Entry Level Business Consulting Jobs

George asks…

How do I “down sell” so that I can get into a new career?

My credentials and experience go along with an ambitious career to date, but now I just want to shut down my solo consulting business, get out of corporate America, and get into a field or a function that is simply more fun and interesting. It might be food or wine or tea, or it might be museum work or some sort of community development – still deciding.

Thing is, I don’t know HOW to sell myself into an entry-level situation and convince someone that I really do want to learn a new business, learn new skills, challenge myself in a different way. Money is not an object to me – I expect to make only half or even a third of my prior career income… I just know I want a new direction.

What do I say when applying for new, lower level jobs? Anyone done this before?
By the way, I’m in my mid-forties. Time for me to change the record.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Yes, I have done that but for different reasons. I used to be an IT recruiter and lost my job when everything was outsourced overseas. I was faced with applying for jobs that paid 1/3 of what I was making. Here is what I did.

Design your resume around the job you are going after. Delete anything from your current resume that doesn’t apply. You still have to keep a consistent time line, but there is no need to elaborate. Don’t list salaries.

In your cover letter explain why you want the job and what you will bring to it. Leave salary open.

In the interview answer salary questions saying you are looking for a position based on all the criteria important to you, not just salary. Play up what skills you have that match what the company needs and don’t mention what isn’t relevant to them. It sounds like you have a good attitude towards learning new things so put the front and center. Attitude will often get you a job over skill. Good luck.

Lizzie asks…

frustrated at work, is it bad for my career?

I work in a department with too many senior people, it’s a consulting department, I am very junior compared with them, I am one level higher than the entry level, I am at my late 20s, but five of my colleagues are at my father’s age. Except me, the youngest one is 4 level’s higher than me. I know there are pros and cons, I can learn a lot from them, but I feel frustrated at the same time, because they always ask me to do some little things not related to our consulting projects, like help the new starters to settle on the first day, translate some materials because I am bilingual. Even I need to do some admin work for the team. My position is an analyst, I am on some projects as well, I am always disrupted by these things frequently, I am not experienced in this industry, but I have my career path, I waste a lot of time to do these little things for them than doing my own research. But I know there is nobody doing those apart from me at the moment. I know they are quite senior, my skills can’t convince them and I work hard, I read business books after work everyday and plan to do a MBA in 3 years. They don’t think I am helpful for our projects, I am so annoyed.
My question is- Do you think this ‘inverted triangle’ organizational structure is bad for a junior(but not entry level) person? It seems a normal structure for a department or small company is one boss,a few senior, more middle level and some junior. But for us, it is one boss, too many senior,one junior,no middle level. Sometimes, they even don’t bother to teach me or guide me.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

It does sound frustrating and it would be worth looking around for other suitable positions but it does seem a pretty normal setup unless you factor in that times are now changing technology etc along with that these people are more likely going to be sitting pretty in their jobs now that mandatory retirement ages have been abolished in the uk and progression will be killed stone dead.

If it’s a well known company it’ll look good on your cv but if they are disrespecting your skills by treating you like a skivvy i say leave them to it because maybe they are also actually scared of your youth and talent/ambition.

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Management Consulting Austin

Chris asks…

Where can I get meds if i am a high risk diabetic with complications?

I was recently diagnosed with diabeties. I found out after getting blurred vision in right eye.
I lost most vision in my right eye. I have recenrtly relocated to Austin, tx. The problem is the first
doctor I went to did blood tests the first visit and after my 1st visit I get a cert. letter stating that the
doctor had deemed/labled me non compliant. So I thought Id try another dr. on my 1st visit I got
my meds and all seemed ok. Upon my second visit the dr. stated after 30 days I would need to find
another dr. I asked why again i get non compliant.. I am a professional college grad. with excellent
insurance. I dont smoke(take random drug tests per co. rules). I always chose offices who seem to
lean torward diabetics. My lab work was not bad, 7.5 a1c, slight high blood pressure(i was only told to exercise to control my bp). Yes I found out I was diabetic AFTER some damage was done to my eye. I would like to get in with a doc who will help me stay on top of things. But I cant seem to get
more than a second visit. Where can I go to get my meds? My right eye will never get better.
I just dont know where to go. The hospital? I guess docs are getting sued alot these days, but theres gotta be an option for us damaged folks. HELP
I am a 38 yr. old hispanic, could stand to lose 10 lbs. but not obese fyi

