Monday, August 30, 2010

What is Business Casual Attire? Better yet, what is Smart Casual?

In light of the Young Catholic Professionals upcoming Executive Speaker Night with Mr. Dan Hennessy to be held this Tuesday, August 31st this blog entry is about Business Casual and Smart Casual Attire.

According to Wikipedia Business Casual Attire is what 43% of non-self employed workers wear to work (or should be wearing to work because we all know people who don’t really follow the “dress code”). But to make matters a bit confusing every company appears to have their own take on Business Casual wear.

Jeans are typically not considered business casual (jeans are generally thought of as casual). So, to play it safe when you are invited to an event that lists the attire as being Business Casual leave your jeans at home. ;)

I recently came across the term "Smart Casual" and absolutely love it. It supports a concept I was taught by Susan Sommers, a fashion consultant,
( who did several workshops at the public accounting firm I use to work for in Uptown Dallas. Susan taught us the power of “three pieces.” Business Casual is typically thought of as being two pieces of clothing i.e. dress shirt and slacks or blouse and skirt but when you throw in a third piece you really turn your look up a notch to what in essence is Smart Casual. For men this means adding a blazer/ jacket or tie and for ladies this means adding a blazer/ jacket/ cardigan or scarf (note this does not mean wearing suits, suits are formal business attire). One need not be afraid to use color, prints and/ or accessories when dressing up their typical two piece Business Casual outfit into a three piece Smart Casual look.

Happy dressing!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Want FREE Business Cards for Your Personal and/ or Professional Use?

Could you use some FREE business cards? I bet you could if you are "in transition" aka in-between jobs, starting up your own small business (like me) or you would simply prefer networking with your personal contact information as opposed to handing out your work information.

Well, you can get some FREE business cards from Starbucks. Isn't Starbucks great?! ;) I first heard about this promotion on a blog I follow, "My Dallas Mommy" and then again via a Google search. For more information and to get your FREE business cards from Starbucks check out this link:

I ordered my FREE business cards today and according to Starbucks should have them soon. I'll keep you posted please do the same if you order some as well.

- "BossLady"

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Resume Help Results and Much Much More

Wanted to give everyone an update on the results of my Resume Help offer. I received 15 resumes from four states and one commonwealth. Resumes came from Texas, Florida, Illinois, Ohio and Puerto Rico. Senders included family, friends, friend of friends, family of friends and an online stranger - new friend. Professions varied and included financial analysts, pharmacists, lawyers, engineers, accountants, etc.. Experience levels ranged from college students to those with over ten years of experience.

Thank you to all who sent in your resumes for review. I enjoyed helping you and hope you found my critique to be beneficial. I also wish you the best in your career.

My husband, Rick, and I have been thinking that once things settle down after having our baby girl and moving into our new house I should perhaps start up a part-time consulting business on the side, specifically from home and Starbucks while being a full-time mom. Others have suggested this to us as well and seem to not only be interested in resume help but also career counseling, mock interviews, presentation skills, networking and Myers-Briggs.

In preparation for this entrepreneurial possibility I am working on completing my recertification credits for my SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) so that there will not be a lapse in my three-year certification cycle. I'm taking my first class, in what feels like a very long time, tomorrow on the topic of "Emotional Intelligence: Useful Tools for the HR Practitioner." I also need to come up with a business plan, thank God Rick has his MBA from SMU and I need to figure out my rates for specific services. My personal trainer says I should at least charge what he charges me i.e. $60/ hour. ;) We'll see. The Wall Street Journal published an article this week saying that resume-writing services are ranging from $100 to $2,000 which seems ridiculously steep to me. (

Aside from offering career development services I plan to finally write my first book. It's been on my mind since elementary school and I have talked about it from time to time over the years with close family and friends. I've even come up with an outline, stories to include, dedication and title. It's a father daughter book of sorts (oh how I love my Daddy and all that he's taught me - especially about guys) and well since I am about to have a baby girl with and for my husband, Rick, how fitting is this topic right now in not only my life but our family's life. Perhaps this is the time/ God's time... Maybe, I'll write it in time for Father's day as a gift to my Dad and Rick. Anyone know an editor? And/ or publisher? If so, send them my way.

Until then, for now, time to get ready for baby girl Macias. :)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Did you know that day care is not the norm?

Day care is not the norm!?!? I had no clue!!

Yesterday was mind-blowing for me when I found out that according to the United States Census Bureau that 74.6% of non-school-age children are taken care of by family. (non-school-age children means children under the age of five/ not yet in kindergarten)

So, the majority of children in the U.S. are taken care of by family? Yes.

Only 25.4% of non-school-age children in the U.S. are cared for on a full-time basis by someone other than family.
  • 15.1% of children are in day care
  • 8% of children are in-home day care
  • 2.4% of children are with nannies
For more information on this topic check-out "7 Myths of Working Mothers - Why Children and (Most) Careers Just Don't Mix" by Suzanne Venker, forwarded by Dr. Laura.

I just started reading the above mentioned book and these are some of my favorite lines:

"Accepting motherhood as a full-time job does not mean women must be completely out of the workforce for eighteen years. It just means that for eighteen[+] years they will have to be creative in fitting other work around their primary obligation to their children. "

"We simply must get rid of the idea that women can balance full-time careers with motherhood. Instead, we should encourage women to embrace motherhood and career separately, to plan their lives in such a way that they will be able to succeed in both of these pursuits, though at separate times." Sounds like the story of my life, my 20s were all about career success and now my 30s are turning out to be all about motherhood.

"Women now spend all of their time and energy - all of it - preparing for a life at the office rather than for a life at home." I've lived this, from an early age I prepared for school and/ or work and not a whole lot for motherhood. This point is something for me to think about as I get ready to raise my daughter.

As I keep reading this book I am sure I'll have more to share, stay tuned...

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Offering FREE Resume Reviews Until August 15th, 2010

Just wanted to remind everyone that I am offering free resume reviews until August 15th, 2010. So far the response has been great but I am sure there are still lots of people out there who could benefit from having their resume reviewed. So email me your Word doc resume or have your family, friends, coworkers send me theirs at :)