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Why You Should Stay At Your Internship For More Than One Semester

 

When it comes to reviewing a resume, two attributes tend to be notable credentials: extraordinary responsibility and unwavering commitment. Unfortunately, these traits are unlikely to be acquired in the standard four month internship period. How does one obtain these characteristic achievements? Investing. Not with big buckets of Benjamins, but with precious time by staying at an internship for more than one semester.

Wary about making the decision? Here’s 3 reasons why you should consider staying at your internship for more than one semester.

T-R-U-S-T

Trust is a five-letter present only gifted to those who have paid their dues. Since the majority of interns only remain at a company for a brief period of time, allotting reliance and investing in training may seem like a venture with little return on investment to employers. The awareness of the temporary nature of the situation inspires bosses to become hesitant releasing all-encompassing trust through the assignment of crucial responsibilities. This can be conquered by staying at an internship for more than one semester because the act proves you are no temporary traveler. Investing in a commitment to the long run motivates employers to offer interns more responsibilities, which is exactly what you should be looking for.

More than just a pretty face

A four month occupancy at a company makes you a familiar face. An eight month commitment gives you a name. Having those in high places place a name to your pretty face, as opposed to scratching their head to collect a facial recognition, is a crucial step to building connections. Once it’s apparent you aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, unlike the majority of interns that swarm in and out the company doors on a monthly basis, your dedicated work ethic becomes worthy of remembrance.

It’s anti-aging

Let’s be real – applying for internships is a an arduous task filled with hours of resume revisions and pre-interview jitters. The months long daunting process creates an unbreakable, anxiety-ridden bond between you and your iPhone inbox. The stress is tangible. The struggle is real. Fortunately for those who stay at their internship for more than one semester, the thought of going through an application process is a distant memory replaced by blissful stability. No only is this a wrinkly-free remedy, it allows you to stroll through your day with the ability to zone in on your work without the distraction of the impending, inevitable future.

Convinced? Check out our blog post on How To Stay For More Than One Semester for instructions that will lead the way to your success.

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The Lowdown on the Twesume

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Have you heard of the twesume? Well, if you haven’t it’s a thing. What is a twesume? It’s exactly what it sounds like – a Twitter resume! Your twesume can include tweets about what you do, an accomplishment, a goal, skills and/or a link to a detailed profile like Linkedin or a personal website. It turns out the 140 characters you use to broadcast your latest piece of wit has worth in the realm of job recruitment. According to Mashable, a recent Jobvite survey showed 92 percent of companies are using social media to recruit talent in 2014.

But the trick is making your opinions matter. Here’s how you can turn brevity into prosperity…

#Hashtag

Hashtagging is an extracurricular activity in the Twittersphere. From #BreaktheInternet to #AlexfromTarget, the possibilities of participating in the trending world are endless. While it’s quite exhilarating to become a part of viral action, to create a twesume you’re going to have to get strategic. #Twesume is a great (and obvious) place to start, but in order to get noticed, you’re going to have to do some sleuthing to uncover what’s trending in your industry. #Fashion is perfect for someone who wants to work in fashion, right? Wrong! #Fashion is an example of a hashtag that’s overused and will only lead to your individual opinion getting lost in the hype of a lightening-speed conversation. Although, you still want to choose active hashtags.. Just do the research.

Get creative!

You’re not alone in the Twittersphere, and it’s imperitive that your tweets stand out and reflect your own personal brand; especially when it comes to your twesume. If you’re simply reiterating your skills and education you’ll get lost in the slew of others preaching the same. Get creative and focus on reflecting what it is that would make you a unique, invaluable addition to a company. Decide what it is you have to offer, and then release it to the Twitter world in a witty way.

Link it up!

Possibly the most important step in creating your twesume is including links to your work. Have a blog? Link to it! Have an online portfolio? Link to that, too! Linking to external sites and resources gives employers a preliminary taste of what they’ll receive when they hire you.

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The Biggest Resume Mistakes

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When we were wee pre-teens embezzled in rhinestoned, Juicy Couture track suits and Abercrombie tank tops, a certain “ordinary girl” who had “the best of both worlds” taught us that everybody makes mistakes. Seeing Miley’s recent pastie fiasco at Alexander Wang’s NYFW show after party, the ex-Disney sweetheart will certainly admit mistakes don’t disintegrate with age. The same applies to your resume. Even as your resume matures and lengthens with experience, mistakes are still prone to occur. In fact, the more jaded you become, the less likely you are to be critical enough of your resume. Mistake number one. Here are the rest of the biggest resume mistakes you’re making:

You’re going to cause the robo-apocalypse

With modern technology and word processors, typos are an impossibility, right? Wrong. The day we start trusting robots is the day that will mark the beginning of the robo-apocalypse. Not only is relying on your computer to fix your errors dangerous for the future of the entire world, it most likely won’t correct all of your errors, showing employers a lack of effort and detail-orientation put forth.  To combat this potential catastrophic cataclysm, try reading your resume from bottom to top or have a fresh set of eyes seek out errors. It’s the safer option.

