The Story Behind the Mary Kay Pink Cadillac

Spotting a Mary Kay pink Cadillac is almost as exciting as coming across a rogue Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. The rosy ride is the much-coveted prize a Mary Kay Cosmetics sales consultant receives when she and her team reach $100,000 in sales within a year.

As the story goes, Mary Kay Ash herself arrived at a Lincoln dealership in the late 1960s and asked them to create a custom car to help promote her burgeoning business. “The guy in so many words said, ‘Little lady, go home and get your husband. And when you come back, we’ll get you into that Lincoln,’” said Clayton Webb, Mary Kay’s Vice President of Corporate Communications.

Ash turned to a different dealer—a Cadillac dealer—instead. And when she whipped out a compact and asked them to take a cue from the color of blush inside, they didn’t bat an eyelash. Ash’s custom job matched their archived “Mountain Laurel” tone.

Some of Mary Kay’s sales directors fell in love with their boss’s new ride, and ordered themselves cars to match. That’s when Ash realized the eye-catching car could be powerful, both as a company symbol and as motivation for her growing network of consultants. In 1969, she rewarded her top five sellers with a brand new, blush-colored Cadillac Coupe de Ville. (The consultant isn’t gifted the car outright, by the way—it’s a two-year "Co-op lease" paid for by Mary Kay, and when the two years is up, the consultant can elect to sell the car back to the dealership or purchase it herself.)

The tradition continues today, although the shade of pink has changed over the years, including a pearlescent tint that only looked pink in the right light. If the consultant really isn’t interested in driving a brightly hued car, she (or he—in 2011, for the first time, a male consultant received the keys to a Mary Kay pink Caddy) does have other options. The consultant can opt to take a monthly cash incentive instead, and there are other car color choices for different levels of sales. In past years, consultants whose teams sell $75,000 in six months receive a black BMW, while lower levels can opt for a black Chevy Equinox or a Chevy Cruze.

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The Only Way to Answer ‘What Is Your Greatest Weakness?’ In a Job Interview

Thanks in part to the influence of Silicon Valley and its focus on the psychological probing of job applicants, interview questions have been steadily getting more and more abstract. As part of the interview process, today's job seekers might be asked to describe a vending machine to someone who’s never seen one before, or plan a fantasy date with a famous historical figure.

Even if the company you’re approaching isn’t fully on board with prodding your brain, at some point you may still come up against one of the most common queries applicants face: "What is your greatest weakness?"

"Some 'experts' will tell you to try and turn a strength into a 'weakness,' to make yourself look good," writes Inc. contributor Justin Bariso. "That advice is garbage."

"Think about it," Bariso continues. "Interviewers are asking the same question to countless candidates. Just try and guess how many times they hear the answers 'being a perfectionist' or 'working too much.' (Hint: way too often.)"

While responding that you work too hard might seem like a reliable method of moving the conversation along, there’s a better way. And it involves being sincere.

"The fact is, it's not easy to identify one's own weaknesses," Bariso writes. "Doing so takes intense self-reflection, critical thinking, and the ability to accept negative feedback—qualities that have gone severely missing in a world that promotes instant gratification and demands quick (often thoughtless) replies to serious issues."

Bariso believes the question is an effective way to reveal an applicant’s self-awareness, which is why companies often use it in their vetting process. By being self-aware, people (and employees) can correct behavior that might be affecting job performance. So the key is to give this question some actual thought before it’s ever posed to you.

What is your actual greatest weakness? It could be that, in a desire to please everyone, you wind up making decisions based on the urge to avoid disappointing others. That’s a weakness that sounds authentic.

Pondering the question also has another benefit: It prompts you to think of areas in your life that could use some course-correcting. Even if you don’t land that job—or even if the question is never posed to you—you’ve still made time for self-reflection. The result could mean a more confident and capable presence for that next interview.

[h/t Inc.]

This Is the Most Commonly Misspelled Word on Job Resumes

by Reader's Digest Editors

Your resume is your first chance to make a good impression with hiring managers. One misspelled word might not seem like a huge deal, but it can mean the difference between looking competent and appearing lazy. A 2014 Accountemps survey of 300 senior managers found that 63 percent of employers would reject a job candidate who had just one or two typos on their resume.

Most misspellings on resumes slip through the cracks because spellcheck doesn’t catch them. The most common misspelling on resumes is a shockingly simple word—or so you’d think.

Career coach and resume writer Jared Redick of Resume Studio in San Francisco tells Business Insider that the most common misspelling he sees by far is confusing “lead” with “led.” If you’re talking about how you run meetings at your current job, the correct spelling is “lead,” which is in the present tense. If the bullet point is from a former position, use lead’s past tense: led. Yes, “lead” as in the metal can also be pronounced “led,” but most people have no need to discuss chemical elements on their job resumes.

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Other spelling mistakes Redick has seen pop up over and over again on resumes is spelling “definitely” as “definately” (which spellcheck thankfully should catch) and adding an e in “judgment” (“judgement” is the British spelling, but “judgment” is preferred in American English).

To avoid the cringe factor of noticing little typos after sending out your application—especially if your misspelling actually is a real word that spellcheck recognizes—always proofread your resume before submitting. Slowly reading it out loud will take just a few minutes, but it could mean the difference between an interview and a rejection.


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