Why Do They Want to Choose You?

Living in a very competitive labor market is very hard these days, specially if you are looking for a new job, opportunity or a short term outsourced project to do on a side of your permanent job. It is too hard to get an interview, and it is much harder to be called for a follow up interview or at least to discuss your requirements as an employee with the expected salary amount that you will write down, and then they will offer half of it.

this case is not only for employees, it is also for instructors in many fields (soft skills instructors, Scuba Diving instructors, Yoga, body building, Dancing ….etc) … also for artists, signers, musicians, youtubers, podcasters  every skill has a huge competition these days and it is too damn hard to get between them.

So the question is Why the employer should choose you ? 

the Answer is (differ yourself from your competitors) and it comes in stages:

  • Be a professional in your field

The first step is to be a professional in your field, cover every information in the field that you want, reach the level that if anyone asked you any question, you are ready to answer and ready to give extra information, because if you couldn’t answer, then you don’t know ! .. expect any question and be ready for stupid comments on your answer from people who like to ask only, deal with them in a professional way to reflect to the people that you are the man.

but this is not enough, because there is always others who know more than you, or know what you know exactly, but congratulation, you reach the level of being in this group of people who are 20% of the people in your field.

  • Start talking

After having the confident that you know what 80% of people don’t know, start talking about what you know, a man told me one time “I should not be down to earth, i should show that I’m equal to them in this particular field, no I’m better than you, I’m unique, because I can do something I cannot do, always say this to everyone, but only say it if it is about the field you are professional in” … and I believe in this, because every person is a potential employer for you, if this potential employer didn’t see that you are proud of what you have, and you always talk about it, then you will not be any close to the potential employment you will get.

  • Be Up to Date

This is the point that can really make you unique from others, specially from older people who have more experience but more duties to do that they are not free to follow the updated practices about the profession and the field you are in. Let’s assume that you are a Videographer, always follow what new softwares, techniques, and gears are produced, because if you do, now you are a head step of people who are now working on a project and can’t find the time to sleep.

  • Participate in the discussions

Because you will start to be known in the field, start a discussion about the topics that are related to what you know, give your personal opinions and ask for other’s opinions. As a photographer hobbyist, I was able to learn new things from kids, talking about things that I didn’t know from their point of view, and it helped me a lot in my hobby.

  • Create your name

Now you are ready, ready to create a new thing in the field, something that will make your name well known in the field you are in. For example, if you are a professional career trainer, a content that is unique, for a need that is very hard, that will make everyone connect you to that need. Be unique in your designs, the way you give the information, that way you wear your clothes, how you talk, how you listen, the things that you do in daily bases, the things you eat, the way you smile, the way you laugh, and in any thing that is related to the field, and this will make you unique.

Being Unique in your field will get to you more work, and more headache, the positive and the negative. That will force you to know how to deal with bad moments, and bad comments, and will teach you how to change the negative into a positive to work on yourself more, because remember, people don’t like change, and don’t accept the uniqueness from the first time.

Add this to your career path, and put an effort on marketing yourself, and that will make you see the answer of (why they want to choose me?)

The Other Side Of The Screen Is My World

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The other side of the screen is the world I want to live in, the other side of the computer screen is the world that I find myself in.

Since I was young, I had many ideas, and tried a lot of them, I have created a podcast website (msn space) before podcasts were there, and created a website (www.sawwarna.com) which I literately thought about its layout while I was sleeping. But life on internet and by internet has changed dramatically, and every three to four months, a new thing appears.

To start a fan base, and to deliver a content to this fan base, I have to focus on few social media platforms, but cover all the platforms to be able to attract larger number of followers, subscribers and readers.

we have very powerful tools to share to the world, but each tool has followers with different demographics, and a calendar of posts, quotes, updates and creation should not only determine the social media platform and the timing, also it should determine the type of content it should have, to whom it is directed, and what kind of marketing it requires .

all of these thoughts of mine are still not connected together, but I promise that I’m going to connect them together soon, specially with the different activities and posts types I do.

for the time being … I’m semi active on instagram, twitter, linkedinwordpress, and youtube… but I will try to cover snapchat, and facebook again.

the subjects that I’m welling to cover:

I’m hoping for the best, because I know and I’m very sure that my life will go for the best if I started doing what I really like and what I really want to be doing… an entrepreneur through the internet, I have other contact with a business model that I’m creating that will be a new thing insha’allah.

