As soon as I walked through the grand wooden doors onto the red carpet with lights sparkling through the crystal chandeliers creating an energetic environment, I knew I was in for a sweet treat. I’m not only talking about the delicious flavors of sparkling water, coffee, tea, donuts, & muffins, but also the jam-packed agenda with secret tips from the amazing panelists:
Kimberley Newport-Mimran (Pink Tartan), Shiseido Team, Joanna Griffths (Knix), Dani Roche (Kastor & Pollux), Christine Faulaber (Faulhaber Communications), Lesley Hampton (Lesley Hampton The Label & Robust by Lesley Hampton), Emily Ramshaw (Bumble (Bizz)), Roger Gingerich (Fashion Group International – Toronto), Gillian Singerman (Creative Circle).
The panel was facilitated by the wonderful The Kit Team including Laura deCarufel (Editor-in-Chief), Katherine Lalancette (Beauty Director), Giorgina Bigioni (Publisher), and Caitlin Kenny (Digital Director).
Me, being my enthusiastic self, ran to get my seat in the second row (first row was reserved for panelists!). I was ready to learn, connect, and take in as much as I can so I can share it all with YOU.
“Sharing Knowledge” was one of the key messages delivered at the conference, so here I am sharing the lessons I learned with you:
How to achieve your dreams?
Never Giving up
Resilience is key
Understand WHAT you want to ACHIEVE
Learn as much as you can
Make a to-do list
How to achieve balance in life?
Try to make everything work, instead of aiming for a perfect balance. We are ambitious, we want to be leaders, we want to be successful, but at the same time, we want to be with our family, cook a great meal, attend children’s school events, and spend time with family and friends. That’s a lot packed into our lives, so aim to make everything work, don’t aim to achieve every single item on your list. Prioritize your tasks, and work out a balanced life!! A life that makes you happy!
How to get hired?
LinkedIn time-line must match your resume time-line
Well rounded personality
Appropriate social media accounts
Be unique and proud of yourself
YOU ARE A BRAND!!
What are some key tips for a good resume?
Highlight key points & strenghts
Simple fonts, appropriate spacing, no spelling, and accurate content
Show progression on resume
1 page for every 10 years (1-2 pages maximum)
Include concrete numbers, company names, and deliverables
Save the resume file with your NAME
How to shine in an interview?
Do your research
Know about the company
Know the tasks required for your position
Go above and beyond
Offer your unique skills
Believe in yourself
What are some key interview questions?
What do you think the role entails?
What does the Company mean to you?
What is your day-to-day responsibility?
What would you do differently in your current role?
What are your long-term goals?
Where does this new role take you?
How to prepare for an interview?
Practice answering questions with a family member or a friend
How to negotiate your salary?
Do your homework
Know the salary grid for the position
Explain the reason for your desired salary
Provide salary guides for the position
Practice negotiations with a friend
Add a clause in contract to review salary at the 6 month mark
How do you start building a business?
Build one piece at a time
Turn negatives into a positive
Every set-back is an opportunity
Learn from your mistakes
Learn from others mistakes
Work for something bigger than you
How do you fund a business?
Grants & subsidies
Create a budget
Reduce your overhead costs
How do you build your network?
Volunteer with the organization
Do an internship
Join Facebook groups
Attend events and network with others
Go for a quick coffee
Be kind: a little kindness goes a long way!!
The panelists answered every question before I even had the chance to ask them!! The Kit team pretty much READ our minds, was extremely PREPARED, and delivered BENEFICIAL messages.
After the panel, we had the OPPORTUNITY to connect with the panelists and The Kit team. It was a venue filled with passionate and energetic women trying to make their dreams a REALITY!! I’m so GRATEFUL for the opportunity to attend this conference, and to LEARN from & MEET so many INSPIRATIONAL women!!
If you have any questions, please leave me a comment or send me an e-mail!! I would love you hear from you!!
~ Happy Learning ~