Entrepreneur Coaching

Why hire me? Fifteen years ago I started out with $5.00 in my pocket and no job. Due to a series of circumstances I was basically starting over. I went from living in a run-down gang neighborhood to flying around the world on a private jet as a TV/film distributor (a 6 figure job I had created for me)  in a matter of a few years. Then I lost it all and started over again. This time I came up with an idea for a new product. I literally had $5.00 and no idea how I was going to get it done. If you read my blog, you know I didn’t go to college and have never used a resume. Almost every job I’ve had I either created myself or had created for me. I’ve never believed a “real” job ever gave anyone job security. And this is even more true today. I whole-heartedly believe in creating your own jobs. Creating your own job security. I taught myself how to make a prototype, how to manufacture a product, how to import, sell and promote a product. Sometimes I was working 2 or 3 jobs to finance my business. I hired the biggest PR firm in Los Angeles and spent my last dime, thinking this would launch the product. After 3 months they had gotten me one mention in a magazine. I knew I would have to learn how to do it myself. I ended up getting the product in dozens of TV shows, magazines, newspapers, and radio shows. Here is a small list: The Today Show, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX News, Nightside, The Queen Latifa Show, HGTV, Lifetime, Newsweek, Newsday, Prevention, Oxygen, American Health, Living Fit, Inventor’s Digest, Woman’s Own, Working World, Complete Woman, Ms. Fitness, Good Day Atlanta, Good Morning Arizona. I went on to start my own PR firm called Abbott & Klein where I’ve handled celebrities & Fortune 500 companies and small business owners & inventors. How I work I work with everyone from the unemployed or underemployed that want to create their own jobs, to the entrepreneurs who have a finished product or business they want to get on the market. I have almost 20 years of experience, and along the way have made millions of mistakes. I want you to learn from my mistakes so you don’t waste valuable time and money. Entrepreneur coaching is very targeted to your needs. I don’t work well with whiny cry babies who don’t want to work hard. If you want to be successful you have to be willing to put in the time and work it takes. But I help you find that passion deep inside you that will give you the drive to want to do it. I’m part no nonsense drill sergeant, part compassionate friend. I’ve been there and succeeded. I want you to succeed too. For that reason, I don’t take on everyone as a client. If I don’t feel I can help you, I won’t take your money. It’s that simple. And because of the amount of personal attention, I can only take on a limited number of clients each month. Just email me at julie@funjobfairs.com and let’s see if it would be a good fit. According to data compiled by The Project on Student Debt, the average college student loan debt is over $25,000, with no guarantee of a job when you get out. The unemployment and underemployment numbers for recent college students is over 50%. So, is it worth a fraction of the money to hire me to teach you how to create your own jobs? You bet!! Prices Okay, the part you were looking for. The Basics $67.00 This is the “Create Your Own Job” webinar. It’s an hour and a half class on how to create your own jobs or have jobs created for you. The course is very detailed and is enough to get you started. It’s fine for those do it yourselfers that can take an idea and run with it themselves. If you need more help, go to Create for Cash. You can subscribe to the Create for Cash newsletter for free to get valuable advice on being a bootstrapping entrepreneur. You can also buy a copy of “The Money Garden: How to Plant the Seeds for a Lifetime of Income” on Amazon. It’s loaded with free and low cost marketing tips on how to promote your new venture. It’s also available in the Kindle version for only $9.99. Private Coaching Want customized coaching to put you on the path of creating your own jobs? Learn from a successful serial entrepreneur who started with nothing and now runs 4 businesses and 1 non-profit. Every single business makes money! And you can too. Is it worth $200 to learn how to create financial security? You bet! You will more than make that money back very quickly.


Getting a Job with a Criminal Record

It’s hard enough these days to find a job, but for those with a criminal record it can be even worse. An estimated 65 million Americans face that problem when they’re looking for a job. New laws prevent blanket discrimination against this, but if you’re dealing with that problem, there are some things you can do to help prepare yourself as much as possible.

While serving your time you will have nothing but time on your hands. This is a perfect opportunity to further your education any way you can. If you didn’t get your high school degree, now is the time to start working to get your GED.

