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Your Career Might Be Right In Front of You

Are you sitting back wondering what it is you should do with your career? Maybe you have been looking for

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something for a while and struggled to find that right position. Well I have been there myself and I am here to say that is a common thing for job seekers to go through. In fact I hear it everyday, at least twice!

I myself focused on something totally un-related to what I am doing today when I was first starting out and thought that I would have a great career as Broadway Star! That dream quickly faded away when I started a family. I sort of fell into something to make ends meet for a few years but when I found myself divorced and supporting two growing boys I quickly realized I had to decide what I wanted to be because now, I was grown up!

I stuck with what I knew and fortunately it lead me to where I am today. I love my job and had no idea just how much I loved to help connect people to resources and tools to help them be the most successful in their job search and careers. That’s what I have told people for the last two years since I had the opportunity to come work for and guess what? THAT WAS A BIG LIE and I didn’t even know it!

I was driving home from another busy day, work, pick up kids from school, run errands and grab dinner with family. I stopped to check my email before heading home knowing that I had 100 more errands to do once I got home and email would not be one of them. I received a message through Facebook from a High School Friend that recently found me on there. Here is what the message said from a man that I have not seen in at least 15 years:

“Hello Holly so nice to find you. I don’t know if you know this but you are the one of the reasons I got into makeup. You suggested it when we were at the JC. Thank you. I have been in LA for the past 13 years working as a professional makeup artist for movies, tv shows, commercials you name it. I hope you are well”

So the big lie I was telling is that I had no idea I was good at something that according to my friend Tyson helped him launch into a pretty cool career! All I thought I was doing was looking at something that seemed like a hobby to him and connect him to a class I had recently taken in our theater department at college. Needless to say I was so taken with his message and it felt so wonderful that he would include in his life path and success.

I guess the point that I am trying to make is that often times we struggle with finding out who we are or what we are good at and it just might be right there in front of us. Maybe if you are struggling with what to do you should stop and reflect on your life, connect with some old friends who knew you when and see if that doesn’t help spark some ideas. Others often see in us what we can’t see in ourselves.

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