My story and frustrations

I decided to share my personal career journey in an article.
Why?
Because it might resonate with fellow professionals and also help others realize that you are not alone.

I was born and raised in Greece, can communicate in 6 languages, and have had a very long and successful career.
I became a US citizen in 2004 and live in California.
My resume can be found here: RESUME

I have a very active LinkedIn presence, I had professionals build my resume and listened to advice as to what to write on my profile.
I lost my job in April 2021, as my landlord passed away, (I was the property manager for the apartment complex I live in, for 10 years) and his son sold the apartment complex.

I am VERY far from giving up, retiring, or losing hope.
I keep getting conflicting advice from similar professionals (job search help, resume writers, etc.)
Examples:
“Why do you confuse people with Risk Management and Property Management”?

Well, Risk Management is EVERYWHERE! Especially in property management, as one has to deal with tenants, laws, payments, leases, credit checks, etc. If you are NOT proactive and take care of every possible scenario before a disaster occurs, then you are NOT doing your job!

I have applied to 83 jobs. YES, you read that correctly. 83 jobs.
From those, I got 32 interviews, they realized that I am not 25 anymore and vanished in to thin air.
Oh yes, ghosting from HR departments is a thing now too.
I have such a vast experience on so many levels, yet “younger” professionals think that if you are older, you have automatically become obsolete.

I will be happy to connect on LinkedIn with anyone who is following my blog.
Here’s my LinkedIn profile

And although disheartened by the fact that I am not employed, I AM NOT GIVING UP!
I strongly believe that not everyone is made to open and run their own business. I love teamwork, I love solving problems, I love being part of a bigger picture.
This is totally acceptable and ok.
So those of you who are in the same position as I am, don’t give up hope, don’t give up trying, and keep moving forward no matter what!!!

 

Do your research

LinkedIn has become a must for startups, companies, professionals, job seekers and recruiters.

A lot of new companies are trying to sell lead generation products and services, so that one can succeed through LinkedIn.

So the questions here are:

  1. WHY should I choose your product, when LinkedIn already offers sales and lead generation solutions ?
  2. Have you done your research? There are similar companies like Linked Super Powers, and Salesflow
  3. Also LINKEDIN
  4. WHAT makes your services different and how can you prove it?
  5. How do you plan to get on top of your competition?
  6. Do you have a strategy in place?
  7. Messaging, emailing and simply marketing will not satisfy the prospective customer, as there are a ton of solutions to choose from.

So LEARN, TEST, COMPARE and PROVE!

Are you really a professional?

Professional behavior says it all.
And NEVER add a title on your profile, unless you prove that you are who you portray!

Read this article and be open to actually learn!

If you call yourself an expert, don’t make the mistake on platforms like LinkedIn to add positions, expertise and companies that don’t exist online, except for in your profile!

Rethink your hiring mentality

Business Owners and CEO’s!
Are you open to change course and think a little differently?
Can you forget age for a moment when hiring?

Let’s change course here.
Have you ever thought that you could give an “older” candidate a break by hiring them as a paid mentor or consultant?
If you do that you will gain a LOT!

  1. It will save you the pre conceived high onboarding cost, as your candidate will not need insurance, 401K or anything.
  2. You will have a mentor who has been where you are now and can teach you a whole lot.
  3. Teach your HR people about every aspect of the department your are hiring for, or even better have the head of the hiring department do the interviews! They know exactly what they need and are looking for.
  4. “Older” seasoned professionals, are not looking to jump positions and change companies. They are ALWAYS loyal and here to stay and help.
  5. Put yourself in their shoes. How will you feel in a few years when you will be excluded from any opportunities due to your age? You will have the experience and knowledge, but no opportunity to help someone younger succeed like you are trying to do now.
  6. NEVER forget, that everything you have to work with today, was created, implemented and envisioned by those before you!
  7. How will it hurt your company if you listen to a seasoned professional and maybe learn a thing or two that you hadn’t thought about until now?
  8. Not one “older” professional is coming to replace you or anyone in your company. They are there to help you succeed!

So sit back and think!
Less overhead, more experience, more knowledge, and only gains for your company!

Have you thought about all the possible risks and scenarios?
Have you thought about missing factors?

OPEN your mind and give it a try!
You will be amazed!

 

5 Key Cybersecurity Tips for Small Businesses

Author: Paul Adamson

The average cost of a cyberattack on a business is almost four million dollars. That’s enough to put most small and medium companies out of business.

As business becomes an increasingly online affair, the number of bad actors trying to break down your digital defenses only grows. But many small businesses aren’t sure exactly how to keep themselves protected.

If you’re looking for cybersecurity tips, read on. We’ve got five key pieces of advice to help your business stay safe online.

Read the entire article HERE

OWWLL the new must have!

Owwll you will ask?

Let me explain.

So proud to be one of the first members of the upcoming Owwll platform.
Jason R Hill, the creator of Owwll, is simply amazing! This platform will explode! I am sure of it.
I began using the BETA platform and before you know, I was connecting with some amazing experts! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Owwll and highly recommend it if you want to earn extra residual income by using your expert knowledge, on any topic, to help others while being paid.

