I've been looking for a job for three months and finally found a promising listing at a small company. I have my application together and am eager to submit it, but I am wondering if you think there is an ideal time of day to send it in so it will get noticed and read immediately. I am sure there are hundreds of other applicants and I want to get it right.
As we grow older, it's hard not to giggle over the passing of time and the realization that most of us are just taller, grown-up versions of that little girl in tapered jeans who felt shy presenting in front of her class. Sure, our fashion sense, skin, self-confidence, and business savvy have improved over the years, but the major rules and coping tools for daily life are still very much the same.
I recently leafed through the Girls' Life Ultimate Guide to Surviving Middle School and flat out LOL'ed over the fact that the advice for today's preteens mirrors the career advice I share with friends. Maybe it's true what they say: the more things change, the more they stay the same. To see how, keep reading.
Education and intellectual growth shouldn't stop when the final bell rings and you walk across the stage to accept your diploma. Continuing brain development, mastering your chosen field, and sharpening your reading comprehension should be lifelong projects. Not only will it keep your brain active and sharp, but you'll have a leg up on the competition. You should learn something new every day, after all. Here are some ways to sneak smart activities into your tight schedule.
Sometimes, important lessons slip away as the years pass. You might not trust a younger version of you with a credit card, but there are some money matters that your school-aged self could teach you now. If that person could divulge her important lessons, she would remind you of these six things.
It's a sad but common tune: debt threatens to divide or break up an otherwise strong couple that hadn't set up any financial ground rules. Love and money don't always go hand in hand, which means it's crucial to consider the long term repercussions of sharing your life and bank account with another person. There's no magical credit card or anti-debt potion, but here are some tips for keeping the communication lines open, piggy bank full, and both of you crazy in love.
Spinning your wheels at the office might earn you a paycheck, but it's unlikely to put you in line for a raise or give you much satisfaction. Fulfilling your responsibilities is good; trying harder can make you great. Step up your work game by putting in more effort in subtle ways that may just get you noticed.
Every job is different, but most bosses seek the same set of basic characteristics in their employees. You can wipe out some of the stress your manager causes by learning and anticipating her quirks, understanding her expectations, and talking to her about shared goals and needs. Get a head start by making sure you are radiating these attributes in the workplace.
A case of the Mondays is unavoidable. We can't hit rewind and relive the relaxation of our weekends — but we can eliminate some of the stress with a few tricks to put into practice over the weekend and first thing Monday morning. Just take a look at how you can make the most of your Monday back at the office and kick off your week on the right foot.
Showing appreciation for co-workers should be as easy as saying, "Thanks, buddy!" But somehow, those two words can sneak through the cracks or come off as disingenuous if they are uttered too often. Office politics, nonstop schedules and confusing etiquette can make thanking your co-workers and boss nerve-racking. Use this simple guide to give gracias to your office mates and when in doubt, just say thanks.
It's hard to believe it's almost June — the mid-way point of 2012. June provides the perfect platform to look ahead and plan what you can realistically accomplish in the second half of the year. But, before we get there, this is the week to get your loose items in order. Make sure to do these five things over the next few days.
I'm a bridesmaid in a dear friend's wedding this Summer and I'm honored and thrilled that she asked me to stand up for her on her special day. She's in full planning mode and has finally decided on the bridesmaid dresses, which is out of this world expensive. I know anything that revolves around the word "wedding" jacks up the price, but $400 seems a bit excessive. I am not in a place where I can afford to spend that much on a dress, not to mention all the other things I'll have to pay for (shower gifts, wedding gifts, shoes, etc.). What should I do?
Dear Savvy Bride,
My cousin recently had a "destination wedding". During the planning it was made very clear that it was going to be a small wedding and that no one but immediate family was invited. I recently learned that nearly 40 people attended the wedding, (including some co-workers). My feelings are hurt since he is more like a brother than a cousin.
During the months building up to the wedding, the bride would not even talk with us about the wedding details. When my sister asked her about the wedding dress, she rudely responded, "Ugh! I don't even want to talk about it!" So, 1. we're not invited to the wedding, and 2. we can't even ask about the wedding!?!?! Come on!
Next month, they are having a reception. I'm not sure what to do for a gift. My cousin is very close to me and I'd like to do something nice for him, however my feelings for the bride leave something to be desired. My sister tells me that since we were not invited to the wedding, we do not have to give a gift. Is this true?
Can anyone offer suggestions for a gift idea? I don't feel like giving something off her greedy gift registry.
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Dear Savvy Bride,
My fiance and I are currently collecting our RSVP cards to our wedding. We're having just 100 people and already a handful of guests have replied plus one when they weren't invited with a date. My fiance is much more laid back than me and doesn't understand why I'm beyond irked and disappointed in our friends. Not only do I find it incredibly rude, it also puts a huge financial burden on my parents, who are paying for our wedding. We made the decision to have a small wedding from the get-go so how do we handle these unexpected, uninvited guests who think they will be attending our wedding?
Disappointed in People Penny
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My fiance and I are planning our wedding on a shoestring budget. He thinks we should have the wedding on a Sunday to save on our dream venue’s Friday and Saturday night price supercharges (it’s a $4,000 difference, if you can believe it!). The problem is, both our families will be coming in from out of town and I worry that we will be saving money but putting a burden on our guests. I suspect many friends will end up coming in to town Friday or Saturday (and will therefore have to get a hotel room for additional days) and then will have to take Monday off of work. Should we save a little longer and spring for the Saturday spot, or do you think guests won’t mind as much as I worry they will?
Looking out Laurie
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While American carriers are busy finding ways to keep their current planes in flight, Dubai-based Emirates Airlines has launched a 14-hour flight from Dubai to New York on their brand new Airbus A380. The plane uses 20 percent less fuel than other planes built to hold almost 500 passengers.
Most of the 489 seats are in coach (average tickets cost $1,477), 76 seats are business-class ($9,571), and the 14 first-class private suites ($14,635) are luxurious in every sense of the word. First-class passengers get some privacy thanks to electronic doors, can freshen up before landing by taking a five minute in-flight shower, stay refreshed with a personal mini-bar, entertain themselves with a 23-inch high-definition TV screen, and eat whenever they please with on-demand service. Get a closer look at the expensive amenities in the gallery below!