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 →

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 →

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 →

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_SWN1513The Female Professional is dedicated to helping young women rise to the top of their respective careers. Transitioning from the classroom to the office usually means a shift in wardrobe. I experienced this shift myself, and wanted to help other women have a head-start on the learning curve. This site is an on-going project to present the what and why of fashion in the workplace. While this blog may be a work in progress, I am excited to get started and get the discussion going. Your wardrobe will be different than mine, and should reflect your personality and profession. The goal is to set out basic guidelines to make professional fashion easy to understand. Read My Standard to see what I’m looking for in my work wardrobe. Whether you are getting ready for an interview, have a company dinner coming up, or just want some ideas for what to wear around the office, this blog is designed to be a resource. Please feel free to share comments and swap ideas.