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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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Stay Focused

You might love your job and the people you work with, but it is inevitable to feel a little unmotivated sometimes. Being at work 5 days a week for 8 hours a day can sometimes start to feel like a drag. This “rut” can cause low quality of work or leave you uninspired without being able to accomplish anything. If this is you or you have been here before, here are 5 ways to get out of the rut and to help you get motivated at work once again.

  1. To-Do List

Create a daily to-do list to stay on track. Writing down your daily to-do list will make you feel more responsible for completing each task. Cross items off your list as you complete them to stay motivated.  

  1. Set Goals

Is there a big project you need to complete? An upcoming presentation? Or a promotion you are after? Establish your long- and short-term goals and actively plan on how to accomplish them successfully.

  1. Spice Up Work Wardrobe

Add a couple of new pieces to your work wardrobe. There’s nothing like a new work outfit to add incentive to your day. We always say, “dress for the job you want”.

  1. Inspiration

Surround yourself with positivity. Work isn’t always the most inspiring of places. So, take matters into your own hands and re-decorate your office or cubicle so it is a place of inspiration for you.  

  1. Celebrate

Give yourself a pat on the back for your small or big accomplishments. A celebration after accomplishing a particular task is a great way to keep you motivated throughout the process.

What tips do you have for staying motivated at work?

By: Percy Jimenez-Nagy

January 22, 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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work-life balance

Juggling the demands of work and life can be challenging. It seems like sometimes we don’t even leave work, we are just always “on the clock”. But where do you draw the line? How do you set boundaries and balance your work and personal life?

It’s important to give yourself time to enjoy life, relax and unwind when off the clock. This way you can be more attentive and productive while at work. Here are five ways to help you create a work-life balance.

1. Be a Smart Worker

Don’t waste work time scrolling through social media, browsing the internet or hanging out by the water cooler. This may cause you to have to work late or bring work home. Be a smart worker, create an efficient daily work schedule so you can complete all tasks needed within your 9-5.

2. Set Boundaries

With technology nowadays it’s inevitable to take work with us wherever we go. Our cell phones and smartwatches are constantly buzzing with work messages or emails. To create a work-life balance, boundaries must be set. Dedicate your work time to work and learn to only answer emergency work calls, emails or messages while you are out of the office. Everything else can wait until you are back in the office.

3. Learn to say “No”

Make smart decisions on how you spend your time. Learn to say “no” to activities or people that drain your time and energy and do not add value to your career or life. You can’t be everything to everyone‍. The less time you spend on “filler” activities the more time you have for what truly matters.

4. Schedule Downtime

Make time in your schedule for activities or hobbies you enjoy and make you happy. Plan a movie night with the kids, date night with the spouse, girls’ night out or some exercise time for yourself. Give yourself something to look forward to and de-stress.

5. Get Help

You don’t have to do everything by yourself. Get help completing tasks. Make a list of all your tasks and errands and see what tasks you can outsource. Even if on a budget, you may find that the time you save is worth it.

Also, you don’t necessarily need to “hire” help to get help. Take advantage of your supermarkets’ pickup or home delivery service. This will cut down on the time you spend grocery shopping and will open time for other activities.

Hope these tips for creating a work-life balance give you insight on how to better manage your workload. What other tips do you have for creating a work-life balance?

By: Percy Jimenez-Nagy

November 14, 2018 0 comment
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You know the saying “work hard, play hard”? Well, we couldn’t agree with it more. Most of us spend 5 days a week working 9-5, so taking time off of work for a vacation is crucial to recharging and feeling refreshed. However, preparing and making sure that everything is taken care of while you’re away can be nerve-racking and stressful. Here are 7 tips to help you prepare for your time out of the office, so you can leave work behind and enjoy your time away.

Give Notice

Give ample notice to all work colleagues or clients of when you will be out of the office. This way they may contact you with any matters that need to get taken care of beforehand. You can also change your email signature to include a note of the dates you will be out of the office as a reminder to everyone you do business with.

Plan Ahead

The best way to prepare for a vacation and time away from work is to prep for it early. Create a list of what will need to be done while you’re away and see what tasks you may complete beforehand and what tasks can wait until after you return. Then do a task from your list every day leading up to your vacation to avoid a last-minute work overload.

If applicable, delegate some of your tasks that require daily upkeep to members of your team while your away.

Second In Command

Assign a go-to person who can handle any issues that might arise while you’re away and let your team know. This way everyone knows who to go to in your absence. This can also help limit the number of emails or calls that will come thru while you’re away to only “true” emergencies.

