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Where Do You Want To Go?

Published on July 4, 2013 By Nicki Sanders

 Welcome back to our Get Hired job search series! So glad you’re joining us.


On yesterday I asked the question “Where Are You Now?”?  I hope you took the time to create your list.


Question Of the Day: Where Do You Want To Go?


Did you know that June 21 was National Take Your Dog to Work Day?  I have nothing against dogs but I have no desire to spend my working hours with them.  Therefore, I know that a company that allows employees to bring their pets to work is not the company for me.


Clarity is essential to a successful job search.  You must know what you want and what you are unwilling to accept.

  • Some people just want a job – any job.
  • Others have a minimum salary requirement.
  • Someone else may be willing to travel frequently or even relocate.
  • Other job seekers desire a flexible schedule.

Where Are You Now?

Published on July 3, 2013 By Nicki Sanders

Welcome back to our Get Hired job search series! Today is day 3.


Question of the Day: Where Are You Now?

The question has two meanings and I hope you take the time to respond to each one.

Tip #2  – Take Inventory of Your Skills and Experiences

1. Where are you now in your employment status? 

This is an important first step as every potential employer will want to know the answer but also because the implementation of the strategies provided in this blog series will vary based on your current employment situation.  Are you:

  • Unemployed more than three months
  • Employed full-time but looking to change jobs or careers
  • A recent college graduate seeking an entry level career
  • A recently laid off seasoned professional
  • A college student seeking summer employment
  • Other


2. Where are you now in your attainment of marketable and transferable skills?

Who Are You Listening To?

Published on July 2, 2013 By Nicki Sanders

Welcome back!  Yesterday I told you that I will dedicate my July writing to a blog series to help adults find gainful employment. Before we go further, I want to share a little more about me.


  • I began my work life at age 14 and worked every summer until high school graduation.
  • I have been on both sides of the interview table. (Including informational interviews and panel interviews.)
  • I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Management and Community Organization.
  • My previous supervisory positions required additional training in human resources.
  • I have organized a job fair as well as attended my fair share of job fairs.
  • As a Case manager, I helped many clients seek and find employment.
  • I have also helped many family members and friends with the job search process.
  • I have been a member of productive multidisciplinary teams.
  • I have managed very productive teams which includes professional staff, interns, and volunteers.

You Asked For It, You Got It

Published on July 1, 2013 By Nicki Sanders

Today is July 1st — officially the beginning of the second half of the year. I am kicking off the month by participating in my second “Ultimate Blog Challenge”. I will use this challenge to challenge you to up your game. I will be authoring 31 special blogs during the month of July.

You know me as the Chief Visionary Officer of The Teen Toolbox – teen life skills, youth portfolio development, foster care, education, and community service, but this month I have something special for adults. Are you currently job hunting? Are you a new college graduate? Are you ready to change jobs? Maybe you know someone who can benefit from new job search strategies? Well guess what? I am dedicating the next 30 days to helping adults who are seeking employment. Yes, my fellow adults, this one is for you.

Are you wondering WHY the shift in focus? It’s true I am extremely passionate about empowering teens and young adults but this isn’t really a shift in focus for me (more on that tomorrow). Here are the 5 main reasons why I am blogging for adults this month:

Is Your Teen Looking For A Job?

Published on February 20, 2013 By Nicki Sanders

As a busy professional, I choose my television viewing very carefully.  I really don’t watch that much TV but when I watch a program that gets my seal of approval I blog about it so I can share it with you.  CBS (network) has created programming to capitalize on the economic downturn and tough job market.  As this season of Undercover Boss ended, CBS brilliantly replaced it with a show called “The Job”.


On each episode of “The Job”, five qualified candidates compete for a “dream” job in a well- known company.  The candidates spend a day working in the host company and must also answer standard interview questions on air. Each candidate is qualified for the available position, but because of a flood of applicants, there is a possibility that they would never have received an interview.  There are three other companies watching the interviews in the studio who may offer a candidate a guaranteed job before the host company makes their final decision.  In addition to critiques of and compliments to candidates, the hiring managers of each host company also provide interview tips to viewers during each episode.  I recommend any teen seeking employment include this TV show as a part of their preparation and research.   You can view the full episode of the job interview for Cosmopolitan Magazine here.

Nicki, Have You Been “Packaged For Success™”?

Published on March 20, 2012 By Nicki Sanders


Packaged For Success™  is not just a portfolio development program – it is a brand – my lifestyle.  I founded The Teen Toolbox because I am my client.  Through the Packaged For Success Program I deliver the customer service and support that I wanted to receive.  I created programs and workshops that were not available to me as a teen.


Where Did Packaged For Success™ Come From?

Published on March 8, 2012 By Nicki Sanders

Packaged is a common theme in my programs, services, and blog posts — Packaged For Success™, Pack-A-Purse.  Being ready and/or prepared is a common theme in my life.  I think it’s part of my DNA.  I’m drawn to news stories and movies where people survive for days in the wilderness or in a blizzard. I will watch the weather channel for hours. Recently I became a Disaster Mobilization Center Volunteer for my county.  The Volunteer Training and Coordinator asked me what interested me in volunteering and I couldn’t think of one specific event.  I’ve always known that I would somehow be involved in the emergency preparedness field but I wasn’t sure when or how.


One of the most important questions asked of Disaster Mobilization Center Volunteers is “do you have an emergency kit”.  My answer was “of course”.  My home first aid kit is always stocked and I travel with a trial size first aid kit.  Extra batteries and flashlights are in each area of my home.  I change my emergency food and clothing supplies with the seasons.  And yes, I even do the same in my car.  Did I mention that I always have a pair of tennis shoes in my trunk and flat shoes under my desk in case I need some relief from a beautiful pair of high heels?