Necessities + Tips For A 2017 Resume

I’ve been writing resumes since I was 17 looking for my first job my senior year of high school. And the trends for resume building then, are totally different now. But that’s not to say I haven’t evolved as a self proclaimed resume writer. The development of job finders like Careerbuilder, Monster, and LinkedIn have changed the way employers look at candidates. Everything is done with simplicity, style, and professionalism. So today, I’d like to share a few tips and tricks surrounding a 2017 resume and what it should look like. Everything from top to bottom.

“If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it.”

Introduce Yourself

Employers aren’t just looking for someone who can do the job, they’re looking for a real person. Someone with feelings, passion, and drive. Start off your resume with a quick introduction, highlighting who you are and some of your strengths. I’d recommend a professional photo of yourself too. It puts a face to the candidate and could make you seem more personable. Consider this section a “Statement” filled with power verbs. Words like advanced, trained, exceeds, negotiates, and strengthened are perfect starters to include.

Graphs

This is something most may not think about when creating their resume but can act as a lifesaver. We all hate telling employers we are not familiar in a certain category. So, instead of flat out saying yes or no. Try using bar graphs.

Let’s say I’m applying for a web developer position. I’m experienced in many formats but struggle in WordPress a bit. Instead of leaving that off of my resume, I would put it in discretely. I would list my bars accordingly for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and After Effect. But might list WordPress slightly lower than the others.

It’s not necessarily a bad thing to show your weaknesses to employers. Don’t think of it that way. More than likely, the strength vs weakness question will come up in an interview 9/10 times. You now have something to discuss during that time and can still highlight your other skills. The bar graph acts as an illusion and gives some visuals.

Education

This area can either play a huge or very little role in your resume. If you’re more experienced in real world situations and have held several other jobs pertaining to the one you’re applying for, let that be your main focus. However, if you’re a recent college graduate with very little career experience, let schooling be your reputable back up. Quote letters of recommendations from professors and mentors to help boost your chances. Find the value in yourself and put it on paper.

Professional and Personal

Like I said above, it’s very important to show that you’re human. After all, you’re going to be working with these people. Think of a few words that will show you’re humble but also ready to put in work. Professional ideas could be budget and planning, team leadership, or client support. While personal could include creative spirit, motivated, and fast learner.

“Better is not something you wish, it’s something you become.”

Timelines

This is a modern way to organize your work history. A resume should only be one to two pages long so rally up your three most recent jobs. Each blurb should remind the reader of what your objectives were and day-to-day tasks. Keep this area short and sweet but detailed.

The biggest tip of advice I could give to you all is to just be yourself. As cliche as that sounds, we want to be somewhat transparent when looking for a job. And remember, the career searching process is not just about the employer. Make sure you’re finding what you want and what will benefit you as an individual. It’s your own responsibility to grow into the position you dream of.

What Drinking More Water Did To Me

So the last couple weeks I’ve done somewhat of an experiment. Let me explain. I work a full-time job outside of blogging and Instagram. To give a little insight, it’s a job where I’m mostly on my feet all day, speaking constantly, and has very long hours. I don’t mind it though. It pays the bills and keeps me occupied. Anyways, lately I’ve been noticing such a drag in my energy and mood. The past weeks have been rough meaning I wake up late, have no motivation, and can barely work through my shifts. It’s exhausting really.

I knew there had to be a better way. There had to be something I could do differently. That’s when this idea came to be. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I didn’t ever drink water. I did, a lot of it. I just didn’t drink it consistently. I would drink water on the contingency of three scenarios. The first, if I was thirsty (obviously). The second, when I had a pounding headache. The third, during work outs or when I was at work wandering around. It wasn’t a regular human water schedule. You get me?

To prep you for what is to come, I’ll tell you the new way I began doing things. My goal from the beginning of this experiment was to drink at least, four bottles a day. If I drank more…great! But the goal was four. The schedule was a bottle with coffee in the morning, a bottle at lunch, a bottle after lunch, and one for dinner or the gym.

The beginning strides were easy. I even started drinking more than my original goal. I found myself refilling frequently. It never felt forced to drink more, which was a good thing!

After the first week, I already started seeing results. I felt more upbeat and refreshed. The water, in a way, gave me encouragement to work out more too. My skin was clearing up and stopped being so dry. I was impressed with what I had seen thus far and ultimately couldn’t wait to see what drinking more water each day could do.

