- Get in Shape. Who thinks about getting in shape in January?! I write this while the weather people are predicting an arctic front about to hit us full steam ahead. Even going to the gym requires leaving the house! Instead, how about doing 10 push-ups when you get out of bed, and 10 push-ups before you go to bed. Oddly enough it will lead to adding sit-ups and crunches before you know it!
- Eat Healthy. Here’s the rub - healthy is a subjective definition. Try using a free journaling app such as My Fitness Pal to see what you actually eat now. Maybe you are eating healthy, maybe you are just getting too many calories. The other day I actually decided not to eat that cookie because I was too lazy to enter it in the app.
- Quit Smoking. Such a wonderful resolution, but ever so hard! A better resolution would be to research stop smoking programs. There are many free and effective ones such as Smoke Free NY. So for this one, instead of saying you are going to quit smoking say you are going to get help!
- Get Organized. Small steps here…when looking at your mountain of papers littering your desk, kitchen, or living room, it’s a daunting task. Instead of saying you are going to get organized, try going to an office supply store and getting a good shredder, some file folders and some labels. Each day, before you do your push-ups and go to bed, take the top 5 papers off the pile and shred them or file them.
- Get Out of Debt. That’s a rather daunting a task! In order to manage this herculean effort it boils down to paying more on your debts which means either spending less on other things or generating more income to pay off said debt. Therefore, a much more reasonable resolution is to create a budget. Need a guideline? Visit CNNMoney for the basics.
- Go Back to School. In resolution number 5, one of the ways to help with debt was to increase income. To do that you are going to need some skills! Be smart about it and consider a career school, such as Mildred Elley, where you only pay for classes that apply to the new career that you are considering. Underwater basket weaving need not apply.
- Get a Better Job. Another tough one! To increase your chances of a better job, you’ll need to promote your skills (or get some new ones by getting some career training) and network, network, network. So let’s change this resolution from “Get a Better Job” to “Rework Your LinkedIn Profile.” Remember to add your school to this one. Your alumni network can open major doors for you. Oh, and don’t forget to clean up your Facebook page while you are at it. According to a survey by careerbuilder, 1 in 3 employers reject applicants based on Facebook posts. This survey was done in 2012…I wonder what the statistic is now!
- Volunteer. Again, a very robust and ambiguous resolution! Fortunately a great first step for this one is to post on Facebook. Just post a status update that you are thinking of volunteering and ask if anyone has any great ideas for places or organizations that need help. Be careful though, you never know when a volunteer position may put you in touch with a great job opportunity! Feel free to post this request on our Mildred Elley Facebook Pages. We have lots of followers that can put you in touch with the right people.
- Stop Procrastinating. This one, to me personally, is impossible! So if anyone has any great ideas to help with this one please post below in the comments! (If this post makes it up by midnight, I will be popping that champagne cork for sure.)
- Take time for yourself. This one is tricky. The first thing you need to do to attempt this one is define what that means. Do you want to relax, do you want to improve your mind, do you want to go on an adventure? Sit down and really decide what that means to you. From there the path to taking time for yourself will make sense to you and only you.
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On Monday June 4th, Mirror Images Cosmetology and Massage Student Clinic in Pittsfield is having its First Annual Cosmetology Graduate Showcase. There will be a live haircut and blowdry demonstration from 10:30am-11am, and then an Updo Contest featuring CHI & Biosilk products from 12:30pm-1:30pm. Salon owners and hiring managers from the community will be here to judge the contests, and the hope is that this will serve as a networking tool for our graduates.
This showcase is just one example of how Mildred Elley provides networking opportunities for students, even after graduation. Why should students and graduates come back to school and participate in these activities?
When you're looking for a job, in any field, you have to reach out to the people you know. Mildred Elley employs a team of people at every campus who network and form positive relationships with community businesses. This is a clear case of "It's what you know" AND "Who you know" that matters.
Keep Your Skills Fresh
Job hunting can take some time. Mildred Elley's goal is to have you placed in a job in your field as soon as your program ends. If this is not possible for some reason, you need to find ways to keep your skills fresh. Perhaps even more important, you need to keep your ability to SELL your skills fresh. When you come back to school for programs, open-houses, and professional development opportunties, you have things to add to your resume and opportunities to keep yourself ready to interview.
Protect/Build Your Reputation
The power of referral goes a long way. If you've shaken someone's hand at a showcase or a job fair, they are more likely to remember your name when your resume crosses their desk a month later. Perhaps you're applying for a job with someone you've never met, but you HAVE met someone they eat lunch with regularly, and you "Seem like someone worth bringing in for an interview." You have to be visible and do the work necessary to have your name known in different circles.
You know that little rush you'd get before a presentation, an exam, or a skill demonstration? Go too long without feeling that small sense of panic/excitement, you might be all nerves the next time you step up to the plate. The more opportunities you take to feel a bit of pressure and meet some new people, the more honed and sharpened you'll be when it comes to interview time.
Hope to see you there!