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Tip Slip!

Hello, loves!

If you’re like me, you are currently (desperately!) looking to snag a job before the summer really gets rolling!  I’ve had a few interviews recently, so I thought I’d share some tips I’ve learned that might help you during your own interviews.  Here they are!

1. Research the Company

It is very important to be familiar with the company or organization you’re applying to work for.  Know a bit about their history and their goals — this is usually on their website, on a page titled something along the lines of “About Us”.  If your interviewer were to ask you “What do you think we do here?”, you should be able to answer them with confidence!  It sounds like an easy question, but it’s very easy to draw a blank when you’re put on the spot (it has happened to me).  Be prepared!

2. Ask Questions

Nine times out of ten, the interviewer’s last question will be “Do you have any questions?”.  DO NOT say no!  There is no way you know everything you need/want to know after they’re finished speaking, and saying “no” can make you seem apathetic.  I usually ask what they consider to be the most important quality for the holder of the vacant position to have, or what their favorite part of working for the company is, and those questions almost always receive positive feedback!

Of course, also ask questions about things you need clarified, or ask for more information if you need it.  Remember, you are essentially interviewing the company, too, in order to see if it would be a good fit for you!  Just make sure you’re not asking for information they have already given you.

3. Take Notes

Interviewers always take notes during interviews, but candidates rarely do.  This should change!  I recommend taking a planner or notebook with you and jotting down notes and key points during an interview.  It shows that you’re engaged and taking this seriously, and that you want to remember all the information the interviewer is giving you!  I do, however, recommend asking the interviewer if you taking notes is okay with them, as I think it’s a bit more polite.

4. Stand Out

Your interviewer will likely be meeting with a number of candidates, so you don’t want your interview to be forgettable!  The best way to stand out is to show a little bit of your personality.  Relax, smile, and have fun.  Obviously approach the interview with professionalism, but make sure the interviewer gets a sense of who you are as a person.  Being personable and comfortable with yourself goes a lot further than you think!  As long as you’re not being inappropriate and unprofessional, showing your personality in an interview will only help you.

5. Follow Up

This is important!  Within 24 hours, shoot an email to the person who interviewed you.  Be sure to thank them sincerely for taking the time to meet with you, and tell them you hope to hear from them soon.  Let them know how much you enjoyed speaking with them — bonus points if you can reference something they said and how it stuck with you!  This is just a courtesy more than anything, but it can really improve your chances of landing a position.  A little kindness goes a long way!

Alright, I know this was a more serious (and lengthy!) post, but it’s important.  Everyone will have interviews at some point, and it’s important to do all that you can to ace them!

I hope these tips help you land the job of your dreams!

XOXO,

Brenna

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Intern Affairs

Hello, loves!

Today was a lovely day, as it was my last day of classes AND the last day of my internship!  This was my first internship ever, and it was an incredible experience.  I learned a lot from it, so I’ve compiled a short list of tips for present and future interns!

1. Ask for Help

This pill was initially a bit hard to swallow.  I think our generation is so driven that we often see asking for help as a sign of weakness, but really it’s a huge strength!  It shows that you are interested in learning and accept the fact that you don’t know everything — two traits that are attractive to employers and colleagues!

2. Go the Extra Mile

When you’re an intern, you get a lot thrown at you at once, and sometimes it’s hard to juggle everything.  This can make it difficult to put forth extra effort, as you can feel burned out halfway through the day.  But I promise, going the extra mile every once in a while makes a big difference, and your supervisors (who you may need for letters of rec in the future!) will notice for sure.

3. Take Notes

This is probably the most important thing I took away from my internship.  While working, I wrote EVERYTHING down.  To-do lists, contact information, drafts for emails and website copy, you name it.  While physical notes are a must, take mental ones as well.  Observe people in the office, and notice who has got their stuff together.  Take notes from the most successful people in the office, and learn from their example.  After all, you’re hoping to get a job like theirs in the future!

4. End on a High Note

Internships are not forever.  Work your hardest towards the end of your internship, and make your last day your best day.  Sincerely thank your supervisor(s) with your words and a thank you note, and leave a good lasting impression.  You never know what opportunities the company will have to offer in the future!

I hope these tips are helpful for anyone who currently is or would like to be an intern!  After all, you’ve gotta do a few coffee runs before you get to be the CEO, right?

XOXO,

Brenna

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Tip Slip!

Hello, loves!

I don’t know about you, but this Monday had me crazy stressed!  I have so much going on right now that I was starting to feel seriously overwhelmed.

These typical Monday vibes inspired me to compile a list of tips for tricking yourself into feeling like you’ve got your life in order!  Because let’s face it, sometimes we don’t have it all together (and that’s totally okay!).  But no matter how disorganized I feel, there are certain things I can do to make myself feel like I can handle whatever comes my way.  Those things are:

1. Drinking a Cup of Tea

I am 100% a coffee person — I’m all about a classic black cup of caffeinated delight.  But there’s something about a cup of tea that clears my mind and soothes me…it’s almost therapeutic!  Drinking tea just makes me feel more put together and way less stressed, so I’ll down a cup whenever I’m feeling frazzled.

2. Reading

Whether it’s a chapter in a novel or an article linked on the New York Times Twitter account, reading something makes me feel more energized mentally.  Absorbing any information makes me feel more productive, which can turn my stress into serious focus!

3. Painting my Nails Light Pink

Random alert!  I know this sounds crazy, but whenever I feel like my life is in shambles, I paint my nails a classic shade of light pink (my go-to is Essie’s Mademoiselle!).  It makes me feel so polished and orderly, and like I’ve really got everything in order (even when I don’t).

4. Lighting a Candle

At the risk of being random once again, I’m a firm believer in the power of scented candles.  Seriously, lighting a candle is a quick way to clear my head and instantly feel less stressed.  Bonus points if the candle is scented with a stress reliever, like eucalyptus!

5. Giving Myself a Facial

Now, I’m definitely not an expert on skincare, so I’m not talking a full-on salon-worthy facial.  I’m talking about one of those 3-minute masks you buy at the drugstore for $1.99.  Doing a facial mask strips away a lot of tension for me and makes me feel fresh and renewed!

6. Going to Bed Early

Sometimes, the best fix for my overwhelming stress is to just call it a day.  Even if I haven’t completed everything on my to-do list for the day, I know that my mental health and well-being is more important than any ounce of work.  Going to bed early allows me to wake up feeling totally energized, and ready to tackle the next day with major motivation and tenacity!

So, there you go — my tips for conquering even the worst cases of the Mondays!  I hope these help you when you’re feeling stressed and inspire you to kick a little Monday booty!

XOXO,

Brenna

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