Meet Mënaji Man: Shawn Punch

Fashion Photographer and Menaji Skincare Customer Shawn Punch

Life behind the lens is exactly where Fashion Photographer Shawn Punch would rather be. And when he’s not snapping photos of runway gorgeous models, Shawn immerses his talents as a pencil artist & hospital administrator.

A regular Mënaji Skincare customer, Shawn shares a few details about his unique life and his favorite Mënaji Skincare products.

What are 5 things you can’t live without?  Music, family, art, food, and learning. I am the consummate learner.

Who has influenced you the most and why? My friend Glen had a huge impact on my life. He’ s served as a mentor; helped me land my first job out of college; and guide d me through the challenges of the corporate world and life in general. He always stressed the importance of honesty and doing a good job.

What was the best advice you have ever received? It pays to be a winner.

Everyone has a teacher that made an impact on his or her life. Who was that person for you? Mr. Gotesman my sixth grade teacher. He encouraged me to draw and believed that I was a good student and child.

Do you have a favorite music genre?  Hip Hop, especially New York 90’s rap music. It gets me in a confident, energetic mental space!

Describe what your perfect day looks like. I experienced a perfect day a few years ago. I was paid to do a fashion photo shoot in a club in the Lower East Side, New York City. The designer loved my work and treated me very well. My girlfriend at the time was right next to me providing love and support. From that event, I met a lot of really nice people who wanted to work with me.

Which Mënaji Skincare product is your favorite and why? I love the Aftershave Hydrator because it gives me a nice cool, fresh feeling after I shave my head and face. The Lip Balm Agent is really nice too. It keeps my lips moist.

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Love them or hate them, at some point in your life you may find yourself working with a headhunter. Let’s face it; an experienced headhunter can search more efficiently for jobs than you can.  Plus, a headhunter has something you don’t have — inside job market information AND knowledge about openings that you will never see advertised.

It’s helpful to understand how a headhunter operates.  Simply, their goal is to match you with the right job so they can collect their fee.

We asked Scott Craighead, a top headhunter (who is also a Mënaji Skincare fan) with the firm WTW Associates in New York to share some advice on what to expect when working with a headhunter. Here’s what he had to say.


Career Advice

What Is A Headhunter?

“Some headhunters will find you jobs, not all!  If they are retained search professionals who fill senior level positions ($150-200k+ depending on geography) they spend most of their time building relationships with senior executives at corporations in the hopes that they will be hired to find the next senior level executive.

These firms are not motivated to find people jobs.  But if they are contingency recruiters ($75-150/200k+/-), they may be more likely to help introduce you to their clients since there are more of these mid-level positions and these firms probably have more client relationships, with the demand to fill those positions more urgent.  So ask how they are compensated and how they work with people looking to further their careers.”

How Should You Engage a Headhunter?  

“Don’t call!  Email them. Recruiters are busy and are focused on building client relationships and finding candidates.  So email them your resume, tell them your current compensation, and why you’re contemplating a job change.  It’s important to contact recruiters who specialize either in your function (HR, finance, marketing, tech, etc.) or industry (consumer, pharma, manufacturing, etc.).  And aim high, contact the most senior person at the headhunter’s firm.  If you share a mutual connection on LinkedIn, mention that as an icebreaker.

What Are Today’s Trends with Job Search?

It’s all about LinkedIn!  If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, you won’t get a job!  Today, 277 million people have profiles with most being professional based in the U.S.   This is where recruiters look for candidates.  Build up your professional network of who you know on this platform since you will be viewed on both your connections + the connections who you share with recruiters and other professionals in your area of expertise.

One final note, the biggest mistake people make is that they spend too much time responding to job postings – Which is like winning the lottery, many apply, with only 1 winner (typically!).  Instead, identify companies of interest and approach them directly — email the person to whom you’d report, suggest a phone discussion, should it go well, circle back in a week and suggest getting together.  Building a relationship with a potential boss may take time but it can pay off in the long run and having the right job is generally worth the wait.

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Mënaji Man: Josh McBride

Team Mënaji Skincare had the opportunity to catch up with Josh McBride.  As a On-Camera Entertainment Host and Lifestyle Expert, Josh started his career in acting after watching tv as a kid. Today Josh can be seen interviewing celebs like Kelly Ripa, Neil Patrick Harris, Jane Lynch, running to fashion events, or working most red carpets in and around New York City. 

A regular user of Mënaji Skincare, here’s what Josh shares about his life and his favorite products. 

Menaji Skincare | Josh McBride

5 things you can’t live without? Cologne, Cell phone, Menaji Lip Balm Agent, smelly candles, my Temperpedic pillow.

Who has influenced you the most and why? I have two, one is my Mother for always listening and dealing with my crazy schedule. The other is Ryan Seacrest because the man can do it all.

Favorite advice you have ever received? ”90% of it is showing up.” My father would say this when I didn’t want to go to something or if I was nervous to host when first starting out…. It meant, show up, and it will all be gravy from there.

Favorite teacher? Professor Regine, my academic advisor wound up being my intro to marketing teacher. You could tell she thought about each lesson and how she could apply it differently to every class, to every student. A supportive, warm, caring, thoughtful, individual who was the reason I made it out of college.

Favorite Music? I go thru moods. Sometimes I’m ready to rock out to the latest hip-hop song and hit up the Beyonce/Jay Z concert, other times I’ll want to hear Frank Ocean, Jason Derulo, anything that gets me going and in a happy mood.

Describe your perfect day. Waking up on a Saturday morning in New York knowing you have no work, and its sunny, and all you want to do is go to central park and either grab a blanket or just walk the park with a close friend discussing life.

Which Mënaji Skincare product is your favorite? The HDPV Anti-Shine Powder. It’s the quick and perfect essential to have for any red carpet, any interview, any intro to a segment. Keeps me even, and so easy to use!

Josh McBride

Be sure to follow Josh over social media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

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