The art of self-reflection is an art that many will use for the wrong reasons.
Rather than looking at what you do not like, sometimes you have to look back so that you can look forward and achieve your wildest dreams.
Perhaps you are looking to start a new business, or you already have a business but the message is not clear. Either way, a bit of self-reflection can help.
I encourage everyone to start with a resume. If you already have a resume then I encourage you to look it over and make sure that it is fully accurate.
When writing a resume you can choose among whatever media is the most comfortable for you, though I strongly suggest starting with LinkedIn as this will also dip your feet into a pool full of great resources.
The steps involved for a LinkedIn profile are thus:
- Visit http://www.linkedin.com/ and create your profile.
- Add a professional photo. If your photo is too casual then you are not giving off the proper image for this particular format of social media.
- Next, you will visit “privacy & settings” where you will temporarily turn off notifications by clicking on “Turn on/off your privacy settings.” Uncheck the box and click save. By doing this, you can now quietly make changes to your profile without everyone getting a constant notification. Once you have your profile set up you will go back in and turn the notifications back on. Remember that this is a networking platform so you do want people to be aware of changes but not when you are going to be making so many at once.
- Start filling in all of your education and job experience. Use this opportunity to make sure that your dates are correct and to fill in any gaps. List all of the job skills and do not forget about volunteer work.
- Fill in the personal information such as the summary of your skills.
Now that you have a resume do not forget to turn the notifications back on.
Remember that you do want to be visible and make connections now that you have worked through this amazing self-reflection and gotten more clarity.
If you chose not to use LinkedIn than you may have used pen and paper, or a form that you have found online, but regardless of what method you have chosen you now have a resume. This means that you can begin to look back so that you can look forward. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What is the common thread between all of the jobs?
- What positions did I really love and flourish in? Why?
- Which positions did not nourish me? Why?
In answering these questions you will begin to gain focus on what really nourishes you and makes your heart sing.
In this is your future.
If you take a job or open a business, that does not excite you then you simply have… a job.
If you embark on a career that excites you then you have a passion.
With passion, you will be excited to work the long hours that are necessary for a successful business. With passion, you will be more than willing to go the extra mile. With passion, you will be excited to jump out of bed in the morning and embark on your day. Without passion, you will want to pull up the covers and go back to sleep.
Do not go to sleep, look back so that you can look forward.
Find your passion and live your passion; no matter your age!!!
Truly know that it is never too late to live your life with passion, purpose and fully in your POWER.
Resume Writing Resources:
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Please let me know what has worked for you. Tell me about your career goals, your life goals, and your health goals. I care!