The one thing wrong with that question is why are you looking for a job?
I've applied to jobs where the description matched my resume to the point where I could remove my name and put the job title name at the top. Yet, I never heard anything back. I kept asking myself what the heck is wrong with these people I CAN DO THIS JOB. I didn't realize I was chasing something that wasn't meant for me.
When you look for something you usually don't find it. You're overexerting energy into your own plan instead of allowing the universe to gain control of your destiny.
When you look for a job what are you doing? Are you going through job descriptions and then saying to yourself Oooo I can do this, check mark! Then you start updating your resume to match the skills needed for the job right?
Are you seeing the pattern yet?
Stop molding yourself to fit into a bucket. You have the power and an outlet to become so much more than that.
The universe works in a way that if something is meant for you, it will happen no matter what. You cannot stress yourself out trying to find a job.
It reminds me of that star athlete in high school who never went to class and didn't apply to any colleges. Yet, they had hundreds of recruiters reaching out to them. We killed ourselves taking the SAT's and got good grades just to get one acceptance letter. We were looking for schools that fit our needs not realizing that if we had something that school needed in order to profit, we wouldn't have needed to apply either.
Rule number one to becoming a job magnet is instead of waiting for a recruiter to call you back, you should be creating your own opportunity. If you want to be a social worker but can't find work, start a non-profit for the specific practice you are interested in. If it's women and child abuse, create a nonprofit to cater towards creating a change in your community. Then, your LinkedIn profile headline will read "Founder of Women & Child Abuse Organization" instead of "College Graduate Looking For Work." Which person would you hire?
Start by creating a list of things you are passionate about. What do you want to do for a living? Write what excites you to get out of bed every morning. Then ask yourself are you doing that right now? If you aren't, you need to start today.
You also need to think like a CEO. The main questions all CEO's and recruiters want to know is how will you make their life easier, and how will you make them more money? If you can answer those two questions on your LinkedIn, website, and resume, you're in.
When you brag about your ivy league educational background, dean's list awards, and how great you were at your last job, all you're doing is stating why you should stay at your last job. What did you learn in your ivy league education that is going to make them money, what skills did you acquire in your courses from making the dean's list that will benefit their company, do you have an example that explains how you were great at your last job? Did you save the company money, did you create a new strategy or case study that brought the organization new clients? Don't brag about your fancy titles and education if you don't have anything to show for it.
Every job I've had thus far was handed to me. A recruiter either reached out to me on LinkedIn or I met someone at a charity or networking event who forwarded my information to a recruiter. Making yourself marketable means attracting people on paper and in person.
Start with getting your niche on paper, then create your own opportunity. Make your elevator pitch poppin', get mobile, and just talk to people about what you love to do. Your energy and aura will shine through before you even start talking about your amazing skills. Attend charity events, network, and just be you .
Make yourself marketable and the jobs will start rolling in.
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I HATE SNOW!
But one thing I do love is being home for once. If you are like me, you juggle about 10-15 different tasks within a 24 hour time period. If you aren't like me and expect to Netflix and chill all weekend I am advising you now not to do that. Okay maybe one episode of Making A Murderer...
Here are 5 Do's and Don'ts for having a productive snow day.
1. DO: Clean your personal space
When I finally cleaned my room and disposed of all the unnecessary junk I had in my draws and shelves, I literally felt a huge sigh of relief. Clearing your personal area of old memories from exes or things that you don't need will give you a clean refreshed feeling.
DON'T: Create more junk in your personal space
Whatever you do, don't create a mess in your living room with junk food, ice cream, wine, and paper everywhere. You will regret it once the snow clears. Be organized and set up an area in your kitchen where you can work on things you've been procrastinating. If there is a 2016 goal you set for yourself that you have not yet started, now is the time to start.
2. DO: Mediate & clear your mind
Nothing brings you more peace than providing yourself with a little me time. After running around all week you owe it to yourself to just relax and clear your head. Light a candle, make some tea, and pull out a pen and paper. Let your random thoughts flow.
DON'T: Sleep all day
-___- Now if you don't get up.... I get it, it's cold and you want to curl up in your snuggly all day and watch reruns of Love & Hip Hop, but no. When the snow storm is over you want to have a satisfying feeling of accomplishing something you didn't have time to accomplish earlier in the week.
3. DO: Workout!!
Do your body good and do a quick 30 minute workout. It will put your mind in a good place to keep your energy up. Great apps to download are Ab Workout, Jillian Michaels, Daily Leg Workout, Ab Trainer, and Daily Yoga. They provide great basic workouts for at home fitness. It's great to keep your heart rate up and then enjoy a great protein fruit shake.
DON'T: Be lazy
Yes, I know this is hard to do especially after working all week. The couch looks extra comfy and your bed has a shining light around it saying come to me! You have to be strong. Do what you are resisting. You will feel good afterwards. Have the mental willpower to accomplish at least 3 things.
4. DO: Listen to a motivational podcast
Be productive and get inspired. Great podcasts to listen to are No Parking by Rana Campbell, Oprah and EckhartTolle, and mytaughtyou.com. All of these podcasts are so inspirational and will motivate you to get out of bed and conquer the world.
DON'T: Watch mindless TV all day
Please don't sit in front of the TV and watch reruns of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Love and Hip Hop, or Real Housewives, you will regret it. Fill your mind with things that will push you to be great and fearless.
