Youth In The Office – Called out comment (Forbes.com) repost

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The article:


“I’m 24. I live in New York City. I hate my job. Of course, I’m not supposed to say that. I’m supposed to feel accomplished to be young and employed and have benefits in this economic environment.


My life is a series of boxes on an assembly line. Today is just another box on my calendar. Every day I shuffle between a city apartment and an office cube, typing into rectangles, sending papers, signing papers, filing papers. What I do is not important. That’s the problem….”



Our response:

 Dear youth in the office: I, too, belong in this group. And, I, too, have felt your frustration. I’ve held various occupations since I was 16, and I’ve pushed paper in Dilbert’s office. I struggle between not feeling on track to achieve my full potential and a reality check. If I may make a suggestion that would provide you with a fresh set of eyes, it would be this: …
Sit in a “real” diner. One that Jonathan Gold would never been interested in visiting. Perhaps one in a struggling small town. Take a seat, look into the kitchen and observe the hourly workers prepare your meal.
Breathing in fumes and lard day after day in hairnets covered in grease…Then observe them when they clean up at the end of the day. Rinsing the kitchen mats, rinsing other people’s food off dishes, mopping the floor (I used to whine about this). Then reflect on your perspective again. Passion about one’s work often comes from being proud of the job you’ve done no matter what type of work you do. Pride in one’s work brings the “joy” you described. Enjoyment in one’s work comes with the sense of ownership you get when you give even the smallest paper-pushing task your absolute best effort while biting your tongue. It comes from feeling like you’ve grown and have crossed a rite of passage. All those people at the top whom I admire and strive to emulate have had to “do the dishes” at some point in their lives. It’s a prerequisite and a rite of passage for anyone on the path to achievement. Best of luck to you. Onward!


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On this post: Youth In The Office: Confessions Of A Fed-Up Employee



Young and Underemployed: Called-Out Comment (Forbes.com) repost…

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On this post: Young And Underemployed: The Lasting Effects Of The Lost Generation

 Undergraduate education is not technical school. Some of us attend school because we value a well-rounded education, not to secure employment after graduation. Educational background (undergraduate) are less relevant than internships, volunteer experience and on-campus activities. There’s a distinction between going to a trade school and attending a university.

Link to article 

Charlize Theron CNN interview…(vid)

Charlene Theron encourages embracing the complexity of individuals (specifically women) in the roles she chooses, recounts memories of being dismissed as being ‘too pretty’ to be taken seriously as an actor and how she has come to grips with the reality of her industry – business comes first.

YEAH!!!!!!!! What SHE said!!! (Youtube video)

OMG! This is the best thing.

I’ve never met Riley, but I remember having the same fit at the toy store when I was her age…*whining that  it’s not fair!!!

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Handmade Greeting: 2011 Christmas Card (ta! da!)

I finished sending the first batch of holiday cards to friends and family last week. I’ll be sending the second batch tomorrow. This is an exciting time for me. I love wrapping gifts, making cards and most importantly, the holiday and new year cards I purchased at discounted prices throughout the year redeem their value and reward me for my early holiday preparation.

It may seem silly to buy holiday cards in March and April despite their discount, and many naysayers who see me shop probably think to themselves that I’ll only lose the cards before Christmas. But I know better. I feel great about not spending a dime on holiday cards especially because some of the finer paper cost a fortune!


That said, I have to admit I did spend under ten bucks on blank envelopes and blank cards to design a Christmas card for my etsy.com shop. 


Since most cards during the holidays (appropriately) look frosty and frigid, I decided to use warm tones this holiday. 
Are you sending Christmas cards this year?
If holiday cards aren’t in the budget this year, one great option is to spend time designing and personalizing e-Cards. PaperlessPost.com has tons of stylish options for free!

Have a warm and safe holiday season, everyone!
Pretty Pink Ponies
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Professional Baggage: A Pretty Pink Ponies Presentation (video)

My holiday wishlist this year : tools to increase productivity while organizing business files. Have you seen Clooney in Up In the Air?. *Hint: beautiful like Grace Kelly, but more utilitarian than a Navy Seal.


As you probably know, professional presentation is a priority for Pretty Pink Ponies. 
Professional presentation may seem like a bunch of fluff to some, but how you organize yourself and your business documents and tech tools reflects your ambition, success and how seriously you view yourself as a professional.
Obviously, a young woman who is well-groomed, well-mannered and polished non-verbally communicates that she’s on the ball and manages her life in an effective way. How you store your documents, gadgets and files reflects your ability to handle chaos and prioritize efficiently.
It’s not about being “pretty”, it’s more a matter of having an understanding that you’re a seasoned pro and not a naive rookie.
It has been studied and discussed ad nauseam that we are judged by how we are perceived. You might as well do what you can to ensure your image consistently reiterates your professionalism and effectiveness.
Hope you’re having a great weekend!
Meg
(featuring: Travelteq Trash leather bags, Travelteq iPad case, Travelteq notebooks, Kate Spade, Tory Burch laptop bag, Deisel briefcase, etc…)

About: Sepia Smiles, etsy.com friend – (images) Re-Post

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One of the best things about blogging is meeting people with similar interests.  Roseanna, owner of Sepia Smiles, is one of those people whose interests and styles we find inspiring.  We’re lucky to have met her through our blogging adventures.

