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What will you manifest in 2019?

You can change your life in 6 months. It is time plus consistency that creates lasting success. This will require your focus. We are approaching the halfway mark of 2019 and if you are feeling overwhelmed to achieve your goals instead of inspired this post is for you.

There is still time to work towards that promotion, launch that podcast, or start that book. Success isn’t always related to talent. Without calling anybody out here sometimes the people who make it don’t have any talent at all. They just keep consistently showing up and adding value in their work that helps others.

There are advantages that have been given to some. But, those advantages aren’t always helpful. People fail their way to success. No one avoids failure on their way to the top. A positive mindset is key and that is what the mantra at the top in for. Save this for the next time you’re feeling like there can’t be a new start.

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You have everything you need already to get things done, you just need to get started. Yes, this advice sounds easy. Yes, many other people share the same perspective. Why? Because it’s one of the things in life we can’t control.

We can’t control our privilege or where we come from. What we can control are the choices we make from this day forward. Your future should never belong to your past. We were created to evolve. Never be afraid to fail. Be afraid of quitting.

So, instead of giving ourselves all of the reasons why we can’t do anything. The main thing we should be asking yourself is what do we want. Take a moment and fill in the blank. Get focused, consistent, and work hard. Why? Because 2019 is far from over.

 

The value of a healthy perspective

What does it take to create success?

It’s all a matter of your perspective.

Shift your perspective’ – a phrase we often hear that refers to an observation or thinking practice. One definition: taking the way you think about a topic, setting that aside for a moment, and adopting another way to think about the very same topic. Reflecting on a topic in a new way is a great way to problem solve.

That’s why sometimes the best thing you can do to change your perspective is to literally change what is right in front of you. The way you change your surroundings can be quiet or dramatic.

Change your focus and make better choices that align with what you really want. FOMO is for people without focus. You won’t have a fear of missing out when the reward is achieving our dream. It’s natural if along the way you feel frustrated, bamboozled, and led astray.

No one ever said the road to success is easy. Sustainable success represents consistency multiplied by time. There is no such thing as an overnight success. However, there is such thing as an overnight perspective shift.

How you might ask…

#1. Eliminate distractions.

#2. Be mindful of who and what you give your energy too.

#3. Set a schedule for your entire day.

#4. Money matters. Financial stress can become a deterrent to achieving your goals. Set a budget using the 50/30/20 rule based on your monthly income.  Here is an example breakdown to get you started.

50%-Household (rent or mortgage /bills)

30%-Discretionary (groceries, gas, phone bill)

20%- Savings

*If you’re rent or mortgage is more than 59 percent of your monthly income, find some areas where you can reduce your bills or increase your income for a better quality of living.

Don’t get overwhelmed. All change feels unnatural at first. It takes 90 days for our mind to create new habits. Make a plan and give yourself some time. But, the key to success is to show up and believe it is possible.

 

 

On Conquering Fear

Fear is a natural response to change. Our minds are designed to operate on routines. It is in our nature to be repetitive. That is why when something happens to us that throws off our daily routine. Which is why change can be hard to accept. 

Learn to embrace those feelings and look let them. Your fear is just a sign to look at the situation logically. If you’re not careful your fear will keep you ‘stuck.’ It is important to identify it and face the fear that is keeping you from quitting the job you hate, starting that project, or building your business. Succumbing to fear makes it easier for us to remain our ‘comfort zones.’

 

A comfort zone is referred to as a ‘behavioral state’ because it is a form of mental conditioning.  Research shows that as we carry on our every-day lives, our routines become programmed into our cerebral cortex.  When we become “programmed” to a routine, however, we usually experience a lack of excitement and willingness to want to try anything new. Our routines get boring and we crave something new, but rather than being happy about starting fresh or doing something different, we react with fear and anxiety. Why?

The reason why we respond with fear is that our minds are defending what they have been conditioned to do. Your body goes into automatic defense mode because your comfort zone is where you have the most confidence and feel like you are in control. So, the next time you want to change your routine and you start having negative thoughts push through them. That’s just your comfort zone talking.

Getting stuck in a routine is easy to do. Being stagnant in a comfort zone often results in plummeting creativity.

When’s the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone and took on a new challenge?

One of the biggest mistakes we make is relying on our minds to tell us who we are. I know you’re thinking, “Well my mind knows what I want.” However, I beg to differ. Your biggest enemy can be your thoughts.

