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Making Your Resume Stand Out: Tips for College Students

By Brian Schmid

Resumes intimidate many college students. No single instruction or format exists for a perfect resume, and effective resumes don’t all look the same. A clean, professional resume can earn a candidate in the middle of the pack an interview, and a bad one can stop even the most competitive individual’s job search dead in its tracks.

My resume from high school almost embarrasses me – not because of the information but because of way I structured it. My unprofessional resume probably cost me early internship and work opportunities, and my current resume looks almost unrecognizable compared to my high school resume.

I’d like to share three tips I’ve picked up to create a strong resume and set yourself apart from the crowd: format with a message in mind, build better bullets, and tailor your experience.

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Format with a Message in Mind

The vast majority of my interviews have started with the same question: “Walk me through your resume.” While having a clear and concise answer to this question is vital, you can really set yourself apart by formatting your resume with this question in mind.

Place the most important section at the top of the resume. For most college students recruiting for internships or full-time positions, the top should be education followed by work experience.

Order gets a little grayer after education and work experience. I have a section on leadership, a section on extracurricular activities, and a short section on relevant skills. However, each person’s resume will be different depending on their experiences and things they’d like to emphasize. Academics may have a list of their published works, while independent consultants may have names of companies they’ve assisted.

Highlight key points in your work experience and extracurricular activities that will send a cohesive message. If you’re looking for a position in auditing and you’ve served as a treasurer or financial manager in multiple organizations, then highlight that experience every time it occurred. It reinforces your qualifications to the recruiter as he or she skims your resume. I’ll cover the challenge of finding the best way to highlight your work experience next.

Build Better Bullets

Bullet points comprise the majority of space on a resume, so you should pay close attention to best practices when creating yours. Here’s an example of the difference good bullet points can make:

Bad

  • Employee of the month (2x)

Good

  • Recognized twice as a STAR employee – top 5% of sales force

See the difference? The second bullet point is significantly more clear. Not only does it show that you were recognized twice for performance, it lays out the exact requirements you achieved. In addition, it starts off with a verb, making the recognition more active and action-oriented. Making every bullet point action-oriented will make the list parallel.

Bullet points should always be as specific as possible, preferably utilizing hard numbers or percentages to denote increases or decreases. I generally use three bullet points per position or job, but no hard and fast rule exists – just make sure that no one position has too many bullet points, or it will look awkward on the page.

Tailor Your Experience

Tailoring your experience is extremely important. Any job or extracurricular position has many facets, and even more ways in which you can describe those discrete parts of your experience. Therefore, you should never apply to a new position with the same resume. Go through your resume with a fine-tooth comb and adjust your wording, experience, or bullet points to the position you’re applying for. For instance, if you completed an internship at the finance department in a global logistics form, another logistics firm would care deeply about your logistics experience, while an investment bank would care more about your financial modeling experience. You can tailor and target your resume towards each industry and position. For instance, let’s look at structuring a bullet point differently for consulting versus investment banking

Consulting

  • Created recommendations that improved overall kitchen throughput by 15%

Investment Banking

  • Created a dynamic Excel model that tracked all ingredients by date and type

See the difference? Both bullet points are about an individual creating a program that tracks ingredients in a restaurant, but the consulting bullet focuses on what you did with the data, while the investment banking bullet focuses on how you generated the data.

I recommend creating a master resume listing all of your experience, skills, awards, and education and adding to it over time. This list will probably be many pages long. When it comes time to apply for a position, you can use this master copy as a reference and effectively leverage your experience and resume to get an interview.

Creating a resume can be an intimidating part of the recruiting process, but attention to detail and effort in this process will pay dividends in the long run. Remember, if you format with a message in mind, create action-oriented bullets, and tailor your resume to the position, your resume will be heading towards the head of the pack.

For more excellent tips on resume creation and interview preparation, check out some of our other articles in the Job-Search Communication category.

