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Something quick and easy to explain that everybody could understand. It would be so much easier, especially for my grandparents who probably still tell people that “Chanele works in TV” since I have a Communications degree.

For many years, I struggled to define what I did because it couldn’t be captured by a single title- and so did my friends and family. When attending networking events, I’d hate starting conversations because I knew I’d be asked the inevitable question: So, what do you do?

When I discovered the concept of a portfolio career, it changed my life completely. Finally, I…

I remember exactly when I discovered The Circle. A few weeks into the pandemic, with a double-sanitized bag of chips in one hand and my iPad in the other, I scrolled through my Netflix feed looking for my next good show to binge watch.

I decided on The Circle after quickly scanning through the description. Social media? Influence? Hmm…sounds intriguing. Let’s give it a try.

I’ll be honest though. One episode in and I wasn’t really into it. However, when the next episode autoplayed, I didn’t stop it. By the end of the second episode, I was a little more…

As the job market starts to recover from the pandemic, competition among job seekers is really heating up especially with more jobs being offered to remote workers.

On social media, I’ve noticed an increase in the number of creative job applications, designed to capture the attention of a specific company. Instead of just submitting a standard resume and cover letter, people are creating everything from TikTok videos to Shopify stores in hopes of setting themselves apart from the competition.

Here are a few creative job applications I’ve seen across the internet lately:

A Shopify Store

With Shopify on the hunt for a new…

We’ve all been there. You’re in the middle of searching for a job or internship and you feel like you’ve seen every single posting. You scroll and scroll to the last page on the job sites, just to make sure you haven’t missed anything. You’ve even signed up for notifications so that you’re the first to know when new jobs are up. Despite all of this, you still haven’t landed any leads yet and it’s getting pretty frustrating.

Perhaps, you also have a list of dream companies you’d love to work for. But, perhaps, they just don’t have any openings…

Networking in the age of COVID-19 looks a lot different than many of us are used to.

As we’re forced to socially distance for the foreseeable future, networking events have had to transition from in-person event spaces to virtual event platforms. Unfortunately, regardless of all the fancy features you can find on these event platforms such as Zoom, it really isn’t the same.

Not only does networking look different, it feels different! I mean, aside from the fact, we’re likely wearing our sweatpants and slippers paired with our most Zoom-worthy top, showing up on screen seems to require a lot…

Employers aren’t the only ones who should do background checks. As a potential employee, you too should be doing your due diligence.

As we know, global unemployment numbers in 2020 are at an all-time high as a result of the pandemic. Unfortunately, this has created a prime opportunity for scammers who know that people are desperate for job opportunities. As a job seeker, if you let your desperation cloud your judgement, you could very easily fall victim to a scam.

But also, scams aside, the pivot to remote work means that you may never get to see the office of…

So, what do you do?

You’d think that this standard icebreaker question would be something I’m used to by now, but if we’re being honest, it still makes me a little uncomfortable. I mean, how do I answer such a question when my career doesn’t fit into a neat little box?

For the longest time, I’d get a lot of anxiety around explaining my multi-passionate nature. I started to develop different versions of explaining what I do but still…nothing ever felt right.

Until, of course, I stumbled on the concept of “portfolio careers” and I literally said out loud: Wow…

When I was younger, I couldn’t wait to finish school. I’d talk about graduating from high school and university and then never having to worry about learning again. Boy, was I ever wrong.

Somewhere along the way though, I actually developed a pretty strong love for learning, especially about topics I’m passionate about. Learning now feels fun and empowering — but I suppose that because it’s now on my terms.

Since graduating from university, I’ve taken a ton of online and in-person courses to continue my education. I have certificates in user experience design, digital marketing management and career brand management, just to name a few. …

I love reading.

In fact, my claim to fame is that I was the 1st person in my Grade 2 class to read 100 books. (They may have been picture books but books are books, ok?!) I read so much, especially when I was younger, that my mom often reminds me that I would take out upwards of 10 books at the library and would usually have finished one by the time I got home. The Scholastic Book Fair at school (and if you don’t know what that is — it’s basically a young book lover’s dream) was also my…

They say life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.

If I didn’t know it before, I know now that this couldn’t be any more true.

Exactly one year ago on my 26th birthday (November 30, 2017), I embarked upon the scariest journey of my entire life. I had quit my 9–5 job and decided that I was going to work for myself. My birthday was my first official day of self-employment. I was starting to really gain traction with Do Well Dress Well and I felt as though focusing on it full-time would allow me to take…

Chanèle McFarlane

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