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What Are You Waiting For?

It's time to take the first steps to activate your career.

Companies are hiring. Companies are not hiring. Companies are only hiring candidates with specific skills. The headlines are changing every day. Maybe it's time we put down the paper (or the Kindle, as the case may be) and start taking control of our own careers.

Pick something, anything, that starts you moving in the right direction. It can be as simple as signing up for a blog or newsletter that focuses on the industry or career of your choice, or you can take a class at the local community college, or you can start re-writing your resume and have it ready for when that dream job opens up. Stop waiting for the perfect moment. The perfect moment is today. Take the first step.

When I was transitioning out of chemistry into theatre management, I had no idea what to do or how to go about building a new career. There was no Google back in those days. I had to do it the old-fashioned way. I had to go and buy a book!  That was the first step.

There was something exciting and refreshing about finally starting out on this brand-new career path. I read the book cover to cover and started gathering the tools and resources I needed to work in my chosen field. Next, I started looking for internships. To apply for the internships, I needed a new resume. Step by step, I started building a career.

As luck would have it, at a local department store I ran into an adviser from the theatre program. She said a scholarship recipient had dropped out of the program. Would I be interested in taking the student's place?  Awesome, amazing things started to happen.

It was as if the law of attraction had been jump-started when I purchased the book. It was the first step that led to thousands of other steps.

Today, put on your success shoes, tie ‘em up tight and take those first steps.

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Wendy Hanson April 27, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Madelyn-Love your perspective. If we just take a step- we can move somewhere. I agree-so many people neglect the one step at a time notion and just wait on the corner. The law of attraction--what you focus o is what you will get. Thanks for the reminder.

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