Sunday, 22 February 2015

Why your company needs a vision statement

By Bridie Walsh

Ideas are the ultimate commodity for any business. Especially a start-up. But even if you have a million ideas and yet no vision, it’s unlikely your business will last.

The fact is "if you are working on something you really care about, you don't have to be pushed. The vision pulls you." - Steve Jobs

A vision statement articulates your vision and distils the single-minded purpose of why your business exists. 

A vision statement should:
·       Inspire
·       Be true
·       Be essential
·       Be clear
·       Have a global impact

Vision statements are not for small thoughts. Vision statements are big. To come close to realising your business statement will mean world-changing impact.

Your vision statement shouldn’t hold back. It’s there to inspire.

It also needs, at its essence, to be true. The purpose and importance of what your business is doing needs to be captured in your vision statement. It also needs to capture what it is you essentially do.

Most of all, a vision statement is clear. No nonsense, to the point, and if you can say it in less words – well done. Yet, perhaps your visions is simply too big and too far reaching to be said with few words, so say a lot and make it count.
At the end of the day, your vision statement captures who you are, why you do what you do and why you think it is important for the world around you.
So what’s your vision?

Take the time to think this through. Write it down. Then share it.

Once your vision is clear. It informs your mission – how you plan do make your vision a reality. And it informs your values – the way you do what you do and the culture your business creates for its employees and its customers.

Through the ups and downs of building your business from scratch into a growing and succeeding company, your vision statement will carry you and your staff through. 

When you have a vision, you have a destination you are leading your business to. It will help you stay the course.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

How to revamp your resume

By Bridie Walsh

Create a resume that gets you work or advising roles that you want.
Febuary is a great month for dusting off the cobwebs of your old resume and revamping it to get noticed for the job you want. But if you’re procrastinating, read Kerry Hannlon’s seven ways to help your resume stand out.

Hannlon, an AARP jobs expert, career transition expert and award-winning author of What next? Finding your passion and your dream job in your forties, fifties and beyond says:

1.     Use a simple format
2.     Cull your professional experience
3.     Mind the gaps (caregiving, career break to travel or study – explain it)
4.     Tell your story
5.     Add some spice (show a commitment to professional development)
6.     Be mindful of automated screening systems    

   Consider hiring a pro to help [Ed’s note: joining Two Square Pegs is a great start ;)]

  <<Read more via AARP>> to motivate you to get started on that resume.

LinkedIn will build your network and job prospects

Don’t stop there. At Two Square Pegs, we encourage everyone to create and use your LinkedIn profile. If you don't have an account, use your existing resume to help complete your profile online. 

If you already have an account, then make sure you are consistently updating connections with new or past networks, ask for recommendations and regularly follow up key contacts for opportunities. Go ahead, just get started visit

Get noticed

Let people in your network now you are available for new opportunities. Also make sure you have signed up as an expert on Two Square Pegs and 
We will support you on your journey, whether that is:

  • providing advice to new businesses and start-ups, 
  • creating flexible work arrangements, 
  • contra deals or equity, 
  • or finding a role within a small business that is growing so you can help them succeed 

Happy resume writing!

Monday, 9 February 2015

Pitch your skills to solve hiring manager’s business pain

by Liz Ryan via Forbes

Are you applying for jobs with a “mewly, please-like-me” approach that just isn’t working? Forbes contributor Liz Ryan thinks so.

Ouch!! That hurts, doesn’t it? Instead of skulking away to lick your wounds, think about that pain. Then think of the pain the hiring business is going through, and why they need you.

“If there’s no pain, there’s no new hire,” says Ryan, CEO and founder of Human Workplace. She says we hurt ourselves during the job search, including opening ourselves up to age discrimination, when we make our job pitch about us.
Ryan’s advice is to “think like salespeople and zero in on the business pain likely to be keeping our hiring manager up at night”.

Sell yourself, instead of selling yourself short, and get that next job. <<Read more via Forbes>>