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Commanders Are Reportedly Hosting 4 Top QB Prospects Together



Head coach Dan Quinn of the Washington Commanders speaks during a press conference alongside managing partner Josh Harris, left, and general manager Adam Peters at OrthoVirginia Training Center at Commanders Park on February 05, 2024 in Ashburn, Virginia.
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The Washington Commanders are entering a new era.

This will be the first NFL Draft of their new ownership, and they want to make sure to get things right.

So, with USC star QB Caleb Williams most likely out of the picture, they want to get a closer look at the four best quarterback prospects who might be available.

That makes perfect sense, but they’re going to take a rather-interesting approach to do so.

According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, they’re going to host LSU’s Jayden Daniels, Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy, UNC’s Drake Maye, and Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. all together for a top-30 visit.

Breer’s report adds that they’re part of a larger group of prospects that’ll visit the organization.

For most of the process, scouts and analysts have had Daniels penciled in as their selection, as he’s been widely recognized as the second-best player in this class.

He seems to be a perfect fit for Kliff Kingsbury’s offense, and he could be ready to make an impact right away, given the solid pieces they have on offense right now.

Then again, McCarthy continues to impress and rise in the draft boards, all while Maye seems to have the highest upside from a physical perspective.

As for Penix, he does come with plenty of risk because of his age and all the injuries, but he’s also perhaps the most polished passer of this class.

At this point, it seems like they just couldn’t go wrong either way.

Commanders Will Host Top QB Prospect This Week




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The Job Search Tip Introverts Hate (But Desperately Need)



No matter how talented, skilled, or educated you are, if you’re an introvert, you’re at a bit of a disadvantage in a job search.

I am not an introvert, but I speak to a lot of them, coaching them through the process of getting a new job. The vast majority of them are amazing, highly qualified people who do their jobs extremely well—but they have a lot of trouble when it comes time to get hired.

There’s one piece of advice I give that introverts almost universally step back from or even sneer at.

Here’s what it is…are you ready?

The job search is a sales process, and you need to “sell yourself” within that process.

What I’ve found is that job seekers with more reserved personalities aren’t as interested in hearing this. They take a big step back from this kind of mindset because it comes with a need for more aggressiveness or assertiveness than they might be naturally comfortable with in a job search.

If you’re an introvert, what kind of image pops up in your mind when you hear that? An overly aggressive used-car salesman? A pitchman on a TV infomercial? Put those thoughts out of your head. That isn’t at all what I mean.

What I’m talking about is a guideline or a frame of reference you can use to take action that will get you hired. It does require you to step out of your comfort zone, but the rewards for making that effort are great. You have a greater chance of winding up in a job you love, rather than a job that appears in front of you that may not be the best fit. You will almost certainly get a job faster, which puts money in your pocket in terms of a paycheck. Months without earning a paycheck adds up to thousands of dollars in lost income.

How does “selling yourself” work in practical terms? In the big picture, you are the “product” (aka business-of-one), the hiring manager (your future boss) is the “customer,” and your salary is the “purchase price.” The psychological process of an employer choosing to hire you is the same as that of a customer choosing to buy a product. When you break that down, you see that:

1. Your resume is a marketing document (not a job history) that needs to reveal the benefits of the product using data-based evidence. That means using numbers, dollars, and percentages to describe your accomplishments.

2. Your social media profiles are advertising—like commercials or billboards that grab attention and generate interest in your product. (You must be on LinkedIn, but don’t forget the power of other social media platforms.)

3. The interview is a sales call where you’re talking to the customer about what your product can do for them. How can you benefit that company? What value do you bring? When you think of it this way, all of your interview answers become another way for you to show or describe what they’ll get out of hiring you. This makes all your answers much more effective.

4. Also in the interview, you’ll bring “sales materials” that are printed evidence of the benefits of your product. You’ll bring a brag book that shows your past successes, as well as a 30-60-90 day plan that maps out what you will do for them in the future.

5. At the end of the interview, you act like a sales rep and close. This means that you ask for the business or the sale—the job. You say something like, “Based on what we’ve talked about so far, do you agree that I would be a good fit for this job?”

