Keeping Current: Professionally & Socially

Lately, there has been a lot of civil unrest within the United States. Protests have occurred all over the U.S. ranging from cities like Anchorage, Alaska all the way to Los Angeles, California across the mainland to Portland, Maine down to Miami, Florida, every state has had a least one major city or town participate in a protest, this demand for justice could even be heard globally. There has been a call to action for lawmakers and individuals alike to rethink racism (whether overt or subtle), acknowledge personal biases, and redistribute public funding to change the standards and expectations that police are held to. For too long, there has been unfair prejudice against those in the black community by the police. Unaddressed and institutional racism within law enforcement has been the cause of too many unjust deaths. I encourage readers, no matter their political creed, to educate themselves on what is happening in their own neighborhoods and backyards.

Many things need to change in order to foster a more inclusive, positive, and safe world for people of all races. Below, I will provide resources that can help start conversations and bridge the gap of inequality. These are mainly tools and sites that can help combat bias within the work place and hiring systems in relation to resumes, job applications, and interviews. To learn more about racial and gender biases, as well as ways to help close the inequality gap, please see below:

As mentioned in previous blog posts, below you can find my survival list and see which stages I have completed up until today:

Mari’s Survival List:

1. Take a breath & grieve for what has happened – DONE

2. Pull yourself together & apply for unemployment when you qualify – DONE

3. Create a plan – DONE

4. Find some free educational tools & gain a professional skill – DONE*

5. Create a brand for yourself by building a website – Almost Done!**

6. Update your resume & LinkedIn

7. Let people know what you have been up to

8. Celebrate!!

6. Update your resume & LinkedIn

No one likes to spend their free time updating their resume and LinkedIn, especially right now. BUT it is a professional necessity that needs to be maintained throughout your career. I highly suggest updating both your resume and LinkedIn semi-annually, or at least annually. In order to comprehensively capture what you have been working so hard on, updating both your resume and LinkedIn will ensure that you do not miss that crucial project that you went above and beyond in order to bring in those results! I have provided some websites that may help with giving your LinkedIn and resume a boost below: