How To Quit Your Job And Grow A Houseplant Empire

A funny thing happened during the pandemic: sales of gardening supplies from dirt, plants, even watering cans, spiked nearly 9% in 2020, according to a report by the Freedonia Group. “With stay-at-home orders, travel restrictions, and other public-health measures, many consumers, bored at home, picked up gardening as a hobby,” the report states. As someone affected by travel restrictions, I too, took to plants during lockdown, turning to Instagram for ideas. A slew of plant-parent communities trade snaps of pin-striped Calatheas and showy Monsteras, many of them sourced from The Sill.

Clearly The Sill had tapped into something primal. The website calls out the term: biophilia, the innate tendency to seek connections with nature. Or as Blank’s slogan simplifies it, “plants make people happy.”

I reached out to Eliza Blank, Founder & CEO of The Sill, to find out why and how she grew her plant-based empire. For example, the company’s IG account boasts 858k enthusiastic followers and growing. From millennial-friendly branding, online ordering, to simple colorful pots and packaging, here’s how Eliza Blank left a career as a brand strategist to become a pink-and-green Aglaonema entrepreneur.

What was your life like in your previous career?

I started my career as a Brand Strategist at the agency Wolff Olins following a year as an Intern in Project Management. It was a dream. I was surrounded by smart, creative, young professionals in this big, sexy office, working with brands I loved as a consumer. I was energized by late nights working until 2 or 3am to get the deliverable to our clients on time. Following this, I worked as a Brand Manager for former client Living Proof – the CPG haircare company – when it just got off the ground. I found myself collaborating in a small, plain Cambridge, MA-based office with Chemists. This transition… going “client side” in agency speak allowed me to see the operating side of creative businesses. 

How long did you consider leaving your first job before making the switch?

I came up with the idea for a houseplant brand while still at Wolff Olins. I even hold on to a few of the presentation decks I made back then – but they were all around brand positioning (no surprise there). I didn’t have a business plan. I wasn’t yet equipped to create one. So I stuck the idea in my back pocket and learned the start-up ropes at Living Proof. It was probably 5 years between idea inception and quitting my job at Living Proof to found The Sill.

Why did you decide on a plant business?

I was enamored by the power of brands – which I witnessed first-hand transform dull, boring categories into something smart, aspirational, and most importantly, of value to its customers. I wanted to apply the principles of branding to a category I was personally passionate about. One I felt was overlooked.

Describe your business from the initial idea, how it has grown, and where you see it in the next 5-10 years.

After living in the city as a transplant from Western Massachusetts for 5+ years (combining both my time in NYC and in Boston) I was craving more greenery in my life. Unfortunately, there was no easy way to get plants. I didn’t have a station wagon or a garden center within reach. I was buying plants at the bodega or local grocery store and they usually died soon after. So, the initial idea for The Sill was to make houseplants easy for the young, urban, professional – but layer on aspects of brand, like design, content and community.

Since launch in 2012, the business which started primarily as a website and local delivery service has transformed into nationwide brand that ships to 48 states with brick-and-mortar retail stores in NYC, LA, SF, Chicago and soon Boston. We’ve also expanded our assortment beyond plants, to include our own line of planters and plant care accessories, fresh cut botanicals, and curated home goods and apothecary.

How did you handle the financial aspects of the business, especially being young and on a shoestring budget when you committed to the business idea?

The business was started by combining my personal savings with a small Kickstarter campaign ($12K) and being very handy with a credit card. Personally, I had made a concerted effort to save up before leaving my role at Living Proof – and I supplemented my savings with some independent consulting. I was also lucky enough at that point in my life to be partnered with my now husband. We became domestic partners first which allowed me to go on his health insurance. In 2017, I raised venture capital to support our scale and continue to grow. At this point, I would say I enjoy the financial aspects of the business as much as the creative ones.

What are your day-to-day and big picture concerns?

In my role today, my focus is primarily on long term vision and strategy; people, organization and company culture; as well as fundraising, board management and team alignment.

Lately, big picture concerns mostly relate to the impact of COVID and changes to the consumer landscape – everything from supply chain to competitors and rising costs of online advertising.

