Self-promote using a powerful pitchWritten by Brenda Koritko
You meet important job search contacts every day. The people you meet when you complete routine tasks, such as shopping or taking your children to local ball field, may know person you want to meet or they may have friends or family working in industry you are targeting. Plan to use first 30 seconds of every initial face to face meeting to deliver a brief "infomercial". Start with a smile and make eye contact before you deliver introduction you have prepared.
Don't worry about looking too pushy. People generally like to talk about their jobs and most are more than willing to provide assistance to folks looking for opportunities in their field. In addition, since employers tend to hire qualified people that are recommended by their employees, by using this opportunity to advance your career, you have also provided an occasion for person you are meeting to gain recognition in their workplace.
Prepare a 15-30 second sound bite that highlights your uniqueness in a pleasant, but persuasive, manner. You will grab attention of more listeners when you prepare your introduction based on question "What's In It for me?" from perspective of potential employers. For example, what have you done to improve revenues, increase production, or reduce costs at your present or past jobs, or through your association with any volunteer or leisure-related organizations?
Be concise, but make first minute count by offering information that you have determined will interest person you are meeting. Think of benefits you offer your clients, customers, coworkers, and supervisor. If you are not sure, ask them, you will discover that they rightfully value actions that you take for granted.
Clickbank Merchants = Theft VictimsWritten by Shawn Pringle
Software piracy accounted for over $24 BILLION dollars in lost revenue over last two years*. Some of that was your money! Continue doing nothing and you'll lose more money this year. Why do Clickbank merchants put up with this? Their products are being stolen instead of bought. When Clickbank merchants sell their downloadable products, even when they use some download protection script ool, end product itself is being easily and freely distributed. This confirms that people want software, they just don't want to pay for it if they don't have to. 70% of them won't if they can get it for free*. Here's scenario virtually all Clickbank merchants are in right now. The Clickbank system requires every merchant to upload their digital products (e-books or software) to their web server and create a download page, or "Thank-You" page in order to automate entire order process. Merchants then set up a sales link to sell access to download their products. The customer places an order via sales link then is sent through Clickbank to download page automatically. This download page has link to download actual product. That's what's supposed to happen. But what is really happening? The uploaded product is easily downloaded for free by potential customers that have found a "back door". A "back door" either by locating download page without paying, or getting a copy of product from elsewhere via email, newsgroups, forums, eBay, whatever. For every ten e-books downloaded, 4 of those are stolen *. These are lost sales and income forgone. And merchants have no idea who is downloading their product, or what happens after it's downloaded. They lose total control of its distribution. Some thieves even go so far as to sell stolen software and e-books as their own for a greatly reduced price. Getting free software from Clickbank merchants is not very hard to do at all. All thieves have to do is find someone that has a copy of merchant's product and get them to provide download location. Or, simply get them to right-click, copy, and paste file in an email. Bing bang boom - software piracy. Then that friend sends copies to his friends, who sends copies to his family, who share it with their friends...BIG PROBLEM. The more popular product more it is being stolen.