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16
Oct 17

How to Make Your Resume Stand Out When Job Searching

Working on LaptopHaving a great resume is something that everyone should have. It is the first step in getting a great job in the market. However, if you do not have a great resume that stands out from the crowd, you could get lost in the pile. Most likely, there are a lot of people who are applying for the same jobs that you are applying for and you want to make sure that your resume is noticed. These are a few ways you can do exactly that.

How to Make Your Resume Stand Out When Job Searching

Add a Pop of Color

This is a way to get some visual attention. It will ensure that they take a second glance at your resume. While this is a way to make it grab attention, you also have to keep the attention.

Describe Your Accomplishments

Most people talk about what they were responsible for at each of their jobs. If you take the opportunity to actually show what you were able to accomplish during your time there, you will make a much better impression.

Use Cold, Hard Numbers

You not only want to show what you did but you also want to quantify them. If you can provide actual numbers to assist with the accomplishments you had, that will help to further strengthen your resume. If you are in sales and you were the top seller for a certain number of months, put that information in there along with how much you were able to sell on your own. This shows that you not only knew what you were doing but that you were actually good at it, too.

Remove Experience That is Not Relevant to the Role You are Applying For

If you are applying for an executive position, you do not want to put that you drive for Uber on your resume. While it may be true, it does not add anything to your resume and would actually create a weaker resume in that kind of situation. Instead, remove any information that is not relevant.

If you are looking for a new place to live next to your new job or where you want to work, be sure to check out our apartments in Los Angeles.

9
Oct 17

Fun and Free Activities in Los Angeles

Los Angeles SkylineOne of the best parts about living in California is the endless amount of fun and free activities in Los Angeles! L.A. is home to some of the best attractions on the west coast. From the beaches to historical landmarks, there’s something here that everyone will enjoy.

Fun and Free Attractions in Los Angeles

Griffith Observatory

The observatory is a great place to go to, day or night. If you want the best experience, we definitely recommend going in the evening to gaze up at the night sky and for the best view of the Los Angeles skyline.

Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade

Los Angeles is best known for its beaches and Santa Monica is on the top of our list! The only thing you need to bring is your walking shoes. Take a stroll on the beach or walk down the pier where you’ll find games, rides and food. A fun and free activity not far from the pier is Third Street Promenade. If you don’t plan on spending any money, feel free to window shop or be amazed by the many street performers!

Venice Beach Boardwalk and Venice Canals

Possibly the most popular beach attraction in L.A. is the famous Venice Beach Boardwalk. There, you will find tattoo parlors, souvenir shops, restaurants and plenty of interesting personalities. A few miles away from Venice Beach and tucked away in a residential area are the Venice Canals. You’ll probably recognize it from movies that have made this location quite famous.

Fun and Free Museums in Los Angeles

Getty Villa

The Getty Villa is located along the PCH at the end of the Malibu coast. At this museum, you’ll get to see over 1,200 pieces of ancient artwork from Greek and Roman history. The best part of the museum is its architecture that will remind you a Mediterranean villa.

To get free admission into the Villa, book a timed ticket in advance as walk-ins are not allowed.

J. Paul Getty Museum

One of the more notable museums in L.A. is the J. Paul Getty Museum, also known as the Getty Center. Located hillside from the 405 freeway, this museum features jaw-dropping panoramic views, magnificent landscaping and most of all, Renaissance artwork.

Keep in mind that while admission is free, parking is $15 and $10 after 3 p.m. The Getty Center should definitely be at the top of your L.A. bucket list!

LACMA

If you want to spend most of the day at a museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is exactly where you want to go. Spanning over 20-acres, the LACMA offers an amazing fun and free experience in the center of L.A. Although there are general admission tickets for a fee, L.A. County residents receive free general admission after 3 p.m. every weekday LACMA is open!

Fun and Free Activities in Los Angeles

Hiking Trails

If you’re in the mood to break a sweat, there are several hiking trails in Los Angeles. Trails range from less than a mile to five miles.

