Each year, as Spring approaches, the most fascinating thing takes place.
As if overnight, we become hyper-aware of the things in our space that bring us joy, and the things that no longer belong. We take rigorous inventory of our homes, offices, cars, and closets. Filling plastic bins and garbage bags with the old to make room for the new.
But why stop there?
Why not capitalize on this innate desire to refresh and rejuvenate by spending some time revamping your resume too!
Over the next five days I'll be publishing resume writing tips and tricks which are sure to give your resume the spring cleaning it needs to stand out to current or future employers.
Resume Tip #1
You don't need to spend hours at a time updating your entire resume in one sitting. On the contrary, making small tweaks to your resume overtime may actually be more affective both personally and professionally. Review and update your resume every 3-6 months. That way your resume will be ready to present at a moment’s notice. This can also help you benchmark progress in your current roles, and may even encourage you to continue setting and reaching your career goals!
Check out this article featured at Forbes.com for even more great reasons why you should (always!) keep your resume updated.
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Traditionally, college students have been trained to place great emphasis on crafting the perfect resume and cover letter when looking to land their dream job or internship, and I was no exception. It wasn’t until applying for my DoD internship in Washington, D.C. that my thoughts on this changed.
While a well-written resume and cover letter are fundamental elements of any young professional’s career, I have come to wonder whether the current level of emphasis placed on these documents has led to a general oversight in prioritizing what’s important.
Is the current habit of subconsciously de-valuing other non-traditional aspects of the application process costing young professionals valuable internship and job opportunities in the long-run?
I have included three non-traditional tips to consider when trying to land a kicka$$ job or internship. These are all based upon on my own personal experience applying when applying for my Department of Defense Federal internship.
1. WRITE YOUR ESSAY & MAKE AN IMPACT
In Scrabble, and in application essays, every word counts. Those word count requirements aren’t stifling chains to hold you down or weed you out. They are actually generous gifts given from the employer to you, and each one of the words you use should be treated with the utmost respect and care.
Your essay should be compelling and interesting. It should tell a story, and SHOULD say all the things that your resume and cover letter can’t. Most of all, it should speak to your desire to contribute to something greater than yourself.
What comes to mind when you think of the phrase "Number One?"
Do you associate the phrase "number one" with the medals, fame, and glory that is so conditionally given when "number one" finally comes out on top?
Or, do you immediately think of the hardships, challenges and struggles that present themselves to those paving the way to victory?
See how the runner (the business owner, the young professional, the college student - you fill in the blank here) prepares for her race. She anticipates the challenges ahead, and resolves at the very beginning - in fact before the sound of the first mark - to make it to the very end.
2017 is finally here. It's the first of its kind. It's number one.
This new year may come with its share of hardships and challenges, but let's resolve at start of this year to make it to the very end. To run the race. To prepare for the fight. To accept the challenges and to overcome the struggles.
You can do this! I'm right here with you!
2016 was a good year. It was a year full of deep laughter, great love, tough challenges, hard work and huge milestones. Just to recap, as a single 26 years old female, I managed to:
For me, 2016 was also a year of monumental personal and spiritual growth. I learned a lot. I mean, a lot. Very tough lessons that I never imagined could so soon have led to such lasting peace, joy and happiness!
I am stepping into 2017 refreshed and on a mission.
For me, 2017 is the year where I resolve to do the things that I have always dreamt of doing – no matter how crazy the dream may seem. No matter how petrified I may feel. Regardless of what others may think of my dreams or ideas - I have resolved to make this the year that I prayerfully and faithfully move them forward! Including, but not limited to:
That’s pretty much the whole of it. I'm sure I will continue add to this list over-time, but for now I'm super happy with it!
Great things are in store for Stasia Rose in 2017! And I am confident that great things are also in store for you! I am immensely honored to have each of you in my corner, and want to do my best to support you and your goals in 2017 as well!
Have some goals you want to share with me? Add them in the comments section below! I always read and respond to comments! Excited for all that 2017 will bring! Let's make it happen!
According to Fast Company, the average time someone stays in a job is 4.4 years. I'm still pretty young, and I can confidently say that my average in this regard is no where near the aforementioned statistic.
Fun Fact: I received for my first paycheck when I was 16-years-old. Believe it or not I was an amateur model, learning the ropes and doing odd jobs at malls and large events. What happen to that you ask? Well, one day I realized I liked burgers...and just like that I willingly relinquished my modeling career. ;)
My teens and early twenties were spent working in different departments at my alma mater (Southeastern University), and this gave me the opportunity to work with and for a handful of great bosses.
Long story short, I've learned a lot over the last 10 years of my collegiate and professional career. I am still learning! My hope is that you will take to heart the lessons that have shaped me over the years, and that I have allowed to influenced my life and leadership.
19 Lessons I've Learned From My Favorite Bosses
BONUS: Creativity is truly for everyone! Yes, that includes you!
Did you find this list helpful? What are some lessons that you have learned from your favorite bosses? Share them in the comments section below!
Every college graduate expects to land their dream job right away. It’s not entirely our fault that we have this pipe dream. Our generation was raised to believe that we’re entitled to management positions, six figures and a new Beemer our first year post-grad. Then real life happens. Cue the quarter-life crisis.