This question is a technique borrowed directly from sales pitches. Most introverts are intensely uncomfortable with the idea of closing. However, I think that the results you will get from it are worth stepping out of your comfort zone.

If you do feel uncomfortable, stop thinking of it as a sales technique. Think of it as good communication—because it is. You’re simply asking, “Are we on the same page? Have I told you everything you need to know?” All of these steps are really about communicating more effectively with hiring managers.

Better communication is a goal worth chasing for all of us. If you’re an introvert, coming at your job search with this mindset will help you get a better job.

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What Aja Naomi King and L’Oréal Paris Are Doing About Street Violence



Recent waves of street violence have gripped the nation, prompting international organizations like Right To Be and L’Oréal Paris’ Stand Up Against Street Harassment to step up and protect those affected.

If you think this is confined to urban areas, think again. New research from IPSOS has unearthed some troubling truths.

According to the study, a staggering 80 percent of women have encountered sexual harassment in public spaces at least once in their lives. Even more disheartening, 52 percent of respondents believe that women bear some responsibility for such incidents due to their attitudes, behavior or appearance.

Delphine Viguier-Hovasse, global brand president of L’Oréal Paris, weighs in on these findings, emphasizing how street harassment undermines women’s fundamental freedom. “With our Stand Up Against Street Harassment training program, our aim is to empower women to embrace their identities confidently, because nothing should undermine a woman’s self-worth.”

Joining the fight, acclaimed actress Aja Naomi King has partnered with L’Oréal Paris to raise awareness. Ahead, King opens up about her own encounters with street violence, the importance of community involvement, and the valuable lessons she gleaned from her recent role as Harriet in Lessons in Chemistry regarding self-worth.

What does this initiative from L’Oréal Paris mean to you and why did you decide to get involved? 

“As someone who has experienced street harassment myself, this has been an initiative that I have always really loved. It is very near and dear to my heart. I’ve not only experienced it, but I’ve also witnessed it and have felt really disempowered when I don’t know what to do. So that’s why I really love that L’Oréal Paris launched Stand Up and partnered with Right To Be. They created this methodology to help everyone, including people like myself, get trained and learn how to safely intervene in these situations and to just feel safer in these situations. They came up with this really great 5Ds methodology that everyone can learn about on their website.

It is a very simple, eye-opening 10-minute training, where it just gives you so much confidence because you have a framework for what to do when you’re in that position yourself, or you’re witnessing it happening to someone else. I found the entire thing so inspiring. They’ve trained over 2 million people worldwide. So it’s really incredible. I think we all deserve to feel safe when we’re moving about the world and just trying to go about our day. So I really love that this methodology has been created, that this partnership was created, and that we can help empower people to feel safe and know that there’s something that we can do and prevent street harassment together.”

Are you open about your experience with street violence?

“I am. There are instances where you walk outside and maybe someone is like, ‘Oh, you’re so pretty.’ And it’s like, ‘Oh, that’s nice, thank you.’ But then there are instances when someone’s like, ‘Oh, you’re so pretty.’ And you’re like, ‘Thank you,’ and then they start following you. And I’ve had that happen to me where all of a sudden someone’s following me and I’m just being like, ‘Thank you, but no, thank you.’ And the switch to violent language has been so utterly shocking to me in those instances. It’s just terrifying.

I got into the habit when I was younger of always wearing huge headphones and I would just ignore anyone that was looking at me or talking to me because it didn’t feel safe to engage. I just didn’t know which way it might go. It can be really scary.” 

What would you say to those affected by street violence or harassment?

“I would say that you’re not alone. That unfortunately, street harassment is something that happens every single day, all over the world. And hopefully, the more people that get trained through the Stand Up training, and the more of us that band together and educate people about it, it’ll really make a difference in our fight against it.”

How does your role as Harriet in Lessons in Chemistry connect with the work you’re doing here with L’Oréal?

Lessons in Chemistry was such an incredible experience for me, and Harriet especially is such a powerhouse. She is someone who believes so firmly in her own self worth that she’s willing to fight for it. And that’s what my work with L’Oréal is really about—reminding people that they are worthy and that they deserve to be here and that they’re beautiful and powerful and that they matter. 

