard to imagine film without the iconic Charlie Chaplin, but his act was initially rejected by Hollywood studio chiefs because they felt it was a little too nonsensical to ever sell.
  6. Lucille Ball: During her career, Ball had thirteen Emmy nominations and four wins, also earning the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center Honors. Before starring in I Love Lucy, Ball was widely regarded as a failed actress and a B movie star. Even her drama instructors didn't feel she could make it, telling her to try another profession. She, of course, proved them all wrong.
  7. Harrison Ford: In his first film, Ford was told by the movie execs that he simply didn't have what it takes to be a star. Today, with numerous hits under his belt, iconic portrayals of characters like Han Solo and Indiana Jones, and a career that stretches decades, Ford can proudly show that he does, in fact, have what it takes.
  8. Marilyn Monroe: While Monroe's star burned out early, she did have a period of great success in her life. Despite a rough upbringing and being told by modeling agents that she should instead consider being a secretary, Monroe became a pin-up, model and actress that still strikes a chord with people today.
  9. Oliver Stone: This Oscar-winning filmmaker began his first novel while at Yale, a project that eventually caused him to fail out of school. This would turn out to be a poor decision as the the text was rejected by publishers and was not published until 1998, at which time it was not well-received. After dropping out of school, Stone moved to Vietnam to teach English, later enlisting in the army and fighting in the war, a battle that earning two Purple Hearts and helped him find the inspiration for his later work that often center around war.
Writers and Artists
We've all heard about starving artists and struggling writers, but these stories show that sometimes all that work really does pay off with success in the long run.
  1. Vincent Van Gogh: During his lifetime, Van Gogh sold only one painting, and this was to a friend and only for a very small amount of money. While Van Gogh was never a success during his life, he plugged on with painting, sometimes starving to complete his over 800 known works. Today, they bring in hundreds of millions.
  2. Emily Dickinson: Recluse and poet Emily Dickinson is a commonly read and loved writer. Yet in her lifetime she was all but ignored, having fewer than a dozen poems published out of her almost 1,800 completed works.
  3. Theodor Seuss Giesel: Today nearly every child has read The Cat in the Hat or Green Eggs and Ham, yet 27 different publishers rejected Dr. Seuss's first book To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.
  4. Charles Schultz: Schultz's Peanuts comic strip has had enduring fame, yet this cartoonist had every cartoon he submitted rejected by his high school yearbook staff. Even after high school, Schultz didn't have it easy, applying and being rejected for a position working with Walt Disney.
  5. Steven Spielberg: While today Spielberg's name is synonymous with big budget, he was rejected from the University of Southern California School of Theater, Film and Television three times. He eventually attended school at another location, only to drop out to become a director before finishing. Thirty-five years after starting his degree, Spielberg returned to school in 2002 to finally complete his work and earn his BA.
  6. Stephen King: The first book by this author, the iconic thriller Carrie, received 30 rejections, finally causing King to give up and throw it in the trash. His wife fished it out and encouraged him to resubmit it, and the rest is history, with King now having hundreds of books published the distinction of being one of the best-selling authors of all time.
  7. Zane Grey: Incredibly popular in the early 20th century, this adventure book writer began his career as a dentist, something he quickly began to hate. So, he began to write, only to see rejection after rejection for his works, being told eventually that he had no business being a writer and should given up. It took him years, but at 40, Zane finally got his first work published, leaving him with almost 90 books to his name and selling over 50 million copies worldwide.
  8. J. K. Rowling: Rowling may be rolling in a lot of Harry Potter dough today, but before she published the series of novels she was nearly penniless, severely depressed, divorced, trying to raise a child on her own while attending school and writing a novel. Rowling went from depending on welfare to survive to being one of the richest women in the world in a span of only five years through her hard work and determination.
  9. Monet: Today Monet's work sells for millions of dollars and hangs in some of the most prestigious institutions in the world. Yet during his own time, it was mocked and rejected by the artistic elite, the Paris Salon. Monet kept at his impressionist style, which caught on and in many ways was a starting point for some major changes to art that ushered in the modern era.
  10. Jack London: This well-known American author wasn't always such a success. While he would go on to publish popular novels like White Fang and The Call of the Wild, his first story received six hundred rejection slips before finally being accepted.
  11. Louisa May Alcott: Most people are familiar with Alcott's most famous work, Little Women. Yet Alcott faced a bit of a battle to get her work out there and was was encouraged to find work as a servant by her family to make ends meet. It was her letters back home during her experience as a nurse in the Civil War that gave her the first big break she needed.
While their music is some of the best selling, best loved and most popular around the world today, these musicians show that it takes a whole lot of determination to achieve success.
  1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mozart began composing at the age of five, writing over 600 pieces of music that today are lauded as some of the best ever created. Yet during his lifetime, Mozart didn't have such an easy time, and was often restless, leading to his dismissal from a position as a court musician in Salzberg. He struggled to keep the support of the aristocracy and died with little to his name.
  2. Elvis Presley: As one of the best-selling artists of all time, Elvis has become a household name even years after his death. But back in 1954, Elvis was still a nobody, and Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired Elvis Presley after just one performance telling him, "You ain't goin' nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin' a truck."
  3. Igor Stravinsky: In 1913 when Stravinsky debuted his now famous Rite of Spring, audiences rioted, running the composer out of town. Yet it was this very work that changed the way composers in the 19th century thought about music and cemented his place in musical history.
  4. The Beatles: Few people can deny the lasting power of this super group, still popular with listeners around the world today. Yet when they were just starting out, a recording company told them no. The were told "we don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out," two things the rest of the world couldn't have disagreed with more.
  5. Ludwig van Beethoven: In his formative years, young Beethoven was incredibly awkward on the violin and was often so busy working on his own compositions that he neglected to practice. Despite his love of composing, his teachers felt he was hopeless at it and would never succeed with the violin or in composing. Beethoven kept plugging along, however, and composed some of the best-loved symphonies of all time–five of them while he was completely deaf.
While some athletes rocket to fame, others endure a path fraught with a little more adversity, like those listed here.
  1. Michael Jordan: Most people wouldn't believe that a man often lauded as the best basketball player of all time was actually cut from his high school basketball team. Luckily, Jordan didn't let this setback stop him from playing the game and he has stated, "I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
  2. Stan Smith: This tennis player was rejected from even being a lowly ball boy for a Davis Cup tennis match because event organizers felt he was too clumsy and uncoordinated. Smith went on to prove them wrong, showcasing his not-so-clumsy skills by winning Wimbledon, U. S. Open and eight Davis Cups.
  3. Babe Ruth: You probably know Babe Ruth because of his home run record (714 during his career), but along with all those home runs came a pretty hefty amount of strikeouts as well (1,330 in all). In fact, for decades he held the record for strikeouts. When asked about this he simply said, "Every strike brings me closer to the next home run."
  4. Tom Landry: As the coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Landry brought the team two Super Bowl victories, five NFC Championship victories and holds the records for the record for the most career wins. He also has the distinction of having one of the worst first seasons on record (winning no games) and winning five or fewer over the next four seasons.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

