Think Twice About Every Piece of Advice

Every where you look people are giving out advice like samples in a mall’s food court. Now I do believe that many people have great advice to share, however, check your source or at least think twice about who you are listening to.

In our society is easy to watch shows and movies and directly compare them to our own lives, as if we are living the life we are seeing. The truth is we all have lived different experiences and have relationships that are unique. It is not fair for us to think just because our favorite celebrity is taking yoga classes and becoming a vegan that we would benefit the same way they are from living that lifestyle. More realistically speaking, our friends are not always the best to give advice either. Yes, it is the sad truth of many friendships. Even if this sounds cruel it is critical to analyze your friends. If you always think hmm they do not judge men very well or ehhh I am not sure why they think those shoes look good with that outfit. This is normal, so just remember what you agree with most about your friends. Whether you love their fashion, or the confidence they exude take those qualities and listen to advice in those subjects. Understand that I am not trying to say not to listen to what they have to say, but always remember the life you are living and what is best for you.

Even this blog, for example, you may read something you do not agree with or feel differently about. That is what makes you, you. Read, watch, listen to many things and take something from everything as it applies to you.

“The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.”
-Carl Jung

Happy 50th Birthday Marc Jacobs!

In honor of Marc Jacob’s birthday, I wanted to write about the legendary fashion designer and his fabulous Spring 2013 collection. This mini-bio of Marc Jacobs can be found on the Vogue UK website. Marc Jacobs is the American fashion designer best known for his eponymous label Marc Jacobs, his diffusion line Marc by Marc Jacobs and his tenure at Louis Vuitton as creative director – which commenced in 1997. In the spring of 2001, Jacobs introduced his secondary line, Marc by Marc Jacobs. He has sought treatment for alcohol and drug addiction twice, first in 1999 and again in 2007 following a relapse. “It’s a cliché, but when I drank I was taller, funnier, smarter, cooler,” Jacobs told New York Magazine in 2005. “I would come into work and fall straight to sleep, and then I would tell everyone to come in on a Saturday because we were behind, and then I wouldn’t show up.”

Through these struggles and triumphs, Marc Jacobs has proved that he can overcome life’s obstacles and still be successful and innovative fashion designer. No surprise that his current Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 collection has wowed the fashion critics.

The New York Times wrote that, “Marc Jacobs clapped and made the sun appear, and then, for Louis Vuitton, mustered the supermodels to look as if they had no strength left to wear anything more than a slip and an overcoat, as they tumbled into their hotel rooms. Pleasure seemed to be the defining mood of the fall collections, whether it was in the sensual textures, the cocooning coats and the unfittedness of the clothes. Some of the more elegant designs may look retro, but they are not predictable.”

For this season make sure to invest in some blouses and even skirts that are decked-out in stripes. Most people would never consider wearing stripes head to toe, however, Marc Jacobs did an amazing job of proving this look can actually work. Changing up the direction and design of the same style of stripes really helps separate the top from the bottom and the vertical stripes will help lengthen your body and even creates the illusion that you are taller. Whether chevron, horizontal or vertical stripes, see what you like best and start by getting a shirt with the pattern to get an idea of what you feel the most comfortable in. Another fashion forward option to sport the stripes trend would be to rock long  skirt or pants with vertical* stripes then pair it with a solid top.

Happy 50th Birthday Marc Jacobs and thank you for all you have done for the Fashion World!

“I always find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect – they are much more interesting”
-Marc Jacobs

Through the Eyes of the Interviewer

We always hear tips about how to act during an interview and in fact my last blog post was just that. Though many people found it to be helpful, I felt like I needed to take it one-step further. Instead of just having a montage of helpful tips I decided to speak directly with the person thInterviewer's Prespective at has the final decision during this process, the Interviewer. Who better to ask, right? The Interviewer holds the power and they are the ones who conduct countless interviews and fill the positions. Recently, I met with Amber Rice, an account associate for Noble Strategic Partners, a public affairs firm in Austin, Texas. Amber is currently conducting interviews for intern positions and spoke with me about her experience during this process.

Emailing the company: In the body of your email with your application include cover letter in the email or a brief pitch of why you should be considered for the position. Do not just put “Resumé is attached.” Make sure your name is in the subject line and that your name is also in the title of the file you are attaching. “We have multiple resumés of potential candidates and you might have 30 that all say ‘resumé’ in which you then have to individually open to figure out which one belongs to who.” (Make their job a little easier*)

What you should bring to an interview: It is always good to bring several copies of your resumé and writing samples, even if the hiring manager did not ask for them they are good to share if needed. You can have a link in your resumé to your blog, and when asked about writing skills you can bring it up at that time.*

#1 Interview Tip: Amber felt that the absolute Best thing to do during an interview is to Always Relate your job experience back to the position you are applying for whether it is related to the industry or not, it is important to make a connection between the two.

#1 Pet Peeve: Not showing interest.  Amber shared that when some potential candidates come in, “They are just wanting any PR job, not interested in what we do and not prepared/understanding what we do.”

Everyone says dress for the job you want, not for the job you have. Apparently it happens too many times where “candidates will come in wearing something they would wear to class, for example jeans. Always wear at least business casual, better to be over dressed rather than under dressed.”

50/50 Rule: Interview should not be all about you. Every time you say something about yourself Always relate it back to the company.

Have questions prepared:  Amber shared that if she was in the interviewee’s position she would ask, “What is a typical day like?” or “What social media tools do you/the company use?” It’s great to be specific. The most impressive questions that a potential intern asked was, “What is the biggest obstacle currently facing the company and how would I as an intern be able to help solve this issue?” This sent the message that they cared about the company and were already taking the initiative to try and offer what they can to the company in order to help everyone prosper.

Follow-up: Always send a thank-you email/or card either that day or next. Also, always realize that if the hiring manager does not get back to you quickly that they are probably busy with other things (don’t freakout). Amber did say that it is appropriate to ask after the interview/during when you will be hearing back if they do not mention the timeline to you.

Hope these tips help you during your interview process! The pointers Amber offered were very beneficial for myself and I know I will be applying this advice in the near future. Any other helpful tips you would add to the list?

Interview Tips Worth Mentioning

Everyday there are articles that are posted specifically about great interview tips that you “just have to follow.” With so many articles from numerous publications circulating around it can be easy to get tired of reading them and feel a bit overwhelmed. That is this post features some of the most helpful interview tips that are currently out there. This method just seems like a more organized and functional way of sharing helpful information, hope you agree.

Interview: Prep time! 

Interview Time: Brace yourselves!

  • Don’t get ahead of yourself: The initial interview is not the proper time to ask about compensation or vacations. Too soon, they need to see that you want the job, not just the benefits.
  • You have two ears and one mouth: “Listen twice as much as you speak.” Might sound strange, but don’t think of an interview as a time to talk all about yourself. You need to show them you are the one that truly cares about the company and how you can be benefit the brand.
  • Ask Questions: Prepare questions, but don’t feel restricted to only use the ones you came prepared to ask. See how the interview goes and what questions come up organically.

Post-Interview Advice:

These are the top-tips from various credible articles all in one place. Hope this helps! Leave comments with additional interview tips you have found to be the most helpful for you!

Most of these tips were from various PR Daily articles. Click on the tip to view the complete article.

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