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You may be stressed out about finding an internship, but don’t worry – there are tons of people who have been there before!

Growing up, I’m sure everyone stressed to you how important it would be to get an internship. “I know, I know.” is what you probably replied, but it’s true! I had 3 internships during college – one of which actually hired me years later!

Finding an internship isn’t always easy, but it’s a must-have to land your dream job someday. It’s all about having the right experience.

Now, where do we begin? Let’s start with the basics.

Get involved

  • Join clubs and activities at your school. It’ll help to find a club that’s relevant to your future career – maybe something like the Fashion Club, Nurses Club or Journalism Club. There’s even an option to start your own club.
  • Freelance writing for your college newspaper/website is always a great route to go. It’ll help get your name out there to the local community.
  • Get a job on campus – whether that means at your gym’s front desk or giving the tour’s at your school. You never know who you’re going to meet!

Customize yourself

  • When applying for an internship, make sure your resume and cover letter is customized for the specific opportunity. It’s important to show that you’ve taken the time and you really care about the position you’re applying for.
  • Do your research and include specific details from the job description listed for the internship. You’ll want to incorporate those details into your resume and application.

Brand yourself

  • A super important step that many people forget is to rename your resume files. When you save your resume, include your full name in the file title before sending it over. This will help the hiring manager when it comes to sorting out resumes.
  • Make sure your social media profiles are on private and anything inappropriate (like wearing revealing clothes or drinking at frat parties) is removed. You’ll also want to make sure no red cups are being displayed. The person looking you up will already have a snapshot of who you are from your social media profiles, so you want to put your best foot forward.

These are my best tips that got me in the door! Do you have any other suggestions? Comment and let me know!

By: Courtney Moed

 

January 29, 2019 0 comment
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Happy 2019! Did you know that 1/3 of Americans are taking a “start again in January” attitude when it comes to their health and planning? The holidays are filled with so many delicious treats and unhealthy foods, but now is the time to get back on track.

54% of people believe they’ll be successful in staying healthy in 2019. Now – where do we begin? Since we spend most of our time in the office, we’re focusing on tips for healthy snacking in the workplace. Your coworkers might be bringing in snacks for their birthdays or catered food from nearby restaurants, but it’s important to be aware. Free workplace snacks are just so enticing – and you get to socialize with your coworkers while noshing.

Here are five tips for healthy snacking:

  • Drink water. This is a great alternative to snacking all together with – you’ll keep yourself feeling full (and hydrated)! You might wind up going to the bathroom every 30 minutes, but that’s okay. Another plus is that water is great for your skin, too.
  • Bring your own snacks. Stock your desk drawer with plenty of healthy snacks whether that’s nuts, bananas, roasted chickpeas, protein bars, etc. You’ll be more inclined to reach into your desk and choose a healthy (and convenient) option.
  • Have smaller meals throughout the day. Growing up we’ve all be told the norm was three meals per day, but maybe it is best to actually have a bunch of smaller meals throughout the day. Having around six small meals throughout the day actually increases your metabolism and energy. Sounds good, if you ask me!
  • Be assertive. Do you know who orders your office snacks? It might be a good idea to approach them and suggest healthier options to replace those currently in office. Some great options are graze and Snack Nation.
  • Rethink your drinks. Fancy coffees, sodas, juices are all filled with tons of sugar that you could probably do without. Yes – running out to Starbucks with your coworkers is so easy, but make sure you keep all the extra sugar in mind when you’re ordering. Think about lower sugar options such as black coffee or green tea.

Staying healthy in the workplace doesn’t have to be hard, but the same tips don’t always work for everyone! What are your tips for keeping yourself on track? Let us know in the comments.

By: Courtney Moed

 

January 3, 2019 0 comment
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December means holiday cheer all around us! The end of the year can be tough to focus on your everyday work, but sometimes a little joy in the office can help employees stay motivated. Celebrating the holiday season in the workplace is really helpful when it comes to boosting employee morale and teamwork.

When you think about holidays in the workplace… what do you enjoy the most? We’ve gathered the top 5 things in our office:

  • Holiday parties
  • Employee potluck
    • Employee potlucks are a great way to bring the team together. Everyone makes a special recipe and the group comes together to taste each other’s dishes. Each person can be assigned a different course whether that’s a salad, dip, entrée, dessert, etc.
  • Happier people
    • The holidays can be a stressful time of year, but it can also be a really positive time of year. Many people tend to be kinder, happier and more relaxed during this time.
    • Another way to bring holiday cheer to your everyday life, is to decorate your desk or office for the season.
  • Cookie/gift change
    • Most of us can admit that we have a sweet tooth, so why not suggest having a cookie exchange in the office? Everyone can make a cookie or dessert recipe and then the group can come together and exchange.
    • If sweets aren’t your thing, a White Elephant gift swap might be more appropriate. For this, each employee will purchase a fun/silly gift and randomly each person will choose a gift and swap with each other. It is usually a great way to get some laughs.
  • Volunteering
    • Volunteering as a group to help those less fortunate is an awesome way to come together as an organization. This can help increase confidence as you’re doing for those in your community and it’ll hopefully provide you with a nice sense of accomplishment. It’s also a great bonding time.