Your resume will burn…

This is a mistake made over and over again! Make your resume one page. That’s it. Any additional pages will be burned. Think of it this way, for every 10 years of experience you may include a page. As interns, that’s most likely impossible, unless you were a 10-year-old prodigy. Not only are you not qualified to submit more than one page, 9 times out of 10 anything past the first page won’t even be read. Also, remember the sole purpose of a resume is to get you an interview. Once you’re in, then is your chance to elaborate. Keep it clear, concise, synthesized, and prioritized to one page for a winning resume.

Plain & simple

White paper. Black ink. 10 point font. Times New Roman. Half-inch margins. Nothing more.

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How To Get Your “In” in the Exclusive Fashion Industry

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Since every wee fashionista blossoms from tomboy skater shoes to an entry-level designer purse, a penchant for an iconic, innovative brand develops. From Coco Chanel desktop screensavers to dreams of dressing top to bottom in Michael Kors’ “MK” logo, the thought of working in the luxury fashion industry is a euphoric dream we eat, sleep, and breathe in order to succeed. But entry into the fashion industry is as exclusive and selective as admittance into the club of Birkin owners. It requires connections. A friend. An “in.” Thankfully, Free Fashion Internships is all of these!

For less than Sunday brunch of omelettes and OJ at Le Pain Quotidien, Tom Ford, Gucci, YSL, and all of your favorite fashion giants can get to know about YOU! When can submit your resume to be a part of our Fall/Winter 2014 Intern Lookbook, we will distribute your resume to our massive list of contacts at the fashion industry’s top companies. At $19.99, getting your ‘in” into this competitive, cut-throat industry is easier than pulling off a messy bun on a crisp Fall day.

Get ready to be “sup-ing” Vera and chilling D&G style.

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3 Reasons Your Resume Doesn’t Stand Out

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There are three types of fashionistas in this world: fashion innovators, fashion leaders, and fashion followers. Fashion innovators are the outlandish Lady Gagas of the streets, sporting outfits worthy of stopping and staring. Fashion leaders possess a confident authority that makes them a reliable, Kate Middleton-esque role-model. Everyone else is a fashion follower. The word “follower” comes with a negative connotation, but the definition is in the sense of we are one out of millions of fashion devotees. For each follower comes a single resume that can easily be bypassed by an innovative leader. Fight your natural tendency to follow by making your resume stand out with these three tips…

#EventPlanning #Marketing #Editorial

If there is anything to make you stand out, it’s “hot words.” Like hashtags, they draw the eye in and get your message across in a trendy (or trending) fashion. Instead of hiding them in sentences, customize your work experience sections. Instead of an ambiguous “Work Experience” headline, divide your resume into “Event Planning Experience,” “Editorial Experience,” or “Marketing Experience.” This easily portrays that you have a diverse range of experience.

Did you do it?

It’s too easy to simply copy and paste a job description on your resume. But employers aren’t interested in what you did, they’re interested in what you accomplished. Confused? Let’s break it down…

No way…

– Maintained the organization of the sample closet

– Assisted with sample trafficking

– Coordinated messenger services and international overnight shipments

Yay!

– Maintained the organization of 5 brands in a sample closet of over 50 garments

– Assisted with daily sample trafficking of 3 brands to and from major fashion publications

– Coordinated messenger services & international overnight shipments maximizing efficiency by 20%

Ugh, cover letters….

No one likes writing a cover letter and, if you do, good for you, but you need to find a hobby. It’s monotonous, you never know quite what to say, and it just reiterates your resume, right? Wrong! A cover letter is an introduction to your personality. It brings a ray of color to a bunch of black and white characters. If you omit sending a cover letter, you are sure to blend in. Check out our cover letter advice section for more tips.

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5 Resume Tweaks

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Have we mentioned that it’s time to apply for Fall? Well, if you haven’t already (which you can here) you may be at an advantage. Yes, an advantage! If you haven’t applied yet, you still have time to tweak your resume. Yay! But you don’t have to do this alone. Here are 5 resume tweaks courtesy of Mashable, but with a spunky FFI twang.

