Ted Talk: What reality are you creating for yourself?

Hey 20 Somethings!!

I find ted talks motivating and powerful, so every now and then I like to browse through to see what I can find. Today, I have a deep topic for you, but I also believe it is a topic that in the process of self-actualization, you cannot ignore.

In this ted talk, Isaac Lidsky talks about reality and how we create our own reality as humans. Since going blind when he was younger, Isaac describes how losing his sight has impacted his perception. With plenty of profound insights into this topic, Isaac is certain that “what you see impacts how you feel, and the way you feel can literally change how you see.”

As humans, we create our own reality. Furthermore, we create our reality by allowing our fears to take over. Our fears directly influence our feelings and misleads our perception. I try to be mindful of my feelings, which is definitely harder than it seems. I find that admitting my fears to myself require a great deal of effort. Personally, it is uncomfortable to face your fears, yet so liberating at the same time.

After listening to this ted talk, I want to make a more conscious effort to consider my fears and how they may distort my own reality. What reality are you creating for yourself? Is there anyway you are holding yourself back?

Job Search: My best kept secret

I am a wealth of knowledge when it comes to job searching. Every now and then, my friends reach out to me asking about how to find a new job. As I have mentioned in earlier posts, I traded in my first full-time job for a role in the big Apple. My first job search required a lot of initial soul searching on my part. I dug through plenty of job descriptions trying to find an industry and role that suited my skills and interests. Eventually, I stumbled upon a few roles in fashion that suited my interests, but it still took a lot of time to finally land a new job.

How did I do it? I used whatever resources I had on hand. As I realized it wasn’t as easy as I expected, I reached out to a recruiter I knew well. I asked her what she thought of my resume and how to get an interview. Her advice? LinkedIn.

The average job search takes 6 months to 1 year, so you can bet that applying blindly online won’t get your foot in the door. Connections make the world go round, so LinkedIn is a very powerful tool to search through companies and job posts for which you may have a connection to.

What next? Dust off your resume and update your LinkedIn profile. Be sure to add any connections you’ve made since you have last updated your profile. As you search for companies and jobs, take a note where you have a 1st or 2nd connection who may be able to tell you more about the company, the role, or introduce you to the hiring manager.

When all else fails, you can even sign up for a premium account to gain more insights into your job search and how your resume stacks up against others. LinkedIn will be your friend throughout this process.

Have you used LinkedIn or connections to find a job? What has worked for you? Feel free to share in the comments! I love hearing what has worked for other professionals out there. You never know when you need a good tip.