My Saturdays usually consist of a 3-hour long Litty Lunch with my work family. Our go-to meal includes Mexican food or sandwiches, and a few cocktails. This time I took a different route by visiting a local brewery, Charles Towne Fermentory and The Castejons. What’s a Best Life Summer without trying new things?
Saturday Snacks at Charles Towne Fermentory
I’m not a beer expert, so I typically order a PBR or Miller High Life when necessary (don’t judge). The Dutchman’s Breeches Belgian Strong Dark Ale was a pleasant surprise to my taste buds. Oak aged on fruit and 9.5% ABV–um yes please!
Now let’s talk about this delicious champinones I had: garlic sautéed mushrooms, with goat cheese and crostini. I’m a sucker for cheese in general, but goat cheese gives me so much life. Mushrooms and bread are also on the “things I love” list. I can’t get too addicted to having this snack at Charles Towne Fermentory, because it’s a pop-up kitchen. The menu changes on a daily basis.
If you’re ever in Charleston, drop on by Charles Town Fermentory! Tell them Ace sent ya! What snacks and drinks do you like to enjoy on a Saturday?
I was recently asked to review a the résumé of a recent grad. I am not a HR specialist, but upon quick glance there were a few items I noticed that could be removed from his résumé, which made me think about putting it all together in a blog post.
1. Objective Statement
Ultimately, your objective is to get hired. Usually people use this section to tell the company what they are looking for in a position. Here’s the thing ladies and gents that company’s main concern isn’t what you a looking for. Also, you are taking up precious space on your résumé with an objective statement. I have heard that an executive summary or personal profile can replace the objective statement. However, I say use your cover letter to talk about yourself.
2. Passive Language
If you are updating your résumé, Google action verbs for résumé first. You want to always use action verbs when describing what you accomplished at your previous job. Now with that being said don’t just drop a bunch of fancy action verbs all over the document. Using non-conversational words doesn’t make you look smart. It makes you look like someone who spends too much time in a thesaurus.
3. A Photo
I’ve seen some creatives include photos so I don’t think this necessarily a hard no. However, there are other ways you can get employers to view your picture without having to add your photo to your résumé. Consider including the URL of your LinkedIn profile. Although, unless you’re an actor, the employer shouldn’t be judging you based on your looks.
4. A Bunch of Short-Lived or Unrelated Jobs
Your résumé is not an autobiography of every job you’ve held in life. Include the relevant ones and delete everything else. You don’t want your résumé looking disjointed. Also, employers are not interested in achievements or abilities that are not applicable to the job. Think about if you’re applying for a public relations job and all of experience is in the healthcare. One exception, is to, if possible, highlight transferable skills.
5. Really Obvious Skills
The last time I updated my résumé this was the first thing I removed. Look – proficiency in Microsoft Word and basically all of the Microsoft Office suite is kind of expected. Substitute these basic skills with less common skills or more technical skills that will make you stand out from other applicants.
6. References available upon request
You don’t need a line that states the obvious and takes up valuable real estate for the accomplishments you really want to highlight on your résumé! Like are you going to refuse to give references if they ask? The answer is no. Employers today expect you to offer references when requested, which is typically during the latter part of the interview process.
7. Personal Social Media Accounts
If you take nothing from this post. Remember this: keep it professional, people! Don’t give that hiring manager a reason to dig into your personal life. The red solo cup picture as your Instagram profile pic may not be the best idea, but don’t go broadcasting it on your résumé. At most include your LinkedIn profile and leave everything else.
Let’s chat! What has worked for you when creating and/or updating your résumé? Leave a comment below.
Although motivational Instagram quotes have supplied a fair share of my eye rolls, I love a good word meant to inspire. Whether or not it’s lyrics from a Broadway musical, speeches from my idols or an everyday saying–we all need a little motivation.
9 Quotes To Instantly Inspire You
“Feel every moment with love, because every moment you are building your legacy.” – Oprah Winfrey
“You have no idea what your legacy will be. Your legacy is what you do every day. Your legacy is every life you’ve touched, every person whose life was either moved or not. It’s every person you’ve harmed or helped. That’s your legacy.” – Maya Angelou
“After a while you learn that even sunshine burns, if you get too much. So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. And you learn that you really can endure; you really are strong; you really do have worth.” – Veronica A. Shoffstall
“There’s nothing wrong with being driven. And there’s nothing wrong with putting yourself first to reach your goals. The other stuff still happens.” – Shonda Rhimes
With the help of Enough Pie, local artists and businesses — I will bring the kids of Bridgeview Village together through storytelling, song and dance. Bridgeview, my old stomping grounds, is an affordable housing community in the Upper Peninsula of Charleston, SC. I know first-hand that there’s a need for more activities for the youth who live there, especially ones that don’t involve running outside in 100 degree weather. My mission is to change the game by encouraging them through creativity.
At the beginning of the year, I was a journaling machine – killing my daily affirmations and jotting down my random thoughts and ideas. Daily affirmations became weekly affirmations, which I was fine with until my affirmations disappeared altogether. Ace wisely reminded me the other day that thoughts become things. So I want to get back on my journaling game.
Journaling has a positive impact on physical well-being, including reducing stress and increasing emotional intelligence, memory and comprehension. Read about other benefits here.
My goal is to sit down once a week (I think I’m saving Sundays for this) for the rest of this month and July and spend 20 minutes journaling. Then I’m going to make it twice a week, but baby steps, people. Anyways, if you’re interested in journaling here are a few prompts to get you started.
10 Journaling Prompts To Get You Started
1)What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
2)Pick a favorite inspirational quote and design a journal page around it.
Write about the wisdom this quote awakens in you and how applies to your life. Why is it important for you at this time?
Write as many things as you can think of. When you are finished, reflect on how long the list is and how strong you are to be dealing with all of it. If you list is long, you may want to sort them into categories. Sort stress-sources into categories like ‘life’, ‘money’, ‘people’, ‘school’ etc. Brainstorm solutions to at least one stress source in each category. If your list is relatively short pick one or two that you can tackle fairly easy and jot down ways to alleviate that stressor.
5) Write a pep talk to give yourself the next time you feel sad, upset, or full of doubt.
6) Find an image or two in a magazine that draws you.
Cut it out, and paste it on a blank journal page. You can write two sentences or two pages. Just let it out. Let the image speak to you. You may be surprised at how much lighter you will feel.
7) Journal about your unhealthy habits.
8) I am amazing because…
9) Find some lyrics that you love and jot them down. Write about why the lyrics resonate with you.
10) Create a list. Here are a few ideas:
Places you’ve enjoyed visiting or would like to visit
Your favorite books
All of favorite movies
Your favorite songs
Your top five short term and long term goals
Join me on this journaling adventure. Feel free to journal more frequently than what I’ve set. If you want to share some pics use the hashtag: #JournalingJuneandJuly.