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Three important ways to get your resume noticed

Guest Blog Written By: Holly of It’s Personal Branding

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Mammas, I get it.

We’re often head of the household (either formally or informally) and we have TONNES on the go at any given time. Not only do we have to take care of ourselves, but we are responsible for EVERYTHING to do with our littles.

It feels like there’s just no time.

But, part of being so responsible means looking out for our own opportunities to grow professionally – for intellectual stimulation, added challenges and to provide even better for our families.

So, when was the last time you updated your resume?

In case it’s been a while for you, I’ve put together some ways you can revamp your resume to get noticed, in between all of the caring and coping and craziness of motherhood.

Ready?

# 1: Make sure your professional summary actually summarizes your key qualifications for the position.

I often see resumes with vague and generic professional summaries. Things like:

Key Qualifications:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Detail oriented with the ability work under pressure
  • Report writing

 This summary does a poor job of differentiating the applicant from the others. And worse yet, it usually appears at the top of the resume so that it’s the first thing the reader sees.

Now consider this professional summary:

Key Qualifications:

  • Greeted customers and managed the return and exchange process for a busy retail store.
  • Wrote summary reports on board meetings including capturing the findings and developing insights.

You have only a few seconds to grab the reader’s attention, so instead of listing generic skills, describe your qualifications that the hiring manager is actually looking for.

The aim of your resume is to stand out from the other applicants and communicate your unique value.

But how do you communicate your uniqueness?

# 2: Use quantitative accomplishment statements in your resume.

Quantitative statements incorporate numerical values to convey your accomplishments in a way tangible way. It helps the reader get a clearer understanding of what you did AND what you can contribute to the new organization.

Consider the following two statements. The first one is a duty-focused statement and the second one is a quantitative statement.

  1. Organized several external conferences.
  1. Planned and coordinated three conferences for over 400 guests including staff, stakeholders and global management.

Which one sounds more impressive to you?

By adding numbers like “three conferences” and “400 guests” it helps bring the accomplishment to life so that the reader can feel the benefit.

Which brings us to the last step.

# 3: State the benefit of your accomplishments

Businesses usually have at least one of three main reasons for wanting to hire:

  1. To make money
  2. To save money
  3. To solve a problem

So, if you can tie back your accomplishments to how they created a benefit for the company (or client or patient), then you end up showing a direct link to how your work provides benefit – without relying on the reader to make assumptions about the results.

Here are some examples of tying in the benefit with your qualitative achievement:

  • Assisted with planning and execution of seven national and international trade shows
    in a one-month period, adding 150 prospective clients to the list.
  • Greeted and consulted with up to 100 customers per shift, sharing product knowledge
    and assisting in purchase decisions.
  • Followed up with trade show prospects to provide product details and arrange on-site product trials, leading to 50+ purchase orders.

Bonus points for making the benefit quantitative too.

These are three important ways you can distinguish yourself from other applicants. Focus on writing statements that are unique to you, that no other applicant could write and have them be true.

Holly Hagan is a professional resume writer and LinkedIn profile writer for her business It’s Personal Branding. She is passionate about helping people shine to receive opportunities they deserve.

For more info on It’s Personal Branding be sure to check them out online,
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COCOLILY = #CommunityOverCompetition

If you are fortunate in life, you will encounter some pretty special people. People that will empower you, inspire you, and genuinely care about you. This is exactly how I feel about my friend Renee Dimitrovski, owner and founder of the COCOLILY brand. Renee is an amazing woman, mother, daughter and friend who has helped many women over the span of her career which is why I want to share her story and share with you the wonderful things she’s doing with the COCOLILY Social coming up later this month.

This is Renee and this is her COCOLILY story…

THE BACKGROUND

The idea all started by Renee Dimitrovski, a single mom, entrepreneur, a daughter and a friend who is passionate about what she does, inspired by those in her life and committed to helping others. She also knows that in order to succeed, you need a tribe of amazing people who have your back.

She started producing events such as The Original Wedding Soiree and The Original Petite Soiree eight years ago.  She then launched COCOLILY Magazine which molded into a lifestyle brand for celebration and inspiration.

