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Annual Holiday of Hope 2013 Gift-Giving Event


Posted on December 3, 2013 by

The Ira Zaslow Foundation is proud to host the third annual Holiday of Hope gift-giving program with the help of JBC’ers from all of our offices across the country.

In a few days, we’re heading to P.S. 306 in The Bronx to deliver 785 gifts to each boy and girl.  Join us on Instagram (@TeamJBC) as we come together to bring smiles to the faces of every child in attendance.

Until next time, enjoy this video of the team carrying boxes into the workshop for sorting and wrapping. Yes, this is a very intricate process! Happy Holidays!



Interview Attire: Elevate and Modernize a Basic Look


Posted on November 27, 2013 by

One should never have to add any more stress to preparing for an interview than necessary. The least of your worries should be deciding what to wear. A timeless, classic look is fail-safe – all you need to do is add your personal touch and you’re ready to go.

Dress codes and expectations depend on the company (so do your research) and there is truth to the statement that the first impression is everything. For women, a blouse and pencil skirt combination is the go-to professional option, but how do you make it your own and stand out from the crowd? Let’s start from the bottom:

What to Wear

Color Palette: Black, White, Grey with Blush/Nude Tones

Footwear: Black shoes are versatile and professional. They must be clean and you have to be able to walk in them!

Left to right: Gianvito Rossi pointy-toe pumps / Yves Saint Laurent embellished pumps / Yves Saint Laurent high heel booties

Skirt: A grey or black pencil skirt that hits at the knee or five to seven inches below the knee. Anything shorter or longer is either too risky or too hipster, respectively.

Left to right: Proenza Schouler black skirt Victoria Beckham calf hair-paneled felt pencil skirt / Victoria Beckham pencil skirt / DKNYC black skirt

Blouse: Choose a blouse in white or black. Depending on the company, blush- and nude-toned blouses are an appropriate way to add a feminine touch. Be sure to test the fabric for sheerness before walking out the door.

Top to bottom: Michael Kors white blouse / Oscar de la Renta white blouse / H&M chiffon top / H&M chiffon blouse

Opportunity to elevate your look: We know, it’s hard to stand out in basics. Don’t be afraid to make it your own with accessories, but remember to keep it minimal.

Jewelry - An exceptional piece whether it’s classic diamond or pearl earrings, a bold cuff, or a statement necklace will do, but choose just one area in which to accentuate. Anything else must be simple and complementary.

Top to bottom: Reed Krakoff bracelet bangle / Coach bracelet / Stella & Dot cuff

Bag: A woman’s bag of choice says a lot – whether she wants it to speak for her or not. A structured, professional handbag allows for enough space to hide all of your belongings out of sight during the interview and holds its shape to complement your look versus take away from it.

Left to right: Givenchy black handbag / H&M black bag

JBC Employee of the Month


Posted on November 18, 2013 by

Employee of the Month – October

Emily Schwartz

Congratulations, Erika!

The October Employee of the Month is always eager and ready to step up to the challenge.  She is driven and has a “GET IT DONE” attitude that helped make October “Rocktober” and she does it all with a smile on her face.

It is an absolute honor to be awarded Employee of the Month. Hard work and dedication always pays off in the end. I couldn’t have done it without my team – a big thanks to all of my peers! Go big or go home and remember to keep smiling.

Get to know Erika. Check out her JBCSpotlight.

Protect Ya Head [In Style] With a Beanie


Posted on November 14, 2013 by

Beanies, skullies, toboggans… Whatever you choose to call them, they’ve become the go-to accessory and wardrobe must-have for fall and winter. We’ll stick to beanie for this post and as seen on Rihanna, Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne and everyone else for that matter, they radiate style and function while adding a bit of playfulness to any look.

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How you wear them and how you style them is up to you, but beanies are crazy-versatile and great for a casual day look that can easily be transitioned into late night. Turn heads while keeping your own head warm in a beanie of any shape, size and color. Check out some our favorites below:

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 Left to right: Modekungen / John Lewis / Revolve Clothing / Barneys / Reebok / PacSun / River Island / Liberty London

It’s a Motano Movember!


Posted on November 12, 2013 by


Our very own David Votano is joining the cause! Let’s help him raise men’s health awareness. David is a first-year Mo Bro and he’s trading in his usual clean-shaven look for 30 days to support programs directed by the Movember Foundation that will help combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.

Check out his Mo Space page for more information and to show him some support!

Follow David’s ‘stache journey  below:

Motano Movember

Motano Movember – Day 1


JBCSpotlight: Meet Claudia


Posted on November 7, 2013 by

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Title: National Director of Sales

Location: NYC

Favorite designer/artist: DVF and Willem de Kooning

Celebrity crush: Bradley Cooper

Favorite place in NYC: Central Park in the very early morning. Dogs are allowed to run free, off leash. Their sheer joy is extraordinary.

Interview horror story: My own? Probably having to use the lady’s room and not finding a comfortable break in the conversation to excuse myself. I continued the meeting for an addt’l two hours, dying inside!

Best interview tip: Remain engaged/energized throughout your meeting, mirror body language whenever possible, be gracious and send a hand written thank you note…a dying art!!! (more…)

How to Wear Sweatpants to Work: 4 Factors to Consider


Posted on November 6, 2013 by

Who says you can’t wear sweats to work? Our favorite designers are sending these comfy knits down the runway and if your office dress code allows, we say go for it.

The new sweatpant has a slightly more structured fit and serves as a comfortable alternative to denim or leggings. If styled correctly, sweatpants are totally work appropriate and a great way to mix things up in your fall/winter wardrobe.

Disclaimer: If your favorite pair of drawstring waist, elastic-ankle sweatpants from high school come to mind, we’re not on the same page. There’s a thin line between office casual and couch potato so let’s not get carried away. Rule of thumb: if your boyfriend would wear them or can fit into them, they are not work appropriate. See below:

Sweats to Work


5 Things to Consider Before Changing Careers


Posted on October 31, 2013 by

It’s safe to assume that every professional on the planet isn’t happily trotting down their career paths. A large part of our business is to make sure this isn’t the case, but it can take some trial and error to find the right fit. Things don’t always work out as planned, and when you decide it’s time for a change, the decision to forge a new path may present itself as the best course of action.

5 Things Career ChangeIs a career change in your future? If you’re thinking about making a switch, unfortunately, it isn’t as easy as some of us tend to think. Be advised, changing careers isn’t the same as changing your major. The latter keeps you safe within the confines of university walls until graduation while the former can leave you bewildered and at the mercy of a shaky job market.

Passion isn’t enough, and the urge to do something different won’t be enough to convince hiring managers. At the end of the day, it comes down to experience. If you’re serious about making a change and you’re ready to take the necessary steps, switching it up isn’t impossible – it’s just not simple. The information below is from our team of recruiters who’ve advised numerous candidates in situations similar to yours. (more…)