Your Questions About Successful Trading Companies

Robert asks…

I’m 16 why can’t I get a job?

I am 16, I live in Ontario, Canada. I have had several online business ventures, have considerable experience in customer satisfaction and solving problems. I have strong computer and communication skills. I don’t have much experience working under someone, just lawn cutting for a company that I can’t get a reference from. All of that is on my resume.

On the rare occasion that I get an interview, I always show up in business clothing such as dress pants, shined leather shoes, dress shirt and tie. It seems the harder I try, the less likely it is for me to get a job.

I would start a full time summer business but I am lacking capital. I don’t have anyone that can lend me money and can’t get a loan.

I just got turned down today for another job that I had an interview for on wednesday. I watch all of my friends around me getting jobs from doing next to nothing. I try so hard but no one will cut me some slack. I can’t even get a job at a damn grocery store for crying out loud.

I think it has to be something wrong with my resume. Can you please critique it and make annotations?

Here is a copy of my resume:
Work Objective
To obtain a position that will enable me to use my strong communication skills, customer-oriented background and ability to work well with people.
Education
H.S. Diploma, Grade 11
******* **********, Ontario – I am in the process of completing my High School Diploma.
Work Experience

Self Employment, ******, Ontario 2007 – Present

Development and management of several successful online ventures, including:

Authored four eBooks on the topics of Internet Marketing and Physical Fitness and successfully developed a mailing list, clients and product sales
Worked alongside several companies as an affiliate marketer, selling and trading merchandise on sites such as eBay and Amazon
Managed advertising campaigns to market subscription based programs as well as onetime fee goods
Contacted customers to notify them of special sales and new merchandise shipments and fostered client patronage through the use of thank-you notes and special occasion cards
Collaborated with many freelance web designers, graphic designers, and professional ghostwriters online to develop websites
2007 – 2008
Contract Landscaping, ****** and ******, Ontario

Performed various lawn maintenance tasks for neighbours and a private business, including lawn cutting, weeding and pruning of shrubs

Skills
•Communication Skills: Work well in a team setting, able to relate in a respectful and professional manner, exercise sound judgement and can problem solve effectively
•Advanced Computer Skills: Data Entry, Editing and Proofreading, Internet Technology, Advertising / Promotions, MS Office, E-Mail, Adobe Photoshop, CSS & HTML Programming, Keyboarding Skills
•Personal Skills: Perseverance, Motivated, Honesty and Integrity, Ability to Learn Quickly, Adaptability, Strong Morals

Hobbies and Interests
Am an avid amateur golfer considering a business oriented career in some facet of the golf industry (golf course management and/or architecture)
Participate in a regular strength training and athletic conditioning program as a member of a local fitness club
Am a student of Karate (5 year member of the Black Belt Club) anticipating earning my black belt in November
Construct and fly radio controlled aircraft and am a past member of the ********** Model Aircraft Club where I attended club meetings and events
Have enjoyed downhill skiing and off road mountain biking for many years
Enjoy being outdoors, camping, hiking and golfing

References
Available upon request

Thanks, I don’t want to sound needy but I need a job badly. I’ve even been to employment offices and requested to be contacted from a youth employment organization but not surprisingly, they didn’t contact me back.

What am i doing wrong?

Thanks a bunch

John answers:

This may sound like a strange answer but your resume is too good. Think of it this way, you are an employer at wal-mart, you don’t want a computer programmer, or someone with allot of other skills as they are not likely to stick around for long.

You need to custom tweak each resume depending on the job. Your resume sounds like you are 25 years old with allot of business experience. Now don’t get me wrong that is fantastic! But it is not what an employer might be looking for.

Just one extra tip, I don’t like the:

“To obtain a position that will enable me to use my strong communication skills, customer-oriented background and ability to work well with people.”

It is too impersonal you should say something like:

“I have strong communication skills and enjoy working with people. I feel I could be a asset to any company as I have experience in dealing with customers and get on well with others”

Hope that helps : )

Lisa asks…

To the Obama supporters a serious question for you?

I would like to ask you all a question putting aside the color of his skin what exactly do you like about his policy and philosophy.

Wealth distribution—please state a great socialist nation and a example where this policy worked very well

Traveling the world apologizing for the US a country that as liberated more people in the history of the world bar none.

Tripling our national debt restricting our ability to grow and gain wealth try and imagine starting a new job and have a 100k credit card bill

Pushing Cap and Trade to the energy companies who will pass the cost on to their customers since minorities have older less energy efficient homes and autos who do you think will be paying a disportionally the cost for energy.

