Happy Labor Day Weekend

 

Hope you all enjoy the long weekend. Adrianna and I are going to be taking it real easy and soaking up the last days of carefree summer before we get into unofficial fall. Be sure to follow us this weekend on Instagram @nycprgirls

 

Xo

 

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Should You Give Up on the Job Hunt?

It’s about that time – everyone is looking to lock down their fall internship or start the job hunt fresh after summer. We are getting a ton of questions in the inbox about what to expect when reaching out to companies for the first time, what is considered “good experience,” or what kind of jobs to go after when you are just getting your feet wet. Unfortunately, we’re also getting a lot of emails with frustrations and disappointment. A few of you are ready to throw in the towel.

When is it worth pressing on and when is it worth calling it quits? Below are a few of the most common troubles when searching for a job. See if any of the below apply to you…

I’ve sent my resume everywhere, but I’m getting no responses! I must not have enough experience. First things first, double/triple/quadruple check your resume for spelling errors or typos. Resumes with errors are usually thrown directly into the trash. Have a friend read the resume if you don’t trust yourself. After that, be sure you are framing what experience you DO have in the best light for the job you are applying. Even if you worked in retail, be sure to call out things like “managed daily administrative duties at open and close of the store,” “assisted in customer service needs,” and “managed team of 3-5 employees.”

I’m international/out of town and want to find a job in a new city. Will I even be considered? Absolutely. The best you can do is make it as easy for the employer as you can. If your resume comes with one asterisk, like “Will need to move for job,” that is fine. If it comes with thirteen, as in “Will need to move for job, but will also need help with moving costs, and will need 3 months notice for visa, etc.” that’s not nearly as attractive to an employer. The best you can do is get your foot in the door, then be honest with the HR representative about your needs in a move.

I started with one internship, but now I’m interested in another position at another kind of company. Should I stop looking for other opportunities or quit my current position for something more exciting? This all comes down to timing. How long have you been at your current internship? It’s typical for internships to only last a couple months, then it is up to the employer and the intern if they’d like to continue the relationship or move on. So long as you’ve hit that mark, you should be fine to move around or continue looking at other companies for more experience. If you’re in a full-time job and want to leave after only a couple months, be sure you have another job in the hopper or are COMPLETELY sure you need to leave your current situation. A string of 6 month jobs at entry level can send the message you are hard to please or a hard person to work with.

 

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Skill to Conquer: Beauty Look for the Office

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I have just recently become somewhat confident in my makeup skills. After testing lots of foundations, powders, blushes and eye shadows… I think I’ve come down to my signature daily office look. The main things that concern me are as follows: longevity (has to last more than 4-6 hours), color pigment (especially under harsh office lights), and quality (if I’m applying something every day, it better not make me break out). Here are some of my favorites:

  1. Armani Luminous Silk Foundation - After finding out that this is a favorite of Emily from Cupcakes & Cashmere and Kat Tanita, it was a must try. Lasts all day when you use your favorite primer. Looks fabulous in photos
  2. Armani Maestro Concealer - I use this concealer all over. It’s best for under eye, but one drop covers the bags, the redness around my nose, and any small blemishes
  3. Clè de Peau Beautè Concealer - If you can suck up the pricetag, it’s worth the spend. Gives a flawless, airbrushed look. Best for blemishes
  4. Revlon Colorstay Powder - No need to go crazy for powder. This Revlon product seriously keeps me looking oil-free all day long. Even keeps make up in place during post-work workouts
  5. Le Metier de Beaute Bronzer - One of my favorite bronzers of all time. Now that we’re getting into fall, will be using less but still need some around the cheeks and hairline after foundation
  6. Benefit Benetint - Perfect for work because it can be used as a lip or cheek stain. Does not budge
  7. Nars Orgasm Blush - A timeless classic that fits all skintones
  8. Anastasia Brow Powder - Brows are a MUST. I don’t know how I ever did NOT pay attention to brows. Anastasia is the best brand for brow products
  9. Urban Decay Naked Basics - A classic colors palette in muted browns and neutrals is best for the office
  10. Maybelline Colossal Volum Express Mascara - This never flakes on me. NEVER. Trust this mascara
  11. Rose Salve - I rarely wear lip color in the office, but my lips get super dry in the AC or heat. Rose Salve is a savior

 

Full list of favorite products below!

 

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The Pros and Cons of Being Stressed

Being stressed out is usually related to something completely negative. And obviously, being stressed all the time is not ideal. Lately, I’ve been trying to use my stress as a driver rather than an immense feeling holding me back from accomplishing my goals or daily tasks. So far, it’s going OK. There are certainly hurdles to over come, but trying to see your stress as a positive is a lot nicer than deciding you’re too strung out to get your work done.

Here are some pros and cons of being stressed:

CON: When your boss gives you another crazy deadline, you feel like you want to cry

PRO: With this added urgency, you are forced to make realistic decisions what is on your plate. You delegate some items to another team member or your negotiate the deadline with your boss. Time restraints are a reality, and the work needs to get done, so there is a compromise

CON: Your to-do list is literally three pages long

PRO: You’ve made the list, now time to get to work. When you see everything in one place, it’s actually much more manageable than trying to remember everything floating around in your mind. It also avoids those horrible 3am, wake-up screaming moments when you’ve realized you’ve forgotten about 10 things due Friday

CON: You are so exhausted from work, all you can do is watch Netflix

PRO: This is your body’s way of telling you the batteries need a recharge. I have completely given myself permission to cancel plans if I am feeling too stressed out, even if the plans were with myself. Some nights, all you want to do is nap, drink tea, watch Orange is the New Black, and then get back in bed. You’ll feel better in the morning.

CON: You are messing up because you are trying to get everything done and missing the details

PRO: This is one of the best lessons I ever learned as a junior staffer, and I’ve relearned it many times. To be successful in your day-to-day job, you need to be honest about how long tasks take you. It will help you prep much better in the future, and your workload will seem much more manageable

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