Renee believes in being authentic, community over competition and she also believes in The COCOLILY Social : a creative event for the female entrepreneur – and she is hoping that you will too.The COCOLILY Social is very near and dear to her heart as she is trying to bring together a community of women who will be there for each other and support one another while providing a unique experience and inspirational event.

Renee is striving to start a movement that allows for women to know that they are not alone on their journey and putting it out there that when women support each other, incredible things happen.  Society has done enough damage where we are accustomed to be catty, competitive and mean.  She is trying to change that and bring together women who also believe in the COCOLILY manifesto. Be kind, be real, speak words of wisdom, support each other and help someone – not because there is something in it for you, but because it feels amazing for the soul.

With your support and contributions, this event will be possible and it will start a new community of wonderful things to come.  An eternally grateful heart for the believers and dreamers who help make this dream come alive.  It will let others know that when you have hope in your heart, anything is possible.

THE BREAKDOWN

The funds being contributed and received will assist towards the total bill for food & beverage at the venue in addition to event rental space.  The fees at the venue:

  1. venue rental…$8,750
  2. meals for 150 guests (breakfast, lunch and dinner and breaks) $25,410
  3. audio visual/electrical $3,500

That is just the venue alone and does not include insurance costs, decor, rentals, and printing.  The $15,500 will help to cover some of the cost for the meals – asking for over $25K is shooting for the stars. 

Coming to realize this, Renee knows she can’t do this alone. COCOLILY has been built by one person, Renee, and she does not have a team of mavens.  She is the accountant, bookkeeper, marketing manager, sales manager and logistics coordinator – and she simply doesn’t have the manpower or marketing funds to go full throttle unfortunately.

This event is not for profit and the goal is to come together as a community, build your tribe, celebrate, dream, relax, collaborate, learn from each other and share experiences.

A lot of us chase those dreams alone but Renee is trying to change that. Have your dream, take it with you to The COCOLILY Social, share it with your new tribe and know that you have a lot of support. Whether it’s asking a simple question, needing advice or letting go of those fears of failure.

You have a dream…now what? You have an idea…now what?  You’re scared and feel alone and lost…you don’t have to feel that way.  A lot of us have been there and Renee knows how it feels to turn on the computer, try to be the best mother/wife/daughter/friend, juggle everything, be surrounded by your family and friends but still feel alone. An idea pops into your head but there’s no support system like you have when working at a company.  She gets it – and that’s why she is giving this her all to make this event work and bring together all of those who felt what she felt.

THE IMPACT

With The COCOLILY Social you get to be yourself and come as you are rather than pretending to be something you are not just so others perceive you in the light you think they should.

You get to actually talk to other like-minded female entrepreneurs who ‘get you’ while having a coffee.

You get to be inspired with the workshops run by the top business-savvy women.

You get to be motivated and talk in depth about what YOU choose to attend as each session is ‘choose your own’ so you can pick which workshops and sessions you would like to take part in, that will actually help you rather than being forced to attend workshops on an agenda that don’t interest you at all. And the Tea Talks are there for the purpose of being honest and open about a topic with 6-8 other women; sharing experiences, advice and learning from each other.

That’s a true intimate and interactive experience for actually getting to meet your kindred spirit, making those connections for future collaborations and knowing that when you turn on the computer on Monday morning – you’ll have your tribe who will support you.
Renee wants women to walk away from this event saying “I can’t wait for the next one” and smile.

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THE CHALLENGES

Building an unparalleled event like this from scratch requires a passionate heart, creative thinking, courage and, an even greater amount of financial support.

By lending your support and your leap of faith in supporting the event and  vision to come to life, you will be a part of an incredible new chapter and movement for women entrepreneurs everywhere!

Renee has produced numerous events and some events back to back along with other challenges such as road closures one year for a St. Patrick’s Day Parade, time changes, etc. But she always overcomes those challenges and does what she promises to do and what is within her control.  While she cannot control if people attend events but she can control how she produces them – gracefully and honestly with passion.  With The COCOLILY Social she is still going full speed ahead with the marketing plan, partnerships and a PR campaign but she knows that won’t be enough.

