How I Got Job Offers Without a Resume and Cover Letter, Even If I Didn’t Have Any Experience

I would like to share one of my stories when I got offered a job on the spot without a resume and cover letter. In addition I didn’t have any business skills from previous job experience and didn’t do any networking. Before I go into details about my method, I would like to outline 2 … Continue reading “How I Got Job Offers Without a Resume and Cover Letter, Even If I Didn’t Have Any Experience”

I would like to share one of my stories when I got offered a job on the spot without a resume and cover letter. In addition I didn’t have any business skills from previous job experience and didn’t do any networking.

Before I go into details about my method, I would like to outline 2 references that support my approach and make it relevant. This means that if I got job offers without any particular skills by using this method, you also have what it takes to apply it and be successful with it in consulting.

Reference 1

When I approached companies, I applied the principles that I learnt from Jay Abraham’s work. This also includes Jay’s method to contact companies for consulting. This means I didn’t do random and it didn’t happen by chance that I got job offers. So, the approach that I show you bellow has a very solid foundation in Jay’s 30 years of work and I applied it myself.

Jay Abraham is a leading authority in the business world and has influenced people like Tony Robbins, Ramit Sethi, Stephen Covey, Brian Tracy, Diamond John, to name just a few. In addition, he developed thousands of companies based on the principles that shaped my mindset since I decided to become a business developer.

Reference 2

There is a book written by a former McKinsey consultant that describes in details the process of the interview and the selection criteria.

It is called “Case Interview Secrets” by Victor Cheng. It should be useful IF you manage to get an interview. The book focuses exclusively on the interview, not on how to be selected for one.

In order to get the interview, Victor Cheng has a product for doing networking. I didn’t buy it, so I cannot give you my opinion about it.

If you still want to go with the traditional application, Victor Cheng provides on his website free resources to improve your resume and cover letter.

The interviews held by consulting companies are based on case studies that simulate on-the-job experience. This means during the interview, you will have to solve some business problems in a set-up which is similar to a consultation with a real client.

Some of the selection criteria from Victor Cheng’s book and that consulting companies use:

  • Independent problem solver. Here are a few of the questions that interviewers ask themselves when make the selection:

Can I drop you off with a division of a 500 Fortune company BY YOURSELF, with little to no supervision?

Can you handle the client, solve its problems, and in the process make the firm look good?

Will you be an independent problem solver fairly quickly, or will I have to babysit you for the next two years of your career?

  • Be accurate enough. This means you have to be able to make estimations based on assumptions and hypothesis.
  • Back up your statements with factual arguments. You always have to explain WHY you suggest a particular answer, result, action, advice.
  • Prove your systematic, analytical thinking.

My approach is similar with the case interviews, it proves the criteria consulting companies are looking for and got me job offers. But since consulting companies want to check you for consistency and also speed, they might still evaluate you through multiple case interviews before making you a job offer.

This is because they want to see if you apply your systematic thinking on a regular basis, not just in moments of inspiration.

My approach:

  • Choose a company (small or big) that you would like to analyze and look at as a case study.
  • Research the business: become their client, observe the servicing process and their products. Research the company for facts about their business model, strategy and activities.
  • Make assumptions about their business model or strategy based on your observation and research that you have just found out.

For example, I used to order on the phone food from a raw vegan restaurant because its location was too far from my place. However, I could get an order with free delivery only if I had bought the whole menu and only if I had placed the order between 10 am and 12 pm.

So, these were limits to consume freely whenever and whatever quantity I wanted to. So, I assumed that I was not the only person in the area who likes their food, places orders and feels frustrated by the lack of flexibility on consumption.

  • Identify a possible and relevant challenge or opportunity they have and are not aware of or that they haven’t found a solution for.

For example, based on the assumption that I was not the only person who used to order food from them, I realized that the restaurant had an underserved market in my area that could benefit more from their products. This was an opportunity for the restaurant to sell more and for their clients to buy more and easier from them.

