In the past few days, I`ve been working on a project and I couldn`t figure out one thing, one small thing that I did before tens of times. I tried to get motivated, listening to the music which usually picks me up. I also tried several other methods.
I love patterns. I enjoy finding them and I used them in my work before. Identifying them is easy enough if you are not looking for something in particular. You will simply notice them. READ MORE IF YOU WANT TO FIND THE ANSWER
Due to the fact that I received quite a few questions on what can be funded in agriculture through the H2020 SME Instrument, I`m gonna give some details and try to answer some of the questions.
With about 20% of the questions on this topic, I’m talking about business models. Some people said that innovation in agriculture does not really exist outside multinationals. They said that the only innovations are, in fact, new business models and that these are hard to finance.
The H2020 SME Instrument gives funding to every kind of innovation possible. And the accent is on innovation.
If you`re an agri startup that wants funding to break through the market with the same products that everyone`s developing, you will NOT get funded. If, however, you`re building something no one has seen (it can be software, hardware, a new way of farming, a new business model etc.), you have a chance.
I`m saying “a chance” because the competition is high, really high.
So, as I said, the accent is on innovation. In order to have a winning proposal, you got to explain two main things: why it is commercially viable and what is innovative about your idea. It`s not enough to have a groundbreaking idea. You have to show that it will survive on the market, make a profit (eventually) and change the paradigm.
Tell me: do you have an idea that you want to develop?
From previous experience, I found that, in order to get pass the CV screening, you have to write the keywords that the screening software is looking for. YES, most companies are using screening software and even the perfect candidate won`t get passed it if the CV isn`t formatted the right way.
Mea culpa: Omission can be useful sometimes.
If, for example, during the summer, you work in a fish canning factory in Alaska for some extra money, it might not be useful and, sometimes, it can damage your application. If you are applying for a junior consultant position in EU Affairs (let`s say), the skills that you acquired might not be relevant for the job.
While listening to the radio yesterday, one of the songs I heard was The Great Pretender from Queen. An awesome song… It reminded me of a few thing that I heard over the years regarding job interviews.
One of the most interesting one is how people pretend being something they aren`t during interviews.
For example, a friend of mine told me that he has the tendency to say “yes” to any question being asked of him. And, of course, he agrees with everything the recruiter says. It because he`s afraid not to get the job. He`s unemployed for almost 2 years.
Another person I know invests data, statistics to be more precise. He has the tendency to respond to question with a “for example” answer, trying to give data in each answer. They are mostly invented…
These are the most common I`ve heard of so far.
The idea is that you shouldn`t pretend to be anyone or t know anything that you don`t. Sooner or later, it will all come back and kick you in the ….
Behave as the person you are. It`s the surest way of winning over the “crowd”. If not, then it wasn`t meant to be