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    • Problem Solving, The story… July 5, 2017

      Every problem is an opportunity in disguise. Yes I am sure you’ve come across this phrase before and are starting to get tired of all the philosophical quotes you get when things are tough. That’s great, because then I don’t have to explain the phrase before I launch into this story. This is really a story of how the ehjuma SMS service was born. In May 2012, I made the decision to rebrand my Businesses which was at the time Synergy Placement, an all round recruitment firm and a few other ventures. But in so doing, I wanted to do a general overhaul of my brand as an individual entrepreneur and make sure it covered all the ventures I had. So ehjuma Group was born with a few ventures, one of which is ehjuma inc. which replaced Synergy Placement. Initially when I ventured into recruitment there were a few challenges that affected our productivity heavily and almost crippled us as a recruitment agency. One of these core challenges was the communication between us and applicants. This was a three prong problem that really did give us hell. First we needed to inform applicants their documents were solid and we could proceed with setting up interviews for them, then we needed to let them know what interview times would be ahead of time, confirm and finally notify them afterwards if they got the job or not. Sounds very simple, but that is very far from it. We struggled along with this for a while until a..

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    • How to write a… June 30, 2017

      Create a resume that works: the personal marketing brochure Before you begin developing your resume, ask yourself the following questions: What is my ideal internship? What skills and experiences will the interviewer value? What roles can I help with as an intern? When you know these things about your interviewer and the internship you want, you can cater to them in your resume. This is what the big ad agencies in the world get paid millions of bucks to do for companies like Pfizer and Coca-cola. Take a TV commercial for a pharmaceutical company--it will focus on how great you will feel after using their product. The product itself is barely mentioned. For allergy medication, the commercial is a scene of people rolling in fields of flowers with big smiles. These companies are selling solutions, not drugs. And it works fabulously. Your resume needs to sell you as a solution for the company. A company with a successful focus on the consumer is Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola sells carbonated syrup, but commercials never describe the company as a manufacturer of carbonated syrup. Commercials show beautiful models and happy people who want to "teach the world to sing in perfect harmony." Coke is selling satisfaction, not soda. Coke is selling happiness; you are selling helpfulness—that is what an intern needs to be—helpful. Depending on the internship, what will make you helpful varies. So think about what makes you helpful and write about it in your resume. Once you know and understand your market, there are ways to take your resume to the..

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    • Is Entrepreneurship For You? March 5, 2017

      Is Entrepreneurship For You? Starting your own business can be an exciting and rewarding experience. It can offer numerous advantages such as being your own boss, setting your own schedule and making a living doing something you enjoy. But, becoming a successful entrepreneur requires thorough planning, creativity and hard work. Consider whether you have the following characteristics and skills commonly associated with successful entrepreneurs: Comfortable with taking risks: Being your own boss also means you’re the one making tough decisions. Entrepreneurship involves uncertainty. Do you avoid uncertainty in life at all costs? If yes, then entrepreneurship may not be the best fit for you. Do you enjoy the thrill of taking calculated risks? Then read on. Independent: Entrepreneurs have to make a lot of decisions on their own. If you find you can trust your instincts — and you’re not afraid of rejection every now and then — you could be on your way to being an entrepreneur. Persuasive: You may have the greatest idea in the world, but if you cannot persuade customers, employees and potential lenders or partners, you may find entrepreneurship to be challenging. If you enjoy public speaking, engage new people with ease and find you make compelling arguments grounded in facts, it’s likely you’re poised to make your idea succeed. Able to negotiate: As a small business owner, you will need to negotiate everything from leases to contract terms to rates. Polished negotiation skills will help you save money and keep your business running smoothly. Creative: Are you able to..

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    • How to Write a… November 23, 2015

      You’ve heard it before: “No one actually reads a cover letter.” Or this one: “Cover letters are pointless.” Guess what? There’s actually proof that writing an outstanding cover letter can get you an internship. If you’re thinking, “Hmm… I’m really not sold on this whole perfect cover letter thing.” Or maybe you’ve heard that college students don’t really need them. Hang tight. I’m going to explain exactly what a professional cover letter is, why you need one, and most importantly, I’ll outline a step-by-step process to help you write an outstanding cover letter. And the best part? This article includes multiple, full-length cover letter samples. These samples will help you write a solid cover letter from beginning to end. One that’s good enough to secure your dream internship. Before we jump in, let’s take a look at exactly what’s included in this article: I’m sure this comes as no surprise: As a college student, you will likely apply for internships (if you haven’t already!) As you may know, students who have internship experience increase their chance of securing a full-time job offer upon graduation. Many interns actually accept offers before they even graduate. According to a  conducted by Vault, 73% of student interns said they received or expected to receive a full-time offer from their internship employer. Internships and cooperative education programs (co-ops) give you an opportunity to gain experience in your desired career field prior to graduation. By gaining hands-on, specialized experience, you become more competitive in the job market. What’s the bottom line? Internship experience is..

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