Interview tips & tricks

Posted by Markelle Linstedt on Feb 19, 2020 6:00:00 AM

This content was repurposed from a presentation that Markelle gave earlier this year to the Women in Business group at UW Bothell.

In my role as Talent Manager at Simplicity Consulting, I meet with hundreds of clients and consultants. Those conversations have given me a front-row seat to what hiring managers are looking for.

Early-in-career job seekers, keep reading for tips and tricks on how to stand out, what hiring managers really want, and what works (and doesn’t!) in an interview.  

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Topics: Simplify Series

Taking ACTION with Women in Cloud

Posted by Stephanie Chacharon on Jan 27, 2020 1:55:59 PM

The morning of the Women in Cloud Summit, Chaitra Vedullapalli, architect of the Women in Cloud initiative, sent an email asking the speakers and organizers to walk into the event with intention. 

She encouraged them to contribute to the power of community and collective action. To be intentional about contributing to economic access for all; seeking out opportunities to serve and partner; and breaking down inequalities and barriers. 

Chaitra shared a Brené Brown quote that echoes the event's focus on collective action:

"At the end of the day, at the end of the week, at the end of my life, I want to say I contributed more than I criticized." 

That intentional focus was evident throughout the event. Womxn and allies connected around a common goal of changing the industry narrative and create economic access for women in the cloud economy. 

We are proud to sponsor the Women in Cloud Initiative. Here are some of our team's takeaways from the event: 

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Topics: Women & work

Prepare for WA's paid family-leave benefits

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on Jan 21, 2020 8:26:34 AM

Download our Leave of Absence Coverage Playbook

As of January 1, Washington state employees can apply for 12+ weeks of paid family and medical leave benefits. 

Thanks to this new benefit, more people will be taking leave than ever before. As a manager, you want to support those taking leave—without overburdening yourself or your team.

Get ahead of it: Put a plan in place now, so you can support those taking a leave of absence and those covering during their leave. 

Download the Leave of Absence Coverage Playbook.

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Topics: News & updates

3 ways to increase your team's diversity

Posted by Linda Bookey on Jan 14, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Is your company feeling a little homogenous? You’re not alone. 71 percent of companies want an inclusive culture, but only 12% have reached a “mature” level of diversity and inclusion (source: Breezy HR).

Here are 3 easy ways to increase the diversity on your team. But first, let's look at how we typically find that next great employee.

 

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Topics: Simplify Series

Start the new decade right: Invest in your personal brand

Posted by Lisa Hufford on Jan 7, 2020 10:18:51 AM

This post was originally published by Lisa Hufford on LinkedIn.  

It could be anywhere—at a party, a work event, or a coffee shop. You meet someone, and they introduce themselves with their name and their job title. And unless their title is truly memorable—and let’s be honest, it often isn’t—it quickly fades from memory.

Now what if they introduced themselves differently? What if they fused their what (job title or impact of their work) with their why (their motivation) in a way that gave you insight into their personality and how they view the world and their place in it? That sets them apart. That’s personal brand.

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Topics: Personal brand, News & updates

FFA x Simplicity: Sponsorship in action

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on Dec 9, 2019 10:44:33 AM

2019 was transformational for the Female Founders Alliance (FFA).

The organization tripled its membership, launched its programming on a national scale, inked a deal with WeWork, honored an incredible group of women and allies at the Champion Awards gala, and successfully completed its second Ready, Set, Raise Accelerator cohort—which collectively raised $2.7M and counting.

We’ve been proud to sponsor FFA as it works tirelessly to support female and non-binary founders of venture-scale companies. To show our support, we funded a marketing resource—the talented and values-driven Sara LeHoullier—for 2019 to help FFA expand its reach. As the year rapidly winds to a close, let’s take a look back at all the organization accomplished in 12 short months.

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Topics: News & updates, Women & work, Community

I'm a marketing leader & a millennial mom. Want me to work for you? Give me flexibility.

Posted by Stephanie Chacharon on Dec 5, 2019 11:02:51 AM

This post was originally published by Stephanie Chacharon on LinkedIn

Two things are true: I love my work. And I’m an amazing mom.

Those truths don’t have to be at odds with each other. But for me, something’s got to give with the traditional 9 to 5 employment model. If you want to keep me—and the countless others like me—employed, flexibility is a non-negotiable.

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Topics: Simplify Series, Talent shift, Women & work

Work + fulfillment

Posted by Lisa Hufford on Nov 21, 2019 3:36:17 PM

This post was originally published by Lisa Hufford on LinkedIn.  

Last week I was privileged to travel to Palm Desert to attend the 2019 Global Annual Meeting of EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women—a program that now includes 500 women entrepreneurs from around the world. To say it was inspiring would be a serious understatement. Lisa Schiffman, pictured below, is our fearless leader and fairy godmother who we are grateful for leading this program since its inception.

 I was selected to join the 2014 class of Winning Women and through the years of attending the annual conference, many of the women have become friends. There is nothing more empowering than being in a room of driven women, each making an impact in their own way. This year was no different.  

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Topics: News & updates, Talent shift

5 tips for successfully managing remote employees

Posted by Lisa Hufford on Oct 11, 2019 2:45:11 PM

This post was originally published by Lisa Hufford on LinkedIn.  

It’s #WorkFromAnywhere Week (thanks for the heads up, Career Contessa), which is as good a time as any to talk about remote work.  

In this business, I spend a lot of time talking with leaders and hiring managers about the future of work. And for so many of them, enabling and managing a remote workforce is a big, scary unknown.  

But here’s the thing: Remote work isn’t scary. And it isn’t any different thaon-site work. The same management principles apply in the office and remotely—they're just heightened with a remote workforce. I’ll dig into why. But firstthe data:

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Topics: News & updates, Talent shift

GeekWire Summit 2019

Posted by Stephanie Chacharon on Oct 10, 2019 9:31:13 PM

The GeekWire Summit did not disappoint.

We learned. We laughed. We met some of our local heroes. And we left feeling inspired by the future of tech and the incredible talent and innovation in our region.

Here are a few of our favorite moments from the event:

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Topics: Simplify Series, News & updates

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