Passing 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 →
Have 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 →
Lunch 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 →
Just yesterday my cousin asked me this very question–should she wear nylons with her suit? She’s in the accounting program, interviewing with the “big 4” and going to events where the attire is “business professional.” She plans to wear a black suit or a navy suit, but should she wear nylons? What color? Here’s the simple rule to pantyhose: Continue reading →
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….”
If you don’t own one already, allow me to introduce one of the most versatile suits on the rack–gray pinstripe. For interviews, a black skirt suit and navy skirt suit are probably the most common. They express confidence and power, important attributes when interviewing with a multi-national firm. By contrast, a light, heather-gray suit may not seem as commanding or impressive as its darker counterparts. Continue reading →
I heard this quote earlier in the week. I laughed, and thought it was too good not to share. Whether you’re going in for an interview, making a business pitch to a VC firm, or rowing out to find the elusive white whale, take your “tarter sauce” and go with confidence!
There is a lot of literature out there about how to get a job. Pretty sure if there was a do-it-yourself manual on how to get a job (and it actually worked) it would sell millions of copies. For me, it took a few years and thousands of rejection letters (See prior posts here and here) to land a good job. I’ve learned a lot from these experiences. If you and I were chatting over coffee, and you asked for my advice on how to get a job, here are the three simple secrets I would share: