I have never heard more talk about women in entrepreneurship, women in the workforce, and women’s equality. You can’t deny that 2018 was a year of women’s empowerment: encouraging women to be strong, to speak up and to stand up for themselves. Although we have made progress, we still have work to do in 2019 and beyond.
That work starts with getting more mentors for the next generation of female leaders! Yes, hard work and talent can get you places, but it helps when you have the right connections and a support system to help you reach your goals.
That’s what I partnered up with Entity Magazine to discuss how we can educate and empower the
#Nextgen of women through mentorship. We covered how to work with a mentor, the importance of personal branding, career advice and much more!
Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back✨
Scroll down for a recap of this weeks Q&A:
@ChelseaKrost: Ways to make your resume stand out:
– Use eye catching resume templates with clean aesthetics 👀
– Include a customized cover letter tailored to the position you are applying for 📄
– Utilize important keywords relevant to industry and job position 🔑
-Keep the content quality over quantity. Highlight your best and most recent work.
@entity_mag: Tip #1: Be clear and concise. When I post a job I get over 100 resumes on the FIRST day. As someone who makes hiring decisions, I have to quickly scan and find candidates with specific qualities. If I can’t locate your degree or skillset easily, then I move on!
Tip #2: Always follow-up! Following-up can feel like a double-edged sword … doing it too often is annoying, but not doing it means your resume can easily get lost. It never hurts to follow-up two or three days later just to “check in.”
Tip #3: Send a quick cover note (not a loooong cover letter – especially when hiring for an entry-level job). A quick cover note lets me know who you are, what you studied and relevant experience
@FlannCasey: I really enjoy seeing resumes with Infographics. If it’s two pages or a lot of text, I’m probably not going to take the time to read the entire thing.
@ChelseaKrost: When looking for a great mentor, evaluate if there is anyone you may already know or have worked with such as past teachers, family/friends or prior employers…sometimes the right person can be closer than you think!
How to connect with mentors:
-Networking events – build those valuable connections
-Industry conventions & conferences – find people who inspire you
-Online communities (Facebook groups, LinkedIn groups, etc.)
-Internships – offer to work for free and soak in the knowledge
@angelicapronto: 1st step: Figure out what you want to accomplish or where you want to move up in your current job. Find the people who hold those positions & reach out. If you’re a social media intern but know you want to switch to editorial, connect with someone in the dept.
@ChelseaKrost: Be open minded! Sometimes we all hear things we don’t particularly like, but it’s usually what we NEED to hear. Good mentors will be honest with you, no matter what. Be sure that you’re willing to take their criticisms & turn them into learning experiences.
Check out this awesome @GrowWire article by my friend, @BarrettAl, where we discussed #mentors, female #entrepreneurship and #women empowerment ⬇
@entity_mag: Prepare! Mentorship is a two-way street. Mentors can’t just hand you the answers. You need to come prepared with the right questions.
@davidcarlson1: Make it “easy” for your mentor to mentor you. Value their time by coming with questions and topics you want to discuss. Ask for their feedback on things. Say thank you for their time – they are carving time out of their busy schedule for you!
@ChelseaKrost: Invest in learning from online courses, workshops and webinars that will allow you to gain certifications or amp up your skill set. These are always great resume builders and really can be a great source of knowledge! Think about how you can add to your skill set further differentiate yourself, your resumer, or portfolio from the competition. Think about how you can make yourself an indispensable asset to your employer and/or client.
@entity_mag: Tip #1: Sharpen your skillset! If every job you look at wants 2+ yrs exp + Photoshop + Excel skills well 2 of those 3 you can change. Go learn Photoshop and Excel. If you can match all the required skills, but only lack experience you’ll at least get an interview.
Tip #2: Build a portfolio! I hear this esp from writers. But you don’t need a publishing platform 2 b a writer. You can run a blog, submit freelance, build a social following. If u do ALL that on your own, you’ll have plenty of “experience” to show employers.
