I'm sure you've heard my soapbox style rants about cover letters by now. It's true that I've stated many opinions about how I find them archaic and unnecessary. However, I'm here to tell you that I am adjusting my opinion a little bit.
The last month for me has been quite a blur. I am juggling a million different things right now from my business, to freelance gigs, to everything in between. So that's when 2018 decided to call a major audible and decided to drop the bomb of all bombs on me: Breast Cancer.
Alice Kittrell’s resume boasts over a decade of experience in private equity and investment banking specifically in the real estate vertical. She was killing it at work, getting promoted and from an outsider's perspective, on top of the world.
A few months back I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, Being Boss, and I stumbled upon an episode with the founder of Biddy Tarot, Brigit Esselmont. The episode was about using tarot to help bring professional insights to whatever questions you have surrounding your business or professional life. The idea isn't to tell you winning lottery numbers or tell you the name of the great love of your life, but really to inspire a different way of looking at a situation.
“An ordinary girl, doing extraordinary things” is how Tillie Eze describes herself. After spending an afternoon getting to know her, I would definitely agree. I met Tillie through a networking group that I belong to, and right away was drawn to her energy. Tillie has an amazing sense of self and is ambitious and intentional about her goals and passions.
Be honest. While sitting around with your friends at happy hour talking about your job, you've become more and more annoyed. You've found yourself getting louder and have started to complain about things and people that they have no idea about — and finally, you've taken a deep breath and said: "Well my job isn't THAT bad. I don't know why I am complaining."
I have been going a mile a minute since I launched my business at the end of last year. I remember speaking in this space about how I was feeling really anxious and a bit overwhelmed trying to get it all together and figure everything out. While there is still an element of that, somewhere along the way, another part of my brain clicked and lately my outlook on many things has shifted since last year when I launched.
You've been staring at a blank Excel spreadsheet for the past hour. Your head is pounding. You run out for coffee. You look at your phone, and only 10 minutes have passed. How much longer until lunch? You scroll your Instagram feed. Damn, everyone looks like they are having a much better day than you.
Sound familiar? Are you living this very life right now?
Emily Fayette is a woman of many talents. Full disclosure, this gal is only 28 and she's basically killing it in all aspects of her life. Emily is a FlyWheel instructor, a Health Coach, and Personal Trainer, and she recently launched and created a wellness community online called Elevate Together. I guess you can say she's busy.
I'm sitting here typing this, feeling very behind on my week as I recently just returned from a trip to Iceland. While I'm feeling a little bogged down playing catch up, I've also never felt more rejuvenated. It's amazing how a week off the grid will do this.
Co-working spaces have become increasingly popular over the last few years and I can see why. Co-working is great for entrepreneurs and freelancers as it fosters creativity, convenience, and accessibility. As a new entrepreneur, I found myself immediately researching co-working spaces when I first launched my business. I wanted to be part of the crew!
I polled my Instagram followers the other day on what is going to help you prepare for all those interviews you are going to rock in 2018. You guys want the lowdown on which interview questions to prepare for, so I'll hook you all the way up with the 411 on a few of the classic stumpers. Here’s the deal: At the end of the day, the main component of an interview is if you mesh well with the person who interviews you. Sometimes, that person is having a bad day and there's nothing you can say that will make them like you (keeping it very real with you guys).
It's now 2018. You've decided that you want to start your job search. Your resume is updated, you have found some jobs that interest you, and you're ready to rock and roll and start applying. Or are you?
You can easily start rapid firing your resume to all the different online portals, in hopes that you won't just be another candidate in the sea of 10,000; or you can get creative and figure out how to stand out amongst the crowd.
Natasha Rhorer is someone who I met while working for Burberry, where she spent 2 years focusing on the end to end Client Engagement strategy and execution for 80 retail stores. Prior to that, she focused on building her career in the luxury retail space working for brands such as Diane von Furstenberg and Louis Vuitton. Natasha holds a Bachelor's Degree from Purdue University and a Masters Degree in Luxury Fashion Marketing from Savannah College of Art & Design.
A few weeks back, I talked your ear off about New Years Resolutions and cutting yourself some slack. I think it's important for us to recognize that while maybe we didn't capitalize on that gym membership, or save the amount of money we wanted to, that we're still OK. We survived 2017, which if you happen to watch the news at all, is a huge feat.I think we should absolutely have goals and aspirations. What I don't believe is that we should fixate so much on them that we end up ignoring some of the amazing things we did this year.
So as promised, here is my letter to myself to bid 2017 adieu.
In between the holiday parties and the year-end wind-down, you're probably thinking about that pesky job search that you know you need to address in January.Your resume isn't done. Your LinkedIn is a mess. You haven't even hopped on a job board or reached out to your network to even know what is out there.
A mentor is defined as an experienced and trusted adviser — however, in my life, my mentors have been far more to me than that.I've been fortunate enough to have a few great mentors in my life and career, who have helped shape who I am not only as a professional but as a human being. So much, that I feel compelled to talk about why having a mentor is beneficial for you and your career.
It's been almost 3 months since I kissed corporate life goodbye (well, almost) to start my own business, and it feels great to be able to finally do something for myself that is creative and challenging at the same time.That said, I've found myself feeling a little down lately.
About what? I didn't think I was sure until I realized that I've been in mourning.