Did your family and friends think you were crazy or were they supportive? Or envious?

They all thought I was crazy but were still super supportive. I was very lucky to have a supportive network and I can attribute a lot of my success to having this advantage.

What has been the biggest, unforeseen challenge?

Certainly COVID-19 has been the biggest, unforeseen challenge – and we’re still navigating all the ripple effects it has across our operations, our team, and our customers. Aside from COVID, I would have said standing out in what seems to be an ever growing number of consumer brands across all categories. There’s just a lot of noise right now as a consumer so it’s hard to both get and maintain anyone’s attention.

Have you questioned if you made the right decision?

Well, I’m 10 years in so I think it’s really too late to ask that question. I enjoy my role, even more as it evolves, and I’m super proud of my company –  so I can say with absolute conviction that I made the right decision. I also know The Sill has made a lot of people happy – I’m glad for that reason alone.  

What benefits have you enjoyed owning a business as well as moving to the Catskills?

Flexibility for sure. I’ve always worked hard – but in my career as an entrepreneur I’m far more in control of my life. And because I love my work, and it provides me the opportunity to constantly learn and grow, I’m never too concerned about work-life balance. What is that anyways!? I never wanted a 9 to 5.

What tips can you offer someone considering following your lead?

Don’t talk yourself out of it. There’s a million reasons not to go for it. There’s never a “good time”. No one “knows what they’re doing”. The hardest part is having an idea you’re passionate about – so if you have that, go all in. Other than that – my real tip is this: make sure what you do aligns with your personal values and check in with yourself at least once a year to ensure you stay the course. Growing a business is hard – but you can do it if you believe in it and can stand behind it.

Anything else you want to add?

I honestly thought you “learned” your career in college. I actually felt pretty ill-equipped based on what I learned in the classroom. It was my internships throughout college that gave me a point of view on what would be expected of me in different types of organizations and in different types of roles. I believe I could have wasted the better part of my 20s figuring that out if I hadn’t started interning right away (in fact, I held 2 internships in high school). Looking back, this absolutely propelled me towards entrepreneurship at a young age – and there is a very critical advantage to starting young: you’re naïve.

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AJ Hoggard, Tyson Walker compete for Michigan State basketball PG job


EAST LANSING — Tom Izzo quickly quipped that his point guard battle between A.J. Hoggard and Tyson Walker was a “quarterback controversy.” Even jokingly compared them to Oklahoma football’s Spencer Rattler and Caleb Williams.

In reality, one of the biggest salesmen for Walker to transfer from Northeastern to Michigan State basketball during the offseason happened to be his chief competitor for minutes: Hoggard.

“I just told him it’s a real family,” Hoggard, a sophomore, said after practice Wednesday. “A lot of schools preach it, I’ve been through it. … It’s truly a family, truly a brotherhood here. I just told him if he comes here, he’s gonna be locked in from Day 1, and everybody’s gonna show him love.”

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And after a 2020-21 season in which Izzo blamed himself for persistent problems at point guard that almost led to his NCAA tournament streak ending, the Spartans feel Hoggard and Walker present advantages running the offense as they battle for the starting job.

“They’re both like New York City cab drivers,” Izzo said Wednesday. “They get along well together, they both work very hard. They’re a little different — one shoots it better than the other, one’s bigger and stronger; one defends on the ball a little bit better, one rebounds a little better. So I think it’s gonna be a good combination. And if we run like I want to run, we’re gonna have to put more guys in.”

MSU, which went 15-13 while being eliminated in the NCAA tournament’s First Four by UCLA, struggled to find an answer at point guard. Foster Loyer opened as the starter, followed by Rocket Watts took over, but both struggled for various reasons and left the program. Loyer transferred to Davidson and Watts to Mississippi State.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Hoggard, who underwent a knee procedure before last season, worked his way into starting eight of his 26 games, averaging 2.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 13.4 minutes as a freshman. He shot 30.7% overall, including 3-for-18 on 3-pointers, but he used his size and ability to get into traffic off the dribble and get others involved.