We’ve officially entered the holiday season! Comment and let us know your favorite part about the holidays in the workplace.

By: Courtney Moed

December 6, 2018 0 comment
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Whether you’re starting a new job or you’ve been working at the same gig for years, you may want to take another look at your workplace etiquette. When you think about it, we spend more time with our coworkers each day in the office than we do with our own friends and family. You definitely don’t want to annoy those around you, especially when the office can sometimes be a stressful place.

Are you doing everything you can to give off your best impression at work? If you need to reevaluate, we’ve put together a quick list of tips to put your best self forward at work.

  • No gossiping. Come one now, no one likes a gossip queen. Yes, we can all admit we gossip from time to time, but it’s important to separate that in the workplace. You want to make sure you keep up your reputation and your coworkers feel like they can trust you.
  • Don’t make personal calls. There’s nothing worse than sitting at your desk hearing the woman behind you making doctors’ appointments for her children and scheduling her gel manicure. We all have these calls to make, but it is best to go in private and not disturb those around you. When you make these calls, go in a conference room or empty office – or even go outside and get some fresh air.  
  • Respect those around you. The first way to do so, is to not be disruptive. This means no loud music, phone calls (like I mentioned above), random guests at your desk, etc. It’s also important for you to take a look around and see what your coworkers are doing. The person right next to you may be on an important client call, but you’re chatting away disturbing them. Pay attention to not only yourself, but make sure you’re keeping an eye on those around you also.
  • Communicate with others. You want to make sure you’re communicating with your coworkers to find out what their best way to communicate is. Do they prefer you sending them an email? Calling them? Showing up at their desk? Each person has a different way of communicating, so it’s important to learn how to communicate properly. With that comes listening, make sure you’re really listening to those around you so they feel respected, valued and important.
  • Be personable, but professional. We’re at work for eight hours a day with our coworkers, so it’s really nice when you can develop personal relationships with others around the office. Your coworkers are the only other people who know what you’re also going through, so you automatically have an unspoken bond. Building authentic relationships with your coworkers can only make the day better – ultimately it’ll be better for the team because it’ll boost morale around the office and build trust around the team.

What are your top workplace etiquette tips? Comment and let us know!

By: Courtney Moed

November 15, 2018 0 comment
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Feeling like you’re in a rut? Looking to get a promotion, but not sure what to do next? I think we’ve all been there. You work hard every day, but just want to kick it up a notch and bring your career to the next level.

That’s why we’ve put together our top 5 habits to help advance your career.

  • Carve out a niche. 
    • Be known for something in particular whether that’s being really great at media relations, knowing SEO like the back of your hand or being a very detail-oriented data scientist. It’s important to let people know what you have to offer and the prominence of your expertise in whatever the topic may be.
  • Engage with people outside your everyday team. 
    • Networking is always important – whether you’re networking professionally or personally. Engrossing yourself with other teams and coworkers you don’t necessarily work with can only help you! This is something you want to constantly do to learn more about different topics as well as the people around you.
  • Create a schedule. Time management skills allow you to accomplish more tasks in a shorter period of time. This means you’ll have more time on your hands, which means less stress and more focus. You may even find some extra time to explore new opportunities. 
  • Say yes and be open minded. 
    • Take the chance and say yes to working on a project you wouldn’t normally work on. Maybe you decided it is finally time to speak up in that big client meeting. Believe in yourself and take that extra leap of faith – you never know what possibilities could be out there! Who knows, you may find something you really enjoy. 
  • Feed your mind.
    • Whether you prefer books, TED Talks, podcasts, etc. there are tons of options out there to keep yourself learning. Maybe you just need a fresh perspective or want to learn about a new topic. There are options out there for everyone to keep their mind sharp and help step up their game in the workplace.

 

Hope these are helpful! Comment and let us know if you have any other helpful habits.

 

-Courtney Moed

October 30, 2018 0 comment
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Interviewing for jobs can be a stressful time, which is why we’re here to make it a little easier for you. We already gave you part one for our interview prep – exactly what you should wear for the big day. If you didn’t get a chance to check out that post, you can find it here.

Part two of our interview prep is about what you should actually bring to the interview with you. You may think you have everything, but what’s better than a quick list to ensure you have it all together?

