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Your Résumé Has to Stand Out – No Excuses


Posted on July 23, 2014 by

When was the last time you updated your résumé? We mean really updated it? Regardless of whether or not you’re in the market for a new job, your résumé should reflect your most recent career move(s). We also suggest updating the design of your résumé to reflect current trends in your industry. For creatives, this could mean investing some serious time in résumé design. A cookie-cutter one-sheeter won’t do in today’s job market.

BuzzFeed is always pretty reliable when it come to lists, and this compilation of 27 résumé designs is quite impressive. Use them as inspiration to update or create a résumé that stands out from the crowd.

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Awkward Interview

Overcome Awkward Interview Moments Like A Boss


Posted on July 22, 2014 by

You know that feeling you get when you walk out of a conversation and wish you had said or done something differently, but now it’s too late? Interviews are a perfect example. You’ll spend the rest of the day and the following days mulling over every detail until you drive yourself crazy.

We naturally approach stressful situations hoping for the best and can’t prevent the feelings of disappointment if we don’t get the outcome that we want. To counter this feeling, be proactive in your strategy before and during an interview.

Every professional has to deal with a crisis at some point in his or her career; view them as  opportunities to demonstrate how you perform under stress and how you would handle unexpected situations. If you find yourself in one of these awkward moments, attempt to salvage the situation on the spot versus beating yourself about it after the fact.

1. You’re bombarded with questions. Somewhere between the interviewer asking three questions at once and explaining why they are asking the questions, you forget the question. To ensure you cover everything, repeat the questions that you can remember and kindly ask: “Would you mind repeating the last question? I want to make sure I provide you with a thorough answer.” Don’t apologize and don’t fumble, just be sure to answer each question thoroughly now that they’ve been asked multiple times.

2. You bad talk your previous or current employer. Oh no, you let it slip, you’re not a huge fan of your boss’s methods. The ultimate offense of job interviews has been committed and there’s no turning back. The interviewer may sympathize with you, but you are certain they just silently crossed your name off of the short list. You can attempt to salvage this moment by turning the negative statement into an example of how you met the challenge and found a way to excel in your role for the good of the company and its goals.

3. You forget the interviewer’s name(s). If you’re having trouble recalling names, it may not bode well if you make it obvious to your interviewer(s). Prevent this from happening by trying one of these tricks: (1) neatly (and inconspicuously)  arrange their business cards (if provided) according to the order in which they are seated so that you can quickly glance at them when you need a reminder; (2) silently repeat the name ten times after hearing it, and try to repeat it out loud a couple of times at the start of the conversation; and (3) create an association between the name and something you know about the person (“Erin works in buying.”) or cross-reference it with something else (“My childhood friend’s name was Erin.”). (more…)

This Week at JBCStyle – Apply Today


Posted on July 21, 2014 by

Freelance Design Assistant

Category: Design Location/City: New York, NY Apply

Well-known, successful retailer is seeking a freelance design assistant for a 2-3 month assignment. Must be proficient in Illustrator and Excel.

Designer, Juniors

Category: Design Location/City: Commerce, CA Apply

Seeking an experienced, organized, creative and motivated juniors swim designer. Swim experience is not required. Experience working with tech packs, hand sketching, and Illustrator is a must.

Store Director

Category: Retail Location/City: Chestnut Hill, MA Apply

Iconic luxury brand is seeking a store director for their Chestnut Hill boutique. A minimum of 7-10 years of sales management experience is required.

Visit the JBCStyle job portal for a complete list of opportunities.

Work Hard to Play Hard This Summer


Posted on July 17, 2014 by

Summer perks are a privilege and a coveted advantage of working at a company that offers them as an added benefit to their employees. Here at JBC we partake in Summer Fridays, but every company has their own way of satisfying the urge to run off to play in the warm weather without a care in the world.

Quite a few of the companies we work with – from start-ups to large labels – have their own special way of making summer fun for employees and the overall company. It’s surprising how these three simple human necessities can make a huge difference to employees during the summer: time, food, and clothing.