Want to get views of the Pacific Ocean? The Sara Wan Trailhead at Corral Canyon is the one for you. For a more strenuous approach, Echo Mountain is a five-mile hike involving scaling the side of a canyon. If you’d like to see what other hiking trails are in the L.A. area, check out this article.

Beaches With Free Parking

It may be fall, but when you’re in L.A., you won’t want to miss out on hanging out at the beach. There are several beaches in the city and most of them offer paid parking lots. If you get there early, you can nab yourself free street parking!

Take a look at this list of L.A. beaches and get a feel for what the parking situation looks like.

After running around all day doing fun and free activities in Los Angeles, you’ll love coming home to our Los Angeles apartments. Interested in learning more about our community? Feel free to contact us and book a tour!

2
Oct 17

Depeche Mode Comes to the Hollywood Bowl

A Guy Playing the GuitarDepeche Mode, the legendary synth-pop band, is coming to the Hollywood Bowl in October. But they aren’t just playing a single show – they are playing four shows in a row, something no other band has ever done at the Hollywood Bowl.

Depeche Mode – At the Hollywood Bowl

Depeche Mode will be playing October 12, 14, 16 and 18. They had originally sold-out three shows back in April, but after getting such an overwhelming response from fans, the band made the decision to offer a fourth show. Because no band has ever played four consecutive shows at the Hollywood Bowl, the event became even more special than it already is. It is now a monumental set of concerts not just for fans, but for the venue as well.

The band has stated that it is going to offer an intimate show as well during their stay in L.A., with tickets being given away for free in thanks to fans. If you were one of the lucky few to win the ticket contest on the band’s website, you will have the opportunity to see Depeche Mode in a small venue, up-close and personal – something that rarely happens with a band so popular.

If you did not get tickets to any of the shows, you can still enjoy the band’s music – including the new album they are touring in support of, called “Spirit.”

Helping You Enjoy Your L.A. Experience

L.A. can be a fantastic place to live, giving you access to an amazing number of restaurants, food trucks, pubs, theme parks and live music events. But with all the options, it is easy to get overwhelmed. As your management team, we do our best to help you navigate the L.A. scene by pointing out events and attractions that we think are truly worth your time, such as Depeche Mode at the Hollywood Bowl.

If you may not have gotten a Depeche Mode ticket, you can still see great live music throughout the L.A. area. From tiny shows at coffee shops to larger concerts at places like Whisky A Go Go, there is always someone playing in L.A. If you would like to know more about our apartment community, or if you have any questions about our available floor plans at our Los Angeles apartments, please contact us. We are here to assist you!

25
Sep 17

What to Pack in a Carry-On for a 10-Day Trip

packing carry-onHeading out for a long vacation? We bet that you’re excited! What to pack in a carry-on for your trip is probably the first question that comes to mind. Keep reading to learn more about our tips and tricks when it comes to packing.

Tips and Tricks for What to Pack in a Carry-On

1. Be Practical

The first rule of what to pack in a carry-on is to be practical. We know it seems hard, but do you really need that fifth pair of shoes or that fancy suit you only might end up wearing? Before you really start diving into packing, check to see if your accommodations feature a washer and dryer. It will be a lifesaver to know that you’ll be able to wash your clothes while on vacation and won’t have to bring as much with you.

2. Pack Key Pieces

Where are you headed to? An island getaway or a chilly destination? Adding key pieces to your packed carry-on will help you plan outfits around those items.

For example: If the Bahamas in June are calling your name, perhaps the key pieces that you’ll want to pack are a button-up shirt, a staple pair of shorts and some sandals or flip flops, which are perfect for that climate. Or are you heading to the “Windy City” in the middle of February? You’ll definitely want to pack a thick coat, a nice pair of denim or slacks and some all-weather boots.

3. Go With a Color Scheme

With these key pieces in mind, plan your outfits to coordinate with what you know you’ll have and stick with a color scheme throughout your trip. We always recommend neutrals like gray, white, black, and beige. It’s simple and easy to work around. But if you’re in need of some color, give your outfits some pops of color with help from your accessories. Having a color scheme and key pieces will turn 3 outfits into 10-12!

