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Career Reset: How to Go After the Career You Really Want

When was that last time you came across a person who actually loved what they do for a living? It’s probably been a minute. It’s easy to get stuck in a job you hate because the pay is good, you’re scared to take a risk or you’re just not finding anything that interests you, but it’s important to keep going at it and create your own opportunities when you think there are none. We spend too much time working to be miserable while we’re at it. If you already know you’re not on the right career path, here are some tips to get on it.

Figure Out What You Really Want To Do
There’s a reason people tell you to decide what you would do for free then figure out a way to make money at it. Actually liking what you do for a living puts you halfway to happiness. Instead of feeling like you’re working just to earn a paycheck, you’ll “work” because it’s what you enjoy doing.

You can go the sophisticated route and take a personality test to figure out the path that’s best for you, or simply spend time thinking about what it is that you really enjoy. Can you turn a hobby into a career, or volunteering into a full-time gig? Really examine what you spend time on, what brings you most joy, and what aspect of those activities you enjoy most. More than likely, you’ll have your aha moment while you’re fully absorbed in what you’re doing “for fun.” That’s when you need to hit the net and start researching ways to monetize it.
Blog
By now I’m sure you know a blog is for more than just writers. You can post videos, images, hair you styled, or make-up you did. The point is to establish some type of online portfolio because these days, people don’t want to just see a name and a few previous employers; they want to see examples of work you’ve already done to determine what you bring to the table. You’re going to be Google'd most likely before anyone ever takes the time to have a conversation with you, so make sure what they find about you online is representative of your qualifications as a professional. It goes without saying that you need to clean up your social media profiles, if they don’t relate to your career.
Network On- and Off-line
If you want to do anything creative like deejay, plan an event, style someone’s wardrobe or be a PR coordinator, Twitter is the place to be. Word travels extremely fast on the site because it’s a much more open network than others like Facebook and LinkedIn. Twitter is a great place to scout out potential mentors, check out the competition and get ideas for free. It’s also a great way to promote yourself. You never know who might retweet something that could find its way into the timeline of a potential client or employer. LinkedIn is also a great place to create a profile, particularly for more mainstream, corporate professions. Recruiters often use the site as a breeding ground for talent, and it’s important that you’re there.

Likewise, don’t underestimate the power of in-person networking. Reaching out to someone behind the computer is much less intimidating, but going to a function allows you to make a much more lasting impression. Online, you may just be one email in a sea of many, but people remember faces, unique personalities, a great sense of style. All of those things are just as much a part of landing a job as your professional credentials.
Cast a Wide Email Net
Still, contacting people via email is a great way to break the ice, and behind the computer you have nothing to lose. Sure, you may not get a response, but that’s far less disappointing than someone ignoring you in person.

Reach out to someone who has landed a gig doing what you aspire to do and ask them for tips. See if someone at the company you’re interested in joining would be willing to meet up and talk about your qualifications. Ask someone’s opinion on an idea you have. It really can’t hurt to drop a line to someone, especially a friend of a friend who might have good connections. Just remember to keep it professional. You may think you know someone just because you follow them on Twitter, or they’re a friend of your girl from college, but you always need to put your best foot forward, even in email, to let people know you’re worth spending time on.
Stand Out
There are a lot of unemployed people out here and plenty more 9-to-5ers with side hustles. Competition is stiff, and you need to figure out a way to stand out amongst it. Bring a portfolio to interviews that includes examples of your work, former work reviews, letters of recommendation, even ideas about what you would do in your new job. Employers need to know that you’ll go above and beyond, and the interview process—from the first phone screening down to the last interview—is the best time to do that.

Hustle. Hard.

Breaking into something new is hard, and if you’re currently employed full-time while trying to find a new job, you have to be committed to searching and applying on a consistent basis. Finding a job really is like having a full-time job, so you may have to skip out on a few happy hours, set aside money for interviews out of the state, or cut off your phone for certain periods of time so that you can concentrate. Cutting out those minor luxuries temporarily doesn’t compare to the idea of attaining your dream job.
Don’t Doubt Yourself
It’s rare that someone will give you a chance right off the bat, and if you’re trying to switch industries, it can be tough to get someone to give you a break. But in the end, persistence does pay off. You may need an extra pair of eyes to look over your résumé or feedback on the proposal you submitted. Maybe your attire for the interview wasn’t polished enough. There are a million reasons why you may be hearing “no,” and it’s important to figure out what those reasons are and turn them around ASAP... Or else you’ll get discouraged and give up.

