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…
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.
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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Fall is the season of deep shades of orange. From an amalgamation of warm-colored leaves splattered on the sidewalk to smooth, pumpkin syrup in your basic Starbucks latte, orange is everywhere. Except maybe in your wardrobe.. But there’s no reason to stray from this season’s staple! Paired with dark shades and varying tones, orange is code for awesome.
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The purgatory period between Halloweekend hangovers and Thanksgiving break relaxation marks the halfway point in your Fall semester internship. What does this mean? It’s time to get down to business!
Live for challenge
By now, you should have a handle on the dos and don’ts of your current position. Once you finish patting yourself on the back from obtaining proficiency, float back to reality and remember that if you want to be great you have to be challenged. Never settle for stable success. Seeking additional challenges in your internship is what will allow your growth to flourish past that of previous interns who stopped at the asking point. The challenge begins with brainstorming three to five new ideas, projects, or improvements to pitch to your supervisor. Get creative! Your boss basks in the admiration associated with care and investment in the company.
As enticing as it would be to work in a world only dependent on only yourself, we live in a place filled with additional people it’s necessary to socialize and connect with, especially in the office. If you haven’t made your presence known to employees in other departments at your internship yet, the halfway mark is the time to start. For tips on introducing yourself to employees in your company, check out our blog post on How to Meet Your Executives. Nothing feels better than everyone knowing your name.
Everybody loves a new friend
Employees too intimidating? Network with your fellow interns! While your work peers may seem like a confusing combination of designated gal pal and obligatory competitor, you should consider them future connections. Think about this – one day you’ll both be working in the industry. The more friends you have in the industry, the more relevant connections you will obtain to further your career. If the future seems too far away, your fellow interns and you can benefit each other in the present as well. Not only does everyone enjoy getting to know a new friend, but you’ll have an experienced, new resource to swap career advice with. But be cautious about getting too close. Never get comfortable enough to the point where you complain about work. You wouldn’t believe how easily that could get back to your boss…
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LinkedIn is more than just a social media platform – it’s a mechanism made for catapulting your professional future. Aside from discovering interesting articles and posting bragging rights, LinkedIn, when used correctly, can land you an internship. First things first, check out our blog post on How To Use LinkedIn. Once you understand the basics of using the platform, it’s time to get productive and use LinkedIn to land your dream internship.
Beyond the power of paper
The unique value proposition of LinkedIn is its ability to expand beyond the limitations of paper and offer a dynamic platform to showcase your work. Sure, you can list your job descriptions just like you would on a paper resume, but LinkedIn also allows you to input previous work such as links to articles, presentations, videos, photographs, and more! Showing what you’ve accomplished is much more powerful than saying it.
Search for yourself
When you go to Google, you usually type in a handful of keywords that easily summarize your search in order to receive the results you desire. Recruiters search on LinkedIn the same way. Therefore, straightforward keyword optimization is essential to getting your profile found. This needs to be incorporated in your headline in order to show up in search results. Consider what an employer would type into the search bar and correlate your headline description to what you discover.
From start to finish
A completed profile is a viewed profile. Insert job descriptions, include a professional photo, list skills, and complete as many different fields as you can. Remember, your LinkedIn profile is not restrained to the one-page rule, so make it as thorough and impressive as possible by showcasing everything you have to flaunt.
A common concern for LinkedIn newbies is whom to add on LinkedIn. What’s the adding etiquette? Is it acceptable to connect with complete strangers? The answer is yes. Connect with anyone and everyone. The more connections you have the more LinkedIn will recognize your profile authority and have you show up in sidebars and searches. A rule of thumb is to have a minimum number of 50 connections. If you’re struggling with whom you should connect with on LinkedIn, reach out to family, friends, professors, employees at your favorite companies, and people working in your field of interest.
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.
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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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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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Calling all Free Fashion Internships followers! We want YOU to work with us to help re-design our blog!
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
- Redesign the blog template theme (mobile first)
- Collaborate with the FFI team to improve blog’s UX & UI
- Create images and perform SEO tasks
- 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!
What are you waiting for? If you’re a techie with a passion for fashion
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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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.
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.
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