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Getting Older

A good friend of mine sent me the following email and encouraged me to forward it to everyone I know. I don’t do that. I guess I feel I’m imposing on my friends and clients. However, I did like the email enough to post it here for you.

Words of Wisdom

In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+
birthday. Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older.

And, there on television, she said it was “exciting.”

Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring
every her breasts. They seem to be in a race to
see which will reach her waist first. The audience laughed
so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman,
with so much wisdom in her words! Maya Angelou said this:

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it
seems today, life does go on, and it will be better

“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way
he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and
tangled Christmas tree lights.”

“I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your
parents,you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.”

“I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing
as “making a life.”

“I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.”

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s
mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back.”

“I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open
heart, I usually make the right decision.”

“I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.”

“I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch
someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.”

“I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.”

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will
forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them

–Susan Geary, CERW – 1st Rate Resumes

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Celebrate Career Freedom!

It’s 4th of July Weekend, a reminder of the freedoms we hold so dear. When I think about freedom, I consider how fortunate we are to have the freedom to choose our career path. In some countries, the government dictates your job. Only the lucky are matched with their passion.

Which brings me to “passion.” It’s either something you have, or you don’t. You can’t learn it, but you can spread it. Ask any Hiring Director if they’d rather have a less experienced employee who loves their work, or a highly experienced worker who would rather be doing something else. The answer is fairly obvious.

So if you’re entering the work force, take some time to discover what you’re passionate about. “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” – I don’t know the original author of that statement, but the first time I heard it, I never forgot it.

Cherish your freedom to choose your career path, and by all means, take advantage of it!

Have a safe 4th!

Susan Geary, CERW

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The Value of Professional Memberships

If you’re committed to continuing education in your career, it’s in your best interest to join professional associations that focus on your occupation. They offer an excellent ROI considering the average price of an annual membership.

When I decided to become a professional resume writer, I quickly realized there was no school I could attend to learn the trade. So instead, I joined 3 professional associations to learn all I can in a short amount of time. The average annual dues are $150 and here are the benefits:

1. Continuing education through annual conferences, webinars, and publications.
2. Expert advice on how to deal with unique clients and situations.
3. Member search feature on the association website.
4. Marketing and publishing opportunities.
5. Certification and credentialing.
6. Vendor discounts and partnerships.
7. Credibility

Nearly every occupation has a related association of professional members, whether you’re a Professional Organizer or a Tour Operator. Find one that relates to your career at, join, and add it to your resume!

–Susan Geary, CERW, CPRW, CRW, 1st Rate Resumes