how to Make Money Reviewing Clickbank Products

One way to make money from Clickbank is to review Clickbank products. I’ve used this technique successfully, but the hard part is finding decent Clickbank products to promote (a lot of trial an error I’m afraid).
My sons have all made money from Clickbank before the age of 16 reviewing Clickbank products just like I do, in fact it was my eldest son (age 15 at the time) that introduced Clickbank to me :-) Anyone can make money this way.
I find writing an honest review of a Clickbank product has worked well for me, this has meant I’ve had to buy the Clickbank product to review it, but if you don’t mind trawling the Internet to read other peoples Clickbank reviews and copy their thoughts into your own reviews (don’t copy the actual reviews, you’ll get your site banned from Google for duplicate content, just the ideas: it’s a good product because sort of thing), when you’ve made a few sales of a Clickbank product consider contacting the author of the product for a free review copy so you can do a better review.
My advice would be to add Clickbank product reviews to your Blogspot blog along with other articles and posts, in this way you have two ways to make money from your traffic. If someone likes the Clickbank product you’ve reviewed they buy it, if not they might click an AdSense ad.
Unless you review a lot of rubbish Clickbank products and say they are all great (I personally don’t do that, some products really SUCK), you are going to find it hard going finding lots of Clickbank products to review. What I do on a site with Clickbank reviews is also add other articles, so you are always creating new content and generating new search engine traffic and even though most of my pages don’t promote products, they do have AdSense ads on them. The article you are reading now will make money for me long term as some of you will click the ads (currently test Clickbank ads on this site to compare them to AdSense ads).
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How To Make Money With ClickBank

ClickBank is just about the biggest website on the internet today as far as affiliates are concerned. If you want to make money online but you don’t have a product of your own to promote, what better solution could there be than to promote someone else’s in exchange for a slice of the profits?
ClickBank is a no brainer if you want to get started on no cash at all, and you have your choice of products to promote as well. It’s also a great chance to experiment a little and get to know what niches are profitable and which ones have the best products that you make the most sales on.
As far as an introduction to affiliate marketing goes, the best place to head to is definitely ClickBank…

