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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Interview with Beatryx Washington

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BeaW and meBeatryx Washington is one of the strongest women of my acquaintance. She exemplifies kindness and professionalism, and has a work ethic that would leave even the energizer bunny in the dust. Currently, she is the Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary at LifeVantage Corporation–a nutraceutical company. Before that, she was Senior Legal Counsel with EnergySolutions–a company that disposes of nuclear waste. And before that, she worked for GKN Aerospace–in the aviation and aerospace industry. Needless to say, her legal career has been diverse and challenging! Continue reading →

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 →

How to make a bad day better

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lunchtime professional interview attire Sometimes, like a tidal wave of deadlines and due dates, you can see a bad day coming. Sometimes, one bad “surprise” can ruin the entire day. While bad days (or months…) may happen, we are not completely at the mercy of fate. If, like me, you’ve dealt with anxiety and depression, you know that having a strategy for coping with the unexpected downturns in life can make the world of
difference. So! Here are three options I use regularly to mitigate the bad days, or at least help the bad days to end a little better.  Continue reading →

Dinner with the United Nations

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A tweed suit came in handy for this unexpected opportunity. (Also, check out this tweed suit post) I never thought I’d be at an invitation-only dinner and workshop hosted by the United Nations Foundation, but a friend of mine had a scheduling conflict and asked if I would step in for him. Sure! What could possibly go wrong? (Famous last words, right?)

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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 →