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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 have 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 form 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. I tried not to cry in front of my professors though, and I am 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 be fore 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!


For many of us, getting frustrated, flustered or just plain emotional can have us end up in tears. And it happens more often than you may think in the one place you hope it doesn’t: the workplace. Turns out, 41 percent of women and 9 percent of men cry in the workplace and at some point in your career you will probably end up in tears in front of your boss, client or colleagues. It happens to most of us, and it is usually when we don’t see it coming. And even though crying is natural, it is unfortunately seen as weakness in the workplace.

 Three Ways To Approach Crying In The Workplace | 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.

I’m not stranger to crying in the workplace myself…more than once. Over the years I have cried to different managers out of fear, frustration or humiliation. One example that stands out is when I made the decision to leave a company after years of my commitment to this organization.  My manager and I had agreed to meet in a very large and well-traveled hotel lobby to have this conversation.  When it came time for us to discuss if I wanted to have a future and continue to work with him, my answer was “No.” Upon hearing myself utter this word, the tears came without warning.  And then I started making that ugly cry face that I could not control. I tried to cover my face with my hand to not make him uncomfortable. Instead of having any words for me, he just zoned out and watched ESPN on the hotel lobby’s large plasma TV. I may have well been sitting by myself. Instead, I sat there and cried, snot and all.

Three Ways to Approach Crying in the Workplace

1. Take a Break

If you are in a situation that catches you off guard, and the tears start to flow, politely excuse yourself to a safe space like an empty office or bathroom.  A lot of women don’t do this. Instead, they continue to cry in front of their manager or director – which can really make the dynamic more uncomfortable for the parties involved. It will do you a big favor to take a break to pull it together, wipe your eyes, breathe, and return to the conversation when you are ready. Remind yourself that you are a professional and that you can handle anything. Your interaction will go much more smoothly and comfortably.

2. Be Prepared

Maybe you are asking your boss for a promotion, or addressing a project or issue you feel passionately about. Any of these topics include risk, or putting yourself out there, which can be scary, yet empowering at the same time. Show them how put together, pointed and professional you are. Schedule the meeting in advance, email them your agenda and presentation. The point is, be prepared and think through what could become a potentially teary or emotional situation before you have the conversation. This will help you collect your thoughts and be ready for any objections you may face.

3. Don’t Become a Chronic Crier

This is harsh, but it’s very true.  If you can’t get your emotions under control in the work place, you will be seen as unstable, too emotional and difficult. Chronic crying does nothing to help a reputation.
 
I once worked with a woman who used crying as a way to get attention. When she first joined the company and she would shed tears about something that would frustrate her, I thought, Okay, no big deal. I get it. But after months passed, crying became the norm and it included breaking up with boyfriends, and overall personal issues, I thought, Okay, now I don’t get it. Crying became her modus operandi. If she was having drama, she would call you into her office in the middle of the workday and want you to listen to her issues as she cried. She would try to suck in those around her and involve them in her tears.  This became toxic for us as coworkers because we did not want to be aligned with her behavior. Sadly, people tried to stay away from her and she ultimately isolated herself.

If crying becomes a consistent part of how you handle things, it is not seen in positive light. It not only affects you, it affects those around you. Do your best to not let every challenging situation make you fall apart, whether it is business related or a personal issue.

Conclusion

Crying comes as a result of emotions. We all experience emotions, all day, all the time. Considering careers can consume 40+ hours of your week, it is a big part of what feeds your feelings as it can be a part of your identity. Know that these feelings and emotions are natural – crying is so natural that it is known to shed stress hormones and toxins, which is actually good for you. In the workplace, regard it as natural too, but using the above tips will help you maintain your composure as needed, help you dry your tears and move on with your day in a positive way.


About Holly Caplan

Holly Caplan is an award-winning manager and author of Surviving the Dick Clique: A Girl’s Guide to Surviving the Male Dominated Corporate World. For more information, please visit her website.