Roseanna’s aesthetic is simple, clean, restrained femininity.  Her pastel color schemes and collection of vintage household items is an elegant interpretation of Anthropologie’s “country chic”.

The Sepia Smiles “look” is apparent in Roseanna’s interior designs, home decor, hand-made stationery and even her website layout


As you know, we, too, love making stationery, lots of white-space in our design layout, vintage items, and many other things Sepia Smiles finds ‘pretty’…

We look forward to offering Sepia Smiles products on the Pretty Pink Ponies site soon.
Nice job, Roseanna!!!
(**all photos courtesy of Sepia Smiles)

Prof. Growth: Handling tricky work situations (# LadderChatter transcript)

LadderChatter (#ladderchatter) is a weekly Twitter chat with Jodi Glickman about how to succeed in your job and ways to improve your job performance and / or position yourself to move up to more responsibility.







This week, we (@PrettyPinkPro) participated in the chat about handling tricky work situations by painfully looking at our mistakes and the valuable lessons we learned from them. The chat was moderated by career experts, @EmilyBennington & @greatonthejob.

Transcript from the Dec. 13, 2011 #LadderChatter below:

http://www.scribd.com/embeds/75758233/content?start_page=1&view_mode=list&access_key=key-x4o3uipyfhcyx6gicfi

#LadderChatter on Twitter _ All Tweets _ 2011-12-14 _ Tweet Reports

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Holiday Gifts (for your tech gadgets)…

When you spend as much time on your laptop and iPhone as I do, they become extensions of yourself, then, sadly, your closest “friends”.

Consequently, I feel compelled to give gifts to my gadget “friends” this holiday…(Well, ok…perhaps these are actually gifts to myself).

In any case, here are some super adorable tech gadget accessories I discovered online.

What’s your laptop wearing today?

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Memory on a Mummy:

Flashdrives!

Or, an extraterrestrial…

I think he’s saying, “I glow in the dark!”

laptop sleeve

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Pink Leather Laptop Sleeve
Laptop Sleeve (currently wearing in Bronze leather)

Or, the All-American Marc Jacobs…

Send pics to Twitter [hashtag:  #3Pmystyle] for a chance to win a tech prize!

Dear Diary… (Journal Entry from Sat., November 12, 2011)

Apparently, on Saturday, November 12th 2011, it ocurred to me that:

Goods and Services arent’ enough…because people want authentic connections.

I wonder if my dream about Shaquille O’Neal had anything to do with above thought (see journal entry to understand reference to Shaq).

Click here for link to photo of notebook page.

@prettypinkpro: "Hire Friday Twitter Chat" (aka #HFChat)…recap by @EmploymentGuide

The quoted dialogue below was gathered by Brandon Lawson (aka @EmploymentGuide) during an online chat on Twitter last week. These weekly discussions are referred to as “HFChats” – for Hire Friday chats. The discussions between job seekers, and HR professionals provide insight to how hiring decisions are made.
We’re glad Brandon found our response worth mentioning on his site. Thanks, Brandon!
05. December 2011 | Show Originial
This past Friday, we took part in another Hire Friday Chat forum on Twitter. If you were not a part of the fun, I’ll bring you up to speed. Our Hire Friday Chat topic was about The Art of Asking Interview Questions, and was hosted by John Kador (@jkador) and Adam Eisenstein (@McGrawHillJobs). This was a very educational forum, explaining why it is important for jobseekers to ask questions during the interview. Here is a recap of the chat’s questions and some of the best answers: 
Q1. Why is it important to ask questions? 
A1: @JanisSpirit: Asking questions shows engagement, involvement and wanting the job. ASK! 
Q2. What kinds of questions are appropriate to ask?
A2: @DavidALee: Ask questions you can’t find answers elsewhere. If its on the website and you ask…Fail!
Q3. Should you save your questions until the end of the interview?
A3: @BrendenMWright: An interview is a conversation, a dialogue. It’s not a cross-examination. Engage!  
Q4. What are the best questions you’ve heard?
A4: @prettypinkpro: What is the leadership like in the organization? What is the leadership like in this particular division? 
A4: 
@comerecommended: That I’ve heard: “How would you define ‘success’ at this position?”
Q5. Should you ask the interviewer for a critique?
A5: @MikePetras: Ask in softer way: What is the next step in the process? Sometimes they’ll tip their hand. 
Q6. Why should you ask for the job?
A6: @ResumeDrEliz: Sure. If you truly want the position, close with a powerful, enthusiastic statement that says just that. 

Employment Guide.com article here

(Thanks for the mention, @EmploymentGuide!)

Regards,

@prettypinkpro

Multitasking: How to develop your core muscle group while reading (video)

Our buddy, Adam, explains what our “core” does, why it matters, then demonstrates my favorite exercise to do while Tweeting (and re-tweeting)!