Booth talk, small talk, and how to start a conversation.

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IMG_6460Something about the idea of making “small talk” makes me want to vomit. It feels fake and artificial. So how do you start a conversation with complete strangers in a business setting? This is a valuable skill, that I’ve used over and over again. Whether it’s at a career fair, or at some sort of networking reception,  the art of making brief conversations with strangers in a way that leaves a positive impression doesn’t come naturally to many people.  It will take some practice, but here are some ideas to get your conversation going in the right direction–

 

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Your resume is ugly, but we can fix it.

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IMG_2208If we were best friends, and you tried on a hideous dress that was totally wrong for your body shape, you’d want me to be honest about it, right? So, as a virtual friend who has your best interests at heart, let me be honest–your resume is ugly. Don’t be offended, most resumes are hideous to look at. Good news is, we can fix it. I’ve talked with recruiters and hiring managers at some of the top firms to get the inside scoop on content and formatting for resumes. Last week we covered content. Now let’s talk about why your resume is ugly, and how to fix it. Continue reading →

How to Write a Resume: Content

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resume is like a window display at a bakeryPassing by the bakery, looking for something to eat, I glanced at the window display and was instantly interested. Hello? Look at those cinnamon rolls! (enlarged below for your viewing pleasure) How could I not be drawn in?! Your resume is like a window display. The interviewer at your potential dream job will give your resume a glance–one glance–and they will either be drawn in to read more, and then interested enough to call you for an interview, or they move on to the next applicant. Believe me, having been on the hiring side of this process, that’s about how it goes. Here are some guidelines for the content of your resume that will make it more delicious on the eye….or something like that… Continue reading →

Interview with Gretchen McClain: rocket scientist, CEO, and role model

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Gretchen McClain SLC Salt Lake City UtahKeep in touch with people. Step up to challenging opportunities. Leadership is about teamwork. These are just a few of the takeaways from my conversation with an amazing woman, Gretchen McClain. Currently a Director of three publicly-traded companies, (Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation, AMETEK, Inc., and Con-way Inc.), Gretchen has been a VP at Honeywell, Senior VP at ITT, and the CEO of Xylem. Oh, and did I mention that she basically built the International Space Station for NASA? Yeah. Basically.  (This is where you ask “How did you get to have lunch with this woman???” and I say, “I don’t know! I got super lucky!!!”) Continue reading →

The Secret to Dressing Yourself Like a Model

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IMG_4069We’ve all seen outfits displayed on models or mannequins and thought “Wow, she looks so put together!” I’m about to teach you the one secret to putting an outfit together that will forever change how you look at your closet, so people will say the same thing about you. Are you ready? It’s just three words: Continue reading →

How to Buy Clothes for your Body Type

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gray lace and satin dressHave you ever tried on a dress in the store that looks better on the hanger than it does on you? Happened to me just last week. I picked up a darling skirt to try on (ok…multiple prints of the same skirt, because it was absolutely darling, and I was sure I’d buy at least one). Nice fabric, nice silhouette, nice length, nice detailing, and then I tried it on, and… BAH HA hahaha!!!! Continue reading →

Do’s and don’ts of lunch interviews.

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what to wear with a gray suitLunch is not as care-free and casual when you are interviewing. Eating lunch with a candidate tells me more about the person than anything on the resume. Having sat through hundreds of lunches as the candidate, and now sitting on the other side of the table as the interviewer, there are some definite do’s and don’ts you need to be aware of– Continue reading →

Summer Series: Casual Friday

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Especially in the summertime, I use Friday as a day to network, take prospective clients out to lunch, and there are often conferences or seminars to attend (more networking).summer business casual 2015 I wanted an outfit that was casual but not sloppy, classy without being stuffy, and could handle both the heat of summer and the blast of A/C inside. Inspired by a recent trip to Maryland, I went with a nautical theme, and voila!  Continue reading →

Summer Series: Office Interview

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This is a great summer outfit to wear to an interview where the position you’re interviewing for does not require a suit. When interviewing for an office job, you want to present a clean canvas so your interviewer will have no difficulty imagining you in the role. Crazy colors or patterns can be distracting. You want to be remembered for your qualifications, not as “the girl with the huge earrings / old-fashioned blouse / weird socks….”

 

 

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