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Sep 21, 2016 12:14 AM EDT

Want to Work for a Fortune 500 Company? Here are Some Practical Tips From Someone Who Made It


Almost everyone's dream is to either start their own company or work for a Fortune 500 company. The question everyone wants to know is how to do this. Mostly it's a trial and error thing where someone, especially if they are fresh out of school, learns what strategies work and which ones don't. However, the climb to success can be much easier and faster when learned from the masters.

For fresh graduates, the job title of their first jobs is very important because it serves as the foundation for future employments. However, it is surprising to know that it is not always the case. Joseph Liu, a career change strategist, recalled his first job as an associate marketing manager at Clorox, where his main responsibility was to market the Glad trash bag.

He was aiming to become the brand manager when his circumstance changed and he had to move to the UK abandoning his goal of becoming a brand manager at Clorox. There he joined a startup where he led its national ad campaign. He also learned an important lesson that job titles don't bind you to experience, learn, and contribute more.

Meanwhile, Patrick De Maeseneire, CEO of Jacobs Holding AG since 2015, said that it is worth the time trying to find out the niche that one is comfortable working in.

"You study until you're maybe 23, and you work for the next 40 or so years. That means you'll be well over 60 when you stop working. So don't do a job that you don't like. Not only will you not succeed, it will frustrate you, it will kill you."

He also advised that joining a well-structured company at the beginning of one's career because it teaches its employees how to work as efficiently as possible. He added that the financial reward might not be what one expects but focusing on the experience and training will have more far-reaching rewards.
Speaking of money, Maeseneire also added that there are five areas that should never be compromised, not even for money. These areas include the industry, the company, the boss, the position, and the salary. There should be passion and joy in each of these criteria because it will result to burn out in the long run if one of the elements are missing.

Most of this advice might sound cliché and simple; however, their effect can make a big impact in the future and, most importantly, land you in a Fortune 500 company.

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