Just graduated? Two ways to you can win in your career

1. You should have a complete professional portfolio to house all of your career tools, such as your resumes, cover letters, letters of recommendation, award certificates and other pertinent documentation. If you do not have a professional portfolio, check out these two options below:

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Please look into obtaining one of these portfolio, so you can stand out from the rest of the job candidates more professional, instead of showing up to an job interview with a manila folder.

2. Make sure you have all of the essential career tools completed and updated. If your career tools like your resumes, cover letters and/or letters of recommendations could use a well-needed make over, check out my career tools review service, which you can find here.

If you don’t have any of your career tools prepared? I will work with you directly to get the process started by you going here.

3.. Cultivate and Maintain Productive & Professional Relationships. Having key relationship can truly help you garner career opportunities normally not released to the public. It is important stay connected to your professional network through phone calls, social media and simple emails. Technology has made it much easier for you to stay connected, so there’s not excuse.

Still haven’t figured out your DREAM Career path after high school or college? Check my FREE resource here that will help you get CLEAR about the beginning stages of your career.

If you have general career oriented questions, please feel free to reach out to me here.

Don’t think you need a resume?

There have been times where I don’t want to be bothered with resumes, cover letters and all the other career tools because it seems like a chore….

Well, let’s consider this scenario for a moment. If you were a real estate broker attending a networking event where at least 60% of the people there stated on their attendance card, they are looking to buy or sell their current primary residence. As you “work the room” with some of these people, the conversations leads to them asking you what you do for a living and you say, I’m a real estate broker. At least five of the ten people you have spoken with in that event expressed a very strong interest in conducting real estate transactions.

Hmmm…Stop and think for a minute, do you think you are in the right place at the right time as a real estate broker? Let me ask you another question, do you want to be in that networking event without your business card and a way to obtain their contact information? You see where I’m going here. The moral of the story is….have your career tools ready for business, to cultivate promising business and #career opportunities.

Just like this story of you being the real estate broker, you do not want to hear about career opportunities and not take full advantage of them. Granted, you can garner career opportunities without career tools, but you always put yourself in a better position, when you have your career tools ready to work for you.

If you are struggling with having your resumes, cover letters or letters of recommendation work for you and you need to have them working for you again, check out this resource here.

If you don’t have any of your career tools completed and need my help to get them created and structured for the career of your choice, check out my resource here to discuss the career tools needed to jumpstart your success in your chosen industry. The saying goes, when preparation meets opportunity, SUCCESS is inevitable.

Have general career-oriented questions? Contact me here where you can leave me a voicemail or email message and I will respond to your voicemail or email message within 24 hours.

Self-Praise sounds conceited…Why letters of recommendation can boost your professional reputation

In your job search or business activities, you may hear people mention letters of recommendation, but do you really understand what it is? Do you understand how this #careertool can truly help to distinguish you from other candidates in the job market or in business, if you’re an entrepreneur? The title “Self-Praise sound conceited…Why letters of recommendation can boost your Professional Reputation”, speaks to how others view you and its influence on the new professional relationships you cultivate interviews and business meetings.

I don’t want to assume that everyone reading or listening to this post knows what a letter of recommendation is, so let me explain. A letter of recommendation is a letter written by a person(s) who have experienced working with you in a professional capacity and writes a letter communicating how they felt about the work you do, the way it which you do it and how they felt your work positively affected them and the organization you are both associated with. It’s not be textbook definition, but it gives you a better idea of what the letter of recommendation is and what’s included. Now, let’s talk about how this career tool can help you in your career and business ventures.

Your career and your business life cannot survive without other people. I know you wanted to think otherwise, but nothing can be further from the truth. In your career, you need people who will create and offer job/career opportunities. In business, you will need people to market your business to and continuously patronize your business, if you ever hope to keep your business alive. So taking the time to understanding how people work and what they respond to helps you utilize your career tools strategically. The letter of recommendation is no different. There are two major questions that your letters of recommendation will answer for your future employers or new business relationship, if it is structured correctly. Here are the questions:

1. Can this candidate or possible business partner do what their resume or professional snapshot says they can do?

The letter of recommendation written by an individual you worked with or worked for in a job, contract position or voluntary capacity answers the question of what you can do. Your skills and qualifications are validated in the letter of recommendation because it is discussed. The individual should reference two or three of your core skills and qualifications for the industry you have experience or education. This give the business person or interview another person’s perspective on your qualifications and how it will benefit their organization.

