Employees Can’t Be Fired for Facebook Complaints, Judge Says – Forbes

Need help? Ask your network!

I just listened to a podcast about how to ask for help.  If you’re like me, it sometimes makes me feel weird to ask friends for help.  Especially when I need it.

The podcast below provides the following tips on how to ask your professional network for help when you’re job-hunting.

1.  Email is ok* (*not mass/spam email!) – not ideal, but ‘okay’.
2.  Reconnect first
3.  Give them an idea of what you want.
4.  Follow up!  Follow up!  Follow up!


PODCAST:  How to ask your network for help.
(Michael Auzenne and Mark Horstman)

Careerwear: pre-Fall ’11 (slideshow)

If you’ve been following our blog since birth (April), you probably understand that our main audience is the “profession-elle” if you will (read:  girls who work Full-time jobs for a living).  Hence, a lot of the “fashion” on our sight serves the girl in the workforce.

We have nothing against trendy, teenage styles, however, there are too many blogs on the web that cater to the “trendy”.  Classic-styled girls can be “bloggers”, too!

Secondly, the corporate woman might be as stylish as the trend-setting teen, but her style needs to be a bit more restrained and professionally-appropriate.

One way of expressing individuality in a professional environment is with color.  Greys, Navies and Beiges aren’t the only colors welcome in Corporate America.  However, these neutrals are necessary “anchors” for brighter pops of color (which, left on their own would be too loud and distracting).

Corporate-Cathy you are not!  Differentiate yourself.

This fall, we see a lot of color-blocking.  Reds and oranges grounded by black, stone, and gray is a popular palette (below).

Michael Kors

A solid deep fuschia dress (a la Zac Posen) conveys power and femininity in a polished way (below):

Or, what about a bright orange sheath to take you from bright summer months to autumn (below)?

Don’t like sleeveless?  How about a shift dress in pumpkin (below)?

PRE-FALL/TRANSITIONAL PIECES
COLORS: ORANGE, RED
ANCHOR COLORS: STONE, GRAY, BLACK
ESSENCE: AUTHENTIC, SOPHISTICATED, INTELLIGENT, CHARISMATIC, CONFIDENT, CHIC, PROFESSIONAL, SELF-ASSURED, FEMININE, SUCCESSFUL, GO-GETTER, RELEVANT…ETC…



Cliff’s Notes:

Linked In? (podcast)

Are you “linked in” with your professional network?

Listen to this podcast by Mignon Fogarty, Inc.’s “Money Girl” for basic tips on how to best utilize LinkedIn (free) as a professional resource.

Related posts:

“Nice girl = Bad Networker”

"Seven Lessons To Learn From A Market Downturn"

Our response to Forbes’ article, “Seven Lessons To Learn From A Market Downturn“, is that the average investor would be silly to discount the training and resources professional money managers have had as “irrelevant”
while simultaneously being overconfident about their own investment strategies (especially if their primary source is the latest tip in a money magazine or a “hunch”).  We agree and applaud “Investopedia” for reminding us to “diversify”, consider asset allocation, do our own research and get a second, third, or fifth opinion from reliable sources of information.  More education is always better than less.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Below is a response to this article.

Great article.

Lesson #1: Don’t depend on the stock market to “make” money.

I suppose because we (society/pop-culture) tend to associate the wealthy with their financially-savvy ways (and, top hats), we also often think that the wealthy got there by betting money in the market. Afterall, stocks, bonds and other market-traded investment instruments are used by wealthy people instead of regular ol’ bank accounts. Right?

What’s misleading is that the wealthy don’t need a 100% return nor do they expect it. Athough all investors hope to make huge returns in the market, “wealthy investors” (those with > millions in investable assets) are primarily concerned with:

a) having their overall portfolio perform better than the market;
b) PRESERVING the wealth they worked hard to achieve (for future generations); and
c) the appropriate investment vehicles for their tax-bracket
d) …other reasons…

That said, please note there’s a difference between buying ten shares of a company you know little about because your brother’s friend’s dad’s sister’s mailman had a hunch.

The information-age has led us to believe that the availability of information will help us make huge returns in the stock market. Being intelligent in another field, and supplementing your intelligence by picking up a “dummies” book on options strategies is not a worthwhile investment strategy.

There are multiple factors each money manager/registered representative considers when developing investment strategies. Not to mention it’s their job to watch the market night and day (sometimes even while they sleep).

Unless you – the non-investment professional – can dedicate as much time in researching the markets as trained and educated analysts whose jobs are to research companies, industries, the economy, regulations, tax laws, et cetera…, (not to mention having access to people on the trading desk floors, technology, and many staff members who have immediate access to all necessary information immediately), please don’t make the mistake in assuming you’re as qualified as an experienced investment professional in selecting investments that optimize the upside while limiting the downside. 