THANK YOU FROM RENEE

I graciously ask that if you cannot contribute financially, then please help spread the word about the campaign by using the Indiegogo share tools to notify your friends and make some fierce noise.

Please share it with your social media portals and friends who you think might love to contribute or even attend.

By building this event, I am trying to build on the vision and message that we’re all in this together and you’re not alone – BEHIND EVERY SUCCESSFUL WOMAN IS A TRIBE WHO HAS HER BACK – that’s The COCOLILY Social. And most importantly, be your authentic self – as that will attract the right people into your life.

If I have your full support, then I will be eternally grateful.  I know in my heart that the right people will step forward and support the event.  I’m doing my best to make it absolutely wonderful – but I am only one person and I can’t do this without my tribe and community of fabulous supporters with a kind heart.

Thank you for taking the time read about Renee and her story. It’s with people like you that we can make these great events possible. Come join me and an incredible tribe of women on Saturday, May 28th at Sheraton on the Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario. It’s going to be an amazing day and one that you surely don’t want to miss out on.

Get your tickets NOW before it too late as Monday May 23rd is the last day to register for The COCOLILY Social. To purchase your tickets CLICK HERE and get a “The Classic” full day ticket with meals for ONLY $94.50 (Reg Price $189.00) when you use promo code: chic16.

For more information on The COCOLILY Social be sure to visit them online,
“LIKE” them on Facebook and “FOLLOW” them on InstagramTwitter Pinterest.

Calling all female entrepreneurs…

Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy, trust me I know first hand as woman and as a Mamma with 3 businesses under my belt. There’s so much to think about, deal with, juggle and the pressure…well let’s just say it can be overwhelming at times. The number one question I get asked is how do you do it? What’s the secret? Well, plain and simple it all has to do with support. Support from your family, your friends and all those around you including the other amazing entrepreneurs in your life. These are the people that will motivate you, empower you and inspire you which is exactly why Chic Mamma is PROUD to be an event partner of the COCOLILY Social.

The COCOLILY Social is the most anticipated and desired social soiree for artist, visionaries, tastemakers, planners, dreamers, trendsetters, and passionate women-owned businesses. It’s a one-day creative event for female entrepreneurs filled with fabulous workshops, intimate tea talks, motivational sparkle sessions, delicious food, conversations, coffee & cocktails!

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This is the perfect opportunity to get out there with like-minded entrepreneurial women, share ideas, get ideas, meet new people through networking, learn, brand, unite and of course have a great time while doing it.

So come and join us because you deserve it, your brand deserves it and right now we have an incredible offer where you can save $100 OFF Classic full day tickets making them ONLY $89 when you use promo code chic16. This is one event you just can’t afford to miss!

Date: Saturday, May 28th 2016
Time: 8:00am to 8:00pm
Location: Sheraton on the Falls
5875 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON
Tickets: The Classic ~ General Ticket Registration SALE $89 with promo code: chic16 (reg $189)
The Lady Boss ~ One Ticket Registration + Marketing Package + Vendor Space $295
The Executives ~ Two Ticket Registrations + Marketing Package + Vendor Space $450
The Group ~ Come together as a group of 8 and pay just $175 (SAVE $112)
CLICK ABOVE TO PURCHASE THE TICKET PACKAGE OF YOUR CHOICE

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For more information on The COCOLILY Social be sure to visit them online,
“LIKE” them on Facebook and “FOLLOW” them on InstagramTwitter Pinterest.

Tasty Tuesdays with The Mutts Kitchen is COMING SOON!

1185994_633623310042746_1984374682_nAs you know we here at ChicMamma.ca LOVE to blog about everything and anything…which we do with the help of our guest bloggers. With that said, we are very excited and pleased to announce that starting next Tuesday we will be launching “Tasty Tuesday’s with The Mutts Kitchen”. Each week the ladies of The Mutts Kitchen will bring us yummy, tasty, healthy and easy recipes that we can share with our families.

Let me introduce you to the ladies of The Mutts Kitchen

muttsladies(Denise, Ashley & Melissa)

 

Denise ~ As a full time working mom with 2 boys, my motto is healthy and quick. If I’m not at work or running around with the kids, I’m in the kitchen creating new recipes. My mom always told me if you didn’t make it yourself, don’t serve it and that always stuck!