By my definition, solely made up by me, a quarter-life crisis is when your mid-twenties hit and you realize that everything you thought you’d have at this point in your life isn’t happening. You’re still eating Easy Mac, sitting on your Craigslist couch that’s scratched up by someone else’s cat, wondering when life is going to start.
I was 24 when it happened. I had recently graduated college with a psychology degree and had a job lined up with a large insurance company working in the call center. It wasn’t my dream job but at $16 an hour, I hoped it’d get me there. I kept telling myself that the money was worth it, but after 5 months of being called every name in the book, cussed at, and belittled with no power to hang up, I had a break down and quit the call center gig. This decision was just the beginning of a really tough year.
"Sometimes God makes us climb mountains so that we can gain a new perspective."
I was unemployed, depressed, angry and alone. I felt like a failure! Collection agencies were calling me, every place I applied to said I was either unqualified or overqualified, I wondered how I would make the rent and I had to get assistance from local food pantries for groceries. All of my friends were getting married and starting careers and I was stuck in a dark place. Fast forward a couple of months and I’m taking the city bus to my new job at the YMCA making peanuts and literally cleaning kids’ poop off the floor. Just 9 months earlier I walked across that stage and was given my diploma, thinking I’d finally made it! How did I get here?
There’s something about being at your lowest point that causes you to fall on your knees in surrender to God. Once I did that, I discovered the “why” of this season He was taking me through. I had gone through a lot in college that I hadn’t dealt with. There was a lot of pain that I had shoved down and I thought that if life could just move on, the hurt would go away. God’s plan was to take everything away from me so that all I could do was deal with the hurt. And while I was healing, He was providing. With six figures and Beemers? No. But random gift cards, cash and groceries seemed to land on my doorstep at just the right moment. The rent was miraculously always paid on time. And just a few months later, He provided a great job that four years later, has turned into a career.
Sometimes God makes us climb mountains so that we can gain a new perspective. I had a plan for my life and He came in and shook things up. Jeremiah 29:11 is a scripture we hear often: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Something God taught me then and continues to teach me now is that when I chose to live for Him, I surrendered my life to His will. His destiny for me is far greater than anything I could ever dream up, but I have to get out of the way so that He can do His thing. I have to be willing to put my plans aside so that I can experience the blessings He has for my life. My advice? Hold loosely to your plans. My life, including my career, is nothing close to what I had planned—it’s way better. And y’all, it’s just getting started!
Written by: Casey Brinkman
Casey Brinkman was born and raised in Vestaburg, Michigan and now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Chris and dog, Ruby. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southeastern University and is now the Senior Social Media Strategist for Curious Jane, a digital marketing agency that sparks real-time connections between people and brands. Casey and her husband attend Elevation Church and volunteer with the kid’s ministry and lead a small group in their home for those in their 20’s and 30’s. She also enjoys hiking, kayaking, trying new recipes and binge-watching Netflix shows.
I have a familiar face.
I know this to be true because people often tell me. While I personally believe this confusion is caused by my dramatic resemblance to Michelle Obama, Olivia Pope, and Aisha Tyler, it nonetheless makes for interesting interactions.
When complete strangers approach me in grocery stores, restaurants, or airports, the interaction usually goes one of two ways:
Stranger 1: “You know what…you look like my cousin Sheila.”
Me: “Oh, I do?”
Stranger 1: Pam! Doesn’t she look just like Sheila?
Stranger 2: “Oh, Sheila?! Why yes! She does look like Sheila…that’s our cousin.”
Me: “You know, people tell me I have familiar face! Where are you guys from? Do you live around here?”
Stranger 1: “Excuse me, have we met before?”
Me: “I don’t believe so. What’s your name?”
Stranger 1: “My name is ___. You looked just like someone I met at a business event recently.”
Me: “Well, you know; I’m often told I have a familiar face. That event sounds interesting…what do you do for work?”
Here’s the thing - I didn’t know these people. They didn’t know me. BUT they were all willing to step out, take a risk, and talk to me. They had no idea how I would respond. I could have engaged them in friendly conversation, or ignored their presence completely. With little regard for the end result, these strangers took the risk simply because they “thought” I look like someone they knew.
Familiarity is powerful.
Familiarity in your brand, your writing, or your business can give complete strangers the reassurance they need to move from audience to consumer.
Familiarity grants people permission to take risks, and make decisions that (without familiarity) would otherwise place them too far outside of their comfort zones. When people trust you, or trust someone who trusts you, they become far more willing to purchase your new product, read your new book, or join your grassroots movement.
Familiarity can propel others to try your product. When they try your product, and it works well, they trust your product. When they trust your product, they trust your brand. When they trust your product and your brand, they will continue using it and hopefully recommend it to others. And the cycle continues!
Familiarity has the potential to breed trust, and trust is the key to a successful brand, business and career.
All the best,
Just over one year ago I started my blog, www.stasiarose.com, and have LOVED every second of it! My blog caters to providing tips and insights from my personal experiences in business to help young professionals succeed early on in their careers!
Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to be an author. I would dream about writing books, and as a Kid I would take loose leaf college ruled paper from my older sister’s binders and write these elaborate stories about “cool kids” and their adventures! Humble beginnings for sure!
One day, a few months back, I came to a realization…I thought “Anastasia. Why are you sitting here dreaming about writing a book. Just write one.”