June Blog 2 - wedding

Finding the Perfect Wedding Gift

It’s officially wedding season, and it seems like everyone’s getting married. So, with a seemingly infinite amount of possible gifts out there, it’s going to be hard to choose what you’d like to give a newly-wed couple. A rice cooker? A frying pan? What do you buy? What’s your budget? Well then, read up on our wedding gift tips!

-The Registry.
If the couple has a registry in any particular store, the safest bet would be to get them something from there. They’ve already listed down what they want, so you’re 100% sure that they’re going to like what you’ve gotten them. Just make sure that you include a heartfelt message on the card.

-Something Personal.
If the registry seems impersonal to you, then go ahead and get, or make something personal for the couple. It could be a framed photo of the first time they’ve met, or some customized coffee mugs for your caffeine-dependent couples. This tells your friends that you really know them and wish them happiness for their future.

-Grab a Friend.
If you can’t afford that big ticket item that you’re sure your friends would love, and you don’t want to buy them something that’ll fit your budget, but isn’t as impactful, then ask your group of friends to split the big ticket item gift with you. That way, you get to give your friends something nice, and not break the bank in the process!

-Cover the Basics.
Try to focus on things that are casual, or the couple could use in their day-to-day lives. Plain towels, and utensils may seem boring, but are really functional that the couple will end up using them.

-No Home Decors.
That sculpture may seem like the coolest, and most interesting piece of (affordable) art, you’ve seen, but you don’t know if the couple agrees with you. Remember, you never really know anyone’s taste, and it’s their home. So best let them make the decision of what to hang on their wall, or display on their shelves.
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June Blog 1- A Toast To the Groom

A Toast to the Groom

So, imagine this: your older brother is about to get married and he asks you to give a speech at his wedding. Without thinking about it, you say yes automatically because he’s your brother; you love him and you’d do just about anything for him. Then, you realize that – wait—you’ll be giving a heart-felt, emotional speech where you’re likely to cry in front of at least a hundred people. Don’t worry, we’ve got some tips on how to make wedding toasts and speeches less terrifying.

-Do NOT wing it!
While it’s tempting to just come up there and speak from the heart, it’s probably better if you’ve written down your speech a few days before the wedding. On the day itself, remember to bring cue cards! It helps organize your thoughts and ensures that you don’t forget names like the bride’s great grand-aunt from her mother’s side.

-Know your audience.
Knowing your audience makes a huge difference in what your speech will contain. Remember – do NOT under any circumstance, tell any incriminating, gritty story about your brother (or cousin/friend/etc.) in the presence of their grandparents, boss, or new in-laws. Save it for the round of drinks with the people who will appreciate these stories later.

-Test it out.
Whether it’s practicing in front of your best friend at the dead of the night in your living room or hours before the wedding at the reception venue, it’s important that you rehearse this speech. Know whether or not you’ll be using a microphone; if you can move around, or if the projector at the venue works if you’re using a PowerPoint presentation.

-Make sure you mean it.
At the end of the day, your loved one just wants to hear how much you care for them; how happy you are for them, and how supportive you are for this new chapter of their life. So, make sure that you mean the words that are coming out of your mouth.
Learn more about making speeches and the Art of the Pitch at JRP.

Your Application Check-list

Your Application Checklist

It doesn’t really matter if it’s your first or your eighth job. Job interviews will always be terrifying! There are so many things to remember before going in for an interview. To help you lessen the stress and constant internal panic, we’ve compiled a checklist for your application must-haves below:

    • Your resume
      Bring several copies just in case!
    • A pen and notepad
      …because you never know if you have to write down any essential information during the interview itself.
    • Company research
      While waiting for your turn, it would be best to familiarize yourself with the company you’re applying to.
    • Directions and company contact info
      You know – just so you’re sure you won’t get lost.
    • Breath mints or gum
      It never hurts to have a minty fresh breath during the interview!
    • Handkerchief
      Tension sweat is a real thing. Remember to bring a handkerchief to wipe any sweaty palms or forehead.
    • A folder
      You’ll need a place to put all your resumes, and references in so you can stay organized and that you don’t rustle around your bag looking for all of it.
    • A smile
      Let them know that you’re excited to be around! It’ll ease both you, and the interviewer.
    • Confidence
      Be confident but not cocky! When you start out confident, it’ll be easier to get through the rest of the interview.
      Learn more about confidence and the Art of the Pitch at John Robert Powers.

Learn more about confidence and the Art of the Pitch at John Robert Powers.

Maintaining Friendships

Maintaining Friendships

Some friendships exist simply because you get to see each other on a day-to-day basis. A lot of friendships cease to exist when you no longer get to see each other. Even if you truly are friends, it does become difficult to maintain the level of friendship you had when you used to see each other daily. Don’t worry! You won’t lose that friendship because we have tips on how to stay beshies.

1. Set meet up dates!
Whether it’s seeing the latest movie, a fun board game night, or even just having dinner, make sure that you and your friends do something at least once a month. It’ll be something that everyone can look forward to. Even if you don’t see each other every day, you’ll see each other constantly.

2. Stay honest.
If you think the once-a-month meet-ups aren’t enough, don’t just simmer to yourself, and hope they figure out your feelings. Talk to them! Let them know that you’d like to talk more, or meet up more often.

3. Be understanding.
Even if you want to see each other, unexpected circumstances happen that will prevent you guys from doing so. Last minute meetings, family trips, or any other surprise event could happen. If any of these unexpected happen, this doesn’t mean that your friend doesn’t want to see you. Let them know that you understand and that it’s okay. You can always reschedule.

4. Make an effort.
No matter how busy you are at work or at school, make sure that you actively make an effort to stay close to your friends. Chat them up at least once a day; even a simple hello or a link to a funny video will do. It’s these little things that help you stay friends.
Friends may not be forever if you don’t maintain the relationship well enough.

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Your Last Hurrah


You can see it: the finish line, the bright light at the end of the longest tunnel you think you’ve ever been in. If it’s your final semester of the year, your final semester ever, or your final month at this job, don’t forget that there’s a lot you can accomplish before you leave. We can help ensure that you’ll be remembered for the good work you do, if you continue to read up.

1. Ace it.
Just because it’s your last few days, does not mean that you can slack off. You don’t want people to remember you as the person who failed at the very end. Now, do you? Study up on your exams, or do your absolute best on your last project. Make sure you’re at your absolute best in these last few days.

2. Add ‘em.
You’ve met a lot of great people wherever it is you may be, and you’ll all want to keep in touch, or at least be updated with what’s going on in your lives. So don’t forget to add the people who’ve made your years great on your preferred social media.

3. Transition.
If you’ve got responsibility that will continue even after you’ve left, it’s probably best to slowly transition the people who will be taking your place. Explain to them how the job works, and what important things there are to remember so that it’ll be easy for everyone once you’ve said goodbye.

4. Say goodbye.
We know it’s hard, but try to say goodbye to everyone you’ve befriended, and everyone who helped make your years fun and happy. Make sure that they know how much they mean to you and how much you’ve learned from them before you leave.
Leave with grace and with a good impression.

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