The famous Broadway play, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” was a long-running hit and became a beloved classic, but the title is supremely misleading. Unless you were born with freakish luck, getting ahead in the world of commerce means trying, trying, and trying again. In fact, some of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time failed at their first few attempts to build companies or land top jobs. The theater is one thing; real life is another.
That’s why it’s necessary to have a detailed plan to succeed before making your initial attempt to score a win in a business-related venture. What are some of the most effective strategies for getting the job done? Many of today’s ambitious self-starters choose to attend law school, build extensive professional networks, and treat resumes like the crucial documents they are. If you have a burning desire to enter and thrive as an owner or employee in the commercial sector, consider the following.
Earn a Law Degree
In an increasingly complex commercial marketplace, a graduate degree in law can set you apart from the other job applicants. Prepping for the LSAT (law school admission test) is an arduous task, as is gaining acceptance to the program of your choice. But paying the bills for law school is a separate and equally challenging hurdle. Fortunately, once you choose to attend law school, there is a smart way to pay. Millions of prospective lawyers take out education loans from private lenders. That way, they have the opportunity to take advantage of flexible terms and competitive rates and borrow enough to cover all the expenses for a three-year course of legal study.
Never Stop Networking
There’s no way around the fact networking is an essential component of long-term success in any business-related career. Start now by doing what it takes to build a vast professional network. People skills are one of the core components of becoming a successful entrepreneur, owner, or employee. Some techniques that pay big dividends include
- joining the local chamber of commerce as a student or non-owner member,
- donating time to charities,
- building your brand through a website,
- focusing on one of the major social media platforms to promote yourself,
- starting a power breakfast group,
- giving free public seminars in your field of expertise,
- attending trade shows, and
- joining a church or synagogue.
Devote Time and Money to Your Resume
Resumes are widely misunderstood documents. First off, their chief purpose is not related to getting a job but to getting an interview. Remember that, and you’ll have a better grip on exactly what the all-important piece of paper is all about and why your resume’s first impression matters so much. Decide now to spend hours crafting a bare-bones resume. After that, don’t be hesitant to hire a professional to make it perfect. In the digital job market, it’s imperative that your document includes specialized keywords that automated AI scanning systems recognize. Only a trained, certified professional can deliver a final version that meets those stringent requirements and gets you in the door for a live interview.
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