Build A Career, Don’t Just Accept A Job

Two of my new favorite television shows are ‘You Live In What’ where visionaries turn diverse nonresidential buildings into amazing abodes and ‘Tiny House Nation’ where families abandon regular residences for homes that are less than 500 square feet. The homeowners have ditched conventional living to reside in the homes of their dreams and live a lifestyle that is authentic and true to their values and goals.

 

You might be wondering what these two television shows have to do with getting promoted. Here you go…

 

Many of us work on jobs we don’t love. We settle for what is available based on income or location or some other issue outside of ourselves. This is a no judgment zone – bills need to be paid and families need to be fed. Accepting a job should be like buying a house. House hunting generally takes some time and construction of a new home is also a process. I believe that a job should be a part of a career plan. Finding the right job will take time and should represent your values, goals, and preferences. I believe that when you design your career like an architect designs a home you will thrive. You will also be a better employee.

 

One of your 2015 professional goals may be to get promoted but before you seek a promotion in your current company ask yourself if you’re doing what you love in a company that you love. Is this what you really want?

 

Do the inner work to build a career. Don’t just accept a job.

 

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Nicki Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career development coaching to college students and job seekers. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors as well as provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible corporate programs.

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Where Is My Mentor?

Mentor = an experienced, trusted adviser; someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced person

 

I have never had a formal mentor. I’ve spent many years doing academic and professional research. I have had jobs that provided amazing professional development opportunities. I have attended many, many business events and specialized conferences. I have a host of professional colleagues and business contacts that I can “bounce ideas off of” or ask for advice in a certain area. I’ve been successful in many areas and learned A LOT by trial and error. I believe that some of the things I’ve learned by trial and error could have been sidestepped if I had a formal mentor.

 

Here Are 10 Important Benefits of Having a Mentor:
1. Learn inside information about your industry
2. Someone to hold you accountable and challenge you to leave your comfort zone
3. Opportunity to receive valuable feedback on your work
4. Learn about new job opportunities
5. Help you define your career goals
6. Your personal supporter and cheerleader
7. Access to mentor’s professional network
8. Learn about practical, real-world experiences
9. Learn about the skills necessary to succeed in your profession
10. Help you avoid major career mishaps

 

Have you established formal mentor relationships? How has your mentor helped enhance your career?

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Nicki Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career development coaching to college students and job seekers. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors as well as provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible corporate programs.

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Celebrating Dr. King This Weekend

Today we commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One way that I have chosen to honor his work this weekend is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on August 6, 1965. Four generations of my family viewed the movie Selma together this weekend. Selma depicts the crusade led by Dr. King to eliminate legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote under the 15th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. In the movie we see the voting rights activists in the South being subjected to various forms of mistreatment and violence. On March 7, 1965, peaceful participants in a voting rights march from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital in Montgomery were met by Alabama state troopers and attacked with nightsticks, tear gas and whips after they refused to end their march. The incident, known as Bloody Sunday, was captured on national television and sparked national outrage from Americans of all races and religions. The realistic portrayal of violence, fear, and abuse of power in the film is life changing. I am so grateful for the courage and bravery of the people who put their lives on the line so that I can be authentically me.

 

It is no coincidence that this movie hits theaters as the United States is standing at another moral crossroads as it relates to race and equality. The parallels are almost frightening. My concern is that we are moving backwards as a country instead of continuing our progression forward but I digress in this blog.

 

Oprah Winfrey is one of the producers of the movie Selma and is utilizing OWN, her television network, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the marches and legislation. OWN aired three completely AMAZING television shows that sustained my intense level of gratitude for the freedoms I have today. The shows are: Oprah’s Masterclass: Civil Rights Special, Oprah Prime: Dr. King and the Selma Marches, and Legends Who Paved The Way. I highly recommend that you take the time to see all three shows if you have the opportunity.

Today is a great day to see the movie Selma. What are you doing today to honor Dr. King?

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Nicki Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career development coaching to college students and job seekers. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors as well as provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible corporate programs.

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Ask Nicki How to Get Promoted

I have 3 important questions for you today!

1. Are you a college intern hoping to land a full-time position with your current internship agency?
Let me help you get hired.

 

2. Have you outgrown your current position and want to advance in your company?
Let me help you get promoted.

 

3. Did you want your business to participate in a MLK Day of Service activity on Monday but you didn’t have an idea of what could be done?
Let me help you company get involved.

 

Say goodbye to underemployment and obscurity and hello to growth and advancement.

