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How To Sell Yourself In A Job Interview

 
Congratulations! You’ve scored an interview with a potential client, employee, company, etc. First was the application process, then the resume and showcasing your personality and skills, and now, the next step is to guarantee yourself a position by proving you’re the best candidate for the job.

When you’re walking into an interview, there are quite a few things you have to consider—from your outfit choice to your mindset, readiness to your ability to think under pressure—you must be prepared to handle whatever comes. It’s imperative that you not only appear confident and collected, but prove you’ve done research into the position, while not sounding rehearsed. Above all else, however, you want to sell yourself, your abilities, your experience, and your personality in a way that’s unique and relevant to you as an individual.

Here are a few tips for approaching the scenario with the perfect mix of eagerness, readiness, and personality you will need to secure the position.
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12 Major Resume Mistakes To Avoid

Recently I revamped my resume (because having an updated one is crucial, and also because I wanted to incorporate the new colors of my website and brand!!) and as I was doing this, I realized there were a bunch of things I wanted to fix. Not only that, but editing reminded me of the days I worked as an assistant in my university’s Admissions Office and the countless mistakes, uh-ohs, and no-nos I saw on people’s resumes.

Needless to say, I think it’s important we always refresh our memory about what makes a good resume, but also remind ourselves what not to include. Continue reading

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23 Quotes That Will Inspire You To Get Out Your Pen And Write

Sometimes the hardest part about being a writer is not the actual writing, but getting there. I remember when I first started my blog I was paralyzed by the fear of not being good enough, so much so, that for months I didn’t write anything. I couldn’t. I was scared of putting my drafts out there. I was scared of not having enough ‘polished’ work. And I was scared of people reading it. (Silly, right?)

But it was true—I was limited, not by my actual writing ability, but by my fear, my ‘busyness,’ and my excuses.

In truth, there is a writer within each of us, but it’s only when we combat our anxiety, push back against our writer’s block and say, boldly, “I am a writer.” that we actually become one. So in the spirit of inspiration, I’ve collected a few of my favorite writing quotes. These are the sentences and people that have pushed me forward; I hope, in turn, their words will give you the strength you need to pick up your pen and go. Continue reading

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4 Brutally Honest Truths About Being A Writer

1. You’re not the only one writing about a given topic.

One of the toughest things I had to realize (and subsequently get over) as a beginning writer was that there are millions of other people writing on the same/similar topics.

It’s nearly impossible to find something that hasn’t ever been written about, and it’s foolish to be frustrated if you stumble upon someone’s writing that has similar ideas to yours.

Now, this isn’t to excuse plagiarism at all, because I have had my fair share of negative experiences in that regard. But it is, however, meant to remind you that your ideas might not be as ‘incredible’ as you think—and that’s okay! They are still valuable, you just have to figure out what makes them yours. And what that means in comparison to others.

The goal, as a beginning writer (and as you improve and grow) is to create a special niche for yourself within a larger network. No, you’re not always going to have writing that changes people’s thinking (and don’t try to do that, especially if it’s not you!), but as long as you strive to bring your best and most authentic self to the table, your work will be successful.
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Tips And Products To Help You Stay Organized

 

When it comes to organization, I am the queen—just ask anyone in my life. Everything has its proper place, from the shoes to the pencils, to the condiments in the fridge, and I like it that. I learned how to be organized at a young age (blame my teachers and my mom). But honestly, when everything is where it should be I can focus all my attention on my work. Plus, being organized lowers stress, keeps me motivated, and helps me to reach your goals (so obviously a priority)!

Since primarily I work from home, it’s really important to me to have calendars, planners, storage bins, etc. so that whenever I need something, I know where to find it. In a one-bedroom apartment (where I have my home office), oftentimes my items have to be transportable so that I can easily grab them to take with me, and I love finding products that are small enough to shove into my backpack when I’m on the go, too!

Whether you’re a freelancer working from home, someone who loves to cozy up at your local coffee shop, or just looking to improve your workspace and organize your life, here are some of my top tips for organization, and Amazon products I’ve purchased over the years that have helped me the most. Continue reading

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Episode 7 – Finding ‘Your Person’

In this episode, Marisa and Abe rewind back to episode three, and talk about what it means to have ‘a person.’

What defines a ‘person’ — loyalty, honesty, dependability, a combination of all three?

Should your person be your romantic partner, a family member, close friend?

They talk about the qualities that define a ‘person’ and whether brutal honesty is positive or negative — meaning, is it better to approach people in your life with straightforwardness when they need it (even if it might hurt), or is it better to take into consideration who they are and what they need (not sugar-coating, but adapting as to not hurt a person’s feelings)?

Marisa and Abe also discuss romantic relationships, and whether the measure of a strong/healthy connection the ability to be one another’s best friends, or whether there should be a dividing line between what you share with a significant other, and a friend.

All these questions and more in this week’s podcast.

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