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:
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
Recently, our ceo had the opportunity to speak to freshmen in an Industry Exploration class at LIM College in New York City. Entering the job market can be daunting for new graduates so we were happy to offer some fashion industry insight and insider tips.
For any job applicant, at any level, it all starts with the résumé. For the recently graduated, creating a résumé is a unique challenge because of the lack of work history and experience. Completing your education is the first step, but certainly not the last.
We asked our recruiters for some real-world advice in regards to what companies are looking for – or expecting – on an entry level résumé. Consider these tips as you set out to craft the words on that document meant to remain in the hands of a hiring manager versus being tossed into the “no” or “unqualified” pile.
- Objective – Not Necessary
- Internship(s) – Listed
- College Education – Required
- Computer/Software Skills – Indicated
- Relevant Affiliations – Noted (more…)
On the fence about becoming a freelancer? Graphic Design Degree Hub created an infographic to help you make the decision. ‘The Pros and Cons of Being a Freelancer’ highlights the life of a freelancer from compensation to location. After weighing the good and the bad and applying the below information to your personal situation and industry, you may be ready to make the switch. If not, we’re here to help!
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LinkedIn is one of the world’s largest online professional networks connecting people from virtually every industry to other professionals and businesses. You know this, we know this, so how do we make the most of all LinkedIn has to offer?
This much is true for every social media platform – understanding how to get the most out of your membership will determine whether or not creating an account will be to your benefit. LinkedIn separates itself as not just a social media network, but a professional social media network that – if leveraged properly – can be a jobseeker’s/employer’s/employee’s/recruiter’s/networker’s goldmine.
Below, tips to take advantage of LinkedIn:
- Choose a professional profile picture. Having a profile picture in general makes it easier to stand out in searches. A picture that portrays you as a professional not only allows connections and future employers to put a face to a name – it’s an extension of your personality. For example, a picture of you taking shots at a night club may not be the right choice over a toned down picture of you looking like the professional you are. (more…)
The daily grind can take a toll on the average employee. No matter how driven and passionate you may be, there are some days that you find yourself making it through a day at the office without getting much done while emails and missed calls pile up into a mountain of impending follow-up torture.
How do you stay focused when everything around you beckons your attention? These tips may sound like no-brainers, but they could help you remain productive throughout the day. (more…)
Here at JBC, we’ve mastered the process of checking references. Probably because conducting a thorough reference check is essential to being a recruiter. Below, ten things to keep in mind when choosing and sharing your references.
1. Don’t list the names of your references on your resumé. There is no need to offer references to an employer until they are requested. Instead of listing the names on your resumé, list them on a separate sheet of paper (matching your resumé) titled “References.” Bring the list with you to job interviews.
2. Choose references who are relevant to the job in which you are applying. For those who have taken the straight and narrow career path this shouldn’t be a problem. However, for the career-hopping job seekers out there, references should be catered to the role. For example, if you are applying for a retail job, your references should be able to speak to your retail experiences. If you are applying for a role as a designer, your references should be able to speak to the skills you possess that would make you the right fit. (more…)
If you’re in the job market, don’t be misled into thinking the holiday season means break-time until next year. Contrary to the myth that hiring managers are on vacation and won’t be working on filling roles, companies do hire in December. Placing a hold on your job search will only make room for other resumés to fill the space and get the attention that could have been yours.
Companies and recruiting agencies like JBCStyle and JBCconnect are not in the position to place a job on hold because of any holiday. This time of year is especially important to keep up with demands for talent and get a head start on the new year.
True, there is a lull between Christmas and New Years; however, don’t assume that every company is enjoying the entire time off of work – there are plenty of business days in between the two holidays.
Hopefully we’ve convinced you that your resumé needs to be putting in hours this holiday. Now you’re ready for some seasonal job search tips:
1. Build your online network. Make new connections and reconnect with old acquaintances via Facebook and Linkedin. The holiday conversation is a great icebreaker that helps to make your approach less forward. Once the conversation has begun, you’ve placed your name in the person’s mind and you’re one step closer to your goal.
2. Send cards. Remind hiring managers that you’re still looking and still interested in working for their company. Send a holiday card or small gift with a cheerful note letting them know you are open to revisiting new roles that may have come up since your last interview. Use this method to reach out to hiring managers, recruiters, or anyone you know who may be able to help move your resumé along.
3. Go to holiday parties! Company parties are a great opportunity to casually network with all of the right people. Don’t walk around handing out your resumé – instead, have some great conversations with key people, hand out your business card, let them know you’re in the market, and keep it moving. It is a party after all! The following day, repeat step one.
