As much as your parents love you and genuinely want to help you….secretly they want you to be fully functional independent adult not dependent on them to provide things like food, clothes, shelter and other basic necessities for you. Some of you may have been raised in households that instilled your independence already. If you fit that description, then you have some of the tools to start working towards your financial independence. If you have no idea I am talking about or can’t relate in any way, then I wrote this piece especially for you.

6 Things you MUST DO to get and keep your economic independence soon after high school graduation. In the first part of the series, we talked about creating a career an economic plan for yourself for the next 10-15 years, so life doesn’t have to slap you around to learn to plan and execute. The first part of the series explored the importance of planning out your career and business path by WRITING THEM DOWN. If you didn’t get the opportunity to read the first part of the series, you can do so by clicking HERE.

In the second part of the 6-Part Series, we discussed the importance of understanding personal credit and how it direct affects your career and/or business opportunities now and in the future. There were also important resources provided on first understanding personal credit and learning how to use it properly. If you have not had the opportunity, go and check out Part 2 of the 6-Part Series Here. Now get into the 3rd thing you need to do to gain your career and economic independence from your parents….

3. Have your career tools ready such as your resumes, cover letters, letters or recommendation and other key resources for job/career opportunities you want or aspire to obtain.

I have a question? Do you know what a resume is? If you don’t know….then a resume, according to the American Standard Dictionary is a brief account of a person’s education, qualifications and previous experience, usually prepared to be given to the human resources personnel or company decision maker usually submitted with a job application during the job/career search process. I wanted to make sure you knew what a resume or cirrculum vitae (CV) was and it’s relevance to your job/career search. You need the resume to give your current and future employers a snapshot of what skills, qualifications and education can be utilized for their business and professional needs. If your resume does not answer those questions for the potential employer, then it’s not doing it job of marketing you very well. If you are struggling or need to make sure your resume is doing its job of marketing you well, then check out the resource to assure this career tool is truly working to benefit your career goals.

In addition to your resume, you will also need cover letter(s) and letters or recommendation. If you don’t know what a cover letter is, then here the merriam-webster’s official definition: a letter sent with, and explaining the contents of, another document or a parcel of goods. In this case, the cover letter is sent with your “resume” to explain important pieces of your resume or job application matching it up with your credentials and interest in the open position. Nowadays, you cannot apply for decently paid position online unless you have these tools prepared and ready for use. If you do not have any of these tools ready and need help with getting the resume and the cover letter done, check out this resource to get your tailored career tools completed and working for you!

If you already have your resume and cover letter but they are not working to get you callback and interviews for the jobs or career opportunities you are applying for, then use this resource to get your career tools reviewed and structured to work for you in the job market.

Know this, I understand how you feel about all the changes surrounding the level of responsibility you know have for your own career and economic life. It even more difficult, when you don’t have a plan. So, let’s go over the what the 6-Part Series has gone over so far…. Part 1 Create a career and economic plan for your life; Part 2 Learn about how your personal credit works now… and we just wrapped up Part 3 of the 6-Part Series.

In Part 4 of the 6-Part Series, we are going to discuss How to Prepare Yourself to handle job/career interviews and business meetings, LIKE A BOSS!

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