Check-In Times

It’s inevitable, no matter how many times you tell people you’re out of the office, they will still try to contact you. Before you leave, let your colleagues know if you will be reachable while away and what those specific times are, or if you will be totally disconnected except for emergencies. Make sure to limit any work activity to those specific times. You’re on vacation so enjoy it.

Out-Of-Office Message

While away, create an out-of-office auto-reply message for your email and update your outgoing voicemail message to let everyone know you’re out of the office, when you will return and who to contact in your absence.

Tidy Up

Organize folders, file paperwork and toss old papers. Leave your work space/desk clean before you leave. This way you can return to a clean slate and start fresh. No one likes to return from a relaxing vacation to a mess.

When You Return

If doable, avoid meetings, appointments or jumping back into any big projects on your first day back. Let your first day back to work be for catching up and getting organized. Go through your mail, emails, voicemails, paperwork and take care of things accordingly. That way by your second day back you are ready to hit the ground running.

Found these tips helpful? If so, leave a comment and let us know how they worked out for you! What other tips do you have when preparing to take a few days off?

By: Percy Jimenez-Nagy

July 24, 2018 0 comment
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There are thousands of recipes to try when it comes to holiday desserts and everyone has their favorite (and least favorite). We asked our team what they’ll be baking this year.

Here are our top 20 holiday desserts (in no particular order):

1. Sugar Cookies. These are extremely easy, not too sweet, and they are always a hit! Recipe: Once Upon A Chef.

2. Christmas Bread Pudding. This seasonal dessert is perfect for the holidays. Recipe: Food & Wine.

3. Tres Leches Cake. This is the perfect make-ahead cake. Recipe: Food Network.

4. Old Fashioned Coconut Custard Pie. The flavor palette is similar to coconut creme brulee. Recipe: Beyond Frosting.

5. Christmas Butter Cookies. Get your cookie cutters out and ask the kids to help with these fun to decorate cookies. Recipe: I Am Baker.

6. Raspberry Trifle with Rum Sauce. Who doesn’t like desserts in wine glasses? Recipe: Food Network.

7. Easy Graham Cracker Toffee. It’s so easy you only need 5 ingredients. Recipe: Two Peas and Their Pod.

8. Chocolate-Peppermint Cookies. Martha Stewart will give you the steps. Recipe: Martha Stewart.

9. Sweet Potato Pie. We follow Patti LaBelle’s recipe: The Washington Post.

10. Pecan Snowball Cookies. Talk about a cookie that melts in your mouth! Recipe: Life Made Sweeter.

11. Caramel Apple Cookies. Yes. It’s a cookie that tastes like a caramel apple! Recipe: The Bakermama.

12. Panna Cotta. Giada De Laurentiis’ recipes never disappoint. Recipe: Food Network.  

13. Loaded M&M Oreo Cookie Bars. Is there anyone who doesn’t like Oreos and M&Ms? Recipe: Averie Cooks.

14. Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies. Peanut butter and chocolate are the perfect pair! Recipe: Betty Crocker.

15. Molasses Cookies. Some say this is one of the oldest and most treasured Christmas cookies. Recipes: Mom Foodie.

16. Apple Crumble. Whenever dessert includes ice cream we say “yes, please!”. Recipe: Food Network.

17. Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies. Need we say more? Recipe: The Spiffy Cookie.

18. Pumpkin Pie. Pumpkin desserts don’t have to begin and end at Thanksgiving. Recipe: Pillsbury.  

19. Split Seconds. Jelly filled sugar cookies. Fill with jelly preserves from Dickinsons. Recipe: Pillsbury.

20. Chocolate Pudding Pie. Enjoy the simple yet rich flavors. Recipe: Kraft.

Leave us a comment with links to your favorite holiday desserts.  
December 9, 2017 0 comment
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10 Alternatives to the Office Holiday Party - Ugly Sweater

The traditional office holiday party isn’t for everyone. So, if you’re looking for an alternative way for your team to refresh and reconnect in a new light – or even a supplement to the traditional office shindig. We’ve gathered the top ten crowd-pleasers for you.

  • Make cookies for a holiday cookie tasting.
  • Ugly sweater day.
  • Charitable contribution in exchange for the cost of party or volunteer day.
  • Potluck lunch.
  • Desk decorating contest.
  • Secret Santa/white elephant.
  • Head to a comedy club.
  • Hold an employee awards ceremony.
  • Team building activity – cooking class, sporting event, escape room.
  • Give employees gift cards.
Did you and your team try any of the office holiday party alternatives above? If so, leave a comment and let us know how they worked out for you!