December 7, 2016 at 4:26 pm Leave a comment

LinkedIn: Reaching Out and Taking Names

By Cassidy Rowe

I have a confession to make. I underestimated the power of LinkedIn.

Sure, I had a profile replete with detailed work experiences, extracurricular activities, skills, and a professional photo. My connections included friends, work colleagues, and acquaintances. LinkedIn even ranked my profile strength as “AllStar,” but I wasn’t truly utilizing all that LinkedIn has to offer.Rowe

LinkedIn is a wonderful resource for connecting with others in a desired industry, for learning more about someone’s experience at an internship you’re interested in, or for getting more connected with a favorite company. However, it can be easy to forget that LinkedIn is a feedback loop. It is not simply a space to showcase your resume; it is a platform on which to grow your professional network and maximize your career opportunities. In this blog, I am going to walk you through some steps that will help you do just that.

Lose the fear. If you’re like me, the idea of reaching out to total strangers can seem uncomfortable–daunting even. But isn’t that what LinkedIn is for? To connect business professionals and widen your professional circles? You must lose the misconception that your invitations to connect are unwanted or unwarranted. That being said, I advocate for strategic connections, not the mass adding of strangers just to up your number of connections. So take a deep breath and click.

Personalize your invitations. I have denied my fair share of invitations to connect from strangers because they didn’t add a personalized note to supplement their invite. With over 400 million users, you are bound to send and receive many invitations, which is why you must make yourself stand out. Add one or two sentences to personalize your invitation to connect when you do not know the requested individual. Doing so reflects well on you, and it increases your likelihood of forming a more substantial connection with that person.

Follow companies of interest. I want to work in the sport business industry. I followed companies I am interested in working for, which led to my finding a neat feature LinkedIn has: ‘People Also Viewed.” You can find this feature on the right-hand side of your screen when viewing a particular company’s profile. I’ve discovered several more companies that I have added to my list of internship possibilities through this feature. Additionally, companies often post interesting articles and job opportunities on their profiles. I cannot stress how incredible it is to connect with a preferred company on this levelwithout even talking to an employee.

Engage with groups. Another great aspect of LinkedIn is its ability to connect professionals through nonprofessional hobbies and interests. Have an affinity for paddle boarding? Join groups that discuss paddle boarding. Search through groups to find professionals that share similar interests. This helps you connect on a personal level and build a foundation on something more than work related items.

LinkedIn is an incredible platform. It is designed to help you succeed in your search for a dream job. All you have to do is reach out and take names.

November 25, 2015 at 1:47 pm 11 comments

Enhancing Tomorrow’s Interview: Four Simple Ps

By Emma Williams

We’re all familiar with the anxiety that creeps over us the night before an interview.  Whether the interview is for a summer internship or a full-time job, the encounter can be a nerve-wracking experience – one that you don’t want to mess up.

I know when I walked into my first mock-interview with Kenan-Flagler I wasn’t properly prepared.  I couldn’t even give my interviewer a brief summary of who the overall company was and its purpose.  I was embarrassed and the interviewer could clearly tell that I hadn’t done my homework.  Since my awkward experience, I’ve made sure to plan for any upcoming interviews.

William Baker in Writing and Speaking for Business (2015) establishes both how to effectively prepare for and act during an interview.  Though he sections his advice into ten main points, I have compiled his suggestions into four simple Ps that will help ensure that you’re ready for the big day.

