Applying for Jobs…a Necessary Evil

Looking for a job is no easy task. No matter how qualified you are, employers can pass right by you. Here are some tips from The Muse that I found extremely useful and have applied to my own job hunt!

“1. Make Yourself a “Smack-in-the-Forehead” Obvious Fit

When you apply for a job via an online application process, it’s very likely that your resume will first be screened by an applicant tracking system and then (assuming you make this first cut) move onto human eyeballs. The first human eyeballs that review your resume are often those of a lower level HR person or recruiter, who may or may not understand all of the nuances of that job for which you’re applying.

Thus, it behooves you to make it very simple for both the computer and the human to quickly connect their “Here’s what we’re looking for” to your “Here’s what you can walk through our doors and deliver.”

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Study the job description and any available information you have on the position. Are you mirroring the words and phrases in the job description? Are you showcasing your strengths in the areas that seem to be of paramount importance to this role? Line it up. Line it up.

2. Don’t Limit Yourself to Online Applications

You want that job search to last and last? Well, then continue to rely solely on submitting online applications. You want to accelerate this bad boy? Don’t stop once you apply online for that position. Start finding and then endearing yourself to people working at that company of interest. Schedule informational interviews with would-be peers. Approach an internal recruiter and ask a few questions. Get on the radar of the very people who might influence you getting an interview. (More on that here.)

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By lining up with people on the inside of the companies at which you want to work, you will instantly set yourself apart. Decision makers interview people who come recommended or by way of a personal referral before they start sorting through the blob of resumes that arrives by way of the ATS.

3. Remember That Your Resume (and LinkedIn Profile) Is Not a Tattoo

Yes, your new resume is lovely. Your LinkedIn profile, breathtaking. However, if they don’t position you as a direct match for a particular role that you’re gunning for, don’t be afraid to modify wording, switch around key terms, and swap bullet points in and out. Your resume is not a tattoo, nor is your LinkedIn profile. Treat them as living, breathing documents throughout your job search (and career).

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If you’re a covert job seeker, remember to turn off your activity broadcasts (within privacy and settings) when you make edits to your LinkedIn profile. If your current boss or colleagues are connected to you on LinkedIn, they may get suspicious about all the frequent changes.”

This article was written Jenny Foss and can be found here. I am in no way claiming ownership for this work.

Binge Worthy: The Great British Bake Off

If you have not been consumed by the release of this show on Netflix, then I need you to cancel your weekend plans, get a box of donuts (trust me, you’re going to need it) and binge away. Both on the donuts and the show.

The Great British Bake Off (GBBO), originally airing on BBC, is better than you thought any baking show could ever be. The judges, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, well known in the baking community for their baking and cookbook writing, are harsh on contestants but also put a great deal of effort into the challenges they craft for them. They offer constructive criticism along the way that helps the bakers grow throughout the season.

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Judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry. Isn’t just the cutest? 

The hosts of GBBO are comedic duo  Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins. They bring a lighthearted attitude to the show that reminds viewers and contestant alike not to take anything too seriously.

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Hosts Mel Giedrovc and Sue Perkins

The contestants on the show are regular people who fancy themselves hot shot bakers. They are mothers, fathers, university students, firefighters, teachers, and there’s even a NASA space engineer in the mix. They are given 10 weeks to prove themselves in the tent (they bake in a big tent in a field, its not random…) and go home with the title of Star Baker.

Even the creations that Paul and Mary deem unworthy of their critically acclaimed praises look downright delicious to me. I salivate on the couch and then rummage through the cupboards looking for anything to satisfy my sweet-tooth. Each challenge tests the bakers skills and they eliminate someone, or maybe even two people, each week.

It may sound like just another lame cooking show, but trust me!

 

 

 

Top Local Summer Beers, Listen Up Atlanta.

I love beer. Not in the my boyfriend loves beer so I tag along and let him tell me what to order kind of way, because just no. I love beer in the oh my god give me that funky sour sweet goodness that electrifies me kind of way. Bartending at a craft beer bar certainly gives me the opportunity to try a multitude of different brews. About 20-25 of our 60 rotating taps are local, so I always get to see what the Atlanta area and southeast region as a whole is pumping out. So before I start this list, all you people losing your shit over Tropicalia, just know it is not on this list. Its good, but I’m not going to kill my firstborn over it like you all act. Also I’m not a huge fan of IPAs. I can appreciate them, but I stray from super hoppy. This list is meant to help you find that refreshingly yummy beer on a hot summer day. Now, here we actually go:

5. Arches Unseasonal Lager-Hapeville, GA

An all around delicious lager with a more multidimensional flavor. It is malty and amber in color but drinks light and crisp. Perfect in-between beer for those who want something flavorful but light.

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The perfect beach beer! Tell dad to graduate from the Miller Lite

4. Orpheus Atalanta– Atlanta, GA

A tart plum saison? Say no more. This beer has brought my palate a much needed refresher many a times. It is fruity, funky, and a bit spicy from the yeast used. Its the perfect beer to enjoy any meal with.

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mmmmmm.

3. Red Hare Ain’t That a Peach– Marietta, GA

Wheaty, sweet, and mildly tart, this berliner weisse from Red Hare Brewing Company is a pleasant surprise. To be honest, I find a lot of their beer pretty “blah” or “just okay” but I will definitely be drinking this beer on a nice warm summery day.

