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What To Expect When Becoming a Real Estate Agent in Texas

 

If you have a desire to help people, an interest in the Texas housing market, and want to start your own business, consider becoming a real estate agent. Being a Texas real estate agent can be a fun and rewarding career, especially if you are looking to work from home. If you live in Texas and want to become an agent, here is a quick guide to get you started.

Basic Requirements

Simply stated, becoming a real estate agent in Texas requires that you submit an application, take a minimum of 180 course hours, and that you pass the real estate exam. After you complete these steps you must have a real estate broker sponsor (or agree to hire) you before your license is active.

In order to begin the process of applying for a real estate license or classes, you must meet certain pre-qualifications. The pre-qualifications include:

  • Proving U.S. citizenship or legal ability to work
  • Being at least 18 years of age
  • Obtaining a high school diploma or GED
  • Being a legal resident of Texas
  • Meeting the moral standards Texas has set for real estate agents

Once you meet all of the pre-qualifications, you can register for classes and begin applying through TREC or the Texas Real Estate Commissions. There are fees that are to be paid throughout the application process, so keep this in mind.

What to Expect From the Courses and Test

There are six classes that will take a total of 180 hours to complete. The course hours are separated into classes like Real Estate Principles and Laws of Contracts. These courses are designed to help you understand the basics of selling while complying with Texas real estate and ethics laws. These classes can be completed online or in person depending on your schedule and what is most convenient for you. Once the classes are completed, you must submit your completed course slips, fingerprints obtained from the Department of Public Safety, and an application to TREC.

After your application is completed and processed, you have one year to take and pass the exam. Use some of this time to study; it is not recommended that you take the exam immediately after classes. Give yourself at least two weeks to study before testing. Use online study guides and practice exams to get acquainted with the test and brush up on anything you may have forgotten.

When you are ready to test, you must schedule your test through PearsonVUE and pay the exam fee. “How long is the Texas real estate exam?”, you may wonder. You have up to two and half hours to complete it once you begin. In order to take your exam, you must bring in two forms of ID to the testing center.

The exam consists of two portions, the national and the state exam. The national exam has 80 multiple choice questions and you are allowed up to 105 minutes to complete it. The state portion has 30 multiple choice questions and you have 45 minutes to complete it. You must receive a score of at least 70% on each to pass. If you need to retake a portion of the test, you must wait a week and pay another exam fee. You may retake the exam up to three times before you must take more classes.

One you have completed the courses and exam, you can contact a brokerage to start working in your new, lucrative career! This is only the beginning of your new journey into the world of real estate.

What to Look for When Buying High-Quality Wholesale Towels

When you need a large quantity of towels for your hotel, bed and breakfast, or even as a party favor, you don’t want to choose cheap towels. Here’s what to look for when buying high-quality wholesale towels so you can choose the best ones.

Keyword(s): wholesale towels

There’s a number of businesses that require a high volume of towels. Hotels, bed and breakfasts, spas and saunas, and even Russian bathhouses— the importance of a good towel can be not be overstated for these types of establishments.

But when buying towels in bulk, how does one ensure quality on top of quantity? Any operating business knows the importance of quality service, and ensuring you have high-quality towels is an essential piece of that puzzle.

Below, we’ll walk through what you should look for when buying Turkish towels wholesale for your business.

Material Makes A Difference

Towels are made from a variety of materials, and you will likely have many options available to you when making a purchase. Towels are frequently made from cotton, terrycloth, velour, or grommet, but may be made of other materials as well. Different materials have different traits and advantages, but we recommend springing for towels made from 100% cotton.

Towels made from 100% cotton are more durable and sustainable than towels made from other materials. Using towels made from Turkish cotton or Egyptian cotton can make an even bigger difference in comfort and softness due to their longer threads. These longer threads allow them to be super absorbent as well.

At the end of the day, the material you choose needs to match your intended function, as some fabrics are better suited for certain tasks than others.Turkish cotton towels are better suited for drying bodies and hands, while linen towels are better for drying dishes or other similar materials. The right material will inevitably depend on how you plan to use the towels at your business.

High Price Doesn’t Mean High Quality

Many consumers drop huge amounts of money on wholesale towels thinking that the price point reflects the quality. This isn’t always the case. There’s no guarantee that a high priced towel is necessarily better than an affordable one.

