Blog Posts by The Daily Muse

  • How I Created the Job of My Dreams

    Creating the Job of Your DreamsImagine the ideal version of your current role-the same job, but tailored specifically to fit your interests and strengths. You'd keep the responsibilities you love, cut out the duties you dread, and add on a few projects that you've been dying to get your hands on. Sound too good to be true? I admit, creating this ideal job sounds like a pretty lofty goal. In fact, I'd probably scoff at the idea-if I hadn't just done it successfully myself! I started out at my company managing internal, employee-facing communications, but recently expanded my role to include collaborating with the company's PR team. While I enjoyed my initial position, I wanted the opportunity to work with media outlets and constituents outside of the company (which is common in a PR-focused role). Rather than looking for new job, I decided to present the idea of a new position to my boss, and I ended up creating my perfect gig. So, if your current role isn't everything you want it to be, remember that you don't

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  • From One Paragraph to One Page: How to Beef Up Your Resume

    Beef Up Your ResumeDid you catch the recent Office episode when Pam was applying for a new job? After spending pretty much her whole career at Dunder Mifflin, her resume was a blank page with a few lines on it-text so brief that it "could fit on a Post-it note." Sure, it was funny (and yes, she still got the job!)-but for some of us, it hit a little too close to home. You often hear the advice, "keep your resume to one page," but what if you type out your education and work experience, and you still see a half page of white space left? Don't worry. Whether you're right out of school or you've been at the same company for years like Pam, here are a few strategic ways to fill up that page.


    Do: Consider All of Your Professional Experience

    Did you leave off your babysitting gig or that pizza place you worked at while you were in college because you thought it sounded "young?" Well, it's time to reassess-some of those jobs can be surprisingly useful. Begin the resume-lengthening process by typing out all Read More »from From One Paragraph to One Page: How to Beef Up Your Resume
  • Love Downton Abbey? Read These Books

    Dowton Abbey BooksTonight is the Season 3 finale of Downton Abbey. Now, if you're anything like me (obsessed), you've already watched every episode on Amazon (I blame Tom the socialist chauffeur), and you're already sad that you have to wait another year before Season 4. Ho hum. That's what I get for having no patience. I take solace in my books though, and recently checked out a Victorian England murder mystery just to recapture a bit of that world. Really, though, I'm enthralled with stories from any era-Georgian to WWII-that dig into the upstairs vs. downstairs culture and the manners and mores. They don't have to be English either-hey, Americans had their Gilded Age. I've put together a list of a few of my favorite Downton-reminiscent novels. Hopefully they'll get us through until Carson next rings the dressing gong. (Seriously, do the Crawleys not know when to get dressed without it?)

    The Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Mysteries, by Anne Perry

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  • How to Break into Screenwriting

    Break Into ScreenwritingYou love movies. You're passionate about storytelling. You saw Magic Mike not for Channing Tatum but for its interesting take on that age-old tale of man pursuing his dreams against ever-mounting odds. If this sounds like you, then you may want to consider becoming a screenwriter (if you haven't already). As a matter of fact, you might already have a couple of great scripts rolling around in your head, just waiting to be put to paper. But how do you get started? The professional world of screenwriting can be pretty tough, and there's no tried-and-true path to success. But the good news is that there are many, many ways to break into the film world. Here are just a few to get you started.

    Take Some Classes

    Screenplays-at least Hollywood screenplays-have a particular format and structure that people in the industry expect to see, and it's important that you're aware of these expectations. The best way to learn is to take a screenwriting course, which you can often find at local Read More »from How to Break into Screenwriting
  • 5 Work-Meets-Social Media Horror Stories

    Social Media Horror Stories

    It's Thursday, you're beating the mid-afternoon slump with some Facebook time, and you see a new friend request-from your boss.

    Yikes.

    Unfortunately, though, declining connection invitations from your colleagues, clients, or boss isn't really an option anymore. We're all sophisticated enough social media users to know that if we check back on a page we sent a friend request to, and we're still not able to fully stalk it-we've been rejected. Ignore your co-worker or boss' request, and you can only hide until next Monday's staff meeting before having to endure an awkward encounter.

    But, including your officemates in your online world doesn't mean you have to share every detail of your personal life with them. In fact, please don't. Learn from these real-life social media horror stories-and keep them from happening to you.

