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The 5 Agreements For Defining Your Own Path
You are an incomparable masterpiece and wonder of the world but think about how many times you have been compared to or compared yourself to someone else. If that perception made you feel less than or somehow diminished, then your willingness to define your own path, from a place of esteem and confidence, was taken away from you. Reclaim and reinforce your personal power to define your path my proclaiming and following these five agreements with yourself:Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face. - Carol Moseley-BraunAgreement #1 - I accept the journey to define my path and claim my individual greatness by defining and designing the masterpiece that is me.No one has the right or should be given the power to break down your sense of self. Seeking validation or approval strips away your sense of worthiness and can begin an unhealthy habit of self-doubt. You don’t need anyone’s permission to be great, to think outside the box or shatter the glass ceiling! You come from a long line of brilliant, dignified, provocative, dedicated, and loving women. Agreement #2 - I will follow my heart, my intuition, and my divine inner navigation system. The dictionary describes self-definition as providing the fundamental nature of one's identity, character, abilities, and attitudes, and self-determination as free will that establishes one's own fate or course of action without compulsion. Taking this level of personal initiative is the next level in leadership and business development. You must allow yourself to think without boundaries. To dream big and act bold!Agreement #3 - I will not ask for approval or permission to tap into my purpose-driven power. Defining your own path begins with defining yourself. Who are you outside of anyone’s preconceived or biased perception of you, whether individual, familial or societal? It’s often difficult to make this leap of faith because historically women, from all cultures, were defined negatively to suit the misguided desires and insecurities of others. Yet in the midst of those challenges and often because of them, we flourished. We decided to stay true to our divine destiny and step outside the flawed image portrayed.Agreement #4 - I will uplift and cheer on my sister’s gifts instead of comparing mine to diminish our collective. As a sisterhood, we can support your dream if you define it based on who you are and what you have to offer. We must first remove the desire to compare or be compared to anyone else. Take the truth of your history with the lessons of your experiences and take your place beside the others.By changing your perspective and reshaping your mindset, you can transform your experience and unlock your unlimited potential and gift of originality. You can boldly venture into any arena you see fit. Agreement #5 - I will not allow anyone to separate me from my destined greatness.Set you own standards and allow your imagination to extend beyond reach. To do this you will need a renewed strategy, a shifted mindset, and focused self-determination. Take a different path by deciding to become a trail blazer; confident in your abilities and aware of those who held your dreams on their shoulders. Your path awaits… Blanche A. Williams, M.S. is President of Greatness by Design, LLC specializing in corporate/organizational performance training, leadership development, and coaching. Blanche is a highly sought after speaker, former XM Radio Talk Show Host, leadership expert, author, and adjunct professor at the Center for Leadership and Professional Studies/PBSC. She is also the founder of the National Black Women’s Town Hall , a non-profit dedicated to addressing black women and girl's issues through town hall style events, personal development, advocacy, solution-building and mentoring.
The Single Best Job Search Tip Ever!
You already know that searching for a job is no joke. It’s not a big secret that the process of searching for a job has greatly changed. Quite frankly, every aspect of the job search process has changed in a significant way and unlike the past, you now need more skills, knowledge and ability to sufficiently search for employment. Fortunately, there is some good news because one thing has not changed. Errors remain the primary reason most applicants are initially eliminated. Yes, it’s the good old fashion mistakes that will stop you from getting in the front door and the good news is, errors can easily be fixed. Errors in your cover letter, resume, and general application are vitally detrimental. If you truly want to be considered for a job, your application MUST pass the initial screening phase. Many job seekers will blame their academic and professional qualifications as the reason for being repeatedly eliminated in the initial stages of the employment process. Yes, it may be a factor. However, generally it is not lack of experience, educational credentials or work experience which initially eliminates you. It is errors. Do not blame it on your qualifications; eliminate the errors before they eliminate you. It should be no secret that hiring managers are searching for the best candidate. One way to legally and quickly screen all applicants is to screen for errors, relevance, and completion. Errors are identified by recruiters, hiring managers and/or automatically by online application systems. Any oversight, faux pas, or blunder will be interpreted as more to come. Stay in the race......eliminate errors! Here are a few low and no cost suggestions to help you identify and eliminate the most common errors found in cover letters, resumes and online applications: Proofread your application materials for typographical errors, incorrectly spelled words and improper punctuation. My favorite grammar and spelling software is Ginger. It is free and easy to download on your computer. Another free resource that does not require a download is PaperRater. Very fast and easy to use. Allow another person to proofread your materials and provide genuine feedback. If you have a few dollars to invest, enlist the help of a virtual assistant to proofread. Check out www.Odesk.com for a virtual assistant. Proofread it again and again before submitting your application materials to the recruiter. Reuse or cut and paste the same error free text in future applications. Stand out by being the best. The first step in being the best is addressing any errors in your application materials. Handle it! Janice Jackson-Haley has more than 20 years of professional human resources, leadership and community service experience. She is the President and Founder of Employee Essential LLC. For more information visit www.EmployeeEssential.com or “like” her on Facebook @EmployeeEssential.
