Success in the Career Jungle

Success in the Career Jungle Blog is a spinoff of the Amazon Best Selling Book, Navigating the Career Jungle. Both the book and blog emphasize the cornerstones of excellence, truth, honesty, ethics, hard work, respect, and continuing self-improvement for those wishing to experience success in their professional lives. As a young professional you just don’t know what you don’t know. Early on in your career, there may be a lack of realistic expectations in part due to popular culture that highlights the glamorous side of career growth without also showcasing the importance of hard work. #NTCJ book is a guide that provides concepts to establish best practices in achieving career success.
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Being a Positive Nancy in a Negative Nancy Work Environment

I often talk with young people who complain of working in environments that are filled with negative and/or angry people. It can be really discouraging to work in that type of environment, so here are a few practical ways to find strength to work in that setting,
• Be careful of what you put into your mind. Every thought is an affirmation that you are making to and/or about yourself. Be sure to speak well of yourself and your skills.
• Have supportive friends around you to remind you who you are. When you are around negativity for so many hours of the day, it can be easy to start believing that negativity = reality. However, that is not true. Surround yourself with people who see the good in you & remind you how great of a person you are.
• Avoid individuals who put you down or are negative. No need to elaborate here. J
• If you can’t avoid negative people (ie they are your boss, etc.) monitor what you are saying to yourself about what they are saying about you.
Example: They think you are too moral. Ask yourself, “Do I believe what they are saying about me? Do I need to work on anything? If not, then I am not going to take this on. That is their thoughts and I don’t have to believe it.”

While you job hunt, take this opportunity to develop your skills in choosing positivity in the midst of a negative environment and you’ll find that your self-confidence and your patience will increase!

Coach Alexandrea J. is a Life Coach and has helped young women learn how to manage their emotions. You can learn skills to manage your emotions when you find her on youtube.com/ajwilson412 or visit her website at coachalexandreaj.com.

Nina Smith is the General Manner of Hoagland Foods dba Marco’s Pizza. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Health Communication with a minor in Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication.

JVT: How did you get started in this industry?

NS: I started working for Family Video about 5 years ago. They announced a few years ago that Family Video would start a franchising relationship with Marco’s Pizza. I have always been interested in the food industry and decided to give it a try!

JVT: What is your favorite quote?
NS: Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

JVT: What’s favorite movie?
NS: Imitation of Life

JVT: Can you share the best advice you’ve received?
NS: My mom always told me:Pick your battles! I still use this advice everyday

Follow Nina on IG @NaturalNina25

Asking a question is a sign of strength, not weakness. Make sure that you take notes in meetings so that you can refer back to it. #careertip (at jvtwillie.tumblr.com)

Thx ashleealexisbaker for this one! Here’s a dose of morning #inspiration to help you navigate the career jungle!

Here’s a dose of morning #inspiration to help you navigate the career jungle!

Speak to your accountant or tax professional to find out the best way to manage your business expenses. #careertip (at jvtwillie.tumblr.com)

Here’s a dose of morning #inspiration to help you navigate the career jungle!
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fashionandsubstance:

With autumn just around the corner, and everyone getting settled back into the swing of things, it can be easy to let our casual way of dressing from the summer roll over into fall, not to mention, trying to juggle the myriad of things we all have going on in our lives, it can be hard to find…

Check out our friend fashionandsubstance with awesome tips for your wardrobe.

Today’s #careertip The best time to plan your next career move is while you are at the top of your game! Do not wait until you’re unhappy with your current position to look for your next position. (at jvtwillie.tumblr.com)

Today’s #careertip The best time to plan your next career move is while you were at the top of your game! Do not wait until you’re unhappy with your current position to look for your next position. (at jvtwillie.tumblr.com)

Donta Mills, is a Math Science Upward Bound Outreach Specialist in Louisiana.

JVT: What’s your educational background?

DM: I have a Business Degree with Concentration in technology and Master Business Administration

JVT: How did you get your start in your current industry?

DM: I begin working with Trio as a resident assistant. After working for TRIO for about 3 years I moved into the role of a cultural instructor. Having impact on the students as a resident assistant and a cultural instructor, an opportunity was given for me to become an Outreach Specialist.

JVT: What is your favorite quote?

DM:“I will never know everything about everything, but I can learn a little about everything!”

JVT: What is your favorite movie?

DM: Harry Potter series (child inside)

JVT: What’s your favorite tweet?

DM: Lead, follow, or get out of the way!

JVT: What is the best advice you’ve received?

DM: When you train your heart to think like your head, then you are able to get ahead. Success starts with a thought not a feeling.

Kudus to Donta for the work he does with our youth!

Set high standards. Don’t get complacent. Raise the bar for yourself annually. #careertip

Anese Cavanaugh closing out the summit #incwomen #ownit embracing our impact for leadership (at Dream Downtown)

@msbigjess sharing knowledge on how to takeover a family business / reinventing it and dos & donts #incwomenssummit #ownit (at Dream Downtown)