Wisdom Wednesday: It’s Not You, It’s Your Cover Letter…

If you Google “cover letter,” you will find the same format on hundreds of websites. The typical cover letter opens with a clear statement that tells human resources the name of the position for which you are applying and where you saw the advertisement. After the first sentence, a cookie-cutter letter details how the writer’s skill set fits the competencies listed on the job description.

If you want your cover letter to blend in with the crowd, follow this format. However, if you want to stand out, you need to approach cover letters differently.

The Header and Salutation

Before you begin writing, research the target business and unearth its purpose, its successes, and its challenges. As you research, make sure to find the name of the hiring manager. If the website is not forthcoming, let Google and social media help you. If online searches let you down, pick up the phone.

Never use “to whom it may concern” as you salutation. This is one phrase that really irritates hiring managers because it conveys laziness. In fact, if you use this phrase, you can expect your application package to go straight into the trash can. Instead, put the hiring manager’s name in the address and in the salutation.

You may be tempted to use “to whom it may concern” if you have found several names but are unsure of which one is the hiring manager. Even if you are not confident that you have chosen the correct name, avoid “to whom it may concern.” A wrong name is far better than the generic salutation.

The First Paragraph

The first paragraph should encourage the hiring manager to read further. Imagine a tall stack of application packages. If you were tasked with evaluating them, you would find quick ways to eliminate as many as possible. If your first paragraph shines, your package is likely to move to the short stack instead of to the trash can.

Remember that research you did? Use what you learned to make your first paragraph fit the tone of the company’s online presence. If you are applying to a bank, a formal first paragraph will be more effective than a witty first paragraph. However, witty or enthusiastic first paragraphs are appropriate in many situations.

To write a formal first paragraph, begin with an upbeat overview of your skills coupled with how you can use them to help the company. For example, you might say, “I am a graphic artist with over 10 years of experience, and I’d love to bring my skills and passion for excellence to your recently formed content development team.”

To write a witty, enthusiastic first paragraph, begin with fun, attention-commanding prose. For example, try opening with one of your accomplishments, with your driving passion, or with some praise about the company. Use the following examples as inspiration:

  • Lead with accomplishments. A former supervisor called me a superstar because she saw how I used focused listening to drive sales. Listening to people so that I can truly to meet their needs gives me a rush. I’d love to bring my successes in a fast-paced customer service environment to your customer service manager position.
  • Lead with your passion. Some people meditate, and others exercise. I write. Even when I was a child, I turned to writing when life got confusing or stressful. My passion for the written word has led me to from writing fiction and nonfiction to using the power of the pen to impact human behavior through copywriting.
  • Lead with why you love the company. Sweet tea may well be the meaning of life. This Southern beverage has accompanied me to football games, picnics, and Sunday lunches. When Milo’s made gallon jugs of sweet tea available to those too busy to make their own each day, I rejoiced. Promoting this sweet beverage on the Internet through your social media marketing position would be my dream job.

The Body

If you didn’t address the title of the position you are seeking in your first paragraph, include it in the first sentence of the body of your letter. Otherwise, jump right into how you can help the company succeed. Don’t be like everyone else and simply reiterate the job description. Use your research to address the company’s mission, success, and challenges.

It’s never a waste of time to learn more about the company to which you are applying. After all, when you get the interview, you’ll wow the hiring managers with your go-getter inside knowledge.

In the body of your letter, minimize “I” statements and focus on the company. Don’t just say that you have experience in sales. Give concrete examples of your success — statistics are great — and explain how your experience will impact the company. Addressing specifics about the company and how you would fit in makes your letter stand out in a sea of monotony.

The Closing

The opening and the closing are the two most important features of a sales letter. A cover letter’s purpose is to sell yourself, so be bold in the conclusion. Restate why you are perfect for the position, encourage the reader to learn more about you by reviewing your resume, and directly ask for an interview. Also, thank the hiring manager for taking the time to read your letter.