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2. Three Taverns Rapturous– Decatur, GA

This tart raspberry beer is a lacto-fermented sour ale that is made with raspberry puree and a wheat and pilsner malt base. It satisfies your sour cravings in just one sip and has a fruit-forward flavor profile that sweetens as you enjoy. Definitely delicious.

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Ain’t that just beautiful?!

1. Creature Comforts Athena Paradiso– Athens, GA

So its clear Creature Comforts has made quite the name for themselves with their signature IPA, Tropicalia, but to me, the real show stopper is their Athena Paradiso series. My favorite in particular is the brew with tart cherry, raspberry, and cranberry. They also have a passionfruit guava version of this beer that is just scrumptious. Sour berliner weisse with a sweet, fruity and flavorful profile! Those are the things I look for in my go to summer beer. But, unfortunately it is hard to get your hands on this beer not only in cans, but to find on draft as well. You must be diligent and arrive in sync with the delivery truck or you’ll miss your chance! Follow your favorite craft beer stores on social media and keep up with their supply.

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Come to mama, beautiful.

Why It’s Unfair to Tax Feminine Hygiene Products- Sign this petition! Do it!

please sign and share this petition to show your support!

Every woman knows the struggle of being forced to spend her hard earned money on feminine hygiene products, but we must do so because staying locked away to bleed for the duration of our periods is not an option (much like being born female).

Although there is not a specific tax solely for feminine hygiene products, the sales tax that exists on them classifies these products as non-essential items. Yeah, totally don’t even need the things, I’ll just bleed on all over my house, your house, the office, the grocery store…you get the picture. The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals states that a female will menstruate 450 times throughout her lifetime, yet these are still non-essential items? Georgia even considers candy a grocery item that is exempt from sales tax. I love candy as much as the next person, but I need tampons. More importantly, these taxes only make these essential items less affordable for girl and women of low income. Even worse, feminine hygiene products (or any hygiene product) cannot be purchased with food stamps. These barriers only contribute to the endless cycle of young girls and women being held back by their periods.

According to BBC, “Minnesota, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania do not tax sanitary products.” NPR adds that the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that feminine hygiene products met the state’s definition of “medical appliances” and were exempt from the tax. A review of the case can be found here.

In order to remove the stigma against menstruation and the inaccessibility of feminine hygiene products for many females, I am asking you all to bring this issue to the attention of our government. This may seem like a small and meaningless battle to some, but for many women struggling to make ends meet, the cost of these necessary items is a huge burden. This is one way our government can show they are committed to making changes that support gender equality and reproductive health.

Let’s bring this to the attention of Georgia lawmakers and ask them to reconsider the taxes placed on these very essential items. If you are tired of spending more money than necessary on your period or are an ally supporting our fight, please sign and share this petition to show your support! Thank you!

 

Reiny’s Top Podcasts

Listen up, y’all! If you don’t listen to podcasts, well, ya need to. There is so much amazing content out in the inter-webs that tether us all together. Here are my current favorites:

S-Town by Brian Reed:
-John B McLemore reaches out to a reporter to look into corruption in Alabama, but it turns into so much more! So many times I had tears in my eyes or goosebumps on my skin. This is a beautiful window into the lives of seemingly trashy (for lack of a better word) folks in Alabama. Their complexities are exposed and stories emerge that are startling, silly, sad, and powerful.

Missing Richard Simmons:
-Where is he?! Did you know no one has see Richard Simmons, yes the Richard Simmons, in public for almost three years? This podcast does a little digging into his life and shares beautiful stories about the Richard Simmons we thought we knew, but in reality he is so much more. Give it your best guess but you won’t see it coming.

My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark:
-Maybe you’re not into murder, but I am! What I mean by “into murder” is really fascinated by true crime stories. These two awesome ladies delve into the facts and discuss may murders you’ve never even heard about. They also discuss the well known cases we love (is that just me?) and share some hilarious antidotes.

 

 

Explore Atlanta!

Get out and about in Atlanta this summer! I’m sharing the events I deem most worthy of my attendance over the next few months. Give them a look and see you there!

Inman Park Festival
-April 29th & 30th
–The festival offers something for everybody. Music, kids activities, a Tour of Homes, a marvelous street parade, an artists’ market, some of the city’s best people-watching. Come early, stay late, and be our guests at Atlanta’s best street festival.

Uncorked Atlanta Wine Festival
-April 29th
–Enjoy unlimited wine and craft beer tastings, music performances, and fun wine-themed activations. Um yeah, I’ll be there!

Laughing Skull Comedy Festival
-May 1st-8th
–Most comedy festivals try to get as many big names as possible and focus on celebrity appeal to sell tickets, while we focus on pure talent by only bringing in the best unsigned comedians from all over the country (with the occasional celebrity surprise).

Grant Park BBQ
May 12th & 13th
–The Grant Park Conservancy is please to bring back, PICK’N IN GRANT PARK BBQ and Music Festival for a second year.

 

 

20 Reasons to Major in Journalism

According to the Huffing Post, I’m on the right track (ha! take that Mom and Dad). Who cares what people say? Pursue your dreams and follow that itch. And if that itch doesn’t go away, maybe consult a doctor. But seriously, follow your passion and sniff out that story. Here’s the top 10 reasons from this article to major in journalism!

1. Curiosity didn’t kill the cat
2. Say goodbye to the cubicle
3. You heard it First!
4. Feed your narcissism
5. Build a network
6. You speak good
7. Learn new things
8. Tell stories for a living
9. Take a walk on the wild side
10. Become a people person