Instead of using price as a comparison point, you should look at the particular traits of the towel at hand. For example, the utility of a towel is decided by its absorbency percentage. Absorbency is a quality that increases with surface area and is often measured in grams per square meter. A GSM of 500 or 600 is the sweet spot for a good towel.

Make Sure You’re Getting A Good Deal

If you’re buying towels in bulk, you should be getting the benefit of a great deal. After all, that’s one of the main advantages of buying wholesale. Many companies will have the price per towel drops as the amount you intend to purchase rises. Don’t be afraid to compare rates from different wholesale towel companies to find the deal that works for you.

In comparing though, try to stay away from less reputable sites. There are many sites online that would lead you to believe you’re buying authentic Turkish towels, for example, only to send you some sort of cheaper knock-off. Staying with reputable companies ensures you’ll get your money’s worth when your wholesale towels arrive.

Finding The Best Wholesale Towels

With the above advice in mind, you should easily be able to find the right wholesale towels for your business, with both quality and affordability in mind.

Working from Home and Dealing with Too Many Items

If you like me work from home, you are faced with various challenges every day. There are of course many benefits of working form home, like for example not having to go anywhere (commuting to work wastes many people a lot of time), or working on your own terms at the hours that suit you. Having said that, there are some things you will need to take into account like keeping the balance between your personal life and work. Usually there is a thin line between the two, and often those of us who are working from home might be tempted to work too late in the evening instead of spending time with our family members.

Working from home means that we need to find room for our home office. This can be sometimes easier said than done, but there are indeed things you can do in order to ensure that your house is not overcluttered and that you have things under control. Here are some tips and tricks on how to make it happen.

1. Stay very well organised. If you feel like you start buy too many things for your home office ask yourself immediately if this is something that you really need. Do you really need that extra piece of furniture, or could you go without it and still be happy? Or maybe you have too much paper in your office, or too many documents that are not really worth keeping? Going through them from time to time will ensure that you never have too many things you don’t need.

2. If you find yourself in a situation that there is absolutely no way to reduce the number of items in your possession, consider hiring a public storage near me. Very often, having that extra room, either very small or a bit larger, will ensure that you don’t have to be too careful with how much stuff you own. This can make you very happy as we all need enough living space to be able to function well. Try to figure out what works for you, and then you should be definitely fine.

Buying an Egg Boiler? Here’s What You Need to Consider!

Egg is considered to be one of the best sources of protein and boiled eggs are very healthy to be added to your daily breakfast. Cooking perfectly boiled eggs is often difficult and we end up spoiling our breakfast on days when it is not cooked right.

Many people boil eggs by simply placing them in a pot of water and boiling it on a medium flame for 15-20 minutes. However, the chances of egg being overcooked or undercooked are very high. One of the best options to boil eggs perfectly is to use the best egg boiler. This appliance comes in handy when you want to boil multiple eggs at a faster pace without overcooking or undercooking them. If you want to buy one such appliance to boil eggs perfectly, there are several things that you need to consider. Read on to find out what your considerations must be.

Shape of Tray

The tray inside the egg boiler needs to be well-shaped as this helps to hold the eggs. If the shape of the tray isn’t right, it will be difficult to get perfectly boiled eggs. In the worst case, you might see the eggs to be misplaced or destroyed if they are not held properly to the tray. To avoid such incidents, make sure to select an egg boiler with a properly shaped tray to hold the eggs.

Quantity Matters

If you want to boil multiple eggs at once (like 7-8), make sure to select an egg boiler with a tray that has the capacity to hold 8-10 eggs in a single cycle. This way, you can boil more eggs in less time. The best part is that all the eggs will be perfectly boiled owing to the even temperature condition used for boiling eggs.

Is the Egg Boiler BPA Free?

Before you purchase an egg boiler, you need to ensure that the all the accessories and trays have considerably lower BPA. For the uninitiated, BPA stands for Bisphenol A, which is a harmful chemical that can affect humans if consumed in larger quantity. It can interfere with the secretion, production and transfer of hormones, and sometimes it can also lead to the elimination of the natural hormones, which is very dangerous for our body. So, to avoid any kind of serious health issues, make sure to select an egg boiler with lower BPA.

