Workplace Wednesdays: WorkSpace Inspiration

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As many of you may know, Pinterest can be addicting. But thats's not really a bad thing (unless it keeps you up way into the next day). In fact it can bring lots of inspiration from recipes to beauty how-toe to fitness to, my favorite, home decor. So since I've been wanting to bring back WorkPlace Wednesdays and because lately I've been working a lot from home, whether blogging or other work related stuff, I felt it would be a great idea to share some of my favorite workspace inspiration!

I'm also doing this because lately I just am not feeling my own desk area. So a little inspo is much needed. So here are my top 5 for this week:



Apartment Therapy


I love the gallery wall behind it. I also love that the desk is low-key and very minimalist.





I love how girly Leah made her space. I also love the white scheme with pops of pink. It makes it feel efficient but not boring and love how clean it all looks.



Hannah Blackmore Photography


Again love the girliness of this workspace. Can you see the theme...minimal. And love that the desk doesn't take a whole lot of space.



The Every Girl


Alaina did a great job styling the three spaces, but my favorite and the one tailored more towards my stage in life is this one. I think it's perfect for my blogging tasks because I can pin up any inspo on the bulletin board (so chic) as well as plan out the posts. Again, love that the desk isn't cluttered but has everything that is need.



Home My Design


My favorite part about this one is that only the basics are on the desk.

So basically I want a workspace that's nice and artsy so that I can feel inspired, but not distracted. Also I really need to declutter my own space. These all have the essentials like pens and desk items, but somehow on my desk it just looks crowded.

I'm thinking of turning this inspo post into a series or link-up. If you'd like that let me know in the comments and share any tips/ideas/inspo of your own :)



Workplace Wednesday: Cover Letter Tips

Workplace Wednesday is back today and I wanted to share some recent cover letter tips that were passed down to me. They came from my professor for my internship class so they are legit. I'm so glad for this lesson since I was terrified of cover letters, but with these useful tips, I now feel (more) confident. But before we begin you first have to throw out any rules you may have previously passed down about cover letters. Done?! Okay now that you're ready, read on and absorb :)

1. Don't Be Generic

The purpose of a cover letter is to write to a specific company for a specific job, so show that. Who ever receives the letter(or email) will know whether or not you've copy and pasted the letter and this practice may also lead to errors such as forgetting to change the date in which case the person will certainly know you use the same letter each time. Following tips will help with tailoring your letter.

2. Match Their Needs

You not only want to stand out, but you want to stand out in a way that's going to lead to an interview.  Highlight your skills and why they should hire you, but focus on what they are looking for. For example, if you are applying to a web development app, you want to say what your computer skills are, what program languages you are familiar with and so on, but maybe leave your sales skills out.

3. Don't Have a Short Cover Letter

Try to make the cover letter about a page. Use space in between paragraphs and perhaps a line an inch above the margin(a design choice), because nothing is worst than having a short cover letter. It makes potential employers think there isn't much to you and also shows a lack of effort. It should be about 3-4 paragraphs long and have a heading and an inside address which should fill up the space.

4. Copy Your Resumé Design Scheme

Make your cover letter's design the same as your resumé. It helps create a professional look and keeps things fluid. Plus it makes sure both letter and resumé stand out and easy to remember.

5. Catch Employer's Attention

Open with an attention getting sentence. The example give to us was a student who applied to work for the LA Dodgers. His opening sentence was something along the lines of "I bleed Dodger blue." Sure it may sound over the top, but it got him the interview. Also if you heard of the job through a friend or someone who works for the company, mention their name, as long as they have a good reputation with the potential employer. If you found it otherwise, mention how you found it. Also going back to the first tip, be specific about the job you want. That's the first paragraph. 

The following  paragraph, or two, should mention skills (matching needs as tip 2 says), strengths and character assets that match the job, what contributions you can offer, why you want to work for that company and any experience that matches their needs. This can be job, internship or volunteer experience. The last paragraph should include a thank you for considering you and should mention your resumé and any other attached documents, for example, writing samples and such. Also remind them that you are capable to do the job and mention you are looking for an interview. Then sign it.

Hope you found the tips as useful as I did. If you have more questions, especially regarding format, let me know in the comments and I will be happy to answer as best I can. Or share some of your own tips. I can even do a separate post about the format and design, including your tips(with credit). 



