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...

5 Tips to Creating Brand YOU

WHAT IS PERSONAL BRANDING? L’Oreal told millions of women to buy their product “because you’re worth it." De Beers convinced us that “a diamond is forever." Everyone knows that Wheaties are "the breakfast of champions." These recognizable slogans are more than just marketing campaigns – they are the embodiment of the companies that they represent. It's hard to think of one without the other. Good branding tells what a company stands for, and helps consumers remember that company. Personal branding is no...

Develop Branding Statement

In today's competitive workforce, making yourself stand out can be a challenge. This is where a personal branding statement is invaluable. Developing and marketing your personal branding statement will help you grab – and keep – the attention of potential employers. WHAT IS A BRANDING STATEMENT? Before you can develop a branding statement it needs to be defined. A branding statement is a short statement – typically one sentence long – that briefly describes who you are and what you do...

Don’t Be Discouraged

FAILED JOB INTERVIEW Getting discouraged by a failed job interview is not an uncommon reaction. But there are several reasons why you shouldn't let a failed job interview get you down. THE STATS First, let’s look at some statistics: The average job opening attracts 250 resumes. Only 7-8% of people who apply for a job online actually get a job. The average job search takes five months. Only 2% of applicants are called in for an interview. Surprise! Only one person gets the job. That’s a lot of...