Tuesday, April 29, 2014

5 Ways to Further Your Career, Without Lifting a Finger!

Whether you're a college student preparing to step into the work world, or a successful businesswoman who is always keeping an eye out for the next opportunity, there are ways to get yourself out there without spending all of your time browsing job boards and writing cover letters. I know, firsthand, that looking for a job can be a full-time job in itself! And unless you have time to apply to positions every day from 8-5, you'll need to find other ways to advertise your brand, skills and experiences.

As a Recruiter, I have gained knowledge that I wish I had known when job hunting for myself. Tips, tricks and trends are easy to learn from any article or advice column; however, the best thing I have learned is how to get your resume and experience to work FOR YOU, instead of the other way around.

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DISCLAIMER: Okay, okay so there is a little bit of mouse-clicking here. So these ways are not ENTIRELY fingerless. But I'm sure you can handle a click here and a click there to save some major time and energy!!

1. Post your resume.
Recruiters use databases to pull in appropriate resumes based on keyword selections. So by simply posting your updated resume to job boards like Monster, Dice, Indeed and CareerBuilder, you could be exposing your resume to thousands of databases and Recruiters... who may be looking for someone just like you! Can't get much easier than this!

2. Update Your LinkedIn.
According to a Bullhorn survey, 93.7% of Recruiters used LinkedIn as a recruiting tool in 2012 (I'm on LinkedIn on a daily basis!) So, be sure to keep your information totally updated and continuously connect with family, friends, business acquaintances, people who share similar professional interests and people who you would like to work with. This is another easy one because you don't have to check LinkedIn every day like some other social media sites. In fact, you can set notifications to come to your email inbox so that you never miss a message or connection opportunity!

3. Create business cards.
Not employed? So what! Create your own business cards that represent your personal AND professional brand. I did this after I graduated from college; not only did my cards impress my acquaintances time and time again, it made me completely memorable, which is definitely something you want in this competitive job market. Your cards should display your contact information and even a brief summary about who you are and what you're looking for. And don't forget to get creative! My business cards were focused on a career in Public Relations so of course, I had a microphone graphic with a red background! Again, this made my card stand out among the rest. I created and printed my personalized cards using VistaPrint.

4. Seize networking opportunities.
Use any interaction or conversation as a networking opportunity. Whether at a professional function, a personal party or even a quick conversation at the grocery store, you never know when a door will open and who could open that door for you. In fact, a conversation could be a perfect time for you to hand out a business card and connect with them on LinkedIn later. Trust me, this will really pay off down the line!!

5. Spread the word.
According to InterviewSuccessFormula.com, there were 3.6 million job openings at the end of 2012; however, about 80% of these available jobs were never advertised. This means that, most likely, 80% of these positions were filled by an employee referral. (A.K.A. It's all about who you know!) So spread the word. Tell friends, family, acquantances that you are looking and what you are looking for. You never know who will refer you to a position or who will pass on a perfect job posting that you may have never seen!

Follow these steps and let them work their magic! Using this passive method may take some time, but it will DEFINITELY pay off in the end. Just always remember, YOU are a hot commodity and companies should WANT YOU to work for them! Making solid first impressions through your resume, business cards, a LinkedIn Profile and networking is beyond important and will serve you and your career well.

So make things easy on yourself and further your career by following these easy steps. Now, take a deep breath, turnaround and go do something productive with all this time you saved!
Good Luck, Ladies!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Add This App! Workout Anytime & Anywhere with Sworkit

With life, work, family, hobbies, and sleep, where is there time to exercise? We all know how important it is but there are so many times that fitness falls to the bottom of our priority lists. There just never seems to be enough time in the day! Especially when you're expected to change into special clothes and go to a special place, like the gym or the park. It just adds so much extra unnecessary time and effort!

