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Your Decisions are the Sum Total of Your Life. NOT!

First of all, we have not made every decision for ourselves. Let’s go back to childhood. I don’t know about you, but as for me, my mother was the decision-maker.

I was raised by a single mom; a strict, Puerto Rican, single mom; a “no you can’t do that, no you can’t go there, no you can’t sleep over” mom. She was the strictest on the block. So much so that my friends would ask me to ask my mother first about doing something. If she said yes, it was almost guaranteed that the other moms would say yes because it didn’t happen often. I digress, but you can see what I mean.

As we’ve grown up, of course, we’ve made decisions that add up to our lives and where we are today. But still, not all of those were made by us. Some were made for us. Some of us are living in the consequences of decisions made by others.

Did you decide to have your job eliminated? Did you decide to get ghosted by recruiters? NOT!

The decision now is to move forward. Remember those baby steps. Do something every day. Do something for you every day. Take time to mourn. Take time to be angry. Take time to cry. Take time to worry. But, but, but don’t stay there. Do something every day.

Tips for Moving Forward in Your Career

1. Tidy Up That Resume Your resume is your first impression. Make sure it’s up-to-date, error-free, and tailored to the job you’re applying for. Highlight your skills, accomplishments, and experiences that are relevant to the position. Consider seeking feedback from a mentor or a professional resume writer.

2. Network, Network, Network Networking is crucial in today’s job market. Attend industry events, join professional organizations, and connect with people on LinkedIn. Don’t be afraid to reach out to former colleagues or friends for advice or job leads. Sometimes, it’s who you know that can make all the difference.  And it’s not just who you know, it’s who knows you and what they’re saying about you.  Build those relationships.

3. Talk to a Mentor or Friend Having someone to talk to about your career can provide valuable insights and encouragement. A mentor can offer guidance and help you navigate your career path. A friend can provide emotional support and keep you motivated.

4. Consider Starting Your Own Business If you’ve always dreamed of being your own boss, now might be the time to start your own business. Do your research, create a business plan, and take the leap. Entrepreneurship is challenging, but it can also be incredibly rewarding.

5. Keep Learning and Improving Take online courses, attend workshops, and read books related to your field. Continuous learning not only enhances your skills but also shows potential employers that you’re proactive and dedicated to your career.

6. Stay Positive and Persistent Job hunting can be tough, and it’s easy to get discouraged. Stay positive, be patient, and keep applying. Remember that rejection is not a reflection of your worth. Keep moving forward (baby steps), and the right opportunity will come.

7. Set Small, Achievable Goals Setting small, achievable goals can help you stay focused and motivated. Whether it’s sending out a certain number of resumes each week or attending a networking event, these small steps will add up and keep you on track.

Life’s journey is full of twists and turns, many of which are out of our control. While we may not have made every decision that led us to where we are today, we do have the power to shape our future. Take it one step at a time, stay proactive, and remember to take care of yourself along the way.

You’ve got this. Keep moving forward.

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