4 Ways To Nail Your Next Job Interview

A well polished, professional resume will get you past the first round but the real test is when you come face to face with your potential supervisor.  

I sat it on a few interviews this week and was reminded of four important aspects of a successful interview.  It is important to make a good first impression when interviewing for a job.  A well polished, professional resume will get you past the first round but the real test is when you come face to face with your potential supervisor.  

Research the Organization

This is a very important step to show you did your homework.  Research the organization’s website and find a way to incorporate that into your interview.  For instance, explain how the company’s mission or vision relates to you. This is an easy way to show you care enough about the job to become familiar with what’s important to the organization.

Try this at your next interview…
“Your organization’s mission to spread the power of optimism relates to my personal goal of always looking at the bright side of life.”

This simple sentence shows you know the organization’s goal and your goals are the same.  A great trait for a successful employee.

Show Enthusiasm

If you’re not excited about applying for the job then I’m not excited to hear what you have to say.  You don’t want to appear over the top but having a twinkle in your eye and a smile goes a long way to show me you really want the position.  

Try this at your next interview…
Make eye contact and smile when you’re listening to the question being asked and when you answer.  “I’m really excited about this opportunity! I would be a great addition to this organization based on my skill set and the company’s goals.”

Dress Your Best

This point should be common sense but it bears repeating. Make sure you complete the basics before your interview…brush your hair, brush your teeth, make sure your bra straps are not showing, etc.

Try this at your next interview…
Take your outfit up a notch.  Dress a step higher than you normally would.  Add a new accessory to your outfit or pick up a light weight blazer to wear over your sleeveless dress.  You can get one for under $20 on Amazon.

It’s always better to overdress than to risk looking unprofessional and not meaning to.


Confidence is key.  It will get you ahead every single time.  Too nervous? Fake it! I notice that when asked about their goals in life, the applicants would say “it sounds dumb but, “don’t laugh,” and “I know it’s silly.”  Don’t do this! You should never apologize for your aspirations in life. Who am I to tell you that you’re wrong or that it’s a stupid idea!? Be confident in your goals.  So what if they change later on? All of our goals do! It’s your life…be proud of it 🙂

Try this at your next interview…
When asked – What are some of your goals in life? – You say “I’m really excited about the possibility of going back to school.  I may be older but I’m holding onto the statement that it’s never too late to learn something new.  

Practicing these easy steps can help you stand out among the crowd of applicants and land that job.

Good luck!


Creating A Fantastic Email Signature

I receive so many compliments about my email signature. I show you how simple it is to create one of your own in my latest blog post. The best part? It’s free!

I love to show my personal style in every aspect of my life.  Personal branding has become a goal of mine the past few years in an effort to learn more about myself.  Work has a big impact on how I style myself.  I’m getting further in my career and want to stand out as a professional in my field.

There are many ways to brand yourself but I want to share one simple thing that will make you stand out at work…a stylish, professional email signature.  Here is the one I use…


I added my work information underneath this image in the fun, yet professional, font Glacial Indifference (free download here) in black.

I have received so many compliments about the signature on my email and questions about how to create their own.  I’m always thrilled to tell them creating the image is free and easy!

Watch the video to see how you can create your very own unique email signature.



How I Built My Professional Wardrobe Through Amazon

You dress for the job you want not the job you have. Here’s how I built my professional wardrobe through Amazon.

Image is a big part of how you are perceived at work.  You dress for the job you want not the job you have.  I’ve embraced that saying over the past few years.  I want to look the part even though I have not yet reached my professional goals.

Building a stylish, professional wardrobe is expensive.  Work suits and dresses that give you the coveted “executive presence” can range around $100 or more depending on the store you shop at.

I discovered Amazon has a wide selection of professional clothing that is budget friendly and made with quality materials.

I receive so many compliments on many of the items I purchased through Amazon.  All of the pieces are $30 and under.


You can find the dress on the left here.
The outfit on the right is a combination of this skirt and blazer.

Here are a few more of my favorite pieces that came from Amazon…

belted skirt

black dot dress

black pencil dress




sleevless dress


Tips for Purchasing Clothes On Amazon

1.  Use search terms such as “women office dresses,” “women office attire,” and “women business dresses.”

2.  Filter by “Avg. Customer Review” and choose the three stars & up option.  This will greatly increase the quality of the item options.

3.  Look at the Size Chart and Customer Reviews to determine the best size to order.  I look at the Customer Reviews first because they will tell you if the Size Chart is accurate or if you need to adjust your size option.  This technique has always worked for me when ordering clothes online.  You can also see pictures of how the clothing looks on different body types.

4.  Zoom in on the pictures of the clothing.  You can tell a lot by how the item is made and what the fabric looks like.

5.  Amazon Prime comes in really handy.  I shop on Amazon for a variety of items.  The free, two day shipping is convenient and fast.

Let me know if you find any great professional clothing deals on Amazon!

Happy Shopping!


The Pressure of Success

I saw this video on my Facebook feed a few days ago and it’s spot on with my life right now.  My friend, Alan, shared it and I definitely needed to hear it.

Success, in whatever way you view it, is incredibly powerful.  It can rule your life in a way that is unimaginable.  For me, I put a high value of how successful I am by my work.  I know…not a great thing.  I really thought by now I would be incredibly successful with a prestigious career and making an impact on my community.  *Cue hysterical laughter and a few tears*  At 33 years old – I’m no where near as successful as I thought I would be at this point in life.  I thought by thirty I would appear on one of the 30 Successful People Under 30 Years Old lists.  Well…I never made a list.  In fact, every time I see a list like that I cringe.  That should have been me.

On the other side of the coin – I have to reflect on the amazing experiences I’ve had so far in my life.  I was incredibly fortunate to be the first Public Information Officer at the police department for six years. I learned so much in that six years and had many amazing experiences that I will always cherish.  Law enforcement is in my blood and it makes me tick.  To work with officers has been the highlight of my professional life.  I also have an opportunity in my current position to become a more well-rounded public relations professional.  I have learned a lot and am grateful for the skills I have acquired.

During a bad day I often feel like maybe I’ve been as professionally successful as I’m going to be.  That negative mindset can really do a doozy to my day.  Then I remember…I’m only 33.  Even though I don’t feel like it a lot, I’m still young.  The video I saw on Alan’s Facebook feed was a great reminder that you’re never too old to achieve success not matter what you may think.  Everyone has a different timeline to their life.  Life is full of twists and turns and dry seasons.  It’s a hard place to be in but I have to tell myself to keep moving and be the absolute best I can be.  To keep waiting.

I remind myself to focus on the blessings I have.  My happy marriage.  My healthy children.  My beautiful house I thought we never could afford.  Mine and Justin’s health.  So many blessings to focus on instead of those that haven’t come my way yet.  My timeline is still happening.  I just have to be patient.


You can watch the video here.