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YOU are to blame!

I made EVERY excuse in the past NOT to push myself to do what I love. My job literally made me sick with stress and I knew It was time to leave, but I was scared of the what if's. These are the things I told myself...ready?

My marriage and family won’t survive my making this change I’ll be too old by the time I make this change I don’t have what it takes to reinvent myself I’m out of touch I have nothing special to offer

NONE of them were true! You are the one to blame for your own path, no one else. If you don't like the one you are on take this as a sign to make a change. You don't have to settle on one thing, but you do need to figure out what you want and go for it.

Life is too short...read more, learn new things, explore your options, and do something about it!

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Erika Matherne
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Wow, you really know how to lift someone's spirits. SARC

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Michael Salazar
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Its all over no more blame

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Just got a job

Just got a job at a company that I have been applying for for a long time, had to look through my paperwork what the job is. Im enjoying every minute of it so my advice is to stick with it and don't lower your standards.

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J. Porter
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Congrats Leonard!

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Ashley Wilson
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GREAT advice Leonard and I am so happy for you!

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They laughed at me

Many times when recruiters and people saw my resume they notice I managed a Pizza Hut. Sometimes they smirked or made a comment. I have had MANY people laugh right at me. I just smiled and asked if they know that Bill Parcells was once a Pizza Hut manager? He was the head coach of the New York Giants and led them two Super Bowl titles! Yup. I read that he was so successful as a manager that the franchise owner tried real hard to make him stay when he quit the job in order to take his first coaching gig. YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE YOUR JOB WILL TAKE YOU!! That man learned how to manage a business and then went onto manage a football team to several victories! I learned a lot from my job and hope you all will too. No matter how small it may seem every experience is an important one! Don't let anyone stop you.

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I AM A FORMER BAGGER CASHIER STOCK CLERK AT PUBLIX IN TALLAHASSEE!i AM NOW WRITING MY FIRST BOOK AS A HEALING DELIVERANCE MINISTER CALLED IT IS FINISHED OUT OF JOHN 19:30 IN MY BIBLE

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Pablo Aginiga
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Lauging at them not u sir...may the God of Abraham bless u more now then ever.in Jesus name .amen......!

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You’re doing an amazing job!

Sometimes it’s nice to remind ourselves that yes, I AM amazing. Maybe an employer hasn’t seen that yet or even said it to you, but it doesn’t mean that you aren’t. For me, I know I am amazing because I am an awesome mother and wife, a great friend and a pretty good singer...but mostly in my shower. We each have something inside of us that makes us great. Don’t forget it, even if NO one tells you, know that you are.

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Jeremiah Gupton
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This is a nice way to show someone that you care about people in your workplace.

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Saba Solomon
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I'm Happy where I'm, but I think I being working for long time, it's time for me to chang a new jobs. With God willing.

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Are you looking for a job?

Check out the following tips to help you land a job this holiday season!

- Don’t slow down It's important as the holidays draw near NOT to put your job searching on pause. Employers are hiring NOW more than ever and there may even be less competition from other job seekers this time of year. Check out these [8 companies who are hiring] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/7e70975b-5775-5592-a21d-8d5e75f572c4).

- A perfect time to network If there is a holiday party or event when you can connect with people who can help your job search, make sure to attend! Don’t be shy either. Many people will be pleased to have the opportunity to pay it forward by helping you, especially during the season of giving. Consider making a [business card] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/cb795458-c78b-5403-abca-08908c09d94e) with your contact info so you can give it to the people you meet at networking events and holiday parties. You can even print this information on a piece of paper and cut it out. It doesn't need to be fancy to be impactful! Also be sure to have your [elevator pitch] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/b7253760-b4f7-5094-b148-b567e55aaaf4) ready so you can quickly share information about your experience and background!

- Consider sending a greeting card Who doesn't love receiving a card this time of year? Send a simple "Happy Holidays" greeting card to your networking contacts, recruiters, and to employers, you have interviewed with. It’s a great personalized way to reconnect with those who can help with your job search and say "Hey, remember me?" You never know when a position may have opened up, so why not? Make sure to slip your contact info in as well as tell them who you are.

Best of luck with your job search and remember to stay positive, and don't those holiday blues get you down! If you are feeling alone during your job search check out the great advice in Anthony Harrington's [post] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/8fe940b7-2617-59d8-b409-2b0b43c890c0)

Need some help or want to share your own job search tips?