currently, follow me on:

instagram.com/abelhijazi

twitter.com/abelhijazi

youtube.com/abelhijazi

My goals and objectives for 2013

it’s been too long that i didn’t write in my blog, but a lot happened in my life that made me not having the time to write in it.
A lot happened in these few months, I finished the MBA, Had the Advanced Scuba Diving License and Underwater Photography Certificate, Started a new hobby which is videography, I have now 2 GoPro Hero3 ( Black Edition + Silver Edition ) which are one of the Best Things I have, I bough a GlideCam HD 2000 for the stability, and Until now I didn’t officially opened my YouTube Channel, but this is why I’m posting this here, To make a commitment to my goals…

So My goals for the coming year, which is not 2013 resolution, no, it is from March the 5th 2013 to March the 5th 2014, and i want to At least achieve 70% of these goals to feel satisfied that I did something special for this year, and I’m posting my goals to the public to commit to it, and I advise you to do the same…. so here we go:

I  Promise -Insha’ Alla- to achieve at least 70% of the following by 5th of March 2013:

1- Learn a new sport (any kind of sport, no matter where)
2- Find a University to do my PhD in it (no matter where too)
3- Have Subscribers, Readers, Fans and Followers for my Youtube channel, Blog, Facebook Fan Page and Twitter (minimum 300 for each one)
4- Create a frequent activity on the internet (at least two Blog posts and one Video per Month)
5- Travel to a country that I’ve never been before (Malaysia, Seychelles islands, or any of the Carribean islands)
6- Learn a new computer skill (no preference, but it should be useful for me)
7- improve the Adobe After Effect, Adobe Premier, and Adobe Photoshop skills

And If I remembered or thought about any thing i want to achieve in this year, I will update this post to stay committed to my future goals

 

Wish me luck people, and … Bye

How to Promote your Photography Skills and Be Popular

One of the most important step that a photographer should take, is to promote his skills, and to think about his skills as a brand name.. and a lot of photographers don’t have the enough money to us marketing agencies. so there are simple steps that the photographers can do to get some reputation in the media market, at least in a small area.

1- Divide your Gallery into categories to make it easy to access, and you’ll be able to find a lot of categories for your photos, so just make it sample and easy to understand, so as a first step, don’t make subcategories, so don’t put (people > portraits > studio photography) just make it People or Portrait, then when you have stock of pictures and images, you can sub-categorize the photos.     I use the following Categories: <Portraits>, <Transportation>, <Skyline and Landscapes>, <Events & Trips>, <Animals, Birds and Fishes>, <Architecture & Urban>, <Commercial>, <Fashion>, and <Flowers & Plants>.

These categories are going to make the filtering of the photos very easy, then you will go to the next step.

2- Create online gallery PLUS a portfolio, and you can do that in a very sample way, the first sample way is to create an online profile on one of the free social network websites, such as DeviantArt / Flicker/ 500px / photoblog …etc there are alot of these websites, and in these websites, as http://deviantart.com, you can upgrade your profile by 10$ yearly , and that will give you more professional organizing for the profile, and then you’ll be able to create a portfolio using it.

if you know lil bit about managing a website, or simple blogging, you can create your own weblog and have more control on your gallery as I did with http://www.sawwarna.com.

WHY SHOULD A PHOTOGRAPHER GO ONLINE ?? because of the next step:

3- Go to the Market by Reaching the potential customers, or your marketers who are free. You can start sending the URL of your gallery, and it doesn’t need to be a paid full domain, as .com or .net or whatever, you can send a simple link as boudi305.deviantart.com, or abelhijazi.wordpress.com. It is cool to send such links, because the content is the important feature not the domain. Maybe when you get more visitors, you’ll have to buy a domain for your page.

4- Distribute your Business Card to the marketing agencies, studios, cars show rooms, and many many places who need photographers. BUT YOUR Business Card should be innovative, and representative. Also it should have your online Gallery Link, because people who have a need for a photographer, will check your photos online and then the WANT will be generated.

5- Be Straight and Clear about your Pricing System, then you’ll not be embarrassed, also you can put for yourself a discount percentage, so that will be clear, so 15% discount can be fair for your friends, and the frequent customers. PUT your prices online, and define a very clear system, as (Indoor in the same city: 20$ per Hour) (Outdoor in the same city: 30$ per Hour) (Trips: 35$ Per Hour or 200$ for the Whole Trip) …. ETC

6-Organize your Schedule, and always be ready for delaying any appointment from 30 minutes to one hour, so create a flexible schedule, and you can POST IT ONLINE, so people will be able to know your activity, and your location all the time to make the booking system more easier and efficient.

7- Let Your Fans Follow You, and be able to know the capacity of your followers, so create an online profile like facebook or twitter, and then you can broadcast any feed you want that you want people to know, comment and interact with you.

by following these simple steps, you’ll be able to create a buzz in the market, and be able to collect a very big base of fans, followers and customers. It will take a lot of time to do all these steps, but there is no single time frame, there is always variables according to the season, city and type of photography you do.