Sometimes a girl can only take so much rejection, but it’s important not to take every “no” personal. Sometimes circumstances don’t work out for a particular opportunity that we think is perfect, but just as you’re about to give up, another opportunity often presents itself.

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BET To Release Edible Billboard For 'Being Mary Jane' Wedding Finale

As Being Mary Jane comes to an end, BET is willing to offer fans a taste of what's to come in the series finale.

The network has enlisted the help of Ayesha Curry, celebrity cook, and cookbook author, to create an edible billboard that also doubles as a wedding cake. The sweet treat will commemorate Mary Jane's (played by Gabrielle Union) nuptials in the two-hour series finale.

On April 20 from 1:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal in New York, fans will be presented with the edible billboard. At the intersection of Ashland Place and Hanson Place, the closer Being Mary Jane enthusiasts get to the billboard the quicker they'll notice that the four-tiered wedding cake is created from individual boxes, each containing a slice of Curry's prized wedding cake.

All fans have to do is pull a box from the billboard, snap a picture for the 'Gram, take a bite and enjoy. Although lovers of the show won't be able to celebrate with Mary Jane herself, biting into a slice of her wedding cake, for free, is the next best thing.

Don't forget to tune into the series finale of Being Mary Jane on Tues. (April 23) at 8/7 c.

Also, check out what's to come on the series of Being Mary Jane below.

Save the date! 👰🏾It'll be worth the wait. Join us for the series finale of #BeingMaryJane TUES APR 23 8/7c only on @BET! pic.twitter.com/jEwkbC71OW

— #BeingMaryJane (@beingmaryjane) March 29, 2019

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Ella Mai On The North Face's 'Explore Mode' Campaign, New Music And Living In The Moment

Ella Mai is in her own age of exploration. Her eponymous debut album scored her a platinum plaque with her breakout hit, "Boo'd Up" earning her a Grammy for Best R&B Song. But the accolades aren't driving her creative path. The arc in her compass is all about the places she's traveled, the people she's met and the lessons learned along the way.

"To be honest, personally, exploration is like growth. I feel like if you don't explore new things, whether it's going outside, meeting people or trying new food, you won't ever grow because you're just stuck in your little comfort zone which can be super scary to come out of," she tells VIBE at The North Face's Explore Mode event in New York on Monday (April 15). The singer is one of three women (including model-activist Gabrielle Richardson and chef Angela Dimayuga) who teamed up with the brand to share a message of enjoying the outside world without digital confinement and the global initiative to make Earth Day a national holiday.

The London native's urge to explore came in handy over the weekend when she performed in the brisk desert of Coachella. Inspired by artists like Rihanna and Ms. Lauryn Hill, Mai helped fans enjoy the hazy sunset as she performed hits like "Trip" and her latest No. 1 song, "Shot Clock."

"It's such a good feeling, especially when it comes to radio," she shared about her track reaching No. 1 on the airplay chart. "I wasn't even sure if people listened to the radio because people have so much access to streaming platforms, but obviously having all three of my singles from my debut album, go number one on urban radio is incredible."

That energy was brought to the Coachella stage with the festival being her biggest artistic exploration so far.

"My favorite part of the performance would have to be when I performed "Naked" and because it was dark, and I performed when the sun went down, I couldn't see how far the crowd actually went back. But during "Naked," it was such an intimate moment I asked everyone to put their lights up (phones) and when I saw how far it went back I was like, "Woah." That moment sealed it for me."

"Even there were two people in the audience, I still would've done my best," she added. "But just to see the crowd be so engaged, even if they didn't know the music, was a really good feeling. I had so much fun."

As the festival energy in Indio, Calif. continued to thrive, another rested on the streets of Los Angeles following the loss of Nipsey Hussle. With the singer having ties to those close to the rapper like DJ Mustard, she says the shift in the city was hard to ignore.

