Hi friends! I took a breather yesterday and didn’t post. Sometimes we all need a day off!
Yesterday’s workout was yet again an easy one. I took Truckee on a 20 minute walk, then a pregnant friend of mine came over to walk some more to try and get things moving (she’s 37 weeks and having contractions, let’s get that baby out of there!), then after dinner I took Truckee on another 20 minute walk because she was bouncing off the walls with energy. Tonight I’m planning another 6 mile run around the lake to make up for my past two off days. Wish me luck! My half marathon on October 26 is quickly approaching, and a part of me is waiting for some cooler weather to really hit the pavement. I had a dream last night that I ran it in 1:26 and qualified for the Boston Marathon. Hilarious? Yes. Possible? Negative. Check out the course map and elevation map…looks like I need to hit the rolling hills pretty hard too!
Before I get into today’s topic, I wanted to catch you up on some 48 Days goodness! Has anyone actually gone and purchased this book and jumped on the bandwagon..with..me?? I promise you won’t regret it. I keep thinking how I wish this had been a required read my senior year of college. Maybe I should contact some old professors and drop a hint. Harding University, I hope you’re listening.
Yesterday was Day 18. After spending two days brainstorming what my skills, abilities, passions, and what types of work that blend these things, this chapter focused on the job hunt strategy, myths, how to stand out, and why being persistant pays off. Here are just a few quick facts and statements I highlighted that you might find interesting:
Disclaimer: I am not unemployed. And you don’t have to be in order to benefit from this book. This book is simply a stepping stone to helping you one day find your dream job, find more happiness in your current job, and teach you a few things along the way that you probably were never taught. Every professional could use a little oomph every now and then.
-“The most effective job-hunting method is this: know your skills, research the potential companies that use those kills, arrange to see the person who has the power to hire you, and request the interview. This method, faithfully followed, leads to a job for 86 out of 100 job hunters who use it.”
-“Getting degrees, certification, or licensure are additional methods of preparation, however, nothing happens until the right people connections are made.”
-“Answering newspaper ads, Craigslist, Monster, HotJobs, and the multitude of other easy-to-find job lists leads to real positions for about 8 out of 100 job seekers.”
Of course my husband AND brother just happen to be in those EIGHT people. Ha!
-When you are looking at job online, such as Indeed.com, keep in mind that THOUSANDS of other people are seeing EXACTLY what you’re seeing. And by the time you apply for a position online, the company has probably already made a decision.
-“Remember, ultimately you want to get in front of someone who is a decision maker.”
-“The passive system of sending out resumes via email or fax has never worked well as part of a professional job search. It’s an easy way to stay busy and not get results.”
-“The major difference between successful and unsuccesful job hunters is not skill, education, age, or ability, but the way they go about their job hunt.”
-You should be spending 35 hours a week on your job search if you are serious about seeing results.
-Stay in the driver’s seat: send an introductory letter, your resume/CL about a week later, then follow up with a phone call after that.
-“A concise process of professional contact and persistant follow-up is still the most respected method of contact.”
-No one will hire you from your resume, but they WILL hire you from your interview.
Thoughts? Agree? Disagree? Heard otherwise?
And now, let’s get down to business. This Friday night Adam and I are attending…
Merrill Lynch presents Taste of The Finest…honoring Little Rock’s 25 finest young professionals, benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
No, we are not being honored as one of the 25 finest young professionals, but our niece Layla has CF so we are going in support of her! We purchased the VIP tickets, and are super excited to not only show our support for CF, but also for the men and women our age who are doing GREAT things for their careers, fundraising for CF, and leading the way for young people in Little Rock. I think it’s going to be an incredible evening!
Throughout the evening there is going to be live music, tastings from a dozen or so delicious local restaraunts, complimentary drink tastings, and a silent auction. And of course, the 25 finest young professionals will be presented.
In case you were wondering, Cystic Fibrosis affects nearly 30,000 children and adults in the United States, but only about 300 in Arkansas alone. There is no cure, and all funding comes from private donations. Here is a quick recap of the event and a few of these facts:
And if you’re looking for some basic information on the disease itself, check out…
The event is said to be “coctail attire,” so it looks like I just might need to make a special trip to Francesca’s or Loft. Because you know, I need another dress…Adam has decided to rock a sport coat, so I suppose I will try to coordinate with him. I’m currently loving this little hi-low number from Francesca’s. The model has crazy long legs, so I think on my petite 5’4″ frame, it would hit just right and not be as short. Paired with curly hair, and some classy shoes, (unlike the shoes she’s wearing…hello opposite of classy!) I would feel like a million bucks. Speaking of a million bucks…click HERE to release your inner diva. You will thank me.
Plus, a little black dress can be recycled for years and years. I can’t tell you how many “LBDs” I own!
Update: Since I’ve written this, the stores in LR do NOT have this dress and I am slightly brokenhearted. So, plan B: find something similar. ON IT!
Have you ever gone to a fancy charity event? What are your workout plans for today?