3 Tips for Success That Most People Ignore

3 Tips for Success That Most People IgnoreI love professional and career building events. I have to admit though, some of the tips given at these events can be pretty repetitive. But, can you guess why? Because they’re important!

Ironically, as important as these tips are, most people don’t actually follow them, including myself sometimes. Here are three tips that are given at professional and career growth events that most people ignore. Hopefully after this you won’t be one of them.

1.      Actually Follow Up With Contacts

Business cards are amazing. They’re the keys that can open almost any door that exists. However, if you don’t use them, they’re pointless.

As soon as you get a new contact, reach out to them through email. Even if you don’t want something now, you may need something later. By the time later comes around, they’ll remember you.

Read more at Elite DC Magazine. 

The Hunt: My Story

The day that I received my job offer (my #1 pick might I add!), I was talking with a friend about how I couldn’t believe that my job hunt was actually over. In the end, I earned two job offers! No more applications! No more interviews! No more waiting! What a relief!!

My 4-month journey for not just any job, but the perfect job for me was nothing like I imagined. It wasn’t just hard; it was way more than that. It took a lot of creativity, networking and advice from mentors and people who were in my position not too long ago. Let me not forget to mention a whole lot of praying! Throughout my entire search, I was still interning full time. It was exhausting, but somehow I was able to do it. My friend suggested that I share my experience with you on my blog. Not because in the end I received a job offer, but because I worked my way to choosing the right job for me.

The Hunt

Anytime you see The Hunt in a post title, get ready. That’ll be me sharing with you parts of my own job hunt. I’ll also share tips and lessons that really great and successful people told me, and some that I’ve even picked up on my own.

I don’t believe there’s a set formula for success. However, I do believe that there are a few equations that will bring you closer to the finish line.

Why Can’t Millennials Get Jobs?

Check out #2. Notice how it links back to the usage of social media. What you’re posting on your social networks REALLY MATTERS. Be mindful, millennials!

-Erica Hilton

PRofessional Solutions, LLC

Millennials — people born between 1981 and 2000 – are creative, good at networking and have strong technological skills.  So why can’t they get a job?

A survey of 501 hiring managers by Adecco, the human resources consulting company, found some troubling answers.

The three most common interview mistakes noted by the managers about Millennials were:

1-      dressing inappropriately for the interview (75 percent saw this);

2-  posting “compromising content” on social media channels like Facebook (70 percent of hiring managers saw this); and

3-  failing to show interest in the job by not asking questions about the position or business and not having researched the prospective position (62 percent saw this).

Millennials can’t afford to appear unprofessional.  According to Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, 58 percent of all new jobs in the past year have gone to workers older than 55.  

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What’s Your Motivation?

I’ll be the first to tell you that trying to succeed in this day and age isn’t exactly easy. Some days can be down right hard. You know what I’m talking about. Chasing your dreams can sometimes be a rocky road. Every day you’re competing against the best of the best, and you’re always trying to prove yourself to the rest of the world.

No matter how rough the road to success may get, always keep in the forefront what motivates you. What do I do? Everyday on my way to work I pass the White House. Now I’m just a regular girl from a regular town in North Carolina, but every time I walk pass the White House I remind myself that if I got here, there’s no telling how far I’ll go next.

What’s your motivation?

The White House

Matt Mullenweg – Founder of WordPress

Matt Mullenweg and Erica Hilton

In July 2012, I had the opportunity to attend the Next Generation of Government Summit. The summit was two days of networking, training sessions and amazing guest speakers.

While there I got the chance to meet the founder of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg. It was really refreshing to hear him speak. The one thing that really stood out to me was how laid back he was. He didn’t have a full on business suit on. He had an energized presence about him. In other words… Matt was not a stiff! It was a great reminder that success comes in all shapes, sizes, colors and forms.