4. Make a List of What to Pack in Carry-On

There’s nothing more upsetting than when you’re on vacation and you realize that you forgot something. You never want to be left without something that you actually really need like glasses, contacts, phone charger, etc. Even though this rule is not No. 1, it’s probably the most important. If you’re stuck on what to pack in a carry-on, check out this list of items from toiletries to clothing.

5. Make Some Room

Of course, it’s expected to do some shopping while you’re away. So leave some room for new additions to your wardrobe and souvenirs to take home for loved ones. Packing your carry-on using the “rolling method” helps add a bit more room to your luggage, as well as minimize the number of wrinkles.

After your amazing trip, come back to a place that you’re proud to call home. Feel free to stop by our office to learn more about our Los Angeles apartments.

18
Sep 17

Head to the Abbot Kinney Festival in Venice

Boardwalk Filled With PeopleLooking for a great excuse to get out and celebrate the end of the summer season in style? Kick off the fall season and bid summer ‘17 a fond farewell by grabbing a few friends and heading out to Venice for the 33rd Annual Abbot Kinney Festival this September.

Don’t Miss the Abbot Kinney Festival 2017

This unique festival takes place along the famous Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice on the last Sunday of the month, September 24, 2017. Get out of the city and spend a few hours learning more about the “coolest block in America,” where you can find tons of eclectic boutiques, amazing artisan eateries and great finds from influential art galleries.

Abbot Kinney Festival 2017 Details

Where: Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, CA

When: Sunday, September, 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

What: More than 300 quality vendors, the areas top food trucks and booths, kids’ rides and games, live music, 3 beer gardens and much more!

Tickets: This is a FREE event that is open to visitors of all ages! (Wristband and ID required for beer garden access).

Whether you’re interested in discovering a few new decor items for your apartment, want to indulge in some tasty local food, or you simply want an excuse to get out and enjoy some live music in the radical city of Venice—the Abbot Kinney Festival is the perfect end-of-summer event that you won’t want to miss.

Interested in selling your own artwork, craft items or other goods? You can register to be a vendor at this year’s event by taking a look at the official festival website. With great food, excellent shopping options and plenty of reasons to get out and dance, the festival promises to close out the summer months with a bang!

Discover the Best That L.A. Has to Offer

Want to be near all the action in Los Angeles? At Vida, our community has convenient access to events such as the Abbot Kinney Festival and more. Visit our office or give us a call for more information and be sure to take a look at the available floor plans at our apartments in Los Angeles online today.

11
Sep 17

Experience Roaring Nights at the L.A. Zoo

Two Elephants at the ZooOne of the best things about the L.A. Zoo (besides the fact that the orangutans are named after characters on TV) is their special events. Zoo Lights, Night of the Living Zoo, Brew at the Zoo: the staff knows how to put on a show. This year on September 15, you can get in on the action when you attend Roaring Nights.

Bands, Chats, and Special Exhibits

Coming to the L.A. Zoo is always fun no matter what time of year you go, but this night will be special. See live music, enjoy a full (cash) bar, and dine on some of the best food trucks L.A. has to offer. There will be special pop-up animal talks where you can ask questions to zoo keepers about animal behavior and care. There will even be special animal encounter exhibits that you wouldn’t be able to find on a regular zoo day too. This event is for adults only (18 and over), and costs $20 for nonmembers and $17 for members of the zoo. Start time is at 6 p.m. and wraps up at 10 p.m.

The Battle of the Decades

The theme of the night will be the Battle of the Decades. The ’80s will face the ’90s for an epic struggle of who wore it better. Come dressed as your favorite decade, and check out the costumes of your fellow animal lovers. Roaring Nights is also featuring an extended tour this year from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., where attendees can see even more of the park before they check out DJ Richard Blade spinning your favorite songs from the ’80s or Boombox Heroes playing the hits from the ’90s. And if that wasn’t enough to convince you, this night is not only going to be fantastically fun, it’s also going to support the conservation efforts of the Zoo. Come have a great time while you do the right thing for the environment too!

