Is Money all that Really Matters?

23 06 2015

money

Disclaimer: This is purely a metaphoric article asking you to think about money differently. Everyone’s situation is different, and there are no cookie cutter solutions.

Today’s day and age is a dynamic playing field filled with struggles that earlier generations have not had to deal with. The lower paying job markets, the coupon culture and the “give me” generation has all culminated to create a disastrous world for young professionals, newly married couples and early 30’s persons trying to build a future.

Our grandparents had it right. They focused on two things: Work and Family. The majority of the families from 1940-1980 were based upon single income households. Single persons oftentimes worked to build self-sufficient lifestyles, Read the rest of this entry »

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Separate Yourself from Others In your Industry

17 03 2015

Jobs are hard to find.

There, I said it.

Finding a job in an industry that you actually “want” to work in is one of the most difficult aspects of today’s professional market. There are people far “over-qualified” for the specific job they are currently filling, and there are 1000 other candidates just like you scouring the pages of LinkedIn, Monster.com and Jobs.com looking for the next big break. The most difficult aspect of job searching is that if “you” happened to find a great looking job, “they” have found it as well.

In this day and age, everyone has to be a marketer. You may not necessarily be marketing a “good” or a “service,” but Read the rest of this entry »





Top 3 Non-“CrossFit” Training Shoes, Perfect for “CrossFit” Athletes

16 02 2015

Back in the day when I started CrossFit, people wore one of two types of shoes:

1. Running Shoes (Specifically Nike Frees)
2. Converse Chuck Taylors

Matt Chan rocking some Converse CTAS at the 2010 CF Games. Photo courtesy of Games.CrossFit.com

Matt Chan rocking some Converse CTAS at the 2010 CF Games. Photo courtesy of Games.CrossFit.com

Back in the old CrossFit.com videos of years past, Chris Spealer, Matt Chan and Chuck Carswell would never be seen without their Converse on. Maybe it was their way of sticking it to the “man” and letting the fitness world know, “just like you don’t need treadmills and lat-pull-down machines to get fit, you don’t need $130 shoes either.” It may also have been the fact that the dudes from Westside Barbell had been wearing Chuck Taylors to set world records in Squats and Deadlifts (the building block movements of CrossFit) for decades, and the early adapters of the CF program took notice. Whatever the reasoning was, Converse ruled the CF footwear game for nearly a decade before Reebok entered the CF shoe market, and I still believe their is validity to the reasoning why.

Fast forward a few years to an interview with Brian MacKenzie, founder of CrossFit Endurance. McKenzie, a California dude that loved his skate shoes, who would immediately take his clients Read the rest of this entry »





Transitioning into Life

2 05 2011

Graduating from college was one of the most liberating, exciting and yet disappointing times in my life.

Before I go any further, let me set the record straight. I’m glad that I never took a “victory lap” or changed my major so that I could have graduated with a minor, or something more “marketable” under my belt; but I do look back on some things with a the classic, “I would have done this…”

For those of you who knew me back in High School, the fact that I graduated from a great college, and even managed to pull off a couple of above 3.5 GPA semesters seems unbelievable
, and to me, it has been my greatest accomplishment.  However, no matter how well Read the rest of this entry »





The “Fly Fishing” Method

23 03 2011

First off, I would like to thank everyone that took the time to sit down and read my post about the “Deep Sea Fishing” method of job searching. It is my goal to reach out and shed fresh light on job hunting, and hopefully, by sharing my experiences of what has worked well for me, I am able to help you achieve your goals of employment as well!

Now, on to my second, and most successful, method of job searching: the artistic method that I like to call the “Fly Fishing” approach.

Much like actual fly fishing, this approach takes practice, patience and a clear objective when deciding how to tackle your job search.  Unlike the “Deep Sea Fishing” method, the “Fly Fishing”
method has to be very calculated.

The first step in this approach is to pin-point exactly what you are trying to achieve. Do not focus all of your time on sending out as many resumes as possible, because you only need Read the rest of this entry »





The “Deep Sea Fishing” Method

21 03 2011

In my previous post, I addressed my two methodologies when it comes to job searching. I decided to take the time and focus on both methods that I described (the “Deep Sea Fishing” method as well as the “Fly Fishing” method) and to go into much better detail about what I was talking about.

First off, let’s pretend the you are about to graduate from college. You are starting to really feel the pressure from your family, professors, collection agencies and even your peers when it comes to finding a job. In the end, that’s why you went to college right??

The most common plan of attack that soon-to-be graduates take in trying to find a job is to send out as many job-inquiry emails, send as many resumes out to your family friends as possible, and try to get every professor’s “list of professional contacts” that you can. In the end, this is Read the rest of this entry »





The Hiatus is Over!

18 03 2011

After almost an entire year devoting my writing time to my “running” blog (thetrailto26.wordpress.com), I realized what an amazing tool I was not utilizing: self-promotion.

Since somewhat ditching this blog, a lot has changed for me. I got my first post-college job working on the management team for a fast growing athletic company and even more recently, took a leap of faith, and a pay cut, for the hopes and dreams that I missed while I was away from the Gulf Coast.

Almost exactly one month ago, I packed up my little Mitsubishi sedan, packed it full of things that I thought that I would need and relocated back to Alabama. I hadn’t signed any sort of contract and my new job has me doing more driving than about anything else. In the end, it is what I wanted, and I am happy to be doing it! My new position, Account executive for a magazine in Fairhope, has forced me to start thinking of new ways to market the magazine and entice people to advertise. These steps that I have been devoting a few hours every day to are what really got my ideas running again in terms of self-promotion in regards to job-searching.

When you apply for jobs, you usually focus on sending your resume out to as many places as possible with the hopes that one day someone will like what they see and invite you to an interview. I call this the “Deep Sea Fishing” approach. You are putting a lot of bait out there, are not exactly searching for a specific job, but according to the law of chance, your results should prove successful.  In the end, there is no real “art” to the “Deep Sea Fishing” approach, but it will usually get you one or two nibbles.

The other option, what I like to refer to as the “Fly Fishing” approach, is much more skill oriented. It forces someone to take the time and really focus on what they are doing. It means having practice interviews, re-working your resume for each job application and truly whittling your search down to your one true goal: your dream job. The fly fishing approach does not always yield the most call backs, or even the quickest replies, but in my experience, the ones that take the bait are usually worth reeling in.

My hope is that over time, I am able to truly help bring people’s knowledge of the way that job hiring works (from a business standpoint) and force people, primarily college students and new graduates, to change the mentality that has been taught for so long in regards to job searching.

If you have any questions about my philosophies or would like to share your experiences, please comment or send me an email at appfaff@gmail.com.