For Molly Ford, it all started with a simple beauty tip. Wanting to share a clever tidbit she picked up (using toilet seat covers as facial blotting tissues), she created the super successful lifestyle site Smart, Pretty & Awkward, which gives three pieces of advice in every post: how to be smarter, how to be prettier, and how to be less awkward. Five years and millions of page views later, Ford works full-time in marketing for a media company in New York City, has a column in Parade Magazine, and also shares her blogging and social media know-how in front of live audiences, speaking at places like Social Media Week, Smart Girls Conference, and as an instructor at General Assembly. The multihyphenate spills her workplace tips for how to look and feel your best during…
An HR Phone Screening: Hoping to nab an in-person interview after the initial phone screening? Then dress up for the phone call—looking professional, even if no one can see you, puts you in the right interview mindset.
Your turn to lead the weekly meeting: When presenting in front of a group, patterns on your clothes can be distracting to the viewer. Wear a solid color top so that your hand gestures are more visible and the focus is on your face.
Your commute: Invest in a nice pair of flats, and change to heels at work (keep two pairs, black and nude, under your desk). You do not want to run into an exec in the elevator in the morning in sneakers, and a chic black flat is walkable and will prevent you from looking like you came from a workout.
Your busiest week of the year: No time for a manicure, but need to have great nails for the whole week? Use a light color—chips are less visible than a dark shade.
A surprise connection: If you are a glasses-wearer, putting a few business cards in your glasses case ensures you will always have one or two to hand out in an unexpected networking moment.
The start of winter: On your desk, keep a small bottle of hand lotion—if it is visible, you will absentmindedly put it on while waiting for a conference call to start or checking emails, keeping hands soft in the cold months.