Hi this is Anna Runyan and welcome to Podcast #10 of the Classy Career Girl podcast! This podcast is dedicated to helping you become happy, successful and balanced with advice from me that I wish I would have known as a young professional woman just starting out in my career. On this podcast you will also find interviews with other successful business women to help you succeed and then of course at the end of the podcasts I always answer all of your questions about your career. I have gotten a lot of questions this week so I am excited to get you all some answers and hopefully help you all out in your careers!!
So first today in this podcast I am going to start out with a few exciting announcements, then you are going to listen to my interview with Kat Krull who is going to share with us how to turn your resume and internship into a full time job. Then I am going to get to answering all of your fabulous questions at the end.
So, first the big announcements. So I wanted to share a few exciting things on Classy Career girl! 1st, if you haven’t heard yet, this month my career fashion advice is featured in People Stylewatch magazine in the June 2012 edition. I was so excited to have this happen and I hope you get a chance to check out the magazine. You can find my advice on page 205. The other big announcement is that I am going to be visiting a few other universities in the next couple of months. I am going to the Rady School of Management to speak about networking to MBA students. That is actually where I graduated from so I am super excited to go back just a year after graduation and help out students conquer their networking fears. I am sure I will be talking about blogging and social media a lot too. And then in the Fall I just confirmed that I will be speaking at students at UC Merced at an evening reception. So super exciting and I would love to speak at your professional event too so feel free to email me at email@example.com if you would like me to come to you too!!
So now let’s turn it over to Kat Krull who is going to share with us some advice on how to turn your resume and internship into a full time job!!
Alright I hope you enjoyed the interview with Kat!! My favorite part of the interview is when Kat talked about she took matters into her own hand and instead of applying to a job online and just waiting for them to call her back. She walked into the office and introduced herself and told them how much she wanted the job and demonstrated that she had actually done the research! I loved that because it is being proactive and stepping out of your comfort zone and making great things happen instead of just sitting around and waiting for those great things happen to you.
So let’s get started answering your question!
Question from reader: Anna
“I had this interview and I am having mixed emotions on how the interview actually went. I interviewed with them 1 week and 1/2 ago and still have not heard anything. In the interview he explained the job, pay talked about hours etc. Then gives me his business card and tells me to contact him. So I sent him an e-mail last week and no response. I am just a little lost of how to contact him or if I should even try? Thank you for your help!”
Hi Anna, Thanks for your question. This sounds super confusing I agree. I would do exactly what you have done. Usually they would contact you so that is super weird that he said that you should contact them. Maybe they are just interviewing other people before finalizing a decision? I would call him if you don’t get an email back from him. And maybe email one more time. But after that, I would just let it go. If they are going to treat you like that, you don’t want to work there anyways.
Good luck and thanks so much for reading my blog!
Question from reader: Emma
“I will be starting my internship next week! The internship is in the headquarters of a health insurance company. When I asked my manager about the dress code she just said to wear a suit and didn’t give any details. So far I have bought 3 matching skirt suits (Black, grey and pinstriped). Would it be possible to mix and match these? For example, the grey skirt with the black jacket. The price of the suits is not the only problem, the availability is also a problem. Every store I go to has a great black skirt suit but not other colors!”
Congrats on the internship!!
It’s hard to tell without seeing them but I think you could definitely mix and match them. Black and pinstriped can definitely be mixed and matched.
I would recommend getting some pants too and that will give you something else to mix and match. You can maybe even find a cheaper suit jacket in a different color from like H&M that you could wear with any of these skirts. Like a red or tan jacket would go with any of the skirts. Don’t think that your jacket and skirt always has to be bought at the same store either. And yes definitely try the grey and the black jacket as well. Once you get into the working world you will start broadening your wardrobe but for now definitely mix and match away and don’t worry about it. Also scope out how everyone else is dressed as well. You might want to to a tan or brown suit on Fridays or maybe they dress more casually?
I am sure you will look great! Good luck!
Reader Question from Jill:
“Hello Anna! Dressing for summer is hard, esp. if you’re in and out of your office many times per day, ugh. There are soooo many times I want to tell people that their flip flops or otherwise strappy/very summery/too revealing sandals are not exactly professional or office appropriate. Anyway, I have some questions that you might have easy answers to OR might care to feature soon for reader feedback?!
1–For casual Fridays, can you recommend a good, professional looking pair of khaki pants?
2–Recommendations for a closed, rounded-toe nude pump (not too-too tall, and not too pointy)?”
