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Alrigggghhhhtttt!!! Part Two of ‘Landing That Dream Internship’ is here! So you followed the tips in part one and got yourself an interview. Now what?

Well I got you!

Double Check Your Resume and Cover Letter

Even though you’ve already given them your resume and cover letter from when you applied, double check them again before the interview and make any changes that you view necessary. If the changes are minute, I perosnally don’t think it’s worth mentioning in the interview, however if the changes are major, definitly mention that you made changes in the interview and provide them with a clean, updated, physical copy. Also ask them where they’d like you to digitally send your updated resume.

Before Your Interview

  • Refresh your memory on the company: go back and research the companies vision statement and their goals and check who their competitors are. During the interview, they’re going to ask you questions like “Why do you want to work here?” and “What can you add to our company?” You can easily get these answers from their website.
  • Practice interview questions: There are tons of websites out there that offer interview questions and how to answer them. A few of the most common ones that you’re bound to hear are:
    • Tell us about yourself?
    • What are your greatest strengths?
    • What do you consider your greatest weaknesses?
    • What are your future career goals?

Make sure that you go over these questions and responses before your interview date.

What to Wear

The interview is not the time to be flashy and show that you have Milan style. A rule of thumb is to keep it simple and neutral. My favorite go-to interview outfit is either a black or navy blue, knee-length dress, a jacket, and low heels or flats. If dresses aren’t your thing, then another go-to is slacks, a nice neutral colored button up, a jacket and flats and low-heels as well.

One thing to consider, for your interview, wear something that reflects the industry you are applying for. If you’re in education or business, opt for the classic interview attire. If you’re applying for a more creative field like fashion or entertainment, you have more space to express yourself and be a little more creative. Use your own discretion!

Also, keep the makeup to a minimum and leave the perfume at home!

In the Interview

  • Prepare Questions to Ask: the worst thing you can do is say you don’t have any questions when asked. Make sure that you have at least two to five questions prepared to ask your interviewer. Some suggestions:
    • What does a typical day of work look like at this company?
    • How many people will I be reporting to?
    • What would you say is the learning curve within this position?
    • Will there be opportunities for me to view other areas of the company?
    • In the past, has there been opportunities for advancement for interns?

Remember to be engaged and nod while the interviewer is talking to you to show that you are an active listener. Also, make sure to bring a pen and notepad with you on your interview. As a courtesy, ask your interviewer if they mind if you take notes. Some view it as disrespect and some don’t!

Follow – Up

For some reason, a lot of young people don’t follow up with a thank you or to check on their status after an interview. Following up is necessary! There are several different ways to follow – up with your interviewer. The most common and acceptable is either a thank you email/note or phone call.

If you have the inteviewers phone number, simply call their office. If they don’t answer, leave them a voicemail and be very clear about who you are and why you are calling.

If you have your interviewers email address, a few hours after your interviewer, send them a friendly ‘thank you’ email. In the email, thank them for their time and one comment they made during the inteviwer.

Dear So and So,

Thank you again for your time today and allowing me the opportunity to interview for the _____________ internship position. I appreciate you being very thorough in describing the company culture and requirements of this position [or whatever they talked about in the interview]. I know that this position at _____________ [company name], will be a great fit for me and allow me the opportunity to learn and grow as a budding professional. I look forward to hearing from you regarding the position soon.

Sincerely,

Your Name

I hope that part two was as beneficial as part one was! Let me know if you want tips and tricks on another aspect of interning!

Talk to ya’ll later!!

xoxo,

Raee

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After a bomb-ass sleep, waking up to get ready for work or school is definitely a struggle we all deal with. Coffee sometimes doesn’t seem to cut it and who’s about to take a cold shower? Nobody! So to help ya’ll start strong and make it through the day, I’m sharing five easy ways to help you wake up rejuvenated!

Eat Breakfast and Make It Good

Coming from someone who’s never had a problem eating breakfast, breakfast is that girl in terms of allowing you to feel refreshed and energized in the mornings. If you’re anything like me, then super heavy meals will do nothing but put you back in bed due to a case of the ‘itis.’ So I opt for healthier meals like oatmeal, trail mix, and fruits with heavy Vitamin C and B on workdays or days that I have a lot to do!

