Happy 2016!

Wow, can you believe it? Another year gone by, another year semi-successfully (or maybe not) blogging. 2015 was really good to me – I had a pretty good few semesters in school and now I only have one left! I am graduating and becoming a real adult. Heck, I just applied for my own credit card today. Things are becoming real, real fast.

I have some fun things planned for 2016, mainly my spring break trip to Mexico. It’s just Chris and I, which is exactly what I want. Not too many crazy or raucous drunk people (well, hopefully).

In 2016, I will also be graduating college. No more paying for school or having crappy part time jobs!!!!! Unless I decide to get my MBA, but I don’t know if or when that will happen. Some of my friends are already talking about it and I’m just trying to pass my classes, ja feel?

I also want to swear less. I accidentally swore in front of my boyfriend’s nephews and oh man. I feel so bad. It was a rough night. That’s really my only New Year’s resolution, unless you count looking hot in a bikini….

Well that’s it from me, just a little bit of an update. This year I’ll be back with more career posts (because I actually landed a full time job, I feel like I’m probably qualified to give you some more hints) and more about my travels. I’m working two different internships in the spring, so I probably will have things to say about that, too!

Have a great new year everybody, and I hope you didn’t have to pay too much for Uber on New Year’s Eve.

xo, Martha

Up this weekend:

How to Succeed at a Career Fair

Honestly, I hate career fairs. I think they are pretty pointless. You are one face of many and even if you are GREAT at standing out in crowds, you’re probably the 50th person the recruiter has seen today and it will all start blending together. That’s not to say that career fairs aren’t useful. I think they are a great way to get face time with companies you may not have had the chance to talk to yet. For example, Amazon was at my career fair and I would have never have had the chance to speak with them otherwise.

Here are my tips to success at a career fair. Or, at least use them so you won’t feel totally overwhelmed.

THE RESUME

  • Review your resume at least a week before. Make sure you have all of your updated experiences and to make sure all the grammar is perfect and the dates are correct and the format is on point.
  • Print it out on thick paper, I use something like these sheets of paper from Amazon. It’s also a different color, so they stick out from the thin sheets of white paper recruiters are often handed.
  • Make sure you have enough copies!!! If you run out, that’s bad. Print more than you think you need to.
  • Carry a black padfolio like this one to keep your resumes in.

THE ATTIRE

  • Business professional, always. I like to spice things up with a dress and a suit jacket. If you are a male, then I recommend a black or blue suit with a crisp shirt and tie.
  • If you are confident in heels, then wear them. If not, then don’t. You don’t want to be walking around the career fair for potentially HOURS in heels and your feet will start hurting and that my friend, is not pretty.
  • Make sure you lint roll! You don’t want any white fuzz floating around you.
  • Also, make sure you don’t smell. We are all guilty of not dry cleaning our suits every time we are supposed to, but make sure it’s at least fresh or you spray some febreeze where ya need it, if you know what I mean…
  • Wear a watch – I lost track of time and was late to work. Whoops.

THE ACTUAL FAIR

  • Prepare ahead of time and make of list of companies you want to talk to. But, be flexible! If you see one company that catches your eye, then don’t be afraid to talk to them.
  • Be prepared for this to take a while, you may be there for a few hours depending on how many companies you talk to.
  • Prepare your elevator speech. It’s going to be awkward to do it each time, and honestly I’m not very good at it myself. I usually introduce myself and say that I’m majoring in supply chain and want a full time position beginning in 2016 in an analyst role. That’s all they really care about. The rest of your internship experience will come up naturally.
  • You need to know what type of position you want, whether that’s an internship or a full time position.
  • Make eye contact! This shows respect to the recruiters and lets them know that you are listening to what they have to say.
  • Don’t ask if they want your resume, wait for them to ask you.
  • If they don’t ask you for a resume, don’t assume it’s because it’s your fault. They may not be collecting any!
  • Ask for a business card to follow up with them later, and collect any information you can about the application process and company itself.
  • Thank the recruiter, and end with a strong handshake.
  • Have fun!

AFTER THE FAIR

  • Decompress. Go you! You just talked to all of those companies!
  • Send a thank you email stating that it was nice to meet the recruiter or person who works at the company and that you are excited to begin the next steps in the process. Or if you don’t know, you should ask what the next steps will be!
  • Don’t stress and worry about what impressions you made. I’m sure you were great! If you don’t get an interview, don’t worry about that either. There will be plenty of opportunities coming up and it just wasn’t meant to be.

Please email me or leave a comment below if you would like more tips on career fairs or even want me to review your resume! I would love to help out.

xo, Martha

Coming up this weekend: a Big Sean concert! It’s Homecoming at the U, so it’s generally a good time. Below, the marching band from a few weeks ago.

