Interviewing 101

A picture is worth a thousand words; especially when we’d rather not engage in the arduous, archaic task called reading. Fortunately, an art form called the infographic has made ingesting knowledge a colorful and quick experience.

So take a break from reading and enjoy this infographic, compiled by Interview Success Formula, explaining the basics of every kind of job interview, courtesy of  a recent article on Mashable.

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Ready to put this knowledge into action?

Apply now to one of our job listings from the top fashion brands in the world including GivenchyNylon MagazineDolce & GabbanaOscar de la Renta, and many more!

Fashion Fridays: Black & White

In fashion, opposites do indeed attract. Especially when it comes to shades of hue. The iconic opponents: black and white. While the two colors could not be more polar opposite, blended together, the amalgamation makes a sharp, timeless look. Sporting two colors seems boring, right? No way! The color limitation allows for a variety of patterns and prints to seamlessly blend. Incorporating a little Moschino never hurts, too.

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Love the look? Intern for the companies!

Felt Tape Sweater – 3.1 Phillip Lim is looking for a Merchandising Intern

Techno Jersey Shorts – 3.1 Phillip Lim is looking for a Production Intern

Metallic Leather Trainers – 3.1 Phillip Lim is looking for a Press Intern

Spot Porchette – TOM FORD is looking for a Spring PR Intern

Star Wool Blend Scarf – Moschino is looking for a Wholesale Intern

T-Shirt iPhone Case – Moschino is looking for a PR Intern

iPad Book Case – Proenza Schouler is looking for a Wholesale Intern

PS11 Classic Bag – Proenza Schouler is looking for a Spring PR Intern

Fashion Friday: Printed

The best part Fall? Prints! Warm prints, dark prints, animal prints; prints, prints, prints! Of course, mixing prints is an intimidating process. The secret – just go for it! A safe way to incorporate prints into your work wardrobe is to pick two or three staple pieces that have a similar color combination.

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Love the look? Intern for the companies!

Lama Long Blazer – Alice + Olivia is looking for a design intern

Straight Leg Trouser – Alice + Olivia is looking for a marketing intern

Black Round Sunglasses – Oscar de la Renta is looking a wholesale intern

Aliosha Backpack – Christian Louboutin is looking for a press intern

Suede and Black Calf Ankle-Boots – Jimmy Choo is looking for a merchandising intern

We’re looking for an intern!

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As our site continues to grow (thanks to you, of course,) it’s time to expand our blog from a resource into an essential. And who better to help us make this aesthetic transition than one of our fantastic fans!

This is no your basic blog re-design… We want you to get creative!

The ideal candidate:

  • Creative and self-motivated with great communication skills
  • Previous experience designing WordPress sites (knowledge Genesis framework is a big plus)
  • Comfortable with HTML5, CSS3 and Adobe Photoshop
  • In-depth understanding of SEO execution
  • Experience with responsive web design
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and love of technical challenges

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  • Redesign the blog template theme (mobile first)
  • Collaborate with the FFI team to improve blog’s UX & UI
  • Create images and perform SEO tasks

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  • This is a PAID internship!
  • Possibility of leading to an established position
  • An incredible learning experience to work with a team who will be fully engaged with you and your work
  • We’re fun people! :)

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Fashion Friday: Over and Above

As the Fall season scatters a brisk of autumn leaves across the sidewalks of the streets, it’s time to update our wardrobes from tanks and tees to cashmere and clutches. One of our favorite shopping sites, Net-a-Porter, shared a sophisticated look, Over and Above, that’s perfect for looking professional and poised while remaining practical for the weather.

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Love the look? Intern at the companies!

1. Avenue Washed-Silk Skirt – Elizabeth and James is looking for a design intern

2. Stretch-Leather Over-the-Knee Boots – Stella McCartney is looking for a fashion intern

3. Suede Over-the-Knee Boots – Michael Kors is looking for interns

4. Oracle Cuff – Pamela Love is looking for an e-commerce intern

How To Get Recruited on LinkedIn

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As voracious interns, we’re constantly on the prowl to land our next success. The fur coats draped around the frail shoulders of our ruler, Ms. Wintour, prove that we work in a dog eat dog industry. While not all of us sift through piles of prehistoric pelts in the taxonomy district of NYC, if you want to get ahead, some blood must be shed.

