"Focus on the process" with Nissar Ahamed

What’s your backstory?

Throughout my 20s I struggled with job search and establishing my career (like most millennials). I went through dozens of books, read countless articles and even hired a career coach to help me.  I was able to successfully apply those ideas to speed up my job search and establish a career in sales. Once I was confident with my skills - I started sharing those ideas openly with my friends and family who were in job search or career change mode. I was just trying to help them.  

At this point, some of my closest friends and members of my Mastermind group suggested that I start sharing these ideas in the form of a blog. I was hesitant at first, and even skeptical of the idea. I thought to myself" Who would want to read my advice?". After pushing through my fears and self-doubt I decided to start writing in June 2015.  I set a challenge to write 100 articles in 3 months. 

It ended up taking me 7 months. By then, my traffic was starting to pick up, and around this time I started getting inquiries from others who wanted to guest blog or contribute to my site.  That's when I came up with the idea to upgrade myself from a blogger to a publisher. I no longer wanted CareerMetis.com to be a blog by Nissar, I wanted it to be a trusted authority and THE online publication people would go to for job search and career advice. 

I knew I needed to expand contributions from beyond myself, and I decided to focus on building a community of contributors dedicated to helping others. I took a backseat from being a writer, and I pivoted to being the Managing Editor. 

 Today I spend most of my time growing our community of contributors and marketing the business. We have been fortunate to have had more than 800+ individual contributors who have submitted content on CareerMetis.com.

As a result, our traffic has increased 400% in the last year, and we have been receiving numerous accolades and awards. Our vision is to make CareerMetis.com the primary destination for job seekers, aspiring freelancers and hiring managers to learn and connect with others.

If someone would want to emulate your career, what would you suggest are the most important things to do?

Focus on the process - if you put in the work and stay committed to the course, great things will happen. Be consistently persistent. Work on your craft or business every single day (even if it's only 10 minutes a day).

What are the most exciting projects you are working on now?

After establishing a successful online publication and podcast- the next step provides more value to our audience (job seekers) - our next milestone would be to establish a Job Board on our site.  We want to give fast-growing companies (SMBs and startups) the opportunity to attract the right talent, and also help job seekers find opportunities in emerging companies.

Tell us a bit more about you, what drives you?

I get excited and motivated by doing something I have no idea what to do, and then making it something meaningful. I had no idea that I could grow our community of contributors to 800+ authors. I had never done that before - it was something I have had no experience in. And that drives me and excites. Now, I am working on launching a job board. Frankly, I have no idea how that works - and I want to learn heuristically how to do it, and also become extremely successful at it. Ignorance is my bliss.

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