Prepared

Do your research. You want to walk into your interview with confidence, knowing exactly who the company is and what they do.  You should know your company and who its competitors are to answer any questions that an interviewer may ask.  I follow companies on social media accounts, such as Twitter, so that I’m up-to-date on any recent news.  You should try to figure out the company’s culture by talking to past interns and current employees.  While doing so, identify the role of the company’s intern(s) and his or her duties.  If possible, find out who your interviewer is and even look him or her up on LinkedIn beforehand.Emma

Before stepping into the room, determine what you can bring to the company and what sets you apart from others.  Companies want to see why you are different and why you would be a strong addition to their team.  I try to have a list of positive characteristics, skills, or experiences that I can bring to job to help better the company.  Be sure to bring a copy of your updated resume, as well as a pen and padfolio.  Know how to respond to opening questions, such as “Tell me about yourself” and “Walk me through your resume.”  Write down questions for your interviewer that you can refer to at the end – the written questions will show that you’ve thought thoroughly about the company or job and have done some preparation.

Also, remember to expect the unexpected, such as difficult questions that are unique to the company. For example, a question that a company has asked in their interviews is “If you were stuck in a blender, how would you get out?” This question doesn’t necessarily have a correct answer and isn’t realistic at all.  The company only wants to know how you think on your feet and how you react under pressure.  Remember to take a deep breath and think about how you want to respond to these unexpected questions.  The last thing you want to do is fill your interview time with nervous “ums” and “likes.”

Punctual

Arrive on time.  Nothing is worse than walking into an interview late, flustered, and embarrassed – trust me, I’ve been late to an interview before and it’s difficult to erase someone’s first impression of you.  To avoid future tardiness, I now record the date and time that my interview is scheduled, where it will be held, and perhaps even the person who is interviewing me.  I believe applicants should arrive at their location at least 15 minutes before their interview starts.  I always make sure to have directions to the location (knowing how long it will take me to get there) to guarantee that I know how to get there and where I can park.  Before walking into your interview, make sure to turn off your cellular device.  You don’t want any distractions, such as alarms or phone calls that could disrupt your conversation.

Professional

Dress appropriately.  Before arriving, figure out what is acceptable to wear to your interview.  When in doubt, you should be over-dressed instead of under-dressed.  Most interviewers expect applicants to come in business professional attire.  For women, professional appearance means a blouse, a pair of pants or a skirt, a blazer, and heels.  For men, professional appearance requires a suit and tie.  Men should remember to shave their face, and women should wear minimal jewelry.  Both men and women should be aware of the amount of aftershave or perfume they wear, so as to not overpower the room with their scent.

Remember to speak clearly and confidently and to give your interviewer a firm handshake, while maintaining strong eye contact.  Be aware of your body language and know how your hand placement and facial expressions could be perceived.  If you don’t make eye contact during your meeting with your interviewer, he or she won’t think that you’re interested in the conversation.  I believe that an applicant should always smile while he or she speaks, unless the topic is serious.  Try to place one hand over the other and keep still – fidgeting and clenching signify that you’re nervous or anxious, rather than relaxed and confident.  After looking over videos of myself presenting in class, I’ve noticed how distracting my fidgeting is, and I’ve made an effort to keep still while speaking – less fidgeting has enabled me as well as my viewers to focus on what I’m actually saying.  Additionally, ask your interviewer for his or her contact information, such as an email, so that you can follow-up with a brief thank you note.  From experience I’ve noticed that interviewers appreciate the time taken to reach out to them for taking the time to meet with you, and they want to see that you’re actually interested in pursuing the position.

Passionate

Show that you want the position, and be yourself.  The interviewer and you are both trying to figure out whether or not you will be a good fit at this company.  Strengthen your chances of getting hired by being YOU and selling yourself as the perfect candidate.  Remember to be honest and engaged during the entire interview.   Express your interest in the industry and, more specifically, the company.  Tailor your responses to appeal to the interviewer and demonstrate how your abilities, experiences, and passion for this job will outshine other applicants.  In my experience interviewing, I have found that telling your story of how you became interested in business, a specific industry, and especially the company you’re interviewing for, will definitely help the interviewer get to know you even more and give him or her reason to remember you.

At the end of the interview make sure that you have a strong close.  You want to display how much you want the job, how much you’ve appreciated the time that your interviewer spent by meeting you that day, and how much you hope to have the opportunity to bring your abilities to the company. Also, give another confident handshake as you leave the meeting.  Don’t forget to send your interviewer an email afterwards!

