How to Nail Your Headshot

Last week on the first episode of her new podcast, Your Story Within, Dr. Jeannine Bennet spoke with professional photographer Laura Hatcher on the role of a good headshot in landing a job. I took notes and have some quick tips for you below. REMEMBER TO RELAX If you’re uncomfortable in front of the camera, you're not alone. Laura recommends that her clients wear clothes that fit well and don’t cause self-consciousness. If you’re constantly tugging at your clothes, you will...

Oh Be Careful Little Ears What You Hear

POWER OF WORDS Don't worry. This isn't going to be one of those "Don't listen to the mainstream media" type posts. (However…oh never mind.) I think this post is going to surprise many readers, but in a good way. Today, I want to open your eyes to the power that not just words, but all sound, has over your health. BE KIND TO YOUR PLANTS Have you ever seen the experiment where people give two healthy plants the same food and water,...

6 Tips for Living a Life of Integrity

Integrity Dictionary.com defines integrity as "adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty. A pretty thorough yet straightforward definition. Another definition of integrity is "a sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition," as in the integrity of a ship's hull. However, this definition has some relevance to the type of moral integrity that this article discusses. Think about it. Our integrity must be sound, as in, based on valid reasoning. Our integrity must not become impaired by difficult circumstances, outside pressure,...

Make a Change – It’s Never too Late!

I am so incredibly blessed to be surrounded by several brave men and women who have had the guts to make a change later in their lives. Today, after you’ve taken a hard look at your current situation, I want to encourage you to make some big, exciting changes if you so desire. However, before you dive headfirst into the next chapter of your life, I encourage you to do a few things first. DECIDE WHO YOU WANT TO BE You were...

How Your Decisions Indicate Your Direction

While we can’t control what life throws at us, we are in full control of our choices, actions, and responses. We can let "destiny" happen to us as inaction carries us along, or we can make deliberate decisions that will steer our destiny in the direction of our dreams. Below, I will show you how our decisions indicate our direction and how we can be more deliberate in what direction our lives are heading. ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS If your mouth...

5 Simple Ways to be More Intentional

Over the past few months, I have not been intentional with my time. I have often felt like I’m running on autopilot, more than I care to admit. I get up, I clean the kitchen (I am notorious for not doing it after dinner), feed the dog, make coffee, and scroll social media. For hours. Before I know it, it’s lunchtime, and I have completed absolutely nothing. Then I try to work frantically to play catch-up while helping my...

Why is Networking So Important?

While most professionals widely accept that networking is vital to career success, it still might not be at the top of your to-do list. I get it – networking can be draining, awkward, and stressful, not to mention time-consuming on top of an already busy schedule. But when you do networking well, it can help you advance your career or land a job faster. Networking isn't about begging for favors. Think about networking as professional relationship building. It doesn’t have to...

How to Connect With Your Interviewer

There are a lot of factors that determine the level of success of an interview. From the content of your resume to the way you respond to questions, you are working to build a rapport with your interviewer(s). No matter if you meet with the person who will be your direct boss or a team of screeners, one thing is for sure – they will look favorably on candidates that made a great connection with them. If you want to...

20 Retreats for Veterans and Active Duty Military

This week I came off a relaxing week at a totally free retreat for military veterans and their families in western Michigan. As a result, I was inspired to share with our largely military clientele base a list of 20 retreats for veterans and/or active duty military. Many of these retreats are available to significant others and families as well. What’s even more amazing is that all of these retreats are FREE! However, a few require a small, refundable commitment fee,...

The Importance of Having Hobbies

An article about the importance of hobbies from a company that helps you in your job search may seem a little counterintuitive. However, we at Vision to Purpose are firm believers in working hard and playing hard!  We find that hobbies are a fantastic way to keep stress levels low – an essential part of a successful work/life balance. WHY HAVE HOBBIES There are many reasons to have a hobby (or two, or three). Here are our biggest reasons: Hobbies Relieve Stress A...