Who Are You Listening To?


Welcome back!  Yesterday I told you that I will dedicate my July writing to a blog series to help adults find gainful employment. Before we go further, I want to share a little more about me.


  • I began my work life at age 14 and worked every summer until high school graduation.
  • I have been on both sides of the interview table. (Including informational interviews and panel interviews.)
  • I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Management and Community Organization.
  • My previous supervisory positions required additional training in human resources.
  • I have organized a job fair as well as attended my fair share of job fairs.
  • As a Case manager, I helped many clients seek and find employment.
  • I have also helped many family members and friends with the job search process.
  • I have been a member of productive multidisciplinary teams.
  • I have managed very productive teams which includes professional staff, interns, and volunteers.
  • I hire well. I have never regretted hiring someone in which the sole hiring decision was mine alone.
  • I love to read and research and make a concerted effort to stay abreast of developments in job searching and workforce readiness.


Would you say that these experiences qualify me to write a blog series on effective job hunting strategies? I think so!.


Job search tip #1: Be careful who you take advice from.

Never take advice from pessimists, worriers, and naysayers who have no knowledge, skill, or experience in the area they are advising you on. How can they help you if they can’t help themselves? Say NO to bad advice. You deserve the best!


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Nicki Sanders, MSW, Chief Visionary Officer
The Teen Toolbox utilizes youth portfolio development and civic engagement and academic empowerment strategies to help teens set goals for life after high school and create a road map to reach those goals through its PACKAGED FOR SUCCESS™ Programs. We are committed to supporting and raising awareness about the needs and potential of teenagers in the foster care system.

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Comments 4

  • Hi! coming over from UBC Day 2!

    I agree – I would also say to not listen to the media and “how bad the economy is.” I hear that excuse the most from those that are currently employed.

  • How true this is. Whenever people tell my what I “should do” I consider whether or not they know anything about my profession. If they don’t I thank them and it ends there.

    I always remind myself of something Iyanla Vanzant often says, “Don’t let people SHOULD on you!”

    Thanks for this post.

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