That is also the lesson that I hope people will get from the series: No matter where you are in your life or what you have done so far, whatever your life has amounted to, you are worthy and and you deserve to take a chance on yourself and to explore something new that might be challenging, but that can lead you to a surprise in life. Good things can be on the other side of whatever obstacles we might encounter.”

You’ve acted alongside powerhouses like Viola Davis and Brie Larson. Have either taught you any valuable lessons?

“They’re both so great—I think that’s the lesson. Viola Davis and Brie Larson have both accomplished so much; they are such incredible women. And when you’re on set with them, they’re so passionate about the work and they care so much about every person involved in the work and they have such an appreciation. We work these long hours, everyone’s away from their families, we spend more time on set than we do at home, and there’s such a deep, profound appreciation for all of the work and effort that goes into it from all sides.

Just seeing that appreciation, seeing their work ethic, seeing how they treat people, to me that’s the greatest lesson—how we care for one another in these environments, so that we can all do our best work. Just the understanding that we’re a team creating something that can potentially be really impactful with each other and to be grateful for that.”

Are there any beauty products you’re loving right now?

“So many things. I’m obsessed with, and I will always be obsessed with, my hyaluronic acid serum from L’Oréal Paris. When you find that thing that works and continues to work for you, it becomes a staple.

I also really love their Bright Reveal SPF 50 UV Lotion, especially for me here in Los Angeles. I really love it because it’s such a good lotion. It’s so soft and it just feels really nice on my skin and there’s no white cast, which I really appreciate because I have found out with other SPS, and I don’t want to go outside looking gray.

Even on my no-makeup, not-going-to-do-anything days, I really love wearing my Telescopic Lift Mascara. That one is really, really good. It’s another staple for me.”

For training and helpful resources for intervening in future incidents—whether witnessing or experiencing harassment—visit the Stand Up website.


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Knicks Get Good Injury News On Key Veteran



Head coach Tom Thibodeau of the New York Knicks directs his team during the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden on March 10, 2024 in New York City. The 76ers won 79-73.
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New York Knicks fans are on cloud nine now that their team has secured the second seed in the Eastern Conference just days before the start of the 2023-24 NBA playoffs.

Do they have what it takes to battle the rest of the East and earn entry to the Finals?

The team has been bothered by injuries all season long, including some to talented big man Mitchell Robinson.

Robinson has been playing lately but sat out of the second half of the team’s last game on Sunday.

According to Fred Katz, Robinson went through “all of practice” on Tuesday morning.

Head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Robinson is “fine,” which is very good news for the Knicks.

For the season, Robinson has averaged 5.6 points and 8.5 rebounds, but he has only participated in 31 games due to his nagging injuries.

If Robinson really is ready to get many minutes on the floor, he could help the Knicks out a lot.

The team has a very talented backcourt with Jalen Brunson leading the way but they always need help in the paint.

Robinson has provided that help in the past and could do so again in the future.

Many people were impressed that the Knicks were able to do well this season despite a long list of injuries.

Robinson wasn’t the only one who got hurt, as Julius Randle, OG Anunoby, and others were all struck by the injury bug.

The team won’t be getting Randle back but the return of a fully healthy Robinson might really help.

He has obviously been looking better lately but will Robinson be ready for full games by the start of the playoffs?

Analyst Says 1 NBA Team Is ‘Confident’ Going Into Playoffs




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A Colorful, Art-Filled Home in Mississippi





“My style is grandpa chic,” says writer and photographer Erin Austen Abbott. She lives in Water Valley, Mississippi, with her husband, their son, two dogs, and a cat. Here, Erin shares their art-filled home, family travel tips, and ideas for movie nights…


Mississippi house tour

Paint: Sherwin Williams Pure White. Sofa: West Elm, similar. Coffee table: “a kid’s table from Anthropologie many years ago.” Curtains: Pottery Barn,similar. Cat pillow: Areaware, similar. Everything else: vintage.

On the travel bug: I was raised by a single mom, and she often took me on her work trips. I grew up in Mississippi and then Florida, and she’d take me to California and New York. I loved it and, later on, I started traveling with bands, handling their merch. I got hooked.


