4 Useful Hacks to Effectively Fulfill Your Editorial Calendar 0 60

4 Useful Hacks to Effectively Fulfill Your Editorial Calendar

Are you having some problems making great content? Are you not satisfied with how you plan and conceptualize your editorial calendar? Are there concerns about the execution of your content and marketing plan? If you answer yes to at least one of these questions, then you may need help with making and completing your editorial calendar.

Editorial calendars are the lifeguards of content writers and creators, without which the said creators will be drowning in a sea of good ideas, not knowing the right direction to finally be able to reach the destination. Editorial calendars give structure and guidance to the writers so that the content that the content that will be created will not stick out like a sore thumb and will give great synergy to all of the content that you have written. You can recognize the websites that do not have an editorial calendar or do not execute it properly because reading their content feels like navigating through a maze.

Do not let your website be a confusing labyrinth to your readers, leads, and clients. Create a good editorial plan and execute it. Here are 4 useful hacks that you can use to effectively create and complete your editorial calendar.

Start with the end in mind, and then formulate a flowchart to fulfill that end

You will be surprised at how useful this would be if you are not using this technique, not only in writing but also in your daily activities. By visualizing what you want to happen first and then thinking about it, your mind will be forced to focus on solving how to reach that goal. What usually happens with the creative people is that they let their minds wander and when they recognize or notice that they have mentally arrived at something good, they stop there. What this means is that they focus more on the journey than the destination, which is good if you are traveling but not so good if you are writing, since the writing may get jumbled, and the editorial calendar compromised or difficult to execute.

Once you have a goal in mind, you can focus your mental and creative energy to reach that goal by structuring what needs to be done to arrive at it. One great way to do so is by making a list. For instance, you can go to the Google AdSense program to get keywords that could aid you both in research for your content and in optimizing your work or content for the search engines. Next, you can use those keywords to make a catching title and then you do research for content on what you can use for your title. After that, you can start writing your first draft.

By focusing on the goal & then making a schedule to reach that goal, you can be assured that your editorial calendar will be completed.

Dot the i’s and cross the t’s; write all of the activities in the editorial calendar

After conceptualizing the goals and then making a list of tasks to do to achieve it, make sure that all of the details are on the editorial calendar. This is extremely important simply because people can be quite forgetful creatures. While you may have the best memory in the whole world, your co-worker may not. That is why all of the details, if possible not only essential ones that have to be there but even the things not to do so that everybody can be guided accordingly.

By making sure that the editorial calendar has all of the details that everyone needs, you can be assured that everybody that has a task to do would know the process and that the person waiting for someone to finish can subtly pressure the previous person to finish the task. That way, you will have an environment that will be focused on fulfilling those tasks, my editorial calendar will be a useful reminding guide for everyone.

Ask questions in the editorial calendar itself and not just instructions and statements

Most of the times, an editorial calendar will just have a list of tasks to do and descriptions on how to do the tasks and what the results should be. While being oriented to the goal is a great way to do business, chances are the process of reaching that goal may be compromised. That is why it is extremely important to put questions in the editorial calendar, not to give rise to doubts and suspicions, but so that people can anchor their thinking to the question, and add value by putting their own mental processes and realization to the content.

Questions are also a great way to wake up the brain since it forces the brain to think about the question. Having a team that thinks will definitely help you get not only better content but also great conversations that can, in turn, lead to more content. It also adds character and personality to the article, since the people that created it actually thought about it.

An editorial calendar is a tool for the team, not just the individual

The editorial calendar is not supposed to just be a reminder and a guide. It is also supposed to be a checklist where the whole team can find out where the production bottleneck is on the help the person who is having some problems. That is why it is always best to talk with the team and to get updates so that everyone would know where they are on the editorial calendar. Additionally, this also adds the sense of urgency, which will make people work harder to reach that goal.

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Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes 0 61

Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes

Here’s a list of interview blunders that tech guys often make—and how you can avoid them.

You’ve graduated from a reputable college with a tech degree and top grades, so you think to get a tech job’s a cinch, right? You couldn’t be more wrong, especially if you have to first go through an interview. Regardless of your tech skills, your interview may be the hurdle that keeps you from getting your dream job.

Plenty of otherwise capable tech graduates fails at the interview portion of the job hunt. To keep you from making the same mistakes, be aware of the following common errors that too many tech job seekers commit:

  1. You’re not dressed right

The era of techs dressing like slobs is over, and that’s an especially egregious mistake on an interview. You don’t even have the job yet! Maybe when you’ve attained some seniority in the company you may be given some leeway, but not when you’re still applying for a job.

It’s also not enough that you got a nice polo shirt on, especially when you also have tattered jeans and “classic” Air Jordan sneakers. Seriously, it doesn’t portray you as a serious worker on whom a company is supposed to invest their time and money. When in doubt, dress conservatively. Try on a suit for a change, shave or trim that beard nicely, and for goodness’ sake comb your hair!

Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
  1. You’re too casual in your tone and mannerisms

You’re not out with friends. Instead, you’re interacting with a person who has a say on whether or not you get a job with them at the end of it all. They have power over you, so it’s right if you’re a bit formal during the interview. You have to be courteous.

