WANTED: One full-time employer

3 Mar

Position summary:

Seeking a full-time employer in the PR/Communications field, preferably in the social/new media area, and in the GTA. Looking for a sunny, engaging environment that thrives on the positive energy of its (potentially young) employees. Ideally, the candidate represents a corporate culture that is synonymous with such words as hip, cool, radical, splendid, etc.

If in the city of Toronto, this is an added bonus, as my car is currently buried under three feet of snow in Muskoka. (Oh yes! There most certainly is a picture!) Will problem solve to get to an out-of-town job, until it melts, on an as-needed basis. (Especially if your company exudes unusually high levels of awesomeness.)

Employer Qualifications:

  • An appreciation for competence
  • A love for creative energy
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills – gives constructive criticism constructively
  • Experience working with high energy individuals
  • Ability to laugh
  • Ability to manage and lead through inspiration
  • A passion for what you do, which excites, in the rest of your team, a desire to perform at an A+ level.
  • Must be approachable (even with high levels of awesomeness) and generally understanding (ex. Malaria is a reason to not come in to work!)
  • Does not have a history of yelling at employees or making them cry (April Fool’s Day is exempt)

Other Merit Criteria and Conditions of Employment:

  • Interest in fashion is optional (Proximity to shoe stores may be seen as a bonus or liability, depending on salary)

Contact:

Interested employers may contact me via email. ( kkryski at gmail dot com )
You can also download my current resumé by visiting my online portfolio.

I look forward to meeting with you…whoever you are!

Organizational disorganization.

19 Feb
warning: this is a rant.

I don’t pretend to be the most organized person on the planet. The techniques I use have developed over the years as a result of wasted time and energy and an overall dislike for inefficiency. I’m often impatient, and that quality helped me become a more detail-oriented, organized individual.

Perhaps it was my education in English or my studies in communications that further perpetuated this attitude, but the daily redundancies in email communications in the “corporate” world have begun to drive me bananas.

At the start of my “working life,” I heard our president lament about the frequent misuse (abuse) of the “reply all” function.

Today I joined the choir.

I volunteer with a group that shall remain nameless. At the start, after not replying all to an email, I was told that as a part of their team, I am expected to use the reply all function. I told my friend (also the ED) I thought this was absolute foolishness and that I would only use it as needed but, alas, I did as I was told.

Today my blackberry was having seizures from the number of reply alls I got – and I thought that perhaps, at the tender age of 23, I may go into cardiac arrest out of sheer frustration.

It was blatanly obvious that these ‘team members’ were NOT reading these messages, as we attempted to coordinate a conference call and meeting.

It would just make so much more sense if we just gave our information to ONE person, who would then coordinate the detals accordingly and fill us all in at the end.

Perhaps I will get my way if I volunteer my time to such a task?

With today’s technology, this really shouldn’t be a task at all. I remember reading (somewhere) about a great program that coordinates these sorts of details.

Alternatively: how about something straightforward like a Google doc? Simple. Effective. Accessible. Awesome.

This time last year, when I was not a gmail user and still had a strong aversion to blogs, I might have raised some questions. But, I’ve seen the light and will never waste my time again.

I know there are others out there who share my frustration. I’d love to hear your tales of organizational disorganization – whatever that beast may be.

a money-saving follow-up

2 Feb

Still using the L’Oreal Beauty Tubes Mascara I reviewed in Eyes for Sale. Still love how it washes off. Still like how it looks.

For those of you interested in trying it, you can sign up online and enter the code “11DY” to get a $5 off coupon. I agreed with Eden Spodek (on her blog,  Bargainista) that they would have been better off giving a printable coupon. It certainly kills any impulse shopping to have to sign up for something and wait. Also, may people are weary of singing up for things for fear of spam. I don’t know what strings come attached to this coupon.

Also, I liked that Eden waited to review the product. While I wanted to give my initial reaction to it, I will add to this follow up as I near one month of use and report on its consistency.

I too do not miss the racoon eyes. Still the #1 sell point for me – ease of removal. I am lazy at removing make up, but I actually take the minute or two to take this off.

Just water. Couldn’t be any easier.

kyla-kryski

Eyes for sale.

21 Jan

Sold!

As some might say, I sold out for free stuff. Welcome to the recession!

I am happily participating in what I call the other side.

As an entry-level communications professional, learning much about social media and about pitching to bloggers, I was happy to be on the receiving end of a pitch to have a better idea what it all really means!

As for my title, nobody is selling eyes, only mascara, which can make it look like you have new eyes!beautytubes_packshot_brush1

I was offered a chance to sample the L’Oréal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara which, if you know me well, is quite appropriate as I have ridiculously long lashes and put a lot of stock in my mascara. Growing up as a dancer, and having done some modeling, I’ve worn my share of makeup!

I like how it goes on, and I am refining my technique as the days go by. It also fares well through a full day of work, and also a nap.