It is also possible to get a college degree while in prison. There are also plenty of opportunities provided by non-profits for training while serving time. Read everything you can get your hands on that will help you in the real job world. Learn new skills that will help you in a trade. These days a plumber may be just as employable as a marketing executive in the current job market.

There are also programs to help you once you get out as far as training and job skills. Take advantage of these. Get help in putting your resume together and practicing for a job interview. If you have a parole officer that will help you, reach out and get that help. In fact, seek out help from anyone you can. Find a non-profit that fits your needs and get in touch with them. Let them know you are willing to work hard and do whatever it takes to become employed.

You will more than likely have to start at the bottom and work your way back into the system, especially if you are looking for a job that has a lot of responsibility. But these days even people that don’t have a criminal record are having to do that. Just concentrate on getting your foot in the door and proving to your employer and yourself that you can, not only do the job required, but you can go above and beyond what’s needed to get ahead.

If you find that you are going nowhere in a job search, you might want to consider creating your own job. It worked for Alfred Lomas. He was a member of one of the largest and most notorious gangs in L.A. He decided to radically change his life and became a Christian.

He started as a director of a food program that delivers food to warring gang neighborhoods. He now risks his life to bring peace to the same neighborhood by negotiating with rival gangs to stop the violence. He also started L.A. Gang Tours, which is a successful tour through those same neighborhoods and brings jobs to the area.

The main thing is to stay focused on keeping your attitude positive and keeping your skills sharp. It’s hard enough for those that have a college degree and no record right now, so you will have to be patient and just keep looking ahead.




Job Search and Small Business

Small businesses of less than 500 employees are responsible for approximately 70% of all new jobs. In a recession they are also more likely to hire fewer employees, none at all, or to have to lay some of them off. But that shouldn’t stop you from applying to those companies.

When small companies do hire they are less likely to advertise those positions and are more likely to use referrals to find new employees. A woman at the local Chamber of Commerce told me she was looking to hire an assistant and put out one small ad on Craig’s List. She had so many calls she finally had to take the ad down and eventually ended up hiring someone she met at a mixer for the community. These are good places to mingle with small business owners, by the way.

As a small business owner myself I can tell you that making a decision to hire an employee is even more of a risk than at a big corporation. We want to make sure we’re doing the right thing and get the best person for the job. This is why I’ve only hired through people I know.

Also, if you’re used to the big corporation paycheck, are you sure you want to take less money and possibly do more work for it? That’s the downside. But the upside is that we are usually more fun to work for and tend to be more relaxed in the office atmosphere.

A small business is also more likely to listen to what you have to say as far as input into the company. We have to listen to new ideas and be willing to try new things.

If you want to work for a small business you will probably need to seek out opportunities instead of looking for them on job boards. That means scouring the communities you live in and ask around. Network at local events.

Above all, make yourself known and keep yourself in front of them. When a job does open up, you will likely be the first one they think of.

Long Term Job Search Game Plan

In this challenging job market a lot of people have gone from thinking long term to thinking that they just want a job that will pay the bills. There’s nothing wrong with that, but you should still have a long term job game plan in mind. If you don’t know where you’re going, how are you going to know when you get there or how to get there?

One way to accomplish that is to think backwards. Think about what industry you really want to be in. What do you want to be doing five years, ten years, or twenty years from now? What kind of job would you be happy doing long term?

The best way to think it through is by going through all of the necessary steps. Will you need to relocate or transfer to another department? Do you think it’s possible to work your way up in the company you’re in now or do you think you might need to work for another company for that opportunity? Would you be better off in a start up company or a more established one?

Not everyone wants to be the president of the company, nor is there room for everyone to be. If that is your goal and you don’t see the chance to advance to the top where you are, you might want to think about running your own business. That’s the shortest way to get to the top. But with that comes a lot more responsibility.

Either way, you and only you will be responsible for your career. It won’t be given to you. You’ll have to earn it and stay vigilant about making sure you do everything you can to give yourself the best chance. That means you should make sure you stay on top of any and all training you need. Take advantage of any kind of continuing education you can, whether your company pays for it or not. Always look for ways to improve your skills in all areas.