After dropping 20 pounds during the offseason, Hoggard said he feels he went from “a little sluggish” in summer 2020 to “a lot better” coming into his second season.

“I feel I can go longer,” Hoggard said. “I feel a lot stronger. I feel quicker when I’m pushing outlet.”

Though Hoggard is the best returning option at the point, and MSU added freshman combo guard Jaden Akins, Izzo still pursued Walker. The 6-foot, 175-pound junior averaged 18.8 points, 4.8 assists and 2.4 steals last season for Northeastern, becoming a first-team all-Colonial Athletic Association pick and winning the league’s defensive player of the year award. He also emerged as a finalist for two national awards — the Lou Henson Award, which goes to the top mid-major player, and the Lefty Driesell National Player of the Year, given annually to the top defensive player in Division I.

Hoggard said Wednesday he and Walker have played against each other since fourth grade in travel competition. Both are from the East Coast — Walker from Westbury, New York (on Long Island) and Hoggard from Coatesville, Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia suburb.

“Tyson made me a lot better…,” Hoggard said. “Growing up going to the tournaments, we played each other every weekend. We formed a relationship since fourth grade, our parents know each other. So him coming here kind of gave me a sense of back home.”

And with that shared background comes a grittiness and competitiive nature seemingly inherent in guards from the East Coast. It is something Hoggard said he admires in Walker and tries to emulate, which he feels is bringing out the best in both ahead of Nov. 9’s the season opener against Kansas at the Champions Classic.

Fittingly for them, at Madison Square Garden in New York.

“It’s great, because we can go here, we can almost get into an argument, altercation — however you want to call it — on the court, because we’re competing and because we’re both competitors,” Hoggard said. “And afterward, we can go to the locker room like nothing happened, because that’s my brother.”

Exhibitions set

Before facing Kansas, the Spartans will host Ferris State on Oct. 27 and Grand Valley State on Nov. 4. Both exhibition games against Division II opponents will tip off at 7 p.m. at Breslin Center and be streamed on Big Ten Network-Plus.

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Tampa Bay travel industry holding job fair ahead of expected rush of tourists

Restrictions dropping around the country have people packing their bags for a summer vacation, and Tampa Bay’s airports are hiring to help meet the demand.

The job market is heating up just in time for the busiest travel season.

“We already had a 25% increase in March, so we’re looking for summer to be busy,” said Michele Routh, the public relations director at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.

The number of passengers walking through local airports picked up so much that dozens of people landed jobs on the spot Monday with Allegiant Airlines at St. Pete-Clearwater airport.

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“They are hiring 80 part-time positions, including both customer service representatives and the ground crew as well,” said Routh.

The challenge now is to hire enough workers to handle pent-up travel demand from pandemic lockdowns.

“I would say a lot of the employers who work in the airport or the hospitality industry were caught a little bit off guard. They didn’t realize our numbers would be this good, and they didn’t realize how hard it would be to get those workers,” said Emily Nipps, a spokesperson at Tampa International Airport.

Tampa’s airport will host a job fair Tuesday, hiring more than 300 positions. The in-person part of the event is 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with no registration required, and the virtual job fair is 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with registration required

“It’s definitely a good way to visit a lot of different employers and see what all the different jobs are they have to offer and talk to a lot of people in a short amount of time,” said Nipps about the virtual part of the job fair.

TPA jobs range from concessions to rental car jobs, parking, management positions, aviation and more. But the competition to lure employees is fierce within the hospitality industry right now, so companies are stepping it up to get new employees in the door.

“Things like hiring bonuses which they never offered before. Some of the companies that did not offer insurance before are now offering insurance,” said Nipps.

So if you’re looking for a job, Tampa Bay’s airports want your resume.

“This is a good time to be in the travel industry. It’s really picking up a lot. And so we’re hoping that that will bring out a good turnout,” said Nipps.

TPA plans to hire throughout the summer to fill positions to meet passengers’ travel needs.

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Brilliant Job Alert! Make $40K A Year Visiting UK Pubs

Who doesn’t love a good pub crawl, especially in a historic British town with quaint establishments lining the streets?