By considering these four Ps (prepared, punctual, professional, and passionate), you’ll be ready for any interview that’s coming your way. Now go get ready to impress your next interviewer!

 

November 23, 2015 at 7:40 am 8 comments

Tell a Story: Earn a Job

By Michael Cacciatore

“Walk me through your resume”–also phrased as “tell me about yourself”–is usually the first question that the interviewer asks.  We all expect this question, yet very few people know how to answer this important question in a way that captivates the interviewer’s attention. Looking back to my first year in college, I understand why I did not succeed in interviews. My opening response was boring; I simply recited my resume. The interviewer could have read my resume for the same effect. Additionally, I didn’t make my response memorable from the very beginning. blog 2Dan and Chip Heath in their book, Made to Stick, discuss several themes that make an idea sticky. Two such themes are telling stories and making your idea or response concrete. These two themes will make your answer memorable and guarantee that the interviewer won’t forget you when deciding who will receive the job or internship offer.

Tell a Story

Brian DeChesare in his renowned interview guide, Breaking into Wall Street, advises people to answer “walk me through your resume” in a story format. DeChesare recommends designing a response that includes a beginning, a spark, a flame, a why, and a future. Each segment should link to the next providing a narrative tone to this question. By doing so, you not only demonstrate why you want the job, but you also highlight your communication skills, a necessary skill in any profession.Blog cacciatore

For the beginning, discuss where you are from and why you chose to attend a certain college. Afterwards, for the spark, mention how you became interested in the job for which you are applying. The next part is the flame section; describe what you did to grow your interest in a particular profession. This section as well as the spark are important because you are able to highlight your internships or extracurricular activities and incorporate the skills you have gained from them.

After you have summed up your resume, address why you want to work for this company. One way to tackle this section is by networking in advance, which helps you learn more about the company and its culture. Discussing connections you’ve formed and mentioning specific people will immediately make you stand out. Additionally, networking enables employees to associate a name and face with a resume and helps you make it past the “infamous” resume drop. After discussing why you want to work for that specific company, finish your answer by stating what your future goals are and why this company is instrumental to these long-term goals.

Be Memorable

Throughout the day, an interviewer may interview ten or more people. Most people fail to make themselves memorable to their recruiter. Therefore, other people may obtain the job because they first came to the recruiter’s mind. Alluding back to Made to Stick, Dan and Chip Heath discuss concreteness. Being concrete helps others relate to or perceive an idea or statement. You should intertwine unique and concrete experiences or activities into your story that differentiate you. For my spark, I discuss how losing two grandparents to cancer led to wanting a career in finance after joining Relay for Life because I realized I enjoyed using business as a vehicle to help people, specifically those battling cancer. Finance enables me, on a greater scale, to empower companies to achieve their goals. Weaving in a personal connection enables the interviewee to stand out and even relate personally to the recruiter. Add relevant details to your story that differentiate you and show how you are unique.

Speak concisely

When tackling “Walk me through you resume,” people face another problem: conciseness. For example, saying, “I believe that accounting provides me the opportunity to do XYZ” is too long. I can simplify this statement by saying, “Accounting will enable me to do XYZ.” Minor changes such as these help you tell both a concise and memorable story. Speak concisely but still allow your personality to permeate your response. Interviewers are not only looking for people who are qualified but also people who are a good fit for their company.

By utilizing these three recommendations
, you will captivate your interviewer and immediately stand out among your peers by the time you answer the first question. The only thing left is to begin applying for jobs. Are you ready to start winning offers?

