This is the blog post you need to read. I’m going to walk you through the process of discovering your personal brand. I alluded to it in my “Why do I even try?” article, and now, here it is. This exercise has the potential to put focus to your career choices and guide you to what will bring you happiness. Seriously. Continue reading →
I told you my next post would be life-changing–and it is–but first you need to know where the equation came from. This personal brand “equation” I’m going to share came from Sam Bernards, and he deserves full credit for all the ripples of goodness that will follow. Continue reading →
It’s been a while since I published a purely fashion post, and even though it’s spring, this dress was too good not to share. As with other casual dresses I wear to work, and in keeping with my purpose behind this blog, I’m here to tell you why this dress works for me at the office, at a networking reception, or a work dinner.
Mentoring has been on my mind a lot lately. No matter where you’re at on your career path, good mentors are invaluable. I’ve been lucky to have mentors like Beatryx Washington, who have played both the coach and cheerleader for me. But rather than give my amateur advice on how to find a good mentor, I went to the expert–Belinda Han. Teaching people to find mentors and be mentors is basically her job, and she’s really, really good at it! Continue reading →
Recently, I had an interview with this fantastic woman–Malia Anderson. In just a couple months, she will have the initials Ph.D. after her name. Malia is completing a doctoral degree in neuroscience, researching cognitive and memory development of the brain. (Something wicked smart like that.) Smarts isn’t what gets you through a graduate program, Malia said, it’s commitment. I asked what advice she had for people thinking about grad school, and this is what she said: Continue reading →
They say you should network. They say you should build a portfolio of potential clients. What they don’t say is that in order to win this networking game, there is one principle you must adhere to–follow-up! This blog post will help you understand the why, how, and when of follow-up. Continue reading →
Something 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–
Daunting, crowded, borderline chaos–I’m talking about career fairs. Most universities will host several career fairs throughout the year, often tailored to a specific field of interest. Without a good strategy, a career fair could be a fruitless waste of time. But…if you work it right, it’s an easy opportunity to network and establish a relationship with somebody inside the company. The companies who register are already interested in you! To create a winning game plan strategy, here are some crucial questions you should ask yourself in preparation: Continue reading →