Enduring All Things: June 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Thankful Thursday: New Job

I bet you knew what I was going to be thankful for this month, didn't you? I'm sure you did if you've been reading my blog for the last couple weeks. I don't start until Tuesday so I don't have much more to add to this post. But I am so thankful for this new job.
I'm thankful that this company had an opening at the same time that I was looking.

I am thankful that they saw my potential and thought I was the "best candidate" for the position.

I am thankful for the recruiter who matched me with this job.

I'm thankful to not be stuck in my job anymore.

I'm thankful to have coworkers again.

Sorry this one is short, but I'm thankful for my new job. Period.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

20 Tips to Help you Nail that Interview for Your Perfect Job

So now that I'm an expert in interviewing, after spending the last month on the job hunt, I thought I'd share some of my insights with you wonderful readers. So here is a collection of my best interview tips.

Before the Interview:

  • Do your research. Research the company, the CEO, the hiring manager, the job position you're interviewing for. Everything. The more you know the better. And if it doesn't make sense, that's okay. They'll be impressed that you researched it.
  • Prepare questions for your interviewer. Some suggestions: What have you enjoyed most about working here? What constitutes success at this company and in this position? Do you have any hesitations with my qualifications? What can you tell me about new products in the future/what are your plans for growth with this company? Can you tell me about the teams I will be working with? (speak as if you already have the job)
  • Brush up. Brush up on the terminology in your field as well as the latest technologies that might have come up since you last were looking for a job.
  • Invest in professional clothing. I had no professional clothes so Pearson and I went to Kohl's the night before my first interview and bought a black blazer. I wore a black dress with a button down over it and the blazer over that. 

The Day of the Interview:

  • Bring the essentials: A notepad to take notes during the interview, your questions and research, extra copies of your resume, and references.
  • Get sleep. It might be tough bet get a good night's sleep before the interview. We need to be getting good sleep anyway and a big part of that is having a good mattress. Check out some mattress reviews here, and also here at Balance Me Beautiful.
  • Wear the pantyhose. So when I started getting interviews, I googled "what to wear to an interview" and "business professional attire for women," you know? Well, it turns out women's business professional for women is not very straightforward. Men know they need to wear a suit and tie. Simple. Women can wear a suit but is a tie necessary? What is the women's equivalent of a tie? Pantyhose? Basically, I found out that a skirt suit would be best. But I really didn't want to buy one. And I didn't even own a pair of dress pants. But I also found out that you should not bare skin at an interview. So, yes. Wear the pantyhose. I know nobody wears them these days, but you can never be overdressed, you know. I just hate that women don't have a standard. Talk about sexist. And, when we went shopping for blazers, there was close to nothing to choose from. Men's business attire has it's own section. Women have maybe one rack. Ugh.
  • Arrive early. This should go without saying but do everything in your power to get there early. And leave plenty of time for traffic. Especially when you haven't been there before.

During the Interview:

  • Be yourself. 
  • Smile. 
  • Be confident. 
  • Sell yourself. 
  • Relax. 
  • Ask questions. I already talked about preparing questions, but be sure to ask those questions and any others that come to mind. In a couple of my interviews, the interviewers answered most of my questions before I asked them, but throughout the interview, I thought of some more. Remember, you're interviewing them as well. You have every right to ask questions about the environment and what the job will be like.
  • Collect business cards. Or at least names and email addresses of everyone you talk to. You'll be emailing them later, but more on that below.

After the Interview:

  • Reward yourself. Get some ice cream or something on the way home. You got through a scary interview. You deserve it!
  • Go over your notes. It's always good to refresh your memory right after the interview. Just go over everything again and whatever they told you will stick better. Also, go over your notes again later if you get a second interview or if you end up taking this job. (so be sure to take good notes).
  • Organize your info. I interview several places and was contacted for so many more jobs than I actually interviewed with before accepting this job. I had to be organized. So after an interview, I would tear my notes out of my notepad and paper clip them to the job description, business cards, recruiter info, and anything else I had related to that position.
  • Send thank you emails. This seemed a little weird to me but I did it anyway. After each interview I sent an email to everyone who interviewed me and thanked them for their time. Be sure to state that you would be glad to work there and you think you would be a great fit. Be specific in why you would be a great fit by repeating some of the things they mentioned in the interview and emphasizing your strengths.
Basically, be prepared, but don't overthink it. Try to relax and be yourself. You are a wonderful and capable person. The perfect fit will come along.
Have you been on any interviews lately? Do you have any funny or interesting interview stories? What would you add to my list of tips?
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Monday, June 27, 2016

