Wednesday, March 28, 2018

How To Land Your Dream Job


Happy Wednesday!

If you've been following my career journey, you know that I changed fields and I'm really happy with where I landed. I've gone through some major struggles with pursuing something other than what I studied. But I did it. I can't imagine where I would be now if I hadn't made this change. 

Today I want to share a few tips I've learned after countless interviews [some good and some bad] and what specifically made a difference in getting me to my dream job.

1. Connect On LinkedIn: Seek out professionals in the job or field you want to be in. I recommend looking up other alumni from your university. Check out the companies they work for. Look at their career progression. Send them a message and see if you can connect over e-mail, phone, or even a coffee chat. 

2. Master Your Story: It takes some practice but the best thing you can do is learn the most efficient and effective way to share your story. Every interview I've ever had: tell me about your background. I learned to consolidate my story and emphasize the significant points. Practice with a friend or family member! It'll get easier explaining your background and how you became passionate about your chosen field.

3. Network: Networking has helped me out immensely. I landed my first professional job right after graduating from undergrad by networking months prior to graduation. When switching careers, I engaged with everyone I could find to learn more and look for potential opportunities. 

4. Be Unique: Figure out what makes you special. What unique experience do you bring to the table? How might your perspective and skills be different than the average candidate?

5. Always Be Nice: You are bound to deal with rejection. You'll inevitably be overlooked or forgotten about at some point in your job search. Do not let this detour you. Hiring teams aren't trying to be rude or inconsiderate; they just have a lot on their plate. Always be nice. Always be considerate. Say thank you. Be flexible. That may just make a difference. [BUT never let anyone walk all over you!]

6. Closed Mouths Don't Get Fed: Follow up. This is key. Don't expect a nice thank you note to result in an offer but always send an email indicating that you're grateful and express why you want the position. Maybe mention any gaps or address a weakness from your interview and how you can improve it. Then be respectful and wait a decent amount of time before checking in. Speaking up, at appropriate times, can make all the difference.

7. Stay Positive: Landing your dream job isn't easy. Be gentle with yourself and remind yourself that you are doing the best you can. There are tons of reasons why you may not get a particular opportunity [ahem internal hires]. Keep your chin up because your dream job is right around the corner.




Monday, March 26, 2018

Easter Brunch at Fell stone Manor


On Saturday, Joe and I attended the loveliest Easter brunch at Fell Stone Manor



Fell Stone Manor is tucked away in Hampton, New Jersey. They host weddings, offer farm to table dining and have chickens! 


This weekend they hosted a private Easter brunch in their barn. 






All the food was prepared by their executive Chef Becky Geisel. From pear and brie tarts to filet mignon tea sandwiches to sea salt caramel macaroons, this brunch was delectable.



Fatty Cakes provided cute little Easter cookies in a jar & White Girl Rose represented with their signature wine and cans of bubbly.


I loved all of the little details! The rustic vibes, teacups, and hay barrels. If Joe and I got married again, it would definitely be at Fell Stone Manor!


Thank you for the invite, Fell Stone Manor!













Monday, March 19, 2018

Things To Do In New York In The Spring


Let's face it: spring in New York won't be a warm one this year. We're already nearing the end of March and there is still some snow on the ground. 

Recently my in laws visited for a weekend. We had just experienced a snow storm and were forced to find more indoor activities. Luckily New York is filled with indoor options - from museums to Broadway shows. 

Here are my favorite things to do in spring:

Broadway Shows: You can't go wrong with a Broadway hit. We usually buy our tickets discounted on TodayTix. Joe and I also recently saw the off Broadway show: In & Of Itself [kind of a magic show but so much more]. It was incredible! They sell rush tickets every day at 6PM for $30 cash/ticket. 

One World Observatory: For an incredible view of the city, check out the One World Observatory. You can stay warm while seeing the city. I've also heard amazing things about the 9/11 museum downstairs.

Museums: My favorites are the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met), American Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa). 

Comedy & Improv Shows: Comedy Shows are always a fun option. We took my in laws to the Comedy Cellar. We also really like Caroline's On Broadway. For a more budget-friendly option, try an improv show at UCB (Amy Poehler's club!). 

Botanical Gardens: Both botanical gardens have beautiful flowers in the spring. The New York Botanical Garden [Bronx] has their indoor orchid show. The Brooklyn Botanical Garden has cherry blossoms at the end of April. 

Neighborhood Walks: Walking around always warms me up; just remember to bring a jacket. I love exploring new neighborhoods and getting some Instagram photos. My favorite neighborhoods to wonder around are the Upper East Side [my old home!], Greenwich Village, and Brooklyn Heights [also the Brooklyn Bridge]. I always make sure to get some stoop photos and visit cute coffee shops for warm up.

What are your favorite spring activities in New York?

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Friday, March 16, 2018

The Weekly Recap: March 16


TGIF! After a long week, I'm so ready for a relaxing weekend!

