In 2001, dancer Carrie Rezabek Dorr invited exercisers to join her in ballet-based workouts. Held in the basement of an office building without a staff, a sign outside, or even a bathroom, Carrie transformed her small business into a national franchise with locations in 33 states. Her Pure Barre system helps sculpt long, lean muscles. Using a ballet barre and isometric movements, the exercisers drastically shape areas such as the abs, hips, arms, and butt.
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Vijay Ingam, founder of the SOS Career Service, knows what it takes to impress a hiring manager—he used to be one himself. He also knows what disappoints them, as many applicants lacked the professional skills to land the job. Writer of The Definitive Guide to Ace Your Interview and Get the Job (and brother of Mindy Kaling from The Office and The Mindy Project), Ingam began tutoring hopeful employees in interviewing skills and how to craft attractive résumés, eventually opening the SOS Career Service. Now, his professional domain covers all aspects of the job hunt, including finding applicable skills and transforming résumés into vibrant documents. SOS also offers one-on-one coaching on how to make an impression, teaching job-applicants to overcome their nerves, and answering such tough questions as "just what are you doing in my storage closet, anyway?"
When they were growing up, Nandy and Maya McClean's mother always encouraged them to follow their dreams. The seemingly simple advice instilled a boldness in the daughters that spurred them on to forge successful careers in the entrainment industry. As life coaches, the duo helps others take charge of their own lives. Using a three-step process, coaches first help their clients identify the negative belief systems that hold them back. Then they discuss the client's goals for his or her career, finances, and personal life, building the scaffolding that will help construct those dreams. Finally, coaches help pin down a concrete plan of attack, so that clients can move toward a future of success.
While working as a hiring manager, Vijay Ingam found himself disappointed with the lackluster interviewing skills of many job applicants—even those from top business schools. So he decided to do something to help: he launched Interview SOS, a company dedicated to helping job seekers succeed at every step of the application process. Drawing on years of firsthand hiring experience and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, he leads a team of skilled résumé writers and career specialists in boosting each client's professional desirability. Overcoming anxiety, dressing appropriately, and addressing weaknesses are a few focal points.
123Employee helps small and medium-sized businesses increase one of their most vital resources: time. The company employs more than 350 virtual assistants, who can take over essential yet time-consuming tasks such as answering phones and creating marketing materials. That way, entrepreneurs can focus on building their business while working from pretty much anywhere on the five planets that currently have WiFi.