Healthy Mind, Body & Soul

The main purpose of creating the blog is to show potential employers who I am. Not just another resume that has entered their database and not just another candidate who has an adjective filled letter of recommendation. A real sneak peek of me, my personality and my professional skills.

With that being said, this blog post will focus on my core values of a healthy mind, body and soul.

MIND: I do my best to keep an open mind to learn something new. Not just text book study materials about communications and campaign case analysis (PR Newswire) but study materials on leadership skills (The One Minute Manager) or personal freedom (The Four Agreements). It is important to me that I maintain a positive energy and thoughts! Besides, life is so much easier when you focus on the positive instead of the negative! I suppose you could say that I am a peace maker or a hippie at heart. Or, as Timon and Pumbaa from The Lion King say ,”Hakuna matata!” (A problem free philosophy!)

BODY: I do my best to eat healthy and exercise. I mostly eat fish, veggies and chocolate.  I suppose I could be tagged as a pescetarian but I am not the type of person who follows that diet 100 percent. I will eat chicken every now and then but do not eat a lot of  other land animals. This is actually interesting because I grew up on a ranch and totally understand the food chain. I became more interested in eating only fish and vegetables because of the harmful and inhuman ways slaughter house kill and treat the animals. I wouldn’t call myself a ‘runner’ because I have only participated in one 5K but I enjoy running to clear my mind and as a main source of cardio. I always run a mile before lifting weights and my goal is to run a mile in 10 minutes or less! I try to exercise at least four to five times a week! I always say, “20 minutes of exercise is ahead of any coach potato!”

SOUL: As much as I believe in staying healthy and such…. I believe it is good for the soul to indulge in chocolate! I am a proud member of Godiva chocolate company and I get one free piece of chocolate a month! Of course, I visit the boutique at least two to three times a month! I believe it is also good for the soul to go on vacation and always have a new outfit for your birthday and holidays. If one does not take a vacation, at least once a year, then they are working way too much. I am not talking about a vacation to another country (although that would be super) but a vacation to release work stress. A vacation to focus on the number one person… YOU! The new outfit thing is great because it makes you feel better about yourself and extra special!

I hope this provides more an insight as to who I am!

J.J

Liebster Award Nomination

I am delight to say that I have been nominated for the Liebster Award. Thank you, Christine. The Liebster Award nomination is special…  it is a special way to ‘shout-out’ to your fellow bloggers =) Mandi at All My Happy Endings provided us with the origins of the word Liebster. “Liebster is a German word that means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”

As Christine explained…. its all about getting to know each other!

Here are the rules:

  1. Post 11 random facts about yourself.
  2. Answer 11 questions from your nominator.
  3. Nominate 11 other blogs with under 200 followers and ask them 11 questions.

The 11 random facts of Jennifer L. Johnson: 

  1. Born and raised Florida gal.
  2. I am a Godiva member which is code for I am a chocolate connoisseur. 
  3. I love wearing colorful outfits. In the words of Kate Spade, “Live Colorfully”.
  4. Ever since attending my first merchandising convention, ENK, I’ve had a special passion for fashion.
  5. My office is decorated with a Giraffe inspired theme…. and lots of color!
  6. I have met several athletes while working at Brick House Tavern + Tap.
  7. The best way to get over a fear is to face it! I was once fearful of karaoke… that was until summer 2011.
  8. I have personal traditions such as: attending a concert once a year or going on vacation once a year. I believe that it is good for the soul!
  9. I can vibe with all kinds of music but my favorite would have to be hip-hop and country. …Drake & Strait.
  10. I do NOT like scary movies…. no thank you!
  11. I once won a game of poker with a royal flush.

Questions from the Nominator: 

  1. Why did you start blogging?  For the main purpose of creating a hub for employers to learn more about me. 
  2. Describe yourself in two words. Conversation Savvy
  3. What’s your all time favorite tv show? Friends… hands down.
  4. What’s one quirky thing about yourself? Punctuality ! On time is early!
  5. What’s your biggest inspiration? 
  6. Name three places you’d like to travel to? Paris, London, Ireland
  7. Have you ever sky dived? Would you?  I am sorry, but I do not favor sky diving. I am not one to take such risks.
  8. What’s your favorite quality about yourself? Organized to the max!
  9. What’s your favorite social media tool/network? Twitter!
  10. If you won a million dollar’s, what would you do with it.  Donate &  invest!
  11. What’s your all time favorite meal? Chocolate biscuits. Hmm… so delicious!


