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What's one piece of advice you'd offer to someone new to the workforce that wants to learn the ropes of marketing and entrepreneurship?
I'm just starting my career out in marketing and looking to learn - What's one piece of advice you'd offer to someone new to the workforce that wants to learn the ropes of marketing and entrepreneurship?
Take on projects and initiatives of all types. The most valuable hires I have in the startups are always those who can wear multiple hats in marketing, business development, products, website/online (multiple skill sets). It might not make sense early in your career but it will build a broad basis and experience for you to demonstrate value in any organization.
Join a startup
Take a risk.
I have always felt much better after taking a big risk than I did when debating whether I should or not.
Embrace the technology. Build up your arsenal of tools. Pick a CRM and learn it inside and out. Learn the difficult stuff and make it your niche.
Business is easy....you can work 1/2 days. You just have to figure out which 12 hours to work.
"Tools" will only get you so far...not too far if you use them wrong. It will be more useful if you learn from somebody, even if it's with a non-paid internship. You are actually saving a lot of money because you don't have to pay somebody to teach you and you can show you can produce awesome work.
Go out to events and network with people. Market yourself into an opportunity.
Entrepreneurship= Follow your passion! Embrace failure.
Marketing= Be honest and inventive.
Read a lot. Soak yourself in the culture. Follow and comment on blogs. Be engaged on Twitter. Know what the current marketing trends are and how to use the technology. Get involved with various businesses through internships, or volunteer to help a small business with their marketing to build your portfolio.
And track your successes. One thing people love to see on a resume is a concrete example of what you've done to grow the audience and exposure for a business. Even your small victories are concrete examples of what you know, and what you can do.