Time. After braving the cold blur that is winter, all we want to do is soak up as much sun as possible before it departs just as quickly as it arrived. Memorial weekend usually kicks off summer hours for most companies while Labor Day weekend marks the end. Employees are happy to leave a few hours early on Fridays or to be given a set number of Fridays to use at their leisure. They will welcome the opportunity to start the weekend early, spend some extra time on the beach, or to just do whatever they please with their free time. Some companies provide employees with the entire day off and some alternate Fridays while others offer half-day Fridays. Regardless of the stipulations, no one’s complaining.

Team JBC Happy Hour – Summer 2014

Summer Fridays provide extra motivation during the week. You want to leave knowing that you’ve used your time productively. It’s proven that we complete the tasks we are given in the time that we have – and when that time is limited, it’s amazing how productive we can become. The same amount of work is required, so we naturally schedule ourselves to make things happen.

Food and Drink. Ice cream socials or summer happy hours are a fun way to treat employees to the two things that almost no one can turn down – free food and drinks. Make it a weekly occurrence during the summer months and give it a catchy name like ‘Ice Cream Thursdays.’ Designate a time for the event to take place and encourage everyone to partake whether or not they will be eating or drinking. If your event will be held at the office, we suggest hosting it in a particular area that encourages employees to linger and socialize with coworkers instead of grabbing what they want and running back to their desks.

Clothing. We’re talking dress code. If your office has strict dress code requirements, give employees the option of dressing down on certain days of the week. or all summer if possible. Comfortable employees are happy employees. The ability to ditch the suit and tie or pencil skirt and blouse combinations can be quite liberating. Have your human resources department send out a memo detailing what is considered appropriate for the summer and let loose – but not too much, some of us have a job to do.

What are some of your summer perks? Do you have any ideas that companies should try?

This Week at JBCStyle – Apply Today


Posted on July 14, 2014 by

Fashion Stylist

Category: Retail Location/City: New York, NY Apply

Contemporary brand is seeking a stylist with a strong knowledge of clienteling. Experience with high-end clients is a must.

Fine Jewelry Selling Manager

Category: Retail Location/City: Farmington, CT Apply

Seeking an experienced sales manager with a retail background to maximize profits through clienteling, managing store operations and effectively training a team of sales professionals. Jewelry experience a plus.

Director of Sales

Category: Account Executive Location/City: New York, NY Apply

Contemporary women’s apparel and swimwear company is seeking a Director of Sales. Must have relationships with Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, etc.

Visit the JBCStyle job portal for a complete list of opportunities.

Haute Couture Fall 2014


Posted on July 11, 2014 by

Haute Couture is somewhat of an unattainable marvel to the majority of loyal followers of the fashion houses of Chanel, Christian Dior, and Atelier Versace – just to name a few on the very short list. Still, we can’t look away as the intricate designs and expressions of creativity of the small handful of designers who’ve earned the honor to show in Paris are displayed in all their couture glory. Below, a few of our favorite looks and something like a review, but not really, because reviews are so yesterday.


Karl Lagerfeld is capable of many things, but incorporating concrete into his work was pretty impressive. Each look was distinct with a fine balance between couture polish and punk influences. The knickers were a successful combination of tomboy meets feminine. Totally wearable, delightfully unobtainable!

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Zuhair Murad

A parade of sexy gowns in striking monochrome and rich jewel tones. Oh, to have one of these gems in our closet. The thigh-high slit is always a nice touch, and varying necklines offer plenty of options.

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Jean Paul Gaultier

Gaultier went for darkness with vampires serving up the inspiration for an opulent collection of red, gold, and black. There was a bride in a ball gown, of course, and the famous drag performer, Conchita Wurst made a bearded appearance, so… it was a very Gaultier experience.