Our apartments in Los Angeles put you right where you want to be. Whether it’s food, culture, or entertainment you crave, Vida is the perfect place for you. Give us a call today if you’re looking for a living space that makes it easy to do everything you want to do!

21
Aug 17

Labor Day Celebrations in Los Angeles for Every Taste

Fair RidesIf you live in one of our apartments in Los Angeles, you’ll be glad to know that there are options for celebrating Labor Day in the area even if you aren’t a celebrity. Here are some of the events that will be going on for you to enjoy:

Check Out the LA County Fair

Every major area has a big fair on a yearly basis, and Los Angeles’ version starts on Labor Day weekend. Make sure to visit for carnival rides, food, music, and of course, livestock and gardening exhibits. The Fair starts September 1 and runs all the way until September 24. It takes place at The Fairplex in Pomona, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. Admission on Labor Day is $20 per adult and $12 for kids aged 6-12.

Hit an Arts and Crafts Festival

If the hyped-up atmosphere of a fair doesn’t sound like your style, try the Fiesta Hermosa Arts and Crafts Festival. Entry is free, and you get to see art and other items from over 270 vendors and enjoy music. There is also a Kiddie Carnival to keep the young ones happy and entertained. Admittance to the Festival is free. Fiesta Hermosa takes place from September 2-4 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The festival is located in downtown Hermosa Beach on Pier Plaza, Hermosa Avenue and lower Pier Avenue.

Enjoy Live Entertainment at a Street Festival

Despite the word “fair” in the name of the Orange International Street Fair, the atmosphere and offerings are much different from those of the county fair above. Here, you’ll enjoy several stages with cultural performances, including ones for Greek, Irish, German, and All-American shows. It’s free to get into this fair, which is happening near Plaza Park in the historic downtown district of the City of Orange.

Mark the Day With Fine Food and Wine

Head on over to Paramount Studios for a more upscale experience focused on food and wine. There are five separate events running from Friday to Sunday of the Labor Day weekend, all of which are sponsored by the L.A. Times and Food & Wine Magazine. Tickets range from $95-$150 per event, with the option for a Green Room upgrade at a higher price. Parking is $13.

Make sure you have a great home to come back to when you’re done celebrating. Stop by our community to see our available apartments.

14
Aug 17

Hamilton Arrives in Hollywood!

Red Theatre SeatsThe only way to experience the award-winning musical Hamilton since its Broadway debut in 2015 was to travel across the country to New York City, but not anymore. A touring production of Hamilton is making its way to a nearby Hollywood theater that is just minutes away from our apartments in Los Angeles.

Hamilton is a Unique Musical That Blends Rap With Traditional Broadway-Style Singing

Hamilton is extremely popular all across the country. In fact, it is so popular in New York City that people purchase tickets months in advance. If they don’t get tickets months in advance, they are willing to stand in line for hours with no guarantee of walking away with tickets to the show. So, why is Hamilton so popular?

Hamilton is popular because it is unique. It blends rap music with traditional Broadway-style singing and dancing. That combination creates a lively musical that tells the story of one of America’s most overlooked founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton.

Hamilton’s book, music and lyrics are by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision by Alex Lacamoire. This spectacular musical is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

Performance Information and How to Get Tickets to Hamilton in Hollywood

Performances of Hamilton will be held August 11-December 30, 2017. Weekdays, except for Monday, performances occur at 8:00 p.m. On the weekends, there is a matinee performance and evening performance.

The weekend schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, August 25, 2017 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 26, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 27, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 31, 2017 – 8:00 p.m.

Performances of Hamilton will occur at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. The Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard between Argyle Ave. and Vine St.

Tickets can be purchased at the venue or online. For those who wish to receive discounted tickets, a special ticket lottery will occur two days before each performance. The ticket lottery gives 40 individuals the chance to purchase orchestra tickets for $10.

