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How to Prepare for the Interview?

An interview can be a nerve wracking experience. What should I wear? What should I say? What questions should I ask? As a Corporate Recruiter and Senior HR Specialist I've seen some of the best and the worst of interviews. From my experience I've found that there are three main areas that people should focus on when preparing for an exceptiona interviewing experience.

1. Research

Always start any job search with research. Once the job interview is landed, this becomes even more important. Read about the company history, culture, recent news and any other insights you can find. You should also review the job description that you've applied to. Be prepared to ask and be asked questions about the company and the job. Next, you'll need to do some research on yourself. Sound a bit strange? Well, I'll explain what I mean by this. Do you know what skills and/or knowledge you will bring to the company? Do you remember the kinds of projects you've taken on in the past fe…

It's Coming. . .The Walking Dead Season 7!

I am a total The Walking Dead watcher. So you can imagine that I have been racking my brain about what will happen in this next season 7. With the introduction of Negan, everyone is wondering who will us viewers have to say goodbye to next? Let's recap who we've lost over the seasons shall we? It's been a long ride through this zombie-land roller coaster! 
Want a quick summary of the key members we lost? Take a peak below.  **Disclaimer - there are so many that die on this showed, I've really only highlighted those that were pretty key for the show. **

Makeup Tutorials for Dark Brown Skin

With the thousands, OK maybe millions, of videos out there on makeup, it can be difficult to get through the shuffle to find a really nice makeup tutorial for brown skin. I have a list of my top 7 favorite makeup YouTubers.  I am not saying that these are the only ladies you should look at, or that they are the best on YouTube, however these personally are the ones I like to reference for certain looks. The list should give a great place to start for someone new to YouTube or even makeup. 

1. Ellarie - This lady not only has AMAZINGLY youthful, beautiful skin, but she provides great tutorials for brown skinned ladies. I would say her niche is more Viva La Glam, however she has a number of everyday looks as well. If you are looking for looks that are on trend that will look great on your sun-kissed skin, look no further! 




5 Gorgeous Nigerian Models To Follow on Instagram

Agbani Darego Named Miss World in 2001, this Nigerian beauty is at the top of my list. 

Linda Ejiofor Linda is a model and actresses, mos known for her acting in the TV series Tinsel

Oluchi Onweagba High fashion super model and hosted West Africa's America's Next Top Model TV series. 


Aminat Ayinde Aminat Ayinde caught the attention of many when, in 2009 she was a contestant at the America’s Next Top modelling competition.


Osas Ighodaro Osas is both model and actress. Though she was born in New York, USA, her parent were Nigerian. She also played in the TV series Tinsel and currently lives in Nigeria. 



Do you know of other Nigerian beauties to add the list?


Cheers!
Jess

10 Beautiful Brown-Skinned Celebrities

1.Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union is one of my favorite actresses. Ever since I watched the movie Bring It On, I thought she was gorgeous and as a darker toned girl, I looked up to her for her beauty, intelligence and talent. 

Not Another PowerPoint!

At the start of this Fall season, I attended an all day training session hosted and led by AAIM Employers' Association. AAIM is a local organization that offers employer networking and professional training opportunities. One of the mini-sessions that I attended was on presentation. Let's call it Presentation Skills 101. Many interesting tidbits were shared and I noted some key takeaways to use for my next presentation. My biggest takeaway from the presenter, Mark G. Moyer is to be careful of using or overusing PowerPoint. But, why you ask? Haven't we all been taught to develop really cool PowerPoints, filled with nice content, moving text, pictures and such? Well here are the three reasons why I've opted to use less PowerPoint.  
1. The Audience  

PowerPoint presentations cause both you and your audience to focus more on the PowerPoint content, than the message you are trying to portray or the information that you are providing. How many times have you found yourself si…

7 Ways I Save Money on Groceries

1.Ibotta App The Ibotta app offers rebates on everyday items that you buy at stores like Target, Walmart, CVS and many others. There are also rebates offered at restaurants and popular clothing retailers. You will need to scan your receipts to get the deals so be sure to save those! In two weeks I earned $20 in rebates, with my regular shopping visits. (Fun tip: Scan the items’ bar code that you are going to purchase before checking out to make sure the rebate will work for that item.) Sign up by clicking the link here.