Kicking off a Summer Of Grilling with Giant Eagle (with 2 classic burger recipes)

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SummerOfGrilling #CollectiveBias

Well guys, as of last week, it is now officially summer. And it feels like it to, am I right? One of our favorite things to do in the summer is grill burgers. I'll be honest, I like grilling for dinner because Pearson likes to grill. And that means I can get out of making dinner.

But it also means I'm not heating up the apartment with a hot oven or stove. And it also means we can enjoy fresh, in season, veggies on our burgers. And burgers, or really anything grilled, just feels and tastes like summer, right? Firing up the grill and enjoying a delicious burger in our own home just screams summer and no school and no worries and warm weather and thunderstorms to me.
Luckily, Giant Eagle gets this. I mean they really do. They're celebrating a summer of grilling. They have everything you need as the go-to headquarters for grilling this summer. There's no reason to go anywhere else. Get your main dish, all sides, drinks, desserts, and even charcoal, kerosene, and propane.

Pearson decided that for our date night this week we would grill some delicious burgers. Since he was going to work late on Friday (he got home at 3:00 am...), we decided to shoot for Saturday. So after I got off work on Friday, I headed to Giant Eagle and was shocked at the variety of grilling supplies!
I got four delicious looking Gourmet Seasoned Beef Burgers, made with Certified Angus Beef. These were in the case at the back of the store in the meat section. I had to ask the person behind the counter for four patties and he weighted them and put a bar code on them. I've never done this before for burgers but (spoiler alert) they were delicious and I will be doing it again in the future (but maybe I'll try a different variety)!
I picked up some Hellmann’s Mayonnaise and Vlasic Pickles for our burgers from this convenient display in the meat department.
I added some Pepperidge Farm whole wheat buns to my basket. This display was just a few feet away from the condiments.
And all I had to do was walk a little further to find Tostitos chips and salsa. So of course, I had to get some to go with our delicious burgers.
I also got some Kraft cheese in the refrigerator section. As well as some lettuce, a tomato, and an onion from the produce. And some steak sauce and hamburger seasoning from other displays in the back of the store. For dessert I got Breyer's Thin Mint ice cream from the frozen section. And some delicious Lipton ready to drink tea to wash everything down. Oh and, of course some foam plates and paper napkins because ain't nobody got time to wash dishes, am I right?

I was ready for our date and I got it all in one place! Because Pearson worked so late on Friday night (aka Saturday morning), he slept in till about 11:00 and, thank goodness, he didn't have to go in to work! So we spent the whole day together which hasn't happened in a long time. We did some cleaning around the apartment and even ran some errands. Then we got ready to grill some burgers!

First, before grilling, I put some steak sauce and seasoning on both sides of the patties. This is something I do every time we grill burgers no matter what meat we get. It's delicious.

While Pearson, grilled the burgers, I sliced the tomato and onion and put all the condiments on a foam plate so they would be easy to access, wouldn't take up too much room on the table, and I wouldn't have to wash a dish.
Isn't he a cutie? Pearson added the cheese to the burger patties during the last few seconds on the grill so it would melt all nice.
To stack my burger, I first spread ketchup on the bun then put the patty, a tomato slice, two pickle slices and shredded iceberg lettuce. Yum!!!

For Pearson's burger, he skipped the sauces and just stacked a patty with a leaf of romaine lettuce, and some onion slices. It's almost funny how different we are when it comes to food. And I was still able to get everything each of us wanted at Giant Eagle!
Our dinner was delicious and we enjoyed a relaxing summer evening. Unfortunately, it was too hot to stay on the patio for very long but it was still a great night.