Life:
• Joe's parents visited last weekend
• We visited the One World Observatory and Met on Saturday
• On Saturday night, we saw a show at the Comedy Cellar & Judah from 30 Rock was there!
• We checked brunch at Beauty & Essex off the bucket list - it was amazing
• Joe and I took his parents to the Natural History Museum on Sunday 
• I took a spin class at Flywheel, which was one of my Upper East Side favorites

Weekend Plans:
Saturday: TBD!
Sunday: TBD!

Throwback Post
Florence Guide: One Day: The travel bug is all too real! I really want to take Joe to Europe, especially Italy. 

Reading:

Podcasts:
• Jordan Peele: Can Film Change Our Culture? [Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations]
• How to Build Your Creative Empire [Don't Keep Your Day Job]

Song Of The Week



Monday, March 12, 2018

My Favorite Restaurants in Jersey City


Over the weekend, Joe's parents visited us in Jersey City. We've been here for over six months now so  of course we wanted to bring them to some of our favorite restaurants. This made me think about the places we love to dine and I figured I'd share.

Razza: This was the first spot we took Joe's parents to--their pizza was named the best pizza in New York in New Jersey! Their brick oven pizza was great but their bread and butter really stole the show. The bread and butter are both house-made and perfect!

Taqueria Downtown: As California transplants, we can be picky when it comes to Mexican food. Taqueria Downtown is decent--we like the guac and tacos. This spot is no frills but upbeat. It's a small joint so it's usually packed but the service is quick. 

Left Bank Burger Bar: If you're looking for a casual spot for burgers and beer, this place is for you. We've taken both sets of our parents here and everyone has really enjoyed it. I'm pretty easy to please with burgers and get their bankrupt burger--basically a cheeseburger. Joe really likes their ahi burger. We hope to hit up their happy hour soon!

Brownstone Diner: Pancake lovers rejoice. Joe and I love this spot for stacks of pancakes on a snowy weekend morning. This diner has been around Jersey City for ages and offers tons of delightful breakfast options. Be prepared to wait a bit for your table though. 

Porta: Another pizza joint. Right by the Grove Street Path, you'll find this delicious pizzeria. I love the ambiance and their quality food.

Wonder Bagels: For my bagel lovers: Wonder Bagels is better than some of my New York staples. Their bagels are huge and fluffy. Joe also really likes their steak and egg breakfast burritos.

Bang Cookies: These cookies are so good and you can order them online! Free local delivery on orders of 4+.  

Any spots I should add to the list? I'd love some suggestions!







Friday, March 9, 2018

The Weekly Recap: March 9


Wow this week has been exhausting! From the snow storm to mounds of work, I'm so happy it's Friday.

Life:
• Joe and I ventured into Brooklyn on Sunday: we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, went to the Brooklyn Cat Cafe and snapped some Insta-worthy stoop photos
• We also went Sweet Moment in Chinatown--the drinks were almost too cute to drink
• I tried a dance class at Alvin Ailey with my coworkers
• We had a huge snow storm on Wednesday and I spent the day working from my couch
• Joe and I actually made a nice dinner midweek--filet mignon, mashed potatoes, and roasted broccoli 
• We're diving into season 2 of Jessica Jones on Netflix

Weekend Plans:
Joe's parents are visiting!
Saturday: We're hitting up One World Observatory and seeing a show at the Village Underground that night
Sunday: Brunch at Beauty & Essex then a visit to the Natural History Museum

Throwback Post
Our Wedding Photos: I've been sharing our wedding photos with my new coworkers this week. It reminded me of all the fun details and photos! I'll always enjoy going through my favorites. 

Reading:

Podcasts:
• How She Did It: Running a Chart-Topping Podcast [The Goal Digger Podcast, Episode 132]
• 5 Big Lies That Are Holding You Back [The Goal Digger Podcast, Episode 131]

Song Of The Week




Friday, March 2, 2018

The Weekly Recap: March 2


It's Friday! We finally made it. This week was exhausting and I'm ready to head into the weekend.

Life:
• I brunched for a friend's birthday at Blend On The Water
• We went to karaoke for the first time in K Town
• I saw Game Night [gotta love Movie Pass]
• I've been experiencing the worst insomnia--please send your remedies!
• I saw Phantom of the Opera on Broadway with my team [we also discovered the cheapest dive bar beforehand]
• I've been making my way through the latest season of Grace & Frankie

Weekend Plans:
Saturday: I'm getting a massage, not sure what I'll be up to the rest of the day
Sunday: TBD! [but definitely cleaning up before my in laws visit next week]

Throwback Post
Cherry Blossoms | Brooklyn Botanic Garden: I'm itching for spring to arrive! I want to see the cherry blossoms again this year. 

Reading:

Podcasts:
• Improving Your Online Following [The Influencer Podcast, Episode 48]
• Grandma Uggboot [Will You Accept This Rose?]

Song Of The Week





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