About Surviving The Dick Clique

Surviving The Dick Clique opens with a very strong and colorful definition of the dick clique that will lead you into chapters about Holly Caplan’s experiences as she rose through the male dominated corporate ranks in the medical device industry. It reviews her 20 years of stories, lessons and rules for the coming generation of women who dive into the deep waters of this still unchartered territory of the dick clique. Let her experiences and rules apply to whatever male dominated industry you may be venturing into or living in now.


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 very important 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.

1. Know the differences in dress codes – what exactly is “business casual?”

What’s appropriate for a bank – blazer, dress pants, blouse, heels – may be way too formal for grad school. Got a creative job? Your “uniform” is going to be completely different depending on the company. That’s why it’s incredibly important to know the dress code of your job, or of the graduate department you’re in. Some companies have manuals, some you just have to feel out, but what’s important isn’t looking like a clone – it’s fitting your personal style into helpful parameters!

2. Identify your personal style, the colors you love, and what looks best on YOU.

Before starting any shopping, closet purging, or outfit planning, understanding what looks best on you, and what you truly love about your clothes, is a great place to start. If you want some guidelines, check out I Love Your Style: How To Define and Refine Your Personal Style by Amanda Brooks or The Science of Sexy: Dress to Fit Your Unique Figure with the Style System that Works for Every Shape and Size by Bradley Bayou to get started on figuring out your style and body type. Then, and sorry, but this is going to be a huge mess, take every piece of clothing you own and try it on. Do you like it? One pile. Do you LOVE it? Another pile. Is it…meh? Different pile. Then go through the piles and look for trends, colors, shapes – anything that helps you get closer to your authentic style. 

3. For every fun piece you purchase, buy a basic or really versatile piece.

So now you have a pretty good idea what you like, and what you don’t – good job! Now let’s go shopping/thrifting/raiding our friends closets! I’m in love with Lilly Pulitzer, with fun prints and patterns, but not everything I own can look like that. Plus, want to wear that Lilly dress to work? Sure! A Lilly dress with a patterned cardigan and shoes with giant bows in a corporate office? Nope. Statement pieces are great – so buy those fun pieces! But make sure to get the “basics.”

4. Speaking of Basics…

Surprise! They’re different for everyone! For some people, a white button down is a basic – for me, it’s a giant target for spills, and not something that would go with anything I wear. Love a good blazer? Buy one in fun AND tame colors! Obsessed with wide-leg pants? Great – get those floral ones but maybe some navy ones too! Basics should be pieces that you can throw on with those statement pieces, that tie outfits together, and that above all, elevate your look. 

5. Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize

The right accessories can make or break an outfit. True story – I was once offered a job on the basis of my fabulous watch. Even if you aren’t living in a Twilight Zone episode, the right accessories can tie your look together.

  • Are you wearing a solid dress and cardigan? Pair it with a statement necklace.
  • Are you wearing a patterned blouse? Pair it with some pearl earrings.
  • Do you want to show off an interest, but don’t feel comfortable wearing that dinosaur patterned dress to work yet? Buy some cute dinosaur earrings, or a bracelet with dinosaurs on it.

Accessories are supposed to be fun – you don’t have to give up your identity to be professional!

6. Everything looks better with the right shoes. 

This DOES NOT mean you have to wear heels. But gone are the days when throwing on flip flops with every outfit was an acceptable time-saving measure. Shoes are also a cheap way to experiment with colors and styles without too much commitment, something that’s crucial when trying to make the transition from college student to post-grad life. 

7. HAVE FUN!

Graduating college is huge, and the life changes that happen after college are fun and exciting and scary. No matter what you do after college, you’re going to want to balance making a great impression, something that style can help with, with figuring out who you are in this big transitional period. Keep doing your research, keep reading those books, keep trying out new things, lovelies, but also have a lot of fun doing it! Fashion is an adventure – be confident, willing to learn, and excited about the journey!

Enjoy your shopping, organizing, and learning!

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.

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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