1. Everything you own in a (box) to the left

Listen to Beyonce and move everything you got to the left. Aligning all of your information to the left is much more appealing to the eyes and makes your resume easier to read. Even move your heading to the left. Just remember – to the left, to the left!

2. Maybe not…

Ok – Queen Bey got it wrong here… You shouldn’t move EVERYTHING to the left. The right deserves a little love too. When editing your resume, move the date and location of your position to the right side. That way not all of your information is in a big jumble. You can do this on most word processors by creating a right-tab or a separate column

3. Stop playing (eye) games

Making your resume readable is an eye game. You’re supposed to manipulate the various font sizes to tease the eye into neat pleasure, right? Wrong! Aside from your name at the top being in a larger font (because you’re important ;),) the font size throughout the rest of your resume should be the same size. Doing this make your resume much easier to read. A way to substitute this manipulation is to take advantage of bolding, italics, and all-caps – sparingly. Try bolding either companies you worked for, italicising your positions, and using all-caps for your dividing titles (ie. education, work experience, skills, etc.)

FYI: employer favorite fonts include: Calibri, Arial, Georgia, Garamond, and Times New Roman.

4. Avoid the paragraph phenomenon

The whole point of using bullet points is to avoid the paragraph phenomenon. If your bullet point goes past two lines, you’re heading into dangerous territory. That being said, keep your bullet points to two lines MAX. The less reading required the more likely your resume will be read.

5. One hundred vs 100

Are you ninety percent done editing your resume or 90% done editing your resume? You should be 90% done because, chances are, you skimmed over the words “ninety percent” and comprehended 90% almost immediately. Employers are lazy readers, so using digits greatly improves readability and helps them better understand your quantifiable accomplishments. Bonus – it also saves space!

On an editing high? You can access Mashable’s full 12 simple resume tweaks here!

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4 Things To Keep Off Your Resume

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Bring out the combat boots and throw out the strappy sandals because Fall is on it’s way! While Fall fashion is something we all need to prepare for, so is the Fall internship season. Now is the time to start looking for internships (here.) From the Nylon fashion closet to paid positions at Valentino, the best of the best are looking to snatch up, well, the best of the best. But before you race to apply to these lavish positions, you need to update your resume.

We’ve given you advice on what to put on your resume to make it shine like glitter on a heap of bland pieces of paper; but now it’s time to take off the training heels. You know what to put on your resume, but, now, we’re disclosing what you need to take off…

X the objective

Unless you’re purposefully looking to eat up space on your resume, listing an objective is more than obsolete. You’re applying for an internship; your objective is obvious. Plus, no busy employer is going to take the extra three seconds to read an actual sentence. Regardless of typing an objective, fragments, fragments, fragments, my friend!

You don’t matter

Frankly speaking, whom you are as a person is irrelevant and a waste of space on your resume. Being a tennis prodigy or a knitting queen says nothing about yourself as a worker. Until you have the position, no one cares about your individual quirks. Your resume should act as a straightforward layout of what you can accomplish in a cubicle.

Confidentiality is key

If an employer wants references, they will ask for them. Simple as that. Listing references on your resume is a space eater and detracts from any valuable information you could be including. To organize your references and have them on hand, create a seperate document including your reference information and bring it along to your interview. That way you won’t have to dig through the deep depths of Victoria’s Secret promotions and OkCupid updates when looking for your previous boss’ email.

No selfies, please

It’s not Instagram, and including a picture is just down right creepy. Don’t believe me? At one of my internships my boss flat-out told me to delete any resumes that came with pictures. If they want to know what you look like, they’ll cyber-stalk you.

You’re all set! Now, get to deleting so you can get applying!

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Your End Of Internship To-Do List

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As back to school season floods the aisles of every major department store, it also signifies the approaching end to the summer internship season. This means two things. Number one: it’s time to apply for Fall (find the hottest jobs here). Number two: you need to get working on your end of your internship to-do list. The end of an internship may seem like a simple close, but, if you want the experience to have been game-changing, there are multiple considerations associated with ending your internship with a bang.

Stay awake!

As much as you’ve loved your summer experience, fall anticipation can’t help brimming to the surface. But, remember to live in the moment. Summer isn’t over just yet, so keep a pep in your step and intern at full force. Even if you feel you have mastered the position’s responsibilities, complete them with as much enthusiasm as you did on your very first day. If your energy and effort starts to lag towards the end of your internship, that’s the final and lasting impression impression you’re going to leave on your boss.