  • Create a minimum viable solution. This means your solution is accurate enough because you will support it with your mindset and systematic thinking, facts and assumptions from your research and from being a client.

In my case, I proposed to the restaurant to make a joint venture with a social hub from my area in order to sell their products there on a daily basis 12 h/day. This meant easy access for customers and no restrictions on consumption and neither on the time frame. In addition, the restaurant didn’t have to make any additional investment in infrastructure, didn’t have to pay rent and neither salaries for employees. Everything was already in place.

  • Contact the decision makers and get a meeting by telling them that you are a client, you identified a challenge or opportunity they overlook and that you have a solution for it.

Depending on the company you want to work with, you can adapt this approach and tell to decision makers that you have identified a prospect company/client that is significant for their business. This company has an overlooked opportunity or challenge and you want to show them the solution which can win it as a client for the consulting company. This could be one way of adapting the scenario.

So, this method is like using a case interview in order to get an interview and definitely you will stand out as independent problem solver.

Victor Cheng says in his book that out of 400 Stanford candidates, just 6 get hired. This is a 1.5% acceptance rate.

So, given the high competition to just get an interview, it is worth trying alternatives like the way I have just suggested.

This is because, anyway, you will have to work very hard to prepare for the interview if you want to pass it. If you think you must be intelligent to do this, intelligence is developed by being consistent. So, you can use this alternative to also practice your ability to solve case studies.

In my e-book “How to get a Job without a Resume and Cover Letter”, I describe in more details this approach. My method is a shortcut because it proves and shows directly to consulting companies how you think, how you solve problems without any complicated application and recruitment systems.

Grant Request for Proposal

The first thing I recommend people do once they find a funding agency is to scrutinize the request for proposal (RFP). Read it over and over until you have a solid grasp of what the funder wants. Know who you’re writing to. The person who will ultimately score your proposal will have expertise in the field. Write to them like you’re sitting down in front of them telling your organization’s story.

The RFP is your guideline. It tells you what you need to do, and what documentation is required by the funder. Different funders require different items. Just remember to give the funding agency what they want. No matter how unimportant something seems to you, make sure it is in your proposal package. Oh, yes, and make sure it’s in the exact place they want it.

There are some things every funder is going to want from the nonprofit organization. They will need organization data and the name of a contact person. Documentation may include, but is not limited to, Federal tax ID number, Board of Directors, financial statements, Form 990, and The DUNS number, which is a unique nine-character number that identifies your organization. The federal government has adopted the use of DUNS numbers to track how federal grant money is allocated.

The funder will also request a description of the project/program, goals, purpose, and objectives of the organization and of course, the current operating budget. Most will require a line item budget and tell you what percentage of indirect cost you can add.

The RFP will explain what the foundation will fund. They want to know how the money will be spent if you are awarded a grant, and make sure you are a good steward of their money.

The needs statement, a.k.a., problem statement or vision, is a section in the RFP that explains how the program/project will address the needs of the community. Foundations are not interested in how funding will help the organization. They want to know their money will assist the people.

Explain why your organization is the best one to achieve the proposal goals, with their funding.

Emphasize facts and support your statistics with regional or national data. Be compelling, clear and concise. Draw the reader in with emotions. Paint a picture. Add stories of real people and how they relate to the problem or provide a solution.

Lastly, but most importantly, know what the funder wants and give it to them.

Follow the request for proposal guidelines to the letter and you’ll have a winning proposal.

Hiring a professional grant writer is sometimes the best option. It allows you the time to focus on business while the grant writer concentrates on acquiring funds for your project.

Hire a Private Label Manufacturer To Introduce A New Food Product

Private label manufacturers create new food products as well as sell all these items to other food businesses which again sell them in the market under their brand name. There are different reasons why you would want to use their services and why you should not develop new food products on your own. If you want to cater to the demands of the customers it is important that you should take the help of a private label manufacturer as soon as possible. Plus, if you want to increase the popularity of this kind of item quickly, it is vital that you should try to develop it in the best possible way. Its cost is determined by the total amount of quantity you have purchased as well as the kind of packaging you have used. You need to take into account additional costs such as label printing or application as well as exclusive packaging in order to deliver your food products in the best possible way. Here lies the importance of hiring this type of manufacturer. This article will highlight on a few benefits that you are able to get from private label manufacturer.

