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Interested In That Job Opportunity? [Don't] Apply Here

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Posted on August 18, 2014 by

Don’t waste another minute of your time applying for jobs online. If you’re actively seeking new opportunities, you’ve probably already sent your résumé out to numerous companies in response to their online job posts. As you await a response, your confidence begins to diminish because your phone isn’t ringing and your email box is empty. There’s a better way!

Placing your career in the hands of a database is oftentimes unproductive – it’s time to make personal connections and build a network that will get you real results. We’re not affirming that applying to job advertisements is pointless, but it should serve as a complement to your larger, more diligent efforts.

Companies typically advertise open positions on their websites or via job boards, but don’t believe for a moment that someone is on the other end of that “Apply Here” button reviewing each submitted résumé. In truth, their applicant tracking system is sifting through the multiple applications and pulling the top matches based on the hiring manager’s search criteria.

So what’s a qualified job seeker to do? Make connections! Your network is your foot in the door. The recent 2014 Jobvite Job Seeker Nation Study found that “recruiters rate referrals as the highest quality source of hires.” Consider the following networking opportunities: (more…)

Gotta Start Somewhere: 11 Entry-Level Fashion Jobs

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Posted on August 12, 2014 by

Whether you’re a new college graduate or you recently decided to pursue a career in the fashion industry and you don’t know where to begin, an entry-level opportunity is a great place to start. Typically, entry-level roles require no more than the appropriate degree and internships as they relate to the job requirements. Some work experience may be required, but every company and opportunity is different.

Although these roles are entry-level, hiring managers will expect you to possess the necessary technical skills, as they pertain to the job requirements. Additionally, support your résumé for creative and design roles with a portfolio or website displaying your work. You may be considered an entry-level candidate, but you have the work ethic, passion, and determination of a seasoned veteran.

Focus on your field of expertise and concentrate your search on roles that include “coordinator,” “assistant,” “specialist,” “junior,” or “generalist” in the job title. Entry-level opportunities will help you gain valuable work experience required to take your career to the next level.

1. Assistant/Junior Account Executive

You will provide administrative and showroom support to senior account executives and, in time, you may be given the responsibility of managing your own individual accounts. Sales support and customer service will consume most of your day while providing an opportunity to establish relationships with buyers. Hone your selling skills by absorbing product knowledge and demonstrating your ability to communicate effectively and achieve productivity goals.

2. Showroom Coordinator

Assist in the management of all samples including keeping inventory, pulling samples for clients and editors, maintaining sample order, and overseeing client mailings. Your office management expertise will prove worthy as you’re also responsible for shipments, computer maintenance, and office supply management.

3. PR Coordinator/Public Relations Assistant

The public relations team will look to you for assistance on everything from tracking coverage from national and international press to preparing weekly coverage recaps. Additionally, your support with the production of publicity collateral, product images, media alerts, press kits and press releases will be required under the guidance of upper-level staff. (more…)

It’s Not That Difficult, Succeed In Any Industry

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Posted on August 7, 2014 by

In order to be successful in any industry, one must be well-rounded and adaptable to different situations. Possessing the qualities that are required to excel in your field along with an unwritten list of the attributes of a good employee (soft skills) makes for the ideal combination. Making it also requires sincere passion for your career path and confidence in your abilities. Rising above the competition entails making a conscious effort to always place your best foot forward. We’re all capable of expressing the traits of a great employee if we’re mindful of the following tips:

1. Keep learning. As with anything, knowledge equates to power. Awareness of current and past news and events that are relevant to your career and industry will become your competitive edge. Choose publications that are dedicated to your industry and seek information that specifically mentions your employer and competitors and headlines that may pertain to your profession. You want to be able to initiate and take part in conversations.

2. Network. Many professionals make the mistake of losing touch with their contacts once they’ve started a new job. An oversight like this can be detrimental to your future as you never know when you’ll be in the job market again. Reaching out to a connection that you’ve been out of touch with for job leads only when you need them won’t go over well. A diverse network of talented individuals who share your passion can offer advice and further insight into their particular field. And be sure to return the favor with those looking to keep in touch with you.

3. Toughen up. You’ll be given advice that you don’t want to hear, judged and scrutinized from head-to-toe, and probably receive straight-forward feedback that you don’t think you need. Being able to push all of the noise to the side is not an easy task, but if you do, you can spend your time focusing on your career versus getting sucked into negativity. (more…)

JBCStyle/JBCconnect Talent Pro[files]

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Posted on July 30, 2014 by

At JBCStyle and JBCconnect, we’re in the business of meeting people. These talented individuals are the future of the companies in which they are employed. Each week, we’ll feature a candidate who has impressed us with their creativity, ambition, and professionalism. Get to know them and take a look at their work below.

Meet Jennifer S. – Graphic Designer

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1. What is your favorite part of your job?

It is rewarding to have a creative piece look great and also be effective and serve a purpose. I enjoy the process of making a design come together.

2. Who/What inspires you?

I am inspired by creative managers that are bright and communicate clearly about the project.

3. How did you get into your current career?

I started in this career by learning PowerPoint (I signed up with an temp agency and they had tutorials set up at their offices, so I took advantage of that). I was placed at a freelance job and I was then able to learn all of the design programs while I was working at that spot. I also took classes at SVA so I had more formal training. (more…)

This Week at JBCStyle – Apply Today

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Posted on July 28, 2014 by

Home Buyer

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

Young contemporary company is seeking a buyer for home accessories with 2-5 years of experience.

Brand Ambassador

Category: PR/Marketing Location/City: Chicago, IL Apply

High-end contemporary accessories company is seeking a brand ambassador with 3-5 years of PR and marketing experience.

Color Separator

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

Mid-tier skirt house is seeking a candidate with 5 years experience to separate colors for silk screen usage.

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

Your Résumé Has to Stand Out – No Excuses

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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 disclose 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 comes 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.

Image via Mashable.com

Image via Mashable.com

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Overcome Awkward Interview Moments Like A Boss

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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