A great cover letter keeps its audience at the forefront of the writing process. Your audience is the busy hiring manager, so keep your letter short and upbeat. Motivate the hiring manager to call you for an interview, and double-check that you have used the company name throughout instead of the generic “your company” or “your business.” When your cover letter is short, compelling, and focused on selling yourself to one company at a time, you’ll be amazed at how many interviews you get.

Author: Miranda Grimm

 

 

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Wisdom Wednesday: Interview Etiquette

We’ve all been there (or will be at some point): Nervous, palms sweating, unsure of what’s to come. All you want is for them to like you. Really, really like you! As you wait watching the receptionist tick away at her computer you begin to zone out…and then suddenly you hear the pitter-patter of shoes coming down the hallway. Your heart skips a beat and you have about 30 seconds until you’re in the spotlight… I’m talking about The Interview!

We have all had our fair share of interviews.  if not, you need to become privy as to what goes over well with potential employers and what could be the nail in your prospective career coffin. Today we will be going over interview etiquette and discussing the tips and tricks you need to know to land your dream job…

Before The Interview

  1. Research the company.
  2. Update your resume. (If possible try to keep it to one page in length.)
  3. Bring: A fresh notepad, a pen and two copies of your resume.
  4. Dress appropriately and avoid any oversized or layered jewelry.
  5. Wear natural makeup and keep your hair simple and out of your face. A few of my favorite interview hairstyles include ballerina buns, low ponytails, and half-up styles.
  6. On the way to your interview, listen to your favorite pump up song to boost your energy and confidence. (It sounds silly, but it always works!)
  7. Turn off your phone and spit out the gum.
  8. Arrive on time (and not too early, 10 minutes is usually best).
  9. Be prepared to answer the following questions:
    Tell me about yourself.
    How has your experience prepared you for this job?
    What is your greatest weakness? (Tip: Whatever your weakness is, always present it as something that you are “working on.” For example, “I’m working on talking less when I am nervous.”)
    Why do you want this job?
  10. Prepare a few questions of your own, such as the following:
    Why is this position open?
    Is there an opportunity for growth with this position? If so, where does it lead?
    What was your career path to this job? 


During the Interview

  1. Be nice to everyone in and around the building. You never know who works at the company or who will be interviewing you.
  2. Give them a solid, confident handshake.
  3. Smile. You want to be approachable and it will ease your nerves.
  4. Be polite and energetic. No one wants to interview a slug.
  5. Maintain good posture.
  6. Don’t talk too much–you don’t want to be a chatterbox, but definitely don’t provide them with one word answers either. Also, do NOT interrupt the person who is interviewing you.
  7. Remember to ask your questions at the end of the interview.
  8. Do NOT ask about money during the first interview.
  9. At the end of the interview, ask when a decision is going to be made and when it is appropriate for you to follow up.
  10. On your way out, be sure to graciously thank them for taking the time to meet with you.

 

After the Interview

  1. The second you walk out of the interview write a hand-written thank you note and pop it in the mail that same day. Yes, as in snail mail. It may seem old-fashioned, but this is an often-overlooked gesture that is greatly appreciated and highly noted by potential employers.
  2. Follow up if you haven’t heard back by the date specified during the interview. Do not follow up before that date.
  3. Do NOT (!!!) tweet, Facebook post, or blog about your interview. We all know that the first thing a prospective employer does after an interview is Google the interviewee.

Author: Lauren Conrad

Wisdom Wednesday: The Happy Secret to Better work

What is the true secret to happiness in our working lives? The formula is commonly understood to be that working hard leads to success and success leads to happiness, but what if there were a better way?

Shawn Achor’s talk is both hilarious and poignant. It will keep you glued to the screen for the entire 12 minutes. The takeaway? Happiness breeds success, and if you can tap into the “happiness advantage,” good things will follow. Concrete suggestions for becoming happier (the hard part) start around the 11-minute mark.