Ask and you shall receive

The end of an internship is a sentimental event. Now, it’s time to reflect on your experience by asking for advice and feedback from you boss. Assuming you’ve established a relationship, ask your boss about the journey they’ve embarked upon to get to the place they are today. They may have some invaluable advice on how to climb the professional ladder and avoid silly mistakes.

In addition, ask them for feedback or an evaluation of your performance. Beware – it’s not going to be a shower of compliments. The point of receiving feedback is to gather constructive criticism that will help you understand your strengths, weaknesses, and areas where you could improve. Not only will this greatly help you grow as a worker and perform at a higher level in the future, it shows your boss that you’re not just interested in being an average intern; you’re interested in being the best worker you can be. That’s the type of person they hire.

Do yourself a favor

The key to a stand-out resume is listing what you accomplished, not what you did. So, while it’s still fresh in your mind, write a list of everything you achieved at your internship. It may seem hard to believe but, a few weeks after your internship comes to a close, all you’ll seem to remember is the tasks you completed on a daily basis. When it comes time to update your resume, a play-by-play of your daily intern life is not what employers are looking for. Better yet, keep a log of your achievements throughout the duration of your internship. Having all of your accomplishments compiled before the end of your internship will save you some major brain racking.

Get yourself an ego-boost

You’ve been absolutely amazing! Though, realistically, it’s onto the next company. To prepare for the next application process, ask your current boss for a letter of recommendation. Don’t worry – they won’t be offended. They know how the process works and that it is time for you to spread your wings and move on. Make sure to ask for a general letter of recommendation as opposed to a specifically tailored one. That way, you’ll be able to use the letter for multiple opportunities and create an “ego-boost” folder.

THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART!

Say thank you! But don’t just say thank you to your boss; say thank you to everyone in the company you’ve established a connection with. They will be so flattered, and this will instigate a continued relationship. Include your contact information, as well. Need proof? Including my personal information in a thank you card is how I got this job!
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How Employers Look At Your Resume

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Just after the school bell rang while you were entrapped in an Olympic-like game of tag with your elementary school gal pals, you knew what time it was. Snack time! You froze solid in the sandbox, and then sprinted in your grass-stained Keds to be the first 1st grader in line at the cookie jar. You knew you wanted that jumbo chocolate chip cookie on top of all the rest and was not going to let that bully Billy push you out of the way. In this daily routine, you knew just what steps to follow to claim that perfect cookie sure to satisfy your adolescent sweet tooth. Just like you knew what to look for in the puffy-painted mason jar, employers are looking at your resume with the same eagerness and tenacity. They know just what they want, and won’t waste their time digging for it.  Employers obviously don’t want cookies (we think…), so what are they looking for in a resume?

The 5-second rule

Remember the 5-second rule you lived by in elementary school every time your baby hands dropped a piece of your delicious yet crumbly chocolate chip cookie? Now, every time you drop your resume into the hands of an employer, the 5-second rule applies. Except, the difference is they don’t want you (yet) as much as you wanted the cookie. Especially if you’re applying to a large company, the employer merely scans your resume for mere seconds to determine if your resume is a yay nor a nay. To combat the reinvented 5-second rule, use bullet points and fragments in your job descriptions so they are easy to read and digest in the few seconds they’re receiving attention.

Snickerdoodle bias

When you reached into the oversized cookie jar during snack time, your sweet tooth knew just what flavor it craved. If you were a snickerdoodle gal, the sugar cookies didn’t stand a chance. Just like your elementary cookie bias, employers are looking for specific keywords that pop out like jumbo chocolate chips. Refer back to the job description and add some relevant sprinkles of keywords to your resume. Just like how you manipulated your mom to bake your crush’s favorite cookies to bring to your assigned snack day, tailor your resume to the employer’s liking. A little secret: leadership experience, team building, problem solving, and written/oral communication skills are always craved.

Gingerbread; peanut butter; frosted; oh, my!

But don’t let the prettiest cookie catch your eye! It always turned out that the cookie slathered with a heap of buttercream frosting invisible under a layer of blue sprinkles was the one that make your tummy ache. Resumes decorated with fancy fonts and distracting colors do just the same, except an employer is smart enough to throw it in the trashcan. To keep your resume tasty and sweet, keep your recipe limited to a standard black, Times New Roman font.

Ewww, walnuts..

Walnut cooke? No, thank you! Typos and grammatical mistakes in your resume are just as icky as walnuts baked into a cookie with so much scrumptious potential and will be thrown away immediately.
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