Make Your Bed

Now I know I may be getting some side-eyes with this one, but in my opinion, making your bed either in the morning or before you get in it, is a simple act of self-care. For me, a made-up bed gives me peace of mind and it compels me to keep my room clean. Imagine you’ve had a rough day at work, your mind is all boggled and scrambled, and you come home to an unmade bed. What a travesty! If you’re not a morning person like me, even making your bed before getting right in it can also ease the mind and reduce stress.

Light a Candle

I burn through candles like it’s nobody’s business because it’s a form of comfort for me. The best time to light a candle, of course, is when the house is clean from top to bottom, but who has time to wait on that just to light a candle? I’ve found that lighting candles right before bed relaxes me because by the time it’s gotten good and melted, I’m drifting off into la-la land. I also want to emphasize using candles as a form of aromatherapy. I love essential oils, but I have dogs and some oils [orange and eucalyptus] can be problematic for them. To get the same effect of the oils, I pick candle scents for different points of focus. For example:

Sleep: lavender, bergamot, sandalwood

Focus: Lemon, peppermint, sage, rosemary

Energy: grapefruit, lemon, cinnamon

Anxiety: rose, ylang-ylang, chamomile

Take a Shower In the Morning

Okay, I know this is a personal preference, and I take showers both at night and in the morning, but I do notice I’m more energized when I take morning baths with a body wash that has a citrus scent. Plus, morning showers forces you to get out of the bed a little bit earlier, which will hopefully encourage you to maximize your time!

Exercise

As my homeboy said, “if you ain’t sleepy from working out, then you ain’t work out!” Working out is the easiest way to knock you out in the evening, or wake you up in the morning. Me personally, I prefer morning workouts, but since I refuse to wake up at 3 am every day, I opt for afternoon or evening workouts. However, on weekends, that early morning workout gets me pumped for a full day.

Hope you found these tips helpful and if you have some helpful tips of your own, don’t forget to drop them!! Talk to ya’ll soon!

xoxo,

Raee

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March brings internship season! I had no idea that I have a small group of college students who check out my blog and so I figured I’d share some tips about landing internships that no one really shared with me back when I was in college.

When I was in college, internships were obviously encouraged, but no one really shared tips and tricks to landing one; it was definitely trial and error for a while.

Today, I’m sharing 3 tips for you to land that dream internship this semester!

Do Your Homework

Securing an internship requires time and research.. Before you apply for the position you’re interested in, make sure that you Google all aspects of the company.

  • Company Culture: being familiar with the culture of a company is important. You should know the beliefs and behaviors of the company and how they function as a business.
  • Location: How far is the company from your place of residence? What does traffic look like during the required work hours? How do you plan on getting there
  • Job Description: What all does the job entail? What specific requirements are needed that you have and don’t have? Are they open to training?
  • Payment and Time: Is it a paid or unpaid position? What is the time commitment that this job requires? Will it require work outside of the listed hours?

If you have further questions, make sure to keep them for the “Do you have any questions for me?” portion of the interview.

Clean Up Your Resume

A resume is vital for internships and jobs. You need to hit up your campus career center and have a professional review your resume [and cover letter] before you start applying.

A general rule of thumb, is to keep your resume about one page in length. Time is money, and recruiters and hiring managers, don’t have a lot of time to devote to reading resumes longer than one page. Make sure that you keep your resume brief, and that it only includes pertinent and relevant information.

Another tip, is to omit irrelevant things from your resume:

  • Objective section: this won’t make or break your resume, but it really can be left off. You can share your career goals in the body of your cover letter.
  • Irrelevant jobs: Jobs from high school can be omitted unless they are relevant to the position you are applying for. If they aren’t, delete, delete, delete!

Make sure that your resume is also formatted properly, crisp and clear to the eye, and that you save it as a PDF file and not a Word or Text document!

Clean Up Your Social Media

Social media has been the reason why several people have lost out on jobs. Having a social media presence is one thing, but inappropriate pictures or tweets is another.