What you think you ultimately become

Once you start to believe something it impacts your thoughts and your thoughts impact your actions. The reason for this is because your subconscious has a “safety zone.” According to acclaimed financial guru Dave Ramsey, our minds have comfort levels. He explains in, Total Money Makeover, that is why it is hard to make a change.

Your brain learns your patterns and if you decide to take a new job or lose weight you may not get the boost you need from your thoughts. That is why reinforcement is crucial and by using reinforcement you can elevate your potential.

Elevate your potential and reach new heights

Reinforcement begins with believing. Start to condition your mind into believing that anything you want to accomplish can come true. This is not a trick or meditation. This is about getting rid of negativity and fear to make a change in your life.  Below are three tips to help you out of your comfort zone today.

#1 Start small.

Taking small steps is crucial in creating change. Too much change at once can be a serious factor in becoming overwhelmed. You don’t have to throw your entire routine out the window to step out of your comfort zone. Try taking small steps, like driving a different route to work or even moving your desk to a different location. These can help you to get comfortable with the discomfort that comes from trying something new.

 

#2 Write it down.

Write down everything that comes to your mind: thoughts, ideas, things you want to do. Difficult times also bring about reflection into our pasts. In hard times is when we reflect the most. Make the most out of your flashbacks and write down your feelings, thoughts, ideas, and things you would like to accomplish in your future.

 

#3 Create challenges for yourself.

Set a goal and decide what it will take to get there. Create a daily, weekly, or monthly challenge that you can participate in that will put you one step closer to what you truly want and expect from your life. Use sticky notes or a pen and pad to keep track of challenges and progress. Do not determine your progress on the way your situation looks. Trust your process change will reveal itself.

Let’s continue the conversation in the comments.

20 things you should do in your 20’s…

Welcome to the prime-time of your life! Want to make the most of it? If so, start with these 20 things you must do in your twenties.  Make them memorable. Make it your credo to learn, live, and laugh.


Here is my list of twenty things you should do:

1. Eat at an exotic restaurant.


2. Pay down debt.

Your future self will be grateful. Make sacrifices and get it paid down now.


3. Travel to another country.

The days of traveling abroad being only for the rich are long gone. Brands like  Travel Noire make travelling alone and on a budget feasible.



4. Learn to say no. Nicely.

You are coming into your own so there’s no need to people please. We would all love to have more time to do everything. However if you want to be a success and remain You know who you are and what you want. Deny anything that stands in the way of that. Starve your distractions, feed your focus. However don’t be an ass. Politely state your reason why you must cancel attending an event or fulfilling an obligation. As a courteous try to cancel and soon as you aware you have a schedule conflict. Never cancel last minute.


5. Let go of toxic friendships.

If you’re struggling with how to do this you might want to read 5 Reasons It’s So Hard to End a Friendship by Suzanne Deeges-White on Psychology Today.


6. Create a budget.

By not having a budget you cutie be throwing away hundreds of dollars of month. The only way to know how much you can save is to track your spending.


7. Learn another language.

Try the free duo lingo app to start. It comes highly recommended by users.


8. Take your parents out to dinner.

Life is so hectic and this is a great way to give back your parents as well as show them your financial growth. It will also give you time to catch up and share a few a laughs.

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9. Get health insurance.

Now if the time to be proactive and start taking care of yourself. At minimum you should be having a yearly physical.


10. Exercise at least three times per week.

Experts recommend that everyone should get at least 30 minute of exercise daily. I have a hectic work schedule so I utilize my breaks for fitness. I walk or jog on the trail around our offices. Work is no longer excuse make time in your day to do something that will benefit you.


 11. Find a hobby. 

Research has proven the benefits to having a hobby. It is a great way to alleviate every day stress. Especially if you are in a position where you feel stuck. Hobbies help to keep your creativity alive. They can also lead to the discovery of new passions. Visit Groupon to get discounts on local things you can try in your area. Try something new you won’t regret it.


12. Build an emergency fund with at least 3-8 months worth of expenses. You will thank yourself later. 


13. If you hate your job, change it. Period. 

 Do not continue to waste your time or the employers. Find a job you can at least be committed too if you are


14. Go back to school.

If you need additional coursework to advance in your current position or a degree is required for your dream career, go for it!


 15. Clarify your career goals. Make a list and then assign daily actions to achieve them.

Get this awesome GOAL clip board on Etsy here. Keep track of your goals so you can start to prioritize to figure out what you really want. Make a list and check it twice, success is yours but you have to prepare for it. However a list is just a starting point. Take equal amounts of action!