Paint: Sherwin Williams Pure White. Gallery wall, top to bottom, left to right: Hollie Chastain, Kate Donovan, Laura Roebuck, Michael Doyle, Yellow Owl Workshop, Frances Berry, Lamar Sorrento, Joel Meyerowitz, Kate Roebuck, Heather Sunquist Hall, Ashleigh Coleman. The rabbits in the middle were done by Daniel Long, birds by Kate Roebuck, portrait by Stephen Borasch. To the right of the rabbits: Ashleigh Coleman, Hollie Chastain, Adrienne Brown-David, Kate Roebuck. Yellow Owl Workshop, Ashleigh Coleman, Kate Donovan, Adrienne Brown-David, Ashleigh Coleman, Heather Sunquist Hall.

On a beloved piece: I see art as this magical thing we’re so lucky to look at every day in our house! One favorite is a portrait [the woman looking into the distance] by my friend Stephen Borasch in Los Angeles. It pulls me in like a great song.


Art on the bookcase, left to right: Julianna Swaney, Kate Roebuck, Reid Mitchell, Tom (Erin’s son), Julianna Swaney, and Kathryn Hunter. Art on ledges above the couch: Frances Berry, on top, and Ashleigh Coleman, below.

On making connections: Social media can be a lot, but one beautiful thing is how that it connects you to people you might never have met. I follow artists and galleries online, and I’ve bought pieces directly from artists all over the world. There’s something magical about coming across a piece that stops you in your tracks.


Coatrack: Eames Hang-It-All, “two together to make one long one.” Rooftop beekeeper photograph: Erin Austen Abbott. Dresser: vintage, similar. Bike: Linus. Art on upper mantel: “Photo of Evan Dando by Chrissy Piper, two pieces by Britt Bass, Shepard Fairey, then another Britt Bass.” Art on the lower level of the mantel: Erin Austen Abbott print, “old family photos, and a tintype of my son by Michael Foster.”

On growing into a place: I was single when I bought this 1,700-square-foot house, and I felt like I’d bought a mansion. These days, with two more people and three pets, the house feels smaller. We have no drawers in the kitchen, there are only 2.5 closets in the whole place, and we have only one bathroom. But it works!



Paint: Martha Stewart “Silhouette,” discontinued. Art from top to bottom: “lo-fi, Butch Anthony, Heather Sunquist Hall, Lamar Sorrento.”

On living in Mississippi: People have so many ideas of what they think Mississippi is, so I love how surprised people are when they visit. We love how green it is — we’re surrounded by trees and rivers and lakes everywhere we go. I also love the affordability of life here; creative people are drawn here, since we can afford to take risks within our work. We also love our community. Mississippi is a state that encourages you to stay socially and politically engaged to try to make changes for a better future.


Chair: Eames.

On family movies: We have a strong tradition of movie nights. I’ve kept a running tally of every movie we’ve watched together since our son Tom was five. He’s now 11. One movie I loved as a child that still holds up is Never Cry Wolf. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is great, and Rabbit-Proof Fence is an extraordinary true story that my son loved. Selma is hard to watch but essential for kids to see. We use historical movies to spark discussion. And don’t skip documentaries! For example, The Summer of Soul is wonderful.



Paint: Sherwin Williams Mint Condition. Colorful pots on shelf above stove: Dansk via Schoolhouse Electric. Coffee mugs: Paper & Clay.

On bringing cultures home: The app Radiooooo lets you listen to music from different countries and time periods. For example, you can hear what they were listening to in Cuba in the ’40s. And if we’re cooking food from Thailand, we’ll play Thai radio.




Paint: Martha Stewart’s “Artesian Well.” Desk: Anthropologie, similar. Lamp: Anthropologie, similar. Chair: Anthropologie. Art, left to right, top to bottom: Coulter Fussel, lo-fi, Jonathan Kent Adams, Heather Sunquist Hall, Frances Berry, Erin Austen Abbott, lo-fi (all three from top to bottom), Kate Roebuck, Noah Saterstrom, Erin Austen Abbott, Megan Patton.

On arranging art: Hanging art is an art in itself! I try to make groupings — like works with dots or shades of pink. In the office, I like how the reds above my desk pop against the blue wall.