This is why I've been absolutely loving the Sworkit app. Get this- I just did a 20 minute ab workout in my room while watching the Real Housewives of Orange County! I didn't have to go anywhere, waste any time, or even think about the exercises I had to do! Basically, the Sworkit app is your own personal trainer... and trust me, it'll kick your butt into shape!

So whenever you get 5, 10, or 15 extra minutes of time, here's all you have to do:

  • Open the app
  • Choose whether you'd like to do strength training exercises or yoga/cardio exercises
  • Then from there, choose the workout more specifically
  • Lastly, choose how many minutes you plan to workout and you're all ready!
The app will generate appropriate workouts in 30 second intervals. And it will even make a beeping noise when it's time to switch to a new exercise. This keeps things easy and interesting, not to mention the moves are real fat blasters. I was sweating from just the ab exercises, alone! Check out some of these cardio exercises:

 So if you have 5 minutes before work, do a quick arm workout! In fact, I've been waking up a half hour earlier than normal and getting in a quick 30 minute workout. This really starts my day off right and feels so great!

This app is definitely ideal for busy moms, working girls or college students. Pretty much perfect for anyone with a busy life and limited time! So download Sworkit and make exercising easier, cheaper and more efficient!

How do you incorporate exercise into your everyday life?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Giveaway! A Purse Organizer That Will Change Your Life!

If you open my purse on any given day, it's a black hole filled with everything imaginable. No matter how large or small my current purse is, I guarantee you, I will fill it to the brim! Obviously, this makes it IMPOSSIBLE to find ANYTHING! It's so frustrating but a lot of times, I really do need the stuff that's in there!

So for a long time I've been wanting some type of purse organizer. I've heard of them before but have never actually seen a really great and practical one. So when I came across a purse organizer giveaway on Accessories Galore plus More's Facebook page, I immediately entered. And guess what! I WON!! I was so excited and I told them that I was going to write a review on my blog, and they were nice enough to send me ANOTHER one to use as a giveaway! How awesome is that?!

What's even better is that this thing works AMAZINGLY. You would never guess that something so small and simple could be so darn useful! It's a great size, so light weight and holds SO.MUCH.STUFFFFF!! I was able to condense my whole purse into this one organizer. My notebook, planner, sunglasses, makeup, phone cords, feminine products, my wallet and more! There are multiple pockets of all different sizes and even a couple of larger pockets that zip up.

It's fits perfectly in my purse! By the way, how cute is this new summer bag that I got at Wilson's Leather?!

This organizer has made finding things in my purse incredibly easier. Oh, and don't forget another perk- when you switch purses, all you have to do is pull out the organizer and place it in the new bag. This makes such a difference! I rarely switch purses because of the hassle. But now, it literally takes 30 seconds and I'm out the door.

I really can't speak enough about this product. I've had it for about a week and it's just made this little part of my life easier. And isn't that what this blog is all about?! Making the small things easier so that you can focus on the larger things! Heck yes!
So enter below to win your very own light pink Purse Organizer from Accessories Galore Plus More!

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Didn't win? Well don't worry! They are only $14.99 + free shipping on the Accessories Galore Plus More website. They come in all different colors too. YAY! It's so exciting to find a new product that's practical and affordable!
*I am in no way affiliated with Accessories Galore Plus More. I was sent an extra organizer solely for giveaway purposes. All opinions expressed and photos are my own.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Transform Your Shoes with Heel Condoms

Obviously as a FABULOUS lady, you can never have enough shoes! I pretty much buy any shoe that fits, is comfortable and looks great! But who has time to shop for shoes to match every outfit!? I sure don't! In fact, I have a few key pairs of shoes that are tried and tested. They don't hurt when I walk, they're a comfortable heel height, and they match almost every outfit. The only problem is... THAT GETS SO BORING! So imagine my delight when I discovered an absolute solution to my shoe dilemma... HEEL CONDOMS!

