1 year. I sit here inside Joe & the Juice on 62nd and Lexington wondering how the hell I got here. Never in a million years did I think I would ever have the balls to do something like this. I am not your traditional risk taker. I am the person who talks about it, but then never does it. Or am I?
Ashley Torres was working for Deloitte, and making a great living, yet was feeling unfulfilled. It was then she began her journey into blogging for a creative outlet. She created pursuitofshoes.com to tap into her creativity — and her love for shoes! As she pursued her blogging aspirations further, it was becoming abundantly clear that she needed to make a change. She recalled being scared to tell her parents she wasn’t happy at the seemingly perfect job.
I get it. Networking can be a daunting task. The thought of putting yourself out there thinking that a person may not respond, or feeling awkward with your glass of Chardonnay in the bar that’s too noisy and everyone seems to know each other.
Paige More is a California gal turned New Yorker. Paige moved to New York 4 years ago to chase her dream job, and landed it. Paige was formerly a Producer for national networks such as Good Morning America, and The Daily Mail TV. Did I mention during her time with these networks she had 4 Emmys under her belt? This girl was kicking ass and taking names.
In general, many of the clients that I work with are seeking a pretty dramatic career change. Whether they are wanting to move from Event Planning to Client Development, or even freelancing to a full-time gig; there is a level of big change.
We are all motivated differently. Some people get their motivation from an amazing yoga or meditation session. Others are motivated by an intense writing session. While I am motivated by both of those things, nothing kicks my ass quite like music. If I am feeling happy, sad or angry I always turn to my Spotify playlists and play whatever my mood feels.
An Aha Moment can show up at different times for different people. For Alexandra Harper, that time was while she was meditating. For years, Alexandra spent countless hours working in Graphic Design and Marketing for companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Estee Lauder, before realizing she was letting fear and expectations dictate what she was doing, rather than following her passions and intuition.
When I started my business last October, my objective was simple. I wanted to help women like me, who are feeling stuck in their careers get out of that mindset to help them achieve fulfillment in a new career. I built the business around how I felt at that moment going to a job that was unhealthy for me every single day. Seven months in, and a few mission statement revisions later, my mission hasn't changed — it has evolved.
Too often I work with clients who are very nervous about how their resume looks to a hiring manager when they have too many jobs listed. They don't want to portray themselves as noncommittal or irresponsible. I am here to tell you that isn't always the case in how the resume is perceived. We are in a job market now that is much more accepting, depending on what the reasons are for leaving a company. There are definite ways to spin the conversation to ensure you are putting your best self forward, but being authentic and truthful at the same time.
Brittany Déjean is not your average human. From the ivy league to a social anthropologist, to Founder; she really covers a lot of ground in the rock star category. As the Founder of AbleThrive, Brittany works to connect people with disabilities and their families with resources and works to change the perception of disability in society.
I recently watched an amazing TED talk given by Emilie Wapnick regarding what she affectionately calls the "multipotentialite." The idea is around having more than one passion or skill set and how culturally, that isn't something we have celebrated when it comes to choosing a career.
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.