Make sure you start building your network as soon as possible. This includes co-workers, friends, vendors, human resources, management, and anyone else that might be able to help you on the way to the top. Don’t discount anyone. You never know where an opportunity will come from. Volunteer for as many things as you can handle without overloading your schedule too much. Stay active outside the office too with community activities.

Write down your long and short term job search game plan and stick to it. By being clear about where you really want to be in your career future, you’re more likely to achieve your goals.

Jobs That Won’t Be Outsourced

It started with manufacturing jobs being outsourced, but then moved to call centers, and data processing. Now even computer graphics, sales, and architecture jobs have moved overseas. In fact, outsourcing has gone up threefold since 2005. But there are plenty of jobs that are not going to be outsourced:

  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Construction
  • Military
  • Security
  • Financial services
  • Agriculture
  • Insurance
  • Teacher
  • Childcare
  • Mechanic
  • Dog trainer
  • Dog groomer
  • Vet
  • Plumber
  • Electrician

Job Fair Mistakes You Should Never Make

Since I’ve been putting on job fairs I spend a lot of time talking to recruiters and HR. As tough as the job market is out there I’m constantly shocked at the mistakes people make once they actually get in the door.

The first one kind of surprises me and that’s the inappropriate dress. I’ve seen this at job fairs quite a lot. A job fair should be treated like an interview. You should dress appropriately for both of them.

I have seen people waiting in line in flip flops, tons of gold chains around their neck, very low cut blouses, sweat pants, and mini skirts. I’m not making this stuff up! I’ve also heard the same thing from HR professionals when people come in for job interviews. It’s shocking. There’s simply no excuse for not dressing up for a job fair or a job interview. Maybe people mistake the atmosphere at a job fair as a place where they can just dress comfortably. Don’t be fooled into thinking you don’t have to dress to impress at a job fair.

Another job fair and interview mistake would be texting and answering your cell phone in an interview. Turn it off or just leave it at home. You would think that would be common sense but it still happens all the time. That’s just a signal to the person hiring you that you don’t care about the job. No phone call is that important. It can wait.

After working many job fairs, I am aware of other big job fair mistakes…missing an interview or showing up late. It’s hard enough to get that interview, especially these days. If you can’t make it or you are going to be late (and it had better be a really good reason), then at least call. It’s common courtesy. This goes for a job fair too. I can’t tell you how many people constantly showed up after the job fair was officially over and were upset that they couldn’t get in. If you really want to make the most of a job fair, be the first one in line. As the day goes on things get more and more backed up time-wise, and the likelihood that HR reps will be gone when you get there or they won’t have time to see you increases every hour.

Above all, use common sense!



How to Succeed at Fun Job Fairs

Here is a great article from AOL about job fairs where I’m quoted:

Looking for a job, especially at a job fair, can be a lot like trying to get a date at a crowded bar — there are plenty of potential dates to choose from, but chances are none will want to dance with you or date you for the long-term.

If you’ve ever been to one of the many job fairs across the country, you’ve seen the long lines of job applicants with resumes in hand, all pushing for a spot up front to get a recruiter’s ear. It’s a meat market without the drinks. I’ve been to a few since being laid off in June 2008, and have for the most part found them to be a waste of time unless you go in prepared and with a goal of networking rather than getting a job immediately.

Very slim odds

With hundreds of people to talk to, it’s difficult for recruiters or human resource representatives to give your resume enough attention and to remember who you are, so it’s a good idea to leave the job fair with the understanding that while your work there probably won’t lead to a job now, any contacts you make should help in the future.

“Not doing something is definitely not an option. Candidates definitely want to be proactive,” said Edward Ryabovsky, vice president of business development and recruiting for Hold Brothers, a financial services company in New York.

As a corporate recruiter who finds venues for career fairs, Ryabovsky told AOL Jobs in a phone interview that the odds of getting a job offer after applying at a job fair are remote. Of 350 resumes he got at a recent a job fair, he phone screened 12 of them, interviewed four in person, and offered a job to one candidate, who ended up taking a job elsewhere. But don\’t take that one-out-of-350 figure to heart for the long haul.

“Just because we don’t have a need at that particular time does not mean a need will not show up” later, he said.

