The Week of April 3rd

Around Boston

Join Team JUGs for BARCC's Walk for Change April 23rd to benefit sexual assault victims in our community.

New month, new Ladies Lounge! This month's theme: Becoming a Social Media Influencer. Hope you can join us Thursday, April 27th.

On May 1st The Nature Conservancy is hosting The Future of Nature: The Energy We Need. The event will explore solutions to some of our most pressing environmental challenges.

Around L.A.

This Saturday Systems Training Center (Westwood) is hosting a Women's Only Self-Defense & Safety Workshop. Sounds like an essential ladies day out to us!

Make it rain with Worthy Women on Thursday for their How to get What You Want series. The night's theme: figuring out your finances.

People will NOT stop talking about The 14th Factory exhibit. Get your tickets!

Career & Finance

Bookmarked: How to make bold decisions, even when your friends or parents want you to play safe.

Here's how women's' finances can differ from men's.

Health & Beauty

How Nicole Kidman's Celeste on Big Little Lies flipped Hollywood's script on domestic violence.

HBO's Abortion: Stories Women Tell premiers TONIGHT. The documentary offers a rare view at this extremely controversial subject through personal stories from real women around the country.

Would you ever do a "solo getaway?"

How to do a sugar detox.

Style & Decor

Emma Watson's new fav eco sneakers are to die for. 

5 ways to cure your hang over face

The founder of Lisa Says Gah's house is amazing...as one would expect.

 

You're Invited - Ladies Lounge: Becoming a Social Media Influencer

Forbes predicts that Influencer Marketing will explode in 2017. Truth be told, we are living in a whole new era of marketing. Banner ads and TV commercials are not reaching millennials. That means that marketers have to engage this new generation of consumers in a more organic way. People want peer recommendations. They want to see what places their friends are engaging with through social media. That is where influencer marketing comes in.

Hear from local influencers as they share how they grew their audiences, built up their personal brands, and transformed their blogs and social media channels into a lucrative side hustle.

WHEN

6:30pm - 8:30pm
Thursday, April 27, 2017

WHERE

GA Boston
125 Summer Street 13th Floor
Boston , MA 02110 

RSVP

#AskJUGS: How to Land a New Job

It was so much fun to chat with all of you who attended last week’s Ladies Lounge. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your questions. In this month’s, #AskJUGS post, I want to address the question I received most frequently, “How do you help people land a new job?”

This question is always asked with some skepticism - which I totally understand. After all, I’m not a job search fairy. There are always many factors (and obstacles) at play. But what I can do is provide some structure and sanity to an otherwise overwhelming and nerve-wracking process?

I’m sharing the steps that I use with my clients to help them land job interviews and job offers. You can use these steps as a starting point for your own job search!

1. Reflect

This is the single, most important step. Taking the time to know your strengths and values and to practice communicating them confidently will help set you apart from other candidates. (If you need help with this, check out this post, 5 Questions to Ask Before You Start a Job Search).

2. Revise

Once you’ve done some serious reflection work, it’s time to revise those resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles to reflect what you want and what you have to offer. Do yourself a favor and set up a couple of go-to templates for specific kinds of jobs and consider keeping a “bank” of content (i.e. examples of your work, specific examples of what it’s like to work with you, etc) that you can add in based on the qualifications of the job.

3. Review + Submit

There’s a lot of reasons people don’t submit (or even start!) job applications (i.e. lack of confidence in your abilities, fear of rejection) but this step is important because it tells you if your resume and cover letter are compelling to hiring managers. If you’re submitting tons of applications and you’re getting nowhere, it’s time to revisit these parts of your application. (For resume and cover letter tips, check out this post, The Definitive Guide to Having Your Resume Taken Seriously).

4. Reach Out

Get into the habit of keeping in touch with former colleagues and consider pushing yourself out of your comfort zone once a quarter. It could be a cold email to a person a few years your senior with a great job or networking night. Make a commitment to being interested in new people and as supportive as possible.

5. Renew

 Make sure that you’re setting reasonable goals and making time to engage in activities that restore your energy.

6. Repeat

This is your honorary step! It’s unlikely that going through this process just once will yield a job offer so be prepared to approach your job search as an iterative process. For many of my clients, the process can last about 6-9 months.

If you’re looking for more structure and sanity for your job search, check out Job Search Like a Boss, a free workshop where I’ll walk you through each of these steps in more detail so you can create a custom job search plan. And, of course, if you have more questions, be sure to ask them here!