End of Summer / Beginning of School

It’s September?! Wow. Which also means I have not been very good about blogging. But in my defense, it has been hectic. I just moved out of my dad’s place where I was staying for two weeks, into my new place, and everything seems to be sort of lost and oh my god I just want it to be done. I am so bad at organizing everything and I need Marie Kondo to come help me ASAP.

But before my life became so hectic, I had the pleasure to go to Colorado with my boyfriend. He was DJ’ing a wedding, and he used to live there for 2 years. (Before you ask, we did not smoke weed. Yes, really. I don’t like the smell and my asthma is horrible.)

Unfortunately, I was ill prepared for hiking so we didn’t get to do a lot of that. Our adventures included going to a top of a mountain where there is a GATED community(?!?!?!), checking out the Vail Village farmer’s market where I had glorious grilled cheese, and wandering around his old neighborhoods. It was the perfect getaway before school. Thanks for letting me tag along, Chris!

Below, some pictures:

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End of Summer Updates

Hello! Can you believe it’s almost the end of summer? Oh my. I’m in the middle of packing up my room to move out into my new place on the 1st. Long story short – I hate packing. Absolutely hate it. I have so much stuff, which is technically my fault and I never really go through it until the end and my life would be a lot easier if I did it at the beginning. Whatever.

On the 26th, Chris and I are going to Colorado! He is DJ’ing a friend’s wedding, and he used to live there so I am excited to see what all the hype is about. The last time I went to Colorado was on an orchestra tour junior year of high school. From what I remember, it was pretty slick. Trampled by Turtles, a folk/bluegrass band is playing at Red Rocks Ampitheatre while we are there and I am hoping to score some tickets for that. It is sold out currently. Speaking of trips, Chris and I also booked a spring break vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico!!!!! IT WILL BE SO FUN. The last time I went on a beach vacation was Jamaica and I think I was in 8th grade. FAR. TOO. LONG. AGO. We booked through Airbnb (which if you haven’t heard of by now, you live under a rock) and our flights were decently cheap. If you are thinking about a spring break vacation, book now!

I finished up my internship last Friday, and I will miss everyone there. I was tearing up a little bit actually! How embarrassing. I held it together until I got to my car in the parking lot, haha. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it, especially at the beginning of the summer I was definitely underwhelmed. The other intern and I got along really well, and I’ll actually miss him too! Hopefully our paths cross, and hopefully I’ll become employed full time!

Employment update: I will be back working at the salon for the school year. I also have a job interview today, that I need to keep preparing for! My advice for you – start looking for full time opportunities after graduation RIGHT NOW. DO NOT WAIT. They will be gone faster than you can say “Class of 2016.”

Personally, I’ve been getting into Korean Beauty. I could take up days talking about it, so that’s a post for another time. 🙂

Below, a video of Bon Iver’s Eaux Claires performance. I went to that festival about a month ago, and it was amazing. A crowd of 22,000 people, all silent to watch Bon Iver. Enjoy.

xo, Martha

A One Direction Concert through Bulleted Thoughts

Last night, I attended the One Direction “On the road again” tour at TCF Bank Stadium. I got my tickets on Groupon for half the price! On top of that, we got seated in the “premium outdoor club” section. Leather seats and all. And we got a private entrance with a private merch table and basically no lines for drinks or food. Excellent. Here, I am sharing with you my thoughts of this concert made up of texts I sent my friends and the timeline of the night. Enjoy.