16. Make amends with enemies. It’s good for your soul and you will rest easier at night.

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17. Let go of grudges.

I have experienced the toll holding on to a grudge can have. It is a distraction that almost held me back from starting my blog. If you are trying to progress or doing something new in general you have no time and no room in your spirit for anger and resentment. You need all of your energy focused on living your best life.  You won’t be able to make amends with everyone and that okay as long as you make peace with yourself about the role you played in the diminishing of the relationship.


18. Make friends with people from diverse backgrounds.

Mix and mingle. You will learn so much in so little time. If you don’t have money to travel the world this is a great way to learn about different cultures without breaking the bank.


19. Ask for a raise. 

If you’ve been exceeding expectations at work let your boss now and request a private meeting to discuss your compensation.


 


20. Get your own place.

Freedom is bliss. When you live alone it makes you more responsible financially and you have less stress to deal with without room mates.  If you’re not in your twenties that’s okay too because it never hurts to shake things up at any point in our lives.


Use this list to get started and inspired to create your own list of things you want to accomplish. Even if you are not in your twenties you can utilize this list to shake things up at any age.

*All images via Shuttershock. 

Quotes to empower your work week

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.  Self-motivation is the best motivation but the hardest to maintain. Let’s face it, we are not going to be sunshine and rainbows every day.

Overcome feelings of inadequacy & defeat to walk in the confidence you need to dominate your industry.
Feeling burnt out? Need a boost to keep going? 

For the days when you seem in a ‘funk’ and uninspired look to outside sources for the motivation, you need to stay active and focused on taking action. One of the outside sources that I look to our past examples of success.

Quotes are glimpses into the minds of the world’s most well-known people who exuded self-confidence and success.

For this Mojo Monday, I compiled my favorite quotes from top authors, entrepreneurs, and activists.

 

For Monday

 “Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” -Jim Rohn

For Tuesday

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my desires.” -Stephen Covey

For Wednesday

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” -George Eliot

For Thursday

“A mind troubled by doubt can not focus on the course to victory.” -Arthur Golden

For Friday

“I was always looking outside  myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is true all the time.” -Anna Freud

Along with these five quotes I also recommend that you read, Rich dad, poor dad by Robert Kiyosaki. This book shows you that there are really two perspectives in life and the one you choose determines your destiny.

Robert takes you on a journey to his past where he shares the difference in financial advice that he received from his dad (poor dad) and his best friends father (rich dad). I read this three years ago and the insights were timeless.

Stay motivated to reach the finish line. 

 

Have a great Monday!

 

6 questions to ask yourself when you feel ‘stuck’ in your career

  • Car didn’t start this morning…
  • Lost your wallet…
  • Didn’t get the job you want…

Whatever it is that your battling. Life’s discontentment has the power to leave us all feeling helpless and sometimes ‘stuck.’ One of the biggest mistakes we make is relying on our minds to tell us who we during those moments. I know you’re thinking, “Well my mind knows what I want.” However, I beg to differ. Your biggest enemy can be your thoughts.
What you think you ultimately become.

Once you start to believe something it impacts your thoughts and your thoughts impact your actions. The reason for this is because your subconscious has a “safety zone.” According to acclaimed financial guru Dave Ramsey our minds have comfort levels. He explains in, Total Money Makeover, that that is why it is hard to make a change.

Your brain learns your patterns and if you decide to take a new job or lose weight you may not get the boost you need from your thoughts. That is why reinforcement is crucial and by using reinforcement you can elevate your potential.

Reinforcement begins with believing. Start to condition your mind into believing that anything you want to accomplish can come true by rewarding yourself. This is not a trick or meditation. This is about getting rid of negativity and fear to make a change in your life by rewarding new habits and avoiding the old habits that don’t serve you. An example of reinforcement could be that every time you reach your weight loss goal for the month you get to buy yourself a new pair of shoes. By continuously rewarding your new habits your mind will mold to adjust and the fear and discomfort you felt in the beginning of the change will be gone.

 

Elevate your potential and reach new heights using these 6 questions to get started. Use the answers to guide you towards the best course of action. Once you have your answers decide what “reinforcement” you could use to make this a permanent change.


6 Questions to help you get ‘unstuck’ and inspired to take action:

 

 

Question #1

What motivates you?