Of course, once it’s in the internet cloud, it’s out there forever, but you can help your self by not having it so readily accessible. Pictures of you smoking, drinking, twerking, or scantily clothed, should be removed. You can always put those back up after you get the internship!

Also, be mindful of your tweets or Facebook posts. We live in a very sensitive day and age now, and saying something offensive can give you the boot, before you even get a chance to walk through the door!

I hope you guys found this helpful! I’m thinking of doing another part to this, so be on the lookout for part 2 coming soon!

As always, I’ll talk with ya’ll soon!

xoxo,

Raee

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As a new blogger and even experienced blogger, sometimes it’s a struggle to come up with blog topics to keep your blog consistent. So to help us all out [myself included], I’ve listed out 30 interesting blog post topics that you can use for your blog!

1.) Letter to younger self

2.) List of time management tips

3.) How to make every day a productive day.

4.) Recipe post

5.) List of ‘About Me’ facts

6.) How to set goals

7.) Travel must haves

8.) List of your favorite beauty product

9.) Interview with someone you admire/girl boss tips

10.) Your morning routine

11.) Outfit of the day/night post

12.) List of Podcasts every girl should listen to.

13.) Book Review

14.) Monthly goals

15.) Wish List – Things you want to purchase

16.) Budgeting Tips

17.) Share an important life lesson you learned

18.) Bedtime routine

19.) Host a giveaway

20.) “Day in the Life’ post showing readers what a day in your life looks like.

21.) Beauty/fashion haul sharing your recent purchases

22.) Book List of books your readers should read

23.) Gift guides

24.) A post sharing why you started blogging

25.) Share your fitness routine/journey

26.) Share your favorite phone apps and why

27.) Top organizing tips

28.) Top 5 lessons you learned this year

29.) Posts that offer relationship advice

30.) Travel guide

Do you want MORE blog post ideas? Then click here to download your free PDF blog post idea checklist!

Are you ready to start your blog right now? Here’s a step-by-step guide [with a FREE PDF checklist] on how to start your blog for CHEAP!!

Hope you find this useful! Remember to keep up with me on Instagram!

xoxo,

Raee

 

 

 

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I love to read and have come across my fair share of good reads. Last year, I read a lot of inspirational and self-help books that helped me out tremendously in 2018, and I want to share them with you so you can apply the lessons dropped into your life!

Without further ado… here are 5 must-read books you, as a boss chick, needs to read in 2019!

1.) You’re a Bad Ass at Making Money – Jen Sincero

I heard a lot about this book before deciding to purchase only to see what the hype was about. While I do think there are other books that relate to the topic, this book does a great job at being relatable. Filled with personal stories and interviews with those who have found financial success, it’s the perfect motivator for those who are trying to make money and keep it coming in!

2.) The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

I read this book at least 3 times a year as a quick pick-me-up! The Alchemist is a quick tale of Santiago, a young boy who travels in search of a worldly treasure. Throughout the story, we follow Santiago as he learns about the importance of listening to our hearts, pushing through tough times, and following our dreams no matter what!

3.) Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office – Lois P. Frankel

This book is amazing for any woman seeking to move up in their career. Frankel highlights 101 mistakes women unintentionally do that undermine their place and power, and she offers solutions to overcome them. Even if corporate America isn’t your environment, these tips are beyond valuable for life as a woman in general!

4.) BECOMING – Michelle Obama

I wrote about why this book is so influential and a must read for every young woman! Michelle Obama is one of many examples of what living life on your terms, sacrifice, and new beginnings look like.

5. Awkward Black Girl – Issa Rae

It’s been a good minute since I’ve read this book, but it obviously left an impression on me. W already know that Issa Rae is a genius, both on screen and off screen, but if you’ve never taken the time to read her autobiography, that chronicles how it all started, then you’re definitely missing out! Her tale is a reminder to not wait for an invitation to the party, but to throw your own and throw it your way!

And there you have it! I truly believe these books will have a huge impact on your 2019 if you allow it to be! This list obviously isn’t finite so I’d love for you to share the books that you’ve read that you’ve found influential in your life! Share below!

Remember to keep up with me on Twitter and Instagram! Talk later!

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xoxo,

Raee



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