Strategies for Brilliant Cover Letters

20 Apr


I came across a video titled, Strategies for Brilliant Cover Letters on Columbia University website.  We all know, CV writing can be a bit daunting and challenging.  Let’s face it,  your cover letter is an important part in securing an interview and hopefully a job.  Take a look, it’s really great!

Strategies for Brilliant Cover Letters from Columbia Continuing Ed on Vimeo.


8 Essential Tips for Getting Ahead in Your First Job

19 Jan

Want to kick up your career a couple of notches? Consider this expert career advice to get you to the next level at your job.

Get-Ahead Career Tip 1: Play up your strengths.
You have unique skills and talents, so use them to make yourself stand out. “If you’re a social-media whiz, play that up in a new position. If you’re great at organizing events, volunteer to take the lead on community-building activities in the company,” says Jenna Goudreau, staff reporter at ForbesWoman. “And don’t let anyone tell you your youth is a weakness.”

Get-Ahead Career Tip 2: Become an expert at your “silver bullet.”
Once you’ve found your specialty at work, use it to get noticed. Emily Bennington, author of Effective Immediately: How to Fit In, Stand Out, and Move Up at Your First Real Job, calls it your “silver bullet.” “This is a great way to distinguish yourself early in your career because it’s your specialty area and a place where you can become a go-to contact,” Bennington says.

Get-Ahead Career Tip 3: Find a mentor with whom you connect.
Finding a mentor seems like a no-brainer, but Laurel House, author of QuickieChick’s Cheat Sheet to Life, Love, Food, Fitness, Fashion, and Finance on a Less Than Fabulous Budget, says the right one can be way more than just a role model. “Not only will you get a full view of a certain lifestyle—What will your boss be like? The hours? The projects?—but that mentor will get you great connections and maybe even a job because they know you and trust your quality of work.”

Get-Ahead Career Tip 4: Know how to talk to your mentor.
“If you sit down with an intimidatingly powerful person, have a goal in mind, home in on it like a laser, and let that focus force you to forget your fear and instead empower you,” advises House.

Get-Ahead Career Tip 5: Be generous with your contacts.
It’s an old-school mind-set that hoarding your address book will give you a leg up. “Information generosity is not slowing us down, holding us up, or hurting us in any way,” says House. “Even competitors are teaching trade secrets, because you never know who can help you, who can open a door for you.” Every time you open up your phone to hand out a contact, remind yourself that your helping out is what someone will recall down the line.

Get-Ahead Career Tip 6: Get noticed at networking events
Lots of important people in one place? Here’s how to work the room, according to House:

1. Present a business card.
2. Follow up the next day with an email or call. Don’t wait a week!
3. If someone offers advice, makes a call for you, or chats with you for an hour, send a thank-you card.
4. Know connections there, like friends, parents’ friends, friends’ parents, etc.? Utilize them.
5. Tell people what you do, who you are, who you want to be. (Tactfully, of course.)
6. Listen, contribute, listen, contribute. That’s a conversation.

Get-Ahead Career Tip 7: Go after the next challenge.
If you’re doing well in your current role and have earned trust, that’s a signal to go after the next challenge. “Raise your hand for a big assignment. Suggest something that no one’s thought of and volunteer to take the lead,” says Goudreau. “You may not always get a yes. You have to ask and keep asking. Be persistent. Don’t get discouraged. Soon, you’ll be on your way.”

Get-Ahead Career Tip 8: Stop being afraid of no.
“Don’t be afraid to ask for…anything, be it a raise, feedback, or a meeting with one of your superiors. If you don’t ask, somebody else will,” House says. “Remember: The worst thing someone can say is no.”

By: Lane Florsheim, Glamour Magazine

How To Deliver A Knockout Speech

19 Jan

ARRIVE EARLY If you’re speaking at a conference, you’re likely an important person with a busy schedule. Don’t rush in to an important speech — take a quiet moment to calm nerves and gather thoughts.

PULL YOUR HAIR BACK Nothing’s more distracting then constantly brushing away bangs or — gasp! — twirling your hair.

SPEECHES ARE LIKE THEATER Your job is to inform, inspire, and entertain. So whether you’re addressing buttoned-up execs or a more relaxed crowd, use clever quips to hold their attention.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE STAGE When addressing a large group for longer than a few minutes, don’t just stand behind the podium. Walk around — it keeps the energy high and allows you to connect with the entire audience.

WEAR A BOLD COLOR These days, large conference rooms are usually outfitted with video screens, which project the speaker’s image to the room’s far reaches. So what you wear matters. Pick a color that pops on camera, and apply makeup more heavily than normal to avoid looking washed-out.

Read more @  Marie Claire


LEVO LEAGUE: Career Books Every Young Woman Needs to Read

22 Dec

With re-runs and holiday specials taking over television (I mean, no more Homeland) and the weather getting gloomier it is the perfect time of year to grab a book or two that will help your career this holiday. We asked our team at Levo and our community for a few female career specific recommendations and this is what we heard. Let us know your favorite career book in the comments!


