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LR Taste of the Finest

Hump Daaayyeee.

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:

Taste of the Finest Event Honors Young Professionals, Raises Money

And if you’re looking for some basic information on the disease itself, check out…

What you need to know about Cystic Fibrosis

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?

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14 Comments

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    Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    August 21, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    So cool that you are attending a charity event to support your niece and all of those effected by CF! Can’t wait to read all about it. And see pics of you rockin’ your LBD! I’ve got two LBDs packed for our trip to Maine this weekend. One for the rehearsal dinner we’re attending on Friday and one for the wedding on Saturday. I’ve been recycling these two dresses for years, but they are my favs. And my hubby doesn’t mind me NOT buying more. One of the dresses is from LOFT. LOVE that store!

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      Sweet Miles
      August 26, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      Nicole- Yea! Post is up now..but I think my picture is still sideways..have to fix that! LBD’s are fantastic…they never go out of style!! Love Loft too!! Every time I go in I’m in shoppers heaven..especially because they have a Petites section so they fit me better!!

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    Caitlin
    August 21, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Aww bummer about the dress! It looks gorgeous and sounds perfect for your event! I bet you’ll find something even better, though 🙂 I’ve never been to a swanky charity event before, but it is something I would like to do once, especially if it involves one of my favorite charities or causes! Hope you have a blast 🙂

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      Sweet Miles
      August 26, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      Caitlin- I know! I was pretty bummed..better luck next time 🙂 I ended up wearing my college graduation dress actually..so that worked out cheaply! You should definitly look into attending one sometime..it was a blast!

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    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    August 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    CUTE dress! what a great event with a great cause! i love the 48 days posts, i just bought the book for my boyfriend!! (which, i’ll probably “borrow” aka read cover to cover before i actually give it to him 🙂 ) i’ve only had luck getting jobs through direct connections or head hunters. i have spent HOURS on craigslist and all those other sites with 0 success rate. this is a great line: “It’s an easy way to stay busy and not get results.” i think a lot of times its easy to trick yourself into thinking if you’re busy you must be doing everything right, but that’s not always the case.

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      Sweet Miles
      August 26, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      Charlotte- YAY!!! I’m so glad you bought it!! You’ll have to tell me how reading it goes 🙂

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    Andrea @ Andrea out loud!
    August 21, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    thoughts on the hiring based off of a resume/interview – I did a lot of hiring for a while in our [small] office and I guess the way it seemed to go for me was the resume is definitely the first impression – so I think it is most def a mix of both. Because if your resume stinks it is unlikely you will even get an interview, but hiring from a resume alone would be tough (i.e. I have ADORED someones resume thinking they will be awesome and the interview is just a flop… and also vice versa – a resume may be weak but once you get someone in for an interview they may shine!)

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      Sweet Miles
      August 26, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      Andrea- For sure! Thanks for your input!! 🙂

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    Ashley
    August 21, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    You are making me very interesting in this book. I’ve been struggling with my current job and what my right “career” is, or if there even is a “right” career for me. Any other time I’ve been looking for work it’s been out of necessity and not out of opportunity, so I’m hoping to really take some time post wedding and figure out what the next step is. Hoping that I find a job that is fulfilling and a good fit for me. . .

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      Sweet Miles
      August 26, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      Ashley- Oh girl, you should read it, it would really help you figure things out 🙂 I’m a little over halfway through it and already swear by it!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    August 21, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I love that dress! I’ve never done a “fancy” charity event before, but it sounds fun! I did an interval run today and walked a ton at work!
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      Sweet Miles
      August 26, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      Kelly- I loved it too! So sad none of the stores had it 🙁 I wish I walked a ton at work!! I need to get up and “go to the bathroom’ more I guess!

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    jenn @ runnderlust
    August 21, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    I love the quotes you use from 48 days! I am thinking of reading it after I get through one of my Matt Fitzgerald books!
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      Sweet Miles
      August 26, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      Jenn- You should!! It’s so good…it’s really helped me center my focus and figure out what I want to do..and it’s paid off already! I got a new job!

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