Monday, May 27, 2013

Corporate advice!

Hi Dolls!
Happy Memorial day to all my American readers! I've come down with the flu unfortunately so I won't be enjoying the beautiful weather outdoors! Please make a quick prayer for my speedy recovery! :)

Anywhos, I've decided to dedicate today's blog-post to corporate talk: tips and advice. As many of you may or may not know, I am a Business student with a degree in Management Information Systems and I work for Hewlett-Packard as a Specialist in Project Management. I've got asked many times how it feels to work in a multinational corporation and if I am treated any different because of my choice to wear Hijab. And the answer is: NO.

Alhumdulillah, my overall experience with the company and the corporate world has been nothing less than amazing. Of course you run into people who choose not to smile at you but I like to think they're just having a rough day. There's a saying that goes, "judge me by whats in my head, not on my head." This is sooo true. You are your biggest critic; don't ever allow yourself to feel intimidated just because you stand out, just because you are an obvious indication of a faith. Never feel sorry for anything you have not done and always soar through the day with positive wit and energy! These are just my two cents and what I have learned over the course of almost two years.

For those of you who are fresh graduates and are starting the journey of finding a job, I know how that feels! I interviewed with many companies before landing a position at HP so don't feel beaten if you're not called back after your first interview. I was given some amazing advice in order to prep for interviews and here I share those tips with you:

1)Prepare.
 If you have a job description for the position you are interviewing, review the requirements/roles and responsibilities very thoroughly. Take a portoflio with additional resumes and plain pages for notes with you. This shows you've come prepared and are eager to jot down notes.

2) Be Sharp.
Talk about something you contributed in school, previous job, volunteering opportunity, etc that was new and effective. Use your experience to make something sound interesting even if it was super simple.

3)Hard Working.
You had a critical deadline to meet and you worked extra hours over the weekend to make sure the deliverable was completed on time.  Again if you can think of a specific example, have that in your mind in case they want to hear it. 

4) Quick Learner.
I believe this is a key quality. You want to show your willingness to learn and accept new roles without extensive preparation. Again, give an example of a time you grasped knowledge rather quickly in order to complete a task/assignment.

5)Team Player.
Think about the times you were a leader in your group focuses or studies at school. What did you do to make sure everyone in your group was on track? Have some examples ready in your head.

6) Handles Adversity.
You made a mistake which could have had downstream impacts so you identified the mistake and came up with an approach on how to resolve the issue and mitigate the impacts. If you ever made a mistake, think of that time. The point here is that you were honest up front and handled the issue as quick as possible.

Always ask for a business card as you wrap up your interview. You want your recruiters information so you can send a Thank You and follow up email after the interview. Again, this shows your eagerness and continuous interest in the job.
Lastly, be calm and be yourself! No matter how professional you are, the recruiter at the end of the day wants to talk to a person who is practical and social. Everyone can follow these tips but you can differentiate yourself by letting your personality shine through!

To end with, here's an inspiration for an outfit. Keep it simple. Let your personality and your intelligence speak!



Corporate!

Lipsy
$48 - lipsy.co.uk
Uniqlo pants
uniqlo.com
ALDO pointy-toe pumps
aldoshoes.com
Forever 21 scarve
forever21.com
kraft A4 divider notebook
$8.30 - paperchase.co.uk



Goodluck!
Xo
Maryam 

 






Friday, May 17, 2013

Tribal!

Hi!
What a week! I always say this but I am sooo glad its the weekend! Alhamdulillah!!!
Working gives you the sense of appreciation for off days so I am very much glad I can sleep in for the next two days hehe!

OOTD from yesterday:


oh you know a selfie in between working


Guess how much the shirt I am wearing cost? $4.95!!! Who can beat that! And it wasn't even a sale item. Regular price baby!

Outfit details:
Top: h&m 
Pants: Forever21
Shoes: Tory Burch
Bag: Alexander Wang

Until till next time!
xo
Maryam

Friday, May 10, 2013

Inspirational Friday

TGIF!!! Happy Friday Dolls!
 
We had some serious rainfall this morning but in all honesty, I love these kind of days! The perfect excuse to hibernate at home all day, I mean I could totally use one of those!
 
I'll leave you with a beautiful Hadith:
 
 
Dua in Arabic transliteration:
Allaahumma innaa nas alukal Jannatul Firdousi wa na’UUzhu bika minnan-naar.
"O Allaah grant us the gardens of firdous and save us from the fire."
 
 
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
xo
Maryam

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Graduation Inspiration!

Hi everyone! <3!
 
Graduation is a big day. You want to be comfortable and chic at the same time and for a Hijabi, modest clothing plays a key role.
 So as the exciting time of the year is just around the corner, I pulled together two looks, a nighttime outfit and a daytime that are Hijabi-friendly and serve as inspiration for those of you who are having a difficult time figuring out what to wear! 
 
 On my graduation, I wore a skirt but I kind of wish I wore pants instead. I feel like I would've been a lot more comfortable which is the primary reason of featuring pants in both the ensembles below.

Daytime Ensemble:



Nude Attitude

Nude Attitude by mfasadullah featuring skinny jeans

White pants paired with soft hues is the perfect day time look. It effortlessly executes a fancier feel as well. So chic!


  

Oasis army dress
$70 - oasis-stores.com



H&M skinny jeans
$15 - hm.com





Nighttime Ensemble: 
Graduation Inspiration
 

Graduation Inspiration by mfasadullah featuring forever 21

Drawstring pants are so hot right now and they are the perfect fit - not tight and not grandma loose! Pair with a black flowy blouse and rose-gold accessories to pull the entire look together!


H M chiffon shirt
$47 - hm.com



Forever 21 pants
forever21.com



Steve Madden high heel wedge
piperlime.gap.com



Pieces shoulder bag
$34 - pieces.com



Forever 21
forever21.com





Black scarve
$17 - topvintage.nl

If you're more of a flats girl, substitute the heels for an embellished flat! Always remember, you can make any outfit look dressy by picking the correct accessories! ;)
xo
Maryam





 
 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Kardashian's in Houston!

Hello!
 
Hope everyone had a great weekend!
 So a lot of you might not care for them but the Kardashian's were in Houston! And of course, I had to go see them. It was beyond madness at the mall! So many people literally waiting for hours to see them. It's crazy what kind of empire/fan base they have created through their Kardashian brand. Anyhow, they were super sweet and seemed interested in every fan that got their autograph. Khloe was the prettiest in my opinion but they all looked amaze! Kim is not "fat" as the media/magazines make her to be. She was normal size with a big preggo belly, duh!
 
 Here are some snapshots & an OOTD:
 








Arm candy!
 
Xo
Maryam
 


Friday, May 3, 2013