How to Land Your Dream Job in Marketing

I quit my job at a startup company about a month ago. I was in utter shock about the future. Who was I going to be? What just happened? For anyone else reading this that has worked at a startup or small company, you know it can be a whirlwind of emotions. Going from dreaming about being bought out by a tech-giant like Google to the company shutting its doors for good was a roller-coaster. I couldn't believe that the results, friendship, and community that I built at my job could be swept under the rug in a matter of a few days. To say I felt lost was an understatement.

I wanted to write this to help anyone else who has felt similarly lost while searching for a job in marketing. It truly takes perseverance, research, and a few too many glasses of wine to find the right position. After tons of interviews over five months, I've learned a few noteworthy things:

1. You can learn SO much from the HR phone call- don't dismiss this one. If this is a job that you really, really want the best tip I can give you is to LISTEN. Make sure to jot down any "buzzwords" that HR is constantly giving you. From the current offer that I just received, my buzzword was "collaborate." Knowing this was my dream job, I made sure to jot down as many words, clues, and insights into the position as I could.

2. Only apply to jobs you would be proud to say you worked at. Otherwise you might find yourself advocating against the dissection of animals (yes, I may have interviewed for a non-profit like that). You might be able to tell that I applied to way too many jobs that weren't right for me. I either was not passionate about the position, or I was unqualified. I know it's easy to apply for any job, but having passion will make you shine at your interview.

3. Practice like you will be giving your inaugural speech as you're being sworn into office as the President of the United States. The first thing to tackle is the "about" speech. Chances are you will give the speech to every person you meet from the HR phone interview, all the way up the last round of interviews. It's key to nail this speech so you will be confident the rest of the interview. Other good things to memorize is the "Why do you want to work at blank?," "What are your strengths/weaknesses?," "Why you?," "What is your most significant accomplishment?" and so on. If you perfect the basic questions, the rest of the interview should go smoothly.

4. Research the company's site, social channels and who is interviewing you. The more you research, the more confident you'll be. I've also had a few interviewers ask how they could improve their marketing efforts or social channels so make sure to prepare something just in case!

5. Write down questions to ask before the in-person interview. Coming prepared to an interview with hand written and thought out questions and any research/recommendations will surely impress anyone!

6. Dress for success. My last blog post was about the importance of letting your personality show, no matter what you choose to wear.

I hope these tips helped anyone hoping to land their dream job in marketing. After searching for the perfect job for about five months, I finally found it. I know how hard, tiring, and frustrating it can be to keep the faith so remember that a lot of interviewing is about being yourself! You got this!

Dressed for Success

I like to call this phase of my life "the interviews." I did a quick google search about what to wear to interviews, and I found the results to be ridiculous. One article said, "Don't wear patterned shirts, heels, large jewelry, or perfume." I understand that wearing something conservative based on the industry can be better, but hopefully, people still let their personalities shine through.

I'm happy to announce that it's my favorite time of the year! There's something about fall that makes me "fall" in love with this season time and time again. I've seen these pleated skirts everywhere lately and I love the sophisticated look. I found this fall themed leather skirt from Zara!

Corduroy Jumper on Campus

I can't believe that this is my third fall not going back to school. Although it feels like it has been that long, it certainly makes me realize how fast time has gone. I've never been the type that thrives in a school setting, but sometimes the fall makes me miss going back. I think it's because fall reminds me of a new start, but that should be happening regardless soon enough.

This Sunday Dino and I walked around the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park. Since I've never been there, and Dino hadn't since before he started his MBA on the downtown campus, we decided to make our way over there. The campus was serene with its gardens, architecture, and overall prestigiousness, I was in awe.

I wore this corduroy jumper that I recently purchased at H&M. I remember having a similar jumper during my childhood, talk about throwback!

Top 5 Brunch Places in the West Loop

For those who say they don't love brunch, you're lying. Just kidding, but really, though, besides the fear of being called "basic" what's not to love?

Personally, brunch gives me a sunny disposition on the rest of the day with its unique breakfast cuisines and possibly a mimosa, or two. My boyfriend and I love trying different spots all over the city, but the West Loop, in particular, is slowly becoming one of our favorite spots in the city.

Here are a few of our favorite places:

1. The Publican- A cool, communal atmosphere with large tables. The food isn't your traditional brunch and focuses heavily on seafood and pork dishes.
2. The Allis- This is located below the Soho House. It's a creative, rustic, and grand venue offering light breakfast bites, plus coffee and tea.
3. Bar Siena- A casual, Italian restaurant that serves great shareable brunch plates.
4. Nosh and Booze- A pop-up restaurant that serves southern style breakfast (pictured below).
5. Little Goat Diner- The Bull's Eye French Toast is unbelievable. I would recommend going here for all breakfast classics and then some.

What to Wear: Football Season

Find the blue tunic here. Find the red tunic here.

Football season is officially here. Not to be the stereotypical girl, but I don't watch football... like ever. I have a lot of girlfriends that do but my favorite part of football season is everyone getting together on a Sunday with food and drinks.

Since I'm all about comfort, especially on Sunday's, I decided to wear my new Mint Julep tunics. These slouchy dolman tunics are the comfy staple that was missing from my wardrobe. I have been wearing mine all weekend depending one whichever one is clean, haha.

The regular price is $48, but they are now on sale for $24. Usually, these tunics were only on sale on Sunday's, but now they are officially available at this price any day of the week. Yay! I may or may not be wearing mine right now. :)

Hanging With Happy Socks

Apparently, Sunday's CAN get even cozier with the right pair of socks! I'm excited to collaborate with this funky Swedish brand called Happy Socks. I'm in love with the goody package filled with eccentric patterns.

I couldn't stop laughing during this shoot because the photographer (Dino, my boyfriend) had to crouch in the smallest corners of our studio apartment to find the right angle and lighting. I definitely owe him for his tenacity!

Fall Transition

I've always loved Fall. The chilly weather, pumpkin spice everything (yes, I'm that person), and the fashion. Every year I have the tendency to shop like I did when I would go back to school... new shoes, sweaters, and jeans. Fall tends to be my gateway into a shopping frenzy and it's a tough habit to break.

I often forget about the long dresses I've bought for summer that transition perfectly into my fall wardrobe. Throwing on a jean jacket and booties allow me to wear my long dresses far into the chilly weather! It's definitely a win-win for my bank account and it gives me the ability to wear my favorite dresses longer.