Question #2

What is your most valuable skill? Top 3 goals?

Question #3

How do you handle failure?

Question #4

Are you feeding your fears or your dreams?

Question #5

What sacrifices do you think you will have to make in order to achieve your goals?

Question #6

Break down your top 3 goals you defined in question number 2. Under each goals list at least 3 actionable steps you can take in the next month. For example:

                  Goal #1 Find a new job.

Action step #1: Write down exactly what I’m looking for in my next position.

Action step #2 : Complete two job applications a day for a week that match the description in step number one.

Action step #3: Follow up with recruiters after a week. 

 

Hope this helps!

 

Have a great weekend. Looking forward to ‘mojo’ Monday.

The impact fear has on success

When you’re having a tough time in life it can be hard to see the good in any situation. At least if you’re feeling how I did a few weeks ago when I project I had been working on, spending money and countless hours, persistently for months fell through because of reasons beyond my control.  You start to believe that nothing can change and you begin to feel ‘stuck.’ Maybe things didn’t work out the way you expected. The right opportunities never came along.

It doesn’t matter the reason, what matters is that it is holding you back. Failure leads to multiple learning opportunities to become who you are meant to be. Feeling ‘stuck’ comes from a place of fear and limits. You begin to fear failure and avoid situations where it is a possibility. No one wants to ever say aloud, “I fear success,” because it seems awkward to say. Everyone wants to be successful. We all work to have things that we want and to live an independent life. However, there are many other factors that can try to hold us back from reaching our full potential including being afraid to fail.

Disappointments can be hard to accept. When plans don’t workout resentment will develop. The anger from resentment that is left over, however, eventually can lead to never trying anything new again. This can leave us paralyzed from wanting to continue with our true goals. The fear of failure grows and then takes root in our lives.

There is no greater way to stagnant your personal and professional growth than by succumbing to your fear. Fear is complex because it is situational and only the individual truly knows what they are afraid of on the path to their success.  If you want massive success to be prepared that you will face massive fear. Which is why a lot of people settle for being comfortable with their lives rather than leading a miraculous existence they are due.

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Success is not as overwhelming as the looming imaginary fear and limits we placed on our own capabilities. It is also not selfish to want more for yourself.
The truth about fear is that it is the perception of what we feel we don’t deserve. The good news is that fear is a natural response to change so no need to run or hide. Fear is a part of the process. It is natural for your mind to put up resistance to change.

 

Fear is uncertainty about what doesn’t exist yet. Faith is the same, but trusting that it will turn out for the best. So, instead of imagining scenarios of what you don’t want, choose to focus on what you do want.
Our minds are designed to operate on routines. It is in our nature to be repetitive. That is why when something happens to us that throws off our daily routine. Which is why change can be hard to accept and follow through on completing your goals. Having fear does not make you a coward, it makes you smart. The most common belief is that fear can be controlled. In some instances this is true, however, the majority of the time fear is involuntary.

The bigger the challenge the more fear you will encounter, which is why it is essential you do learn how to maintain some control. Nervousness, negative thoughts, and sweaty palms are all examples of symptoms fear can cause. Learn to embrace those feelings and use them as fuel to excel.

 

Whether you are trying to improve on your public speaking skills or starting the company you’ve always envisioned. If you’re not careful your fear will keep you ‘stuck.’ It is important to identify it and face the fear that is keeping you from quitting the job you hate, starting that project, or building your business.

Those negative thoughts are a product of that resistance to change. It is true that there is a small piece of you that doesn’t want things to change. Not only should you be mindful of your thoughts, but you also need to identify the source of the fear. Break your fears down into bite-size points that can you can evaluate to overcome them.

A place to start is by asking yourself: Are you having fear of failure, fear of change, or fear of success? The most common thing among my clients is that they all start the process with limiting beliefs.
Beliefs that they have held onto since their childhood.  Limiting beliefs are ideas you adopt to be true that could be hindering you from seeing possibility. For example, the beautiful dancer who was once raised to believed she could only become a lawyer. Limiting beliefs are those which constrain us in some way. Just by believing them, we do not think, do or say the things that they inhabit. And in doing so we impoverish our lives.

We all have our own beliefs about rights, duties, abilities, permissions and so on. Limiting beliefs are often about our selves and our self-identity. The beliefs may also be about other people and the world in general. Shift your mindset into believing that the impossible is possible. At one point my limiting beliefs held me back from pursuing goals that would have advanced my career. However, I was able to combat that by developing an abundance mindset. The reality is the sky is the limit. Your mindset is the key to unlocking your full potential and realizing your true purpose.

