Your time is your life. Don’t sell yourself short (or cheap)

In a recent blog I noted that your CV is as much for you as it is for the prospective employer or investor.
An interview or presentation to get work has the potential to change more that your bank balance.  If you are successful in getting the job you are about to sell your most precious resource….. your time.
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When you consider how precious your time really is, then you’ll see that it’s important to interview and know as much as you can about the interviewer.
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Whether you are interviewing for a job to clean toilets, design toilets or run the company that makes them, the interview should be taken very seriously.  By ‘serious’ I don’t mean that you should ‘stress out’ and lose your mind.  What I am saying is that accepting a role for a full-time position is a major life decision that should not be taken lightly.
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If you need convincing, then let’s do the math.
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If you work a 9:00 to 5:30 job and have a 45 minute commute your day looks a little like this:
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  • 45 minutes getting ready for work
  • 45 minutes commute to work
  • 7.5 hours at work
  • 45 minutes commute home
  • 15 minutes ‘wind down’
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That’s 10 hours out of 24 hours.
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If you manage to get 8 hours sleep that leaves only 6 hours for family, friends and the ‘life’ part of the “work, life balance”.
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Even if you count your weekend, you’ll get 32 hours to spend time with those you love (noting that some of that time will be spent talking about or thinking about the work week that was or the work week to come).
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When you consider that so much of your time is spend either at work, getting ready for or travelling to work you’ll see that any role that you choose to accept is about to take a BIG chunk out of your most precious resource…. your time.
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The scale of the decision should now be more apparent.  So, ask yourself, “If I’m about to give THAT much of my life to this single thing, then shouldn’t I spend a little time to find out more about the organisation, the people and what the job will ADD to the course of my life (Curriculum Vitae – CV)”
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I say all of that to say this….

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The decision to accept a position as an employee or to take on a major client will have a significant impact on THE most valuable resource you have…. your time.  If you decide to start your own business, it’s even a bigger committment of time and energy. So consider it well to make sure that it works for you as well as the other party.
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This type of life changing decision warrants an investment of time to review the course of your life – where you have been and where you are going.  In other words, review and update your CV (step 1). Do the research into the organisation that you are meeting (step 2). Make sure that all parties (yourself included) are aligned and are clear about what they will gain.  This may require you allowing the other party to sell themselves to you! (If they are too arrogant to recognise how important that is, then it’s an indicator of things to come)
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Puzzle me this, puzzle me that….

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Are you actively developing your ability to pitch yourself or your business? Do you know the signs that other people give (unconsciously) to show that they are or not interested?
Selling and buying require a range of skills that if they are not well-developed will result in the loss of opportunities or escape routes from potentially detrimental partnerships.
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If you want to develop your skills in doing all of the above (presentation skills, pitching and assessing a potential business partner) visit a local branch of The Business Wealth Club as it’s a place where businesses learn and get results.  www.thebusinesswealthclub.com is in the UK and USA and is a great place to network, learn, grow and get results in this and a number of key areas that are important to you and your business.