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Sorry but for you to be having eye problems you have had diabetes for quite awhile. You may not have been diagnosed, but you had it and must have ignored the symptoms. Eye damage like that develops only with very high blood glucose levels over time. While not absolutely awful, your Hemoglobin A1C is also pretty high if you have been taking charge , following a diet and taking your meds. Probably why your doctors don’t want to touch you. You are going to have to get very serious about following the guidelines and probably taking insulin, multiple times a day . Have you been keeping a log book of your blood glucose finger sticks on a daily basis? You should be testing 5-8 times a day. That is a pain but necessary to prevent you losing your vision all together. That means a fasting when you wake, one before breakfast one 2 hours after the first bite of food. One before lunch, 2hrs after the first bite of food, one before supper , one before sleep and an occasional check between 1 and 4 am. Yes you need to wake up. As you get things more controlled you may be able to cut back to 4 or 5. Find the number for your insurance provider and take a look at the Endocrinologists that concentrate in diabetes management. Make an appointment and go see them with your log book in hand and your meter. If your insurance is good and you are not being an a** pain to the staff, they should try to help you. Ask the doctor fro a dietitian consult and go. There may be a Joslin associated clinic in your area. It takes a long wait usually to get an endocrinologist appointment so make one in the morning. In the mean time, your doctors you have seen should be giving meds to tide you over

Sharon asks…

Home Owner Association HELP please?

I live in Austin Texas and my home association is Alliance association management…I seriously believe whoever is in charge of maintenance has something against me and my family…We have receive many lawn violation notices which I feel was wrong !!! I check the notice and it state on a specific date it was noted that our lawn was in violation…but this noted date was after I just mow the damn lawn !!!!! Our recent notice states ” it was noted on 8/26/08 that the paint on your garage doors does not match the paint of the house.” My house have red bricks and a white garage door. This house is like every other red brick house in the community which has a white gar. door !! I have never heard of a red garage door….this house was built this way we made no changes. All these rules are from the Declaration of covenants, conditions, and restrictions which I cannot find anywhere even their site.

I also maintain my lawn very nice but obviously not nice enough to someone’s liking !!!!

How do I go about dealing with this ????

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

The notice does not say that the garage door must match the bricks. It says that it must match the “paint of the house” or the wood surfaces, like the front door frame, window frames, faux shutters, eaves, etc.

The date of the notice may not be the date of the observation. I.e., The observer could have been by a day before you mowed but the HOA did not send the notice until a couple of days later.

It sounds like Alliance is not performing well. Time to consult with your attorney. If you do not have an attorney who understands HOAs, use the Austin Lawyer Referral Service: www.austinlrs.com

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Austin Texas Real Estate

Carol asks…

What does it take to become a Real Estate Agent in Texas?

I am looking to become a Real Estate Agent in the Austin, Texas area upon completion of my contract with the U.S. Army. I have a background in broadcast journalism and public affairs so I know how to talk to people and I was a salesman at a car dealership before joining the military.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

A real estate agent is a licensed individual capable of overseeing sales on real estate. In the state of Texas, real estate agents must complete 210 hours of classroom instruction so that they can effectively answer questions and be of assistance to those looking to purchase real estate. Other duties performed by real estate agents include listing and showing properties, listing agreements and filling out paperwork for contracts. With the right education and commitment, you can become a real estate agent in Texas.

James asks…

When Should I start contacting companies about a job?