For those of you who do not wish to enjoy the thrill of spearing the sharp spike of your stiletto through the resume of doe-eyed Bambis, there is a way to remain docile and civilized while climbing ahead. Of course, you can maintain your manners, but restraining your inner-demon is time consuming and stressful. How would you like to remain pristine and polite without having to make an ongoing effort to subdue the devil inside you? You can!

Being recruited means employers come to you and pitch themselves and why they would like you to work for them. You heard right – they ask for you. Before you jump to a high filled with a magical panorama of rainbows and unicorns, this is not common. Although, the digital age has helped make this dream become a reality to a select few.

We’ve explained how to use LinkedIn and why you need to make a LinkedIn profile, but now we’re going to tell you how to utilize this platform to get recruited!

Assuming you’ve taken our advice and completed your LinkedIn profile to its maximum potential (if not, do it now!), you already have an SEO friendly landing page full of keywords, recommendations, and endorsements. While this is all fine and dandy, there is another way to boost your way up in an employer’s search results.

To do this, shift your mindset and think of contacts as followers. Someone with more followers is recommended by a social platform sooner than someone who is lagging in that department. The same applies to LinkedIn search. The more contacts you have the greater chance you will have shared contacts or contact “linkage.” So add away!

So you’ve shown up in the search results! You’re still far away from being recruited.. The next step is do or die: your clickability. Looks matter on LinkedIn. When your profile pops up beside 10s of others, what is going to make an employer click to venture onto your profile is the perfect synergy of your name, photo, and headline. Your name: well, blame your parents for that. Your picture: a clean, professional headshot. Your headline: something snappy to entice the mousepad to hover over your profile, not the default job title.

Congrats – the hardest part is over! The employer is interested and, if you’ve taken our advice, your profile should shine.

Make sure to follow FreeFashionInternships.com on LinkedIn!

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How to be the Best of the Best

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Being a member of the “best” is an exclusive admittance into a club limited to only the brightest stars. But the group of best-ees are only meager stars, not superstars. The superstars shine far above the limitation of the sky reaching a standard of the best of the best. It’s a lofty title to achieve that is a steeper climb than Everest. Here are three components that, when put together, form a superstar intern.

Be a purpose, not a presence

A plentiful handful of our blog posts preach the importance of arriving early to every professional occasion. The early bird catches the worm. There’s a twist though. The best interns arrive early and appear to be a shining, bright sight for sore eyes. The best of the best arrive early with the same smiling face, but use their punctuality to provide a purpose. Instead of waiting for your boss to arrive and distribute daily tasks, get a head start on anything you can muster up. Organize your thoughts. Scroll through yesterday’s emails. Put a dent in on-going projects. Provide a purpose, not a presence.

And then some

The best interns rock assigned projects. The best of the best rock assigned projects plus side projects they’ve created. Using your noggin to solve an existing problem others are too ignorant or lazy to solve makes a matte star shine luminously. For example, during my time as a digital media intern at an NYC PR firm, the my fellow interns and I were tasked with monitoring a lengthy list of fashion bloggers for daily product placement. This took hours. I knew there had to be a more efficient way to stalk these fashionistas, so I spent an extra hour or so creating a binder system that transformed a five hour duty into a two hour task. Let’s just say, by doing that, I’ve revolutionized the position.

Blood, sweat, and tears

Do you work hard? Great, now work harder. The definition of hard work can always be defied. The majority of people work to satiate other’s expectations, not elevate their own. Don’t outwork others, outwork yourself.

Are you a superstar? We want to hear from you! Comment below or email info@freefashioninternships.com with your story!

Fashion Friday: Fall into Fall

The birth of a new Fall means the rebirth of chunky knits and smooth leathers from the back of our closets. Too casual for the office right? Not necessarily! Pairing an over-sized knit sweater over a pencil skirt is a great way to incorporate that comfy cozy feel that goes perfectly with Pumpkin Spice Lattes. And let leather be your best friend. It’s chic just in its shine.