Manufacturer Warranty

Make sure to select an egg boiler with a manufacturer warranty of at least 6 months – 1 year. If there is no warranty, avoid buying such products as you might not know if the product is faulty or defective. You can get to know about its durability only after using for a certain time.

These are few of the major points that you need to consider before purchasing egg boilers. Egg boilers from Kent are considered to be the best egg boiler in India – this is not surprising as the brand is one of the leading choices for all kinds of home appliances.

 

SEO in Taiwan

Taiwan is a relatively small and inward looking country, this lack of scale and exposure to modern practices has led to a relatively poor Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) environment. In short, many SEO services offered in Taiwan are not great. In some cases there is a mistaken impression that Google Adwords and SEO are the same thing, and some SEO companies in Taiwan still use outdated keyword stuffing and bulk link-building strategies that risk long-term Google penalties.

It’s not all bad news though! This situation creates opportunity for those who do SEO right!

Keyword Difficulty in Taiwan

Keyword Difficulty (KD) is a measure of how difficult it is to get a website to rank on the first page of Google for a given keyword. KD takes into account the SEO strength and quality of content in the sites that are already ranking for that keyword, so when aggregated across many keywords, KD can give us an indication of the SEO strength in a specific market.

We analysed the KD of the top ranking websites in Taiwan, USA, France, Italy and the UK across a number of industries, using a keyword that was adjusted for local language.

The results show how websites in Taiwan are much weaker than those of other countries.

Keyword difficulty

 

Keyword/Country UK USA Italy France Taiwan KW Weakness

Tw/Other countries

Car Insurance 62 73 25 47 6 12%
Flower Delivery 56 35 28 68 12 26%
Shoes 25 54 8 28 2 7%
Laptop 45 58 65 80 48 77%
Engagement Rings 19 49 2 5 1 5%
Used cars 22 37 9 22 23 102%
Scholarships 74 90 1 1 1 2%
Watch 61 74 12 12 0 1%
Sunglasses 31 50 12 13 1 4%
Drone 57 47 14 27 1 3%

 

Taiwan is a smaller market, so you would expect KD to be less, right? Well, yes, but the market is not that much smaller, and the price of goods and services are pretty much equal with the comparison countries. Therefore, we believe that in general, SEO represents a good investment in Taiwan.

Search Engines

Source

Google has slowly but steadily risen to become the main search engine in Taiwan, with close to 90% of the search market. The gradual shift from Yahoo to Google can be attributed to two major factors.

  1. Design – Yahoo is cluttered and busy, Google is clean and simple. This reflects a growing trend in Taiwan for modern webdesign practices.
  2. Quality – The quality of Google’s search results are, in our humble opinion, just that bit better.

So does that mean that Google works exactly the same in Taiwan as other countries? Well, it’s hard to say exactly. However, there is evidence to suggest that Google is slightly more lenient towards Black Hat techniques in less competitive markets. We don’t advise that you jump on the Black Hat Train just yet though! All it takes is for Google to update their algorithm in Taiwan and sites that have previously used Black Hat SEO will be penalised.

How to localize SEO in Taiwan

 

So, how do we build our clients’ websites DA (with White Hat techniques), and how do we teach Google that your business is focusing on Taiwan?

Keywords

Traditional Chinese (繁體中文) is used in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau only. This means that, regardless of localisation, you are only competing with websites from these countries.

When doing keyword research, many people’s first step is Google’s Adwords Planner. This is a great tool and it works just fine in Taiwan. You can set the region to Taiwan and the Language to All Languages to get started.

Hitting ‘Advanced Search’ in the Location pop-up will allow you to hone right in on keywords being searched for in specific regions of Taiwan. For example Zhongli or Keelung.

Once you’ve settled on the location you want to focus on, you can then use your initial seed keyword to come up with some other keyword ideas that are relevant.

After that you can then use one of the paid SEO tools like MOZ to determine Keyword Difficulty or KD for each keyword. KD shows you how difficult it will be to rank on the first page of Google for a particular keyword. Be aware though, many of these tools don’t work very well in Taiwan, some because they struggle with the Chinese language set, and some because they don’t have Taiwan listed as a region.

