Lindsay Abeles McFarlane had a knack for networking, making connections, and helping others fulfill their professional dreams long before launching her company, Working Girl Inc. So it seemed only natural for the bright go-getter to turn her innate talent into a business, all without quitting her job as public relations coordinator for Neiman Marcus. Abeles McFarlane handles her clients after hours and on the weekends—a routine that works, she says, due to her immense passion for her work.
Working Girl Inc. starts with an in-person, one-on-one consultation that is followed up by emails, calls, texts with next steps, resume and cover letter help, and connections to companies. The best part? The service cost is completely accessible: $200 for the entire process.
“I am always available for additional in-person meetings to follow up, work on something new, or even do a mock interview the night before a big interview,” said Abeles McFarlane. “This is what makes Working Girl Inc. so unique—the personal service and the mentorship feelings.” For more information, visit workinggirlinc.com.
When confronted with tough situations, both professionally and personally, it is usually wise to resist the desire to react impulsively. In her new book, Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, Amy Cuddy gives advice on how to step back and take a breath. The Harvard professor explains how to react from a place of strength and poise and remain self-assured in high-pressure moments. Available on amazon.com.
Everyone can agree that there is no substitute for a face-to-face interaction. Designed to make networking and other social events more efficient, Proxfinity is a new technology that makes it easy to find and connect with other people with similar interests and backgrounds. Co-founded by Lisa Carrel and Christine Hutchison, the Chicago-based company has created a wearable product called the Bullseye Badge that is armed with algorithms developed by the company to help like-minded attendees find each other. Learn more at proxfinity.com.
BOOMERANG: This Google app allows you to set emails to send at a later date and sends emails back to you that have not been replied to. Simple, but effective—oh, and only $14.99/month.
TRELLO: If organizing all of your work projects and home to-do lists has devolved into a mashup of random sticky notes, spreadsheets and emails, it might be time to try Trello. An app that allows you to create a board for each project, Trello expertly organizes everything in one place-contacts, notes and all.
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