I am a senior on the west coast looking to relocate to Austin Texas this July when I graduate… I hope to get a job as a commercial real estate broker and have interned in the industry for almost a year.. when should I start contacting companies out there about a job? I have contacted one and have had no response..should I wait until April or May when I am closer to graduating?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

You should start now. But not by sending resumes and cover letters to employers.

Contact the employers you want to work for, find out who you would be working for (the hiring manager), have a conversation with him/her and explain the situation. Get them interested in you by what you’ve accomplished so far THEN send the resume directly to them (because they’ll ask you to if you do this right).

Lay the ground work now and you’ll have a much smoother transition this summer.

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Federal Employment In Austin Texas

Richard asks…

When is it legal for a business to deduct a lunch of 30 minutes?

I work in TX. The employer deducts lunch after a 6 hours of work time even if we leave shortly after.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA)

http://www.dol.gov/compliance/topics/wages-other-breaks.htm

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require employees be given meal or rest breaks. However, if employers do offer short breaks (lasting about five to 20 minutes), federal law considers these short breaks time for which employees must be compensated.

Bona fide meal periods (typically lasting at least 30 minutes), serve a different purpose than short rest or snack breaks and, thus, are generally not time for which employees must be compensated. The FLSA is administered and enforced by the Wage and Hour Division of the Employment Standards Administration.

As long as you are “completely relieved of duty” during this 30-minute break, it is not illegal.

Http://www.dol.gov/elaws/esa/flsa/hoursworked/screenEE4.asp

We next consider whether you are completely relieved from duty during your meal period. You are not completely relieved from duty if you are required to perform any duties or do any work while eating. This includes inactive or active work.

For example:

An office employee who is required to eat at his or her desk is not relieved from duty if he or she is required to answer the telephone or respond to customers, even if no calls are actually received.
A factory worker who is required to watch his or her machine while eating is working and not completely relieved from duty.

It is not necessary that an employee be permitted to leave the premises if he or she is completely relieved from duty during the meal period.

If you are required to work during your meal period, or have any questions, you are advised to contact your state labor board:

Texas Workforce Commission
101 East 15th St.
Austin, TX 78778
(512) 475-2670
www.twc.state.TX.us

Susan asks…

How can I work in the US as a nurse?

I am a nursing graduate from the Phils. and have passed the NCLEX. I have a pending H1B application but nothing is happening since 2006. I want to go to the US as soon as possible. Can I apply for a work visa even if I have employment based visa application already?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

A lot of nurses find Texas hospitals to sponsor them. For some reason, even though immigration is Federal, the Hospitals there have their act together. Contact an employer based in Houston or Austin for the best Texas living. After working there for six years move to Paradise (California).

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Management Jobs In Austin Tx

Mary asks…

What cities has many job opportunities, also is cheap to live and is considered safe?

I have experience in sales management, customer service, automotive sales, story writing, hotel and resort hospitality, and management skills. 8-10 years of experience. I currently live in Maryland and in need of a new start. I’m 25yrs old.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I would suggest Austin TX. Its a great city for all you listed . I lived there for 5yrs and moved and to this day regret it.

William asks…

how can I find a solid ‘head hunter’ to find me a job in the Austin, Tx or Las Vegas, NV area? I am seeking c?

I am seeking management in a call/contact center. I will have a MS in Organizational Leadership 12/12.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Have you tried www.LvGigs.com they are a local site, Aimed at connecting locals with Odd jobs & more.

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Web Design Austin Tx

Maria asks…

What is a good Graphic Design school in Texas?

NOT THE ART INSTITUTE! its not happening lol.

I want to major in graphic and web design. i want a DEGREE. i want a college or university, not an institute. and tell me where they are please. if you could find one around the Austin area that would be AMAZING.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

The University of North Texas, Denton, TX has an amazing Communication Design program. Art.unt.edu

Thomas asks…

Is it illegal to carry a small wooden bat in my car in Texas?