On staging an art show in a motel: Back in 2006, I was just driving around and taking pictures, when I pulled into a roadside motel. It had blue doors with red hearts for numbers. An idea popped into my mind: this would be a great place to bounce from room to room for a one-night-only art show, using the rooms as mini-galleries. Over the next few months, I gathered friends who wanted to show their work — and I’ve been doing it ever since! More than 150 artists have shown at One Night Stand at the Ole Miss Motel over the years, and more than 2,000 people have attended.



Paint: Benjamin Moore Gray Timber Wolf. Curtains: Pottery Barn, similar. Bed Frame: Overstock, similar. Bedside lamp: Schoolhouse. Bedding: Schoolhouse. Art above bedside table: Karina Bania. Bench at foot of bed: vintage German beer hall style bench.

On trip itineraries: When we travel as a family, we try to find a great hike, then eat local food that we can’t easily get at home. My son loves oysters, so we always look for new-to-us oysters. We also stop int every bookstore and record store.


Paint: Benjamin Moore “Gray Timber Wolf.” Curtains: Pottery Barn, similar. Bed Frame: Overstock, similar. Bedside lamp: Schoolhouse. Bedding: Schoolhouse. Quilt at foot of bed: “found in India.” Art above bedside table: Karina Bania. Bench at foot of bed: vintage German beer hall style bench. Dresser and globes: vintage. Desk chair: Overstock, similar. Desk: vintage, similar. Overhead light: Sazerac Stitches.

On collections: I collect globes and travel mementos, like a menu from a restaurant we loved or a pressed penny from a national park. I have a section in my book, Family Field Trip that encourages parents to set up a travel center at home, like how you would for an art area. I keep our travel books together, plus maps and souvenirs. My son will sit down and read about places he hopes to go.



Paint: Benjamin Moore Sweatshirt Grey. Desk: Ikea. Chair: vintage, similar. Bed: Article. Curtains: vintage. Side table: Kartell. Curtains: vintage, similar.

On living in a small town: Our town has only around 3,400 people. We just give our son a walkie talkie when he goes out to play with his friends. He loves living that independent life.


Furniture: vintage, including vintage German beer hall style table. Metal bins: Anthropolgoie, similar. Art: vintage map surrounded by “Tom’s baby shower invite by Kate Roebuck, and other works by Sally King Benedict and Kate Roebuck.” Quilted Pillow: Katherine Montague. Kid’s guitar and stand: Loog.

On having one child: Tom was only two weeks old when people started asking, ‘When is he going to get a sibling?’ But I’d had a hard time getting pregnant, and I was 37 when I had Tom. I knew he wasn’t going to get a sibling. People still ask all the time, even though it’s inappropriate to ask a stranger at the grocery store such an invasive question. I started being very blunt. I’d answer by going into detail about how hard it was to get pregnant with my son. They’d be like, ‘Oh, I’m sorry.’ It’s like, Yeah, let that be a lesson.



Paint: Sherwin Williams Pure White and Benjamin Moore Hale Navy. Furniture and rug: vintage. Art: Kate Roebuck and Tom (Erin’s son). Overhead light: West Elm.

On staying put: We’ve spent so much time in this home as a family. I go into my son’s room or our bathroom and am instantly flooded with memories of when he was a baby.



On bird calls: We have a pretty wild backyard! I sit on our deck early in the morning and listen to the bird calls. My neighbor is also a birder, so we text each other about different ones we hear or see. The Merlin Bird ID app helps me recognize those in my backyard. We also join in the yearly eagle count with the local state park. When our son was born, we planted blueberry bushes — we get so many berries every summer!

Thank you so much, Erin!

P.S. More house tours, including a colorful Connecticut home and a family’s dream home in Sacramento.

(Photos by Erin Austen Abbott.)


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Broncos Veteran Is Reportedly Seeking A New Contract



SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 08: A Denver Broncos helmet on the sidelines during their preseason NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on August 8, 2013 in San Francisco, California.
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The Denver Broncos went through some major changes in the offseason.

However, instead of looking to leave, one of their best players wants to stay.

That’s why WR Courtland Sutton hasn’t reported to the team’s voluntary off-season program.

According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, Sutton skipped Monday’s session because he’s trying to put some pressure on the team to get a new contract.