By: Courtney Moed

November 29, 2017 0 comment
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10 Life Lessons I Learned This Year - Gillian Brown at coffee shop

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I can’t help but take some time to catch my breath and think about the crazy whirlwind that this year has been. It seems like 2017 has flashed right before my eyes. Where has the time gone? We’re in the final weeks of November and then it’s December. Before you know it, the clock will strike midnight and it will be New Years. Running SuitableYou has definitely kept me busy this year and I’m extremely grateful for its success.

This has been the most life-changing year of my life, and I can’t help but reflect on how far we’ve come as a company and the 10 life lessons I’ve learned this year.

  1. Believe in yourself. Trust your gut and your vision! – Don’t let others influence you and talk you out of what you truly believe in. At the end of the day, YOU need to be happy with yourself and your vision.
  2. Don’t take yourself so seriously – This is something that took me a long time to understand and I am still learning how to laugh at myself.
  3. Change is a good thing  – I had a lot of BIG changes happen this year, not only with SuitableYou but with my personal life too. I turned 30 in August and got married in September. I am not always the best at dealing with big changes, but these were all good ones – embrace the change!
  4. Forgiveness is key – We all get upset and angry sometimes and might want to hold grudges, but I have learned that life is too short. It’s best to say “I’m sorry” and move on.
  5. If it doesn’t work the first time keep trying – Don’t give up! Running and managing a startup can be difficult, and sometimes things don’t work out the first time around. As much as I wanted to throw in the towel some days, I knew I had to keep going!
  6. Pursue your dreams- Life is too short so do what you love. Make time to do things you are passionate about and make you happy. Find time for yourself!
  7. Listen more- Nobody has all the answers, especially when you are starting your own company. Listening is the key. By listening to other people’s struggles and stories you will learn a lot about yourself.
  8. If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody will – If you don’t believe in yourself or think you are worthy, then others will see the same. I believe when you put out positive energy into the universe it reciprocates.
  9. Patience is a virtue – In order for things to happen, we need to have patience. This is coming from a person who has little patience and wants everything done in an instant. SuitableYou has taught me that patience is KEY!
  10. Embrace the unexpected – This year has been incredible every step of the way. From all of my achievements to my failures. It all happened, and I learned from every single opportunity that I experienced and I am beyond grateful for that.

With every year that passes, I learn new life lessons and continue to grow as a person. I know that that there are more lessons for me to learn especially with running and managing SuitableYou, but I can’t wait! It’s been an amazing experience so far and I can’t wait for what’s to come. The key to it all is to take the time to reflect, learn your lessons and never take anything for granted.

What life lessons have you learned this year? Let us know in the comment section!
November 22, 2017 1 comment
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11 Ways to Bring Holiday Cheer to Your Office - Holiday Decorations

The holiday season is upon us! We spend so much time decorating our houses for the holidays, so why not decorate the workplace too? Decorating your office for the holidays is a quick way to spread festive cheer and brighten everyone’s day. After all, it is where we spend most of our time! 

We’ve got 11 ideas for bringing holiday cheer to your 9-to-5:

  1. Tabletop Tree, Menorah or Kinara. If you have enough space on your desk, this is a great way to display your holiday décor. Just make sure not to light any candles in the office! We wouldn’t want any fire hazards.
  2. String Lights. Hang these awesome lights throughout the office or even just above your workspace to set the mood.
  3. Faux Fireplace. This fun architectural detail will without a doubt bring holiday cheer to your office. You can even place LED candles or a basket of wood to complete the look.
  4. DIY Stockings. Have some team building fun with your coworkers as you decorate your own stockings to hang by the faux fireplace.
  5. Winter Wonderland. Hang white and silver glittery snowflakes from the ceiling to make it feel like you’re in the middle of a majestic snowfall.
  6. Holiday Mugs. Enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon tea out of a festive mug – you’ll be sure to spread some holiday joy.
  7. Change Desktop Background. This is a simple way to adjust the look and feel of your workspace – with everything from a snowy mountain to the tree at Rockefeller Center.
  8. Display Holiday Cards. This is an awesome way to get to know your coworkers better – everyone loves talking about their children and pets!
  9. Festive Candy Bowl. Who doesn’t love a yummy treat?! There’s nothing better than a little afternoon sugar rush.
  10. Chalkboard Countdown. Get everyone in the holiday spirit with a countdown each day.
  11. Photo Prop Back. Use wrapping paper or a scenic photo to create a festive photo booth. If it doesn’t snow in your area, you can bring the magical winter wonderland to you!
How are you going to decorate your office for the holidays? Let us know in the comment section!

By: Courtney Moed

November 14, 2017 0 comment
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