 

Jenn Walker Wall writes a monthly career advice column called #AskJUGs for JustUsGalsBos.com and is the founder of Work Wonders Coaching + Consulting. You can follow her on Twitter: @JennWalkerWall

The Week of March 20th

Around Boston

Hope to see you on Thursday at our first ever Ladies Lounge Wellness Expo! We'll kick off the event with a guided meditation and then sip a few drinks while we learn about some amazing local businesses. 

Consider yourself a Boston Blogger? Check out the Boston Bloggers Spring Meet + Greet on March 27. 

We are loving Domestikated's beautifully curated list of women-run shops and restaurants in Boston!  

Around LA

If you love mascara as much as we do, you will not want to miss the Meet the Maker: Kjaer Weis at Detox Market on 3/22.

Love Yoga in Venice is doing a benefit class for the ACLU on 3/26. Sign up now

Jig+Saw, an all-women co-working space, is hosting a 7-year old's first art show on Sunday, 3/26 and it actually looks really cool! 

Career + Finance

Getting a job offer can be a rewarding and exciting time, but if you're considering making a move, ask yourself these 5 questions before relocating for a job

When it comes to finances, there is a lot on our to-do lists (#1 = save, save, save). But, here is a financial planner's list of what NOT do in your twenties

What you can do in 2017 to make buying a home a reality in 2018.

Health + Wellness

Admit it, you've tried doing your own blackhead extractions at home. Now do it the real way

Anti-inflammatory diets are all the rage. Here's exactly what to put on your grocery list if you want to try it out. 

Style + Decor 

Drooooooooling over this minimal plant-filled apartment

Boho chic clothing brands that are more ethical and sustainable than freepeople. 

5 Ways to Make Your Space More Ethical + Inviting

We strongly believe in the conscious consumer movement. While for large, global issues like climate change and social justice, we still need to advocate for governmental change and donate to organizations leading work in these areas, we also understand that our individual actions matter. We aim to lead by example and to minimize our negative impact on other people and the planet. Of course, we’re doing all this while trying to live normal lives...which can be exhausting! Here, we have some small, affordable changes to your home living and decor that make your home more ethical and inviting.

Warm Your Lighting Without Heating the Planet

By now, we know that incandescent light bulbs are super inefficient, wasting 90% of the energy they draw from the grid. Not only are they bad for the environment, they also make our electric bills unnecessarily expensive. So, obviously energy efficient lighting is better - but not every bulb is created equal. Some compact fluorescents (the swirly looking ones) take a while to warm up and turn on all the way - not to mention they can have issues with dimmers. And many LEDs give off a weird blue light that is not at all cozy. 
    
Our new solution? Meet the Finally Light Bulb. It looks like the old lightbulbs you’re used to, but uses Tesla technology to create the same, soft warm light, without wasting energy. These energy efficient bulbs are made by a Boston-based startup. Yassss! we love when our home decor also supports the Boston startup community and reduces our electricity use!

CONTEST: Post a photo to social media of a room in your home where you would like #Finallybulbs(use this hashtag and tag @FinallyBulbs) between now and 3/24 for a chance to win a free 2-pack of bulbs! 

Light a Sustainable Candle

Most candles are made from petroleum byproduct. Check the candles you have at home - if they say they are made from paraffin wax, you should probably toss ‘em. Instead, try lighting a locally poured soy, coconut, or beeswax blend candle. Take this to the next level by choosing an unscented option or one that explicitly uses organic essential oils for scent. That way your candle not only adds a bit of hygge, it also helps detoxify your home or apartment!

Add a Little Green

Plants provide multiple benefits. They help clean indoor air; they look nice, and they’re even proven to reduce stress! Not sure what to choose? Fiddle leaf fig trees and monstera plants make your space instantly instagram-worthy. A little bit of nature is really the answer to all of your decor woes. 

Embrace Minimalism

Breaking the cycle of consumerism is one of the most sustainable things you can do. By not buying unnecessary items, you are preventing strain on resources used to make the goods you would have bought, and less stuff ends up in the waste stream. Plus, we all know that a more minimal decor style not only looks tidier, but also cleaner, less claustrophobic and, often, more high-end. 

Always Have Something Baking

Take a clue from Clueless and get cooking when expecting company. Nothing makes
people feel more welcome and at home than a tasty treat. But not all snacks are created equal - stick to organic, locally-sourced whole foods. One of our favorites is homemade sweet potato fries! They are easy to make, healthy and not many people have allergies to them. Plus, offering healthy, ethically-sourced foods always looks more sophisticated!

 

This post was sponsored by Finally Bulbs. JUGs only accept sponsorships from mission-aligned brands that meet our core values of compassion + fulfillment.