We love a good NAP!

No, we’re not talking about the Taiwanese habit of taking a short lunchtime nap, in SEO, NAP refers to your Name, Address and Phone number.

The important thing here is that these are consistent, clear and accurate. This may sound simple, but there’s more to it than that.

Firstly, you need to make sure that on your website, your NAP is clearly marked (the footer is a good place to start), and following the schema.org guidelines for local businesses.

We’d hope that your business has been mentioned in many places across the internet, perhaps on business directories or other local sites. In this case, while it’s more of a challenge to manage the consistency of your NAP on external sites, this is a strong indicator to Google and well worth spending time on.

In Taiwan, another challenge in managing the consistency of NAP is that there are many different ways of spelling Chinese words in English. Some people use the Wade-Giles system, others just make it up. For example, 淡水 is (currently) spelled as ‘Tamsui’ on Google Maps, despite many businesses still referring to it as (the more phonetically correct) Danshuei.

The Fullon Dansuei Hotel is a great example!

Another thing to bear in mind is how you arrange your street address in Chinese and English. In Chinese you begin with the country and end with the street number, English is the other way around.

Google My Business

Google provides this as a free service, and it is especially helpful for local businesses. Head over and set yourself up as soon as you can. It’s an extremely painless process and will help Google to understand more about your services and where you operate, which in turn will help potential customers to find you easier online.

Before you register yourself, spend a few minutes to make sure that you’ve not already been listed. If you have, there is a fairly simple process so that you can claim ownership of your listing. Don’t be tempted to ignore a previous listing and set up a new duplicate one – this will confuse things for Google and your customers, not a good thing.

Remember that everything you add is visible online, so make sure you are proud of it! Upload some good quality images of your business, your products and your services. Write a good, compelling description and think about your target audience – are you writing Traditional Chinese for local Taiwanese, or English for expats?

Local Reviews

Once you’re set up on Google My Business, you can start to gather reviews that will be visible in search results. Google reviews can help you both to build trust and improve your rankings.

90% of customers report that they are influenced by positive reviews. This is a massive number and not something to be ignored.

Aside from the trust factor, there is growing evidence that having positive, local reviews on Google will help your business to show up in the map section for search results.

Which Taipei bar would you choose for a night out?

Google wants you to encourage your customers to go ahead and give reviews. So go for it! You might prompt people in email footers, on your website, or even (shock horror) face to face. Don’t ever be tempted to pay for fake reviews.

Blogging goes Local

We’ve discussed already that content is king, but how do you go about local content marketing? Simply stuffing local keywords into existing articles just isn’t going to cut it I’m afraid.

Content marketing is all about becoming a thought leader in something, and surprise surprise, local content marketing is the same. Get creative with your blog, taking your specific niche and talking about any local events, news, challenges etc that are relevant.

For example you might attend an event at Taipei’s Nangang exhibition centre – blog about it! Take some photos of yourself there and share with others how you think it might be useful for them and the rest of the Taipei community. Add local value to your readers.

Local Link Building

We talked previously about Domain Authority (DA). DA is a measure of a website’s trust, and is built by other websites linking to yours. The rationale is that a website must trust you to link to you.

In the current SEO environment, quality of links is far more important than quantity. Quality refers to two things, the DA of the site that is linking to you, and its relevance to your business.

So for localising SEO in Taiwan, the ideal link to acquire would be from a Taiwanese site with high DA that is also relevant to your industry. Links like this are likely to bring real customers to your site, so we like to think about modern link building as online PR.

Getting started, you might want to list your business on a few local Taiwanese business directories. Some examples, along with their DA and monthly traffic can be found below.


Blogger outreach can be a viable form of link building. You might be able to write a guest post in exchange for a link. Or a blogger might just mention you if they feel you can add real value to their readers. Consider exclusive offers for their readers which can sweeten the deal.

Here’s a few examples of popular blogs in Taiwan, again with their DA and monthly traffic.

What’s Next?

SEO is a very cost-effective way for you to get momentum for your business in Taiwan. If you are interested in learning more, give Gremlin Works a shout.