It is vital to remember that private label manufacturing helps you to promote pre-tested items yourself. All you have to do is to increase as well as expand new food products by all possible means. If you do so, there is every possibility that you do not have to worry to develop this kind of item on your own. In fact, it helps you to save time, money as well as efforts since you do not have to develop it from scratch. Plus, you do not have to spend a lot for business operation and it can also help you to reduce the risk of the product manufacturing process as much as you can. You can also enjoy a high margin of profit and you can also gain control over inventory by all possible means.

You must find one on the basis of food product you wish to manufacture and you should choose someone who has gained the expertise to produce it by all possible means. It is vital that the private label manufacturer you choose has gathered long years of experience with new food products you wish to sell. In order to check that he maintains a good track record, it is advisable that you must find out from recognized authorities without any kind of delay. When you check out from this kind of bureau, it is vital to see if you are able to find out any negative comment or review about him at any point of time.

Once you check out his personal details successfully, the next step that you should follow is to request the private label manufacturer you have chosen to give the names of the customers who can vouch for their skills by all possible means. If the private label manufacturer you have selected does not want to share the details of their referees, it is vital that you should look out for the next option.

It is important that you should avoid those who actually do not fit your criteria at any point of time. For instance, if you want to produce bakery products, but if he only produces grocery items, it is vital that you should look out for an alternative option without any kind of delay.

The Most Efficient Way to Get a Job

As a consultant candidate, no matter if you are an industry hire, a MBA or an experienced consultant (senior consultant, associate partner/principle consultant), you will still be tested in case interviews for your analytical skills and your approach to solving problems.

Your experience doesn’t matter so much in order to pass the case interview because consulting companies want to know how you think, how you solve problems.

However, your experience matters in the selection process for an interview.

So, you have 2 challenges: get an interview and pass the case interview.

In this article I will show you a method that allows you to avoid the recruitment system, with no networking and that you can use to prove your analytical skills, your approach to solving problems, that you are genuine during the process and are the right candidate for the consulting job you want.

But first, let’s see why you should avoid the traditional recruitment system.

The 1st challenge: Get an interview

When you apply for a consulting job, it is not a question of having the right qualifications or not because consulting is a very competitive environment in terms of getting a job. Most of the candidates are qualified this is already a basic requirement. So, your chances for being selected for an interview decrease significantly.

At this point, you need to make your resume stand out by having a better layout, summarize and articulate your qualifications, skills and results in order to pass the screening process etc.

But this is also something most of competent candidates do. Hence, it is not enough to stand out from the crowd. That is why it is highly advisable to do networking in addition to submitting your resume.

So, you need to invest a lot of time, effort and maybe also money to craft a professional resume and cover letter and interact with key people that can make it easier for you to get an interview. This is the best approach for most of the candidates. If you go with the traditional application, you will go with the crowd and this decreases your chances to get an interview.

Top 10 Fashion E-Commerce Firms in India

1. Amazon

Amazon, based in the United States and one of the largest online retailers in the world, offers, other than various other categories such as books, electronics, home décor, bags and luggage, jewellery, etc., clothing and accessories to its customers. Products within this category have been segmented according to gender, such as men’s and women’s clothing and shoes; according to brands, such as Arrow, Chemistry, Manyavar, or United Colours of Benetton; according to type, such as tshirts and tops, ethnic wear, pants and trousers, or lingerie and innerwear; or even according to stores, such as of that belonging to a specific designer, and so on. The site offers a 30 day return on its all its products within this category with ‘no questions asked’.