You can go beyond the vision you have for your life. What is for you is already yours. There is no competition. You are standing in your own way.

Even if you had a vision for your life or were conditioned to believe only one career path could be right for you; it is never too late to change your mindset. Start with building an abundance mindset and creating habits that will breed success. Incorporate more of the things you love into your daily routine.

How to combat fear the

Utilize positive affirmations, quotes, and mantras to quick start your journey to living a fulfilled life. Eradicate doubt and erase limiting beliefs from your thought process. You were created for greatness. You already have the power within, you just need to learn how to access it.

Try to take something away from every setback. A lesson or reminder never to make that mistake again. Failure is a teacher and it should never foster fear or regret.

Forgive yourself for mistakes and accept any failures as apart of the plan. The most important thing is that you learn from it. Success isn’t easy but it’s not impossible.

Your past will lie to you and make you feel like there is no hope for moving forward, but there is.  Giving up is not the answer and saying it’s too late is not the answer either. Life is filled with many doubts. Perfection won’t happen but progress will.

You’ll need perseverance + your plan in order to make your dream a reality but the first step is believing.

The best way to accept fear into your journey is to believe in yourself, your truth, and your vision wholeheartedly.


 

What did you think about this post? Let’s continue the conversation in the comments.

Why failure is a launching pad for success

When adversity rears its ugly head in our lives it can impact us two ways positively or negatively. Either we learn and grow from our failure or we let it defeat us. Hard times bring tough decisions and have the ability to alter our perspective on our self-confidence, our purpose, and life plan. We all want the comfort of knowing what will happen next but how we would we learn? Struggle reveals the lessons we need to learn in order to become the person we were always meant to. Your ‘why’ will lead you to your purpose. In order to do reach the highest level of success, you have to be willing to face the lowest of circumstances. “Success” is portrayed on the internet and television as being a beautiful, luxurious journey.

The overnight success tale is all the rave in Hollywood. In reality, success is everything but glamorous. Entrepreneurship or any personal goal that is pushing you to better yourself will bring you anything but comfort. In the beginning, you will make more sacrifices and will put in more hard work than you will yield actual results.

Success is indeed a very uncomfortable endeavor. If change is happening all around you and you feel uncomfortable then you are the right track. Your moral compass is on par if you feel hesitant or are trapped in a state of nervousness.

For the past few years, I have faced multiple obstacles whilst still continue to mentor and lead others towards their paths. It wasn’t until a few months ago I realized the impact of not addressing the underlining issue. Which is what I had reverted back to operating in a comfort zone. Life’s struggles had ultimately limited my incline to take risks but recently I have decided to take my power back.

A comfort zone is not just our mothers’ house or that unbelievable soft spot in the couch that everyone loves. A comfort zone can also be referred to as a behavioral state because it is a form of mental conditioning.  How we carry on our everyday lives becomes programmed into our brains.

When we become “programmed” to a routine, however, we usually experience a lack of excitement and willingness to want to try anything new. Our routines get boring and we crave something new, but rather than being happy about starting fresh or doing something different, we react with fear and anxiety, Why?

The reason why we respond with fear is that our minds are defending what they have been conditioned to do. Your body goes into automatic defense mode because your comfort zone is where you have the most confidence and feel like you are in control. So the next time your body reacts or think negative thoughts push through them because that’s just your comfort zone talking.

How to overcome …

Remaining stuck in an unproductive routine and trapped in our sadness is easy to do. Being stagnant in a comfort zone often results in plummeting creativity. Playing it safe could be curtailing for success. When’s the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone and took on a new challenge?

One of the biggest mistakes we make is relying on our minds to tell us who we are. I know you’re thinking, “Well my mind knows what I want.” However, I beg to differ. Your biggest enemy can be your thoughts. What you think you ultimately become. Once you start to believe something it impacts your thoughts and your thoughts impact your actions. The reason for this is because your subconscious has a “safety zone.” According to acclaimed financial guru Dave Ramsey our minds have comfort levels. He explains in, Total Money Makeover, that that is why it is hard to make a change.

Your brain learns your patterns and if you decide to take a new job or lose weight you may not get the boost you need from your thoughts. That is why reinforcement is crucial and by using reinforcement you can elevate your potential.