 

 

Making Room for Your Home-based Business

If you’re thinking about working from home, one of the first things you need to think about is where you will work from. Bearing in mind that you will be spending a large part of your day using your computer, you will need a dedicated work station with all the materials you need, good Wi-Fi access, and surroundings that are conducive to being able to concentrate. You need to approach this task with a professional eye, because imagining you can sit at the kitchen table or on the couch with your laptop every day will not make the best working environment.

What you need for your home business

Before you think about where to site your work area, calculate what space you will need. This will depend to a large extent on the type of business you’re running. For a computer-based business, a good-sized desk, ergonomic office chair and storage for your consumables and files will be all you’ll need. If you’re going to be making and/or selling products, you will also need storage space, and for craft businesses a manufacturing area. If you’re only intending to sell rather than make products yourself, then you could adopt a drop-ship model which eliminates the need for you to hold your own stock.

Finding the space

Once you’ve established the amount of space you need, you can then examine your home to see where your work area would best fit in. A spare room is ideal, as it can simply be repurposed for your requirements. If you don’t have a lot of space, you will have to come up with a clever solution, for example:

  • Make use of areas that don’t have a specific function, g. alcoves, landings and under the stairs. Even large cupboards can be fitted out as home offices. You might need to have a good clear out to make enough space, but that’s no bad thing in itself.
  • Have you got a garage or other outdoor building that could be converted, or do you have the space to build a garden room in the backyard? You do need to check on any planning restrictions on using outdoor buildings before starting your conversion or building project.
  • Do you have a basement that doesn’t get used? Often this is because basements can be damp or prone to flooding, but this can be fixed by installing a sump pump to keep the room dry. It’s possible to install a pump yourself if you’re a DIY enthusiast, with a bit of guidance from an expert. You’ll find tutorials online that can help you with the process and give you instructions on dealing with the sump pump weep hole for example, or you can get a plumber to come in and do the job for you.
  • Roof-spaces can similarly be converted for home office use, but bear in mind you will need adequate heating and ventilation, as the space will be more vulnerable to outside temperature variations.

Setting up your home work area is an important part of your venture, so make sure you get it right.

Soothing dry skin starts in, you guessed it, the shower!

It might not seem like a major issue when taking a look at the bigger picture, but suffering from  a dry skin can be one of the most dehumanizing feelings out there, especially considering how just problematic and irritating dry skin can be.

Moreover, dry skin is hands down one of the most unsightly things out there, and it makes things worse by resulting in skin cracks, and a bit of pain as well.

Because dry skin can be caused by quite a number of external issues, it is vital that one takes the necessary precautions to ensure that their skin is in tip-top condition.

This means that one will have to exert more time and effort relative to the average Joe walking down the street to ensure that not only their skin stays soft, but healthy as well.

That being said, of note is that even though some certain people’s skin is not naturally dry, it can still become ashy, dry, and cracked due to some external factors such as the weather conditions.

So without further ado, here are some essential tips to ensuring that skin stays well moisturized and in great condition.

Purchase an exfoliating shower gel that is gentle on the skin

It’s never wise to be too rough and aggressive when it comes to exfoliating skin, particularly when it is dry. Moreover, it would be wise to steer clear from products that are heavily perfumed, as a majority of these products normally contain alcohol, which is not the most gentle on the skin.

In fact, a simple soap should work wonders; and rubbing it gently on the skin during a bath should be sufficient before lightly washing it off.

Take a small amount of time in the shower and let the water be lukewarm

A lot of people, especially ladies, love to take their sweet time pondering in the shower, contemplating their lives, and fantasizing about their love interests. Not only is it a time waster from a business point of view, but turns out it’s not the friendliest activity on the skin. That’s because spending too much time in the shower, particularly in hot or cold water, tends to rob the skin of its natural oils, and thus, turning it completely dry.

In addition to this, one can also have a look at Healthy Skin Solutions to sample more tips on maintaining a healthy skin.

Apply some moisturizer after taking a shower

Tying to the initial point, even if one takes a maximum of 5 minutes in the shower, it’s a given that some of the natural body oils that they initially had would have been naturally expelled during the shower process.

Hence, to replenish these lost oils and ultimately avoid dry skin, then it’s important that one naturally moisturizes after showering.