Workplace Wednesday: Resumés

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I've been wanting to post this Workplace Wednesday for a while, but really had to think about what I wanted to write in my post. It is inspired by the fact that my little sister recently had me help her make her first resumé and also due to the fact that I need to update my own since I am looking for internships and post-graduation jobs(so scary LOL). These are tips that I've been given and have worked for me. It is not a step by step guide on how to write one, as it can vary by field.
So here are the tips that have worked for me. I've actually been given many of these by professionals that were invited for a Career Center event hosted by my school to help review resumés.

Tip #1: Keep the Format Simple:
When I look for templates online, sometimes I tend to come across some overly fancy ones. I brought a few variations that day that we had this resumé reviewing event and the professionals I spoke to said to not go with the fancier variations, keep it simple they said. What I mean by "fancy" variations are those that have fancy fonts, stripes, or too many graphic details/designs. There are obviously exceptions to this, but let's not get into that. This tip is especially important if you are just starting out. The fancy add ons will just distract and if they are not that great can stand out in a bad way.

Tip#2: Make it One Page:
This is pretty straight forward. Don't make your resumé longer than a page. I know some of you may have a lot of experience and that's great, but you don't want to overwhelm your potential employer with your awesomeness. Also you want to showcase the work that is relevant. It is all about prioritizing what experience and skills you want to highlight for each specific job(more on this later). Now what if you are having a hard time filling the page? Well the next tip is for you.

Tip#3: Highlight Skills and Relevant Experiences:
Note that I put experiences not experience. For the purpose of this post, there is a difference. What I mean by experiences is life experiences. For example, my sister is the spirit leader of her cheerleading team. In that role she helps her coach with administrative tasks such as making sure files are in order, planning events, and marketing these events.

 It is not a paying job she can list under work experience, but she can list it under accomplishments or volunteer experience or something of that sort. This shows employers she has the skills to do similar tasks they may be requiring a hire to do. So if you volunteer or have helped a relative with a website or something along those lines, write it down. Also list skills you have, just use slightly more sophisticated language. For example instead of saying you know Tumblr, Twitter, FaceBook, etc. say Experience with Social Media or something like that. People take notice, I know from experience. 

Tip#4: Update. Update. Update.
Please keep your resumés updated. If your address changes, update. If you have a new job update. If you acquire new skills update. I think you get the picture. You want to keep your resumé as updated as possible. This makes it easier for you to always be ready to apply for an opportunity that comes up.  Also do this on your LinkedIn, if you have one, which I highly recommend for you to do.

Tip#5: Keywords.
Last but not least, pay attention to the keywords on job posts. Going back to the update tip, always update the keywords on your resumé to match what job you are applying to. Some jobs may not care that you have Photoshop skills, but another may. Specify your resumés to the type of job you are applying to and therefore specify the keywords. Just don't put down a skill you lack for the sole purpose of prettying the resumé. Emphasize, don't lie. 

Hope these tips were helpful. If you would like me to help you with your resumé feel free to email me here .


Workplace Wednesdays: Beware What You Share


Sorry I am posting this Workplace Wednesday post late, school has been a bit crazy, but I still wanted to write something, if ever so brief. This has to do in relation to what you share at work, whether it's an internship or an actual job. As I'm sure most of us are connected, if not addicted to Social Media, but we have to be very careful about this when it comes to sharing at work.

Now let me clarify that I'm not necessarily referring to your boss looking up your Facebook or Twitter (although be careful about that too), but about posting pictures of you at work or of what you are working on. I've noticed this is especially important if you work in Entertainment such as in production or on set. 

I remember when I was interning for a production company last summer that they actually had me sign an NDA agreement which is basically a contract stating they could sue me if I breach a confidentially clause by sharing information or pictures of what the company was working on. This is actually not a joke and it is perfectly legal! Now I've worked at places where they were a lot less strict about what we shared and some even encouraged Instagram posts, but we still have to tread lightly. 

You can in fact get in a lot of trouble for oversharing. My mom reminded me of this when she mentioned that the father of the foster child my aunt looks after, who is some sort of lighting director or part of a film crew, had to fire a guy after he found out pictures from the set were being shared on Facebook. It really is a serious matter. So whether or not you are asked to sign an NDA, please be mindful of posting work related stuff online, no matter how tempting. It really is better to be safe than sorry.