Lincolnshire County is looking for someone to visit them all for the next year — and get paid to do it. But this job is more than drinking a pint and moving on down the block to the next pub. 

Lincolnshire is looking for what they are calling a heritage project officer. The job is being funded by Historic England, the public body that looks after the country’s historic environment and is meant to research and document the architectural and social history of public houses along a 50-mile stretch of the Lincolnshire Coast from Grimsby to Boston.

The documentation will be used for future decisions on management and planning in the region.

“This is urgently needed to enhance the local historic environment records, raise awareness in response to the threat of pub closures, and help the hospitality sector recover from the pandemic,” the job posting states.

Labeled the Inns on the Edge project, it is a pilot program, with funding for the heritage project officer set for one year. The job will pay the equivalent of $36,000 to $40,000 USD per year and comes with a slew of benefits.

Meandering from pub to pub is not a bad wage to spend your days, but the job is not an excuse to go drinking. Lincolnshire, located about three hours north of London, is serious about the position. 

Applicants should have a degree in archaeology, history, building conservation, or heritage management (or similar experience). One year of experience in the heritage sector, preferably in local government, is desired.

“A good working knowledge of the region’s heritage, and of the architectural and social history of pubs is desirable,” the job posting says, “as is a good understanding of the social and economic role of public houses in rural and urban communities today, and the current challenges they face.”

Still, driving or walking from pub to pub seems to beat sitting behind a desk somewhere.

That said, not everyone is on board with the idea, which could be expanded to other regions if the pilot program is successful.

Louis Saxon, who runs the 19th-century Seaview pub in Skegness, told the Skegness Standard the job is a waste of money.

“When I first saw the job description and the salary offered, I immediately thought it was a late April Fool,” Saxon said. “Then I saw the media frenzy likening the highly paid job to a pub crawl and getting paid for it. I could not think of a bigger waste of time, money, and resources.”

Saxon said her customers are what matters. “The pub is just a building. The history are the people that visit it over the years,” she said. “The locals are, in essence, heritage project officers. So why not ask them their opinion?”

County Manager Ian George said the position has merit. “The idea is to seek out and preserve the historic pubs of Lincolnshire,” George told The Sun. “People are learning the value of pubs to society after the pandemic meant they couldn’t visit them.”

Some pub regulars believe the county will be flooded with applications. “Was it Carlsberg who used to boast their beer was probably the best in the world?” local banker Tony Blanchard asked. “Maybe this is the best job in the world.” Applicants have until May 3 to apply, with interviews planned shortly thereafter.

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Need a job? Tourist destinations vying for workers ahead of summer

BOSTON (AP) — The owner of seafood restaurants on Cape Cod has eliminated lunch service and delayed the opening of some locations because his summertime influx of foreign workers hasn’t arrived yet.

More than a thousand miles away, a Jamaican couple is fretting about whether the rest of their extended family can join them for the seasonal migration to the popular beach destination south of Boston that’s been a crucial lifeline for them for decades.

As vaccinated Americans start to get comfortable traveling again, popular summer destinations are anticipating a busy season. But hotel, restaurant and retail store owners warn that staffing shortages exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic could force them to limit occupancy, curtail hours and services or shut down facilities entirely just as they’re starting to bounce back from a grim year.

The problem, they say, is twofold: The annual influx of seasonal foreign workers has stalled in places because of the pandemic. Businesses have also struggled to attract U.S. workers, even as many have redoubled their efforts to hire locally amid high unemployment.

“It’s the ‘Hunger Games’ for these employers, fighting for getting these guest workers into the country while also trying everything they can to recruit domestically,” said Brian Crawford, an executive vice president for the American Hotel and Lodging Association, a Washington, D.C.-based industry group. “It’s really frustrating. They’re trying to regain their footing after this disastrous pandemic but they just can’t catch a break.”

Earlier this month, President Joe Biden let expire a controversial ban on temporary worker visas such as the J-1 program for students and the H-2B program for nonagricultural laborers imposed by former President Donald Trump.

But American embassies and consulates remain closed or severely short-staffed in many countries. The U.S. has also imposed restrictions on travelers from countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil and South Africa because of the emergence of new virus variants or rising COVID-19 cases.

