Have you heard of Vine yet? It’s Twitter’s new app that is revolutionizing the way people share their worlds. Companies in every industry ranging from media, to business, to fashion have made accounts already. Basically you can create short, little videos of anything you want. Disclaimer: It’s dangerously addicting. Some of the stuff people come up with is unbelievable. So get an account and get inspired, people! This one is here to stay.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but internship deadlines are quickly passing you by. When I was looking to do an internship last summer, I started looking around September for a summer internship (dramatic, I know). That definitely isn’t necessary at all and I quickly learned that. Internships are year-round with fall internships and “winternships” being less popular than the traditional summer internship. If you want to land a competitive summer internship, I suggest you start looking now (around late January, early February). Make a list of your top 10 companies you would love to score an internship at. I found it super helpful to set up alerts on internships.com so you are the first to know when one of your favorite companies posts an internship. I also suggest using Google alerts just to receive general news updates on those companies. In case you do get that interview, it’ll work in your favor if you’ve been keeping tabs on what’s been going on at that company. Here are some of the sites I used to snag my internship last summer:
Also, never underestimate the magical powers of LinkedIn. Look up alumni of your school working at companies you’re interested in and get in touch with them to set up an informational interview. It’s great to network and establish connections at various companies in the field you want to eventually work in.
Best of luck, future interns! Feel free to reach out with any questions.
So I’m the first to admit that I would undoubtedly opt to wear glitter nail polish over a blah color any day of the week. Sure, it’s a pain to get the sparkles off (literally takes me on average an hour of scraping and scratching), but they never chip and they’re just so darn nice to look at. Plain and simple. Sadly, sometimes it’s just not acceptable to rock disco nails, i.e., meeting your boyfriend’s parents or a job interview. Your future employer shouldn’t be staring at your lights-lights-flashing nails, but instead intently listening to why you’re the best fit for the job. I know it’s a sad day when you have to regretfully paint your nails a color your grandma would choose, but it doesn’t have to be that bad, people! Here are some interview-approved colors that are not too shabby:
Pictured: Zoya’s Ginessa, Butter London’s All Hail McQueen, Essie’s Don’t Sweater It, and O.P.I.’s Second Honeymoon
Besides it being the anthem of HBO’s new season of my all-time favorite show ever, GIRLS (Lena Dunham, you are my angel), Ellie Goulding’s “Anything Could Happen” is my inspirational jam of 2013. It’s completely reminiscent of the Spice Girls’ girl power message with a hint of this uplifting calmness that honestly makes you believe that everything will be okay. I find it so important to put everything into perspective and to be thankful for every day, but also to keep dreaming (sorry I’m not sorry for the corniness). Anything can happen, people. Here is some easy Sunday listening. Enjoy…
It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with internships… and fashion… and jewelry too… okay I’ll stop now. I would just like to take a hot second to say thank you to the one and the ONLY freefashioninternships.com. When I participated in Fashion Campus NYC this past summer, Carla Isabel, creator of this AMAHHHZING twitter and website, spoke on the panel. She seemed so genuine about actually wanting to help the intern generation out there. Plus, her site is a fashion internship goldmine. With new postings added regularly, it should be the first stop students make on their internship road trip. Current positions are at companies ranging from Vogue to Lulu Frost (swoon) to alice + olivia. Even though I’m past the internship stage in my life, this site just deserves a round of applause for consistently bringing great opportunities to the eager youth out there.
Unless you’re interviewing at an accounting top four, there is no reason to roll up to an interview full on suited up. Interviews are a perfect time to show the employer who you really are. Add a fun necklace, bracelets or a different color top to spice up the boring black and white 2-piece suit. Here is some pinspiration:
I just discovered the most amazing site ever. It’s called Bloglovin’. Why am I obsessed, you ask? Because if you’re like me, you eat content for breakfast and the blogs I consume make my day that much better. Now, instead of having the longest bookmarks page in existence, I can just follow my favorite blogs and YouTube vloggers on this site and it tells me when they update their page! HALLELUJAH. It’s an after Christmas miracle.
Ninety percent of my Christmas presents this year were Starbucks gift cards. These little pieces of plastic are just as good as giving me a bar of solid gold. While in the city today (after I had recovered from my inhaling of delicious cuisine from Eataly), I decided to go to my favorite coffee shop. Starbucks. Obviously. I finally strayed from my usual Skinny Vanilla Latte (an oldie, but a goodie) and decided to order the Salted Caramel Mocha. People, this is LIFE CHANGING. I love all things salted caramel, so I’m surprised I hadn’t tried it earlier. I’m still waiting for the day where some culinary genius invents salted caramel frozen yogurt. Then, I could die happy. Mmmm…
Cheers to the first post of 2013! I’m declaring this year the year of champagne popping celebrations! What will you open a bottle of bubbly to this year? Getting that dream job? Acing your interview? Whatever it may be, I wish you success and happiness in 2013. Pop. Fizz. Clink.
Passionate about a brand, a company or even a certain industry? One of the best things you can do is become a brand ambassador! Companies are always looking for bright college students who are eager to represent their brand and provide important feedback on anything and everything from current trends to the next big thing.
I’m currently a Social Media Style Advisor for Dormify, a fast-growing company dedicated to providing the chicest decor, tips and ideas to college students. I love all aspects of social media and Dormify, so being a Style Advisor specializing in social media is the perfect position for me. Besides it being fun and engaging, I also like being a part of something bigger than myself.
So feel free to search the web for a company that offers a brand ambassador program (or ask them if you can start one if they don’t!) and dive right in!