  1. Knowing Your Value by Mika Brzezinski Read this book if you need advice and confidence to ask for a raise this year! Mika is the co-host of Morning Joe and took a fascinating approach to telling her story of how she finally asked for more late(r) in her career.
  2. The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives by Katie Couric Katie has access to some of the most fascinating people in the world. This book is for you if you want to be inspired to take risks and push yourself.
  3. Ask For It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever The book for you if you are interested in why you may not be asking and how to overcome your fears of asking for more. Professor Babcock gives practical steps to get you comfortable with asking for what you want this year.
  4. Brag!: The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It by Peggy Klaus Self-promotion is awkward. Peggy’s book helps you understand why you need to brag and how to do it in a way that makes you comfortable. Some of the suggestions are a bit of a stretch, but if you pull out a couple of her tips you will be well on your way to being a better advocate for yourself.
  5. How Remarkable Women Lead by Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston Joanna Barsh is a senior Director at McKinsey & Company and has access to some of the most influential businesswomen in the world. In this book she works to understand how these successful women became successful and how they get after it each and every day. Read this if you want to be inspired and learn about the key factors women leaders have in common. Hint: Optimism is one of them.
  6. 20-Something, 20-Everything by Christine Hassler Levo LOVES Christine. This book is for you if you need that pick-me-up-out-of-a-slump and want to know that it will be okay. This book will help you feel better about yourself, love yourself and help you build better relationships with those in your life.
  7. Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life) by Cathie Black Cathie shares some of the crazier things people have done to get her attention when she was the President of Hearst and she also talks about the importance of hard work in Basic Black. Read this if you are interested on the business side of publishing or just want to learn about what it was like to convince Oprah to make a magazine.
  8. Getting from College to Career by Lindsey Pollak Lindsey nails it. Getting from college to career is a harsh life transition. The suggestions in her book will help everyone from you, the college senior, to your parents.
  9. Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel Lois picks out interesting habits of both successful and unsuccessful men and women for you to learn from. If you want to learn the habits that could be holding you back this is the book for you this holiday season.
  10. Bossypants by Tina Fey Want to laugh and learn? This book is full of quotables and it will literally make you laugh out loud. Plus the advice is so spot on that you’ll finish the book with a renewed sense of confidence.

Source: Levo League 


GLAMOUR: Political Women Who Made the Biggest Impact on Twitter in 2012

22 Dec

Yes, Twitter made a big impact in the political discourse in 2012. Yes, ladies made substantial contributions to the conversations. Before we drown in Year In Review lists, I checked in with Bridget Coyne (@bcoyne) from the Government and News team at Twitter, based in Washington, D.C., to find out which female names (or, well, handles in this case) had the biggest impact across the Twittersphere, and the women’s issues that resonated most across the Twitter community.

OK, get your “Follow” finger ready—these are women who “played a major role in politics in 2012” on Twitter, including both the volume and type of info they shared:

  • @secupp – S.E. Cupp, MSNBC host, writer, GOP commentator
  • @DWStweets – Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-CA)
  • @jengranholm – Jennifer Granholm, Former Governor of Michigan (D); Current TV host
  • @AmbassadorRice – Susan Rice, United States Ambassador to United Nations
  • @kellyayotte – Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
  • @iamsambee – Comedian/Daily Show contributor Samantha Bee
  • @Tammy4Congress – Tammy Duckworth, Congresswoman-elect and veteran (D-IL)
  • @GingerGibson – Ginger Gibson, Politico reporter on the campaign trail with Mitt Romney
  • @elizabethforma – Elizabeth Warren, Senator-elect and Harvard professor (D-MA)
  • @LaurenM – Lauren Miller, Digital Director for Elizabeth Warren campaign
  • @miablove – Mia Love, Mayor and Congressional candidate (R-UT)
  • @usatmoore – Martha Moore, head political reporter at USA Today
  • @SarahH_CBSNJ – Sarah Huisenga, CBS News/National Journal reportered embedded with Romney campaign
  • @nikkihaley – Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina (R)
  • @aebrandenburger – Allie Brandenburger, Regional Press Secretary for Romney campaign
  • @jodikantor – Jodi Kantor, New York Times reporter, Obama biographer
  • @BetsyNBCNews – Betsy Korona, NBC News embedded campaign trail reporter
  • @stefcutter – Stephanie Cutter, Deputy Campaign Manager for Obama

Oh, just the length of that list makes me grin.

Coyne said that lots of other major moments of 2012 not only were about the women in the discussions, but about the topics themselves.

The Twitter political index, which is a measurement of the both the positive and negative conversation on Twitter (on a scale of 0 to 100, 50 being neutral), was used to analyze speeches during the year, including the all-important RNC and DNC. Twitterverse, you ♥ the ladies.

Coyne says Ann Romney and Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) both had much higher receptions than their husbands, with Mrs. Obama scoring an 84 on the scale when she spoke, and Mrs. Romney registering an 83. The two candidates? President Obama had a 41 and Mitt Romney a 38. “People were responding to the women’s message,” Coyne said.

A debate between Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen (@hilaryr) and Ann Romney about women and work not only drew national attention, but actually prompted the potential-first lady to join Twitter.

Women’s issues in Election 2012, one of the tipping points for the national election itself, were in the social dialogue, thanks to the Senate races that put them front and center: McCaskill (@clairecmc) versus Akin (@ToddAkin) and Donnelly (@RepDonnelly) versus Mourdock (@richardmourdock). And, Coyne says, Warren versus Brown (@ScottBrownMA) was big on Twitter because both candidates had a big social plan baked into their campaign strategies from the start.


Source: Glamour Magazine 

Image: Jezebel 


GWC: Office Essentials

16 Dec

Office Dress Code


Source: Girl With Curves




16 Dec

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