Yes, you may get lucky and outperform Warren Buffet on one particular day, but cash-in while you’re ahead. Using the stock market to “make money” is a short-term strategy that relies mostly on luck and the market’s “mood” that day.

**Don’t feel pressured to know about the “coolest” and “sexiest” investment strategies.  Keep in mind that Wall Street is only a movie and Michael Douglas probably hires someone to manage his money for him.  Buying into the idea that you can attain wealth because you’re a better human-being than Joe-Schmoe-Stockbroker is akin to believing you can attain wealth by donning a Top Hat and a monocle.**


Older posts:
What to wear when you’re ‘bullish’ 



Lunch meeting? Watch those portions. (video)

SIX WAYS TO STAY THE HEALTHY COURSE WHILE EATING AT RESTAURANTS:

1. Eat every 3-4 hours
2. Learn your portion sizes
3. Skip the bread
4. Hold the butter
5. Know what to eat first
6. Choose restaurants wisely

courtesy of Advanced Athletics, Inc.

3 gestures that foster friendship

(Note:  If you are not interested in being likeable, please stop reading)

Forget about eye-contact and firm handshakes, here are three ways to make a lasting impression…

related articles:
10 ways to make more time for yourself” by chronicbabe.com
“Nice girl = Bad Networker” (Thanks to Connected Life)

Are you "web savvy"?

to our gen-x readers:  you follow blogs…you have a facebook page…heck, you even text instead of make phone calls…so, do you consider yourself “web-savvy”?

With the increasing popularity of generating buzz about oneself on the web, many web users and marketing-zealous individuals have posted all sorts of personal information, thoughts and other information that they wouldn’t necessarily want the universe to see.

I get goosebumps thinking about how mortifying it was to be the last to hear that I had sent an accidental social-media invitation to my bosses and their bosses’ bosses by being “trigger-happy” with the ‘send’ button…This is one of many many accidents that can occur when registering on sites.  And, while it has taken me a while to learn that everything written online is not only “written in ink”, but “etched in stone and stored forever”, I’m now more careful (perhaps not prudent enough) with what I post and what information I send on the web.

While we don’t have time to do extensive online researches of our names, companies and brands, one quick way to manage your reputation online is by signing up to get notifications when your name(s) – and any permutations thereof – are published online.

Google offers this service for free, and it takes less than 5 minutes to set up alerts if you already have a Google account.  


Here’s how:

  1. visit https://www.google.com/dashboard/
  2. Scroll down to the “Me on the Web” section
  3. Select “Set up search alerts for your data.”
  4. Select relevant boxes
  5. Add variations of your name(s) (i.e. “prettypinkponies”; “myprettypinkponies”; “pink ponies blog”; etc…



xo,


meg@myprettypinkponies.com

Closet Essentials – Part II. Checklist (images)

 Checklist/tools: 
(retail and corporations refer to this as “business casual”) shirt, casual bottoms, flats, bag
“Business Casual”:
What a ‘worker’ wears in an office setting and other professional environments – vs. workers at a construction site – when formality isn’t required etc..
1.  basic white button up + closed toe pumps 2.  the sheath dress 3.  khakis + dark closed-to pumps 4. blouse + pencil skirt 5. separates  6. basic white shirt + solid black A-Line skirt
Your boss might appreciate your new Bottega Veneta bag, however, he/she cares more about how well you do your job and whether or not you can identify and respect office culture.  While some might have the luxury of expressing their unique individuality (including taking their pets to the office) at their workplace, many people start at an entry-level position in a large, secure company for health benefits, a steady stream of income, mobility and other smart reasons.  I can’t speak for all offices around the world, however, there’s a universal guideline to what is considered an “appropriate” and professional wardrobe.  Again, it would be prudent to start with basics and observe your particular company and office culture and deviate from the basics once you’ve learned what is ‘acceptable’ at your particular office.  Once you’ve got the basics down and earned a stripe or two, then perhaps you can add some “flair”.  When you’re at the top, you can wear and make people wear whatever you want.

Here are some common sense considerations that A LOT of professionals are too smart/busy/ lazy to think about:
  • fit, proportion, fabric, color(s)
  • clean?
  • stains?
  • wrinkled?
  • distracting?
  • comfortable?
  • appropriate undergarments?
represent your maturity, respect and professionalism at the office.  dressing like like you know your industry will set the tone for yourself as well as those around you.  carpe diem!
(to be continued…)
“Closet Essentials” Series:  Intro > Part. I checklist > Part II. / checklist > Part III. / checklist

women & teamwork…

“…All of the women entrepreneurs I’ve studied
embrace teamwork and absolutely depend on it to run their
organizations. But more importantly, they know that in order to ignite
the creative spark that gets teams to produce value, they must build a
culture and value system that treats the individual with respect.