Just yesterday, Philadelphia Eagles star DeVonta Smith signed a three-year, $75 million contract extension with $51 million fully guaranteed.

Sutton isn’t on the same tier as them, but he’s still managed to put up great production despite his subpar quarterback situation.

He’s had nine different starting quarterbacks since entering the league as a second-round pick in 2018.

As for Sutton, he hasn’t exactly played in an ideal situation for a wide receiver since Denver selected him with a second-round pick in 2018.

Even so, the SMU product has been a consistent contributor at Mile High.

He’s coming off logging 59 receptions for 772 yards and ten scores last season despite ranking No. 53 in targets around the league.

The Broncos cleaned house at the beginning of the offseason, starting with QB Russell Wilson.

They will now have either a rookie quarterback or Jarrett Stidham as their starting quarterback next season.

And while that’s not an ideal situation for any wide receiver, Sutton is still trying to make the most of his leverage to get some financial security for years to come.

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The 4 Amazing Benefits Of A Mock Interview



In cold weather climates, the beginning of spring is a time to clean the house and get organized—a practice known as spring cleaning. Through the years, spring cleaning has taken on a larger meaning with people using the time to organize and declutter things in their lives.

For professionals on the job hunt, a little spring cleaning (metaphorically speaking) could be a great way to reinvigorate your job search. Here are a few strategies your job search spring cleaning should include.

Reevaluate Your Job Search Approach

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Make a list of the last handful of jobs you applied for and see if you can identify any positive or negative trends. Consider things like:

  • How did I learn about this job?
  • How did I apply for the job?
  • Did I earn an interview?
  • What was the ultimate result?

A lot can be learned about your job search approach just by answering these questions and identifying patterns. For example:

Negative Trends

You discovered five jobs through job boards, applied to all of them via the job boards, and never heard back from any of them.

The common pattern here is applying through job boards. This isn’t to say that job boards don’t serve a purpose in the job search process, but they have their limitations, and you can’t run your job search entirely off of them. When you apply through a job board, there’s a good chance that your materials will never get past the applicant tracking system (ATS) and never be seen by an actual person.

One simple fix is to research who the hiring manager or recruiter is that posted the position and email your materials to them directly.

The more efficient fix would be to take a proactive approach by putting together a bucket list of companies that you want to work for and start making connections on LinkedIn with people who work at those companies. You may already know some people who work there or have connections that can refer you to some individuals.

This is a great way to network your way onto a company’s radar.

Positive Trends

You applied to three jobs via referral, were invited to two job interviews, and made it through multiple rounds of interviews for one of the jobs before being passed over for someone with a little more experience.

The pattern here is that getting referred to a job by a professional acquaintance is a great way to land a job interview. This indicates that you’re leveraging your network well and you should continue to focus on your networking efforts.

The next step is to review the interview process and determine what went well and what needs to be improved. Sometimes the interviewer will provide feedback, and that feedback can be valuable. However, not everyone is comfortable with giving feedback.

Chances are you probably have a good idea about areas of improvement and the skills you need to gain. Put together a plan for addressing those shortfalls.

The good news in making it deep into any interview process is that it indicates that the company likes you as a potential employee (even if the timing just wasn’t right) and the experience could be a roadmap to a job with that company at a later date, or another similar opportunity elsewhere.

Give Your Resume & Cover Letter Some Much-Needed Attention

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Are you continuously sending similar resumes and cover letters to each job opening with only minor adjustments? If so, your strategy needs some serious spring cleaning.

Let’s start with resumes!

Every resume should be tailored to the position in order for it to stand out to recruiters and hiring managers. It may seem like a lot of work, but it’s actually less work than submitting the same resume over and over again and never hearing back.

The reason why it’s so important to tailor your resume is that throughout your career, you acquire numerous skills, but the job you’re applying for may only be focusing on 6-8 of those skills. In that case, those skills must rise to the top of the resume with quantifiable examples of how you successfully used those skills at previous jobs.

Remember, recruiters go through hundreds of resumes. They need to be able to tell from a quick glance whether or not you’re a potential candidate for the position.

While updating your resume, you could also spruce up your LinkedIn profile by highlighting the skill sets that you want to be noticed for by recruiters.

