Not sure what you want to do after high school?

I know and understand that life transitions can be hard sometimes. Knowing what to do and how to do it are taken for granted by people that have already been through the process. See… in high school you go to classes, listen to your instructors, take notes, pass tests, gain general knowledge… Those are all predictable. So what happens now? Real life begins. This transition does not have to be scary, if you have a plan and focus on executing your life and economic plan. Here are two action steps you can use to begin your transition to RESPONSIBLE adulthood.

Action Step #1. Start by being productive & make some money with a business or job you can get right now!
It makes no sense to be in your parents place once you are 18-years old and not find legal ways to make money. You can start off at places like…fast food places, coffee shops, restaurants, part-time work or even starting your own small business. The possibilities are endless! Keep in mind, this is literally just to start from somewhere, until you figure out what type of career you want. To get you started in the right direction, you can take full advantage of my FREE Dream Career Guide.

Action Step #2 Contribute to household bills, if you still live with your parents.
Once you have implemented Action Step #1, then start contributing to at least one or two household expenses. Your parents love you and want to help you, but you will make them proud when you take the initiative to start taking responsibility without them suggesting it. I know this transition is new and fresh but it’s better to plan and face it directly than you feeling the disadvantages of having responsibilities being thrown at you.

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Just got Fired? 5 Power Moves to quickly get your next career opportunity

Let’s be honest, no one likes to hear these dreadful words…”you’re fired”, “we have to let you go” or “our professional relationship has now come to an end”….which boils down to you not having a job. If this is your only source of income…then this can be a devastating blow to your finances…Yikes! Nobody likes to be in that position, but all hope is not lost. In this video, I provide five powers moves to take back control of your career and your financial life. Here they are….

1.Don’t Panic…Mindset is the key to getting back your career on track.

2. Rediscover your personal and professional knowledge, #skills and resources…use my FREE Resource to help you discover your abilities by going here.

3. Revamp your #career tools (#resumes, #cover letters, #letters of recommendations etc.) by going here

4. Reconnect with your personal and professional network…by phone, emails, or in-person meetings.

5. TAKE MASSIVE ACTION!!!

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Layoffs…Terminations…Downsizing…Restructuring Happens… BE PREPARED!

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Dear High School Grads…Do you want to live with your parents in your 30s and 40s? – Part 1

I know that things and times have changed as it pertains to the way you guys deal with life issues and problems. As millennials, you have found innovative ways to communicate through social media, navigate information and carry on major conversation through the awesome power of technology. I truly applaud you for taking advantage of how technology makes all of our lives convenient but some areas of life are based on principles and maturity. No amount of technology is going to exempt you of going through the maturation process of earning your economic independence from your parents home. 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. Let’s get started with the first thing….

1. Create a career and economic plan of action for the next 10-15 years of your life with deadlines. Sometimes, we make something very simple become very complicated, all because we are unwilling to take action. Creating a plan for your economic life and independence is simple as you getting a notebook with a pen and paper to start writing. The career and economic plan may start off something like this…

a. What do I want to do with my life after high school in terms of dreams and aspirations? Write it

b. What type of job or business do I want to start now? Write it down. If you are struggling with this
part of the plan, you can check out the FREE DREAM Career Guide to help you figure out the ideal job,
career path or business specifically tailored to you.

c. Depending on what job, career path or business you decide on, what tools, certifications, equipment,
specific education or overall resources will you need to get started? Write it down

d. Depending on the length of time your career or business aspirations take, what will you do to earn
money to take care of your basic needs in the meantime? Write it down
If you are looking for in-depth industry specific career and business aspirations tailored to you,
then check out our resource to get your tailor-made career and/or business guidance specific to YOU.

e. Based on personal preferences, what type of house, apartment or tiny house do you want to live in? Do
you want to rent, own, sublease? How much per month will it cost you to live there? Will the job,
career or business be able help you pay the monthly living expenses? Are you familiar with what a
budget is? Just in case you don’t know, the definition of a budget is a plan you write down to decide
how you will spend your money each month. A budget helps you make sure you will have enough money
every month. Without a budget, you might run out of money before your next paycheck. It also shows you
how much money you make and how much money you spend. Click here to view an example of a budget to start your responsible financial journey.

