Avoiding The Holiday Coma

Thanksgiving break is coming to an end and absolutely no amount of over-indulgent self care will prepare us for the slump that awaits. After a Sunday filled with an extended Target run, pedicure and face mask I have sadly come to this realization. It is easy to mentally check-out and coast until New Years, but why lose momentum now? With four weeks until Christmas, how can you get back into the swing of things and end 2018 successfully? Better yet, how can you avoid the holiday coma? For those of you that live in the Washington D.C. and northern Virginia area,…

Next Steps: How To Ask For A Job Offer Letter

Consider the following scenarios: You’ve received a verbal job offer from a company, but no written offer letter yet. Your internship with a company is coming to an end and you want to inquire about a full-time, internal job position. It is challenging to know how to react during these anxiety-inducing situations.  Without a written offer letter and clear direction, it is hard to know how to decipher your next steps. Sending a follow-up email is a great way to maintain communication and connection with potential employers, but understanding how to properly do so is where most people run into…

Business Travel Checklist – Your 4 Must-Haves

Most young professionals jump at an opportunity for business travel. Whether it’s frequent travel or just a quick overnight stay, nothing beats jetting across the country, schmoozing with executives and living off hotel room service. Although business travel can be fun, it is never as glamorous as it seems. Catching flights, endless security lines and figuring out car rentals can put you on the fast track to stress (and break-outs). Having experienced this first hand, I created a small list of business travel must-haves to help minimize stress and save you time! Foldable Ballet Flats Walking conference floor plans can…

How Political Discussion Breeds Workplace Tension

The 2016 presidential election was a catalyst for the political feuds we still see today, but whether an election season has just ended or is on the cusp of beginning it should be avoided at all costs to discuss in the workplace. Topics I consider to be taboo are based on religion, sex, and politics. Although you may feel a simple conversation is harmless, funny and non-offensive, it may come across as an insult to another person or listening bystander. The consequences of engaging in an emotionally charged political conversation could damage both your personal and working relationships. This leads…

Why Negotiate? Your Guide to A Higher Salary

As I mentioned in the ABOUT section, transitioning into a corporate position after college was anything but easy. The interview for my current role occurred two days after  I landed back in the United States from Thailand. During the interview we discussed my compensation. I firmly stated that although I knew what the position was offering, I felt “x” amount more would be a sufficient compensation for the value I brought. I am not sure if it was the extreme exhaustion caused by jet lag or my basic lack of professional interview experience, but my response certainly seemed to shock…