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Images via WWD

Working with JBCStyle: The Inside Scoop on Recruiting


Posted on July 10, 2014 by

A day in the life a recruiter is as hectic as it is rewarding. We have the opportunity to directly impact the fashion industry from the retail to the corporate level by identifying talented candidates and introducing them to exciting opportunities with great companies. Below, a few insights on what goes on in the world of staffing:

How much do our services cost? As a candidate, JBCStyle’s services won’t cost you anything! If you’re ever asked to pay a recruiter – run! But how do recruiters get paid? We have separate agreements with our clients who are seeking talented individuals who can impact their business. Recruiters only get paid when they make a successful placement. Talk about motivation! Their rate isn’t included in your package, so you don’t have to worry about the recruiter taking a cut of your salary. That being said, it’s important to note that recruiters work for their clients, not for their candidates. If they don’t have a job for you, they probably won’t reach out. (more…)

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Balancing the “New” Consumer With “Old” Business Models


Posted on July 7, 2014 by

By Keith Geller – Partner at JBCHoldings (JBCStyle, Janou Pakter, JBCConnect, JBCPlatform)

Retailers in every industry are faced with a recurring, yet all too familiar, challenge: deciphering the shopping behaviors of the ever-changing consumer. Consider the days of horse-drawn wagons and the trusted local country store – one could argue that these behavioral patterns are simply part of the normal retail cycle – the more things change, the more they stay the same. While I tend to believe that history does repeat itself in one form or another (generally I choose not to dive headfirst into trends when we have long-standing statistics to support a more traditional approach to business), today’s marketplace demands a more modern and proactive approach.

Choosing to forego the present day trends in favor of old-fashioned logic when operating a consumer-facing business can prove to be somewhat short of a stellar approach. In my opinion, the applicable factors at play here can relate more accurately to connectivity, flexibility and value (in this instance, there is nothing outdated about value). Today’s consumer is more educated, has less conviction behind their loyalty to brands, and simply expects more (much more) for their dollar than ever before.

It’s not enough to attach a label or a logo to a product and expect to retain a customer based on reputation alone. True engagement these days requires constant communication through multiple channels that demonstrate that a brand “gets” their market. Even so, visibility is only half the argument. Operating a store on every corner might help with brand awareness and drive top line numbers, but when it comes to loyalty and moving the needle on the bottom line, it’s best to be nimble and focused on creativity and value.

Let’s take a look at Coach and Forever 21, two complex and well-known US retailers (for varying reasons).


This Week at JBCStyle – Apply Today


Posted on July 7, 2014 by

PR Manager

Category: PR/Marketing Location/City: New York, NY Apply

Global e-commerce fashion site seeks senior-level PR Manager. Ideal candidate will have 5-9 years experience.

Associate Buyer

Category: Buying Location/City: New York, NY Apply

Global footwear company seeks associate buyer based in NY. At least 3 years experience in buying for a vertical retailer is required.

Assistant Merchandiser, Accessories

Category: Merchandising Location/City: Los Angeles, CA Apply

Mass market/department store apparel manufacturer seeking an experienced merchandiser. Stuffed animals or toys experience is a plus.

Accounting Clerk

Category: Accounts Payable Location/City: Commerce, CA Apply

Apparel company is seeking an entry level accounting clerk. Must have at least one year of experience and knowledge of MAS90.

Sample Coordinator

Category: Operations Location/City: Los Angeles, CA Apply

Mass market/department store manufacturer of silk screen products. Must have 3-5 years experience managing sample garments.

Visit the JBCStyle job portal for a complete list of opportunities.


How to Achieve LinkedIn Profile Perfection [Infographic]


Posted on July 2, 2014 by

LinkedIn houses the professional timelines of over 300,ooo,ooo people. How does one stand out when the selection is so vast? It starts with completing each part of your profile and connecting with other professionals who share common interests, career paths, goals, etc. Joining relevant groups allows you to continue to grow your network by participating in discussions and utilizing the many benefits of connecting with other users who you may not have been able to reach out to otherwise.

Link Humans created this infographic for LinkedIn users highlighting tips and advice for optimizing your profile to increase your chances of appearing in searches. (more…)

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