2. What is the work ethic or personality type of this person that I cannot find out from this interview?

Since the person writing the letter of recommendation is someone you have previously worked with some capacity, then they should also reference information about your “positive” or “energetic” personality. The person should also reference your strong work ethic and overall attitude of getting the job done well and quickly. These type of phrases in the letters or recommendation will communicate to the future employer or future business partner that you have the aptitude to meet their business needs because of how you work. It is vital to understand that someone else speaking on your behalf automatically bears more weight that you speaking for yourself.

Overall, the letters of recommendation will positively enhance your reputation without you saying a word. Other people you have worked with validates your experience, work ethic and overall qualifications, so it is extremely vital that you use letters of recommendation in your career strategy, especially during job interviews. I want you to know I am hear to help you to become a better version of yourself, professionally. If you need help with getting your letters of recommendation completed or reviewed to make sure this career tool is working for you, then check out the career tools review resource .

As always, if you have additional questions, please feel free to leave me a voicemail message by clicking the grab tab at the side of the screen or written message by clicking here.

Dear High School Grads…Do you want to live with your parents in your 30s and 40s? – Part 6

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You are now listening to the final Part 6 of the 6-Part series…Putting It All Together.

Resources:

To access Part 1 of the 6-Part series titled “Create your career & economic plan with deadlines” – Go HERE

To access Part 2 of the 6-Part series titled Learning about your credit & finances…Go HERE

To access Part 3 of the 6-Part series titled… Having your career tools ready….Go HERE

To access Part 4 of the 6-Part series: “Learn how to handle your job interviews and business meetings like a BOSS…Click Here

To access Part 5 of the 6-Part series titled “Learning the Art of Negotiation…” – Go HERE

Your career & economic life depends on what you do with this information…in order for any of these things to work….you MUST TAKE MASSIVE ACTION! Ultimately, it’s your life…decide now to live it WELL.

To get additional help on how to negotiate you future salary with a personally tailored strategic plan… check out this resource to get started

Still looking for direction in your career, here’s my FREE Resource to help you discover your next DREAM Career venture.

If you have any questions about how to take massive action? Take advantage of the suggested resources or leave me a voicemail message or contact me via HERE.

Dear High School Grads…Do you want to live with your parents in your 30s and 40s? – Part 4

In the 3rd part of the 6-Part Series, we talked about having and using your career tools such as your resumes, cover letter and letters of recommendation work for you, as long as they are tailored to the career opportunities you truly want. You can go to the 3rd Part of the Series right here.

Now, let’s get into the 4th Part of the 6-Part Series which talks about learning how to handle yourself in job interviews and business meetings, like a BOSS!

If you have your career tools like your resumes, cover letters and letters of recommendation already working for you, then landing job/career opportunity interviews is the next progressive step. If you have never been through the interview process before, it can nerve racking! I can remember like it was yesterday, my first job interview, mind you it was for Arby’s…but I was in high school and my nerves were all over the place! Don’t think I still don’t get nervous. The difference between then and now is repetition, knowledge and strategic preparation. If you have no idea how to prepare for your next interview, please check out this resource to dominate and truly handle the interview, like a true BOSS. Fortunately for you reading this now, you get the benefit of my experience and knowledge, so your learning curve decreases by 80 percent.

Now, if you are going the entrepreneurial route and you start taking business meetings to develop key relationships, then you can schedule an interview session so you can get the results from the meeting you want, like closing the deal, getting the business contract or proposal signed or even a follow-up meeting.

Listen high school graduates, I understand this information is a lot to absorb, but look at the bright side…you are getting an outline to have your career and economic head start in life that most of my generation had to stumble, fight and struggle through. Being a responsible adult who gets to live their dreams, takes preparation, strategic tools, skills and knowledge. Execute these tools now, so your dream life will not die a dream but become your reality.

Now that we have discussed Part 4 of the 6-Part Series, we are going delve into Part 5 of the Series. Part 5 – Learn How to Negotiate for the Job/Career or Business Deals you want. Negotiation is an extremely important skill in your career and in business. Don’t be person in the deal NOT getting what you want. You won’t want to miss out on Part 5 of the Series…

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