Heel Condoms come in all styles and colors and fit over almost any shoe with a heel. I love the black and pearl style that I bought! You can tie it a couple of different ways and it definitely adds some spice. I wore them to work last week and got so many compliments! Check out how I styled my Heel Condoms the first time I ever wore them!

These Heel Condoms simply slip over your heel and allow you to tie them however you want. They really worked well with these shoes and totally jazzed them up. Here's how I took some of my other shoes and styled them, as well:

Aren't they amazing?! And so versatile! They're definitely my new favorite accessory. Visit www.TheHeelCondoms.com to check out all of their styles. Below are some of my personal favorites:

 Aren't these a FABULOUS accessory!? Which are your favorite?

I am in no way affiliated with Heel Condoms and received no form of compensation for this post. All opinions are my own. Photos are my own and from the Heel Condoms official website. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

#TrendAlert: Spice Up Your MakeUp Wardrobe with Colored Mascara

With summer and sunshine right around the corner, it's time to put away all of your boring winter blacks, browns and greys. Let's bring some color and fun back into our lives!! Now, you can do this with your clothing or your accessories or even you nails! But how about trying to incorporate color in a more unconventional way?

It's easy to add some color with your makeup. Bright lips, rosy cheeks and va-va-voom eye shadow are great ways to spice up your face wardrobe! But how about using colored mascara to make a statement and to let those eyes of yours really pop!

Makeup lines like Maybelline are starting to introduce more and more colored mascara. Tints include blue, green, yellow, pink, purple and more. But don't be frightened! You don't have to make yourself look like an alien by painting your lashes bright yellow! I like to use a more subtle approach with the blues and purples.

Thanks to my friend Amy who accidentally bought this mascara for me for my birthday. At first, we were both surprised that it was ROYAL BLUE! But then, I realized that it looked pretty awesome. It really makes my eyes pop and is perfect for weekends out. I like to wear it with a natural lip and little eyeliner. Think of it like a statement piece for your face!!! Check out some photos of my Maybelline Royal Blue Mascara:

What do you think? Would you try this trend?

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Top Ten Hidden Gems of Netflix

The Top Ten Hidden Gems of Netflix

Netflix Instant Streaming is filled with movies of all different genres, plot lines and ratings. But sometimes, you really have to dig to find the winners! With such a busy life, blowing off steam should be easy. I mean, who has time to search through the whole database to find something to watch?! That's why, after years of using the service, I've compiled my list of the Top Ten Hidden Gems on Netflix! Including comedies, dramas and family films, these movies are sure to impress you! 
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What To Expect When You're Expecting (PG-13):
So many great, famous people in this movie, so how could it go wrong! The movie follows different story lines of women and their partners having children. This romantic comedy is hilarious and probably pretty darn accurate! Perfect for a Friday night in with a glass of wine!

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Fargo (R):
This Cohen Brother's film is certainly not for the faint of heart. It's definitely more of a dark thriller and there is some violent and graphic scenes. The story follows a couple criminals who kidnap a woman and the chase to find her. Great plot and great movie all around.

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Safety Not Guaranteed (R):
Starring Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Rec) and Jake Johnson (New Girl.) A man takes out an ad in the paper looking for someone to accompany him on his journey back in time. With a desire to write a story on the piece, a couple of newspaper journalists answer the ad and train with him for his journey. It's a lighthearted, romantic and even somewhat sci-fyish movie. This is an absolute great one! Definitely underrated.

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Hit & Run (R):
My favorite part about this movie? It's the when Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell (who are now married) first met. And you can totally see their natural chemistry! This action-comedy revolves around a couple and the guy's troubled past. He breaks out of the witness protection program to drive his fiancee to LA for a job opportunity. They have to evade criminals, all while working on their relationship. Can't recommend this hilarious movie enough!

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The Frighteners (R):
This 1996 supernatural comedy, starring Michael J. Fox, is so different than any other film I've ever seen. The main character uses his ability to communicate with the dead to boost his "spirit cleansing" business and solve crimes. It's definitely a dark comedy that will have you laughing, cringing and scratching your head all at the same time!

