Shift Gears in 2017: Read More, Connect Beyond Online, and Grow Your Resources

Looking For Work? Already Employed? Change Your Focus to Change Your Results

  • Think like an independent contractor for greater success.

As the Latin phrase “Ignorantia juris non excusat” states,  ignorance of the law is no excuse… Just because you are an employee at some small, mid-level, or large corporate structure doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be aware of what is going on in your field. What is your (potential) employer doing? What changes are going on in your career that you need to know about?  How are current technology and trends influencing your world? It is not solely up to your employer to make opportunities available to you, for improving your skills and knowledge, in addition to providing you a regular paycheck.

Many people are joining the gig economy, side hustling, or are at-will employees. With the ever growing awareness of financial instability in varying job markets, real estate bubbles, and gaps within technological development access, the job market is rapidly changing. Society is incurring unique and fascinating changes at the speed of light, regarding communication, personal branding, resume structure, and how we work as employees.


Take a cue from the great success stories. Read often. Read magazines like Inc., Forbes, Entrepreneur, and others to get a pulse on the financial world. Join sites like You can a lot about being organized, focusing on goals, and success by studying a startup company’s business strategy,  and even more from a successful business leader that has survived lows and thrived in highs. Things are always changing, and despite our past experiences, education, and current position, we must always be prepared.

Take advantage of free courses offered online by Ivy League and Research Universities. Learn programming and coding at sources like TreeHouse. Explore the Google Play Store for an app or book, and learn a new language, learn new words, and expand your skill set. Do not let your false sense of comfort, age, or any other background information pertinent to your current situation make you neglect your personal growth. When you are open to improving and growing, you will be laying down the foundation to be ready to take on new opportunities that may present themselves to you. If you are older, structure your past experience as a boon to your employer, and do not focus on your age as a point of stagnation in your ability to actively learn and execute.


If you are looking for work, in addition to sending our resumes, using sites like LinkedIn or Facebook, consider face to face networking via MeetUp. You can actually create quality connections, which may lead to greater career opportunities via joining social groups focused on your personal interests. Stay true to yourself and be genuine about what you want, who you are, and how you work best. There is nothing worse than wasting your time, or an employer’s time, submitting resumes for a position solely for fast cash and short-term goals. Yes, most of the business world and our social communications are experienced online — but don’t forget that there is another human being just like you on the other end of that email, phone call, or text. Keep your skills up, meet people, be humble, genuine, and know what you want out of your career and life for the best success!

  • Don’t give up, stay focused, and make it happen!

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Grit N Vinegar is the home of emerging writer, Alex Smith. Focusing on short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, Alex has been published in Sick Lit Magazine and often seeks out new places to submit her writing. Find me @gritNvinegar on Twitter!

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