Wisdom Wednesday: How to Budget When You Don’t Make Enough Money

You lose your job. You get sick. Your husband loses his job. You are going through a divorce.

These are huge life-altering challenges with relational, emotional and financial implications. Often, the result is a situation where you don’t have enough money to pay the bills. Talk about things that keep you up at night… we’ve been there. To describe the situation as ‘unfortunate’ is quite the understatement. More like “drowning without a life vest”. Over 25 million Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck today, and just one event could cause a financial panic.

Or maybe there was no single event that resulted in your financial situation – it’s just been the accumulation of increasing bills and a paycheck that hasn’t kept pace.

Whatever the reason – not making enough money to pay your bills is a HUGE problem facing many Americans today – so what can you do to keep it from becoming an all-out financial crisis?

Here are our 5 tips:

Keep a positive mindset

This is the hardest one, but also the most important. Negativity is attacking you from every direction. Thoughts like:

  • You will never get out of this mess
  • You will never find a job
  • You will lose your home

These thoughts will become a self-fulfilling prophesy if you give into them. And I’m saying this as a person who struggles with negative self-talk – it is a KILLER. You have to find what works for you. If you are able to stay positive and focused on what you need to do to get out of your situation, then reality will follow that positivity.

Recognize that it is temporary

Yes, this is bullet number 2, and you might be thinking ‘2 points in, and nothing actionable?’ This is on purpose. The actionable items below won’t stick if you don’t keep your head in the game. You need to act knowing that your financial situation will not last forever, and that it is simply a challenge that you have to overcome. Do not let this become your lifestyle – choose to be an overcomer instead of a casualty.

You are in a sprint right now because you need to be. But just like running, you can’t sprint forever. So make your sprint count!

Cut, cut, cut

Are you paying for cable? Cancel it. Do you have smartphones? Sell them and reduce your wireless bill. Do you meal plan and use coupons? Do you still go out to eat often?

I remember a time when we couldn’t pay our bills, I thought “well, what’s the point of budgeting?” That line of thinking was a huge mistake. Budgeting is more important than ever when you are running a deficit – you’ve got to drill down and figure out every single place that you can save money.

At this time in your life, you’ve got to get CRAZY (or is it more crazy to be paying for a 300+ channel cable package when you can’t pay your bills?) You are in survival mode – if you don’t need to be spending money on it, then you simply cannot afford to spend money on it.

Get More Money!

When you are running a monthly deficit in your budget, you have to attack this from both sides. Cut expenses and make more money. Yes, yes, I know. Easier said than done. But there are some things you can do from home that you might not have thought of. What if you were able to cut $300 from your monthly bills, and then also make an extra $300 through odd jobs or working from home? That’s $600 more in your pocket.

Can you work more hours at your job? Can your spouse go out and get another job? When you are in survival mode, no job should be beneath you, and any sacrifices you make are temporary because you are digging yourself out. If you had been laid off from a good paying white collar desk job, it’s ok to deliver pizza for a while before you land that next job.

Prioritize your bills

When there isn’t enough money to go around, how do you decide who gets paid and who doesn’t? Since we’ve been using the term “survival”, think of the things you would need to survive – food, shelter, clothing, transportation, energy… you’re first payments have to be the ones that keep you in your warm home, keep food on the table, and allow you to get to work.

After that, you need to figure out what creditors get paid, and which don’t. If you don’t have enough to pay some creditors, make sure to communicate with them. There are ways to negotiate with creditors, and this might be the time to do it. There are implications when settling debt, so be careful and make sure to do your research.

Here’s why I made the first 2 points mental rather than actionable – would you be willing to work those extra hours, to get rid of your smartphone, to take a job that might seem embarrassing, if you didn’t have a positive mindset?

The question we have for you today is what are you willing to do to make this happen?