That being said though, ensure to not take it too far by over moisturizing with lotions as this might lead to other unwanted skin conditions such as acne.

In summary, some of the best skin care practices start home, particularly in the shower, and transcend to our day to day activities. For example protecting one’s skin from excessive sunlight is one way of ensuring the skin remains in prime condition. All in all, having great skin certainly helps one to fully enjoy all the pleasures of life!

 

8 Medical Careers that Allow You to Work from Home

Medical jobs have traditionally required working in a healthcare facility with patients in some capacity. However, technology has made it possible for an increasing number of medical professionals to work remotely. Here are eight medical careers that allow you to work from home. We’ll also discuss what these jobs entail, and the relevant credentials needed to qualify for them.

Telehealth Nursing

Telehealth nursing is when a nurse works with a patient through remote patient monitoring instead of checking their vitals and talking to them in person. It is quite possible that both the nurse and the patient are at home during the consultation. Most telehealth nursing jobs require an RN certification and bachelor’s degree in nursing. Doctors are able to fill this role, but they still predominantly work in the office visiting patients. Some work from home consulting with patients but may also travel as required.

Telephone Triage Nurse

Telephone triage nurses talk to patients over the phone to assess their condition. They need to be able to determine the severity of the condition and give advice without actually seeing the patient. Telephone triage nurses often work from home receiving calls after a doctor’s office after hours, determining if the patient needs to go to the Emergency Room or can wait until the doctor’s office opens the next day.

Telephone Interviewer

Telephone interviewers are medical specialists who interview clients to collect information regarding a particular matter. Many of them work for insurance companies. For example, a telephone interviewer may be running through questionnaires with those applying for health insurance. These jobs can be done from home. The greater issue is the ability to work when customers may be calling in to give interviews, so the job often requires working nights and weekends. A medical assistant formation and education program like those featured at Bestmedicalassistanteducation.Com will help you get a position in this field.

Medical Review Specialist

Medical review specialists spend most of their time handling customer service questions. They may perform coding reviews or administrative tasks in between customer service calls. This work is easily done from home.

Medical Transcription

Doctors rarely have the time to type up their handwritten notes from exams, and fewer have time to listen to the recorded audio of a patient’s exam and type it up. This is where medical transcriptionists come in. Medical transcriptionists must understand medical terminology and be able to accurately transcribe the discussion perfectly.

Case Manager

A case manager works with both patients and doctors to coordinate healthcare services. They frequently work with the patient’s family. A case manager may monitor the care a patient receives to ensure that standards are being met.

Radiologist

It is possible for a radiologist to work from home. Radiologist coding is when radiologists verify that procedures performed at a facility are billed correctly, whether to the patient or the insurance company. This job requires understanding both radiology and medical coding.

Medical Billing and Coding

Healthcare providers and healthcare facilities rely on medical billers to process insurance claims and bill patients. These workers often work from home. Those who want to work in medical coding need to graduate from an accredited program and pass a certification exam. Whether someone works in patient billing or processing insurance claims, an understanding of medical terminology and medical office procedures is a must.

Conclusion

There are a number of medical jobs that have long been done by people working from home. Technology and shifting business practices are allowing more medical professionals to work from home, as well.

Getting Back in the Game: What Resume Features can Best Boost Your Image?

What does your resume really say about you? Actually, much more than you think! Knowing which features to include in your resume (and which to definitely leave out) goes a long way in getting you noticed by recruiters.

Give your resume the “WOW” factor with these image-boosting elements.

Branding headline

Get ‘em at the get-go! Grabbing the recruiter’s attention from the onset is one important function of your branding headline. It should make them eager to find out more about you and spend a little extra time going through the rest of your resume. So, instead of simply “Project Manager,” try “Internationally Experienced Project Manager.”

Consistent presentation

Whether you use a traditional resume template or some other format, be consistent in how information is presented. A streamlined resume (one that presents the date in the same manner each time, for example) is easier to glance through than a mishmash of styles. If your last turn at job hunting was quite a while back, take the time to research which format best suits your professional profile and the post for which you are applying.