I’ve tried looking this up but nothing has given me a clear answer. I have a small wooden bat about 24 inches long that I carry around for self defense purposes. But if if I were to get pulled over for some reason would I be breaking some law that says this is a weapon? I live in Austin, Texas.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

“I’ve tried looking this up but nothing has given me a clear answer”

You must look at the actual law, not any other web site.

Sec. 46.02. UNLAWFUL CARRYING WEAPONS. (a) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on or about his or her person a handgun, illegal knife, or club if the person is not:
(1) on the person’s own premises or premises under the person’s control; or
(2) inside of or directly en route to a motor vehicle or watercraft that is owned by the person or under the person’s control.

Http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.46.htm#46.02

So under the law you can not carry a club (instrument that is specially designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by striking a person with the instrument) AND outside of your vehicle OR not on your property.

It is legal.

You can carry a handgun on or about your person in your vehicle without a license IF:
1 it is your vehicle or a vehicle under your control
2 it must be concealed
3 not committing any crime other than class c traffic
4 legally able to possess it
5 not a member of a street gang
Same section, just see (a-1)

If you meet the above “requirements” then skip the bat and carry a handgun.

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Product Marketing Consultant Jobs

Laura asks…

Is there a job where you freelance to different companies to give them ideas on new products or new advertisin?

Is there a job tht you get hired by different companies to go in and try and recreate their image? or just to help them get new ideas for more profit? its something i would be interested in
@Ryan: Yes i would get my degree in that kind of area if the job existed. I wouldnt walk in off the street. Instead of just Yes as your answer could you give me details on what its called or the type of company that employs those ppl?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Advertising or marketing consultant. And companies ask you for help, rather than your approaching them. No company will entertain ideas offered to them from the outside, because too many legal problems arise. They usually depend on their regular advertising agencies or they turn to universities, where the business schools have professors who are expert on such matters.

Daniel asks…

Do Avon offer jobs to anybody who is not qualified to drive?

I would like to work for Avon, but I think it would be impossible for me to be a representative as I don’t drive. Do they provide jobs in telesales or something that does not involve a driver’s license?

Thank you.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Avon is not a job – it is a business opportunity to be an independent rep and market their products. Avon will basically sign anyone who has a pulse up to be a rep.

Since it is a business opportunity you are self-employed and your own boss. Avon does not pay any wages. No matter how many hours you work you only earn income if you make sales. No sales = no income.

You don’t need to be able to drive, but you need to be at least 18 years old. You can try to earn online or by walking around your area, but it can be difficult to earn much because there are so many Avon reps in most areas that you will be competing against for customers and sales.

There are numerous other companies out there that use independent reps/distributors/consultants to market their products. You might want to look around at some others and compare the start up costs, ongoing costs (catalogs, website), sales/purchase quotas, marketing methods, commission rate/profit margin and the number of reps in your area that you would be competing against. You may find other opportunities that will be more profitable to do online, over the phone or in your local area without driving a car.

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Small Business Consultation Services

Richard asks…

how can I get a retail consultant for my small business?

I just opened a store, I need good business advice. I need help managing and someone to tell me how im doing. Do I need a consultant and if I do, where can I find one.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Two excellent free sources that you should look into:

www.sba.gov – the web site of the US Small Business Administration. Information of good practices for almost any phase of a business are available at the web site.

Www.score.org – the web site of the Service Corps Of Retired Executives. S.C.O.R.E. Provides free consultation and mentoring.

Hope this helps
Jerry-the-bookkeeper

Sharon asks…

How much money do I need to start a moving business? Also what type of license do I need?

