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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#bethere #dayone please share this message over & over. We must spread the word. #knowledgeispower regardless of what city you live in, kids can’t afford to miss school —————- Last year, more than 10 percent of Atlanta Public Schools students didn’t attend school on the first day of classes.

Missing school can lower math and reading scores and leave your child less likely to graduate.

This year, with new Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen leading the way, APS and #11Alive want to make sure parents have the information they need to get their kids to school on the first day.

The first day of school in Atlanta is August 4.

1. What are the signs you are networking with the wrong people?

Networking should be mutually beneficial, therefore if you notice that the professional relationships that you are building are not mutually beneficial then you are networking with the wrong people.
A mutually beneficial professional relationship can be:
• Sharing an article on topic of interest
• A notification of an event that the other person can benefit from
• Encouragement & Celebration at various times

2. Why is it bad to network with the wrong people?

Networking with the wrong people can be draining on your energy and a time waster. Time is valuable if you’re doing 110% of the giving and the other person never replenishes encouragement or wisdom to you it is not mutually beneficial.

3. How can you correct this?

To correct this you must begin to set networking objectives. Set clear goals on what you want to accomplish by networking. More importantly you should have a good understand of your skills and strengths so that you can be of value to the people you connect with. Remember the key to a successful professional relationship is for it to be mutually beneficial.

If you don’t run your day, it will run you. Make it a priority to plan and then follow through!

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I have 3 Productivity Tools that are essential to keeping me on track. In today’s blog I’m sharing why I love these apps!

1. Evernote
Whether it’s a meeting or just an idea I have Evernote on my IPhone & IPad to capture all essential information. I love that I can email notes and set reminders using this app.

2. Uber/Lyft
Uber is a huge timesaver getting from point A to B, no more wasted in traffic time. While the driver is taking me to a destination I am able to catch up on emails, read the daily news, and even indulge in a little social media! { In full disclosure I’ve had a few Uber drivers who had no clue where I wanted to be dropped off at. I’ve used Lyft less than Uber, but haven’t had any problems.

3. NYT
The New York Times app is great for keeping me abreast of the latest happenings around the world. I rely on this trusted source of information to give me alerts whenever something big happens. When you’re in meetings all day, it’s great to be able to stay in the know. I don’t have time to watch hours of news, so this is a great time saver.

What’s your “go to” apps?

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#WOW #HUMBLED #HONORED #Repost from @confidentwomenconnect with @repostapp —- Congrats to @jvtwillie! This savvy Womanpreneur is our choice for today’s #WomanpreneurWednesday Feature. She’s an author, speaker, #blogger, and career coach. Her mission is to help elevate the careers of young professionals by bridging the gap between who they are and who they want to become. Keep blazing the trail for other #women #entrepreneurs. #womeninbusiness #womenempoweringwomen #mompreneurs #smallbusiness #business #confidentwomenconnect #empower #inspiration #wednesday #motivation #mentor #leadership.


What should job candidates keep in mind when using social media?

Job seekers should keep in mind that in addition to what you post, what you like and comment on can be seen by others on social media.

What is off-limits?

Saying anything negative or disparaging about your current or past employers should never be posted online.

What is OK to put on social media?

A good rule thumb to follow when posting on social media is, if you can say it and do it in front of your grandmother then post it. On the other side, if you question whether or not you should post something online, then you probably should not post it.

What advice would you have for a job candidate regarding his or her use of social media?

If you are actively seeking a new position check your privacy settings to ensure private posting remain private and be thoughtful about what you comment on.

My #wcw is Tory Burch! One of the reasons why I admire her is for her foundation.
The following was taken from
Inspired by her own experience as a business owner and working mother, designer Tory Burch launched the nonprofit Tory Burch Foundation in 2009. The Foundation supports the economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs and their families in the U.S. through affordable loans, mentoring programs and entrepreneurial education.

Tory believes that women are our best investment, and the Tory Burch Foundation looks forward to expanding its efforts in order to help them achieve their goals.

Starting a new job? This app is an absolute must. It will help you establish your brand. #jvtwillieappshare #hbr

1.Write an online review of the book {,, Google Play}
2.Post a screenshot of your review using #NTCJ & tag me
3.You’ll be entered into a drawing for a Starbucks & ITUNES GIFTCARD

1.Write an online review of the book {,, Google Play}
2.Post a screenshot of your review using #NTCJ & tag me
3.You’ll be entered into a drawing for a Starbucks & ITUNES GIFTCARD

2014 started with a spark and many of you created career goals. You may have accomplished some of those goals or life happened and you’ve had to pause on reaching your goals. Regardless, of the status of your goals today you can finish 2014 Strong. 

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

Today’s #followfriday feature is 

Kiara Smith, Founder of Year O.N.E. College Consulting

What industry are you in?
Higher Education

How did you get your start in your current industry?
At Saint Louis University, my freshman advisor, Pamela Jackson, was my ‘mom away from home.’ She not only helped from an academic perspective, but from a personal one as well. Although I was a MFT (marriage and family therapy) major, I knew I wanted to offer the same type of support to students that she was to me. Eventually I made my way into higher education as an admissions rep and have been an academic advisor for the past four years.

My husband, Maulik, also saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself. Last December, he mentioned for the third time that I should start my own business helping high school students get ready for college. And in January, Year O.N.E. College Consulting was born out of my passion for student success and retention. Recently, I expanded my services to assist anyone that is interested in going to college, whether a new or returning student. Everyone deserves an opportunity to achieve their educational goals and Year O.N.E. is a great resource to start with!

 “Getting into college is not always the hard part, but staying in college is.”

What is your favorite quote?
Successful people do what other people are unwilling to do. Susan Fletcher
Favorite scripture: “It is impossible to please God without faith.” Hebrews 11:6

What is your favorite movie? 

What’s your favorite tweet? 
We pray for something. God answers our prayers. Then we spend a lifetime complaining about our answered prayers. Be thankful instead. (This was truly a gut check for me to be more mindful.)

What is the best advice you’ve received?

Do not worry! 

You can connect with Kiara on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

Invest in your career by:
1. Joining a professional association.
2. Attending industry conferences & workshops.
3. Subscribing to publications.

These tips can be applied to your current field or a field that you would like to work in.

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