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Love the look? Intern for the companies!

1. Oversized Roll Neck Sweater – Carolina Herrera is looking for a marketing intern…

2. Small Antigona Tote – Givenchy is looking for a wholesale intern…

3. Mina Polished Leather Wedge Boots – Givenchy is looking for another wholesale  intern…

4. Cutout Wool Blend Skirt – Derek Lam is looking for a design intern…

5. Phone Wristlet – Michael Kors is looking for interns

6. Knit & Leather Long Fingerless Gloves – alice + olivia is looking for a design intern…

The Importance of a Cover Letter

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The cover letter is a massive beast that makes heads swirl with rage upon the instance to construct a one page document that basically reiterates what a resume already says. It’s a pointless effort that serves no purpose besides seizing a couple hours of your precious time to result in a trashcan demise, right? That’s what you may think, but that assumption couldn’t be more wrong.

A recent article on Linkedin written by a tenacious employer, Lauren Nelson, who is the Vice President Principal Consultant at Aesthetic Cogency, ferociously states: “If your cover letter is nonexistent or a hot mess, I’m not sure I believe a word of your resume.” Harsh…

Nelson explains her blunt statement quite explicitly. Here’s a spunky FFI take of what she has to preach:

Play connect the dots

A cover letter is a mature transformation of our favorite childhood past time, connect the dots. Connect any relevant experience you have and skills to what is listed in the job description. This shows that, not only are you qualified, but you also understand the lowdown of what the position will entail.

Communication*

Communication is key. That’s been drilled into our heads. Not including a cover letter immediately communicates to the employer that your skills are poor and, in Nelson’s words, “not going to do well anywhere.”

Lazy bones…

So you’ve caved and included a cover letter. But a cover letter is not universal. It is essential that you cater the document to the position you’re applying for. If you don’t, it shows that you’re careless and lazy.

Including a well put together cover letter can be the difference between an immediate interview and being placed at the bottom of a massive pile of resumes. It can also make up for limited experience and forgive resume errors.

Have strong feelings for or against the concept of a cover letter? Comment below!

How To Use LinkedIn

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Life is most efficient when priorities are managed and organized into recognizable and sensible categories. Similar to deciding whether studying for your marketing mid-term or writing an article of your school newspaper is of higher importance, our generation dabbles in the struggle of differentiating the social media hierarchy. Should our 20 minute break be spent scouring Twitter or pinning like a madwoman? The extremely powerful platform you’re not so likely to incorporate into your daily social media bundle is LinkedIn. While it may not be as interactive as hanging out with your gal pals on Google Plus, a well-developed LinkedIn profile separates the the bold from the basic.

We’ve already covered why you need to make a LinkedIn profile, and now it’s time to layout exactly what you should be doing on LinkedIn to optimize publicity and functionality.

On a daily basis…

Take a break from liking Buzzfeed article that seem to actually be your entire Facebook news feed and open up LinkedIn in an adjacent tab. Get in the habit of perusing your LinkedIn homepage to catch up on what your fellow professionals are accomplishing as well as industry news. But don’t be a silent stalker. Comment and like posts just like as your would on any other social media platform. The difference and benefit here is that putting yourself out there could lead to a job opportunity.

On a weekly basis…

How would you like to brag about your accomplishments every week? Now you can! While you’ll come across as “that girl” if you constantly brag about your work successes on Facebook, LinkedIn’s career-oriented purpose is made for sharing with the world how awesome of a worker you are. In addition to fulfilling your ego, sharing a quick update about your work endeavors is a magnificent way to instantly show potential employers why you’re profile is worth a glance.

On a monthly basis…

Just like you update your evaluation of the frat guy you’ve been dating upon the monthly mark of your time together, each month requires a LinkedIn profile update. So much can happen in a month, and keeping an updated record of accomplishments and tasks will save you plenty of head scratching on the dull Sunday afternoon you decide to update your resume. Not to mention, it ensures employers are readily updated on your latest accomplishments.

Do you have any more LinkedIn rituals? Share them with us by commenting below!