Ashley ~ Being a mother to three boys, wife to a hungry man and the only female in the house doesn’t always work in my favour. If I’m not two steps ahead at all times, the kitchen fridge and cupboards will be hijacked! I enjoy to cook Portuguese meals, but love to experiment with different flavours and techniques.

Melissa ~ I am a wife and a mother to a very energetic almost 2 year old. I love to cook but, being recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes I have over hauled how I cook. I enjoy taking favourite meals and changing them up to make them low carb and diabetic friendly.

So there you have it…3 Chic Mammas doing their thing in the kitchen and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us :)

For more info The Mutts Kitchen be sure to check out and “LIKE” their facebook page and don’t forget to check back here every Tuesday to see what their cooking up!

 

Kardashian Kids is HERE!

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Over the weekend Babies R Us launched the new Kardashian Kids collection. Yup, that’s right Kardashian sisters Kourtney, Kim and Khloe have been busy creating some oh so CHIC items for little girls (newborns to 24 month) and are they ever cute! The Kardashian Kids designs are fit for any little princess featuring their signature animal print, butterflies, stars, tulle and of course some ruffles. The pieces range in price from $15 to $30 and can be found exclusively at Babies R Us stores and nation wide online at babiesrus.com. Now before those of you in Canada get all down because you can’t find the collection on the Canadian site don’t worry because you can still buy off babiesrus.com as they do ship to Canada 😉

Here are a few looks you can purchase now…

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Have you met DENISE?

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Have you met Denise? Well then, you don’t know what you are missing! I, of course, am talking about one of my all time fave places to shop…Denise Boutiques. For years I’ve been telling everyone about Denise and once they walk into one of their locations they understand why I’m head over heels for this boutique. So now I figured, well who better to tell than you, my oh so chic Chic Mamma readers. We’re always out looking for great places to shop that not only have amazing pieces but great prices and this my Chic Mamma friends is DENISE!

Denise isn’t your typical women’s clothing store where you walk in and they have racks of the same item and 10 of each size. Denise features curated collections that are ever-changing and sourced from fashion designers all over the globe. It’s the kind of place I go to for everything including that little special something, you know, that one piece that makes a statement? Well Denise is the place I always find it at. They have everything from dresses for that fancier event, staple items and even trend pieces by names like Paige, Fidelity, Hale Bob, Velvet, Language, and Sky.

One of my favorite things about Denise is that when you buy something from them you leave knowing that you won’t be seeing 10 other women walk down the street wearing the same thing. They get weekly shipments and limited sizes which means there is always something new and your purchase choices are unique to you. They also have incredible stylists on hand who are there to help you pick the perfect pieces for you!

Here are some of my fave looks!

Let’s start with some holiday looks as the parties have started and there’s no time to window shop so I’ll help you out a bit 😉

You can’t go wrong with classic black and for example you see that awesome dress on the far right, well, it’s only $89!

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How about a must have piece that you can wear multiple ways, Canadian made (right here in Mississauga, Ontario), available in a variety of colours and only $89! Check out this awesome wrap!

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And of course one of my fave pieces right now is their fur vest which can be worn over a blazer for a day at the office or pair it up with a pair of their Paige jeans and killer boots for a night out with your fellow Chic Mammas!

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So do yourself a fave and go check out one of their 3 locations (Sherway Gardens, Bramalea City Centre and The Shops at Don Mills) today because you won’t be disappointed! You can thank me for it later 😉

Oh and while you’re there be sure to tell them that you are a Chic Mamma (when checking out at the register) because for the entire month of December they will give all Chic Mammas $15.00 off any item of their choice! Pssst don’t waste this deal on a gift for someone else, pick something up for yourself 😉

For more information on Denise Boutiques be sure to sign up for their newsletter at http://www.deniseboutiques.com and “LIKE” their facebook page!

Happy Shopping :)

Wanna make some extra $$$?

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It’s time to share my little secret with all of you…it’s the iLash.me secret! This is for all you ladies who are looking to make some easy extra money on the side. It doesn’t matter if you already have a full time job, if you’re a stay at home mom, or a student in school!