One of the perks that come with choosing to make Vida your new home is the ability to live so close to amazing events like Hamilton. Call us today to schedule an appointment to tour our luxury apartments in Los Angeles.

7
Aug 17

4 Apps to Help You With Productivity

Apps on PhoneLA’s a great place to be if you’ve got ambitions for your own start-up or excelling in a high-power job. If you’d love to work out of your Los Angeles apartment but find yourself prone to the problems that plague freelancers and telecommuters or are simply looking for more ways to squeeze more time out of the day, you’ll definitely want to check out these four life-saving apps.

1. Nebo

Nebo by MyScript takes note-taking to a whole new level. This free iOS app is designed for the iPad with functionality for the Apple Pencil (as well as Windows 10 and the Surface Pen) that makes use of MyScript’s Interactive Ink technology. It turns your handwritten notes into text and allows you to format the transcription however you need to such as adding bulleted lists, underlines, mathematical formulas, and much more that can be exported to LaTeX and Microsoft Office.

2. Any.do

It gets too easy to forget those countless personal tasks that pile up real fast like laundry, groceries, setting hair and doctor appointments, and so on. Any.do is on both Android and iOS for free with premium options, and the app helps you stick to your schedule by syncing across multiple devices (including desktop and laptop computers) and can also integrate with calendars.

3. WPS Office

The free Android and iOS app, formerly known as Kingsoft Office, is the mobile office suite you need for word processing, slideshows, spreadsheets, and more with proper MS Office extension support and tabbed document editing and syncing through major cloud services.

4. Notion

Dreading those thousands of unread messages? Cut down on inbox clutter using artificial intelligence! Notion is free for Android and iOS and zeroes in on your most urgent messages based on your sent email history and more.

Vida is an apartment community for achievers who are constantly reaching for the stars. You’ll meet many other community members with similar mindsets who love calling Vida home because select floor plans offer amenities, such as built-in desks, stainless steel appliances, and a pool you can relax in at the end of the day, that help foster productivity whether you work at home or in a traditional office. Contact our office today to schedule a tour of our available apartment homes!

17
Jul 17

Spend a Day in the Arts District Los Angeles

Art GallerySpending some time exploring the city is never a bad thing. When you live at Vida in our apartments in Los Angeles, you gain access to some of the very best attractions and amenities in the world. One place not to miss is The Arts District Los Angeles. This urban neighborhood is located to the east of downtown LA right along the Los Angeles River. It’s home to numerous museums and plenty of things to do. If you haven’t spent a day here, do so. You’ll love the experience.

Must-See Experiences at Arts District Los Angeles

If this is your first time visiting the area, or you just want a different perspective, consider these attractions and locations. Make a day of it!

Galleries and Museums

The A+D Museum, Cleveland Art, DENK Gallery, and LADAD Space are just a few of the museums and art galleries in this area. We also recommend finding out what’s happening at the Cornerstone Theater Company and MAMA Gallery. Go for a tour. Check out a new exhibit. You’ll find countless experiences here that are always changing.

Go Shopping

A nice feature about this area is that it’s very walkable. Park the car and walk from one cute shop to the next boutique. Some must-see locations include As We Dwell, Grow the Produce Shop, The Giving Keys, and Alchemy Works. You’ll also want to check out Nailbox Salon and Lot, Stock & Barrel. If you are looking for antiques or something special, head to Hughes Estate Sales.

Enjoy a Meal or Two

Fritzi and Groundwork Coffee Co. are just a few of the eclectic choices here. Cafe Gratitude offers lots of flavor. Also, visit Umami Burger and The Factory Kitchen for new takes on all of your favorites. The area is full of incredible bars and full restaurants in every price range and for any occasion.

Come Stay With Us to Experience It All

When you live at our apartments in Los Angeles, you can make visiting Arts District Los Angeles a frequent experience. Give our office a call today to learn more about available apartments and current floor plans we offer. Be close to all that the area has to offer when you choose Vida.

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