The next goal was six to eight bottles a day. I know right?! Sounds like a ton but after a whole week of feeling like a camel, I truly didn’t mind the challenge. At this point, the results got even better.

Not only did my skin clear up completely, I also started to see a small weight loss! Of course, this was mixed with some physical activity. Even so, I think the water had a part in speeding the process up. Speaking of weight loss, the water I was drinking started curving my appetite. I stopped being hungry all the time and found eating normal meals at normal times made me full enough. That’s something I haven’t felt in a long time!

Overall, I’m now on week three of drinking water non-stop. It’s insane how great I feel. I’m keeping up with my workouts and staying active on a daily basis. Pretty much all thanks to my new found addiction. Doesn’t that sound silly? Addicted to water? Regardless, I hope this post helped you in some way and if you end up trying your own challenge please let me know how it works out! Also, don’t hesitate to share your own feel good! I’d love to try them!

The Lazy Girl Guide: Step Up Your Spring Outfits

Like I mentioned in my last post, Spring is here! I’m thinking we all already knew this though. Right or wrong? Wherever you live in the world, I hope this Spring season is treating you nicely. Here in Illinois, what I thought was going to be a few sunny months turned into a weather roller coaster. Our days have been full of rain in the morning, cloudy around noon, sunny by dinner time and freezing by night. It’s nuts!

Since we’ve had a select handful of really great 70 degree afternoons, I thought I’d touch-base on a few more easy ways to bump up your outfits. I know I spoke a little bit about this throughout my last couple posts, but hey…you can never have too many tips. Ya feel? These essentials have helped me run out the door faster, look nicer, and are so effortless I’m convinced you guys can pull them off too.

Sally Hansen XTreme Wear Nail Polish

Holy crap, this stuff is magical. I’m the type of person who the majority of the time has gotta have their nails painted. I just feel naked without a good coat on. My dilemma though is how quickly I go through a set. My gels tend to last a little over a week to two weeks. Even still, I need to go back and get them done again no matter what. That’s about $40 bucks out of my pocket each visit. $80 a month if the polish lasts the full two weeks! That’s so much extra money a person could have!

Recently, I started looking for another option. I tried my DIY gel nails at home. I even purchased the UV light and some pricey polishes. The whole thing turned into a huge disaster. The colors I chose stayed on so long that by the time I was ready for them to come off, it took 45 minutes of soaking in acetone to do so. It was miserable and I quickly went back to square one.

This is where Sally Hansen comes in! I browsed the aisles at Target and found the brand. They promised a long-lasting nail look and was under $6 bucks. How could I say no? That’s not even the best part. Once I applied the color, I let it dry fully and went on with my day. I was amazed to find that the polish wasn’t chipping, it wasn’t sticky, and it seemed to be holding up through my errands!

Here’s a small tip for you all, the product works best when only two coats are applied! Applying a clear seal to the nails will make the polish more vulnerable to conditions. At least that’s what I’ve noticed! Regardless, I continue to use this on the daily. It’s quick and extremely easy!

Silver And Gold

Jewelry can make or break an outfit. Without it, the look may seem incomplete. Too much, can come off as gaudy. Here’s what I do: light jewelry but accessorizing with pieces I love. For me, this includes my engagement + wedding ring, stud earrings, and maybe a dainty necklace. I like to show off what matters most. Memories, love, and style.

One of my favorites have been these porcelain earrings from ASH. They’re the perfect size so they don’t aggravate my ears (I always have issues with this). The fit is out of this world comfortable because the secure backs are larger than regular studs. They’re not irritating and handmade! Check out all the other great pieces on ASH’s website! So in love with them!

Tunics, Tunics, Tunics + Big T’s

One word…simple. Nothing says, “I want to be poppin on a Friday night but still be able to fall asleep afterwards” than a tunic. I purchased a ton of them recently and just can’t get enough. The idea of being completely comfortable while running around makes me so happy. These are so affordable too and can be found virtually anywhere. If a blouse style isn’t your first choice, try grabbing an over-sized t-shirt! If it’s really big, tie a knot on one side! Throw on a pair of leggings, vans or converse, and you’re ready to roll!

Pins

My last wardrobe tip for lazy ladies are pins! I’ve always carried around a plain black bag. I’m not a pattern person at all and would rather have neutral tones. However, that’s not to say a girl doesn’t want an accessory to stand-out every once in a while. That’s where these guys come in! I love to add them to my bag strap for a more edgy vibe. It shows my personality without being too overwhelming.