Beyond the Resume, Reinvent Yourself

woman on a laptopIn these tough economic times, many of us are looking to reinvent ourselves; some out of necessity and others to expand potential opportunities.  In any event, as you look toward the future, it is so important to look beyond your resume.  For example, if you look at my resume, I should be planning or conducting an environment assessment.  Instead, I am running my own company.  I took my experience from moving eleven times in sixteen years and my urban and regional planning background to develop my company, MovinGal, which is designed to provide a better way for those moving or contemplating a move to access the information they need online to relocate and settle in their new home.

When you move around as many times as I have, you quickly learn that in order to get a job opportunity you need to constantly reinvent yourself and be willing to step outside your comfort zone.  No kidding.  I have had a multitude of experiences ranging from transportation planning, private investigating to being a certified septic inspector.  Be careful of field experience required.  In any event, these adaptive skills have served me well over time.  So I encourage you to look beyond your resume.  Don’t let yourself be confined by what an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of paper says about you.  Create your own possibilities.  Take that hobby that you love and turn it into an opportunity that you can be passionate about.  Like to write? Consider blogging or writing.  Like to work out? Consider personal training.  Like to cook or bake? Consider chef services or baking.  Build off of these interests and experiment.  It may take some time and persistence before you find your way.  Use any free resources that are available.  In the United States, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has Small Business Development Centers in your area to help.  They will help you develop a business plan and provide you with counseling services.  Take full advantage of these resources. You have so much to offer and you only have one shot at life to create your own possibilities.  Keep moving forward and give it a chance.  You don’t ever want to look back some day and regret that you wish you had taken that chance.

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