2. Flipkart

Founded in 2007 by Sachin and Binny Bansal, Flipkart is an online megastore based in Bangalore, Karnataka. Other than the basic categories such as electronics, home and furniture, books and media, etc., the portal offers two separate categories namely ‘men’, ‘women’, and ‘baby and kids’, which comprise all kinds of fashion products such as footwear, clothing, watches, accessories, bags and wallets, sunglasses, fragrances, and options in grooming and wellness merchandise. Flipkart also hosts a blog of the name ‘Flipkart Fashion Files’ where various authors contribute articles on global fashion news, trends, daily tips, and so on.

3. Snapdeal

Based in New Delhi and founded in 2010, Snapdeal is an online retailer that offers products in various categories ranging from Mobiles and tablets, electronics, to daily needs, sports and outdoors, or even real estate and financing. Within the fashion category, their merchandise is segmented into men’s, women’s, and kid’s fashion, which are further divided according to type of clothing or type of fashion product. Snapdeal offers a variety of options within each fashion segment for both men and women, such as Ethnic wear, which consists of sarees& more, anarkalis, dress material, stitched and semi stitched salwarkurtas, salwars and churidars, and so on.

4. PayTM

Launched in 2010, Paytm is one of the newest online platforms to be competing with global giants such as Amazon and eBay, and it has already been touted as a potential e-commerce giant, inviting large investments from major financiers. The firm began with providing services such as mobile recharging, bill payment, travel bookings, and later expanded to offer products within various categories such as home and kitchen, gifts and sweets, sutomative, electronics, and so on. In the fashion category, the firm offers men’s, women’s and kid’s products, and comprises different segments like types of clothing like ethnic wear, types of accessories like watches or footwear, or types of products such as eyewear or luggage, etc.

5. eBay

eBay is an e-commerce giant based in the United States, which facilitates sales between both ‘consumers and businesses’, and ‘two businesses’. Founded in 1995 and one of the very few online retailers to survive the ‘dot-com’ bubble of the late 90’s and early 21st century, eBay offers great deals in all kinds of categories such as mobiles and accessories, laptops and tablets, cameras, etc. Within the fashion segment, it provides products in women’s and men’s clothing, shoes, jewellery, baby and mom’s, t-shirts, and bags and luggage.

6. Jabong

Based in Gurgaon and founded in 2012, Jabong is an e-commerce platform that essentially offers fashion products in a range of categories like apparel, fashion accessories, beauty products, fragrances, home décor, etc. Since it is fundamentally a fashion portal, it offers a great variety of options for women, men, kids, in accessories, brands, sports, and so on, while additionally providing a separate section for sales, trending outfits, and even a fashion blog called ‘The Juice’. It provides its customers with options that range from local brands and designers like RohitBal to high street fashion brands such as Dorothy Perkins, Wendell Rodricks, etc. Jabong has partnered with different agencies to facilitate its position as a leading fashion portal, such as the NBA in 2014 to launch the first online NBA store in India, or the Lakme Fashion week for the coming 4 seasons, and even launched an online fashion week in the year 2014, that featured celebrity mentors like YamiGautam.

7. Myntra

Based in Bangalore, Karnataka, Myntra was founded in 2007 with an initial concept of providing personalized gift items that later shifted to offering branded fashion products. Officially merging with Flipkart in 2014 to compete with other e-commerce giants, Myntra moved to an app only business model to offer its customers a more focussed and service-centric experience. On the app itself, it offers all kinds of fashion options for men, women, and kids, and features a home page that announces sales, arrival of new items, or any such information.

8. Fashion and You

Founded in 2010, Fashion and You is an e-retailer that deals primarily with premium fashion brands and lifestyle products, and offers exclusive, mega discounts on most of its products. It claims to be associated with more than 1500 Indian brands and in excess of 200 brands, globally, and aims to be the topmost style destination for all fashion enthusiasts. It offers high street fashion and lifestyle brands across clothing, accessories, cosmetics, jewellery, fragrances, footwear, and so on.

