More Than Just Real Estate Listings

A real estate agent needs to do more than just place and follow property listings. The real estate market is a competitive one. Thanks to the recent boom in house prices in Toronto and most of Southern Ontario, there is more competition to sell and rent homes than ever before.As a property agent how do you stand out from the crowd? As a potential home buyer, how do you choose the right real estate agent?For agents, the answer is quite simple, but the process is quite involved. Simply put, property agents need to offer more than just listings. Thanks to MLS an other real estate listings websites, anyone with Internet access can now go online and find detailed real estate listings for any area they’re interested in. In order to succeed as an agent, you need to stand out.But how?An excellent way to do so is to offer additional services to your clients. Rather than just providing listings and details about the property, you can help your clients by assisting them with related services. For example, if someone is buying a new home, they will likely need financing. If you’re able to form strong business relationships with mortgage brokers and other financial institutions you’ll be able to help your clients secure financing.Many clients will also be interested in getting home inspections completed on their new properties. Knowing a good home inspector and helping your clients through the home inspection process will make you stand out from the pack and give you much higher customer satisfaction! The same can be said for home renovations: being able to refer your clients to skilled contractors will make the process that much easier for everyone involved!Rather than just offer clients real estate listings and help them through the offer process, think of related services that you can assist with as well. Building strong business relationships with complementary business won’t just help your clients, but it will also help increase the number of referrals coming your way!For home buyers, the search for a property agent and then the search for the right property can be a difficult – and sometimes overwhelming – task. If you’re looking to buy a home, you’ve probably spent countless hours analyzing real estate listings, hoping to spot the right place!However, for most people, finding the property isn’t the last step! As mentioned earlier, you’ll also need to focus on financing, inspections, renovations and more! Having an agent that can help you through these tasks is a definite benefit!Whether you’re buying a home or an agent listing a home, you know that real estate listings are just the first step in the process. A smooth transition from examining real estate listings to actually buying and renovating a property is paramount!

Finding a Job is Like Earning a Degree

College students receive their diplomas at the end of the senior year; and, there aren’t many shortcuts to get there. Students understand that they must proceed through college one semester at a time, take the required courses and successfully complete each course with a passing grade. Otherwise, they will not have enough credits to graduate.

At most colleges, a well established sequence of courses exists for each field of study. Students can’t just take the higher level, senior year, courses and ignore the lower level courses because they serve as the foundation on which to build the knowledge and skills required by their major. It wouldn’t make much sense to take an advanced, difficult math or science class before obtaining a good foundation in math or science. Few students would succeed under those harsh circumstances. Unfortunately, not every student understands that a similar process is needed for a successful senior year job search.

Obtaining a good job requires a process that lasts from the day a student enters college until the day they leave college. Therefore, the question becomes, what can the student do with that time in order to give themselves the best possible chance to land a good job with a respected employer? Let me assure you that it’s not just good grades. There is plenty to be done, long before students get to the senior year. Just like earning a degree, landing a good job requires a step-by-step, semester-by-semester process.

Students who allow the semesters of college to pass by without doing anything to prepare for the senior year job search are greatly diminishing their chances for job hunting success. Here are some of the things that students should be doing before they get to the senior year of college.

- Identify and evaluate employers in your field of interest
- Determine what these employers want and expect from candidates
- Develop and follow a plan that will impress potential employers
- Actively participate in classroom, campus, work and community activities
- Build a list of accomplishments and successes
- Create a network
- Identify and contact alumni who work in the field of interest
- Figure out a way to differentiate themselves
- Work on their communication, leadership and people skills
- Research useful job hunting web sites and tools
- Draft the resume
- Draft a sales letter
- Get some interviewing practice
- Prepare a comprehensive job hunting strategy and campaign

This very abbreviated list should convince you that there are critical classroom, campus, work, community and job hunting preparation activities that should be performed throughout the entire college experience. However, when students fail to develop and follow a detailed plan, delay getting started or try to skip steps and take shortcuts, they will drastically reduce their chances for job hunting success.

It is important for most students to understand that they are unlikely to receive a job offer as the result of a campus interview. Only a small percentage of students across the country will have that happen. The rest of the 3,000,000 college graduates will have to chase after and compete for good jobs each year. That’s why it makes a lot of sense to accept the fact that an effective job search is built on the plans, activities and results that take place prior to the senior year of college.

Finding a job is like earning a degree. That’s why wise students develop a step-by-step, semester-by-semester process that leads to a great job. However, when students don’t develop and follow an effective plan, they won’t have enough credits (accomplishments and successes) to impress employers. That will mean that those graduates will probably have to accept a lesser job, greatly extend the length of their job search or find other ways to impress employers.



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