 

Ask Nicki how to get promoted on your job and/or in your community. – Your get promoted questions will be answered during my LIVE monthly FREE 30 minute group question and answer call on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 9:00pm – 9:30pm. (This is a “round robin” format. Questions are taken on a first come first served basis. Call in early to increase the likelihood that your question will be answered.)

 

#AskNicki  #GetHired   #GetPromoted   #GetInvolved

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Ready to Think and Grow Rich

I learned about Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich many years ago.  I tried to read it numerous times and could never get through it.  Think and Grow Rich A Black Choice with Dennis Kimbro but never completed it.  My next strategy was to listen to the audio book (which I did) but still couldn’t read the full book. I am an intelligent woman and couldn’t figure out why this message seemed over my head.  I was determined not to be defeated by knowledge.  In 2012, I finally finished the book as a part of a group coaching program that included a book club.

Fast forward to 2015.  One of my personal enrichment goals is to read one book each month.  I began my year with Think and Grow Rich for Women by Sharon Lechter.  It was a really good read and I realized that I have been implementing many of the success principles found in the book.  Also on my 2015 reading list are:

  • Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice by Dennis Kimbro
  • Think and Grow Rich: A Latino Choice by Lionel Sosa

 

What is on your reading list for 2015?

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Nicki Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career development coaching to college students and job seekers. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors as well as provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible corporate programs.

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It’s Time For My Next Level

I am in WORK mode right now. No long blog post today just a note based on my weekend introspection and leadership training. It’s a brand new year and I am doing the inner work that results in outward manifestation – implementing proven strategies and (re)packaging myself for success. Success is intentional and I am taking my destiny steps!

There is no way that I can help you Get Hired, Get Promoted, and Get Involved if I don’t do the same for myself. It’s time for MY next level!!

Serious candidates only – I invite you to take the journey with me.

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Nicki Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career development coaching to college students and job seekers. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors as well as provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible corporate programs.

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5 Tips for a Successful Mentor Relationship

A mentor is a resource to help you avoid obstacles, shorten your learning curve and/or simply reach your goals faster than you would on your own. A mentor can serve as a sounding board or introduce you to your next boss or client.

January is National Mentoring Month. Do you have a mentor? Do you have more than one mentor?

 

Here are 5 tips for a successful mentor relationship:

  1. Mentors should have knowledge or experience in the area in which they are assisting you.
  2. You can have different mentors for different areas of your life – career, business, health, finances, or relationships.
  3. A mentor relationship doesn’t have to be a formal arrangement. Mentorship can take many forms – emails, phone calls, face to face meetings, or social activities.
  4. Select a mentor whose goals and values are similar to your own and who provides genuine guidance, encourage and constructive criticism.
  5. Clearly define your goals and stay focused on your end target.

 

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Nicki Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career development coaching to college students and job seekers. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors as well as provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible corporate programs.

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5 Biggest Lessons I Learned Last Year

The year 2014 was a year of learning, excitement, and revelation.  Here are the 5 biggest lessons I learned last year:

 

1. I really have been hiding my awesomeness.
I am a true introvert. I am not a shy person and not a quiet person either but I do shy away from photos…and videos…and audio recordings, LOL, but I will talk to you for hours about something that interests me. I try to remain humble and never feel the need for public praise but around this time last year I realized that I was truly hiding who I am, what I love, and what I do well. Not in 2015! Get ready for more of me because I am awesome!!

2. I need to be professionally challenged and intellectually stimulated.
My work is never monotonous. In fact, I haven’t done the same thing for 3 days straight in over 15 years but it wasn’t until I made an intentional effort to return to my social work roots that I realized how much I need to be professionally challenged and stimulated. One of the things that I love most about teaching and supervising interns and millennials is that I have to stay abreast of current knowledge and find creative ways to translate that knowledge to others.

3. I must work harder to stay focused.
I am a natural planner and a recovering perfectionist. I am great at creating goals but not always good at keeping my focus on the goal and not the potential obstacles or challenges that may come my way. I was relieved when I realized that I had been focusing on the things that I did not want instead of giving my time and attention to the things that I desired. Why did I feel relief? Because I can’t change what I don’t acknowledge and after the realization I was able to change course. I had to remind myself that, “What you focus on expands”.