9. Yebhi

Launched in 2009, Yebhi is an Indian, online shopping and services portal for lifestyle and fashion products. It offers categories like shoes, apparel, mobiles and tablets, eye wear, furnishing, etc.

10. Koovs

Headquartered in Gurgaon and founded in 2010, Koovs is an online fashion retailer that offers menswear, womenswear, jewellery, cosmetics, and so on. It provides its customers with a separate section that deals exclusively with new discounts, trending lifestyles, and also features collaborations between fashion giants and designers.

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Getting Business Advisory Services: What It Means for Your Business

Let’s face it. The commercial arena is getting more and more competitive with every passing day. In such a scenario, it gets all the more important to adopt an all-pervasive approach to succeed. We will make it clearer for you. Think about all the responsibilities that a business owner typically has to fulfill- recruiting the right people, devising successful business strategies, ensuring client and employee satisfaction, getting paperwork in order and so much more.

The business advisory services work at tandem with businesses to help them secure the much coveted competitive edge. These companies are primarily engaged in delivering reliable business solutions to help enterprises attain business growth and maintain competitive advantage on a consistent basis. Want to find out how these companies guarantee market-responsive solutions for your business? Let us find out in the course of this post.

Fundamentally, a business advisory service provider gets the burden off your shoulders by taking care of important commercial tasks. However, it is not only about delegating tasks — it is about getting specialists on board. Read on to find out more.

What do these business advisories do?

As their name suggests, the primary purpose of the business advisory services is to “advise”. They work with companies to revamp their present system and help them maintain compliance with global requirements. For instance, if you are taking help of the HR Advisory service providers then they will recruit the right candidates for you and counsel them on an individual basis, define HR strategies clearly and improve payroll system.

Business advisory services typically aid businesses converting their ideas into reality by assisting them in preparing a result-oriented road map for success. The services of these advisories are generally backed by in-depth understanding of modern business dynamics. Once you get in touch with them for help, they will invest considerable time and efforts to understand specific business requirements and aspirations and then spell out solutions in this regard. Credentialed analysts study the nature of your business and apply tried and tested methodologies and industry benchmarks to understand both the challenges and opportunities for your business and devise a successful strategy in accordance.

Why Business Owners Must Consider Hiring A Consultant

Businesses hire consultants because of many reasons. Generally, they help organizations in boosting efficiency and performance. Also, they analyse businesses and come up with solutions. Also, they help companies meet their goals. Business owners must consider hiring business consultants if they need help or perhaps need a catalyst for the changes that arose in their companies.

Different Roles Of A Consultant

  • Identify problems
  • Revive an organization
  • Educate and train employees
  • Get the ball rolling on various changes
  • Provide objectivity
  • Establish a new business

How Consultants Can Help Your Business

Discovery Phase – The main goal in this stage is to learn the business of the client. An excellent consultant will take the time to learn as much as possible regarding the business – from the owner to the employees. And this will include touring the facility, analysing the finances, meeting with all the persons involved in the business, and reading all company materials. It is actually during this process that such professional will uncover the mission and vision of the company along with what operations are in place.

Evaluation Phase – After understanding deeply the company’s goals, the consultant will identify where change is necessary. This will include figuring out the strengths and weakness of the company, along with the current and possible problems. Problems may include those seen by ownership and management. There is also a need to identify opportunities for growth, and to increase profitability and efficiency. During this phase, it is very crucial for the company and the consultant to have an open and clear communication. The consultant will bring objectivity and a fresh point of view. The owner, on the other hand, must provide feedback and opinions.

Restructuring Phase – If both parties have agreed on a plan, they will now enter into this phase. This is also known as the implementation of the plan. Building on assets as well as eliminating liabilities is the main goal. Another task involved in this stage is monitoring the progress on the plan and make adjustments whenever necessary.

Tips For Finding The Best Consultant

Finding the best professional to work with can be the most difficult task of an owner or the management. Of course, you need to choose one who has the passion to do his work, the drive for excellence, and the eye for detail. It is also very important for you to choose someone who is an expert in the industry