November 15, 2015 at 7:13 pm 3 comments

The Pre-Interview: How to Get Your Foot in the Door

By Michaela Rankins

The job-recruiting season is a tough one, full of endless applications,michaela nervous sweats, and tireless nights of interview preparation. Many individuals easily progress through each step of the process, but others are not so lucky. Some, who think they would be perfect candidates for certain positions, may not even get a chance to interview. After applying for numerous positions, they receive little to no response from recruiters. I am here for those individuals: to teach you how to not only get in the door but also how to thrust it wide open.

Each job offer I received came from companies where I had internal contacts pushing for me from within. In fact, according to a Business.com article, 24.5% of external hires come from referrals. (See Exhibit 1 from their article.) Of course everyone says that networking is key, and it is, but what is most important is how you leverage your networking relationships for your benefit. The secret tool that takes these relationships to the next level are what are formally known as informational interviews.

Exhibit 1

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An informational interview is a meeting featuring a conversation about a particular company or industry between you and someone who may be in a position to help you get a job in the future. They may sound simple but, in fact, you need to execute them with great strategy. I am going to walk you through five essential steps that will help you to not only land an informational interview but also get a head start on how to excel in your formal job interview.

1. Rally your network. The first step is to actually find someone to connect with. Whether a person from LinkedIn, a family friend, a contact from a conference or an individual from a company information session, find someone to target for your informational interview. Be sure to nurture the relationship so that your contact genuinely takes interest in taking the time to speak with you or connect you to his or her colleagues. If the relationship is too surface level, it may not yield much benefit.

 
2. Research the company/role. The second step is basically ensuring that you have adequately researched the company and/or the role that you are pursuing. The individual you contact for your interview will want to see that you are actually interested and did your “homework” prior to speaking. Your contact probably has a very busy schedule, and it will not reflect well if you are asking questions that have answers listed on the company website.

 
3. Reach out! This step is critical. Whether you decide to request your informational interview by email or phone, the following are main points that you should communicate:

  • Personal Info: name, classification, university, major
  • Connection Point: how you received his or her contact information
  • Position/Industry of Interest
  • Meeting You Desire: in-person meeting or phone conversation
  • Time frame: 30 minutes to one hour

Be sure to also thank the contact for his or her time and end with a friendly salutation.

 
4. Have questions ready. This step comes into play after you have already set up a meeting or phone conversation. When you meet up with your contact, you must be prepared to guide the conversation and know exactly what you want to get out of the informational interview. Here are some examples of questions that may be helpful:

  • Tell me more about your background. How did you develop an interest in and break into this field?
  • What educational or job experiences helped you get to this point in your career? How did you secure this job?
  • What are the core competencies necessary to break into and succeed in this industry?
  • What would you say distinguishes your employer from its competitors? How would you describe its culture?
  • Is there a typical career path and what does it look like? How does one move ahead or up?
  • How does your employer, or team, measure success? What are the traits of successful employees?

5. Request action. After your interview takes place, request follow-up action to prolong the conversation or help you advance in your job search. The following questions will help get you thinking which actions are right for you:

  • Could you offer any insight on how I can further tailor my resume to better position myself for this industry?
  • Do you know of additional resources and/or anyone else I should connect with to learn more?
  • How would you recommend someone apply for an internship with your organization?

After you complete these steps, you’ll likely land and conduct a successful informational interview. This interview will not only be insightful for you but will also position you well against other candidates. You will not only have a point of contact to reference while you apply and during your interviews, but you will also get a feel for the company culture and have a great deal of “inside knowledge” that others don’t.

So what are you waiting for? Get your foot in the door and start leveraging your network now!

 

November 7, 2015 at 9:20 am 9 comments

Get Noticed on LinkedIn

By Stephen Hansen

LinkedIn is the world’s most popular professional network, with over 380 million users–but nobody is looking at your profile. I was in your shoes when I first joined LinkedIn until I decided to edit and update my profile. Soon, I had received five interview offers with firms all across the United States. In this blog, I will walk you through the changes I made to get noticed by recruiters.