Advocates for the J-1 program, which brings in about 300,000 foreign students annually, urged the State Department in a letter Thursday to exempt the applicants from the travel bans and provide other relief so they can start their summer jobs. Ilir Zherka, head of the Alliance for International Exchange, which sent the letter along with more than 500 supporting groups and companies, argued the J-1 program doesn’t just benefit local economies, but also helps strengthen national security by promoting understanding and appreciation of U.S. culture.

Server Christopher Lee-Caron, of Provincetown, Mass., center left, prepares to carry plates of food to customers at Tin Pan Alley restaurant in Provincetown. Hotels, restaurants and other businesses in tourist destinations are warning that hiring challenges during the coronavirus pandemic could force them to pare back operating hours or curtail services just as they’re eyeing a bounce-back summer. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Server Christopher Lee-Caron, of Provincetown, Mass., center left, prepares to carry plates of food to customers at Tin Pan Alley restaurant in Provincetown. Hotels, restaurants and other businesses in tourist destinations are warning that hiring challenges during the coronavirus pandemic could force them to pare back operating hours or curtail services just as they’re eyeing a bounce-back summer. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Supporters of the H-2B program, meanwhile, have renewed their call to overhaul the program, which is capped at 66,000 visas per fiscal year. The Biden administration, citing the summer demand from employers, said Tuesday it will approve an additional 22,000 H-2B visas, but lawmakers from New England and other regions that rely on the visas for tourism, landscaping, forestry, fish processing and other seasonal trades say that’s still inadequate.

“That’s infinitesimal. It isn’t anywhere close to the need,” said Congressman Bill Keating, a Democrat representing Cape Cod.

Cem Küçükgenç (Gem Koo-CHOOK-gench), a 22-year-old engineering student at Middle East Technical University in Turkey, is among thousands of foreign students worldwide awaiting approval for a J-1 visa.

He’s slated to work at a waterfront restaurant in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, this summer, but the U.S. Embassy in Ankara recently announced that it won’t be unable to process temporary work visas in time for the summer season.

Turkey has imposed a partial lockdown as the coronavirus surges there, but Küçükgenç is still holding out hope the embassy might relent if virus cases subside.

“I graduate next year,” he said. “I’m not sure when I’ll have another chance.”

In Jamaica, Freda Powell says she and her husband have secured their H-2B visas and will arrive on Cape Cod, where they’ve worked in retail stores and restaurants for roughly 20 summers now, in early May.

But the 55-year-old worries her siblings and other relatives might not be so lucky. The U.S. Embassy in Kingston has temporarily halted visa processing because of rising COVID-19 cases in her country, she says.

“In Jamaica, you can work, but it’s hand to mouth,” Powell said. “With the money you make in the U.S., you can buy a car, fix the house, send your kids to school and build savings.”

The uncertainty around international hires has forced American businesses to redouble their efforts to hire domestically, or make tough compromises until reinforcements can arrive.

In New Hampshire’s White Mountains, the Christmas-themed amusement park Santa’s Village is promising college students free housing and utilities.

In California’s Sonoma Valley, business leaders in the famous winemaking region are exploring the idea of pooling employees, among other workforce initiatives.

Mark Bodenhamer, head of the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce, said a restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch could possibly share employees with one that does the majority of its business during evening hours.

“Those solutions are complicated and costly,” he said. “But at this point, it’s all hands on deck.”

In North Carolina’s Outer Banks, the tourist season is already in full swing, but staff shortages abound, according to Karen Brown, head of the beach region’s chamber of commerce.

Some restaurants have been forced to shut down once a week or halt curbside service, while in some hotels, managers are helping maids turn over rooms, she said.

“Everyone is pitching in where they can just to keep the wheels on the bus,” Brown said.

Mac Hay, who owns seafood restaurants and markets on Cape Cod, is among the business owners who have their doubts that extra efforts to hire American workers will pay off.

On a given year, he estimates about a third of his 350-person summer workforce ultimately has to come from seasonal visa workers from Mexico, Jamaica and elsewhere when the jobs aren’t filled locally.

