Let’s face it: the economy is tough. The job market is tougher. You need to be ahead of the game to make it. Ellen has the tools you need to move ahead as any kind of professional.
In her latest book, The Essentials of Fabulous, Ellen guides readers through the most important aspects of professionalism that are sure to keep you at the forefront of an interviewer’s mind, from handwritten thank-you notes to the wardrobe basics that are classically appropriate in any business setting. Lubin-Sherman directs readers back to the basics in ten (plus one) steps that are fresh, far-reaching and fundamental to success. Featured in Forbes.com’s “Work In Progress” blog; The Essentials of Fabulous is the blueprint for navigating today’s business world.
How can Moms break back into the business world after taking time to raise their kids? To follow are Ellen’s essentials for the job hunt:
- Dress for the Paparazzi: Fabulous people have serious flair–and killer style. Stick with the basics as you’re starting out. Repeat after me: white button-down, grey cardigan, a great rain coat and accessories, accessories, accessories.
- E-mail Like a Pro: Each should have a grabbing subject, a warm greeting, the meaty point of thee-mail and a concluding sentence. Be concise and clear.
- Spell-Check is King: Anything you write, from an e-mail to a tweet, should be proofread. No excuses.
- Know Something: Read the paper – always have a conversation-starter in your pocket.
- Manners Matter: Handwritten thank-you notes never go out of style and are rarely forgotten.
- Banish “Whatever”: Everything matters. Yoga pants to anything other than yoga class? What if you meet your future employer while you’re out?
- Be Real: Be professional. Be polite. Apologize when you’ve made a faux pas, don’t act like nothing happened.
- Be Proactive, Not Reactive: Don’t assume everyone at a meeting knows each other–make introductions and render yourself impossible to forget!