We are all tired of constant video calls and meetings.
Would you like a different approach?
Just make and accept calls. Just calls! YES!
Would you like to be able to learn from experts and also share your knowledge with prospective clients?
Make new valuable connections?
My answer was YES immediately!

Not only have I met a ton of great professionals, but the Owwll App will give you the ability to make some money!

Follow the instructions here and let’s connect and make this a great professional tool for connecting, Learning, growing and teaching!

REFERRAL CODE #: MS779639

Signing up is simple and takes about 5 minutes, you set your rates for a 10 minute / 20 minute call and a rate for additional 5 minutes added by callers. The caller prepays your rate and they already know what the rate is up front before calling.
The platform is close to launch and now is the time to gain 5 star ratings and trust during the BETA!
Each person is interviewed before being allowed on the platform!
PLEASE USE REFERRAL CODE #: MS779639 when signing up.
Explainer Video:
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iPhone Version:
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Android Version:
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Be kind, professional and respectful. You can share your knowledge, or you can learn from pioneers and become a successful entrepreneur, business entity, leader, and so much more!

 

2022 My New Rules!

  1. I will NEVER allow anyone to take me or my services for granted!
  2. I will stop supporting those who never reciprocate with actions, and always hide between “I am busy”, “Let’s chat soon”, and never help back like I have helped them by sharing posts, mentioning them and always commenting.
  3. Emojis, thoughts and prayers will no longer cut it.
  4. Ghosting and unprofessional behavior will not be tolerated.
  5. Do not assume that you know me, or my history.
  6. I will help, guide, and support all those who have shown me the same respect I have shown them.
  7. I will be available to new connections and open to new collaborations.
  8. I will immediately block anyone who introduces themselves via sales pitches, or the dreaded “hello gorgeous”!
  9. I will keep pushing, helping and promoting all my professional friends who have proven themselves over and over again.
  10. And last but not least, my sanity will be on the top of my list this year! If my cup is full, I can help.

    HAVE A BLESSED NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Business Relationships And Behavior

So many people are telling me that they are having complaints, problems, and are unsure as how to smooth out their professional relationships.

The rule is: NEVER mix personal and professional. If you do business with a friend and have any issue at all, keep it on a professional level. DO NOT share with your friends and family. This is totally unprofessional and the start of your problems.

ALWAYS be open, talk it out, and respect what the other person has to offer. Business relationships of any kind have a start point and a finish point. When you close such a relationship, be very clear as to why you chose to do so, and part amicably. Some of my clients have followed my advice and are very thankful for it, because they have saved personal relationships and their professional integrity this way. It is a disaster when your friends draw their own conclusions, when in fact they are clueless about business or the specific relationship/contract that has ended.

One of the facts of small business owners is that they find someone they like on a personal level, and try to do business with them. They are so eager to solve all their problems at once that they usually don’t “hear” what the other party is offering. They just follow their wishful thinking, even though they are not clear about what they expect from a deal. The deal goes on and they discover midflight that the services offered are different than their expectations.

There are different approaches to solving that, and you be the judge of which is the correct way:

You sit down and talk, explain in detail your expectations as a client, and if both parties find out that this relationship does not benefit either party, you simply and professionally say goodbye. Chapter closed.

You are unsure of what your exact needs are, you are not satisfied with the services you receive, and you do not share your thoughts exactly, but decide to end this business relationship. You then proceed to talking to others, who in return have their own opinions and the professional who offers his/her services, starts being criticized to no fault of their own. Be very careful about toying with someone’s reputation and integrity.

You sever both personal and professional relationship because you mix personal and professional issues.

In a few words, business is business, and friendship is friendship. Do not make it personal. Do not treat other professionals in a way that you would hate to be treated. These are shark infested waters and guess what? Someone might actually seek legal action against you for slandering, especially if you are dealing with a bigger company.

Helping Others. That’s What Businesses Do

Business owners rarely step back and think that their business is there to help. Yes help!

EVERY business exists to help.
A lawyer helps with legal matters.
A clothing business provides clothes.
Food stores feed families.
Landlords provide housing, and so on.

Have you ever stopped to think for even a moment how your business helps your clients and how you can make it better?
It’s not all about revenue.
Yes you need revenue to live and pay your employees.
But the better services/products you provide, the better your business will be for it.

We work so much focused on making money that we forget we are part of an amazing chain. We are all intertwined and connected.
You created your business out of passion. Keep the passion going to the right direction and you will never fail!

 

 

TIME TO VENT

Hello Business Owners!
Guess what? Time to vent. Yes vent!
I have done everything right. My resume fits the current standards, my LinkedIn profile same.
I apply for jobs.
They love my resume and my accomplishments.
They call me.
Then I do the interview and they see my face. YES I have gray hair! So what?
I am proud of it and I am in no way, shape or form ready to throw in the towel. I am in it for the long run.
YES I know technology.
YES, I know chargebacks and fraud and claims inside and out!
32 interviews, resulted to 32 rejections.
You know what I have to say? SHAME ON YOU younger people who think that you know everything, and are NOT open to hiring a more mature individual who might have a few things to teach you, who might actually be a GREAT addition to your company!
And YES stay for the long run and not hop around jobs for promotions!
Does real experience and loyalty and passion mean ANYTHING to YOU?

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