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Tips to Build Your Girl Boss Empire from KBStyled

There’s something about spring that makes us desire a fresh start. From reorganizing our desks to color-coding our closets, we have a newfound motivation this time of year. With graduations this month, we have careers on the mind. Whether you’re fresh out of college or you’re refreshing your resume, it’s always a good idea to listen to some quality career advice. We met with real-life superwoman and professional girl boss, Brooke Webb, to chat career advice and what she wishes she knew when she first started her career. This mom of two, VP in a Fortune 500 company and successful fashion blogger at KBStyled knows a thing or two about juggling work, family and a side business.

Brooke of KBstyled

Tell us a little about yourself!
“I’m Brooke Webb, the Editor and Creator of a top Nashville-based style, beauty and lifestyle blog, KBStyled! I live just south of Nashville, in Franklin, TN, with my husband, Peter, and our two children, Reins and Addison. Of course, I must mention our fur babies, too — Cali and Carolina. I grew up right outside of Charlotte, NC and graduated from Clemson University. For much of my career, I have worked for a Fortune 500 company as a Vice President, Corporate Recruiter, within Human Resources. A little over two years ago, I launched KBStyled as a platform to inspire other women and to encourage them to find their own personal style. Since then, KBStyled has become a destination for women of all ages to come for style inspiration, as well as fitness, beauty and lifestyle tips!”

What do you look for when selecting a bag for work?
“My ultimate work bag is a tote bag like the Ella Tote. My work bag must be a carryall that is large enough to carry my laptop and to-do list among all of my other workday necessities! It needs to be practical and functional with interior pockets, but most importantly, I must be able to carry it comfortably over my shoulder!”

Brooke of KBstyled

Brooke of KBstyled

Brooke of KBstyled

What surprised you the most about working full-time after graduating?
“I found the long workdays and how tired I was at the end of each day the most surprising. It was quite the adjustment to go from maintaining a class, study and social schedule to managing a work schedule. I could no longer take naps in the middle of my day!”

What do you wish you had known when you were applying for your first job?
“I wish I had known that networking plays such an important role in landing a great first job post-graduation. I thought I could do it all on my own and didn’t take the advice of some who encouraged me to network more. I job searched for a while before accepting an offer post-graduation — and the offer I ended up accepting came about through networking with an employee of the company that I was hired by.”

What tips would you give those still job hunting?
“Take your time, don’t settle and get on LinkedIn! It is tempting to rush and make a quick decision so you have a job lined up post-graduation, but there is nothing wrong with working part-time while you job hunt and interview for the right opportunity. Also, network, network, network! Consider joining a young professionals group in the city where you live and utilize social media to your advantage — you should absolutely have a LinkedIn account!”

What advice would you give to recent graduates about to enter their careers?
“Work hard, always be on time and remain confident in your abilities!”

What is the most unusual thing you keep in your everyday bag?
“Baby wipes! Although our children are seven and five and we are well out of the diaper phase, I still carry baby wipes in my Mallory Satchel because I use them to wipe nearly everything down. They are perfect for gentle makeup touch-ups throughout the workday as well!”

Brooke of KBstyled

Lastly, what would you say is your key to success?
“I’d say my key to success is maintaining a work-life balance. I’m able to compartmentalize my day — when I work, I’m dialed in with work and when I’m with my family, they’re my focus. If you don’t balance the many aspects of your life, one area will suffer more than another.”

Brooke of KBstyled

Shop Brooke’s look:

Mallory Satchel

Mallory Satchel

Ella Tote

Ella Tote

Mallory Accordion Wristlet

Mallory Accordion Wristlet

Weekly Desktop Planner

Weekly Desktop Planner

We wish we had Brooke’s advice when we started our own careers! Do you have any other burning interview or career questions? Our own Human Resources guru, Jill, will be answering all of your questions in our next blog series later this week. Comment below and your questions could be answered!

1 Comment

  • Sarah Thomas says:

    I recently became unemployed due to a store closing. I have 7 years of retail management experience but it’s hard to articulate ALL the responsibilities I had during that time. What are some skill sets that really stand out to you on a resume that would make you set up an interview right away?

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