Reinforcement begins with believing. Start to condition your mind into believing that anything you want to accomplish can come true. This is not a trick or meditation. This is about getting rid of negativity and fear to make a change in your life.

Now everyone has a different view of success but I know that everyone wants to be their best. Don’t listen to the scared voice inside holding you back. Get support from a friend or family member and Jump In! Take action before you have time to react. Don’t be afraid of losing that dead-end job that you really hate.

Make a plan and build yourself up with positivity. Change your thoughts, change your life! Elevate your potential and reach new heights.

If you are like me and at one point struggled to leave an old life behind for a new one I have three tips to help you move out of your comfort zone:

#1 Start small.



Taking small steps is crucial in creating change. Too much change at once can be a serious factor in becoming overwhelmed. You don’t have to throw your entire routine out the window to step out of your comfort zone. Try taking small steps, like driving a different route to work or even moving your desk to a different location. These can help you to get comfortable with the discomfort that comes from trying something new.

#2 Write it out.



A few years ago I started writing down everything that came to my mind to lessen the clutter so that I could make better-informed decisions. Write down everything that comes to your mind: thoughts, ideas, things you want to do. Difficult times also bring about reflection into our pasts. In hard times is when we reflect the most. Make the most out of your flashbacks and write down your feelings, thoughts, ideas, and things you would like to accomplish in your future.

#3 Create challenges for yourself.

Set a goal and decide what it will take to get there. Create a daily, weekly, or monthly challenge that you can participate in that will put you one step closer to what you truly want and expect from your life. Use sticky notes or a pen and pad to keep track of challenges and progress. Do not determine your progress on the way your situation looks. Trust your process change will reveal itself.


Are you holding onto things that are just bringing you down instead of lifting you up? Let’s continue this conversation in the comments.

How to stand out at career fairs

Whether you’re seeking your first position or an experienced professional in search of a new opportunity, attending fairs is one way to network and find career leads. Career fairs allow you to meet hiring managers or recruiters from various companies across multiple industries.

Many people think that all networking is done online now.  Don’t make the mistake of dismissing career fairs. Experts say that recruiters value career fairs because it gives them an opportunity to build a connection to the resume. It is impossible to build a personal connection over the internet.

Speaking with a recruiter in person gives you an opportunity to make a great first impression. Especially if you have little to no job experience. You can show them in person how determined and ready you are to enter the work force.

While there are clear advantages of attending a one-stop shop for job hunting. There are many things that you want to be mindful of during the fair. The major disadvantage is there is direct competition.

Communication is 55% non-verbal. How you act and carry yourself will wave heavily as the deciding factor in you being extended a job interview.

Be clear on your objective for attending. If you plan to attend a fair by “winging it” you may lose out a job opportunity. Don’t just stop by come prepared and dress professional.

Spring is a busy tjme for career fairs. You should be able to find one in your area coming up soon.

These tips will help you make the best impression:

Bring multiple copies of your resume.

It is recommended that candidates bring at least three copies of their resume. You can bring more if you have enough time to talk to more recruiters.

Come prepared. 

Spend a little time getting some background on an organization then you can ask very focused, specific questions.  Do research and find out which companies will be attending the fair. Make a list of of the top 3-5 you would like to speak with. Experts say that recruiters show more interest in candidates that already have knowledge about their company.

Be conversational and don’t let the recruiter do all of the talking. Be engaged to what they are saying and be prepared to reply with  response of follow up question.

Allow adequate time.

Come early as possible.  Fairs usually last 2-4 hours. However, fairs close promptly at publicized ending time. It can take 5-10 minutes to talk to one recruiter.

Prioritize the employers you’re most interested in. 

If you have a hard time narrowing it down place your top picks at the top of your checklist. This will ensure if time runs out you were able speak with the companies you have the most interest.

Ask about their hiring process.

Remember to ask about the next steps in the process and how you could follow up on your application.  A good rule of thumb is to follow up after at least three business days. However, gauge the necessity of the position. If the recruiters mentions needing to fill the position quickly due to demand I would ask them for a specific time to contact them back.

For example you could say, “Thank you for taking my information would it be okay if I had a business card? Also, when would be the best time to follow up with you?”


 

Afterthoughts:

These are my top 5 tips for ensuring you gain career leads from a fair. Career fairs were a mainstay in my job search and helped me gain employment. By following these simple tips I was able to be offered an interview on the spot.