Reach out by commenting, we are listening!

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Sandy Wilson
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thanks!

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Douglas Watts
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Excellent, Thanks!

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Your attitude YOUR choice!!

We can either be positive or negative, miserable or happy, thoughtful or selfish. YOUR attitude in 2018 determines where you want to be and what happens next. Only you can make the choice, so make it a good one.

#Mywordsofwisdom

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Maureen Sitter
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As far as " Your attitude determines your direction " I agree, but come on the horse at the drive thru !! Fun !!!

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David R Bills Sr
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I love this one

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Never give up

Its a little troubling when you have to look for a new job, and its daunting to have to wait for companies to call back, nerve-racking waiting to find out if you made it in or not, bit don't ever give up and always keep looking forward with a smile, because everything happens for a reason and the sun always brightens the day

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Gloria Matthews
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Thanks Jannet I really appreciate what you said an I'm going to continue to smile an keep my head up because I know God will bless me in the end thanks again.

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Candyce Ravenell
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Make sure to reach out to them. And always drop a handwritten thank card kntbe mail as you leave the interview

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She found her job at 75 years young!!

Jean Miller is a cloakroom attendant at the Vidal Sassoon hair salon, drives the 25 miles from her home to get there, and is 92 years old with no plans to retire anytime soon! Here is her story from The Guardian.

"When I first came here, I thought, 'What on Earth am I doing in among this young crowd?' But I’ve been here 17 years now and I love it. They are quite a cheeky lot sometimes. There was a rule made: 'Don’t swear in front of Jean.' Half the time now, I don’t hear what they’re saying, but when they say, 'Oh, sorry Jean,' but I know.

My husband Johnny was the district manager for a household supplier, and I was a sales representative there for 29 years. I retired at 60, in 1993, but I couldn’t stand it. I now work three days a week, from 9am to 4.30pm. I am included on all the nights out. They are absolutely hectic. It starts off nice and calm, and before the end of the night everybody is swinging about. I’ve been at every night out they’ve had since I started.

Lots of people say I am youthful. I don’t know about that, but I have looked after myself. I take cod liver oil tablets every morning. I had bowel cancer 10 years ago and the surgeon said to me I had five years. I said to him: “Five years! I am expecting to live much longer than that.”

If you’ve got an interest in people, that’s what gets you out to work. I know I will need to stop some time, but it will be when I really have to. There’s no way I am sitting in a chair."

Go Jean!!! Remember, age is just a number.

-Would you rather be actively working at age 75 OR be retired?

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Carol Jordan
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Great article and thanks for sharing! I know a woman who works at Macy's and she is in her 80s. She and her husband owned their own store for many years. When he passed away, she said she had to keep active. More power to these women!

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PERSISTENCE!!! Failure = New opportunity!

I am a retired navy Veteran of 20 years! I know things are very tough out there right now. I would like to share some positive motivation with all of you! I learned the power of continued PERSISTENCE! The power to make things happen. When applying for a job, try to physically be seen by your potential employer. Display enthusiasm while in the building, smile! Do you realize how powerful a simple smile is? It actually produces a positive, happy environment! Try it and see what happens! Tell them how wonderful it would be working with them! Do not be afraid to be different. This is how i got hired with a security company after i retired from the Navy. This will not work all of the time. This is where continued PERSISTENCE plays it's role! Wait a few days and repeat the same above steps. Yes, go back again! And again! 2 possible outcomes. You will be hired, or told not to come back. Repeat until hired! I guarantee you will be noticed! SMILE, ENTHUSIASM, CONTINUED PERSISTENCE! Now get out there and take it!

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Ashley Wilson
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Awesome advice!!! Thanks for sharing with the community!

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I made the biggest impact at my job by...

being the first woman that ever worked in this shop. I proved myself over and over again. I piece of scrap in over 6 years. I learned quickly and was greatly depended upon. The most valuable lesson that I learned while I was employed there, was being honest and hard working would get you know where.

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Ashley Wilson
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That's AMAZING Jeanetta that you were the first woman to work there!! Good for you for going after what you wanted and kicking it in the butt! : )

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Marijoy Bertolini
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Thank you for your post, Jeanetta. It's tough to be the first woman - at a job, on a sports team, in a branch of the military... so hard. Kudos to you for being true to yourself and paving the way for others. #somuchrespect

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