Author: Mark Greutman

Wisdom Wednesday: 8 Tips & Tricks for LinkedIn Power Users

You have hundreds of connections, stacks of skills and endorsements, a killer review of your experience and a flattering but professional headshot. Your LinkedIn profile is all set up for some seriously productive networking, and you’re ready to build up your brand online as you climb the ladder of success.

But don’t you wish you could get a little bit more out of LinkedIn? While having an extensive network is a big advantage, there several little things you can do to help make the most of the website — and a lot of them are free.

Here are eight ways to get a leg up on the LinkedIn competition:

Request to connect through search instead of the profile button.

When you send connection requests through the Connect button on someone’s profile, you have to prove you know them through a mutually listed company or school. To skip that step, just search for the person you want to connect with, and use the Connect button next to her name to immediately send the invitation.

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Connect with users through search, rather than individual profiles, to skip a step.

Set up anonymous profile viewing to explore the network fearlessly.

You adjust your privacy settings to make your profile visits anonymous.

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Whether it’s an old college rival or your new boss, it’s natural to want to delve a little deeper into someone’s professional past. However, LinkedIn’s default settings notify users when someone looks at their profiles.

The first concern is coming off as creepy, but if you’re using LinkedIn to vet potential hires or recruiters, you may not want them to know what you’re doing. Luckily, there’s an easy fix to limit or remove all identifying information from your visit, so the people whose profiles you view won’t knew you were there.

The one caveat is forfeiting your ability to see who views your profile (if you have a basic account), but it’s a small sacrifice for searching in secrecy.

Use advanced searches to hone in on the best jobs and candidates.

There are limited filters for basic-level users, but even those will help you narrow your search.

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Whether you’re a recruiter looking for the perfect person for an opening at your company, or you’re just someone looking for a new gig, a basic search might not yield the best results. While LinkedIn offers several paid upgrades that give you special tools for this, an advanced search can help you filter through a slew of postings and connections.

The paid upgrades give you deeper filters and streamline the process, but the free ones are a great first step toward a successful search.

Import your email contacts as connections.

You never know what one more connection can do.

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If you’ve been using LinkedIn long enough, chances are you’ve connected with most people you’ve done business with by now. That said, searching through your email contacts is a great way to find anyone who might have slipped your mind or works in a different industry than they did before.

It may not make a huge difference right away, but all it takes is one message to start a big business move, whether it’s a new job or a major partnership.

Make sure your profile reflects your current work and aspirations.

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Keeping your profile updated might not be at the top of your to-do list, but it’s helpful to clear out the cobwebs and keep the information fresh. You shouldn’t need to make major changes to the experience and education sections, but consistently updating your work portfolio will keep connections updated on what you’ve been doing recently.

While this is mainly useful for those in media, graphic design and other industries that often value work samples over resumes, it can also highlight a specific interest or specialty you want to parlay into a new job.

Take advantage of groups.

Keep in touch with people with similar experiences to make the most of your network.

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While connecting with people you don’t know is against LinkedIn’s rules, joining groups of users with similar experiences, jobs and interests is a great way to reach more people and resources. There are groups for colleges, industries, professional organizations, companies and common interests, and being part of these groups allows you search and filter through them with an upgraded account.

Each group has a page with an open forum and job board, helping those within the group help each other. Also, group memberships appear on your public profile by default, which will help connections see what you do beyond your listed experience.

Ask connections to leave you recommendations.

Because it never hurts to ask for a little help.

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Letters of recommendation can make or break a job application, and LinkedIn allows users to recommend each other’s work at specific companies and organizations. While it might be awkward to ask at first, these recommendations add immediate credibility and depth to your experience. And beyond it’s content, the recommendation shows that people actually like you enough to say nice things about you for everyone to see.

Save job searches and receive email alerts.

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Let LinkedIn guide you to your new job.

If you’re looking for a new gig, you can save job searches on LinkedIn and get email updates daily, weekly or monthly. This is a great way of making the site work for you, as you look for work yourself.