4. I have to beware of the busy trap.
I always have some place to go, something to do, someone to call, or something that I want to complete. I have slowed down quite a bit in the last two years and thought I was doing a much better job of self-care. I added new projects to my regular workload and also decided to develop and teach a college course at the same time. Add family and friend quality time, a book club, creating new workshops, networking events, a business retreat, and our 8th Annual Pack A Purse Drive and my fall season was officially hectic. I don’t regret anything that I took on but once I sat still (and exhaustion came for a visit) I realized that I was busy but not always productive. Productivity is a 2015 goal.

5. I possess extremely transferable skills.
Number 5 on the list relates to number 1. I have been teaching my daughter, interns, workshop attendees, clients, and students about transferable skills for years now. I have an array of professional experiences and “specialized knowledge” (I’m reading ‘Think and Grow Rich for Women’). Once I slowed down and gave myself time for introspection and reflection I was able to see how I can be of greater service and do more of what I love. My social work skills are extremely transferable and I will be putting them to use as a Corporate and Collegiate Consultant while continuing to offer career development coaching and training. I’m here to help you #GetHired #GetPromoted and #GetInvolved.

 

New for 2015
You can have your Get Promoted questions answered during our LIVE monthly FREE 30 minute group question and answer call on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 9:00pm – 9:30pm. (This is a “round robin” format. Questions are taken on a first come first served basis. Call in early to increase the likelihood that your question will be answered.)

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2015 Mantra: Be More Specific

Christmas is a big deal in my family. Everyone receives Christmas gifts – even if you say you don’t want any gifts. This past Christmas I decided to go back to my childhood days and make a Christmas list. Yep, since I knew I would be getting gifts anyway I decided to make it known what I wanted. I didn’t make this request because the gifts I normally receive are bad. In fact, they’re usually really good. I just decided to be more specific. Here is my list:

  1. Newseum annual membership
  2. Mayor For Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.
  3. Fred Hammond: I Will Trust (CD)
  4. Jessica Reedy: Transparent (CD)

 

I gave this four item Christmas list to three people – no guess work involved. I received items 1-3 on Christmas Day.  As I reflected on 2014 and prepared to welcome in 2015 I decided to repeat this success in all areas of my life. My mantra for 2015 is to “Be More Specific”. I will “Be More Specific” about what I want, need, think, say and do. Actually, let me “Be More Specific” in this blog by giving an example. In 2014 I set a goal for multiple income streams. That was it – just multiple income streams. I did not attach a specific dollar amount, a specific number of income streams, nor a specific time frame. I achieved that vague goal  with little fanfare.  This year I am going to be more specific in my income goals and in the types of income producing opportunities I accept.

 

The Newseum opened in Washington, DC in 2008. I’ve been saying “I want to go” and “I’m going to go” for 6 years. When my Newseum membership card arrived in the mail there was no more “I’m going to go” talk. I specifically planned to visit the first day the Newseum reopened in 2015. I set the intention and had a great time. I can’t wait to go back. (Check out the photos from my visit below. My Christmas list intersected as Marion Barry, Jr. was featured in the Civil Rights exhibit.)  Where can you “Be More Specific”?

 

What is your 2015 mantra? Feel free to share your 2015 mantra in a comment below!

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Nicki Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career development coaching to college students and job seekers. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors as well as provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible corporate programs.

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Ready to Get Promoted in 2015?

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2015!

 

In 2014 I helped you Get Hired. Now it’s time to move up the career ladder. I am here to help you Get Promoted in 2015! Career development requires a clear understanding of your skills, abilities, interests, and goals. If you want to Get Promoted you must also be able to articulate your education, accomplishments and achievements. Employers don’t just want to know what your job duties entail, they want to know how you carried out your responsibilities. What did you lead, create, save, increase, decrease, resolve, or negotiate? In other words – what were your results?

 

Are you feeling stuck in your current job or unsure how to take your career or business to the next level?

 

New professional challenges, financial increase, and new clients await you in 2015.  Join me in saying goodbye to underemployment and obscurity and hello to growth and advancement in 2015. Here is how you can Get Promoted with Packaged For Success:

  • Join my mailing list for additional tips and strategies. Receive “The Alphabet Recipe for Success” for FREE when you join.
  • Read the Packaged For Success blog every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
  • Connect with me on social media – Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
  • Have your Get Promoted questions answered during our LIVE monthly FREE 30 minute group question and answer call on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 9:00pm – 9:30pm. (This is a “round robin” format. Questions are taken on a first come first served basis. Call in early to increase the likelihood that your question will be answered.)
  • Sign up for our individual coaching program to receive support specifically tailored to your goals, needs, and opportunities.

 

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Nicki Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career development coaching to college students and job seekers. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors as well as provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible corporate programs.

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