Affiliate accounts are free at ClickBank, and once you have got yours you will need to take a look at the huge number of opportunities you have to promote products – mostly e-books – to your chosen audience.
Now you might be wondering how you can do this without having a website of your own or a blog you are hosting yourself, but all you need to do is get a free web page (or in fact as many as you like) from Squidoo. Check out the separate blog entry on that very subject to see how you can combine the two for maximum benefits.
If you do have a site of your own you can easily promote ClickBank products to your existing audience by searching for items that are likely to appeal to them. Use the search facility on ClickBank to help narrow down the number of products to sort through, and pick an appropriate category as well, to make sure you find the most suitable items.
You will get a dedicated link (called a hoplink) that will ensure you get a portion of the proceeds if someone clicks through to buy a product you have recommended. You can cloak this if you wish for extra security on your part by visiting one of the many free shortened URL sites online today.
The best way to profit from ClickBank is to focus on providing more than just an affiliate link for your customer to click on. The idea is to almost pre-sell the product before they even reach the sales page. You really need to be able to recommend it to them by stirring up some enthusiasm first.
A lot of affiliates get to the stage where they build a free web page (on Squidoo) or even a whole website on a specific subject, and write (or have someone else write) material that the visitors will find useful and interesting. In this way you are building a relationship with your visitors and projecting an image of someone that can be trusted and who knows a bit about what they are saying. It’s ironic really, but if you come across as an affiliate people will assume you are just out to make money and won’t even take a second look at the sales page you are trying to send them to – even if that product is really worth looking at.
Less is more when you are an affiliate trying to make money from ClickBank, and the more you remember that the more sales you are likely to make over time.
The good thing is that no matter how many different products you can promote, all your earnings will go straight into the same account, ready to be paid to you once you hit your payment threshold.
The best way to start with ClickBank is to find your way around the site and get to know how it works. Once you have done that start researching a few choice niches and develop things from there. Slowly but surely you will start to see results.

How To Make Money Selling E-Books

Make no mistake – e-books are big business online. No matter what you search for there will be someone out there selling an e-book on it.
But the best thing about them is that they provide one of the most potentially lucrative businesses you could ever hope to start online. So long as you do your homework and don’t try and cut corners you can start making inroads into this business within days of deciding to get started. There is plenty to learn but none of it is beyond you – and even if you don’t think you’re up to the job there are plenty of people you can call on to help you.
If you’re thinking of selling e-books to make money online, your best bet is to write your own.

But why do that when there are plenty of affiliate e-books around that you can promote and earn a cut from?
The answer is simple. If you write and create your own e-book no one else will be selling anything quite like it. You’ve got a unique product that will draw attention since no one will have seen it before. As long as you do your research first, you could make a lot of money from one e-book alone.
So first thing’s first – how do you decide what to write an e-book about?
Think about what subjects are currently popular online. Making money will always be a great subject (look at this blog for example!) so anything that taps into this field which doesn’t cover the same ground as loads of other e-books could do well. Try and focus on a specific niche to get the best results; you could start by thinking about what you personally find interesting and see whether any of your hobbies might provide fertile ground to explore.
Once you’ve got some ideas see whether there are already any e-books doing well online on that subject. If there don’t seem to be any around you’ll need to dig a bit further to see if your subject is going to be popular enough to attract a lot of sales. A spot of keyword research and simply looking up related search terms on Google can help reveal the answer to this.
Okay – so let’s assume you now have an idea for an e-book you think will be popular. Next up you have to plan the contents and think of a great title. Titles are very important since they will give the potential buyer an idea of what to expect from the e-book itself. It needs to be specific and intriguing – and full of promise. Don’t worry if one doesn’t occur to you straightaway; quite often you will only think of it once the book is almost written.
The biggest problem when it comes to writing the book itself is staying on topic. It’s very easy to veer off course if you’re not careful, which is why having a pre-written outline to follow will keep you on track. If you plan this out before you begin writing you’ll find the whole process much easier to manage. If you don’t feel confident enough to write it yourself you can hire a ghostwriter to do it for you; there are plenty of sites online where you can hire a freelancer for a fixed fee that you decide on. This gives you complete control over the project.
Incidentally the word ‘e-book’ can be somewhat misleading for newbies to the business. An e-book can indeed be a hundred pages or more long, but it can also be no more than a dozen pages or so. The price for a shorter e-book will of course be lower, but it is still more than you might think given the length of the book itself.
Of course you need to think about more than just the e-book if you want to sell plenty of copies of it. You need to get the word out, and you need to have a great mini website to show it off. These mini websites are really single page sites which promote your e-book in a long sales letter. You would do well to spend as much time writing the sales letter as you did the e-book itself, since it has a very important job to do.
First off you need a stunning headline that will grab the attention. You need to really sell this to everyone who lands on your website so don’t be afraid to shout about the benefits of your e-book! You’ll notice I said benefits there and not features; that’s because the benefits will tell your readers what your book will do for them. That’s a very important point to understand since it could make the difference between getting a reasonable amount of sales and being buried under an avalanche of them!
Think about your price carefully too. Don’t be greedy – but at the same time don’t go too low either. You want to give an impression of quality. Do some research and see what similar titles in your subject area are selling for.
You can also sell more copies by offering bonuses along with the e-book itself. Could you write a number of special reports as well, each one a few pages long, which relate to the subject of your main book? Anything like this will encourage still more people to buy from you rather than going elsewhere for a similar title.
The ultimate goal for you should be to write a series of e-books which each have their own website to sell from. When you write each sales letter be sure to include plenty of keywords and phrases to attract a greater volume of search engine traffic to your site. Pick a good and relevant domain name too – it will help to draw in more people.
The hardest step is in writing that first e-book. Once you’ve got going and you’ve had some experience you’ll start writing them faster, picking better titles and subjects, and selling more copies as a result. Before you know it you’ll have a great business on your hands.
If you’d like to comment on this piece, please leave your message using the form below. Then get writing – your first e-book is there, you just have to get it out.
learn how to make money online by using google adsense and make money from home ! this is a sample , no this is a wonderfull sample of cheques which google paid for some one . do you like to be instead of him ?