Author: Sylvan Lane

Images: Mashable, LinkedIn

Wisdom Wednesday:How to Write the Perfect Networking Email

While social networking is a strongly required asset to any business, face to face introductions are still just as high on the list. Hence, when being a part of or running a business and looking for prospects, networking events are a must-have in every daily agenda.

However, the question that remains is how to become a new connection and not someone a person met that one time. The answer: a strong follow-up email that separates you from the other business cards on your new friend’s desk. But before hitting the “send” button, there are three things your email should include to make sure you really separate yourself from the herd:

A Moment From the Conversation

People love to be remembered, especially when they know you’ve interacted with so many others on the same day you met. If you can remember a moment of the conversation, such as talking about their love for macramé, or hearing their story about how they started their business, put it in the email. Make the comment light, but professional and, if possible, connect it to suggesting another meeting. For example:

“I loved that I met a fellow scrap-booker—we should definitely try out that new store together and maybe grab a coffee after.”

You impress the person here in two ways: First, you remembered them and were focused on the conversation despite the busy surroundings. Second, you’ve shown yourself to be a real person they can further connectwith either professionally or personally.

An Idea for Their Business

If you read any sales books, they all say the same thing: Give a gift and you’ll make a connection that has a real chance of prospering. So in your email, give a suggestion as to how you can help their business; call it giving them a personal coming attraction. This peaks the receiver’s interest and will hopefully continue the conversation. A great example:

“I was thinking about your book; have you ever considered trying to pitch it to pet-friendly hotels? I may have some contacts related to this if you’re interested.”

If you have an idea, but you’re not able to help, suggest it anyway, especially if you know someone you can refer them to. This will show that you’re professional and that you are realistically trying to help the person, even if you can’t profit from their needs.

An Action Item

Don’t let it end at just an email that can be passed by; give them something to do in response. Suggest a time and date to meet up again and do a face-to-face follow-up, or ask a simple question for them to answer. This will make sure your message isn’t ignored, and shows you want to connect further. Sometimes (and even I have this moment) you hand over a business card and wonder if it will even be worth the paper it’s made of. With an action item, you show that you’re a profitable and positive connection with initiative.

The biggest rule within all of these steps: keep the conversation going. In one event, we don’t just come home with little pieces of paper, but a handful of opportunities to connect with the future of our career one person at a time. But before this can happen, we need to follow up and follow through. With this small, but powerful checklist, we can make every new conversation evolve into new opportunities.

Wisdom Wednesday: How to set Up a Budget

Setting up a budget is a great way to help keep your finances on track and plan for the future. Without one, keeping track of how much money you bring in and spend each month can be nearly impossible! By creating a budget you will become strategic with your money and develop better spending habits that will pay off in the long term. You also will be better able to save for the future and achieve financial security. 

Check out these easy ways to get started creating a better budget for you and your family.


Wisdom Wednesday: 10 Secrets to Sounding Super Confident

If confidence could be bottled, it would be an overnight sensation. Confidence is a trait we admire in others and lament the absence of in ourselves. But while some people may indeed just be born confident, it’s a skill the rest of us can easily acquire.

As all the best performers and public speakers know, confidence is as much about appearance as it is about feeling it. So where better to start honing your confidence than in your voice, one of the most important tools you have to give others a favorable impression?

As psychologist and author Larina Kase says, “True confidence is not thinking that you’ll get a great result. It’s knowing that you can handle any result.” Read on to learn the 10 secrets of sounding confident. These expert tips will prepare you for success in any professional or public speaking situation.

1. Practice.

The key to doing anything well is doing it often and speech is no exception. When you’re nervous about a difficult conversation, such as making the case to your boss for a raise, or a scheduled talk in front of an audience, practice what you’ll say beforehand. Public speaking expert Dale Carnegie recommends using a real or stand-in microphone if you’ll be using one during the actual event. Recording yourself is also a good way to figure out if you’re using the best pacing and pauses. It also allows you to evaluate your voice for clarity and volume.