Thanks Jill for your question. So my advice for your first question, a good looking pair of khaki pants. My absolute favorite pair of Khaki pants are from Express. I have had mine for like 6 years and this totally reminds me that I think it is time to invest in another pair. I love them and I would wear them every casual Friday if I couldJ The type of pants I love are called the Editor pants and I always get compliments on them. I also have a Khaki banana republic skirt that I love to wear on casual Fridays as well if you want to try a skirt.
And your second question, a good closed, rounded toe nude pump that is not too tall or too pointy. I love nude pumps for Summer. Actually the ones that I have and love are pointy toed but I was able to find some super cute ones that are rounded toe. I did found some super cute ones at Nordstrom though that I think you will love The shoes are called the Corso Como Del Pump and they have A supple leather lining and cushioned footbed lend exquisite comfort to a timeless round-toe pump balanced on a narrow wrapped heel.
- Approx. heel height: 3″.
- Leather upper, lining and sole.
Question from Setshego”
“Is there a particular way of writing a selling resume or CV? And how? Does age limit your chances of securing a job?”
Thanks for your question! I would first check out all of my resume tips on my resume checklist. I made a list of all of the things that you should look for in your resume before you hit that submit button. You can find that checklist under classycareergirl.com/free-resources. My main advice would just be to try to stand out from the crowd and if you look at your resume and it looks dull and boring, then change it! Think of yourself as the interviewer and recruiter looking at your resume. Is it something that you would want to read as a recruiter? If not, change it into something that you would want to read yourself! And your second question about age. No age should definitely not determine your chance for getting a job. I am not sure if you are worried that you are too young or too old but either way you have a lot of advantages. For example, if you are too young then you have the advantage of not having any experience and that you are ready to jump in and learn without having prior experiences drag you down. You also have your knowledge from school all available and fresh and you might even be more determined and motivated because eyou are fresh out of school and ready to make a big impact on the world! And if you think you might be too old there are plenty of advantages for that as well. You have a lot of experiences that you can use to improve your chances and add to that resume to brag about yourself and how you can use your prior experiences to make the company better because what you bring to the table. So don’t ever think that you have a disadvantage because you are too young or too old! There are advantages to either you just have to be confident and know them when you get that interview and when you are creating your resume.
Reader Question from Emmelie:
“Women fail to get what they deserve because they fail to ask for it! One of my favorite quotes is: You don’t get what you deserve, only what you negotiate. As I begin my career in Washington DC fresh out of college, this is something I have quickly learned. Are there any quick tips that you can share when it comes to salary negotiation? Would really appreciate some advice. Keep Rocking!”
Thanks Emmelie! I will do my best at rocking! J So yes, I have some great advice for salary negotiation that I would love to share with you! I have interviewed a lot of successful negotiators about this topic and actually am hoping to do a course about this sometime soon because I think it is so important because we don’t always ask for what we deserve, I know I didn’t at my first job and I have regretted it ever since. So I wanted to give you a tip from Kimberly Palmer, the Author of Generation Earn. I interviewed her as part of my networking challenge she was interview #2 if you want to go back and watch. Her advice for salary negotiation is:
The first thing is to know that in almost all cases that you absolutely should negotiate your salary because. The biggest mistake you can make is to not negotiate your salary especially in this environment because you are so grateful to have a job offer that you don’t even bother asking. Just a small question like “is there any wiggle room with that” or ”can you go any higher?” That alone can put thousands of dollars in your pocket. The next biggest thing is practicing. In the book, I talk about how I practice with my dad. Since so many of us feel uncomfortable with negotiating, it is great just to practice saying the words. You can have one of your parents or your friend act out the script with you. They can act like your future employer and you act like yourself since everyone is different how they want to phrase things. Figure out what words you want to say and what makes you feel comfortable asking for a higher salary.
Another tip is to let there be silence especially when you are nervous, it can be easier to keep talking. After you ask, stop talking. This can really help shift the pressure off of you and onto them because if you just keep talking they don’t have to say anything.
It’s amazing how much the dollars add up. Once you have that first job offer so many of your future salaries are based off that salary, whether you get small raises or if you switch jobs you often base your new salary off your current one so it really adds up over time.
So I really hope that helps you Emmelie and good luck to you! Don’t be afraid to ask! If you never ask you never know what salary you might be able to get!
So that is it for today’s podcast! Thanks so much for listening! Remember that I want to answer your question so email me your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org and thanks so much, have a fabulous week classy career girls!