It doesn’t matter where you come from, only where you want to go.

In order to get that dream job and then continue to succeed at that career takes good planning and establishment of personal goals, a professional and memorable resume, and a positive first impression including the appropriate attire and appearance. You must also be able to speak intelligently and appropriately to each potential client or interviewer.  

George Bernard Shaw said, “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” There are many things that you are able to learn that will improve your people skills, business skills, and overall success in life and business if you are willing to take your career to the next level and work hard to achieve your dreams.
No matter your field or profession, SOS can assist you in many areas of Professional Development from creating an effective resume, to choosing the appropriate attire, as well as building confidence in speaking. Jennifer will assist you in developing a plan so that you stand out above your competition. SOS will teach you the importance of developing your efficiency and time management skills, and can also answer questions for those individuals who are also interested in becoming a Professional Organizer.

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Becoming a Professional Organizer

The field of Professional Organizing is certainly a booming one. If you have a natural ability to organize, a good sense of business, are hard-working and dependable, and enjoy the flexibility of setting your own working hours, this may be the career that is perfect for you.   

Jennifer created Simple Organizing Strategies in 2004 and later formed the Association of Iowa Professional Organizers in 2017. Her education in business and psychology, along with her work experience in business administration, healthcare, and as an ABOC Optician, have paved the way for Jennifer's path to professionally organizing more than 1,000 clients to date! Jennifer has many experiences and ideas to share with future Professional Organizers in achieving success with a business of their own. SOS strives help increase knowledge, awareness, and integrity of the organizing profession so that her businesses, as well as others can flourish in the Organizing Industry for years to come.

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People often say that they like things to run like a well oiled machine. Sometimes it can be hard to know what that means. In school we are taught subjects like Math, Science, and English, but there are no classes titled Efficiency or Organization. If a person is not taught these skills in school or by a parent, we may be completely lost when it becomes time to start out in the workforce. Employers are looking for people who are honest, hard working, ethical, and intelligent, but to go even further in business, to succeed at a greater level, one needs to be able to understand the importance of efficiency. To do your job well is great, but to be able to think one step ahead, to accomplish several tasks in one fell swoop, to hand a paper to your boss at the same time they were coming to you to ask for it- that is efficiency, and that is what helps you climb the ladder of success in business.

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Time Management

There are few things in this life that are as constant and definite as death and taxes, and time happens to be one of them. As much as we would all love to have more time, there are only 24 hours in a day. Period. There are however, ways to take control of your time, prioritize it, and use it wisely for the things that matter the most. If you’re thinking it’s not that easy, this person is crazy - you are totally understandable. Many people are afflicted with issues that are beyond their control in this situation. Maybe you suffer from ADD or ADHD and your sense of time is naturally skewed. Maybe you have taken on too large a work load and don’t know how to get back to where you were before you got off track. Maybe you were just never taught the skills that you need to succeed with your personality and style of thinking.

SOS works with several clients and business owners alike, who struggle with managing their time effectively. Jennifer has access to many innovative systems and ideas that help creative thinkers understand why time is a struggle, so that they may begin to manage the situation and take control of their time related issues. There are a wide realm of tools and products available that may be specifically tailored to meet the needs of individual clients and tasks.

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Public Speaking

Public Speaking may seem like no big deal to some people, but have those people ever stood in front of a crowd with the bright lights and the butterflies in their stomachs, looking out at the eager and expecting faces staring back at them? Speaking in front of a group, large or small, can stir up a number of emotions from feeling scared, shy, excited, nervous, or overwhelmed, to feelings of happiness and the joy of being able to share what you know with a group of your peers. Either way, public speaking may be something you want to do, or something that is required of you in your personal or professional life.

Since opening SOS in 2004, public speaking engagements have been the most sought after service of those provided by SOS. Jennifer teaches Continuing Education Organizing Classes at Kirkwood Community College. She has presented at numerous conferences and workshops, and has hosted many open houses and social functions for business colleagues, friends, and family. SOS can help you gain the confidence and skills that you need to be a success in the area of Public Speaking.