A New Year

Happy New Year! Hope you all had a wonderful NYE and that you’re ready for a fresh start! During a team meeting this past week, we went over plans for 2014 and spent some time discussing how The Everygirl changed in 2013. February 22 will mark the second anniversary of this site, at which time we’ll be going into our t-h-i-r-d year! Say whaaat?! Here’s a look at some of the changes that took place in 2013.

On November 20, we relaunched our website and launched a product line which is available in The Everygirl’s shop.

Along wtih the redesign, we have a brand new travel section and will be adding new content regularly.

Don’t forget our shoppable posts! We’ll be sharing more budget-friendly fashion and decor with you this year.

When we first launched The Everygirl back in February 2012, our plan was to feature “creative, career driven women” on the site, but since we’ve had so many requests to feature women in different types of careers, so we did that, too. We featured a WNBA player, attorney, heavyweight champion boxerproducer, and advertising copywriter among others. We’re excited to bring even more diversity to our career section this year.

In parts one, two, and three of our Fashion Essentials for The Everygirl, we shared the must-haves that belong in every woman’s wardrobe. Last year, we turned to fashion bloggers to style the budget friendly pieces from our popular Fashion Essentials features.

We started sharing our readers’ stories. From the story of a woman who plans to fly around the world to one who escaped an arranged marriage, it’s been an honor to provide a platform for women to share what they’ve gone through.

We’ve also expanded our home tours. From a house in Raleigh to a loft in Minneapolis to a townhouse in Houston, it is our hope to continue to share different types of homes owned by women in various stages throughout their lives.

We gave one of our readers a trip to Asia!

Hope 2013 was good to each and every one of you, and we wish you the best in the coming year.

  • Katherine

    My sister just went through this with her post-undergrad internships – which she found to be stressful. My best advice is to keep all doors open, especially if you were extremely interested in both. For the one you are telling “no, thank you” I advise to let them know another opportunity has come up that you feel is a great fit for you right now, but that you hope their company will keep your resume and consider you for possible professional internships or full-time positions in the future. Best to stroke their ego and reiterate why you were interested in them in the first place. You never know when a blast from the past will come in handy further into your career.

  • Gilit

    I once had a situation just like this! I had two internship possibilities: one that I really really wanted and one that I was lukewarm about. I was completely thrilled to be offered both opportunities but it turned out that the timing of my dream internship was all wrong for my life at the moment. It meant I would never be home to see my husband or son and it was an extremely hard decision but I chose the other internship. Don’t get me wrong it was still a great opportunity but I was definitely less excited about it. I mailed a letter right away thanking my interviewer for offering the position, politely declining, and saying that I hoped our paths crossed again soon because its a company I love and would love to be a part of in the future.
    He then offered me another position within the company which felt amazing but unfortunately had the same hours so I had to decline again! I emailed him right away and sent another letter but at that point in pretty sure he was sick of hearing from me. I don’t even remember what I wrote the second time! I can’t wait to hear other people’s tips!

  • unsolicitedadvice

    I can’t say I’ve been in this exact position before, but I have had a company extend an interview only to not follow up with the where and when details. It’s like they lead me on, made up their mind and never told me.

  • I’ve been in this position for both jobs and internships. I just politely told them I was really honored they had offered me the position, but that I would have to decline, as I had been offered another position that was more in line with the goals and responsibilities I was looking for at the time. I think it’s important to keep it light, friendly and grateful, as you never know where that relationship might go in the future. If you turn down an internship somewhere, there may be a job opening down the line that you are really interested in.

  • Always be gracious and thank them! It’s important to never burn your bridges (even if you don’t end up liking the company or employees). You never know if who may call on you in the future or if someone switches companies and thinks of you for a great opportunity!

  • I’ve more or less been through this experience. I was actually recently hired at one job, when I got a call for a second interview from another job I was interested in. I still don’t know if it was the best idea, but I went to the interview just to see what it was all about. By the end of the interview I knew I wouldn’t take the job if they offered, I just couldn’t ditch my new employer like that. Long story short, it was fun to have two employers thinking I was good at my job, but in the end you’ve got to make a choice and politely tell the one you don’t choose that you’ve decided to go a different direction and you appreciate their faith in your skills.

  • Kimberly Johnson

    I found myself in this exact scenario early in my career. I received a great job offer and then received another offer a few days later. It was a tough decision- one job offered a lot more money but required moving out of state while the other job required a lot of travel. I chose the higher paying/out of state job and when I called to turn down the other job, I thanked them for the opportunity but explained the other company offered a better salary and benefit package. They were very gracious and actually invited me to call them if the job didn’t work out. My advice is to be gracious and honest when calling the other company. You do not want to burn bridges- you nev know if you’ll cross paths again someday!

  • Sasha

    I actually just got a job offer today (!) from my second choice job and I have a 2nd interview with my first choice tomorrow. They are for the exact same job in very similar companies. My first choice simply has a better vibe and is 5 minutes closer to me. The second choice wants a decision quickly so I hope everything goes well tomorrow!