Our Classic Burger Recipe:

  • Pepperidge Farm whole wheat hamburger buns
  • Market District Gourmet Seasoned Beef Burgers, Certified Angus Beef
  • Steak Sauce
  • Hamburger Seasoning
  • Kraft Natural Cheese Slices, Colby Jack
  • Mayonnaise
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Shredded iceberg lettuce
  • Romaine lettuce heart
  • Tomato, sliced
  • Onion, sliced
  • Vlasic pickle stackers
  1. Cover both sides of each patty with the steak sauce and the seasoning
  2. Grill the patties to desired doneness
  3. Right before removing from the grill, add a single cheese slice to each patty
  4. Once the cheese is melted a bit, remove patties from grill
  5. Spread desired condiments on a bun
  6. Stack the patty and all desired toppings in the bun
    1. Mine: mayonnaise, ketchup, shredded iceberg lettuce, tomato slice, 2 pickles
    2. His: no sauces, a leaf of romaine lettuce, a couple onion slices
What's your favorite summer activity? Do you grill a lot like we do? What's your favorite thing to grill? Head to Giant Eagle, your summer grilling headquarters, to take advantage of their #SummerOfGrilling campaign for your next grilling adventure! 

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Friday, June 24, 2016

StitchFix Number 3 - Business Professional for my New Job

If you haven't already heard, I accepted a position at a different company and quit my job last week. This new job that I will be starting on July 5th has a dress code of business professional. I am used to a dress code of pajamas and sweats as I've been working from home for the past 4 years. So when I found out that I got that job and decided to accept the position, I scheduled a Stitch Fix (affiliate link).

If you haven't heard of Stitch Fix, it's a clothing subscription box. You pay a $20 styling fee and you get a personal stylist who looks at your Stitch Fix style profile as well as your Pinterest fashion boards to help when they pick out 5 items to send in your box.

When you get the box, you have 3 days to try everything on and decide what to keep and what to send back. If you keep anything, the $20 styling fee comes out of your purchase. If you don't keep anything, you lose that $20. If you keep all 5 items, you get a 25% discount.

I have ordered a Stitch Fix box a couple times before but I didn't continue it every month because the clothes were a little too expensive for me to be purchasing every month, and I didn't need them. Especially since I worked from home and wore pajamas most days.

But I decided to get one this week and to request mostly business professional attire. My stylist, Kristina, was amazing! She congratulated me on my new job and found me some adorable items! Now I just need your help deciding what I should keep and what I should send back by Monday. So here we go...

Item 1: Papermoon Bristol Dress, $68 (Update: Kept)

I love this dress! It is stretchy and oh so comfortable. Yet it still looks very dressy and classy. The neckline is perfectly flattering. I love the little opening in the back. The only thing I don't love is the price. But I'll probably keep it anyway. What do you think?

Item 2: Pixley Tamarindo Blazer, $68 (Update: Sent Back)

I thought this blazer was really cute! But, the sleeves are really tight. I was thinking about keeping it anyway but I really can't move in it. I'm a little bummed. Part of me wants to keep it and use it as motivation to tone my arms. But that's not very responsible. What do you think?

Item 3: Market & Spruce Fitzgerald Crochet Detail Top, $54 (Update: Sent Back)

I'm sorry but this top just didn't do anything for me. I love the color, but I have several clothing items this color. And it just wasn't anything special. What do you think?

Item 4: Brixon Ivy Jarred Lace Detail Cap-Sleeve Blouse, $68 (Update: Kept)

I think this top is really cute! But as far as wearing it to the office, I only have black professional bottoms. I have black pants and a couple black skirts. Would that be too much black? Maybe I could find a fun colorful or white skirt to wear with it. Is it worth it? What do you think?

Item 5: Papermoon Portee Tie Neck Blouse, $48 (Update: Sent Back)

Originally, I wasn't crazy about this top when I saw it sitting in the box. Or even when I pulled it out. But when I tried it on with a skirt and blazer, I kinda loved it! What do you think?

Okay so what should I keep and what should I send back? I really want your opinion? Even if you really like an item I've said I didn't like, defend it! I wanna hear why you like it. Thanks!

If you would like to schedule your own fix, sign up here (aff). I love how my personal stylist takes everything from my style profile into account as well as my specific requests for each box. It's pretty expensive but when you think about what you're paying for in a personal stylist and the convenience of having your clothes delivered to your house, it's really not so bad.

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