2.Keep A List Every time I have entered a store without a list, I have ended up buying at least about 10 things I didn’t need. The whole idea of not going to the store hungry has nothing on going to the store without a list! I keep a list in my iPhone with my regular grocery items. I don’t have specifics on the brand or anything, in order to be flexible to use coupons and offers. For example, I will have 2 meats (turkey, Chicken or seafood) 2 items,;10 frozen veggies, 5 fr…

Can Accessories Improve Your Interview?

Just a few weeks ago, I attended a party where some ladies were promoting a line of high fashion jewelry by the name ofPark Lane. The head representative there was extremely lively and soon began entertaining the group with a few stories. She shared some of her background and told us how she began working with the company. During the story telling session, I heard her say something very interesting. She mentioned that over her years of selling jewelry, she's had quite a few customers that work in the HR field. They have often told her that job interviewers that wear nice jewelry have great interviews! We discussed this for a few moments and after the event I decided to do some thinking and researching about this. Though I don't agree completely with the idea that wearing jewelry in itself can help a person interview well, I have listed a few reasons why wearing jewelry to an interviewcan be beneficial.

1. Confidence
The motto is true that when you look good, you feel good. Typic…

7 Motivating Quotes

Sometimes it is easy to become discouraged as you are working towards your goals. Whether your goals are financial, career related or personal there can be times that you may feel less motivated. The video below highlights a few motivating quotes. These quotes should be a reminder of just how strong and powerful you are. Please be encouraged and know that you can achieve whatever you believe you can. 
Best wishes!
Jess



Keeping Social and Political Views Out of the Workplace

With the political and social turmoil raging throughout the U.S., Europe and many other regions, it can be difficult to abstain from discussing your personal views with those at work. I advise not interacting in political and social discussions at work for three main reasons, which I have outlined below. 
1. Relationships in the Office
Think about your supervisor, colleagues and direct reports. Each of these groups of people will have differing opinions than you on at least one issue. There will also be certain issues that people are very passionate about, which can lead to some very heated debates. Your work relationships can suffer as a result of these debates. You don't want the people you work with to have a reason to suddenly look at you in a negative light or constantly debate you on various issues. It is also well known that all people have (conscious and unconscious) bias to those that look, act or think differently than them. When people know your views oppose or support th…

Who are the Mean Girls in your office?

Every office has a group of "Plastics" that can be comparable to those in the movie,Mean Girls. That movie is still one of my favorites. It not only demonstrated how "high school" politics play out, but also college and the typical office as well.Within an office or department, there will always be a clique or group of people that stay ahead of the pack. Let's take a look at the office Plastics.


Job Highlight: Digital Strategist and Social Media Strategist

I received a question on Twitter recently asking about some of the skills that a communications agency looks for in a Digital Strategist candidate. This led me to think it would be a good idea to talk about some digital and social roles and offer some tips on getting these types of job opportunities. Many times job descriptions for these roles are vague which makes it difficult to determine the skills that will make you a top candidate. I hope my notes will help someone in their search!



Digital Strategist
Let's talk about what a digital strategist does on a day-to-day basis.  This person will have a very strong understanding of digital marketing and social media strategies and tools. One thing that will set this person a part from other candidates is having the ability to understand the digital space and complement that with an understanding of traditional PR to create integrated communications campaigns. An understanding of creative capabilities like copy writing and design are hel…

How to Help Recruiters Find You

Online is where it's at! Especially when it comes to recruiting. 
The years of employers hiring strictly from an existing applicant database is long gone. Now recruiters all over the world are using tools like LinkedIn Recruiter to identify passive candidates. Let's talk about some of the ways recruiters are now finding key talent and how you can be sure to be one of the candidates they find. 
1. Professional online profile. 
If you don't have a LinkedIn profile, you are lowering your chances of finding a job in the professional sector. LinkedIn has more than 400 million users and is a primary tool for HR professionals to connect with potential talent. Recruiters use a specific recruiting account that is designed to allow access to viewing any person on LinkedIn. Without this type of account users are only searchable within different degrees of connections. It’s similar to Facebook, in that is I have a mutual friend or connection, I should be able to search and view their com…