  • Biking in this heat sucks. But I’m not going to pay for parking so what’re you gonna do.
  • Ugh now I have to find a bike lock spot noooooo.
  • Ok now that’s done. Need to find friends. They are at Sally’s. Do I really want another drink this weekend?
  • Answer: yes. Vodka lemonade it is. And a grilled cheese.
  • Time to head over. Tight. VIP Seating homies!! We get a private entrance aw yeah
  • Friends get wine and beer. Too cheap for that so I get a sprite ($8.50 for wine LMAO NO).
  • ICONA POP! They are cute and Swedish. I only know “I Don’t Care” or whatever but that won’t stop me from dancing.
  • Break time. Got a Dilly Bar and a water. Stay hydrated.
  • ONE DIRECTION TIME. I think this is honestly the loudest concert I’ve ever been to.
  • Fireworks. Dope. Shouldn’t they be at the end though?
  • Oddly enough, LOTS OF CREEPY DUDES. Especially this one guy buying drinks for these already way drunk women who are like 30. Wtf man.
  • Seriously gross. (NOTE: Throughout the night each woman was grabbing each other’s butt. Idk).
  • Really enjoying this music. Who says 21 year olds can’t enjoy One Direction
  • But wait
  • Why do they look dead in the eyes? No seriously
  • They looked overworked. You poor bbys.
  • Come on man at least look like you are enjoying yourself
  • Jealous that Liam didn’t kiss me. Not really actually. He’s not my fav.
  • Harry is singing happy birthday to this woman and he got both her name and her birthday wrong after she told him. LOL
  • *lingering thought that this concert would be better with Zayn*
  • There seems to be a skateboard ramp in the middle of the stage but all the boys have been doing is either sitting or standing on it. Where are the tricks.
  • Keep running up and down the stage that’ll get them going.
  • My feet hurt. Sandals are cut but not that comfy. Why is she wearing heels? ~*DuMb*~
  • The sun is going down. Hallelujah!
  • Okay now they are starting to look slightly more alive. It’s probably like a bell curve though. They are going to look dead in the eyes toward the end of the set. ARE THEY JUST NOT HAPPY?
  • My friend just pointed out that the boys’ hairdresser is here. How do you know that?!
  • Ok, slow song. Time to sit down. Who cares if they know I’m weak.
  • I’m having fun though. Seriously. This is great.
  • Slightly nervous about biking home. Mostly because I don’t want to lol
  • I haven’t paid her back for the tickets yet. Oops. Sorry that I’ve been spending all of my money on skincare. Ugh.
  • They just kind of bop around on stage. No real rhythm or rhyme
  • Speaking of bopping around, Niall is the only one that plays the guitar. Which means
    • He is automatically the most talented one. I don’t care what you say. They are just good at being cute. NIALL IS TALENTED. Probably my new favorite.
  • Louis has an annoying voice. Out of everyone, he would literally be the first dad out of all of them. I can just tell. He’s naughty lol
  • Liam is kind of carrying the show. Good for you buddy. Props on being charismatic and the least dead in the eyes. (I stand by this)
  • ENCORE TIMEEEEEEEEEEE *cue jeopardy waiting song while Harry probably smokes a cig*
  • Oh man I love this song. “Act My Age” is seriously the best. Niall is doing this little Irish dance right into our hearts. Going on my work playlist.
  • WE COULD DANCE ALLLL NIGHT TO THE BEST SONG EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRR
  • It’s done. $60 worth of 1D. Probably all I’m willing to ever pay. I am satisfied but I wish they didn’t have those smiles that don’t reach their eyes.
  • Back to the bike. See you next time, TCF.

Cheers to you, Zayn. Wish you could have been there.

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How to make connections (and keep them)

While I was interviewing for an internship during the spring, I got a lot of practice meeting and connecting with all sorts of people. I view interviewing as something that if it goes well, you can keep those connections. It’s also helpful to make those connections after an interview so they can keep you in mind for any other openings if you didn’t get that particular job. Here are my tips to making and keeping those important connections:

  • If you are at a networking event, always ask for a business card from the person you are talking to. I like to slip it in at the end of the conversation and say “Thanks for your time, could I grab your business card so we can continue this conversation later?” Easy as pie.
  • Asking for a business card is also important at the end of an interview so you can send a thank you note to your interviewer. Honestly, once you craft a really good thank you email, you don’t need to keep writing them. Just change some details around and obviously proofread so it still makes sense. I would have been sending out 20 thank you emails and during the school year I just don’t have the time to think of creative ones.
  • For those thank you emails, I usually try to include one personal detail such as “I liked when you said this about [company]” It shows you were paying attention.
  • After an interview, if it went well, I will usually connect with them on LinkedIn about a week later. You can certainly ask to connect with them at the interview, but I just find that really awkward. So, I’ll connect and send a note, saying “Thanks again! Look forward to talking soon.” Simple and professional.
  • Which brings me to an important detail… keep your LinkedIn profile up to date!!! Have a professional picture and a professional biography section. People will remember you and be impressed by your initiative and interest in the company.
  • Now, what do you when you made those connections? Keep active on LinkedIn by liking a status or two that they post. And always reach out to them if you are applying at a job at their company.

See, making connections isn’t that hard. If you have any questions on this or any other career related topic, let me know! I’d be happy to answer any questions. Below, Dave Franco posing for a stock photo.

Philadelphia 2015

A few weeks ago, I ventured out to Philadelphia with my friend Bridget, whom I met studying abroad. As you know, I did a homestay, but Bridget stayed in a flat. We visited her roommate! (Also, may I say how freaking cool it is that I’m still friends with someone I met abroad!).

The highlights were of course, The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, because of National Treasure. Anyone?

Here are some photos from my trip. We did downtown Philly (including The Benjamin Franklin Museum), ate at Reading Terminal, saw the LOVE statue at Love Park, went kayaking near Valley Forge and just had a great time. It was nice to take a vacation and to get away for a while. One thing I DID NOT appreciate is the fact that we flew Frontier, and we had to pay to bring carry-ons. SO DUMB. Some pictures below!

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