"As weird as it sounds, you felt it," she said. "Even in the weather, it was super hot and then everyone got the news and it started raining. Just a weird energy shift." As a new L.A. resident, the singer says Nipsey's influence cannot be denied.

"I feel like the energy shift went both ways; everyone was really sad, grieving and mourning but everyone feels more inspired by what he was doing that they want to go out and do something and change in their community. It's still a very touchy subject in L.A., especially the people that I'm around since they were very close to him. I think everyone is super inspired to do better and try to be more like him, which is great to see. YG's whole set at Coachella was dedicated to him, I know Khalid had a dedication to Mac Miller. Everyone is super aware of what Nipsey was trying to do and how he wanted to change the world."

Engaging in The North Face's mission to explore seemed to be in the cards for Mai. Like many of us, Mai was familiar with the brand's effective coolness factor. "I remember running home and telling my mom that I needed a Jester Backpack because my cousin had one as well, and it's similar to the other stories, I wanted to be like my older cousin (laughs) so my mom ended up getting me one." But there's also the incentive to showcase the importance of stepping away from the phone screens and into leafy green forests.

"I'm such a live-in-the-moment person," she says of her lack of identity on social media. While she might share a thought or two on social media, Mai is interested in appreciating the world around her. "I feel like everyone is so consumed about documenting the day, you don't really get to live the day. You just watch it back but I like to have the memories in my head. Of course, sometimes, I'll take out my phone but I try to live in the moment as much as possible."

Part of that mission is ensuring Earth Day is celebrated the right way. With the support of Mai, Richardson, and Dimayuga, The North Face officially launched a petition to make Earth Day a national holiday.

“The North Face is no stranger to exploration and this Earth Day we are proud to join our partners and fellow explorers in a global effort to make Earth Day a national holiday,” said Global General Manager of Lifestyle at The North Face, Tim Bantle. “We believe that when people take time to appreciate the Earth, they feel more connected to it and are more likely to protect it. Explore Mode urges us to unplug from our digital lives to connect in real life to the world, each other, and ourselves in the effort to move the world forward.”

Mai hasn't hit her all of her exploration goals just yet. "I really want to go to Indonesia or Bali," she said. "That's one of my Bucket List places I really, really, really wanna go." For her essentials, the singer knows she has to bring along a windbreaker set and of course, a jester backpack. "I think the backpack is the most important thing."

In addition to a few trips around the globe, one destination includes the studio for new music. While she hasn't had time to lock down a moment to record, the inspiration is sizzling.

"When I work in the studio, I like to be like there for a good amount of time," she explains. "I like to block off two to three weeks at a time, I don't like to go to different studios and different places, it's just a comfort thing but I'm very excited to get back cause I have a lot of talk about. I've seen so many different places and met so many new people and a lot that I didn't get to experience last year."

Learn more about The North Face's petition for Earth Day here.

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Tatyana Ali Shares She’s Pregnant With Second Child

A new bundle of joy is on the way for actress Tatyana Ali and her husband Dr. Vaughn Rasberry. On Saturday (April 13), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-star shared the news on Instagram, posting a picture of her baby bump and an excited caption.

“I was on a work trip recently and I thought it was about time I captured my baby bump,” she wrote. “We’re so excited! They say every pregnancy is different and they ain’t lying. Phew! I’m exhausted this go round, swirling with emotion and starving, like constantly. Feeling very blessed.”

 

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I was on a work trip recently and I thought it was about time I captured my baby bump. We’re so excited! They say every pregnancy is different and they ain’t lying. Phew! I’m exhausted this go round, swirling with emotion and starving, like constantly. Feeling very blessed. #BabyRasberry

A post shared by Tatyana Ali (@tatyanaali) on Apr 13, 2019 at 7:52am PDT

 

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“Who are you calling?” I asked. He said, “the baby in Mama’s tummy”- Already in cahoots.

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In 2017, Ali and Rasberry had their first child, Edward, who arrived a year after the pair wed in July 2016. In an interview with Parents, Ali described her method to parenting, which she picked up from her mother and father.

“I’m more laid-back than I thought I’d be,” Ali said. “My dad was like this with me and my two sisters. While my mom was stricter, he said, ‘If you teach them everything they need to know, they’ll be prepared and figure things out.’”

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