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Daddy Day Care (PG-13):
Probably one of the best family films I have ever seen. Eddie Murphy leads a group of dads who start their own day care business. They deal with bratty kids, snotty noses and crazy parents. It's definitely a movie that's fun for the whole family and one of my favorites.  

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Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (R):
Now, stay with me on this one. My boyfriend tried to get me to watch this movie forever and I never would because I HATE horror/slasher films. Finally, one day, I caved and watched it. First let me say, it's not at all what I expected! It's actually a pretty funny comedy, with some blood and gore, of course. Tucker and Dale are two innocent, kind men who cross paths with a group of young twentysomethings while camping. Things continuously go wrong for the twentysomethings and thanks to bad luck and stupidity, they die one by one... the whole time thinking that it's Tucker and Dale who are the killers! Watch this movie with an open mind and I'm sure you'll think it's funny and clever, as well!

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The Boy In Striped Pajamas (PG-13):
A heavy movie, this is set in the time of Hitler, the Nazi's and Jewish concentration camps. It follows an innocent young boy living in Germany. He befriends a little Jewish boy through a concentration camp fence. This is 100% a tear-jerker but nonetheless, is a great movie that depicts the true tragedy of this through a child's uncorrupted eyes.

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Saved! (PG-13):
This hilarious movie is a comedy starring Jenna Malone, Mandy Moore and McCaulay Culkin. It focuses on a school of highly religious students & faculty and a group of outcasts coming of age & struggling with their own problems. It's a great movie that's over the top and totally funny.

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Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas (NR):
Based on the best-selling book by Nicholas Patterson (which, by the way, is absolutely amazing and you should totally read it) this story is about a woman whose boyfriend leaves her unexpectedly. She, then finds a diary written to her boyfriend from a woman names Suzanne. This story is incredible and is definitely an emotional roller coaster so be warned! Christina Applegate stars. 

Did you like this list? Then check out my list of the Best TV Series' to Watch on Netflix, including shows like The United States of Tara, Weeds, Revenge and more!

Have you seen any of these films? What did you think? What are your favorite Netflix movies?!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Product Alert! Spice Up Your Shower with a Speaker!

So I think it's safe to say that we've all sung in the shower at some point in our lives. Right?! Otherwise, a shower can be SO BORING! Well how about adding some background music to your arrangements and a little extra excitement to your boooring hygiene process. That's exactly what I did when I purchased the KingLake Shower Speaker from Amazon.com.

Kinglake Shower Speaker

This little guy fits right in the palm of your hand and charges through a USB cable. It's small and water resistant, with a suction cup that sticks it perfectly onto your shower wall. Don't be fooled by its size though, this thing produces loud volumes that you can hear clearly over the water!

Bottom of the KingLake Shower Speaker
The device easily connects with the Bluetooth on your phone to transmit the sound. The pad allows you to skip forward and backward, adjust volume, play/pause and even answer a phone call! Who wants to chat with me while I'm showering?! Anyone? Bueller? Yeah, well, I don't blame you! That would definitely be a little weird but it's great in case of emergencies!

Close up of the KingLake Shower Speaker
My absolute favorite thing about this product... it's 100% portable! If I'm going away for a weekend, I can just throw it in my bag and use it as a regular speaker as well! Think of all the possibilities- pool, beach, you name it! It's small, light and totally functional. Definitely my kind of product!

I've only had my KingLake Shower Speaker a couple of days but I already love it! I've listened to Pandora and IHeartRadio and the Elvis Duran & the Morning show! It's a great way to make showers more fun and to wake you up in the morning. The speaker comes in all different colors, plus, it's so ridiculously affordable so you really can't go wrong!

So check out the KingLake Shower Speaker and spice up your everyday routine!

*I am in no way affiliated with the company who makes this product. I received no form of compensation for this post. All photos and opinions expressed are my own.