2. Don’t articulate a statement as a question.

People ask questions when they’re missing information or want approval for an idea or decision. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with either of those situations, both can make you sound vulnerable. To project your ideas with confidence, don’t let your voice creep upward at the end of a sentence. Maintain an even tone of voice and finish your statements with periods, not question marks.

3. Slow down.

Carmine Gallo, author of Talk Like TED, claims 190 words per minute is the ideal rate of speech for public speaking. At this speed, your audience will feel less like you’re talking at them and more like you’re having a conversation over lunch. If you speak too slowly you run the risk of putting your audience to sleep. And if you talk too quickly you can sound amateurish or nervous, like you’re trying to get it over with as fast as you can. That’s why 190 words per minute is the sweet spot you should aim for.

4. Use your hands.

The body language that accompanies your message is just as important as the words coming out of your mouth. Audiences perceive speakers to have more positive traits such as warmth and energy when they use a variety of gestures, according to Carol Kinsey Gorman, Ph.D., an executive coach and consultant in nonverbal communication. While some physical gestures, such as fiddling with clothing or touching hair, can distract or convey a lack of confidence, using your hands when you speak is a great way to communicate your excitement and knowledge about the topic.

5. Throw away caveats and filler phrases.

Do you ever begin your sentences with “This is just my opinion,” “Sorry,” “I’m still working on this,” “Well,” “I mean,” or any number of other negative or useless prefaces? Most people do as a matter of habit or nervousness, but caveats and fillers can damage the confident tone you’re trying to strike. Instead, say what you mean and nothing else. For example, “We should take this pitch in a different direction” is much more persuasive than “Well, I think we should take this pitch in a different direction, but I’m still trying to find out the best route to take.”

6. Stay hydrated.

Professional singers have favorite pre-show beverages to soothe and prepare their vocal cords. And while you may not need to hit any octaves during your next conference call, hydration is equally important for speakers. Studies show the positive effects of hydration on vocal cords; basically, it keeps them moisturized and enhances the sound of your voice. The best way to stay hydrated is to stay ahead of the curve—by the time you feel thirsty, it’s too late. Drink water regularly throughout the day for the best results.

7. Express gratitude.

Dr. Ramiro Zuniga explains the link between gratitude and confidence: “When a leader shows gratitude, it helps create a positive atmosphere. The display of gratitude conveys the message that all is well and moving in a forward direction.” Thus, thanking coworkers and direct-reports for their contributions and achievements is another way to say the company is thriving and on track to do even better in the future. Start the conversation with a little gratitude, even a “Thanks for coming,” and you’ll convey confidence from the start.

8. Insert smiles into your speech.

Have you heard the adage that smiles are contagious? Christine Clapp, a public speaking expert at George Washington University, explains the benefits of smiling on both the speaker and the audience: “Smiling not only makes your voice more pleasant to listen to, it also conveys confidence…You will appear friendly, approachable, and composed.” That’s more than enough reason to grin the next time you give an important talk.

9. Use silence to your advantage.

What’s your biggest public speaking fear? For many people, it’s silence. They worry about forgetting an important idea or losing their train of thought midway through a sentence. Speakers who try to engage their audiences with questions worry that no one will respond. But silence isn’t your enemy; it can actually be a powerful confidence-projecting tool. Professional Speech Coach Gary Genard points out that audiences need strategic pauses in order to retain and understand important points. Additionally, the ability to live with silences, whether of your own making or the audience’s, makes you seem confident.

10. Maintain good posture.

Holding your head high and rolling your shoulders back won’t just make you look confident; it will improve the sound of your voice as well. Good posture enables you to breathe deeply in and out through your abdomen, which is how actors and other public speakers project their voices to resonate clearly throughout the space. So to maximize the power of your voice, sit or stand up straight and take a deep breath.

