Influencer/Day Job Crossover

 

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Photo by  Gwladys of @SoGwladys

If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been missing for so long…

The gig is up. I really love my day job and it requires. I currently work as a HR Director in the entertainment industry. Prior to entertainment, I worked in luxury fashion. I’ve been in HR for over 10 years. When it wasn’t a full time job, it was my freelance gig. Needless to say, I’ve seen a LOT of resumes. While I was building my freelance clientele, my biggest challenge was finding an appropriate place to meet clients. Meeting at Starbucks is no longer the wave. Needless to say, I was ECSTATIC to learn about Meet In Place. Marlena (of Big City, Curvy Girl, Thin Wallet) hosted an Influencer Resume Party and I was honored to present. I’ve been looking for a place to hold resume workshops and it looks like I found one. Thank you Meet In Place! 

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Photo by Gwladys of @SoGwladys

Here are my top 5 tips for job hunting:

 

Replace your objective with a summary

Recruiters know you are looking for a job because you applied. You do not need to tell us that you’re looking for “a position that will utilize my skills and provide opportunities for growth”. Use this prime resume real estate for your summary. A recruiter should be able to read your summary and know who you are and what you’d be a good fit for.

 

Quantify your experience

Your resume bullets should be short and sweet. Recruiters and hiring managers need to know what you have done and what you are capable of. For example: Answered 45 calls per hour in a high volume call-center customer service role while maintaining a 97% quality assurance score.

 

Research the organization and industry

Employers in New York City CANNOT ask you what you are currently making (this is illegal). However, they can ask you what you expect to make in that role. Some industries pay more than others. Glassdoor is a great resource but should not be your sole source. Remember: Old Navy does not pay as much as Gucci. You should have a good idea of the organization’s values and structure prior to the interview.

 

Act quickly

Apply as soon as you see the posting! The most visible applicants apply within the first 24 hours. Most applications come in over the weekend. If that is the only time you have to apply, make sure you take the extra step to make contact with the organization to stand out. LinkedIn is the best way to reach out to recruiters or hiring managers.

 

Know who you are professionally

As you gain experience, you should be developing your professional persona and skill set. What are your goals? What kind of organization would you like to work for? What kind of work is most rewarding to you? Your resume should be a living document that helps prepare you for this position. Know who you are professionally and stay the course (to the best of your abilities).

 

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Rih Rih/Nine ball style capture – Ocean’s 8

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Our Ocean’s 8 crew. Photography by Kayla Klein Photography

Joining this body pos Ocean’s 8 remake crew, I was honored to rep the bad gyal herself. This project was all about being my best self, honestly. Rihanna plays a hacker named Nine ball. Riri and I are the same age and I’ve never felt more “Rih” in my life. I’ve been been happy and embracing the newlywed pounds I’ve been putting on.

The character selection here was spot on. Nine ball’s style is what I like to call “Hood hacky sack chic”. I had the description ready because this is essentially my weekend gear. I AM ABOUT THIS LIFE, FOLKS. I took a step outside of my comfort zone by turning the cami (c/o FullBeauty Brands/Roaman’s) into a crop but otherwise, this is an outfit you would see me in while grocery shopping or doing laundry or just breathing because I love it that much.

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Image Credit: GC Images/Warner Bros

 

I’ve been in love hibernation lately so being able to link up with so many of my faves at once was awesome. As I go/grow through transitions, I am grateful to be surrounded by dope supportive women.

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With Ashby Vose. Photography by Kayla Klein Photography

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Photography by Kayla Klein Photography

Roaman’s came through with a super cute top (Fullbeauty/Roaman’s Strappy cami) and jacket (Fullbeauty/Roaman’s anorak jacket). Woodland BDU pants and Docs are my own but similar here (Woodland BDU pants) and here (Dr. Martens). Kayla (Kayla Klein Photography) is incredible! I can’t believe that’s me!

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Photography by Kayla Klein Photography

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Photography by Kayla Klein Photography

Shout out to Steph who doubled as Awkwafina’s character Constance as well as our MUA for my full face of Fenty Beauty as well as my partner in crime for the silliness/bonus BTS footage below.

 

 

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Photography by Kayla Klein Photography

Jonquel as the mastermind, Debbie Ocean
Marlena as the jeweler, Amita
Shalee as the right hand, Lou
Faith as the celebrity, Daphne
Me as the hacker, Nine-ball
Tan as the designer, Rose
Ashby as the fence, Tammy
Stephanie as the thief, Constance

Disclaimer:  This sponsored project was not conducted in association with the Ocean’s 8 film.  Items were gifted for feature, but all opinions are my own.

The bearer of good news (6. Be a better parent)

7 years ago, I gave birth to the most precocious child I’ve ever met. Her name means “bearer of good news” and she is living up to it. She brightens the day of every person she meets. Eva has taught me to take myself less serious. She holds me accountable (I like dessert for breakfast. Judge me, idc). She is my personal stylist and gift from the universe.

I could not be more proud of her. Eva spends her free time thinking of ways to make people smile. Her love of all things fashion and art never ceases to impress me. She is strong, beautiful and ambitious. If I’ve done anything right in this lifetime, it’s raise this awesome kid.

Happy birthday, my sweet Evangeline!