I plan to own a moving business throughout the state of Maryland and surrounding states. PLease help me

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

To start a moving business you need a moving truck or van…start small…the smaller the investment the smaller the loss if it doesnt work out…if it does work out and you are making a profit invest your money back into the business and grow it with money earned not borrowed…as far as licences, you need to have insurance, general and liablity insurance and of course vehicle insurance that covers anything of value that you may be moving…you also need to have an EIN # that is your first step…you can register on line for an Employer Identification Number with the IRS then from there you need to consult with a local CPA..a consultation is usually free and they can advise what local and state licences you will need in addition to providing pointers…you will also want to be comfortable with this CPA and have full confidence in them or go find another one! Again the most important thing once again is your in business to make money not spend money you dont have always start small and grow from there! My husband started his Heating and Cooling business 4 years ago from the back of a 1989 Lincoln Town Car and his first job paid for his first Service van…he continues to reinvest money back into the business and each year his profit has increased by at least 50% from the year before.

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Hotels Hiring In Austin Tx

William asks…

im 15 and live in austin,tx and need ajob?

im 15 and need a job i cant find a job anywhere i do have a ssn but i need a job fast to help my parents in money i want to work in a restaurant or hotel or somewher please help.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Work at Kiddie Acres. Theya re the only place I know of that hire 12 year olds. My brother works there. I live in Austin too!

Mandy asks…

short term leasessubletsrelocating austin tx?

ok i have to relocate to austin from ft worth temporarily for work. I would like to go home in june or july but my dilemma is that the Company will only pay for the hotel up until april 1st. I have to hire new employees and train them before i can leave so that’s going to take longer than what I have left at the hotel.. Since i only plan on staying a couple of months(a few at most) its been very hard for me to find somewhere to live short term that is is my price range. Im here all alone so I want somewhere that i would feel safe.. Any apt recommendations, or advice??? My job is in the northwest area of austin. What about some kind of extended stay hotels? Would that be a cheaper route for me?? I would like to find somewhere no more than 600 a month. (my raise has not kicked in yet, yes i feel like i am getting dick’d around) but that is a whole other topic, im here and have to make the best outta it until i start getting paid.. Please any suggestions or advice?!?!?!? Need any help i can get, i haven’t experienced any “welcome to austin” attitudes only bad ones:-(

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Austin Craigslist has an entire section for sublets/temporary, I bet you can find one that fits your needs there. Generally most apartments in northwest Austin are safe.

One of the links is the police department information about neighborhood crime.

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Business Optimization Consulting

Linda asks…

How can I promote my business using search engine marketing?

I want to promote my website and business online to generate more leads using search engine marketing (SEM) and search engine optimization (SEO) but I am not sure how to maximize my adwords campaigns. How can I effectively find the keywords that will generate the most relevant traffic to my site?

Is it better to use SEM or SEO for small medium size business with a limited budget? I am trying to do my own adwords campaign but find it too time consuming.

There are way too many services to sort through, is there any reliable services that could manage my adwords campaigns at affordable prices?

Thank you !

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Using google adwords search engine marketing (SEM) is a very effective way to promote your business online. There are lots of useful information directly on google site where you can get started.

Http://support.google.com/adwords/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2497976&ctx=welcome-2642398

However, if you have a small budget and limited time; a knowledgeable SEM manager can optimize your existing campaigns at affordable prices. You can do Pay Per click advertising with any budget and there are many methods to run effective campaigns to produce the best return on investment (ROI). Be careful to make sure the campaigns you run are relevant to what potential leads are searching for, otherwise you can lose a lot of money.

Bottom line its best to consult a reliable SEM management companies and ask one of the SEM managers to look over your existing campaigns and give a free estimate of their rates.

Robert asks…

What are the most cost effective ways to advertise my business online?

No Adwords
No Adcenter
No Overture.
Does anyone know?

Thx!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Go to free-press-release.com or you can google free press releases and use these sources to build your impressions on search engines. If you have a website! You can exchange links with other businesses that offer products or services that differ from yours, but hide them on a page linked through a site map.

Now, these are a few free-ways you can use to enhance your sites popularity with search engines, but the best way is to consult with a SEO (Search engine optimization) consultant. $$$

I’m using Adwords right now and it SUCKS! I’ve received 18 clicks in the last month and a half…….

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