Month: May 2017

North Cyprus Solopreneur: The Life

By Sharon Chihaka Chanyau

Living in the ‘occupied area’, North Cyprus has taught me a lot as a solopreneur. Never before did I think I would be a work-at-home mom/student. I always imagined my work life to be the conventional one with a 9-5 time schedule, a boss and a monthly pay check.
Whoa, now I bid for jobs(Sigh), sometimes work 18 hrs a day, trying to keep up with time zones in America and Canada, work with and manage people I have never personally met. And the pay varies from month to month.


Within North Cyprus soloprenuer networking with the natives is next to none as most of them speak Turkish and are a bit not very willing to mix and mingle. The older generation (60s and older) are more accommodative and curious to learn and know more about people and suprisingly they speak little English and are ready to show off their skills. As a solopreneur with basic knowledge of Turkish, I have resorted to online networking and references  to get work.

It has been a heck of a journey but I am loving it. (Wink wink).

Cyprus map image courtesy of Google.

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How to make sure you get hired. (Getting recruiters hooked on you)

How do you catch the recruiter/s attention and leave them wanting more? There is so much advice going around on the best ways to market yourself and stand out amidst the hordes of jobseekers swarming in the job market. Perhaps, the best tip is to focus on selling yourself based on who you are. I believe in self self marketing and have confidence that self-marketing can become a natural inclination if you follow the advice outline here for you.Inter

Know your goals

Right now you might think : “ Great tip!” but you cannot imagine how many people attend an interview without really knowing what they want. Thus, you need to prioritize job benefits before you go in the interview. Are you looking for a certain work culture, job stability or a specific job location? Decide what you can live with or without and it will be much easier to go for the best offer.

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Know the position you are applying for

The job description is helpful here! Study the job description to truly understand what the company is looking for. If the job description calls for leading a team, tailor your answers accordingly. Knowing this, you can successful navigate the interview  and discuss examples from previous jobs that will exemplify this trait. Do this for all significant traits or qualities that you identify in the job description.

Study your resume and know it well.

You do not want to look clueless on what you have on paper, trust me on this one! As a candidate, you should know your resume like the back of your hand. In any job interview, anything on your resume is at the interviewer’s disposal.  It is your responsibility to convince the interviewer that you can come in and do the job. Speaking intelligently about each of your previous positions is one of the best ways to ace your job interview every single time.


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