There are plenty of reasons reading more is important for professionals, from improving brain functions to keeping up on trends and developments in your industry, giving you something to talk about and think about outside work and family, to just feeling like you are using your brain. But when was the last time you sat down with a novel or any other book you didn’t have to read for work? In fact, 31% of Americans report that they have read just 1-5 books in the last year.Read More
When you think of executive presence, what comes to mind? Is it looking rested and like you just came back from a vacation? Having just the right outfit for every event? Having a booming voice that enables the speaker to be heard over chaos? After decades of working with leaders throughout my career, I can tell you that you don’t need self-tanner, a personal shopper, or elocution lessons to have executive presence. (In fact, being inauthentic can actually hurt, rather than help, the cause.)Read More
Many job seekers put together a thoughtful job search plan, prepare their resume and cover letter carefully, and agonize over their interview attire, but when it comes to their references, they just type up some names, phone numbers, and email addresses and call it done. The good news: because so many people just throw their reference list together, this is an area where it’s easy to stand out.Read More
In 2018, Apochromatik’s Keith R. Sbiral and Amy M. Gardner headlined a webinar for the American Bar Association (ABA) on the imposter syndrome. In October, the ABA published an article about the webinar and the imposter syndrome. If you aren’t familiar with the imposter syndrome, or suspect you might sometimes deal with it, click below to read more about it.
“As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”
- Amy Poehler
Three years ago, I didn’t know what a mastermind was. Today, I know that my accomplishments over the last two years are attributable in many ways to the focus, accountability, and development that a mastermind provided. In short, Amy Poehler (or, as I prefer to think of her, Leslie Knope) is right. Let me back up.Read More
Studies show that the average professional spends one-third of their work day on work email. That means that email can have a big impact on your career. Read on for eight common—and easily correctable—mistakes you may be making with your emails.Read More
When someone sees my resume, the item I’m most likely to be asked about is my internship in the West Wing of the White House. That is usually followed up by asking whether I know there’s a character named Amy Gardner on the “West Wing” TV show. (Yes, I do, and I have a great – mostly true – story about how she really could be named after me. And if you know any different, don’t tell me. I like my version better.) Until now, though, I haven’t publicly shared how I got that West Wing internship. It wasn’t due to connections or networking and certainly not any special expertise. Instead, I got my internship in the White House press office largely because of the lessons I learned from a stalker.Read More
Helping our clients determine the next steps in their careers sometimes means helping them prepare for a change. When that’s the case, your goodbye email to your current employer can get overlooked in the flurry of wrapping up your position, but is a great opportunity to leave with grace and gratitude. Apochromatik’s Amy M. Gardner wrote a guest post for Corporette (the blog about “fashion, lifestyle, and career advice for overachieving chicks”) on the topic of goodbye emails. Please check it out!
Both Keith and Amy participated in a free resume review session for University of Chicago alumni earlier today. In addition to our work for corporate clients, we are always happy to help if your not for profit organization or group is looking for a speaker on career or career transition issues.
And if you are’t ready for one-on-one career or career transition coaching but would like a professional, one-on-one resume review session, please let us know.
A year ago we first shared our Apochromatik website and launched our Apochromatik Facebook page.
Since then, we’ve built our business to the point where we both now work with our coaching and consulting clients full-time.Read More
With almost one-third of the year gone, it’s a great time to reassess your goals. If you have a fitness-related goal you haven’t made progress on yet, you’re not alone. When you’re trying to juggle a career and a semblance of a life outside work, finding time to exercise isn’t easy. Here are some tips to help.Read More
Studies show that the average professional spends one-third of their work day on work email. That means that email can have a big impact on your career. Read on for eight common—and easily correctable—mistakes you may be making with your emails.
Emails that are too long.
Someone once told me emails should be short enough to fit on an iPhone screen. That isn't always possible or desirable, but it’s helpful to keep that view in mind. (Of course the people who insist on three line emails are often the same people who then complain about emails that sound curt, so take this with a grain of salt.) Longer emails—especially if you aren't using headers or space to break things up—make people more likely to skim and miss the content you've provided. Or they may decide to come back to your email and then forget to do so. And worse than not reading the email, when your emails are too long, people assume you aren't focused.Read More
Apochromatik’s Amy M. Gardner was quoted by QSaltLake in an article on “7 Acts of Self-Care You Should Already Be Doing.” Check out Amy’s advice on how to practice gratitude. It’s an easy habit that costs you nothing but can pay big dividends.
You’ve come up with a thoughtful job search plan. You’ve prepared your resume and proofread it until your eyes watered. Your cover letter is perfectly crafted. (By the way, if these don’t apply to you, we can help. . . .) Now it’s time to put together your list of references. That will be easy, right? Just type up some names, phone numbers, and email addresses and Voila! You’re done with your application! Right? Wrong.
References don’t need to take long, but they do need to be carefully put together. The good news: so many people just throw their reference list together, that this is an area where it’s easy to stand out. Just follow three steps to improve your reference list.Read More
If you find yourself in a job that feels unrelated to your long-term career goals, look for the lessons and skills you can take from it that will carry you far in the rest of your career. After graduating from some of the best universities in the country, and being trained by some impressive-sounding employers, I can honestly say that everything that has made me successful I learned from spending my summers working at a waterpark. More specifically, from Turk Waterman. Turk passed away a few months ago, which has caused me to reflect on the lessons I learned from this wonderful mentor, long before I knew what a mentor was.Read More
Valentine’s Day is almost here! If you’re stumped on a gift for your significant other, this Brit + Co article quoting Apochromatik’s Amy M. Gardner has some great advice for stress-free holiday gifting.
You probably remember the hilarity and chaos that ensued when a professor being interviewed live by the BBC was interrupted by his kids.
While that situation was extreme, it’s a good reminder that the best-laid plans for video conversations can sometimes go hilariously awry. Here are five tips to help you ace your video interview – and avoid becoming a meme in the process.Read More