Gift Guide: Hostess Edition

Shopping, wrapping, giving, cooking, and gatherings? Oh my! With all you have on your schedule, there is no need to add anymore stress what you go to a holiday party. Instead, here are a list of hostess gift ideas AND they're all under $25.

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Gift Guide: Work Edition

Gifts for your co-workers, even your boss, can become more stressful than it needs to be. My advice, is to think of a few items that you yourself like to use at work (i.e. chargers and planners) then just go from there! Below are a list of gift ideas for anyone at work AND they're all under $20.

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Job Seeker Glossary

The search for a job can be overwhelming, especially when you're reading job postings for hours on end. That's why I put together this glossary of job, employment, and career terms; to help make your job-search and application process a little easier.

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) — Used by major employers to collect, store job candidate data and screen resumes from potential job candidates. 

Background Check — Used by employers to verify the accuracy of the information you provide on your resume or job application. Information checked include: employment verification, educational background, references, credit history, medical records, driving record, court records, criminal records, and more.

Cover Letter — Should always accompany your resume when you contact a potential employer. A good cover letter opens a window to your personality (and describes specific strengths and skills you offer the employer). Cover Letters formats include: invited, uninvited, and referral.

Curriculum Vitae (CV) — See Resume

Electronic Resume (or E-Resume) — A resume (see resume) that is sent to the employer electronically, either via email, by submitting to Internet job boards, or on their on website. 

Elevator Pitch — A 15 to 30-second pitch that job-seekers use in a variety of situations (career fairs, networking events, job interviews]) that shares who you are, what makes you different, and the benefits you can provide. 

Email Cover Letter — A cover letter (see Cover Letter) that is sent to the employer electronically via email. 

Follow-Up — Contacting the employers AFTER you've submitted your resume or had an interview. In the early phases of searching for a job, Follow-up is also important after the job interview, first with a thank-you letter, but then also with contact expressing your interest and fit for the position. 

Internships —  Internships involve working in your expected career field, either during a semester or over the summer. Besides gaining valuable experience, you get exposed to the business environment and gain valuable references and network contacts. 

Interview — See Job Interviewing

Job Application — Also known as an Application for Employment. Many organizations require you to complete an application (either to get an interview or prior to an interview).

Job Interviewing — Both the employer and the job-seeker want to determine if the fit is right between them. The job interview is an opportunity for the employer to interview the job-seeker for the position they are hiring. Interview formats include: phone, stress, situational, group, traditional, and screening.

Letter of Interest — See Cover Letter

Letter of Recommendation — A letter of support for your skills, ability, and work ethic, usually written by a former boss or co-worker, but could also be from a teacher or personal reference. 

References — A group of people who will say good things about you and who know specifics strengths that you offer. References may include professional references (current and past supervisors), educational references (former teachers or school administrators), and personal references (who can speak of your character). Prior to including someone as a reference, ask the person for permission.  

Resume — A key job-hunting tool used to apply for jobs and get an interview, It summarizes your accomplishments, education, work experience, and should reflect your skills, personality, and strengths. Resumes come in various formats: chronological, electronic, functional, keyword, text, video, Curriculum Vitae, and web-based.

Don't see a certain job-hunting or employment-related term listed? Comment below. 




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My 2nd Birthday & Giveaways

Raise a glass, it's my business birthday week!

Two years ago, I made Ashlee Chu Marketing (ACM) official. I started out with the intent to market the worth of others. That goal has not and will not change. Within the last year, I have gained humility and perspective in terms of how to better serve my clients and how I encourage anyone who comes across  ACM. 

Quick One-Liner-Lessons on Year Two: 

It's OK to say no. 

Listen. Pray. Serve. Deliver.

Know your limits. 

Stream(line) work helps the dream work. 


10% OFF A RESUME REFRESH: Learn more HERE. Good until 11/25/16.

INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY: Follow @ashhleechumktg for details on 11/23/16.

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The Importance of a Professional Email Address

Which business would you choose to contact given the following email address: or I would assume you’d choose the first one. This is because we feel a branded, more professional email makes a business or person appear more credible. It may seem insignificant but an email reaches far beyond your inbox. Essentially, your email address is your first impression, builds your credibility, and promotes a certain level of trust. On the other hand, an unprofessional or unbranded email address is not a great way for job seekers or business owners to present themselves. 


Ask yourself this question: What impression does my email address create? A professional email indicates you are established and professional. A cryptic or general email may project inexperience or even worse, raise doubts on whether you're serious or real.


As email scams continue to rise, many individuals may not be comfortable emailing their information or doing business with A professional email however, will provide a sense of security and reassurance. 


You can create a professional email address with ease through Google (my personal preference) for free or other email providers like Yahoo and Microsoft Outlook. To create a custom domain, you can utilize a service from Google, G Suite for a reasonable cost.  

If you are a job seeker, you want to make it as easy as possible for a potential employer to associate you with what you do. If your email address is cryptic or dated, I suggest you create a new email address (it can be temporary while applying for a job or permanent) and use your name. Take me for example, I might consider If it's not available, try variations that include your first and last name. This will make it easier for prospective employers to find you in their inboxes.

Remember, when you provide your email address, it's a representation of you. 




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