10 Practical Tips and Tricks for Landing your Dream Job

Hello Femme a` Femme! I am Adrienne Breaux. I graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and shortly after received my certification in Human Resources Management from Tulane University. Since then, I have worked in the field of HR and I want to share with you my top 10 tips (for Women) on how to raise your chances of securing the job that you want.

Author: Adrienne Breaux
  1. Take advantage of all of opportunities to better yourself. Get education or training in your field of interest. Get experience. Keep Reading

34 Things About Me!

To celebrate my 34th birthday I created a fun list of 34 things you may or may not know about me 😉

  1. My full name is Erin Elvia Breaux Williams
  2. I live in Ponchatoula, Louisiana
  3. Born in Nashville, Tennessee
  4. I am my parents 1st born child 👶🏽
  5. I have 1 brother (Zachary) and 2 sisters (Adrienne & Johnene)

    Me & My Siblings
  6. I’ve been knowing my husband for more than half of my life

    My husband & I before the Senior Prom
  7. I graduated a year early from high school
  8. The Sound of Music is my favorite movie
  9. Purple is my favorite color 💜
  10. I had my 1st son a few days after I turned 18
  11. I became a registered nurse at the age of 21 👩🏽‍⚕️
  12. Alumna of Charity School of Nursing and Louisiana State University
  13. I married my best friend when I was 22
  14. I have three sons Camron, Shawn, & Brenden

    Me & My Boys
  15. I only like to watch sports when I personally know a player
  16. Grits make me gag 🤢
  17. I am currently in graduate school for a masters degree in nursing informatics 👩🏽‍💻
  18. Both of my parents are fraternal twins
  19. I love to read historical fiction.
  20. Disney World is my favorite vacation spot.
  21. Math is my favorite subject
  22. Pecan candy is my favorite candy
  23. My favorite sports team is whatever team my boys are on
  24. My favorite childhood memory is spending time with my family in Port Arthur, TX

    Me in Port Arthur, TX with my Grandparents
  25. My 1st job was at a day care center
  26. The last book I read for fun was Lula Mae by Bianca Cuie
  27. When I was a girl I loved reading books from the American Girl series

    Grade School Erin
  28. I prefer to watch Netflix instead of regular TV
  29. The 1st book I remember reading is Jubilee by Margaret Walker, something about the cover captured me
  30. One item I can’t leave home without is my cell-phone 📱
  31. My favorite ice cream is chocolate chip cookie dough
  32. If I could give my younger self advice it would be to not worry about fitting in
  33. I would like to visit France
  34. My favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11 NIV For I know the plans I have for you , “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future
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3 Tips to Close the Gender Wage Gap

Obstacles exist for almost everything.  Unfortunately there are also obstacles for earning equal pay for equal work! Identifying the obstacles empower us to overcome them! The gender wage gap seems to be a never-ending issue.  The wage gap is caused by several issues including gender bias, racial bias and discrimination, and industry worked. When I became aware of this and the fact that it has been going on forever, I felt powerless, but I wondered how can we overcome this ginormous issue? Did you know on average a woman earns 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man? The wage gap is even worse for women of color! Upsetting right! Never the less, there are a few ways to overcome this issue.1. Research the national average on salaries for whichever job you are applying. Knowledge of this kind can help you more confidently negotiate a salary offer. 2. Go after promotions early on. Research shows that wages for women stagnate around age 30; since this is the age, most college educated women start having children. Going after promotions early on can minimize or prevent a wage gap issue later on.3. Track your accomplishments and share them with your leader, this increases your chances and percentage rate for promotions thus lessening the wage gap.

Femme Facts:

  • Wage gaps not only exist for men and women, they also exist for minority racial groups.
  • Although the wage gap exists nationwide, it is worse in some states than others.
  • According to the American Association of University Women (AAUW,) the wage gap won’t close until 2119!

For more information on the wage gap click here!

5 Tips That Will Help You Make the Most of Your Time

Our time is precious; time and money are two things that most of us cannot afford to waste. We can maximize our time and money by improving efficiency. Improvements in certain areas can reduce stress, save money, and give you more time to spend doing the things you love.

People ask me all the time how do you work, go to school, and have time for your family? The answer is that I try to organize and pre-plan as much as possible. No I don’t have a fit if things don’t go exactly as planned! However, I try to have a general idea of what my week is going to look like. Keep Reading

Don’t let fear win!

Fear = paralysis and causes people to stay in bad situations due to familiarity. Compromising values, goals, and dreams because you are too afraid of what may go wrong, or what people will think are every day examples of how we let fear win. What others think of you has nothing to do with you, and guess what you can’t control the thoughts of others. But what you can control are your thoughts and actions. What is something you want to do that you have been putting off? If your dreams don’t scare you then they aren’t big enough!

What do you want? 5 steps to help you figure it out.

Simple question, but the answer can be quite complex. What goals, dreams, and desires do you have? What do you want out of life? Deciding what you want comes easy for some and not so easy for others. Sometimes deciding what you want is as easy as deciding what you don’t want. Nothing kills more dreams than indecisiveness and lack of a plan! Steps to take to accomplish your goals: 1. Write your goal down, somewhere that is highly visible for you. 2. Do a little research. No need to reinvent the wheel, use the experience of others to avoid pitfalls. 3. Write down your plan and share it with someone who will motivate you. 4. Set your plan into action. Don’t obsess over why you can’t do it! 5. Reassess your actions to make sure they align with your goal. Those simple steps can be applied in any situation.   The hardest part of getting what we want is getting started and staying committed.  I’m not saying it will be easy, but it will be worth it!

Cultivate Kindness

Kindness is the act of being friendly, thoughtful, and caring to name a few. We as women should not only show kindness to ourselves, but also each other.  So many of us face insecurities about characteristics that make us who we are.  You never know what someone is dealing with, or how your words or actions might affect them.  How much does it cost to be kind?  Absolutely nothing.   The next time you notice something that you genuinely admire in another person, try giving a compliment. It may be a small gesture on your part, but you never know the positive impact it can have on the recipient.

Hello!

Hello and welcome to femme a’ femme blog! My name is Erin Williams I am a wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend, and registered nurse. Femme a’ femme is French, it translates to woman to woman in English. I created this blog to inspire girls and women to love and empower themselves and one another. I see so many girls and women struggling to love themselves and to be honest that saddens me. I don’t have all of the answers, but I do have love, compassion, and faith. Those are a few of the qualities that help me and I figured I’d share them with you. We are stronger together!