Increasing your ROI

Written by Nan S. Russell

All requests are not equal; all customers or clients are not equal; all to-do-list tasks are not equal; all work responsibilities are not equal. You can do fifty things today and get little, if any, return on your investment for having done them. Or you can do one or two things which have a large return.

You possess personal capital. It is comprised of your time, effort, knowledge and skills. Investing that capital wisely yields a return on your investment. The higher your return on investment (your ROI),repparttar more profit you earn. Profit in this context yields discretionary endeavors. And discretionary endeavors tap intorepparttar 137833 most powerful thing you can do to create career results - initiative.

There are hundreds of books filled with an equal number of approaches to managing your tasks and time. Use whatever works for you. But as you do, keep your ROI in mind. Every day you invest your capital. Sometimes you invest it wisely, sometimes foolishly, sometime neutrally. The better investments you make, over time,repparttar 137834 better your returns will be, over time. Think long-term ROI.

Here are three of my personal ROI strategies:

1.Prioritize people over tasks. Family or staff or a boss asking for something, regardless of what, should go torepparttar 137835 top. Requests from your key people list should be met immediately, if possible, with a sense of urgency. These arerepparttar 137836 people that pay yourepparttar 137837 biggest dividends (love, support and economic well being) so dorepparttar 137838 requests from this group first and you will build equity forrepparttar 137839 long-term. When you hit life's potholes, that equity will help carry you through.

Job Interviews -- The Four Worst Objections Youíll Face and How to Deal with Them

Written by Ann Wilson

Dealing with tough questions and objections is an essential part of job interviews. Here are four common ones that derail many candidates. Read on to find out what they are and how you can deal with them.

Objection #1: Youíve been fired from your last job

First of all, donít blowrepparttar issue out of proportion, either to yourself or torepparttar 137655 interviewer. Remember, this is fairly common these days. Employers know it too.

There are at least three ways you can handle this issue. If you left your previous employer on reasonably cordial terms, consider asking them to allow you to say you resigned fromrepparttar 137656 job. Many employers will agree to this.

Another option is to staterepparttar 137657 facts in a concise, drama-free manner. Tactfully discuss what happened and acknowledge your role in it. You could mention a difference of opinion or personal style as a root cause. Often, candidates who take this approach find thatrepparttar 137658 whole thing was no big deal torepparttar 137659 new employer.

A third way out is to avoid mentioningrepparttar 137660 job from which you were fired. This may work if you held it for less than five or six months. I personally donít advocate lying in your resume -- it is unethical and can backfire badly -- but you should be aware that this is an option some candidates use effectively.

Objection #2: You have bad references

Donít assume that your previous employer will say only good things about you when someone calls up for a reference check. If you suspect that your boss may give bad feedback, find someone else to act as your reference. Possibilities include your bossís boss or someone else whoís senior enough and has observed your work.

You could also use a client as a reference, particularly if youíre in sales or other jobs involving extensive customer interactions. Other possibilities include bankers or lawyers you deal with. While these are alternatives,repparttar 137661 interviewer might wonder why you didnít mention someone withinrepparttar 137662 company as a reference.

Another option is to briefly explain that you didnít always see eye to eye with your boss and so you would ask that someone else be approached for a reference check. Many employers appreciate this approach and are willing to go along with it.

Objection #3: You left your job to start a business -- and your venture failed

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