Put a Face to a Name. You’d be surprised how often people do not have a profile picture on LinkedIn. Oftentimes, these profiles have wonderful content, but experience might not matter to some if the photo is missing. LinkedIn profiles that include profile photos receive 11 times as many views as those without photos. Show off those pearly whites!

Go from Prom to Professional. We’ve all seen a photo like this one before.stephen Few people have a professional photo of themselves, so they come up with quick fixes by cropping pictures of themselves at prom or some other formal event and end up with a photo featuring an arbitrary floating arm in the corner. Some people might think that this type of photo is a good alternative to paying for a professional head shot, but it is not. Simply put on a suit and ask a friend to take a picture of you in front of a white wall; this new profile picture will save you time and money and convince potential employers that you are as professional as your LinkedIn content indicates.

Elaborate on Your Experiences. Don’t sell yourself short. Simply writing a title like Summer Analyst or Business Development Intern will not cause employers to drool over you. They need content. Michael Schmidt, Associate Director of the MBA Career Management Center at Kenan-Flagler Business School, says that the best way to present your job is by writing a two-to-three sentence job summary and then listing fout-to-six bullet-style skills regarding major projects. Also, stand out by including numbers. At Kenan-Flagler, our Business Writing Conventions and Expectations guide cites that “70 percent of the population values quantifiable data as their way to understand their environment.” Here is an example of how to present your skills:

Performed financial analysis on a commercial real estate portfolio in the eastern United States. Researched the restaurant and light-industrial sectors of the market.

  • Targeted undeveloped territories to source several high-profile Pennsylvanian Lone Star Steakhouses and sold to Texas Roadhouse, which resulted in a 50% return on investment
  • Accompanied management in negotiating and interfacing with lenders, advisers, and joint venture partners
  • Organized budgets, prepared forecasts, documented property tax expenditures, and analyzed non-possessory rights and regulatory restrictions for potential real estate investments
  • Created marketing materials for the sale of underperforming asset

One more thing to note is that most professionals across the globe agree that you should list no more than your past three jobs.

Personalize Your URL. As with other social networks, you receive a long, confusing profile URL when you first join. LinkedIn allows all users to change their profile URL in three steps:

  1. Click on “Profile”
  2. Click on “Edit”
  3. Click “Edit” right under your photo

A professional URL follows this form: http://linkedin.com/in/firstnamelastname. If that URL is not available, just add your middle name. Another alternative is to add your industry (e.g. JohnSmithBanker).

Add a Call to Action. All of these changes are sure to get the attention of companies and recruiters, but your efforts will be all for naught if you don’t guide employers on how to reach you. Make it clear on your profile how you would like to be contacted by listing your email, phone number, and link to your personal website.

LinkedIn is a powerful way to mass market yourself if you use it effectively. These changes should give you a great starting point to demonstrate your personal brand, get noticed, and land your dream job.

November 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm 8 comments

5 Tips for Women to be Successful in the Workplace

As told by top executives at the Wells Fargo Women’s Forum 2015

By Allie Halter

Did you know that only 14.6% of executives in companies nationwide are women? More strikingly, did you know that women hold only 4.6% of CEO positions? Why is this the case?  Young women today are starting their careers better educated than their male counterparts. In fact, research shows that companies with more women in executive positions make a 53% greater return on equity and 42% higher return on sales. However, women of all ages are less likely than men to ask for raises or aspire to top management jobs. Is this difference because women leave their careers to care for their families before reaching a top position? Or are women afraid to ask as a result of attitudes towards them in the workplace?Allie

Top women at Wells Fargo, an American multinational banking and financial services holding company, believe that any woman can rise to a top leadership position. I attended the 2015 Wells Fargo Women’s Forum this October and spoke with many women within Wells Fargo who offered tips for rising to the top of an organization based on their own experiences in the business world. Here are the top five tips for reaching the corner office:

Tip #1: Be Accountable. Accountability means saying what you are going to do and doing what you said you would do. Wells Fargo Senior Vice President of Treasury Management, Andrea Scalise, said she “makes sure that no matter what [she’s] doing, [she] always demonstrates accountability and responsibility by following through with commitments and showing up as a leader.” Scalise encourages women to set personal goals and be decisive when it comes to career choices. Lastly, Scalise suggests that a large part of success comes from the mistakes you make and the ability to own them, fix them, and prevent them from happening in the future. 