5. DO: Read a book
How many books have you procrastinated to finish reading? I have about 3 books I need to finish. My personal favorites right now are Nice Girls Don't Get The Corner Office, The Essentials of Business Etiquette, Make Yourself Marketable, and The Cashflow Quadrant. I'm not telling you to go out in the snowstorm to get these books BUT you should definitely order them. Pick up a book and stimulate your mind, or find a great e-book online.
DON'T: Scroll through social media all day. Trust me you aren't missing anything but photos of snow from everyone's foggy window, and complaints about shoveling. Save yourself the trouble and don't even open Instagram and Twitter, unless you're bragging to your friends about how productive you've been during the snowstorm :) You're welcome.
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It usually starts with "Remember that time when you.."
We all have a past. Whether good or bad, no growth comes from being around people who highlight things that you can't take back.
The journey towards becoming a more confident person starts with separating yourself from people who highlight your past mistakes. If you constantly have someone in your ear recalling old situations like he say she say drama, fights, arguments, negativity, or hurtful things you've done, you need to cut them off especially if you are trying to move forward and grow.
It is equivalent to an exotic dancer who finally quits and goes back to school. Or a drug addict who goes to rehab and stays clean. Even a compulsive gambler who quits and starts giving his earnings to charity. If the people who were joining you in those situations did not grow with you, they will continue to remind you of all the things you did wrong. That means you need to let them off the elevator.
Negativity is a disease that can spread unless you have the mental willpower to overcome it.
Being around negativity is not healthy. If you are not mentally strong enough to handle comments like "Oh remember when you use to fight all the time, or remember that time when you got arrested?" You will feel like all your hard work to become a better you was all for nothing because the people around you are still bringing up the past. The key is to leave them there, and you will continue to move forward towards your destiny and goals.
I do believe that there are people who can learn from your past mistakes and grow from them. Those are the people who you will meet during your path of growth and personal development. They should be positive people who are open to receiving your lessons and growing from them too. So just be careful who you share your past mistakes with because they could turn into people who use them against you. That's definitely a topic for a different day!
All in all, you are a person that is striving towards change and bettering yourself. This year you should make a list of all your past mistakes. Then, next to each mistake write down the names of all the people who took part in those mistakes with you. If you feel like they are not growing with you, put a line across their name. I'm sure you'll know what to do next.
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Have you ever felt like you needed to see a view of your week or month from a bird's eye view? Yeah, me too. When you have a million thoughts running through your mind everyday it can be hard to keep up with personal goals, anniversaries and even your mom's birthday!
I use the My Life Happy Planner by Me & My Big Ideas. It is a little big but I must admit it keeps me all the way together! If I have upcoming bills, events, birthdays, meetings, or daily things I need to be reminded of I go straight to my planner and get my life together.
I know a lot of people who HATE planners. From experience, I understand why because it's extra work to write everything down when you can just write it in your iPhone in the notes section or add it to your Google Calendar and share it. I get it. But when you have your own planner you can write down monthly goals and really put your day and month into perspective.
The planning community is really starting to blossom and although I am not fully planner crazed yet, I can still relate to those who use all the stickers and fun colors in their planners.
Planner & Lifestyle blogger Lakia Young (IG: @chaoticcritic) is literally one of the best planners I know. If I ever need guidance on calendar management I go to her. She gave me some great tips on why planning is important in order to be a more organized, confident, and a more calm person.
In this digital age, people have grown accustomed to tracking everything in their cell phones. The cell phone has become the new pen and paper due to its convenience and speed. Most people have a list or two, or five, in their phone, but how much on that list have you accomplished? Did you really buy those groceries? Did you really run all of those errands? Did you get your assignments done?
Planning on paper will forever trump planning in your phone for one key reason, effectiveness. When you write things down you’re more likely to get them done. Keeping things in your phone can get lost no mater how many reminders. If you can continue to hit snooze on your alarm, you can easily ignore an alert for something you planned to do as well. Let’s take a closer look.
There’s different types of planning whether its monthly, weekly, or if you’re really a busy bee, hourly. It all depends on what you’re planning for. You can have a traditional planner that is horizontal with lines or you can join the planner craze and purchase an Erin Condren Life Planner or a Me & My Big Ideas Happy Planner. With the planner craze, planning has gone above and beyond with stickers, sticky notes, and specific pens, but let’s keep it basic.
I like to use a combination of monthly and weekly. Let’s start with just a calendar. It does not have to be fancy, but make sure it’s a printed calendar. Write down everything you have going on that month, in pencil, from appointments to birthdays, bills, and any other events. Then as you go throughout your week you can make a daily to do list whether it’s in a planner or a journal of some sort. Planning is not difficult. The key to it is holding yourself accountable and actually being productive. The first step is getting it out of you brain and on to paper. The ultimate goal is checking it off.
Your phone is not of complete waste, but it is not like writing on paper. I don’t think that those people writing in their phones should completely stray away from it. Effective planning, especially in this digital age, combines both. Jot down all you want in your phone, but remember while your mind is racing at night over everything you have to do the next day, you can put your mind at ease with pen and paper. There’s nothing quite like a handwritten to do list.
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Comment below with your own personal ways of being an effective planner!