When Following Your Passion Isn’t Working

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Feb 4, 2018

I was listening to the Being Boss podcast today, and it was an interview with Chris Guillebeau and he said something that literally made me pause the sound, stop working, and just repeat it in my head over and over.

About Kristin
Kristin is the founder of Milwaukee Millennial. She works full time at a college business organization mentoring future CEOs while also handling the entire organization’s marketing. Using the knowledge gained from her job, as well as love for social media, she wants to help you live your best life and never settle. Her motto: as soon as you are unhappy, it’s time for a change.

How I saved over $1600/year in my 20s

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May 25, 2017
Saving money is as simple as making small changes

You’re in your 20s and it feels like every week ends in the struggle of waiting for the next direct deposit to hit your account. Don’t worry, it is possible to have a social life and pay your bills… I promise! It all starts with being honest with yourself and knowing where you money is going in the first place!

  1. Actually Sit Down and Budget

    • Open all your banking apps and write down how much you have to spend every week after you pay your bills. Anything left over needs to go in a savings account. Stick to that amount every. single. week. Even if you have a good week and don’t spend a lot, keep that money and have it in case you really need it like something happens to your car or your mother’s birthday is coming up. Also, be aware of when any memberships renew and will cost extra for an annual fee. Gym memberships, insurance and magazines are just some examples of things you may forget about the annual fee and all of a sudden you want to go to the Nickleback concert, but you just paid a surprising $40 for some dumb magazine renewal that you keep forgetting to cancel. Also, I’m kidding about Nickleback. I don’t know your music taste.
  2. Look at Your Bank Account Every Day

    • What better way to not spend money than be reminded that you don’t have any? It’s brutal, I know.
  3. Cancel Your Gym Membership

    • Sure, I like people watching and the group fitness classes as much as the next person, but working out can be FREE. Go for walks until you build up the endurance to run, use the stairs in your apartment or find a YouTube workout channel you like (for me, I LOVE The Fitness Marshall). I live in a very active city and there are a lot of parks with equipment that can be used to get a great workout. I also live on the 12th floor of my apartment so I make it a point to use the stairs whenever I am not carrying anything heavy or I am not wearing heels.

      I saved $25/month

  4. Pre-Game

    • Come on, I know you haven’t forgotten this gem from college. A case of beer from the liquor store will cost you the same as roughly 4-6 drinks at a bar. The bar scene is the best thing about Milwaukee and it is very inciting to go to happy hours and stay out late days multiple times a week. My friends and I have found that we have more fun playing drinking games and cooking dinner at someone’s apartment and then going out so we don’t have to buy $6 shots just to start feeling the buzz. I suggest you make tacos. Everybody likes tacos.

      I saved $30/month

  5. Rotate Your Closet

    • You’re probably wondering why putting your warm clothes away for the summer would be mentioned on a page about saving money. Here is what I have learned about myself recently: If I don’t see something for a while and then find it again, it brings me back some of the excitement of when I first received it. I had all my clothes hanging in my closet and always dreaded getting dressed in my boring old clothes so I found myself online shopping a lot. Thank’s to having to share closet space with my boyfriend, I found that when the weather changes outside, I am excited when I get to hang up and wear those shirts that I haven’t seen in months.

      I saved $200/year

  6. Going off of that point, cancel your magazines.

    • Everything can just be found on the internet anymore. If you actually read your magazines, sign up for that company’s email subscription list and get all the latest news and trends right to your email. Those free year’s worth of magazines sound great until you are automatically renewed and you now are out $80… and magazines make it difficult to cancel those on purpose, speaking from experience.

      I saved $80/year

  7. Ditch the daily Starbucks

    • DON’T HATE ME! This one was tough for me as I always used to take my laptop to Starbucks, order a bucket of caramel macchiato and get to work. I’ll even admit that I still do it from time to time, but not three times a week like I used to. I save over $400 a year by cutting back on coffee alone. If you do the math and figure out how much you spend on expensive coffee, you are going to die when you see what you could have had instead. I could have flown to California and back. You know what I did? Three years ago for Christmas I asked for a Keurig and different flavors that I liked. To this day, my Grandma still gets me a box of K-cups every birthday and Christmas and it not only saves me money, but also the time it takes to get in and out of there. Starbucks is a treat and should be treated as such. To touch on a point I made earlier: Would you rather spend $5 on your daily coffee or save that money and have more money towards drinks with friends on Saturday? Which one is actually going to make you feel more fulfilled?

