Sunday, July 31, 2016

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 of Park 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 interview can be beneficial.

1. Confidence

The motto is true that when you look good, you feel good. Typically women and men wear jewelry to enhance their look. I will personally say that I feel just a bit more confident when I see myself wearing a piece of sparkly jewelry. Moreover, whenever I look really nice I feel more confident and tend to have a better day. I will also say that wearing jewelry should not just be a confidence booster for women, but men as well. Most men I've met in the professional sector will also wear a really nice watch to top of their look as well. It's common for men to bring out their look with a nice and colorful tie. Men can also accessorize with man bracelets, rings, and glasses if they wear them

Really, whatever makes you feel comfortable and the most attractive, will allow for a better interview. One thing to be careful of is to make sure that you are not overly flashy with your accessories. Consider wearing a statement piece or two, but do not go overboard. What's over board you ask? Well, here are a few examples. Generally, anything that would be distracting with noise or bright colors should be avoided.

2. Conversation starters

Sunday, July 24, 2016

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!


Sunday, July 10, 2016

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 their own, it can lead to favoritism or inequity. For example, let’s say that your manager knows you oppose his views on immigration reform due to a conversation you both had some weeks ago. An opportunity arises to promote you or your colleague and he chooses to promote your colleague. How would you know in certainty that knowledge of your personal views did not influence the decision in some way?  This is an example of how these discussions can potentially cause tension and negative actions. Please discuss personal views outside of the workplace to ensure you do not hinder your work relationships or career development. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

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.