If you’re too casual, then it may seem as if you’re not really serious about getting the job. That’s not the kind of worker that companies are eager to hire.

  1. You focus too much on your tech skills

It’s understandable if you like to talk about your range of technical skills. After all, that’s what you trained for and you’re more comfortable talking about what you actually know. You may want to emphasize your various certifications and other credentials.

Yet on interviews, your goal is to present yourself as more than a walking set of tech skills. You still have to prove that you’re a good fit for a company and their team of current tech workers. So you also have to present a positive character and not simply highlight your tech skills.

  1. You come off as arrogant

The ability to work as part of a team is a crucial requirement for many companies. You’ll fail to do just that if you somehow mistake your arrogance as self-confidence. If the interviewer thinks you’re arrogant, then they may also conclude that you’re not much of a team player at all.

So how do you know the difference? Basically, it’s all about the underlying attitude. A confident person knows what they can do and how good they are. An arrogant person, on the other hand, feels like they’re better than everyone else.

  1. You give curt short answers to questions

In a job interview, there’s really no such thing as a plain yes or no question. You answer “yes” or “no”, and then you have to elaborate on that answer. This type of question is like an opening salvo for a conversation, and you need to look at this as a chance to demonstrate your potential value to a team.

If you can’t communicate properly, then you’re a liability.

  1. You don’t know enough about the company doing the hiring

There’s simply no good excuse for you not to do any sort of research on a prospective employer. At the very least, check out their websites and see if there have been any articles written about the company. See if you know anyone working there and asks them some questions.

Your research should also cover the industry of which the company is a part, and you should do some studying about the company’s competitors as well. If you’re not motivated enough to study up on the company, it’s as if you don’t really care about them at all.

Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
  1. You don’t ask questions

At the end of the interview, the interviewer may ask you if you have questions for them. This is your chance to find things out about the company that you didn’t uncover during your own research. It also shows your interest in the company and the industry they’re a part of.

So when they say, “Do you have any questions?” you don’t say “No”. In fact, before the interview, you may want to prepare some questions about the company in advance.

  1. You ask about perks

While it’s understandable if part of you is asking the “What’s in it for me?” question, you still need to refrain from discussing the subject during the interview portion of the job hunt. Instead, you have to push that back after they’ve made you a job offer. So don’t go into the details regarding your benefits. Companies prefer workers who put the job and company first (or at least seem to). A “me-first” attitude is a turn-off.

Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
  1. You treat the interview like a therapy session

When you’re on a first date, you don’t spend too much time griping about your exes and your woeful romantic situation. The same goes for a job interview. Just because the interviewer seems friendly doesn’t mean you can go on and on about your previous work problems and current job hunt tragedies.

  1. You let the interview peter out

A successful interview doesn’t fade out like some sort of awkward conversation. At the end of it, you have to close properly. You have to end it by showing them how much you’d like to be part of the company. You can also ask questions about the next stage of the job hunt process. You have to present yourself as an asset that the company should use.

So remember, getting a tech job isn’t all about having the right skills. It’s also about being able to communicate and having the right attitude. If you can keep that in mind, then your job interviews should go more smoothly!

Here’s another good read – How to identify certain warning signs of a toxic culture before accepting a job

My Co-Worker Sometimes Acts Like He is Two 0 54

startuphood My Co-Worker Sometimes Acts Like He is Two 01

I have been working remotely for almost a year now. While this change in my work environment resulted in one of my most exciting career moves, it also turned out to be one of my most challenging. I have this co-worker that has a mind of his own, always make a mess at lunch, and will even take naps. That’s right, he takes naps. I work with this co-worker and sometimes he acts like he is two.

Can you relate? I thought so! Here are a few tips I have come up with that will help you get through those EXTRA busy days while juggling parenting, work, and the regular day-to-day.

Working remote with kids

Get Them Involved

Starting a new job can be enough of a challenge.  Add in watching a 2-year old full-time, cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner and hitting work deadlines.

I found myself on the losing end almost daily. Then I had an idea. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. I decided instead of trying to distract him with Bubble Guppies and Paw Patrol, I would get him involved. If laundry needed to be done, he helped. If the dishwasher needed to be emptied, he helped. If I had a conference call, he watched (with a full container of cheesies on hand).

I got him as involved as possible and it worked. I could not believe how much work I was getting done but I was. He was happy, my clients were happy and I was happy.

Don’t Wake up Early

That’s right. Don’t set yourself up to work ridiculous hours. I did this and trust me, you will get tired and your performance will start to decline. I was waking up at 5:30 am then working until midnight 2-4 days out of the week. All this did make me more irritable, I wound up even more behind and I had little to no patience.  

My advice: Sunday evening or Monday when you start your day, take a quick 10-20 minutes to plan out your week and then STICK to your schedule.

startuphood My Co-Worker Sometimes Acts Like He is Two

Be Honest

Finally – be honest. Tell the people you work with that along with working 40 hours a week you also are a full-time parent with your child at home all day too. I promise they will appreciate the honesty upfront. The majority of us have children, or enough compassion to understand what it takes even if you do not have your own children.

Get your child involved, stick to a schedule and be honest and I assure you working from home will continue to be the greatest workplace you’ve worked at!

Here are 14 Productive Hacks to get things done at work.

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