 

Wisdom Wednesday: 4 Rules for Answering the Weakness Question

The one dreaded question that is guaranteed to come up in every interview is “What is your greatest weakness?” Perhaps it’s the interviewer’s way of weeding out candidates to see who is truly prepared to answer this uncomfortable question. Regardless, you can remove some of the awkwardness by prepping for the question and following these rules.

1. Don’t give a cop-out answer

Please don’t give tired answers like, “My greatest weakness is that I’m too much of a perfectionist/workaholic.” Perhaps it is true for you, but unfortunately, it may ring false to the interviewer who is used to hearing these generic answers that come off as a way to dodge the question.

2. Be honest

Dig deep into yourself and figure out what your true weaknesses are at work. Write them down on a sheet of paper, and figure out which ones you can use in an interview. If you state a weakness you’ve struggled with, your answer will sound more honest. Some things that will help you come up with true weaknesses is to look at some of the challenges you have faced in your previous jobs or think about constructive criticism you’ve received from a manager.

3. Avoid deal breakers

Although we mention that you should be honest, it’s also good to remember that there is such a thing as being too honest. You need to avoid weaknesses that will hurt your chances of getting the job. For example, say if you’re applying for an HR position and you say that you’re not good with people, or if you’re trying for a sales job and you say you are bad at negotiating. This doesn’t mean that you have to make up a weakness, but it’s just preferable for you to pick another weakness that isn’t a deal breaker.

4. Talk about your attempts to overcome your weakness

Always talk about the steps you have taken to overcome your weakness. This is your chance to show the interviewer that although you have your flaws, you are proactive and resourceful enough to overcome them. In a way, your effort to conquer your weaknesses will be looked at as a strength.

Wisdom Wednesday: 8 Instagrammers to Follow for Top-Notch Career Advice

When it comes to Instagram, you probably follow your best friend, your sister, and your best friend’s sister… But as you’re scrolling through your feed, who do you look to for awesome inspiration, beautiful images, and reliable career advice you can actually relate to? We’ve gathered some of our favorite Instagrammers who are always making our feeds better and brighter, so you can get double-tappin’ ASAP.

CreateCultivate              

This online platform and creative conference caters to all female entrepreneurs that are working and growing in the digital space. Their fun and colorful feed is full of great quotes, office outfit ideas, and a handful of successful women. Plus, CreateCultivate featured one of my absolute favorite inspiration illustrations that reminds you to always work hard and be gracious.

HerAgenda

What I love about HerAgenda is that you’re not just seeing the same five quotes you always find all over Pinterest. Here, you’re getting fresh advice and bold images, so you’ll never miss them as you’re scrolling through.

LeanInOrg

We always hear about how we need to #LeanIn to our careers, but that doesn’t mean we don’t also need daily reminders of what happens when we do! Lean In’s powerful Instagram features and celebrates incredible individuals who’ve really made a difference. Learn from their journeys and their words as you’re navigating your own career.

HootDesignCo.

This design company located in the heart of Missouri not only has quirky and cohesive photos, but it also delivers some solid career advice. Wondering what three things may be ruining your brand? Looking for new ways to dress for success? You must check out this marketing and branding hub.

TheBrandGals

Sometimes the best advice just comes from downright beautiful inspiration. Looking at TheBrandGals feed, you’re immediately transported into a world where creativity is endless, ideas are clean and thought out, and your desk always looks perfect.

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If you’re looking for quick and simple tips on how to make your LinkedIn profile noticed by employers (have a photo and list your skills), all accompanied by pops of motivation, look no further than the LinkedIn insta.

Business Insider

While it’s a lot more than just career advice, Business Insider offers some useful, easy-to-read tips on powering through a workday on no sleep, how not to be a bad speaker, and how to pay off your debt. All that just by scrolling through my feed? I’ll take it.

Levo

Last but not least, I have to give a shoutout to the ultimate source for social media career advice: the one and only, Levo. Levo’s wonderfully curated feed is full of Power Outfits, interactive career polls, and awesome individuals!

Author: Madison Feller