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  • November 07, 2015 8:07 PM | Anonymous
    Here are the top 5 reasons why you should update your resume on National Professional Women of Color Network Career Board, even if you're not looking for a job.

    1. Remind yourself of your achievements

    We can all use a confidence boost every now and then. Updating your resume will show you just how good you are at what you do.

    2. Understand your personality better
    So you know what it is that you do, but why do you do it? Outlining your experiences will help you understand what it is about your personality that drives you to succeed in your line of work.

    3. Visualize the building blocks that got you where you are
    Now that you know what you do and why you do it, what did it take for you to get where you are? You’ll be able to see what blocks you have built with previous experiences and academics that helped shape who you are today.

    4. Reflect on your strengths and identify your weaknesses
    One of the most popular questions asked in an interview is, “What would you say your strengths and weaknesses are?”. While our strengths are usually obvious to us, we typically have a difficult time seeing our flaws. Analyzing your resume will help you prepare for the most testing question you’ll be asked.

    5. Prepare yourself for the worst
    There is no telling what is going to happen at any given time within your career. Keep your resume up-to-date in order to prepare yourself for the unfortunate events we can’t control.

    A good resume starts with fresh information. Whether you’re the active or passive job seeker, there isn’t a better time to update your resume than right now.date Resume Now

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  • June 06, 2015 8:58 PM | Anonymous

    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-Braun

    Agreement #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.


  • June 04, 2015 8:12 PM | Anonymous
    Passion, smassion...just give me my paycheck! Some may tell you it’s one of those touchy-feely concepts reserved for artists and activists. But how important is passion in business?

    Passion stirs the fire in the belly that drives you to do what most people won’t. It’s why individuals devote their lives to causes that will change the world. And also what compels a scientist to spend 16-hour days in the lab hoping to get one step closer to the solution for a customer. 

    When we lack passion, we lack an authentic drive to succeed. We may be temporarily motivated by money or a fear of consequences, but that will only last for so long. 

    I’ve learned this the hard way with my teenage son. Deon was an above-average student until high school. Suddenly, it was like his brain became disconnected from the rest of his body. Semester after semester, he teetered on the borderline of failure in at least one class. 

    We enlisted the help of tutors, offered financial incentives, and took away every privilege short of eating and breathing, with mediocre results.

    No matter how hard we tried, we just couldn’t get Deon to see the long-term implications of his actions (or inaction), mainly because he doesn’t possess a strong passion for anything. 

    So I had to lay down my high scholastic aspirations for him in exchange for the hopeful realization that when he discovers his “thing”, he’ll be okay. Just this week, he mentioned that he thought it would be cool to live abroad. This just may be the thing that will turn life around for him.   

    Is passion in business important? You bet. Leadership expert John Maxwell said, “A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from his passion, not position.” 

    If the team you’re leading isn’t performing to your expectations, ask yourself, “How can I make them passionate about what we’re trying to achieve?” Short-term incentives and scare tactics will only go so far.

    So what can you do if you find that you’re losing passion for your work? Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

    1. When was the last time I was really excited about my work?
    2. What existed then that doesn’t exist today?
    3. What can I do to get it back?

    Maybe your business was really exciting in the start-up phase, but now it’s gotten dull and mundane. Or your last position involved lots of customer interaction, but now you’re stuck behind a desk. You may not be able to able to bring the passion back to your day-to-day routine, but maybe there are activities you can get involved in outside of work to fill the void, like volunteering. 

    I’ve helped people launch side businesses that reignite their passion and allow them to earn extra income. Or maybe it’s time to start considering a bold shift.

    Whatever the right answer is for you, you owe it to yourself to thoughtfully pursue it. Simply hoping things will change is a lot like hoping to win the lottery when you didn’t even buy a ticket. When you’re passionate about your work, greatness happens.

    And the impact of that greatness is bigger than just you and your happiness. Living with passion isn’t a selfish pursuit; it’s your personal responsibility.

    Will you live up to it?

    Isha Cogborn is the CEO and Founder of Epiphany Institute, a professional development firm that works with people who want to find more meaning and fulfillment to their careers through coaching, training and online communities.  Get weekly inspiration on her website at www.CoachIsha.com and connect with Isha on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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