@PokeyLuWho: Volunteer in your field, or freelance. I once ran a hotdog restaurant’s social media and got paid in free hotdogs. It was great—I got experience AND free meals!
@ChelseaKrost: Your #personalbrand is your #1 BEST marketing tool. 💡
Whether you are an #entrepreneur or an employee at a large corporation, your personal brand can exponentially help grow your business & career.
@entity_mag: In the age of social media, everyone is a brand and employers are looking at yours! Not only does it help companies to hire people with an influence some are actually seeking it. Competition for jobs is tough, esp in the editorial, influencing, & social media word. We teach our students at
#ENAcademy 2 build a personal brand 2 help them stand out from the crowd.
@SarahDudley3: Personal brands are a favorite topic of mine! There are many ways (blog, podcast, social presence, speaking, etc) but it comes down to sharing who you are and what you care about. Personal brands matter when it comes to applying for jobs OR building a biz.
@ChelseaKrost: One of the biggest mistakes I often see: Not doing your research! Before you go into an interview, research the company,objectives and values. This will help you understand what they are looking for in candidates and shows that you care.
@entity_mag: Not being clear on your goals. I often ask people in interviews what their end goal is (maybe our co is just a stepping stone) & they often don’t know. A lack of passion or ambition is a turn off to an employer. I want to know you’re interested in something!
@JenOleniczak: Not practicing ‘tell me about yourself’ (literally every interview) and humblebragging.
@ChelseaKrost: Network, network, network! Keep in mind that this doesn’t always have to be done in person.
EX: Follow 🔑 people from the company on social (@Twitter, @LinkedIn etc.) and be sure to respond, retweet and like their posts. Create a rapport with them!
@entity_mag: Network! Networking can be so hard because it’s uncomfortable. Save for the few people who are truly amazing at it, it can be rough. But you must power-through all those happy hours and meet-ups because who you know really matters.
@MarielW07442470: Cold email! It’s okay to send a cold email and ask for 15 minutes of someone’s time (on the phone or over coffee). If they never get back to you, oh well. Find someone else. As
@AOC said, “For every 10 rejections you get one acceptance and that’s how you win.”
@ChelseaKrost:Finding your voice is something that isn’t always easy to find, but it is so powerful when you do ⚡ It is something that is uniquely yours. It’s your WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN & WHY. Your voice helps you tell your story & allows others to connect with you.
LOVE this advice from @ZeroDean
@entity_mag:Finding your voice really plays into your personal brand. In order to “find it” you need to get introspective. What do you stand for? What are your values? What kind of life do you want to live?
@ChelseaKrost: You’ll probably see friends & colleagues in all different stages – some working hard, others going out all the time etc. Don’t get distracted by this. Stay focused on the steps YOU need to take to reach your career goals! Work hard now, play hard later...
@entity_mag: FOMO is REAL! We all suffer from it. When we’re at work & we see all our “friends” traveling the world, at Coachella, living adventurous lives you can’t help but think “Why not me?” But the truth is it always looks like someone is on vacay bc someone IS.
The #1 rule is to stop comparing yourself to other people (easier said than done). But truthfully, focus on your goals and what makes you happy.
@nicolesazegar: FOMO and jealousy can easily lead to resentment and bitterness and that’s not how you want to live your life. Understand that IG is a filtered way of looking at the world where everyone is putting their best foot forward. Don’t let it bring you down.
@ChelseaKrost: Listen to your gut! 💯
I dive deeper into this exact question and much more in this @popsugar article 👉 check if out: https://www.popsugar.com/career/Who-Chelsea-Krost-43122235
@entity_mag: I wish I (@tarynhilliln) could tell my younger self “you have time.” When I was 21 and fresh out of college I felt like I had to pick a career ASAP. But the early 20s are a time to build and explore. That said, switching careers and starting over is much easier in your early-20s than mid-30s. So if you’re unhappy now, find something else, because a job you hate doesn’t just magically get better.
@Neil_ODonnell: it’s okay to ask for help. Don’t fight obstacles alone
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