4. Throw a party! Friends help friends find jobs. Invite your friends over for drinks or meet at a restaurant to catch up and enlist their help. This is a great chance to practice your pitch, go over interview questions, and share experiences with a crowd that will be honest and offer advice you can use come interview-time.
5. Be a part of the conversation. Most likely, the companies you are interested in have a Twitter or Facebook account. Follow them and participate in their online conversations. Don’t go overboard here – choose a post that interests you and reply with an intelligent statement. Replying to a company that posts open jobs on their social media accounts are a great way to get noticed. Warning: make sure your personal social media accounts are professional and showcase you in a positive light and only reply to jobs in which you qualify.
Take it back old-school. If you can find out the name of the hiring manager and their mailing address, send them a hard copy of your resumé and cover letter. Most resumés are sent online so take this opportunity to send yours straight to the desk of the person in charge. Who doesn’t like to get mail? Add a holiday card to your package and score extra recognition points.
Enjoy the holidays, but don’t take time-off from your job search. Instead, use the spare time to maximize your efforts.
Let’s face the cold, hard facts – looking for a job these days isn’t the same as it was five or ten years ago. So why are the job-seeking masses still employing the same methods now as they would have in the past?
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein
1. Understand what you’re up against. As of April 2012, the unemployment rate was 8.1% and the number of unemployed persons was 12.5 million. Keep these facts in mind as you apply for jobs and the need to not want to be a statistic will provide the motivation you need to keep going.
2. Know your industry. Know the facts. Research your industry to learn about the current state of and any signs of future growth or decline.
3. Is there a chance your job can be done by a computer in the near future? We know you’re not a fortune teller but use your judgement to prepare yourself for a workload shift.
4. Is there a chance your job can be out-sourced in the near future? Same as above.
5. Are you cool? It’s not okay to not be interested in new technologies and methods. You need to be aware to be relevant. Stay up-to-date on what’s happening by reading a variety of publications including trade magazines and blogs about your specialty or industry.
6. Keep in mind, there’s always someone out there who is younger, cheaper and hungrier than you.
7. Don’t just send your resumé and wait. Get out there! Make a phone call, send a follow-up email. Don’t be a stalker; but don’t be forgotten.
8. Does your resumé still look like your college career counselor made it for you? Time for an update.
9. Take advantage of the variety of ways in which you can apply for a job. Use online job boards and recruiters to your advantage; and don’t overlook the power of social media. Most brands post their hottest jobs on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.
10. Last, but not least, the oldest job search advice that will always be relevant – update your old skills and learn new skills. The more you know, the more you grow.
Here it is dear readers – the profile of a recruiter as told by a recruiting agency. Some may say being a recruiter is no easy role after taking a look at the odds; but we love what we do and want you to get to know us on a deeper level. With tons of jobs to fill and a limited pool of candidates, a recruiter faces issues similar to that of the nation. An extreme example we know, but here are some statistics to think about:
- The number of unemployed persons – 12.8 million (U.S. Population – 313,255,509 million)
- The unemployment rate – 8.3 percent
- The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) – 5.4 million (these individuals accounted for 42.6 percent of the unemployed)
Bureau of Labor Statistics – The Employment Situation, February 2012
We specialize in placing talented candidates in roles in a variety of industries. We’re here to help, but here’s the truth, we are a part of the whole. Success lies in working together – be it recruiter and candidate or recruiter and client. That said, get into our heads for a moment and let’s take some steps to help change the statistics. A few things to know about recruiters:
1. We don’t find jobs, we find talented individuals to fill open jobs. Open jobs are provided by our clients and it is our job to find individuals who meet the criteria and have the background that is required by the client.
2. We are only a piece of the puzzle. A recruiter should be one of many weapons in your arsenal of job-seeking tools. Paired with networking, online research and other channels, job seekers gain an edge in the job market by enlisting a recruiter.
3. We appreciate honesty and will return the favor. Be honest about your credentials, background, salary and previous employers. We want to present you in the best light and that is only possible if we know the truth. In return, we will be honest in regards to whether or not you are qualified for a role with only your well-being and career goals in mind.
4. We work with you, not for you. There’s no other way to say it. We want to help you find a job and move forward in your career; but if that job is not out there right now, we can’t create it for you.
5. We have your best interests in mind as well as that of our clients. Finding you a job that you are qualified for and placing talent at a company in a role that suits their needs is our daily routine. We’re great at what we do and we do it for you.