Wednesday, December 2, 2015

What Some Girls Scouts Can Teach You About Careers

Yesterday, I received an email that I want to share:

My Girl Scouts and I just wanted to take the time write you a little thank you note about your wonderful page, because it's been such a major help. My Girl Scout Troop is having a program to help empower young women and build confidence within themselves. Your page taught them a lot!

As another small token of our appreciation, we thought it would be nice send along a helpful resource that we came across. It's and it has some great information on the importance of women in sports.

If you decided to add it to your resources, I'd love to show my troopers that their suggestion was up and running to help other aspiring women achieve their goals. It would also serve as an amazing motivator for the girls to keep reaching out to help others. We do our absolute best to follow the ever popular slogan of 'Do a good turn daily.' :)

I will certainly add this to my resources page, but more important, I want to say how inspired I am by these young girls and their resourcefulness.

Often, I am asked for career advice. Many times it is the most basic stuff, such as "How do I write a resume?" 

Really? With the thousands and thousands of resources out there -- online, in libraries, free local job services -- I have to wonder if those asking for such basic advice are ready to even hold a job. 

Today, employers want people who can think on their feet. They want those who can come up with creative suggestions, solve problems and collaborate with others. Those who are still stuck in the "Can-someone-tell-me-what-to-do-because-I'm-too-lazy-to-do-it-for-myself" mode aren't going to get very far.

Take a lesson from these Girl Scouts. Do your homework. Be resourceful. Network.

And, oh a good turn daily.

That's the best recipe I know for career success.

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