This means not blindly applying rules to all in an equal, unbending
and algorithmic fashion. It means focusing on removing barriers to
effective communication. It means recognizing people have lives outside
of work and allowing them the flexibility to manage both worlds – often
one in the context of the other. It means expecting each person to
produce results above and beyond what he or she thinks is possible. It
means creating an organization that respects and celebrates differences
in people and leveraging those differences to achieve a superior product
or service. It means hiring primarily for “cultural fit” rather than
skills, which can be trained. And it means being the humble, emotionally intelligent leader who is not afraid to get her or his hands dirty in the trenches….”

A recent Forbes.com article presents the ways in which men and women view teamwork vs. individual stardom.  The article also highlights the differences between the value added by one stellar individual vs. an effective, albeit, mediocre team…

Digital LA Event (tweets)



It’s important to understand how technology (“digitization”) – rapidly – shapes our immediate future, the way we obtain information as well as the way we — as users/consumers — are considered in how content is created, distributed and accessed.

It’s important to understand how technology (“digitization”) – rapidly – shapes our immediate future, the way we obtain information as well as the way we — as users/consumers — are considered in how content is created, distributed and accessed.

We listen to leaders in publishing and creative arts discuss how technology affects their specific roles and industries at a Digital LA event (Thanks, Kevin Winston!). 

Visit our tweets to follow and watch the event:  @prpinkponies (#digitallacomics)
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Toughing it out..(image)

Headline:

@meltdowncomics @prpinkponies @digitalLA



Headline: Blogging researcher faces puppies, children, child-like adults, comic books, artists, toys, creative and interesting people in the coolest industries in L.A. … Surprisingly, she survived the ‘ordeal’ (but, only barely).

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3 hobbies to develop your skillset


Embrace the robocalypse!
While you may not associate the activities below with traditional business-folk-type of activities (read:  Jack Welch doesn’t “do” web design), there are important correlations between the skills in employees employers find valuable and these not-so-typical hobbies…



1.Web Design: What competitive company doesn’t have or want an amazing website?  Online sites are the medium of communication of the future  yesterday. 
2.Blogging and Journaling: Aside from the obvious health benefits of writing in a journal (stress reducer), writing and blogging only helps improve your writing and thinking.  If you recognize the importance  of being an effective communicator and having “voice flexibility” (business format, web format, stage format, et cetera…), you would certainly find writing exercises one way to help with this…how do I know?  From my own improvement:  I already write better now than I did at 4:45am today.
3.Reading:  Specifically, our blog… (Do I need to justify this?)


essie@myprettypinkponies.com





Fw: Google Alert – prettypinkponies

Two days ago, we posted a tip on how to manage your reputation online using free tools from Google.

Below is the actual email notice we received today as soon as our comment on Forbes.com was published.

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Closet Essentials – "business casual" (images)

 Checklist/tools: 
(retail and corporations refer to this as “business casual”) shirt, casual bottoms, flats, bag
“Business Casual”:
What a ‘worker’ wears in an office setting and other professional environments – vs. workers at a construction site – when formality isn’t required etc..
1.  basic white button up + closed toe pumps 2.  the sheath dress 3.  khakis + dark closed-to pumps 4. blouse + pencil skirt 5. separates  6. basic white shirt + solid black A-Line skirt
Your boss might appreciate your new Bottega Veneta bag, however, he/she cares more about how well you do your job and whether or not you can identify and respect office culture.  While some might have the luxury of expressing their unique individuality (including taking their pets to the office) at their workplace, many people start at an entry-level position in a large, secure company for health benefits, a steady stream of income, mobility and other smart reasons.  I can’t speak for all offices around the world, however, there’s a universal guideline to what is considered an “appropriate” and professional wardrobe.  Again, it would be prudent to start with basics and observe your particular company and office culture and deviate from the basics once you’ve learned what is ‘acceptable’ at your particular office.  Once you’ve got the basics down and earned a stripe or two, then perhaps you can add some “flair”.  When you’re at the top, you can wear and make people wear whatever you want.  Here are some common sense considerations that A LOT of professionals are too smart/busy/ lazy to think about:
  • fit, proportion, fabric, color(s)
  • clean?
  • stains?
  • wrinkled?
  • distracting?
  • comfortable?
  • appropriate undergarments?
represent your maturity, respect and professionalism at the office.  dressing like like you know your industry will set the tone for yourself as well as those around you.  carpe diem!
(to be continued…)
“Closet Essentials” Series:  Intro > Part. I checklist > Part II. / checklist > Part III. / checklist

Tuesday Outfit (img)

Perfect suit separates to wear late summer/early fall

Tuesday

Tuesday by prettypinkponies featuring suede heels