    1. Trash-Talking on Twitter

    A friend of mine was flying on an airline that also happened to be one of her clients. Her flight was cancelled, leaving

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  • 5 Ways to Find Your Passion

    Find Your PassionFind Your PassionYou want to get up in the morning and feel fired up about what you do. But what if you don't know what, exactly, that is? Finding your passion isn't always an easy road-at least for me, and many people I know, it wasn't. You're working in a hectic day job that takes up a lot of your time and energy, and while you know it's not what you love, you can't even manage cooking your own dinner most nights, let alone discovering your passions. Our lives are constantly operating at a frenetic pace, and so it's easy to get caught up in all of the noise and distractions. But if you're itching to discover your passion, then it's time to clear your schedule and commit to making it your number one priority. And here are five ways to start doing that today.

    1. Slow Down

    This may sound counterintuitive, but you need to slow down and get off the treadmill in order to find your passion. There may be clues all around you that are telling you what you should be doing, but when you're too busy, it's Read More »from 5 Ways to Find Your Passion
  • Tears and Fears: Dealing with a Crying Colleague

    Unless you're on the set of Days of Our Lives, crying is generally something we all try to avoid at work. But, try as we might, it happens, and when it does, it's pretty awkward-not only for the crier, but for everyone nearby. As a manager, I was faced with the uncomfortable responsibility of calming a crying employee on several occasions, and while never would be too soon for me to want to do it again, I did pick up some valuable insight on handling an upset employee or colleague.


    The Golden Rule

    Now, as uncomfortable as you might be, the first and most important consideration when you're staring into the welling eyes of a colleague is empathy. I know, sounds obvious. But the first time one of my employees started to cry in front of me-and the entire team-my first reaction was nearly laughter. I was so surprised, not to mention completely unprepared to handle the situation, that all I could think to do was burst out laughing. Of course, this would've been the absolute worst thing Read More »from Tears and Fears: Dealing with a Crying Colleague
  • Standing Out from the Crowd: How to Nail a Group Interview

    Group InterviewFeeling prepared, you walk into the office for your interview. You introduce yourself and are promptly led to the conference room-only to find five other candidates waiting.

    Group interviews can take you by surprise, but more and more, companies are using them to effectively find job candidates and expedite the interview process. And with the rising importance of office dynamics, group interviews aren't going away. Here's a quick primer: Group interviews can include both multiple interviewers and multiple candidates. As a group, you may be asked to answer typical interview questions, but you may also be put to the test. Expect to find a problem solving or work-simulation exercise, along with discussion around the problem solving process. The purpose of this style of interview is to see how you interact with others, demonstrate your skills in a crowd, and solve problems on the spot.

    Your goal in this setting is to stand out (in a good way), so that you can move past this first round

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  • How to Knock Your Interview Out of the Park

    Knock Your Interview Out of the ParkGive your interviewer a firm handshake. Make eye contact. Answer each question succinctly. Have questions to ask the interviewer at the end. If you've had a job, then you've had an interview, and you likely know those interview essentials. But if you want to move from being a viable candidate to the hiring manager's top choice, you'll need to go well beyond the basics. While the way you dress and present yourself is important, it will be the substance of your responses and interactions that leave the interviewer picturing you in the role-and, more importantly, being unable to imagine that anyone else could be a better fit. Convey these four messages in your next interview, and you're sure to hit a home run.

    1. You Were Indispensable in Your Previous Jobs

    Hiring managers want to hire people who have a history of getting things done. The logic goes that if you were successful in other jobs, then you're likely to be successful in this one. Truly, nothing says "hire me" better than a Read More »from How to Knock Your Interview Out of the Park
  • 7 Jobs that Will Take You to Paradise

    Jobs in ParadiseIn the dark winter months, sitting at your fluorescent-lit desk can feel like you're trapped in an especially cold circle of hell-and make you seriously consider escaping Cubicle Nation for a career of adventure, travel, and sandy beaches. The good news? You don't have to become a surf bum to get an all-access pass to paradise. Whether you dream of luxuriating under the Caribbean sun, rambling through Italian wine country, or discovering the beauty of an arctic glacier, check out these career paths that'll take you to the most exotic places in the world.

    For the Foodie: Chef

    Food is a universal language. And that means the skills of a top chef-whipping up scrumptious meals, delectable dishes, and succulent snacks-can be taken on the road. Whether you work as the personal chef to a vacationing family, job hop in restaurants across South America, or train with the masters in the heart of Paris, this hands-on job can take you to deliciously far-away places. A 2- or 4-year culinary artsRead More »from 7 Jobs that Will Take You to Paradise

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