Raising taxes which will sap economic growth when unemployment goes to 10% you can multiply it by a factor of 3 for blacks so that means the black unemployment rate is around 30 %

If you were going to undergo something critical like a heart transplant who would you chose someone that has a successful history of doing that operation, or someone out of med school who will be attempting it for the first time. No sane person would choose the latter

I would really like a intellectual response …and not just you hate Obama don’t you” that just shows lack of critical thinking and intellectual vacancy please just address my query because I am interested to find out what it is that attracted you to him beside skin color

John answers:

The Johnson, what has he done that he promised he would do? Transparency for bills, I will air the health care debates on CSPAN. I will not have lobbyists, while there are many in his administration. Just saying he speaks the truth does not do it, please tell us what he said he would do that he has done. Thank you for taking the time. I did not vote for him, so I am not qualified to answer the asker’s question but thought you should give some examples of your statement.

Thomas asks…

What is involved in buying a Limited Company which is currently trading?

I wish to takeover a company which is currently trading as the current owner wishes to sell and I think I can make it successful. However, I would like to know what paperwork/forms I would need to complete in order to transfer the business into my name? I have agreed a price of £10,000 with the current owner but would like to know how to effect the transaction and make it legally safe?

John answers:

If it’s a company, the actual transfer is simple – the shares are transferred to you by the current shareholder(s).

You sound a bit out of your depth…have you done the due diligence properly? Do you know what commitments/debts this company has, for example? Outstanding bills/disputes…? What warranties/indemnities will the current owner provide?

Get yourself some proper advice unless you are sure you know exactly what you are buying, or you could find the cost if vastly higher than £10,000.

Donald asks…

Starting a construction company?

Starting a construction company?
So I really want to have a Construction business when I am older, I think not only that is a business you can make big bucks in if you do it right. But, I am also a football lineman and live in a rural forest so I do a lot of manual labor, I get things done physically, and this company will let me keep working and smelling to high havens when I get home which makes me feel successful But I have a few questions for you Yahooians and see what you can ponder.

1st off, how really do you start a successful construction or trade company? I am thinking about majoring in business at my nearby University then later start the business. What do you think?

Question #2, okay, I know there are a lot of aspects to construction, such as:
Asbestos & Mold Removal
Building Construction
Woodworking
Cleaning Services
Demolition & Site Prep
Electrical
Excavation
Fencing & Decking
Flooring & Tiling
Handyman
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
Junk Removal
Landscaping Services
Locksmith
Masonry
Painting & Wall Covering
Paving & Concrete
Plastering, Drywall & Ceiling
Roofing
Tree Service
Welding & Metal Work
Windows & Doors

How many of these specialties can a construction company plan to be able to do? Sure you can know how to do all, but what seems realistic?

I thank you for reading my question and thoroughly appreciate it! Any imput I will enjoy to hear.

John answers:

Getting a working knowledge of business at the local university is always a good idea. But don’t go getting a degree – that takes four years. And you can always hire a businessman.

As to what specialty to tackle, take a look at what services are already offered locally. Stack them up against your list and see what’s left. Then see if any of the remaining holes in the line-up are something you know how, or like to do. There is part of your answer.

Another part comes from the cost of doing those businesses. If you go into something that requires expensive equipment you can charge more money than if you just do manual labor. You get more per day when driving your excavator then when driving the lawn mower.

Work hard and treat the people right and you should succeed. Then you will need to hire employees and you will be the boss. Then you will work less and come home smelling better – will you still be successful??

Laura asks…

Starting a construction company help?

Starting a construction company?
So I really want to have a Construction business when I am older, I think not only that is a business you can make big bucks in if you do it right. But, I am also a football lineman and live in a rural forest so I do a lot of manual labor, I get things done physically, and this company will let me keep working and smelling to high havens when I get home which makes me feel successful But I have a few questions for you Yahooians and see what you can ponder.

1st off, how really do you start a successful construction or trade company? I am thinking about majoring in business at my nearby University then later start the business. What do you think?

Question #2, okay, I know there are a lot of aspects to construction, such as:
Asbestos & Mold Removal
Building Construction
Woodworking
Cleaning Services
Demolition & Site Prep
Electrical
Excavation
Fencing & Decking
Flooring & Tiling
Handyman
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
Junk Removal
Landscaping Services
Locksmith
Masonry
Painting & Wall Covering
Paving & Concrete
Plastering, Drywall & Ceiling
Roofing
Tree Service
Welding & Metal Work
Windows & Doors

How many of these specialties can a construction company plan to be able to do? Sure you can know how to do all, but what seems realistic?

I thank you for reading my question and thoroughly appreciate it! Any imput I will enjoy to hear.

John answers:

Most states require you to have special licenses to do everything but junk removal on your list. Generally, you have to work in the field for 5 years before you can have your own company. You may want to call your local city hall to get more details about what you need. This isn’t going to be easy If you have no experience in any of these fields, you will be lost, and could be sued if you make mistakes. Good luck

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