As for writing a good cover letter, the key to success is writing a disruptive cover letter. When you write a disruptive cover letter, you’re basically telling a story. The story should focus on how you connect with the particular company and job position. The story could also focus on your personal journey, and how you got to where you currently are in your career.

If your resumes and cover letters aren’t unique, now is the time to clean things up and get on track.

Build Your Personal Brand

Just because you’re looking for work doesn’t mean that you don’t have anything to offer. Use previous career experiences and passions to build your personal brand.

Ask yourself, “How do I want other professionals to view me?”

Pick an area of expertise and start sharing your knowledge and experience with your professional network by pushing out content on your LinkedIn and social media accounts. Good content can include blogs, social media posts, and videos.

By sharing content about your experiences and passions, you slowly build your personal brand, and others will start to notice. The content could lead to good discussions with others in your network. It could also lead to reconnecting with connections that you haven’t spoken to in years, or making new connections.

You never know when one of these connections could turn into a job lead or referral. The trick is to get on people’s radars. So, when you’re cleaning up your job search, be sure to build a plan for personal branding.

Maintain Healthy Habits During Your Job Search

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Your job search is important, but it’s even more important to know when to pull back and focus on personal health and spending time with family and friends.

There are actually things that you can do for your own enjoyment that could help your job search in the long run, such as:

  • Grab coffee with a friend – It’s good to engage in light conversation with friends during challenging times. And if your job search does come up, remember that most people have been through it themselves and you never know when a friend may provide you with a good idea or lead on a job.
  • Volunteer – Volunteering is a great way to get involved in the community and help others. In addition, if you develop a little bit of a career gap while looking for a job, you can always talk about how you filled that time volunteering, if you’re asked about it during a job interview.
  • Continue to focus on other passions – Are you a fitness nut? Blogger? Crafter? Continue to do the things that bring you happiness. And if you’re in a position to profit from your passion through a freelance job or side hustle, even better!

Spring is the perfect time to clean up and improve your job search so you can land the job you want. If you’re struggling to find a job, follow the tips above to reinvigorate your job search—and watch your career blossom!

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Eye Creams to Use After an Eye Lift, According to Plastic Surgeons



Blepharoplasty, aka eyelid surgery or an eye lift, consistently ranks among the top five plastic surgery procedures each year. Eyelid rejuvenation used to be reserved for the over-50 set, but lately it’s become a more popular request by a younger demographic. The post-pandemic Zoom Boom prompted younger patients to consider plastic surgery after staring at themselves on camera all day, and the eye area isn’t so forgiving. A blepharoplasty is a relatively quick procedure that can correct everything from upper eyelid hooding to under-eye bags. Plus, the scars are hidden in the lash line or the crease of the eyelid, which leaves them virtually invisible once healed.

“The skin around the eyes is some of the thinnest on the body. Therefore, great skin care around the eyes is important, even after surgical blepharoplasty,” says New York facial plastic surgeon Dilip D. Madnani, MD. “We want to keep the fragile skin around the eyes as hydrated and youthful as possible. A comprehensive anti-aging eye cream is best. Look for one that targets a variety of aging concerns, such as dryness, crepiness, puffiness, lines, wrinkles, and dark circles.”

Like most other cosmetic procedures, at-home skin-care maintenance is critical for an optimal outcome. These are the best eye creams to use after an eye lift, as recommended by top plastic surgeons.

Eye Creams to Use After Eyelid Surgery

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SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair ($106)

“I recommend the SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair for patients, especially after blepharoplasty because the growth factors and peptides help the skin heal and promote collagen production. It encourages firmer, toned skin, which is ideal for post-surgery maintenance. It is a wonderful product for hydrating the delicate eye area.” —New York plastic surgeon Mokhtar Asaadi, MD

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SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Advanced Eye ($116)

“If patients had eyelid surgery, but not concomitant laser resurfacing in addition [this is a very popular pairing], I would recommend this AGE interrupter eye cream. It helps with hydration and overall signs of aging.” —Palo Alto, CA facial plastic surgeon Jill L. Hessler, MD

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Luzern Force de Vie Eye Contour Crème ($145)