That’s why going to a job fair just to network and get your name and resume in front of people who you can call later for a follow-up discussion is important, he said.

Unless a job fair is aimed at a specific type of worker — such as for engineers — most job fairs will attract the same types of employers. They include government agencies that are always hiring, such as the FBI and fire departments, and industries that rely on sales and have high turnover, such as life insurance, car sales and financial advice.

Make the most of it

Here are some tips on how to succeed at a job fair:

Dress appropriately. The candidate who wears a business suit will get noticed by an employer, while the one in casual clothes will get passed over, Ryabovsky said.

Ask smart questions. Just dropping off a resume won’t impress a recruiter. Ask questions about the job you want, offer your business card and ask for theirs.

Build your network. Through LinkedIn, an e-mail or phone call, contact everyone you’ve met after a job fair to follow up and see if you can meet in person.

Expect low-paying jobs at many job fairs. High turnover and low pay is partly why some companies are constantly at job fairs. They need to constantly hire. Once you realize this, either stay away from those employers, or ask how quickly you can move up or if there are other, better-paying positions that you’re qualified for. Even if they don’t have a job for you, they might know another company that does and can pass your name along.

Research the companies you want to talk with. Know before you walk in the door what companies you’re interested in, research them and have something intelligent to say or ask about the company when you get to the front of the line, advises Lavie Margolin, a job search adviser in New York.

Talk yourself up. Along with networking, getting out and socializing with other unemployed people at a job fair is a way to keep your social skills working and practice interview techniques.

Kimberly Brady, a New York City resident who has been out of work for nearly two years, told AOL Jobs in an e-mail that she had two job interviews through job fairs, and while she didn’t get either job, they helped her practice her interviewing skills. “I don’t expect I will ever find the job I want or need at a job fair, but that doesn’t mean I won’t meet the person who knows about the job I want and need at one of those fairs,” she wrote. “That’s what makes standing in line for two hours just to get in the door worth it.”


The big crowds of a job fair are enough to put off Stanley Lee, an electrical engineer who is looking for work. Instead, Lee recommends approaching start-ups, successful entrepreneurs, or team leads with proposals for short-term free work as a way to get a foot in a door.

To really shine as a candidate, recruiter Bruce Hurwitz recommends knowing how to write a proper business e-mail when following up an introduction at a job fair. Of 100 applicants he sees at a job fair, Hurwitz said that 10 to 15 will follow up by e-mailing him their resumes, but only one will do it professionally. That’s the person he wants to see at a job fair.

If that’s not you, you can still have a good time at a job fair. After finding job candidates crying in the parking lot outside of job fairs because the whole experience was too depressing, Julie Austin started Fun Job Fairs, where for a fee ($39 for the Nov. 9 bowling job fair in Hollywood, Calif.) job seekers can bowl, play miniature golf, shoot pool, go to a comedy show or other fun activities with an HR representative from one of many companies.

If nothing else, you’ll get to work on your bowling game for a few hours — and if you’re lucky, the HR rep will like you enough to want to hire you.


Aaron Crowe is a freelance journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area.more…

Job Fairs for the Jobless

\"LosFor months, all we\’ve heard from endless political ads and sound bites is how \”we need to put the American people back to work.\” But in this 24-hour-news world, that\’s become a song with no end. The jobless are facing an uphill battle and staying jobless for longer periods of time than ever before.

On top of that, the organization that goes into these job fairs, the press releases, the photo-ops – all the businesses that tout how many jobs they have to offer … and all the disappointed folks who walk away not getting them. It\’s enough to make you wonder if these job fairs even serve a purpose.

Is it about all the companies that are there? The TV cameras?

Heading out to a job fair these days, it is obvious, they are about: Desperation. Regret. Failure. Effort. Loss. Grief. All of it reinforced by massive job losses, from financial services to construction.

There, in the long line of hundreds, thousands of people waiting to get in are the faces of the jobless, the unemployed.

Many – often in the thousands – would not get a job that day.

Sometimes the job fairs are so packed that employers have to leave – with no materials left to hand out, overwhelmed by so many inquiries.

Fun Job Fairs is a different approach – an opportunity for you to meet prospective employers in a more relaxed environment.