If you have a website or a blog, you should definitely sign up for Google Adsense. It’s one of the few programs you can truly ‘set and forget’ – once it’s there you don’t really need to do much else with it.
But there are ways and means to maximize your income from Google Adsense, and as you get to know more about it you can start to generate a decent income from it that will keep rolling in month after month. It’s a true passive income, which is why so many people are using it.
Most people have heard of Google Adsense, but not everyone understands exactly how to use it to its best advantage. So we’ll start with how to use it in its most basic sense and then progress to the more advanced benefits you can get from the program.

Basically if you have a website or blog you can sign up for a free account at Google Adsense and start putting contextual ads on your website. What do I mean by contextual? It means quite simply that the ads which appear on your site will be relevant to your content. So let’s say for example that your website is about tropical fish. The Google ads will then be related to tropical fish in some way. And because of the information that you give to Google, they will also display adverts that are relevant to your area. So if you are based in the UK the ads that appear will be relevant to UK buyers; if your site or business is based in Australia the ads will appeal to Australian buyers.
All of this is carefully worked out for you in order to attract the maximum click through possible for your website and your ads. Every time someone clicks on an ad you will get a few cents into your Adsense account, so it makes sense that the more attractive and relevant your ads are to your visitors, the more money you will make.
Let’s have a look at the appearance of your ads now, since this can affect the amount of click throughs you get. You can choose the color and borders of your ads to fit right in with the color scheme on your site if you wish, but it’s worth experimenting with having no borders at all around your adverts since this makes them blend in with your content more seamlessly and may encourage more click throughs in a subtle but effective manner.
However well you integrate Google Adsense into your current blog or website though, there is obviously a limit to the amount of money you can make from one site. If you get thousands of people visiting your site every day then you can expect to get a good income from it but many people don’t get this number of visitors and that’s where you need a separate strategy to try and up your numbers.
In this case you can go to the advanced level of Adsense income and think about starting several sites, all based around a different yet popular subject. You should think of these essentially as being content sites, since they are often chock full of articles and useful content which is carefully keyworded to attract plenty of search engine traffic on that particular subject. The Adsense ads are then placed in the optimum positions to achieve the best click through (the Adsense pages will give you ideas on where to position them but it’s worth experimenting to see what works best for you), and the site goes live for people to find and read through.
You can also insert affiliate links for products into these sites in order to gain even more income if you wish, but they are often known as Adsense sites simply because they are set up to attract visitors and click throughs on a specific subject.
Some people end up with dozens of sites like this, and the beauty of them is that once they are built and you have bought your domain name and hosting plan you don’t really need to do too much with them except for promote them. Updating them fairly regularly is good if you want to get to a higher position in the search engine results though, which will gain you more visitors as a result.
You can also keep your site updated more regularly (and encourage repeat visitors) by inserting RSS feeds of news stories related to the subject of your website. Anything that will get people returning to read more – and possibly click on more ads as a result – is worth a try.
One final note here – choose the subjects of your Adsense sites wisely. It’s tempting to go for whatever is in the news at the moment, but once the stories die down so will your traffic. You want something that people will always want to know about – saving money, getting a better job, earning more, and various other more personal subjects such as skin care and successful dating for example. There are plenty of options to choose from; you just need to get your thinking cap on to find them.
In short the best place to start making money from Google Adsense is to integrate it into your existing website or blog. As you gain experience and discover the best ways to use it you can start thinking about adding extra sites into the mix. You might end up being an Adsense guru and raking in plenty of money for very little work indeed. That’s the best thing about it – the ‘set and forget’ benefit that keeps on working even when you’re not.