Hay argues the foreign workers are the “backbone kitchen staff” — the line cooks, food prep workers and dishwashers — who make it possible for him to hire Americans for jobs they’re seeking, such as waiting tables, bartending and management.

“We simply won’t be able to meet demand without an increased workforce,” he said.

Business owners and experts say there are myriad reasons why U.S. citizens aren’t rushing to respond to the job boom, from COVID-19-related worries to child care issues or simply a decision to collect unemployment benefits, which have been increased and extended through the summer season in most places.

But the need for international workers on Cape Cod — where soaring housing costs have been a major barrier to generating a substantial homegrown workforce — boils down to a simple math problem, Hay said.

Provincetown, a popular gay resort community at the very tip of the cape, has just 2,200 year-round residents, yet restaurants like Hay’s employ about 2,000 workers in high season alone.

“We’re on a dead-end street up here, basically,” he said. “There’s no one else coming.”

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Tuesday Tips: Using Ultimate to Stand Out when Getting a Job

Your ultimate experience gives you lots of useful job interview discussion points

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Answering the classic question “what’s your major?” is almost a rite of passage for college students. However, I always dreaded the follow-up: “What do you want to do with that?” Answering the age old question: “what do you want to be when you grow up?” gets worse as each year of college goes on because you’re facing being an actual grown-up. When you’re in the midst of college ultimate and all the things that go along with it, it can be hard to look beyond your everyday to the future hurdle of getting a job, because, of course, that’s what typically comes after college graduation.

When done right, you can use your experiences in college ultimate to your advantage when looking for employment. I spent my junior and senior years of college networking for a business job, but getting into any industry really comes down to who you know. And when you don’t know anyone, you have to make connections and stay memorable when meeting people for the first time. First and foremost, it may be hard to recognize that simply being an ultimate player is what makes you special when your entire social circle also plays ultimate, but, luckily, the outside world considers ultimate a unique interest!

Who Do You Know Here?

Networking for a job is similar to online dating, but much worse. At its core, you’re trying to find connection or common interest, but the stakes are higher. It is unbelievably awkward reaching out to professionals in hopes that they’ll see your message and respond. Writing a message is a delicate art in itself: trying to sound interested without sounding like you’re begging (when in reality you’re hoping that your message will help you get an interview). A fantastic place to start is reaching out to team alumni: they’ve all been through the same experiences as you and will be excited to hear from a current team member and help you grow professionally!

Unfortunately, team alumni aren’t always in your direct field. They’re the easiest to talk to, especially if you’ve met them previously at Wildwood or other reunion events. I found myself in this boat, and this is where I had to take to LinkedIn to cold message professionals to try to figure out what it was going to take to get a company to hire me. Ultimately, this is the route in which I found success! In my interview for my current job, I talked about my experience as a team member, what I learned, and how I could form an office league once I started because everyone was really sick of softball. Sadly, this was pre-COVID, so I’m waiting for the world to clear up before I teach my coworkers how to throw a flick.

Club Team Tryouts

The discussion about how to make connections is only one hurdle of many to get over in securing a job offer. One tip I heard that I’ve held onto is that you are networking and applying for jobs with the goal of getting an interview, not a job offer. The interview is where you get the offer. If I haven’t bored you with my business student nonsense yet, I have more buzzwords to drop. How did I translate my experiences as an ultimate frisbee player over to my career in financial services consulting?

The majority of job descriptions emphasize the importance of being able to work on a team, and it’s an easy connection to discuss how you navigated team dynamics both on and off the field. How did your communication skills improve by simply calling for the disc? Was there conflict among team members or opponents you helped de-escalate? Ultimate is unique because it is self-officiated, and the ability to handle conflict with the opposing team is even more valuable. You can demonstrate skills that you didn’t even know were impressive with your ability to have a productive discussion about a questionable foul call or shrugging off an annoying travel that your defender called on you.

Believe me, even though talking about some leadership experience in an academic group project might seem more directly applicable to an office job, chances are interviewers have heard about 1,000 of those stories and will be so much more interested in your ultimate team, even though it is everyday for you.

