Cleaning Up Your Digital Footprint

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Photo by Bram Naus on Unsplash

Resumes….How important are they to your job search?

Very important.

If you apply for at a job for or online, it’s the first thing you’re asked for. 

You must have one.  I don’t care if people tell you they’re outdated and unnecessary.  They are dead wrong.  And chances are they haven’t done one themselves in sometime.

When I meet with clients, I typically talk to them about two basic types of resumes, Chronological and Functional.

A Chronological Resume focuses on your work experience in reverse date order (most recent experience first).

A Functional Resumes takes your work experience content and groups into categories (such as Administration, Training or Project Management).

However did you know there's actually a third type of resume? It’s your digital footprint!!

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Photo by Emina Rupp on Unsplash

If a potential employer Googled your name, what would they find? What's in cyberspace is part of your story, too.

Try it out! Google your full name - including middle initial and maiden name if applicable. What will YOU discover?

After you have your results:

1) Delete any negative or controversial comments you’ve posted on others social media pages. This includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and blogs.

2) Expand your positive presence and expertise by participating in relevant online forums. Create a blog related to your expertise. If video is important to your expertise create a YouTube channel and highlight your relevant skills and talents.

3) Create or enhance your LinkedIn profile to fill in any gaps on your resume. Take full advantage of the profile area. Join LinkedIn groups related to your expertise.

The next step is to take action and do the work. Doors to opportunity will remain closed if your resume key isn't a fit. If you're not sure how you appear on paper (and online) let's review your resume and LinkedIn profile. Schedule a time with me at http://bit.ly/chandraresumereview so you can Get The “Hell” Out of the job that’s working your last nerve!

Prayer Alone Won't Get You A Job

"People pray for cake...but when God gives them eggs, oil, butter, batter, a pan & an oven they get frustrated & leave the kitchen." ~ Author Unknown

My friend Bill shared this with me and I rolled my eyes. 

But he’s right as always…dang it!

Bill inspired a Facebook Live I did on Sunday afternoon toward the end of 2018.  Thought you'd appreciate it as the message is still relevant.

I believe in prayer, but I also believe in ACTION.

What action will YOU take to change your situation? 

Always remember…

Faith without works is DEAD! 

P.S. In the video I made an offer to meet with me. That offer still stands! Visit http://bit.ly/chandrahelpmegetout to schedule a time with me. You can also watch my class on getting the “hell” out of a job you hate here.

And This Christmas Will Be....

December 25th is the day I celebrate Jesus’ birthday. He came so that I can have eternal life. That is the foundation of my faith and it makes me who I am. If I told you a secret, do you promise you won’t get upset? Okay, here goes. I’m not a fan of the Christmas season.

Now before you call me Scrooge or Mr. Grinch, please hear me out. I get excited when I hear Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” on the radio. Mariah Carey’s version of “Oh Holy Night” is so anointed that it brings me to my knees as I weep and worship my Savior.

I enjoy my brother’s “Elf on a Shelf” posts on Facebook, and experiencing my niece and nephew opening their gifts from Santa Christmas morning. My church’s Christmas Eve services feature a live nativity and I take advantage of my usher privileges to get close to my camels (yes, I claim them as my own).

I take pleasure in giving gifts to friends and loved ones when I’m financially able to. It pretty much stops there.

My buddy Omar The Camel. He died in 2017 (Photo By Chandra L. Gary)

My buddy Omar The Camel. He died in 2017 (Photo By Chandra L. Gary)

A friend of mine died 3 weeks before Christmas in 2015. He was stressed at work, and it's believed that he took his own life. That's not the official word, but based of prior knowledge it seems that way. He was THIS close to leaving the job that was stressing him.

But there is a second reason.

My paternal grandmother died of a massive heart attack two weeks before Christmas in 2005. Granny lived in an upstairs apartment at my mother’s home, and my younger brother found her as he was delivering her Sunday paper.

My three brothers and I had a special bond with Granny because she had lived with us practically our entire lives. Her death devastated us. At her funeral the pastor did not give a eulogy, but instead came down from the pulpit and sang “I Won’t Complain” to my family and ended the service. He recognized our grief, and would not allow the theatrics that often take place at Black funerals. His ministry of song started the healing process for me. Christmas hasn’t been the same since.

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As kids we’d wake up around 4am on Christmas morning to see what Santa brought us. After we opened our presents, we’d wake our parents, show them and then march upstairs to Granny’s around 5am. After banging on the door for what seemed like forever Granny would let us in, playfully fussing the entire time.

“Why you all always want to wake me up so early? Can’t you at least wait until morning?”

“But Granny, it IS morning! Can we have some cake?”

“I don’t know why y’all want to eat cake so early. I need my sleep. Did you at least bring your own sweet milk?”

I chuckle at that memory – Granny only drank buttermilk. One of us always had to run back downstairs to grab the milk.

Granny cut each of us two pieces of cake – 1 slice of German Chocolate and 1 slice of Coconut. Granny made what she called “tray cakes” because she baked the layers in 15x10 jelly roll pans. You can imagine her cakes were huge and so were the slices.

We also got a slice of pound cake (the real deal), egg pie and sweet potato pie. It was all about the sweets! My mother didn’t like this tradition, but held her tongue because Granny was my father’s mother. Even after one of my brother’s and I left home, we returned Christmas morning for cake with Granny. I wonder how many calories we consumed between 1977 and 2004? And thankfully none of us have diabetes!!!

Many other family traditions centered around Granny and they were buried with her. One tradition has remained, and that is eating German Chocolate Cake and Coconut Cake for breakfast. My same mother who wasn’t a fan of Granny’s sugar feast now brings the cakes to my brother’s home and encourages her grandson and granddaughter to eat cake as soon as we arrive.

And no they haven’t had breakfast yet. All I can do is smile. Maybe Christmas won’t be so bad after all.

What is a Christmas tradition you will pass on to the next generation?

Networking - What Is It?

Networking….When you hear that term?  What does it mean to you?

I asked this question in a private group, and the answers varied.

“Connecting with others in my industry and learning from them.”

“Something that provides incredible value and yet causes us introverts to shake in our boots.”

“Connecting with people who can give positive feedback or support throughout your job search or current job.”

“Talking to other people who can then potentially help you down the road.”


All of the above are true!  

I'd like to add that many people use networking when they need something (like a job lead). Think of networking as building and developing relationships because it's the human thing to do.  It's been my experience that if you nurture relationships, people will often bring opportunities/ideas/leads to you before you ask.

Networking can be defined as using your contacts to achieve a personal goal.  Watch this clip of a Chicago Senior whose quality of life was improved by a citizen networking on his behalf.

What does networking mean to you?