Who I nominate… 

The questions for nominations:

  1. Where are you from?
  2. What is your favorite dish?
  3. How would you describe your personal style?
  4. What is your favorite season?
  5. What is your hobby?
  6. Are you a risk taker?
  7. Where is your favorite place to escape too?
  8. What is your favorite book?
  9. What was your favorite age?
  10. What is one of your goals?
  11. What does your name mean?

Have fun ! 

Jenn!

Survival of the Fittest – Job Hunt Edition.

I have come to the conclusion that the job hunt is survival of the fittest. You can chuckle or sigh at the comment but it is TRUE! Here is the deal…. I am a senior who is about to graduate this summer and I have applied for countless number of jobs. The job hunt began in February and the IDEAL plan was to have a position nailed down by April. Now, I have been blessed with a couple of interviews that has given me the interview experience. I don’t just want a job with an employer who doesn’t even know my nickname. I want a job with an employer who cares about ME and my work performance. A job with an employer who cares about the positive employee relations and their rich history.

So… below are the reasons why I think the job hunt is survival of the fittest.

• There are a ton of Do’s and Do Not’s for resume content…. talk about contradicting! 
• It is based off of individual preference… cannot please every single person and match their every want.
• I once had someone tell me that they did not like my personal branding efforts and that the only person who should have a graphic on their resume is an artist.
• …They teach us in school to always brand yourself! They say, “If you can’t brand yourself then why would a company trust you with branding responsibilities?”

EVERYONE is checking InDeed, CareerBuilder, Simply Hired… job boards. Seriously, the list could go on FOREVER!
• It is great that so many job board Websites are available to job seekers… but guess what? EVERY COLLEGE SENIOR IS LOOKING AT THE SAME BOARD! So this results in the company getting FLOODED with resumes!

Clean up your social media… no red solo cups!
•If you could not tell already… I am not one to bar hop, party hop or to take six shots of tequila. The “Clean up your social media,” thing wasn’t that big of an issue for me. However, I expect that the person who is interviewing me, for a major company, has THEIR social media cleaned up. The employer is evaluating me just as much as I am evaluating them.

• Company: “We are only interviewing on Friday.”
Me: Ok, it is Wednesday and I am scheduled to work a double on Friday. ” I am scheduled to work a double shift on Friday… could we schedule it either early in the morning on Friday, any time before 10:20 a.m., or another time early next week?”
• Company: “We being interviewing at 11 a.m….Do you get a break on Friday? We are located in Tampa and the interviews don’t last long, it will only take an hour.”
• Me: “I am scheduled to work two shifts in one day at a fast paced and high volume restaurant. It is difficult to leave for a period of time.”
• Company: ” Ok, you can call back next week and see where we are with the hiring.”
• Me: ????????????????

Do NOT wear…
•This is goes along with the resume in the sense that it is the employers opinion on either they like or dislike your presentation.
• They say, “Do not wear bright colors, do not wear too many accessories and do not wear strong perfume.”
• But, my style is mixed between Kate Spade and Milly! It is all about color and personality! This one I had a tough time with because I like to dress similar to my personality…. and I do not want to cover that up.
• Best advice I got on this subject, “Just dress conservative and once you get the job THEN you can dress with your personality”.  & “Just be yourself!”
• ….but I still added a tiny bit of color! ; – )

Overall, the entire process of being on the job hunt has been a roller coaster. Do not get me wrong, it has been an exciting process. I enjoy applying to different jobs and putting together the materials. I even snail mail employers my branding packages . Of course, I send a personal thank you letter to each person who considers me for a position. I must day that I am fortune enough to be employed at this moment and have a job. However, it is not the dream job for me but it is more than what some people have.

Must never give up!

Cheers!

J.J.