Another popular interview topic is leadership skills. The conversation about leadership goes hand in hand with captaining. However, if you’re like me, who never held an elected leadership position on her team, there are still plenty of opportunities to demonstrate leadership. Did you help rookies understand zone versus person defense while on the sideline of a tournament? Did you step into a handler position even though you’re not that confident with your throws? Were you a four-year B teamer who found joy in the sport by helping everyone feel a part of the team regardless of skill? Even if you’re not looking for examples of leadership to share with an employer, you can consider these points to be a leader on the team without the title of captain.

You are the sum of your experiences, and all it takes is a little polishing and perspective to cast them in the right light to make yourself stand out. Go get that job offer and drop by another week for my Tuesday Tips on how to be confident on the field and in the workplace.

You Got the Job! Now What?

Finally – and this is a point where I need to take my own advice – conducting yourself as a professional once you’re out of college is truly a lot of work. There are a lot of managing perceptions involved in working. For me, as a girl, how can you be assertive and confident without coming off cocky and arrogant? Some of the stereotypes are beyond the scope of this article to unpack, but if you’ve ever played mixed ultimate, the feeling persists. The men are simply bigger, faster, and louder, but that doesn’t diminish your importance on the field. Speak up for yourself, even if you feel like it might be annoying. Often, people are just too focused on themselves to notice that you’re open.

Once you open that line of communication, your supervisor will start to look to you for opportunities, the same way a handler will throw to their most consistent cutter down the field. At that point, it doesn’t matter how tall or loud you are, because once you can establish yourself as a consistent performer, your actions will begin to speak for themselves.

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Dallas police officer kept on job to not tip him off to probe


Minnesota court rules 3rd-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin should be reinstated

The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin should face a third-degree murder charge in the killing of George Floyd that had previously been dropped by a trial judge, the Star Tribune reports. Why it matters: Chauvin is currently facing charges for second-degree murder and manslaughter. The decision reverses the previous ruling and sends the case back to Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill, meaning that Chauvin’s trial scheduled to begin next week could be delayed.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.What they’re saying: “The district court has discretion to consider any additional arguments Chauvin might raise in opposition to the state’s motion,” the Appeals Court said, per the Tribune.”But the district court’s decision must be consistent with this opinion.”Context: Last October, Cahill ruled that the third-degree charge was being dropped because Chauvin’s actions did not put others in danger.Flashback: Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck for several minutes as he cried out, “I can’t breathe,” leading to Floyd’s death.Go deeper: Minneapolis on edge ahead of Derek Chauvin trialMore from Axios: Sign up to get the latest market trends with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free

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Dallas police officer kept on job to not tip him off to probe

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Travellers must carry permit to go abroad or face fines in illegal trips crackdown

Staycation prices a third higher in holiday hotspots this year When can I go on holiday? What Med destinations will look like this summer The countries already rolling out vaccine passports Sign up to the Telegraph Travel newsletter Passengers travelling overseas from England will be required to complete and carry a ‘Declaration to Travel’ form, starting from Monday. Airlines, ferry companies and train operators will be legally obliged to explain on their websites that the document must be filled out before travelling. They will then check that passengers have completed the form before they board – individuals who have not done so may not be allowed to join the service they have booked. Anyone identified by police as trying to travel overseas for reasons that are not currently permitted will be asked to return home and they risk receiving a fixed penalty notice for breaking non-essential travel rules. These fines start at £200 and double for each incident; they can go up to a maximum of £6,400. This measure is a “necessary step to protect the public and our world-class vaccination programme”, Home Secretary Priti Patel told parliament in January; the details, however, were not published until Friday, some 40 days after it was announced. The form is not required for travel within the UK, to Ireland, to the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, the government’s guidance states. Different border rules apply for travel abroad from the devolved administrations. Foreign holidays are currently prohibited under lockdown legislation, and will not be permitted from England until May 17 – at the earliest. All travellers returning to England are subject to a 10 day quarantine, with arrivals from red-listed countries required to pay up to £1,750 for a stay in a designated hotel. Scroll down for the latest travel updates.

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