To some of you, this laundry list of things may sound like a lot to do, but imagine going through your adult life aimlessly without a plan. Unfortunately, I had to learn the hard way by having LIFE knock me down a few times for me to understand why this wise person once quoted, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. You would not believe how truthful quote describes our lives. I also do not want you to miss my emphasis on WRITING THESE THINGS DOWN. The first step to taking the necessary action, it to document it, then take action.

In the next portion of our 6-Part Series, we will talk about learning about how your personal credit works NOW before your credit ends up trapping you financially. I want you new or soon to be graduates to walk around the hot burning fire hoops I had to experience in my first few years after graduating from high school. It’s always better to learn from other people’s mistakes than enduring them yourself. As always, if you have questions or concerns, please reach out to me at mentorshelly3@gmail.com or click on the gray “Send Voicemail” tab on the right side of the screen to leave me a voicemail message and I will return the call within 24-48 hours.

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3 Undeniable Signs your Job search efforts are not working & What you can do to make it work

Are you unemployed or “underemployed” looking for a much better opportunity and seem to be getting nowhere?

If your full time job is looking for a job…there may be some things that might be missing from your job search that could be hurting, not helping your chances of getting the job you want. I want you to know that I have been there before…literally! I know what it’s like to spend hours each day on the computer editing your resume and cover letter to fit every job you’re applying to. Each time uploading your resume to each of these companies applicant tracking system (ATS) only for the system to autofill your information in the wrong place, so you have to fix each one… Pounding the pavement to handing our resumes and business cards to every business that may be looking for your experience, qualifications and educational background…

All that effort you’re putting out…only to hear NOTHING as responses to your job search efforts is downright FRUSTRATING!!!! I know this job/career search process was frustrating for me, until I started evaluating how I was applying my efforts. I also started learning how things work from the human resources recruiters or also known as talent acquisition specialist perspective, as I gain more human resources experience. Once I realized the signs, I also figured out what to do about the signs…so let’s get into it…

Sign #1 – Your resume does not answer the key question that recruiters, company owners and hiring managers are asking after looking at your resume for 15-30 seconds…The primary questions they are asking…can you do the job you are applying for based on the information on your resume? Do you have the specific experience and qualifications to do the job well? If you’re not sure your resume answers any of those questions or recruiters, hiring managers and company owners, check out this resource to make sure your resume answers this questions right away!

Sign #2 You have only applied to a few jobs but expect to see positive results right away. First, let me say this…just like sales people have to put in the work with their sales goals completing as many sales calls, you have to complete as many applications as possible to see results. I know this sounds old school but principles are timeless. You have plant enough seeds in order for you receive and benefit from the harvest. If you only apply to three jobs in a week, then don’t expect opportunities to just automatically fall in your lap. You have to put in way more work than that to see the true benefit, especially in this job market. If you are looking for additional help with what to do to improve your chances, leave me a voicemail here by clicking the “Send Voicemail” tab on this post and I will respond to your questions within 24 hours.

Sign #3 You have not received any responses to your job applications on or offline. This sign can be frustrating but your resumes and cover letters you are using may not be fully tailored to the jobs or career opportunities you are applying. For example, you would not list the same set of skills for a construction worker job, then apply for a telephonic customer service job. The skills and qualifications you have listed on your resume(s) may not fit the jobs you are applying, so the ATS system may not even place your application or resume for the hiring managers, recruiters or company owners to even review. If you want to make sure your resume(s) and job applications are getting pass the ATS and get some responses from the decision makers, check out the tools review resource. Your resume(s) and other career tools should work for you, not against you in our job/career opportunity search efforts.

Listen, I want you to truly succeed in your job/career opportunity search, so you can find the job or career that fits you, or pays you to your satisfaction. I want to assure you that your efforts are not futile, but may just need some slight adjusting to be truly successful. If you’re looking for additional resources to narrow down what your career goals are, then check out my FREE DREAM Career Guide, to help you get clear about the career that truly fits your uniqueness. Take care and stay connected with me.

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