We’ve broken down our top items here:

  • Photo ID – why might you need this? There could very well be a doorman or security and you’ll need to show your proper identification to be let into the building. That sure would be disappointing to show up to your interview and not be allowed in!
  • Resume copies – You can’t assume that everyone you’re interviewing with will have your resume on hand. There’s a chance some of the people may not even seen it yet, so it’s always better to come prepared with a few copies.
  • Notepad/pen – You might want to take notes about important information about the job. It’s also important to write down the names of the people who interview you with (if they don’t have a business card to give you), that way you know exactly who to write thank you notes to.
  • Larger purse/briefcase – You’ll want to pick one place to store everything you’re bringing with you. Maybe you want to put all your papers in a folder and then put everything in a large fashionable purse or briefcase. This will make you look very organized! You don’t want to look disheveled coming into an interview with multiple bags.
  • Mints/water bottle – Say yes to keeping your breath smelling fresh! It also always helps to bring a bottle of water to keep on hand in case you get parched from all the chatting.
  • Questions – Interviewees love when people ask questions! If you get nervous easily, it might help to write out some talking points or questions to remember off the top of your head. Having these handy will show you’re really interested and invested in learning more about this opportunity.
  • Personal business cards – These are always great to hand out since they have all your contact information right in one place. If anyone needs to reach out to you, your handy business cards will have everything they need with your phone number and email address.
  • Portfolio/work samples – Depending on your personal preference, some people prefer digital portfolios while others like to have them electronically on a website. Either option works, but it’s a great way to show off all the awesome work you’re doing!
  • References – Hopefully you have a really successful interview and they want to reach out to your references. If you have their information listed on a nicely typed up piece of paper, you’ll be one step ahead of them game!

Feeling better about what you should bring with you? Us too 😊 Let us know if there’s anything else you usually bring on job interviews.

By: Courtney Moed

 

October 2, 2018 0 comment
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You may have heard about the latest way to travel – ‘bleisure’ which is combining business and leisure travel. Some say this is because the rise of the millennial business traveler, but either way we’re all about it! Why not be economical and turn your business trip into something a little more fun?!

When you’re relaxed, balanced and calm, you perform your best. We’ve put together some tips on how to be your best self while turning a business trip into pleasure:

  • Create downtime
    • Read a book
    • Sit on your room’s balcony
    • Take a walk
  • See if you can extend to explore more around the area
    • Everywhere has something to offer
    • Take advantage of what’s around you
  • Use Yelp for best spots/meals
    • Find out if there’s anything special/locally sourced you can get
    • Search for the happy hours
  • See if you know anyone in the area to meet up with
    • Locals know best
  • Hangout by the pool (outdoor or indoor)
    • Whether you’re swimming or just chillaxing
  • Hike nearby
    • There’s nothing like the great outdoors
  • Take advantage of comfy hotel robes
    • Relax and unwind

Do you have any other tips for turning your business trip into pleasure? Let us know!

We’ve also put together a great guide for packing for a business trip.

By: Courtney Moed

September 6, 2018 0 comment
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If you’re lucky enough to go on a business trip or work conference, you’re definitely going to need a packing checklist. We’ve put together a list to make the process a whole lot smoother.

For starters, it’s best to pack by complete looks from head to toe. This means everything from the shoes on your feet to your undies to your accessories. Your day to day activities may change, so it’s crucial to have versatile options and clothes that travel well. It would be a shame to show up with wrinkled clothes! (Pack some Downy Wrinkle Release spray to help get any unpreventable wrinkles out)

It’s important to travel light when traveling for business. Pack the clothes you feel confident in because you want to put your best foot forward and feel good. Now isn’t the right time to test out those outfits that have been hanging in the back of your closet for months.

Bring pieces that can easily mix and match together. We suggest 3 bottoms (2 pants and 1 skirt), 4 tops, 2 jackets (blazer/cardigan) and one dress.

About the bottoms:

  • Pants should be solid colors such as black and gray. If it’s summertime, you can absolutely go with pale hues as long as they can easily match your other pieces.
  • Feel free to through in a pair of jeans for nighttime, but make sure to avoid anything trendy like ripped jeans. A classic cut pair of jeans that goes with heels and a blazer is the perfect look.
  • If you decide to go with a skirt, make sure it isn’t too high above the knees and is a little more on the conservative side.

About the tops:

  • Bring tops in a variety of colors and patterns. If you’re feeling bolder, go for the patterns otherwise a top in a nice color will do.
  • We tend to aim for neutrals when layering, but (if you’re clumsy) sometimes it’s best to avoid white since stains will be noticeable. We’re a big fan of blue tops!

About the jackets:

  • It’s so important to have a quality blazer in your wardrobe. This will be the ultimate staple piece in your wardrobe that you can dress both up and down.
  • Bring along a cardigan in case things get a little chilly being in the A/C.

About the dress:

  • A little black dress should be everyone’s go-to dress for business trips. You can easily wear it to the conference and then out for dinner and drinks at night. When traveling for work, the goal is to pack light and a black dress can definitely help you do that!