Make your profile OUTSTANDING. Here are a few tips on how to get your profile in the most searches so you’re more likely to get noticed and get hired.
1. Update your city to the city you potentially want to work in. When recruiters and companies are searching for potential candidates, they will most likely hone their search by plugging in a zip and a radius. You want to be in that radius.
2. Complete every aspect of your profile from courses you’ve taken to descriptions of what you do at your current job. When it’s 100% complete, people will know you’re serious about your professional life.
3. Ask everyone to recommend you. People should know how awesome you are at being a student or an intern or literally anything. It can’t hurt.
4. Keep on top of it! If you update your LinkedIn frequently with new skills or even just make edits to what you previously have, these updates will be shown on your connections’ home pages. This will increase your chances of landing your ideal opportunity.
5. Follow the companies you’re interested in working for so you can be the first to know about new career opportunities!
Does your school have an online career center? Sign up for e-mail alerts that match jobs you’re interested in. If the company is posting through your school, chances are they are interested in students like you! Happy job hunting.
I’m such a fan of virtual positions. They’re flexible and you can work with any type of established company or start-up to really flaunt your stuff. As a college student, it can be hard to find the time to fit in a full-time internship, so virtual positions are the absolute best alternative because you can be as invested as you want and make the position fit into your busy schedule.
Here are a few examples of stellar virtual internships:
Have a knack for fashion, design and decor? This is the perfect position for you. Style Advisors at Dormify are encouraged to create and contribute content to the Dormify blog and use social media to spread the word about this amazing site.
Are you obsessed with all things internships? (I am!) If so, being a Brand Ambassador for Intern Sushi is the way to go. It’s a super flexible program and is a really fun group to work with. The company is full of extremely passionate people who want to help students succeed in hands-on internships by showing off who they are and what makes them special.
Work with CollegeFashionista.com to report trends on your college campus. Gurus are journalism/photography students who love fashion. The program encourages the campus reps to take street style photographs of trendy students and know what’s up and coming.
If you want to be an outstanding candidate for a position, be sure to send a follow-up e-mail to thank your interviewer for their time. Remember to use a professional e-mail such as a simple firstname.lastname@example.org or school e-mail address.
Ever wonder what it’s like to work at your dream company? I’m all for wondering, but why not take a peek with your own eyes? YouTube is chock full of videos that will take you behind the scenes at your favorite brands and give you a great taste of what each company represents. If you can imagine yourself in the environment and simply love what the brand stands for, then you are more likely to be persistent when seeking out your ideal position.
Here are a few glances at some of Work Whimsy’s favorites:
Put your resume next to these and decide which one you’d like to pick up and read. If you don’t choose your own, then it’s time to give your resume a facelift. You might be wary to do this in certain fields, but feel free to display your artistic flare when applying to design-related, fashion or entertainment jobs! IT’S MAKEOVER TIME!
1. Timeline with accurate dates and locations of previous jobs, internships and volunteer experience
2. Skills/Areas of Expertise: include programs you’re trained in and other technical skills
3. Education with year of graduation and degree information
1. Unconventional design using colors as beautifully exhibited in the resumes shown above
2. Un-boring typeface that you wouldn’t normally find on a resume
3. Use colored banners behind your name and make it pop!
*Make sure your resume is easy to read after these posh modifications!* Read this blog post from the Intern Queen to see if you pass the test and this one from eHow to format it correctly for e-mails!
Remember that song by the Rolling Stones “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”? Well it’s true. You really can’t. Life is full of surprises and daily challenges. When it comes to the job search keep an open mind about everything and always weigh your options. Remember, you can’t always get what you want, but everything happens for a reason.
Before an interview, do your homework on the company. Follow their twitter, read their blog and find out about their newest products! You will make yourself a more valuable asset to the company and the hiring manager will take notice.
As a college student, it can be hard to juggle your school work, social life, clubs, current position (like a virtual internship/ambassadorship/or internship) and don’t forget sleeping! As a senior, you have to add another fun item (and one of the most important) to your constantly growing to do list: your job search. But no sweat, you’re good at this. By now you’ve probably already experienced the internship search a few times, and that was great practice! You have been warming up for a few years now and it’s your time to play in the major leagues! This can be both exciting and scary, but you’ve got this. Just remember one thing… sometimes it’s OKAY to say, “no.”
If you are a time management machine with a fancy planner (a personal favorite is the jumbo one from Lilly Pulitzer) and can manage a full plate, then go ahead and do it you savvy student you! Sadly, it’s sometimes just not that easy. Don’t be afraid to say “no” every now and then if you begin to feel overwhelmed socially. Also, try to sharply target your extracurricular activities to things you are really interested in. Semesters can be long with some really busy weeks and some lulls. My advice is to take full advantage of those lulls!
Divide the lulls equally and use them for all things school and work related. This will lighten up your load immensely and will give you about 20-30 minutes per day to dedicate to your job search. Think of your job search like you’re training for a marathon. You need to put work in every single day to achieve your goal: Your dream job! Why should you settle for anything less?
Now is your time to develop your training schedule. Figure out what companies you want to work at/what you want to do and start applying! Schedule a visit with your Career Center and pick a counselor’s brain. They might know of alumni who are great contacts for you. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people you’re connected with on LinkedIn or send your resume around. Just always remember to stay persistent!
Don’t let interviews make you nervous! Take deep breaths before and unfocus your eyes to calm your nerves. If you’re not nervous, then you can clearly tell the interviewer why you would be the best fit for their position!
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