My journey as an Ann Taylor intern has come to an end. It had gone too fast but like it is always said, all good things must come to an end. This internship has reinforced my notion of what career I truly want to go into. I know for a fact I want to go into social media marketing; I mean, how is that not fun? Read More →
I’ve had plenty of interviews and many times I have never been called back. It hurts me every time. The sting doesn’t go away and it makes me feel like a bit of a failure. Rejection is just a part of life and something you are going to have to get used to. Sure, it sucks. Big time. But hopefully you can take a few things away from the experience and grow more from it. Here are 5 tips to handle rejection with grace.
For the past 5 months, I have been interning at ICONIX Brand Group. I can say that it has been the best experiences of my life. I’ve learned so much and I honestly didn’t think I was going to be so sad to go. At my time there, I was the Public Relations/Marketing/Social Media intern. Never have I felt so useful or learned so much.
Every fashionista dreams of heading to the Big Apple in September or February when FashionWeek is in full swing. But Fashion Week isn’t just a show of style, it’s a crucial time for buyers of big companies like Bloomingdale’s and Bergdorf Goodman to get a peek of the new collection so they could get it into stores when it is actually Fall 2014. It’s a business transaction in sorts but it has since become more than that. Backstage, I saw how everything and everyone. It was really amazing to be standing only inches away from Mark Badgley and James Mischka. I was surprised how organized it was and how calm it all was. There was no screaming or running around, no one was panicking. It was very calm except for the hordes of accepted press squished into the tent, trying to get shots of the designers and a few celebrities that were hanging out.
Internships are a gateway to a career. In this day and age, unfortunately, most are unpaid which leads to heated debates and lawsuits being flung left and right like a frisbee. While it would be nice to get paid for the work that I do as an intern, all I really care about is being treated right and gaining experience from it all. I’ve been blessed that I’ve never been taken advantage of (knock on wood) and my bosses are the sweetest in the world. Read More →
Hello Spice Girls & Guys! I thought it would be nice to give an update on how everything is going!
As I’ve said numerous times, I intern in New York City. The office is full of kind, hard-working people, and it honestly feels like a family the moment you step in. My supervisor is kind, understanding, and gives me work that I find both challenging and enjoyable. I don’t have coffee-run duties or a Devil Wears Prada deal going on. I have my own desk, my own computer, and even my own email and ID!
They added a new intern and now there is two of us in the office. It’s nice! It’s like a little girl corner. I had been doing the social media and updating articles but now I’ve been given more PR tasks, which I am honestly intimidated by. I love it so far though, I love all the researching and the taking risks I’ve done. I’m eternally grateful to be given such tasks and have such a great experience so far.
In the midst of all of this, I was let go/ quit at my retail job. I loved working there but I also felt guilty because I could not give them 100%. My priorities were in school and my internships. I will not name the company, but I think you will be able to find out which one it is (rhymes with nap). I just want to write about it to get it off of my chest as it’s been bugging me.
I had been walking out of my internship when I got a call from one of the managers who stated that the head manager wanted to speak to me. At this point, my stomach had flipped up into my throat, I was getting a bad feeling. The main manager came onto the phone, asked me how I was, being all sweet and then sweetly told me that they couldn’t do my schedule anymore and I would have to hand in my two weeks.
Now, I have to start the job hunt all over again. It’s tiring and difficult as a college student with a terrible schedule. I have classes Monday, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
I still find myself running around and this summer break isn’t just a break anymore. I think I’m finally growing up..and fast.
Ah, summer..the sun is shining and university is finally done for the semester..but no break for you! You need to get an internship to gain valuable experience in the field of your choice whether it be Fashion, Finance, or Medical. Summer is the time where the competition gets tough, you are not the only school that is out for the summer, so chances are you will be competing with people from other states and countries. Here are ways to make you stand out and land that internship!
Your resume is key to getting your internship, it’s you but on paper. Please limit your resume to 1 page, it isn’t an essay. If your experience passes one page (Which is great!) cut it down to the experience that will most likely match the requirements of the internship. If you want to intern for social media and you have a soccer coach position on it, it is just taking up valuable space. Bullet points are a great way for an employer to scan your resume without having to jump into all your wordiness. Keep it short, sweet, but informative.
2. Dress to Impress
You may not care how you look like to others, but you have to look just as good as you do on paper. We would all rather be wearing some comfy lounge-wear but please leave the jeans at home. Invest in some great basics pieces that can we dressed up or down. If you are planning to enter finance or business, invest in a great skirt suit (ladies) or suit (guys). It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed, trust me. You never want to show up at an interview in jeans (not even a fashion interview!)
Put your research skills to the test! Research the ins and outs of the company you want to intern for or interviewing for. Try to think of compelling questions that really showcase that you did you part of the bargain. They want to find the best match for their company and you want to show them that you really care. Don’t show up to an interview knowing nothing about the company, be prepared. (Trust me, it won’t end well and you will be kicking yourself in the head).
A portfolio in addition to your resume and references will edge out all the competition. I have a portfolio full of my best writing, styling, and work samples. Just like how a presenter would use a visual aid to reel in the audience’s attention, the portfolio will do the same. It will impress them for sure!
Yes, interviews are intimidating and nerve-wracking but keep your head high and breath deeply. They will soon become second nature to you and you can only learn from your mistakes. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or give the interview the best you can. If they sense your confidence and willingness to face challenges, they will very much consider you.
The competition is stiff, even in the summer. If you don’t manage to land one this summer don’t be afraid to try Fall/Winter or Spring internships. Good luck!
It’s been a hectic past few weeks between all my school assignments and projects. I’ve been going non-stop to interviews and it’s been exhausting! I thought it was my part-time job! But all the waiting and going to interviews has finally paid off! I am going to be a Marketing/PR intern for a jewelry company (WOO!) I just hope I can finish this semester quick so I can have more time to blog!
I will give some tips about internships and what to expect by tomorrow!