We’ve also gathered some more of our favorite quick tips for pulling together looks:

  • Bring individual pieces that make outfits that can easily transition from day to night.
    • Statement jewelry or accessories can bring your look to the next level at night.
  • Bring one pair of heels that goes with everything and one pair of flats that you can also wear on the plane.
  • Bring two purses – one for day and one for night.

We’ll leave you with some quick packing pointers:

  • Roll your clothes
  • Put your jacket on top
  • Liquids in carry on on top

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received when packing for a business trip? Let us know!

By: Courtney Moed

August 2, 2018 0 comment
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If you’re looking for tips and tricks for the ultimate interview outfit, then look no further! We’ve put together a guide to help you put your best foot forward on that job interview. After all, your first impression can impact whether or not you land your dream job! What you wear shows how serious you are about the job you’re interviewing for.

It all starts with dressing one step ahead and of course, being professional and polished. It’s not appropriate to dress down at an interview even if the company has a casual dress code policy.

Outfit:

Suit with pants or skirt will be your go-to interview outfit. The color of your look shouldn’t be too flashy – go with simple, more neutral colors. If you decide to go with the skirt, make sure it is knee-length.

A classic pair of dress pants are going to be a staple in your wardrobe. They’re easy to dress up and down once you land the job. We love a good powersuit! You can wear a blazer with a button down or top with interesting detail. Just make sure nothing you wear is too over the top as this will be distracting during your interview.

Shoes:

Always start with a great pair of shoes that are clean and polished! If you’d like to wear heels, make sure they heel is moderate and not too high. We’d recommend peep toe heels, closed toe pumps or even ballet flats.

Nails:

Everyone looks at your hands in a professional environment. Many of us talk with our hands which will attract lots of attention. Even when you’re shaking other’s hands, they will be looking at your hands and nails. Make sure your manicure is fresh, clean and neutral. No one wants to hire someone will chipped polish! It’ll look like you don’t take care of yourself or care about your appearance.

Accessories and Makeup:

Make sure your accessories aren’t too flashy as it’ll be a distraction. Wear a conservative watch and leave the bangles at home. When deciding between a purse or briefcase, go with one or the other. You’ll look a little scattered showing up to an interview with both in hand. Makeup should be minimal for a professional appear.

We’ve also put together a quick list of things to watch out for when it comes to dressing for your interview.

*When it doubt, leave it out!*

  • Avoid loud patterns,
  • Large accessories and jewelry
  • Noisy/clunky jewelry
  • Short skirt or form fitting look
  • Visible body piercings or tattoos
  • Strong perfume
  • Jeans
  • Bookbag/backpack

Comment and let us know what your favorite interview look is! Did it help you land your dream job?

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July 11, 2018 0 comment
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You asked… so we answered! Summer is the time of year for tons of different offsite work get togethers. It’s a great time to network and get to know your colleagues outside the normal office setting. Now, what type of outfits are appropriate for each? We’ve put together a guide to help you put your best foot forward.

  1. Weekend Picnic
    • Bermuda shorts are perfect for outdoor work festivities. They’ll still keep you on the cooler side, but also give you coverage.
    • Fitted t-shirt or thicker tank top is great for your top. Make sure it’s in good condition and doesn’t look like you just pulled it out of the dirty laundry.
    • Sandals or sneakers will work for an outdoor picnic. If you’re playing relaying races in the grace, you may want to go with the sneakers for safety purposes.
  2. Baseball Game
    • Your favorite sports jersey will do, but if you don’t have one then a nice simple t-shirt will do just as well.
    • Feel free to wear your best baseball hat! If you don’t have a favorite team, just wear a plain hat without any logo.
    • Lightwear jacket may be needed for when the sun goes down and it gets chilly.
  3. Mini-Golf
    • A nice pair of khaki capris or shorts will suffice. Mini-Golf is the perfect time to wear a light and breezy, casual look.
    • A dress or skirt wouldn’t be the best option for this as you’ll be moving around and bending, so you won’t want to have to worry about showing your behind.
  4. Go-Kart Racing
    • Simple jeans and a t-shirt will do for this occasion. Since you’ll be sitting, you want to wear comfortable clothes that you can easily sit and stretch in.
    • Sneakers are the best option for this as many places don’t allow you to race in anything with an open toe or heels.  
  5. Movie Party
    • Wear a comfy dress or maxi skirt with some bright accessories.
    • Your look can be dressy enough to wear to the office, but not too informal.
  6. Patio/Rooftop Drinks
    • Wear a stylish sundress or long skirt.
    • Any type of sandals or heels will be great for this occasion as long as the drinks aren’t service on the sand at a beach bar.  

Hopefully these tips will come in handy for your next company outing! Let us know if you have any other occasions you need outfit help for.

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July 6, 2018 0 comment
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