1. Tell us a bit about yourself
Hello, I’m Latoya Cave! I am the owner of 1ST Leap Workforce Consulting, a Resume Writing and Career Consultancy dedicated to building women career confidence, professional branding, interview preparation, and job search strategies. I have over 8 years’ experience in career development and professional and federal government resume writing. I’m a military wife, mother to twin boys, and fur mom to one adorable pup. After serving 12 honorable years in the U.S. Navy, I am proud to call myself a Veteran of the Armed Forces. Throughout the years, I have worn many different hats and have always had a passion for training and development and career counseling. This passion led me to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Workforce Education and Development with a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management. I currently reside in the Tampa Bay Area but I am originally from Beaufort, South Carolina. Go Gamecocks!!! Outside of resume writing, I enjoying tackling DIY projects, trying area eateries, watching the Golden Girls (I’m a Super Fan), and enjoying family time with my love ones.
2. What was your first job and how did you get it?
My first job was working as a child care assistant at my aunt’s daycare. I got this opportunity by going to her daycare each day after school during my high school years and just helping out wherever I could. She noticed how passionate and dedicated I was to help each and every one of the kids that she offered me the opportunity to work full-time through the summer months during my high school years
3. How did you decide and get to your career today?
Becoming a resume writer was actually an accidental talent that I stumbled upon after having such a hard time finding a job after the military. Disappointed with the entire job hunting process, I realized that it was my resume which was hindering my chances at being hired. Therefore, I decided to spend a few hours each day researching and perfecting my resume in hopes of landing a decent job. My determination and focused became a reality when I was hired at my first ever job after separating out of the military. That experience woke up my desires and passion to assist transitioning military, veterans, and women job seekers and give them a renewed vision and outlook on today’s job hunt.
4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?
I would tell my younger self to take more risk and stop waiting on other people’s approval. Life is short and should be lived to the fullest, so why should your career take a backseat to mediocracy or subpar standards?
5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?
Five years from now professionally, I hope to be more focused on doing more career-based speaking engagements outside of the Tampa area. I also look to teaching more career effective development courses with a full staff of resume writers. This success will hopefully leave me with more personal time to enjoy the fruits of my labor and travel more often with my family.
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