Check with a local career center, community colleges or universities. These are common hosts of career fairs. Ask them where to find a schedule and list of employers that will be attending.

Thank you so much for reading, you guys help make Monday my most favorite day of the week.

Do you have any tips to add that could help other readers succeed at career fairs? Comment below!

 

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How to get a promotion

 

According to a recent Gallup poll , only 21 percent of workers making under $50,000 are unhappy at work versus the 63 percent of workers making over $50,000 that are happy at work. Is pay the reason for the difference in happiness? A lot of people would say yes. However, the answer truly lies in how productive you are, and if you are making the most of your current position.

When you are happy at work you are more sociable and productive. There are major benefits to loving your job. Two benefits of loving your job: If you are happier it turns you into a magnetic force. People will love your energy and it will make it hard for you to be overlooked for advancement opportunities.  You will be more productive. Simply put, when you’re in a good mood, you are able to get more accomplished.  The 700 person experiment conducted in Britain by The Social Market Foundation proves that happiness increases productivity.


Why you should make the most of your role

Don’t feel like you can’t be happy at work, because you can. After I graduated college I even accepted roles I was overqualified for the experience. worked for McDonald’s for two years after graduating college. I never felt like I was doing demeaning work even though I knew I deserved more. Instead, I chose to go to work and do everything with a smile. My optimism eventually stood out and I was promoted without asking.

When you are not recognized for your hard work, you don’t feel appreciated, and then that leads to overall job dissatisfaction. Being congratulated on a job well done feels good because you feel appreciated. However, even if no one notices your hard work, you should still stay focused on the bigger picture. Being an entrepreneur is great but there is a lot of groundwork involved in building a brand. Also, being an entrepreneur is a great dream but it’s not the definition. Just because you’re working for somebody else does not mean you’ve lost.

Working for an employer that foundation has already been laid before you. You have structure and you can use that structure to your advantage. Be the boss of your career.

Misery will suck the life out of you. Don’t let the disappointment of the way things are now ruining the way they can be. If you want a promotion or higher pay,  show up as your best daily. It’s not about being noticed right away. If you put in the hard work and network with management they will notice, trust me. But you have to go above and beyond. It is not enough to simply do the bare minimum in your current role. You will be surprised of the change you will start to see in your career once you adopt a new mindset.


Here are three tips to help you make the most of your role :

Tip # 1: Stay humble and make positive suggestions. 

We all have egos and we all have a different way of doing things. Now being an entrepreneur gives you the freedom to decide how your day goes but if you work for Company X. Company X makes decisions. Of course, there will be moments where you don’t agree but there a constructive way of getting your feedback to management without showing your disdain for the decision.

Avoid joining the bandwagon of complainers at your job. Stand out by taking the information in stride and pulling your manager to the side and tell them you have a suggestion to improve the work environment.

Never use phrases like, “I’m mad” or “I hate this.” Feel free to say this in your own home in your own privacy but at work stay humble. Uses phrases like, “I feel” and “I suggest.” Their phrases don’t sound defensive and your manager will be more receptive to your needs.

Tip #2 : Network and discover what your company has to offer.

The reality is that you will spend more time at work than you will at home. Build relationships with other managers and workers in different departments. Get to know people. Companies look for people who are outgoing and friendly. If you want that promotion get out there. Dive in and greet others.

You also cold discover another department at our job that makes you happier. Building connections helps you gain more flexibility and options.

Tip #3 : Change your mindset. Build stress reproving activities into your daily routine.

Instead of focusing on the stress of your job focus on what you can do to make it less stressful. Additionally, if you work all the time and are having a hard time balancing your personal life see how you can restructure your day to run smoothly. Could you wake up 5 minutes other? Could you make a payment over the phone rather than driving to the company?

I worked for this call center once and I decided to take walks on my breaks to relieve the tension. Even it was for ten minutes it helped my mind shift and be more refreshed for me to go back in and complete my tasks with enthusiasm.

Write down 5 things that take 10 minutes or less to do. Write anything that could help get your mind refreshed and help you to relax.


Incorporating these three tips consistently and daily will get you the promotion and the pay raise you need. Choose to believe that every day is a fresh start. Make the most out of a career, now.


Let’s continue the conversation in the comments. What could make you happier at work to help you increase your productivity?

Bonus If you are not happy in your career, try answering these 21 questions to help you get ‘un-stuck’ and on a path towards a career that fulfills you.


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