Angel

Like an angel you spoke to me
Your eyes were so pure
They sparkled like a diamond You were captivating
I watched your every movement It was impossible for me to look away To see your hand gracefully touch mine And to feel your skin, so soft
Like a dove Without mark or blemish So beautiful  So gentle
Then it all changed Suddenly you disappeared As quickly as you had come Like it was all a dream
Was it simply my imagination? Did i really see,... and feel... But wait, i see something... You left behind
A feather Just as pure and soft as you were
My Angel


Jess

How HR Can Help Your Career

I know I know…  HR is normally the one breaking up parties and reminding everyone about company policy.  This is all true, but I want to share some specific ways that HR teams can help maintain or advance your career.
1.Training and Development
Do you know what training resources are available to you?  Would you like to have certifications compensated by your employer?
The first step to understanding what training opportunities are available to you is to take a little stroll over to HR.  You may not have learned about the developmental programs during your on-boarding, but there still may be opportunities.  A major area of an HR manager's role is to be aware of training initiatives and often companies have HR specialists focused on managing employee training.  HR will also be able to talk through some of your career plans and help empower you to take professional development into your own hands.  Training may mean different things to different people, however HR can help get you the …

Why I Chose Clear Braces

Making the decision to get braces as an adult was not an easy one, but I am so glad I did. There were a number of things to consider before determining which type of braces would work best for me. Ultimately, I decided to go with clear braces and below I breakdown the main factors why.  
1.Cost.When comparing traditional (metal) braces, clear braces, Incognito (lingual) braces and Invisalign, I found that traditional and clear braces were the least pricey. Incognito braces are the most recent addition to the array of orthodontic treatments. The actual brackets are custom made for each tooth and the results are said to be the most precise because the orthodontist has more control over your tooth movement. It may be difficult to find certified orthodontists able to provide this type of treatment. My orthodontist told me that he had to be trained in Germany! If you are somewhat frugal like I am, I'd definitely consider traditional or clear braces.  
2.Effectiveness.Let's face it, n…

Live differently

Blue skies and green fields Dark nights and bright lights Long road ahead but short time span Make your life worthwhile.

Breathe in the adventures of the world See beyond the natural Feel both the outer parts and the inner Live and win everyday.

Listen to what you cannot hear Speak the words that you cannot say Touch what is out of reach Go where you have never been.

Learn the things that have been forgotten Find the treasures that have been hidden Read more than books Tell more than stories.

Play the game of life Aim away from the target Build with paper instead of bricks Give more than you take

Live in a different way



Jess

Are you prepared for an emergency?

Some call it Murphy, others bad luck and many of us just call it life. We all have experienced or willexperience, an unplanned situation. Maybe it's a job loss, an unexpected addition to the family, or even an unfortunate accident.
So many things can pop up into our lives and throw us off balance. An emergency fund is something that can really help with occasional mishaps. Dave Ramsey, a very well-known financial adviser and best-selling author, proposes 7 baby steps to help us gain financial independence. It’s no surprise to me, that first step recommended is to save $1,000 in an emergency fund. Among Dave's baby steps include getting out of debt, saving and investing for retirement. Below I've listed the baby steps outlined by Dave. 
Baby Step 1Build a $1,000 Emergency Fund This is the starting point! Dave makes the case that this sets the stage for everything beyond this step. He even goes on to say that things will be way more challenging, to implement the plan withou…

Blind and Foolish

I tried to be as nice to you as I could I loved you like no other I wanted to make you happy But all I did was lose apart of myself
I gave up myself for you I did whatever you wanted of me My only goal was to please you Now I just wish to forget you
I try each day to put you out my mind But it makes me think of you more I suppose I loved you too much I gave up too much to have you
I trusted you blindly and foolishly Not listening to the distrust I felt inside I would never believe you were not good for me Although many people tried to tell me
Stupidly I trusted you over my best of friends  I wanted too badly for you to love I didn’t care about anyone but you Until I realized that the love I had was unreturned
You never knew how much I cared How much I gave of myself You never understood my feelings Or what I gave up to have you
Jess

Love

Keeping all of your feelings inside...  Why is it so hard to end a love  But so easy to start one  So hard to tell a person your feelings  But even harder to keep them inside 


When do you know when to love  And when to stop loving  When to end a love  And how to start a new one....