Short paragraphs and white spaces

Put yourself in the recruiter’s shoes – would you rather blocks of unnecessary information or short paragraphs that get to the point of what the applicant has to offer? Aim for tight paragraphs of no more than four lines with a little extra white space between them to help cut down on how busy the page might look.

Easy-to-scan

One study revealed that recruiters spend just six seconds scanning a resume before deciding whether the applicant would be a good fit for the position. You have to make your six seconds count! Use concise headings and subheading, bold text and bullet-points to draw the recruiter’s eyes to the most pertinent information.

Quantified accomplishments

Vague statements like “Increased company revenue” don’t really carry much weight with recruiters. Instead, be more precise by adding in percentages or dollar amounts which actually show just what you achieved – “Increased company revenue by an annual average of $25, 000” sounds much better.

Incorporate crucial keywords

Many companies use Applicant-Tracking Systems which zero in on keywords in your resume. The recruiter, too, is focused on finding certain keywords and phrases as they scan through the information your resume holds. Revisit the job description for the skills required and ensure these occur in your resume. If you are entering a new field, research the most-used phrases in relation to required competencies for the job you are applying for.

Professional email address and relevant URLs

Something as innocuous as your email address could be the reason your application was rejected. Admit it, MackDaddy365 or 2TrueHottie are not going to leave a good impression. Also, links which showcase your strengths (your profession-related blog or LinkedIn page, for example) are a good idea. Links to your social media accounts, however, are out of the question, unless they specifically relate to the job you are applying for.

Your resume is usually your first point of contact with recruiters. Focusing on the main features of your resume will increase your chances of getting noticed … and hired!

The Importance of Flexibility and How to Achieve This with a Virtual Office

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Flexibility is something that everybody wants to be able to achieve in all parts of their life, whether it is business, school, children, or a slew of other aspects of our hectic life. What if there was a way to make your job as a business owner a little more manageable? Would you make the change?

Virtual offices are a solution to the issue regarding flexibility. A virtual office allows you to rent a space monthly that is a fully functional office space. It is equipped with office equipment such as secure faxes, printers, and copiers. You can work remotely, it makes travelling much more comfortable, and you have assistance to help you in your everyday work struggles. It would benefit you to research a virtual office, and sign up today!

Keep reading to learn more about the importance of flexibility and how to achieve this in your company through the use of a virtual office.

Location

One of the primary benefits of a virtual office regarding flexibility is the location of the office. With a traditional office, there is a brick and mortar building you have to drive to daily. In a virtual office setting, you can work from home or remotely from another area of the world.

You also have flexibility with travel. By signing a month-to-month contract with a virtual office servicer, you can have a well-respected address and local telephone number in a variety of cities around the United States or the world. It makes travelling to see clients much more straightforward as they meet you in the lobby of your high-quality office tower to be greeted by your dedicated receptionist!

Needed Assistance

As a small startup or small to medium enterprise, you have seen your fair share of work. As a business, it can be tough to accomplish everything that needs to be done in a day. If you do not have the funds to hire any employees, all that work ends up falling on your shoulders.

With a virtual office, you are given the option of a mail courier and a receptionist that is there to help you with your company. The receptionist is bilingual and highly trained. She can set up appointments, answer telephones and take messages, and greet clients when they arrive. Your mail courier can deal with packages and letters for you and get them to where they need to go promptly. This makes your work life much more flexible as you can focus on matters that are more important.

Finances

When it comes to money, either you have it, or you do not. When starting or operating a business, many times the overhead and cost to get the business off the ground is more than you have. Instead of applying for a business loan, look into virtual office solutions. You would not have a mortgage to pay back, and the contract is a month-to-month agreement that can be stopped at any time. It gives you much more flexibility regarding your finances, as you are not locked into a lease.

Why Is Flexibility Relevant To My Business?

Flexibility as a business owner is of the utmost importance. You want to make sure you do not lose a client due to inflexibility because not only are you losing the client; you are losing the profits and revenue stream they would have brought in over the next few months or years. You also want to be flexible as a boss.

If you are stringent and unwilling to work with employees, they will leave your company and go somewhere that is more flexible with their schedules. By having virtual offices, much of the flexibility issue goes to the wayside as employees can work remotely, you can have gorgeous views if, in the office, you will be saving money, and you have additional help. Investigate virtual office solutions today!