Reverse Engineering the Career You Want

Spencer Rubin, the founder and CEO of Melt Shop, talks about the path he followed to create a career in the restaurant business. September 21, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Spencer Rubin, the founder and CEO of Melt Shop, discusses his path in the hospitality industry and how he worked to gain the experience needed to excel as the leader of a rapidly expanding fast-casual restaurant chain. Rubin tells a story about getting his first job in catering and also expresses his opinion that entrepreneurs need to focus on both the amount of runway they have and the effort they put into their business. Rubin and The Playbook host David Meltzer discuss how entrepreneurs can utilize education and experience to build a business, how they view partnerships and the value that comes with understanding every aspect of a business. Read_More Related posts: Reverse Engineering a Successful SEO Plan of Attack […]

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How to Make Career Decisions That You Will Never Regret

Plot your career as a journey full of lessons and you will never regret a choice you make. July 22, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. We often judge career decisions as good or bad by only evaluating the rewards the commitment brings. Money, status, networks, progress up the career ladder, decision-making power and degree of influence are classic feedback indicators we look to as success measures or lack thereof.  Such external markers can lead us to make bad career decisions in many forms. We often set goals that aren’t truly our own, listening to the advice of those who aren’t qualified to give recommendations and directions. In a bid to belong and feel accepted by our friends, family and our dependents, we’re on track to carve out a lucrative career, but inside we’re utterly void of work and personal satisfaction. Regret underpins the […]

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Why Lateral Career Moves Are Actually Power Moves

It’s time to recognize the importance of the sideways move. April 29, 2019 7 min read This story originally appeared on Glassdoor Sometimes, the field you studied in school doesn’t turn out to be the perfect career fit. Or you spend many happy years in a certain part of the business, but eventually you’re no longer fulfilled. It’s easy to feel stuck, and making a big career change can be daunting. But Lisa Alteri, Chief People Officer for Kraft Heinz U.S., is a firm believer that big career changes are possible at any point. The keys to success: Lean into your curiosity, and embrace the power of the lateral move. “It’s hard to quell that evil ego,” Alteri says. “In general there’s an obsession about titles because title is associated with status, and that’s where the ego comes in. But you as the individual care so much more about the title than your current or […]

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Why Your Professional Persona Matters

You don’t have to become a different person to succeed in business. November 21, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. For superheroes, getting into professional mode is as easy as slapping on some spandex, a mask and a cape. For the everyday entrepreneur, however, the proper work mindset is less about attire and more about adopting a professional persona. Your professional persona is your personal branding in the workplace. It refers to the way that you conduct yourself publicly in a business setting, and the image you project to coworkers and colleagues. Far from contrived or inauthentic, it’s simply the polished-up way that you present yourself professionally. How do I develop a professional persona? It’s actually extremely easy to develop a professional persona. All you have to decide is who you want to be in the workplace, and then take efforts with your attitude, dress, […]

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7 Hidden Signs You’ll Ultimately Be CEO

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Moving up the corporate ladder is like climbing Mount Everest. It’s hard, time-consuming, and if you’re not careful, you might die. Okay, no one died climbing a corporate ladder. But you get the point: not everyone has the drive to reach the top. Do you have what it takes? After analyzing leaders of today’s top companies, I wanted to illustrate seven hidden signs that indicate whether you’re destined for the C-suite or not. 1. You’re a lifelong learner.  CEO’s realize that school may end, but learning never does. Consider the fact that Bill Gates, one of the world’s busiest people, finds time to read 50 books a year. That’s nearly 1 book a week.  “These days, I get to visit interesting places, meet with scientists, and watch a lot of lectures online,” Gates explained in a recent interview. “But reading is still the main way that I […]

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3 Ways We Jeopardize Our Jobs by Trying to Be Likable — and What We Can Do About It

It’s no wonder that so many of us try a little too hard to be liked at work. Unfortunately, our desperation puts our jobs at risk. October 24, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Many of us spend our lives trying to be likable. Beginning in childhood, we seek the approval of our caretakers; in our teens, we desperately seek the acceptance of our peers; and in adulthood, we look for accolades from our colleagues and supervisors. Related: Why a Positive Attitude Is the First Step to a Successful Career Of course, some of us are more likable than others. We all know people who have effortlessly enjoyed popularity, scored enviable careers and landed fast promotions based almost entirely on their likability. Not surprisingly, we are more prone to heed the advice of likable people when they have something to say. For example, according to a […]

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Looking for a Tech Job? Then Learn How to Recognize Early Stage Unicorns

Every startup is looking for talent but the smart talent isn’t going to work for a startup with no future. August 21, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Just imagine if you were the tenth employee at Facebook. Your professional and financial growth would of course be remarkable. Some early employees at unicorn companies, startups worth more than $1 billion, spend years rising through the ranks at a successful company. Others parlay their good fortune into leverage to find more senior roles at less well-known organizations. Either way, finding a job at the next unicorn tech company can be a career-defining move that sets you up for long-term success. So, how can you identify a unicorn in the making? Here are a few signs to look at for while interviewing with tech startups. Is the founder uniquely gifted? It doesn’t take a business expert to […]

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How Learning to ‘Manage Sideways’ Can Totally Transform Your Career

Exchanging constructive feedback with your peers benefits everyone. July 31, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As a manager, members of your team expect and even crave your feedback. Similarly, senior managers (or least those who are any good at their jobs) welcome feedback from junior professionals. But providing feedback laterally is a challenging workplace problem. Startup founders, entrepreneurs and other professionals often mistakenly assume that candor and cordial relationships with colleagues are diametrically opposed. In reality, the only way you can maintain a healthy relationship with the colleagues you rely on is to learn the art of “managing sideways.” Related: 5 Steps for Giving Productive Feedback Show that you care about your colleague’s success. It is important that the person receiving the feedback believes it is coming from a good place. Otherwise, the person receiving the feedback may become defensive, and thus will ignore what you have to say in […]

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