Oh, and this mascara is AWESOME to remove. I’m notoriously bad about taking my mascara off with eye makeup remover and usually just do it in the shower, which means I come out with black zombie eyes! This stuff is certainly the easiest to remove of any mascaras I have previously used and I don’t have to fear terrifying small children. [Or my boyfriend’s usual reaction, yelling “WHOA! FRIGHT NIGHT!”]

I haven’t much else to say other than watch my video. [please] I think it is more representative of my experience! I tried the mascara for the first time in front of the camera so that I could share my genuine reaction.

I’d like to get some girlfriends to try it and put some pics up to supplement this. We’ll see…

Did you read this article? What are your thoughts on L’Oréal Paris Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara? Let us know!


click here to read the follow-up

Oh me nerves!

13 Jan

When it comes to talking to people, few things get me nervous.

At an early age, I became used to performing in front of a crowd – having started ballet at three and a half years old. It wasn’t until public speaking that I found myself freezing up.

If memory serves me correctly, my first speech was given sometime around grade four or grade six – an absolutely horrendous time to introduce children to public speaking. It’s when you start to become self-aware and aware of those around you in a new way. It’s when kids get picked on and you really start to realize that people are looking…and judging.

(At least it feels this way!)

It was not until sometime in highschool that I lost the fear or presenting. Group presentations helped reduce the stress and I found I was actually quite comfortable in front of a crowd. (I was also rid of my braces and substantially less awkward as a human being)

In university, I took a public speaking class with the inspirational Dr. George Donaldson, who brought me back to that place of judgement. This place, however, was not as brutal as those public speaking days in middle school. As a university class, I was learning HOW to give a speech, not just given an assignment to write one and present it. I was learning how to speak from notes, to speak with confidence and conviction and how to cut out the verbal glue (um, ah, like, so, etc.) Learning how to be my own critic helped me grow more as a speaker and presenter. The judgement was just for marks.

I discovered another way to gain confidence in speaking publicly through Seesmic. Participating in video conversations on the internet helped me again evaluate how I speak and present myself and gain confidence in front of the camera.

Yet, interviewing someone is still a little nervewracking! As a work assignment, I got to talk to new media journalist Amber MacArthur. I first met Amber back in October when she presented at the Toronto Girl Geek Dinner. As an accomplished career woman with a plethora of tech knowledge and lots of connections in the communications and media world, I was a little nervous – but she was an absolute sweetheart!! For my first interview assignment, I could not have met with a more easy-going and approachable woman!

I hope that I didn’t stutter too much or say “like” too many times! I’ll just have to keep being aware and eventually practice will make perfect!

The return… take 2

9 Jan

So I found my post! (long story!) AND decided I would share it anyway (even though it was written on Tuesday and this is Friday! Please, pretend you are back on Tuesday when reading this)

It is my second day back to work after the holidays.

KEY WORD: HOLIDAY, not vacation

Holidays are so busy, at least for me, that I feel like I didn’t get a break at all!

I need a vacation from my holidays

It always takes getting used to doing the same old things again!

HOWEVER the switch from 2008 to 2009 has somehow left me feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on a new year.

Potential goals and “resolutions?”

More Yoga
Be as positive as possible
More sleep
Eat more healthily
More fitness
Career development
More Yoga
Take a cooking class
More cleaning and organization
Even when it is the tough choice, choose the more progressive one.
More yoga.
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the return…

8 Jan

Back to life.

I tried to write this Monday but it disappeared. This will surely not be as cool as I originally thought.

(Or maybe it will be?)

Moving on…

I’ve never been big on the New Year’s resolution.

As my friend Taylor Barr puts it:

“I think I am not alone in saying that many of us make excuses to change things about our way of living or to instill in us, an activity that makes us happier or more comfortable with who we are.”   – The Immaculate Ball Drop & Resolutions

I think I approach the new year similarly to the way I approach Mondays.

New Year: It’s a new year! This is a great chance to make it better than last year!
Monday: It’s a new week! This is a great chance to make it better than last week!

Besides, I think resolutions are better made on Sundays. You have a chance to break it down to realistic pieces! AND if it doesn’t work out, the next Sunday is just a week away!

If you botch the new year’s resolution, you’ve got to firstly realize that it is a fail and then wait until December to start brainstorming the next one!
(Let’s be honest: who really has time in December with all the goings on!)

The holiday season is not the time to feel down about failing at last year’s resolution (it’s bad enough you’re eating coma-inducing turkey) and, well, if you hoped to lose weight, checking in Dec. 31 will likely not bode well – especially if you have a large family (by choice, divorce or a disbelief in the value of contraceptives) and are on your third, fourth or, heaven forbid, some other numbered turkey dinner!

If asked, I’m probably going to reuse my 2007 resolution. Progressive living for 2007 will become Progressive living for 2009

Meaning: When presented with a choice, pick the one that is the most progressive – even if it is more difficult. Do this as often as possible.

ex: Exercise or sit in front of the TV

Exercise is 9/10 times the more progressive choice.
(UNLESS you chose exercise the day before, overdid it and pulled a muscle making TV the more progressive choice!)

Choice: write more or get up from my desk and stretch my legs?

hmmmmm tough choice ………