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November 20, 2017

How To Fit Your Resume On One Page

The art of the resume is crucial. You want it to be just long enough to pique your potential employer’s interest, but not so long that it is a total bore to read.

It’s difficult to get a resume down to one page, but it’s important.

It’s hard to believe that all the random, crazy jobs we have held don’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. You want to believe that all that time you spent working in restaurants or behind a desk in some low-skill job counts for something more than a minimum wage paycheck, after all.

The hard truth is that sometimes those jobs won’t make much sense to put on your resume, and that’s something that you will have to battle with. How can I make my resume pertinent to the types of jobs I want?

You create a resume with selected experience.

Creating this resume helps you focus more on the jobs that will impact your intended career path the most while avoiding adding the jobs that don’t matter as much. Today I am going to show you how to get your resume down to one page by focusing on the most important aspects of your experience.

How To Fit Your Resume On One Page | Creating a one page resume can be difficult, but it is not impossible. Click through for my five tips on creating the one page resume that will land you the job of your dreams and showcase your best relevant experience. #JobSearch #Resume #Career #CareerAdvice

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In career on
October 11, 2017

Three Ways to Approach Crying in the Workplace

Before we jump into today’s guest post from Holly Caplan, I wanted to chat about my own experience crying in the workplace, and why I thought Holly’s expertise would help millennial women everywhere.

I’ve definitely cried at work before. I cried more than a few times at work when I was a graduate and research assistant, and I cry sometimes now (although it’s a lot easier because I am a freelancer and I work from home.) I loved having an office when I was a GA because I could tuck away in my office and let out a few tears when my job got particularly stressful. My goal was to not to cry in front of my professors though. I’m fairly sure I managed not to cry that way. It’s okay to be emotional, but the more you can control it, the better it will before you in the long run.

I know that my audience is filled with bright, amazing women across the country. I thought that Holly could shed some great light on crying in the workplace for y’all, so that you are prepared for what the working world may bring.

But, I am being chatty, so I will let Holly take over from here, she is the expert after all!

Crying is a natural emotion that has many benefits, but crying in the workplace can be seen as a weakness. How do you combat those two notions? Click through to read Holly Caplan's great advice for young adults entering the workforce when it comes to crying. #Career #CareerAdvice

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In career on
March 24, 2017

How to Transition Your Wardrobe from College to Post-Grad Life

Life’s too short to wear boring clothes. ~ Cushine et Ochs

Of course, it is! But all those fun dresses, crazy prints, cute jeans, sorority shirts, and loud bags you’ve been sporting in college look a lot different from all those “what should I wear to my interview” Pinterest searches you’ve been doing. How can you transition your wardrobe from college to post-grad life – without going broke or sacrificing your personal style?

Luckily, this task isn’t as daunting as it might seem! Here are 7 steps to elevating your style without breaking the bank, and with your own fabulous personality staying front and center!

How To Transition Your Wardrobe From College To Post-Grad Life | Graduation is quickly approaching. Transitioning your wardrobe to post-grad life is a vital part of finding a good job because you want to dress for the job you want. Click through for seven great tips to help you transition your wardrobe today.

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In career on
March 17, 2017

How to Craft the Perfect Elevator Pitch

Interviews and career fairs can be intimidating – how is it possible to cram all of your life experiences and qualifications into a tiny time frame and convince someone to hire you?

It’s a lot to speak about in a short period of time, which is why an elevator pitch is the perfect segue way into a career conversation. Whether you are just starting college or you are launching your full-time career, the elevator pitch is (arguably) one of your most important tools, and after covering a few basic points, you’ll be all set to start conversing with a future employer (and potentially score that job!).

 How To Craft The Perfect Elevator Pitch | If you had just 30 second to impress your potential future boss, what would you say? Katrina David helps you understand what goes into an elevator pitch and how you can use this information to craft your perfect pitch and get your foot in the door for your next job.

Learn how to craft the perfect elevator pitch with this post from happy contributor @supkatrinaa on @happyarkansan.

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First – what is an Elevator Pitch?

An elevator pitch is an introduction that takes about 30 seconds to 1 minute to get through, and it’s designed to be the launchpad for a conversation with a representative, potential employer, interviewer, etc. The name “elevator pitch” comes from the idea that if you were put in an elevator with the CEO of your dream company, you should be able to convince him/her that you would make a good hire before the elevator dings to a stop. 

It’s a fun approach to a potentially stressful situation, and a proper elevator pitch will leave a stellar first impression on the representative you are talking to, and give you the opportunity to begin a good conversation with a future employer. 

Include a Strong Opening!

Think of an elevator pitch like a mini persuasive essay – you want your audience to be hooked from the moment you begin, and there are a number of ways to do this. Some websites will tell you to make your elevator pitch into something creative & “out-there” (someone from my school actually rapped his elevator pitch at a career fair!). While this can be a good tactic, it can be debilitating and risky if you don’t have an amazing idea right off the top of your head.

Don’t worry though, because your opening can still be strong and powerful without using a gimmick or a story! Instead, focus on making your initial interaction as strong and confident as possible. If you smile, offer your hand for a firm handshake, and introduce yourself with conviction, you’re sure to grab people’s attention without having to do anything over-the-top.

So, tell me a little bit about yourself…

“Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?” is a fairly common question in interviews and networking events, and it is also the perfect time to use your elevator pitch. Use the initial statement as a guideline for what you’re going to include in the pitch – you want to answer the question, after all!

Make a list of a few basic points about yourself – your name and major for a start. Other things you can include are a succinct reason for why you chose your major, career goals that you may have, or particular “soft-skills” that you would like to highlight. Remember, you’re basically selling yourself, so include points that make you seem more appealing to your interviewer.

Work in two of the points that you made on your list into a sentence, and bam, you have the middle of your elevator pitch.

It’s NOT One-Size-Fits-All!

No two people are alike, and that’s the perfect reason why you should be tailoring your elevator pitch to the person you are talking to specifically. In the case of an interview, be sure to speak on what you find most appealing about the job you’re applying for. You can even include some key character traits or skills that were outlined in the job description – that might get you some bonus points with your interviewer because he/she can see that you’re really paying attention. (i.e. if the job description says they are looking for people with “great organizational skills”, throw that into your elevator pitch!)

On the other hand, if you’re starting a conversation at a networking event, you can be a little bit more casual and simply end with a question about the other person. Don’t become a robot that just regurgitates information – that’s a recipe for awkward! Which brings me to my next point…

Go With the Flow

I highly suggest not committing your speech to memory word for word. You want to sound naturally confident and sure of yourself, and unless you are an actor, that can be difficult to achieve if you’re just memorizing words. Plus, conversations can get derailed fairly quickly in a real-life setting, and being comfortable with the most important pieces of information rather than an entire speech will help you stay on your toes in the case of an unexpected question.

Instead of memorizing your elevator pitch like vocabulary words, write a little sticky note out with all of your key points, and practice different variations of the pitch in the mirror a few times the night before your big day. Remember, confidence and comfort are key, and you want to exude confidence and comfort in who you are any time you’re trying to “sell yourself”.

Final Thoughts

Professional settings and elevator pitches may be stressful, but the most important thing in any scenario is that you remain 100% true to yourself at all times. Don’t let all of the preparation and nervousness detract from your personality and passion – after all, you’re pretty great, and you want your potential employers to see that too.

I hope these tips will help you craft your elevator pitch, and you’ll be equipped to take on any interview or networking event by storm. Good luck!

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