Tip #2: Have Confidence. Danielle Squires, Managing Director of Wells Fargo Securities, recommends that pure confidence ensures success in the business world. Squires mentioned that the gap between men and women in the workplace has closed considerably—but not fast enough. Squires encourages women to step up and be confident in their work because we work just as hard as our male colleagues and can handle the same challenges they can. Further, Squires tells women to “stop questioning our abilities” because we are all capable of the work if we would just have the confidence to know that we are.

Tip #3: Use Effective Communication Skills and Be Self-Aware. In order for women to succeed in the workplace, Suzanne Morrison, Executive Vice President at Wells Fargo, suggests that effective communication skills and self-awareness are absolutely necessary. Morrison explained that we communicate in many different ways. For example, she explained that our body language and even the way we sit play into the idea of needed confidence that Danielle Squires noted. Morrison said that “in general, women take up less space” in a room by the way we sit and stand in comparison to men, which projects a message of insecurity or uncertainty. In order to combat this perception, Morrison suggests that women practice self-awareness by paying close attention to themselves and the people around them. She explains that “listening is a huge part of communication because you take the information communicated to you and communicate back, which enables the building of relationships and problem solving.” In many organizations, the majority of conflict usually stems from a communication breakdown. Morrison encourages all women to “think about whom you’re communicating with and, in turn, how you like to be communicated with” because leaders and employees of all levels value awareness and communication. 

Tip #4: Show Empathy and Honesty. As women, we are often empathetic and can understand what someone else is experiencing. It can be harder for men to show empathy in the workplace. This recommendation to show empathy and honesty at work comes from Linda Redding, Wells Fargo’s National Sales Manager. Redding strongly believes that success in the workplace stems from having the ability to understand where others are coming from, including their position and set goals. She notes that having empathy is one of the “greatest leadership qualities” and encouraged all of the women in the room to “develop the skill of putting yourself in someone else’s place.” Redding also noted that honesty creates value for women in the workplace, not just being honest about all matters concerning your work, but also “being honest with yourself about what you want to do and why you’re doing it.” Redding advised the women attending the forum to “show up every day as your authentic self because being honest with yourself about the traits you bring to the table and not letting other people project traits on to you will make you extremely successful no matter where you work.” 

Tip #5: Strive to be Inspirational and Optimistic. Lastly, always strive to be inspirational and optimistic. Indhira Arrington, the Head of Wholesale Diversity Strategic Recruiting and Programs at Wells Fargo, believes that all women should “reflect the change we wish to see in the world and possess the qualities that allow us to show up and be our best selves every day.” Perhaps the best and most inspiring advice I received at the forum was to “strive to be the person who opens the door and helps the people behind you.” Be optimistic about all situations, attempt to find the silver lining, and always motivate and inspire those around you. After all, being successful in the workplace is about being of service to others and making yourself and someone else better than they thought they could be.

These tips can aid any woman interested in moving up the chain of command at any organization. When working in the business world, always be accountable, be confident in yourself, use effective communication skills and be self-aware, show empathy and honesty, and always strive to be inspirational and optimistic in order to strengthen your chances of success. Women have the power to significantly influence the world of business; we shouldn’t be discouraged or doubt our abilities. When we are younger, we all believe that we will be the President of the United States, but somehow we slowly lose that faith along the way. Why should we? As women, we should raise our hands, have our voices heard, and be confident in our ideas because I believe that women can truly rule the world.

November 2, 2015 at 3:27 pm 17 comments

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