I discovered iLash.me this past summer, through a comment made in the Yummy Mummies group and I thought to myself; I should go check them out and pick up some mascara to tryI Well, I did and I have never looked back! Since then I’ve met so many women who did the same and now swear by iLash.me! Never in a million years did I think that I would find a mascara that would make me want to toss my Dior aside (and something would have to be pretty amazing for me to say bye bye to Dior mascara! haha!) but I did and I couldn’t be happier! I finally found something that thickened and lengthened my lashes without clumping or smudging and most of  all, NO FLAKING!  I hated that after an hour of applying my Dior, I would have black flakes under my eyes and I would look like a raccoon for the rest of the day. So from that I started to purchase other iLash.me products and just like the mascara I instantly fell in love. That’s when I found out about their Lashionista program and knew that I need to get involved…and this is where the money comes in :)

Before I get into the whole Lashionista stuff let me give you some background on iLash.meiLash.me is the Future of eyelash enhancements. It’s an innovated cosmetic brand that is poised to revolutionize the eyelash industry and their products and services are exclusive and unique to iLash.me. They are hypo-allergenic, safe for sensitive eyes and most products are Paraben free, which is fantastic! They are made with no perfumes or oils and are great for all skin types! Best of all these products were created right here in Vaughan by entrepreneur Grace Stillo (founder and CEO of iLash.me).

Now by all means, I am not trying to push anything on anyone, I’m just sharing something that I discovered and that has been working for me. iLash.me offers this fantastic program for women who want to start up their own business and they make it super easy, affordable and convenient. This is all part of Grace’s vision; a company with products you can stand behind while empowering women to start up their own business. You can create your own flexible, work from home business that takes no time to get started. But what exactly is a Lashionista, you ask? A Lashionista is a representative of the iLash.me line that sells these unique and exclusive products and services via home parties, online or really whatever medium works for you. As a certified Lashionista you determine your own work schedule (a few hours a week or go full force and grow your business to a full time endeavor). It will allow you to bring in extra money in a fun and easy way (of course the more time you put in the more money you’ll see). Now you’re probably thinking well how much do I have to spend to get started? The best part is that you spend as little or as much as you want and what works for you. You choose whatever products you want to buy to get started, there are no minimum orders so that means if you want to just buy a few items and have them as samples and take orders you can do that or you can buy the entire line and have inventory on hand to give to you customers right away. You do what makes sense for you (which may mean not breaking the bank to get started) and there are no sales quotas to meet so you go at your own pace! For me, hearing this was a no brainer.  Why wouldn’t I give it a shot? No minimum orders, no sales quotas, and a good line of products that sell themselves…ummmm where do I sign? Oh and another great thing is that unlike many other companies out there, this doesn’t work like a pyramid and isn’t a multilevel marketing type of business, which was refreshing to hear!

So, there you have it, my little secret that I’ve shared with you! If it interests you and you think it’s something you want to look into then by all means let me know (click here) and if not that’s fine too.

Everyday Grace – Weekly Vendor Showcase

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It’s Friday and I’m coming to you with another fantastic Weekly Vendor Showcase from our YummyMummyTO.com Vendor Directory…this week it’s Everyday Grace!

This stay at home mom (owner and founder of Everyday Grace, Lindsay) had a goal and it was to create a business she could nurture right along with her growing family. That vision turned into Everyday Grace, and the rest as they say, is history. Founded in 2005, Everyday Grace (formerly Grace Announcements) created inspired and customized stationery products for life’s big moments, including birth announcements, event invitations, mommy “call me” cards, custom wall art, and thank-you cards. With her background in graphic design, Lindsay’s creations are one of a kind and beautiful, and tailored perfectly to what her customers envision. Proudly Canadian, Everyday Grace also supports the local supplier community.

Everyday Grace is a refreshing, and affordable, alternative to the cookie cutter designs most big box retailers offer. With the motto “If you think it we can create it”, Lindsay and her team are committed to designing the best products possible, and delivering customer service that exceeds expectations.

If you have a big life moment coming up, contact Everyday Grace so they can help you share it with the world. Of course if it’s the middle of the night and you’re up with your newborn, you can always browse the online catalogue for inspiration.

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