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?)

Not Interested in Your Hobby

collecting-hobby-icon-set-17981658For a long time, I felt that I’m alone, because I’m the kind of a person who like to have people around me, do whatever I like to do… But I wasn’t success in this.

I always used to try to convince my friends to join me with at least one of the activities I do, especially when I started Scuba Diving, I wanted my friends to experience the amazing experience i’m having, and also to have a company with me on the long road trips I used to do to reach a diving resort/center, but also it was an unsuccessful try.

Also when I started flying RC planes, noone even wants to go and watch, at least watch man,, NO ! …. so what I’m trying to say is the following:

It doesn’t matter if they are your friends, they might not be interested !

You might be totally into a hobby or a thingy you have, and you will feel that everyone around you should be interested and willing to listen to what you are telling about it, but NOT REALLY! … try once, if they didn’t ask you about it again, don’t mention it because they are bored of what you told them about the last time ! (even if you posted a video of yourself on instagram or youtube practicing, they might not even LIKE it !…. believe me ! a double click on the pic is too much for them if they don’t like it)

Create a group for each hobby.

You might have many interests and hobbies, you might like to wall climb, taste chocolate and play cards…
you might like to scuba dive, RC planes, road trips and photography (like myself) …..    so now I have a group of people (no need to be friends, but some of them will be in the future), and there is no need for them to know each others, RC pilots are your RC planes friends. I know it will be better if some of them do other hobbies with you, but it is so damn hard to merge between them.

Networking.

It is easier these days, to feel that you are not alone, and to feel that you are practicing your hobbies, specially when it is long time that you were super busy with your career or home duties that you are not able to get five hours for yourself to play cards, watch a movie or even visit cafe for a cup cake.

Unleash the Salesman inside you.

if you still not convinced and still want your friends to join you, try to sell your hobby to them a a product, not pushing it to their faces, but use the right marketing tools and marketing mix to attract them to it, if you have a friend who has low budget, don’t tell him the price !   if one of your friends doesn’t like long distances , don’t start with the place of your hobby, specially if it is far… but use the close places that you practice one of the hobbies you have.

The final option.

If you tried and tried and no one was interested, look at their hobbies and practice it with them, motivate them to do it in other places, other ways. And then wish that they like you more, and they want to get into your hobby zone.

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

Jumping around

It all started when everything appeared to be dark, I didn’t know what to do, So I decided that I will create my own destiny.

After all the falls I had, all the ups and downs I’ve got, the time has arrived to establish an achievement in the real world. An Achievement that I should work so hard on it, so one day I can lay back and say that this is what my whole life I worked for. But where should I start ?

I looked around and I’ve got scared, I have no backup for any fail, I can’t enter a large risk, yet there is nothing without risk. I have to study more, I have to be aware, but is that the road that can me success, how many times I should fail and finally, If I failed, Am I going to come back again ?

It is scary but it is beautiful scary, such as a one year gap backpacking around the world. It is beautiful scary such as getting married, having a baby, or moving into another country. It is Beautiful scary as the first time I jumped from a boat to do a 18 meters Dive to a Wrack in RAK-UAE.

Until now I couldn’t start any of the ideas I have, not because I can’t, but because I’m studying them more and more. Now I’m reading, before I was watching, and next I should listen, then finally I will act, and I WILL do that.

It is hard not to start after all the thinking, but it is harder to start before you do all the thinking and the studying. I dunno what to do, but i know that I will do eventually, and every try count.

HDR ing pictures

I know I know, we all love HDR, and not all of us know how to do it, but there are pretty much programs that can do it for you without any editing and any “HDRing” skills …. this post is not for teaching people how to create HDR pics, this post is for the People who know how to use the fancy programs …..

 

Dear “people who know how to do HDR”,

 

please stop it, please and please and please as much as needed to make you not being addicted to HDR every single picture you take, even with one exposure …. please stop it and think think and think before using any HDR program again.

I’ve seen alot of beautiful HDR pictures that can make you feel that you live in the picture, but 70% of these pictures are more beautiful before being “HDRed” … I want you to know that you are ADDICTED , and this is what makes most of your pictures looks NIONy and stupid and has alot of stupid lighting and alot of overdose of strength ….

what is addiction? is when you can’t stop doing something,

Is it something good or bad? addiction is bad, addiction stop the person’s sense
What abou tthe artistic  HDR pictures?  please tell me something, are you a photographer who can’t make his pictures artistic without HDRing ?

people, I’m telling you this not to say that I’m against HDR, I love HDR pictures and I use it in my pictures alot, but I take pictures that need HDR to be shown all, as a different lighting exposures in a few that i want to show it all, as a picture from indoor to outdoor with the need to show the indoor and the outdoor items, or a picture for a landscape where i need to show the reflection of the water as a real water…. or the lines on a piece of wood …. but some other pictures need some contrast changing only, or exposure without creating three or four pictures to create the HDR.

think clearly and use the HDR technique wisely and then choose one out of 15 pictures you like, and make it artistic HDR and that My friend will make you an HDR lover, not addicted…

 

Regards, 😀

sincerely someone who’ve got fed up from stupid HDR pics