Networking Tip - Change your Competitors into Partners
Many of us focus on competing more than working together or complementing one another. Did you know that your so-called competitor could turn out to be your strongest collaborator if you just change your viewpoint?It’s important to note that all competition isn’t bad and likewise, all competitors are not ideal for partnership but under the right circumstances, there are quite a few opportunities for you to join together with someone in order to accelerate your efforts and reach your goals sooner.While partnering with competitors is not the same as going into business partnership, it means you are joining together in support of a common goal, vision or focus by leveraging your relationship with one another.I have experienced highly successful partnerships with other women who initially may have viewed our businesses as competitors but by developing a true and authentic connection, we navigated all of the challenges we faced and developed extremely rewarding outcomes that together we benefited from. You can also experience such successes by implementing these easy steps to begin building your strategic alliances:Take Inventory Of What You Do, What You Offer And What You Need Don't you dare approach anyone without being crystal clear on these three things! If you don't have clarity and the ability to communicate your business proposal/offer, no one will be open to partnering with you.Think Outside Of The Box For Creative Ways To Achieve Your Goals Through Partnership. "Competitors" (future collaborators) don't exist only in your specific field/industry or geographic region. Think about those business owners doing similar things but from different angles, they could be a great fit. Ex. Professional Speakers or Authors may focus on the same audience but have a different topic/message and could combine their topics to develop a series, services or create an event together. Reach Out To Potential Collaborators Share the vision and why you feel you would make great partners. Get to know and affirm the goals of the person(s) you connect with. Leave Distrust at the Door! Brainstorm Together Vision grows vision so be open to ideas and dreaming big. Don't be fearful, or hold back on your thoughts and suggestions. Begin to narrow down bit by bit and select two or three of the best ideas. Try It Out! There's nothing to it but to it. Action is the only way to know if you are on the right track. If you are seeing movement toward your agreed upon objectives, build upon it and if not, make adjustments as necessary until you get there. Don't be afraid to experiment, it will be a work in progress but the key is to have a clear outcome in mind. By blending your goals and objectives with a like-minded partner, you have the potential to see your results much quicker than if you were going it alone. Who can you focus on connecting to this week? Be creative and open to the possibilities. Coalitions are powerful opportunities to move ahead. What coalitions have you created in the past or are interested in creating in the future? About the AuthorMeko Lawson is the writer of Networking Tips. She is the CEO and Founder of the Professional Women of Color Network. She assists women of color who are seeking to market themselves or their businesses and provides services to businesses who wish to market to women of color. PWOCN helps Professional Women of Color grow their businesses or careers, be more successful, and achieve their goals. “Networking Tips” Copyright © 2013, Meko Lawson. All rights reserved.Reprint Guidelines:You may reprint Networking Tips free of charge in your newsletter, magazine, or on your web site, provided that they are unedited, and that the copyright, bio, and contact information appears with each article. Articles appearing on the web must provide a hyperlink to our web site. Please provide us with a courtesy copy of the print or email issue containing the article, or the URL of any article posted to the web. If you do use any material, simply include the following credit line:"This Networking Tip, copyright Meko Lawson, Professional Women of Color Network. All rights reserved. The Professional Women of Color Network web site is a comprehensive resource of professional networking events, resources and information for professional women of color. For more networking resources visit http://www.pwocn.org"
4 Resume Tips to Get you Hired
Top employers not only post their jobs onPWOCN- Professional Women of Color Network , but also search for candidates in our resume database.Did you know you can upload an anonymous resume so employers can find and contact you, but you don’t have to worry about the wrong people seeing your resume? You are in complete control over who sees your personal information.Here are important tips to apply to your resume:Be clear about your professional objectives. State them concisely.Don’t just list your job skills. List real problems you solved and the measurable results you achieved, including recognitions you have earned.Tell a cohesive story – Emphasize work experience that supports the job you seek. You don’t have to include everything you’ve done if it’s not relevant.Review, Review, Review! Have others proofread your resumes and cover letters.Upload your updated resume today on upload an anonymous resume
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