Looking For Jobs While Employed

You walk into the office, place your belongings at the desk, sign into your computer and then make your way to the ladies room to freshen up. You go into the micro-kitchen to either get yourself a drink or morning snack before going to take a seat at your desk. You find yourself looking through work emails and finishing up some work before you find that you are left with 5 more hours of work with no work to do. Now during this time you can either find some busy work, browse the internet or you might even start job hunting, even if you really don’t need a new job. Sometimes you just want to see what else is out there.

On multiple occasions I’ve found myself on the job looking for a new one. The main reasons for this can be any of the following:

  1. I’m on a temporary assignment and the contract will be coming to an end soon.
  2. The travel to work is taking a toll and I’d like to be closer to home
  3. I need to get out of there before I’m on one of this Investigation Discovery shows

Part of me feels like a child, going behind their parent’s back but another part of me feels I should be looking out for myself because let’s face it, the corporate world can care less about their black employees or the women in their field. Out of all the jobs I’ve worked including retail, I’ve noticed how the men are quick to get a raise and/or promoted over a woman that has been there putting in more hours and being more dedicated to the job. In the office, as a contractor I’ve also noticed the men are easily converted to full time permanent employees, while the women have to move on and hope to find something new. So, if you must look for a job while on the job, go for it but here are some things you should remember while employed.

DO:

  • Make sure you’re resume is updated
  • Make sure your LinkedIn is complete
  • Stay focused on your current job duties
  • Have an idea of what kind of job & pay you are looking for

DON’T:

  • Never use your work email to reach out to potential employers
  • Don’t tell your current co-worker’s about the job search or use them as a reference
  • If you are invited for an interview, try not to do them during work hours
  • Don’t use your company computer/phone for the search but if you do make sure you are in incognito mode.
  • Never use a job board to post your resume if you are trying to be discreet.

At some point we want to be able to find a job we can stick with and retire from. If you find you are happy with your current job, stop your search. I would hate for anyone to get caught and then be forced into finding a new position.

How To Improve On Your Goals

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Every new year that comes around we find ourselves setting new goals, like hitting the gym, eating healthier, reading more, etc. Those are excellent goals to have but the thing about setting these goals at the beginning of the year is most of those goals aren’t being seen through by the time the 2nd or 3rd month of the year hits. Once that happens we tend to get into the mode of, “I’ll try again next year.” Next year comes and there goes another new goal being added to the list of the previous ones you’ve yet to complete.

I’m one of those people but over the last two years I’ve stopped creating resolutions I knew I wasn’t committed to and started to focus more on the goals that I’ve given myself in the past that were important to me and my future, then making sure I see them through step by step, day by day. Also taking the time to remind myself that it’s okay to fall somewhat behind or take a break as long as I get back to it. The more in depth you become with your goal setting, the better the outcome.

Here are some tips to improve your goal setting and being on the road to success:

1. SET GOALS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU

When setting your goals make sure they are important to you. Write down your reasoning for why you want to achieve that particular goal. If you cannot think of any reasons it’s probably just a random goal you threw out there without having a why? Once you know your why, you’ve found your purpose and that alone will give you the motivation you need.

2. SET GOALS YOU CAN CONTROL

Also known as SMART GOALS

  • Specific – Make sure the goal is well defined
  • Measurable – have a point of reference that can measure your progress to accomplishment
  • Achievable – Don’t set goals for yourself that aren’t attainable
  • Realistic – In your reach, realistic and relevant to your purpose in life
  • Timely – having a defined timeline with a start and end date

 

3. DON’T LET OTHERS DEFINE YOUR GOAL

Set your goals and let them be yours and only yours. Some times we have people in our lives who want to build on the goal we’ve already set for ourselves. They aren’t doing it for negative reasons but most likely because they believe you can exceed the goal(s) you’ve already set for yourself; They see your full potential even when you don’t. In cases like that you can start to fall back on your goals due to the pressure another person put on you. You are no longer motivated because it is no longer the goal you set.

BUT, if you need help with a goal, that is a different story. Don’t be afraid to reach out if you need some tips or looking ways to define your goal more.

 

4. TRACK YOUR PROGRESS

Writing down your progress or creating a spreadsheet can be helpful when it comes to seeing where you are with your goals and where you will be.

All that’s left to do is just do it!

 

20 Quotes To Inspire Black Women Entrepreneurs

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Being an entrepreneur, in a world full of people joining the gig economy and creating their own businesses, it’s getting easier and easier to become discouraged. Now, add on being an African American woman in the entrepreneurial world. Believe it or not but most of us lack the resources that most are afforded, yet we still manage to make our dreams of owning our own businesses happen. Though the number of black women who own their own business is well over 2 million, according to American Express, for African American women, the average revenue dropped from $84,000 in 2007 to $66,400 in 2018, while for non-minority businesses, revenue rose from $181,000 to $212,300.

But today I’m not here to give you stats, instead I want to keep you motivated with a few of my favorite quotes aimed to encourage and to keep inspiring black women in. Just know you aren’t alone in trying to grow your business, find mentors and making your audience happy. Starting a business takes courage, dedication, hard work, patience, and strength. You also have to know that once you get your business going, that’s really when the work begins. It’s a lesson that never ends. You’ll come to face your own fears, deal with haters and overcome all negativity you feel within.

With that said I hope these quotes help!

1.) “A strong woman believes that she is strong enough to face her journey; and a woman of faith believes that it is in this journey that she will become strong.” Millie Leung

2.) “Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” Michelle Obama

3.) “If you are starting your own business, the best shortcut is to find a good mentor.” Kim Kiyosaki

4.) “Think like a queen.  A queen is not afraid to fail.  Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” Oprah Winfrey

5.) “You only live once but if you do it right, once is enough.” Mae West

6.) “I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” Madam C.J. Walker

7.) “Many people don’t focus enough on execution. If you make a commitment to get something done, you need to follow through on that commitment.” Kenneth Chenault

8.) “I knew what I wanted in life and I worked day and night to achieve it, and here I am.” Tabitha Karanja

9.) “Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. ” Cicely Tyson

10.) “Don’t sabotage your own greatness by succumbing to failure.” Terri McMillan

11.) “Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.”  Wilma Rudolph

12.) “Keep working hard and you can get anything that you want. If God gave you the talent, you should go for it. But don’t think it’s going to be easy. It’s hard!”  Aaliyah

13.) “You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.”  Marian Wright Edelman

14.) “When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”  Audre Lorde

15.) “I used to want the words ‘She tried’ on my tombstone. Now I want ‘She did it.” Katherine Dunham

16.) “I believe in destiny. But I also believe that you can’t just sit back and let destiny happen. A lot of times, an opportunity might fall into your lap, but you have to be ready for that opportunity. You can’t sit there waiting on it. A lot of times you are going to have to get out there and make it happen.Spike Lee

17.) “There is nothing like a concrete life plan to weigh you down. Because if you always have one eye on some future goal, you stop paying attention to the job at hand, miss opportunities that might arise, and stay fixedly on one path, even when a better, newer course might have opened up.”  Indra Nooyi

18.) “At the end of the day, you are the only one that is limiting your ability to dream, or to actually execute on your dreams. Don’t let yourself get in the way of that.”  Falon Fatemi

19.) “What makes networking work is that it sets up win-win situations in which all parties involved get to take something home. Networking is a sharing process. Until you understand that, you won’t have much of a network.” Earl G. Graves Sr

20.) “I got lucky because I never gave up the search. Are you quitting too soon? Or are you willing to pursue luck with a vengeance too?”  Jill Konrath