“While I think PRP—platelet-rich plasma—does wonders for the skin, especially when combined with eyelid surgery, I also like Luzern’s Force de Vie eye contour creme. It uses hyaluronic acid and peptides to help reduce puffiness, and gives firmness for a more lifted and radiant appearance.” —Beverly Hills, CA plastic surgeon Kimberly J. Lee, MD

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DefenAge 3D Eye Radiance Cream ($127)

“Most skin-care lines help to repair damaged skin cells, but DefenAge distinguishes itself by being one of the only medical-grade products that helps to also create new skin cells. This eye cream hydrates the skin and treats crepiness. After eyelid surgery, sometimes the quality of remaining skin can be further treated with the NuVissa Plasma Pen, a noninvasive in-office procedure with minimal downtime.” —New York facial plastic surgeon Lee Ann M. Klausner, MD

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Skinbetter Science InterFuse Treatment Cream EYE ($120)

“A comprehensive anti-aging eye cream is best for the fragile skin around the eyes, especially after surgery when we want to maximize results. At our office, we recommend this peptide eye cream from Skinbetter Science. It’s also fragrance-free.” —Dr. Madnani

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Alastin Restorative Eye Treatment ($114)

“Once the eyelid is healed, we continue to recommend medical-grade sunblock to avoid the aging effects of UV light. While no single eye cream can give surgical results, I recommend this one from Alastin. Alastin uses TriHex Technology to build collagen and elastin in the skin to maintain a youthful look.” —Dr. Schlessinger

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Project GLAMMERS DEFEND Matte Tinted Sunscreen SPF 40 ($70) and DEFEND Melanin Emollient Sunscreen SPF 40 ($70)

“The most important product is sunscreen, especially in the initial period of healing and recovery. From our own Project GLAMMERS skin-care line, we love our DEFEND and DEFEND Melanin, which is designed for patients with melanin-rich skin types. It is also important to focus on the few active ingredients that will promote skin health and maintain a youthful appearance. That includes a gentle concentration of retinols designed specifically for under-eye applications, as the skin around the eyes is very sensitive and needs to be treated differently from the rest of the face. It also includes a combination of antioxidants and gentle glycolic acid.” —New York oculoplastic surgeon Irene Gladstein, MD

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Alastin Regenerating Skin Nectar ($236)

“If the patient had laser resurfacing after their eyelid surgery, such as a CO2 laser or erbium laser, then I recommend this Alastin Nectar. This miracle topical helps speed up recovery, take away redness and builds collagen and elastin.” —Dr. Hessler

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Booger McFarland Doesn’t Hold Back His Thoughts On J.J. McCarthy



HOUSTON, TEXAS - JANUARY 08: J.J. McCarthy #9 of the Michigan Wolverines warms-up prior to the 2024 CFP National Championship game against the Washington Huskies at NRG Stadium on January 08, 2024 in Houston, Texas.
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The next edition of the NFL Draft features plenty of talent at the most important position in the game.

Experts project as many as five quarterbacks to be taken in the first round, and Michael Penix Jr. could also sneak in.

That would be almost 20% of first-round picks being used on quarterbacks, which would clearly lead to some reaches and questionable decisions.

That’s the only reason why ESPN analyst Booger McFarland believes J.J. McCarthy could be a top-ten selection.

Talking on Get Up, McFarland claimed that he would be shocked if McCarthy were to go ahead of Drake Maye.

“There’s no way you can convince me J.J. McCarthy is the third-best player in this draft. I don’t think he’s the fourth-best player in this draft,” McFarland said.

He thinks there’s no way anybody can convince him that McCarthy is the third-best or even fourth-best player in this draft class.

And while he understands how supply and demand work in the NFL Draft and why McCarthy could be so valuable for a team, he’s not impressed by his game.

Sample size aside, McFarland isn’t sold on McCarthy’s tape or convinced that he can do a lot of things at a high enough level to guarantee such a high selection.

McCarthy entered the draft process with some thinking of him as a borderline second-round selection, but he’s been the most notorious climber on this year’s big boards.

Scouts love his tape and the fact that he spent three years playing for an NFL coach in Jim Harbaugh, and with all QB-needy teams looking to get a new gunslinger, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him climb his way up to the top-five.

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