How Do I Figure Out What My Passion Is?


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Since 2016, Ted Catino has led GigSmart, which is a mobile application focused on connecting workers and employers in the gig economy. An experienced business leader, Ted Catino shares his expertise with other budding entrepreneurs and helps young professionals discover their passions.

Although it may seem simple, finding your passion can take a great deal of effort. To start, you have to get the right perspective. If you believe you will never discover your true passion, you never will. Similarly, if you believe that you won’t be able to do what you love, you never will be able to. Get rid of thoughts like these and instead recognize that you can find and follow your passion. Focus on surrounding yourself with people who are also following their passion to keep you inspired during the process.

Once you have the right perspective, you can start figuring out whether you already do your passion. Look at your life and think about moments when you felt extremely happy and satisfied with your life. Analyze these moments and figure out the small components that played a role in creating those positive feelings. You may discover you have been doing what you’re passionate about on a small scale. If not, you may get some clues about what your passion is.

It also helps to think about which activities you could not imagine living without. A passion is something that you won’t ever get bored of, regardless of how much time you spend doing it. Imagine you had complete financial freedom and ask yourself what you would fill your time with. When multiple activities come to mind, think of an umbrella that would cover all of them and see if you can create a career relating to that umbrella topic.


How Career Changers Can Make the Most of Their Resumes


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Ted Catino has over three decades of entrepreneurial experience in the finance and investment sectors. In addition to his executive roles, Ted Catino co-founded the job search application GigSmart and coaches clients seeking employment.

People who are transitioning into a new career face the unique challenges of getting noticed by hiring managers. Depending on their past experience, these applicants may seem overqualified or underqualified for the position. It is important that job seekers entering a new field revise their resumes appropriately to get the strongest response possible from potential employers.

Some skills, such as project management experience or the ability to lead a team, are useful for any position. Career changers can highlight these transferable skills by using a functional resume format rather than a chronological one. By listing all relevant competencies at the top of the resume, candidates can quickly demonstrate that they have right skills for the job. A candidate can also explain his or her qualifications for the position by describing duties performed during relevant volunteer experiences.

Interview Attire for Men and Women – The Suit

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Interview Attire

Over the last three decades, Ted Catino has had a varied career in finance and investments. The cofounder of GigSmart, Ted Catino also matches employers and potential employees while acting as an interview coach for people looking for new positions. Something he coaches clients on is interview dress. Here are some tips:

The first impression you make in an interview isn’t created by how you say hello, but rather how you’re dressed. So how should you dress for an interview? Going conservative is always the best option. This means wearing “official” clothes, specifically, a nice suit. Even if the company has a relaxed dress code, it’s preferable to go to an interview overdressed than casually dressed.

For men, a suit means a matching jacket and pants, a shirt, tie, plain socks, and office shoes. Dark-colored suits are the most subtle. Do not wear bright colors or flashy ties. Wear a watch, and make sure your suit is clean and pressed.

For women, a suit means a jacket and skirt or pants. Keep them simple and dark. Make sure your jacket fits comfortably and your skirt is neither too tight nor too short. Knee-length is a good rule of thumb. Match your suit with a conservative blouse and low-heeled office shoes.

Four Tips for Finding Work after Retirement


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Alongside his wife, Theodore “Ted” Catino began Security National Automotive Acceptance Corporation, an auto financing company that he sold in 2011. More recently, Ted Catino founded the job search app GigSmart. Aside from this endeavor, he dedicates his time to helping retirees find work as an interview and transition coach.

The following tips may help you find work after you have retired:

1. Consider a “gig” job. In a gig economy, companies such as Uber and GigSmart rely on independent contractors and temporary workers. The jobs allow you to earn extra money and maintain a work schedule that accommodates your needs and obligations.

2. Embark on an entrepreneurial venture. Look for ways to use your skills to provide services to clients. For example, you can leverage your home-repair expertise to perform maintenance or draw on your knowledge in a specific academic area to tutor students.

3. Offer consulting services. If you possess extensive experience in a specific industry or trade, you can put that knowledge to work by becoming an independent consultant. You can start your own consulting business or apply for short-term consulting positions. Temporary consulting jobs also may lead to full-time employment.

4. Work with a temp firm. These companies help people of all ages and experiences levels. Temp firms work with job candidates to find employment based on their skills and often provide assistance with résumés and interviews.

Ways to Succeed During Your Career Transition

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Career Transition

The 1995 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Theodore “Ted” Catino has worked in a variety of industries, including investments and automobile finance. Serving as co-founder of GigSmart, Ted Catino divides his time between overseeing the creation of the GigSmart app and coaching others during professional transitions.

Once you have started your professional career, you may realize your interest lies in a different field, thus prompting a career transition. Regardless of your personal reasons for changing careers, these tips can ensure your transition goes smoothly:

Seek support: If you don’t have the right support, going through a career transition likely will be extremely difficult. Find support by asking friends and colleagues for advice or seeking out a transition mentor to answer any questions you may have. You also can look for job placement and resume assistance services to help guide you.

Plan for the unexpected: During your transition process, you likely will experience situations and problems that are not ideal. Instead of letting these issues sneak up on you, try planning for them ahead of time. Keep an open mind about where your skills may be beneficial and explore career opportunities outside of the obvious to ensure you aren’t left jobless.

Return to school: Whether you have the necessary skills and education for your dream job or not, going back to school can help you look more appealing to employers. Online classes and weekend seminars are a great way to update your knowledge and demonstrate that you are familiar with the newest techniques within your target field.

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