      I saved $30/month

  8. Cancel your Cable
    • You cannot justify paying for cable to me. You absolutely cannot. There are ways to watch the shows you want to watch without paying $30+ a month. A lot of channels have an online portal that you only need an Xfinity or Comcast password to. Ask your parents, grandparents or siblings if they have one and there you go. $360 you didn’t spend.

      I saved $30/month

 

What have you done to save money that would help others? Comment below!

About Kristin
Kristin is the founder of Milwaukee Millennial. She works full time at a college business organization mentoring future CEOs while also handling the entire organization’s marketing. Using the knowledge gained from her job, as well as love for social media, she wants to help you live your best life and never settle. Her motto: as soon as you are unhappy, it’s time for a change.

Quick Resume Tips to Get Any Job

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May 24, 2017

Many articles have you read paragraphs of text just to explain one point. Here is your no nonsense, quick resume tips list to create a resume that will get you your dream job.

  • It should fit onto one page without being crowded. A second page should only be used for references.
  • Resumes usually get 10-20 seconds to make an impression, so don’t write and autobiography. What makes a recruiter slow down and pay more attention? Add numbers.
  • Use Arial, Verdana, Tahoma or Helvetica font.
  • At the top: Full name, phone number, email and personal website (you should have one of these by now). Address optional.
  • Experience should always be in reverse chronological order with your most recent job first. That’s what is seen first.
  • Be prepared to be grilled on any skills you put on there, so be honest but don’t forget to brag about yourself.
  • If your GPA isn’t 3.8 or above, leave it off all together.
  • If you don’t have someone proofread your resume, you don’t deserve your dream job (sorry!)
  • Research the job or internship and add as many words from that description onto your resume as possible. It’s called targeting. I pursued and received my dream internship and job, so I’d like to think I know a little about what I’m saying.
  • Things to leave off: Salary requirements, religious affiliations, personal social media accounts (excluding LinkedIn), birthday/age, marital status, photo/headshot.
  • If you are going to make a “creative” resume: Beware. It has to be executed flawlessly and still needs to be able to be read in less than 15 seconds. Never use a dark background.

What resume tips do you have? What about things people should NEVER do on their resume? I would love to hear from some recruiters out there!

About Kristin
Kristin is the founder of Milwaukee Millennial. She works full time at a college business organization mentoring future CEOs while also handling the entire organization’s marketing. Using the knowledge gained from her job, as well as love for social media, she wants to help you live your best life and never settle. Her motto: as soon as you are unhappy, it’s time for a change.

How to: Find Your Dream Internship

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May 19, 2017

Your dream internship could be just a few steps away

There are many factors and hoops to jump through when trying to find your dream internship. Here are some questions you need to ask yourself that will help you find the internship that is going to give you invaluable experience and set you up for early career success.

About Kristin
Kristin is the founder of Milwaukee Millennial. She works full time at a college business organization mentoring future CEOs while also handling the entire organization’s marketing. Using the knowledge gained from her job, as well as love for social media, she wants to help you live your best life and never settle. Her motto: as soon as you are unhappy, it’s time for a change.

Ten Quotes Millennials Need to Hear Right Now

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May 18, 2017

Big achievements are reserved for people who continually set higher standards for themselves and othersDon’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.Anyone who makes you think you can’t be yourself and be successful is selling you a lie – because its not your story. The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake – you can’t learn anything from being perfect. Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. Millennials don’t just want to read the news anymore. They want to know what they can do about it. There is a desire for change. There is a millennial generation that doesn’t like what they’re seeing, but doesn’t quite know what the solution is.The workplace has become a psychological battlefield and the millennials have the upper hand, because they are tech savvy, with every gadget imaginable almost becoming an extension of their bodies. They multitask, talk, walk, listen and type, and text. And their priorities are simple: they come first.The world bursts at the seams with people ready to tell you you’re not good enough. On occasion, they may be correct. But do not do their job for them. Seek any job, ask anyone out, pursue an goal. Don’t take it personally when they say ‘no’ – they may not be smart enough to say ‘yes.’People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.

About Kristin
Kristin is the founder of Milwaukee Millennial. She works full time at a college business organization mentoring future CEOs while also handling the entire organization’s marketing. Using the knowledge gained from her job, as well as love for social media, she wants to help you live your best life and never settle. Her motto: as soon as you are unhappy, it’s time for a change.