When it comes to work, while many of the things Millennial women want may differ, we do all have one thing in common: we want to be appreciated.
But it can be tough to get the kudos you deserve at your first job or first internship especially because, let’s face it, you haven’t been there very long.
Here are 4 ways to make yourself a more valuable employee-
Find your ‘go-to": Being known as the ‘go-to’ employee for something (or multiple things!) is a great way to show your value.
At The Brand Girls, we love encouraging you to learn new skills as you go - it will only increase your worth! Make professional development a priority now, you won’t regret it.
Be proactive: One of the easiest ways to boost your value? Think ahead and plan, plan, plan. Always being one step ahead shows your team that you’re a forward-thinker, which is a major asset.
According to Glassdoor, Employees who consistently go above and beyond without being asked are on the fast track for a promotion... ka-ching!
Always offer to help: Think about it - do you have a coworker who always lends a hand, no matter the task? People tend to think of these employees as more reliable
As Harvard Business Review shares, “your goal is twofold–to get what you ask for and to do it in a way that enables the other person to feel good about helping out.”
Keep track of your successes: Don’t forget to take weekly notes of your big wins and key data points on your BG brag sheet. This is an important tool when it comes to updating your resume or discussing your future promotion (and bonus!).
“If you are reading this post you now have the gift and the challenge to practice a sense of mindfulness.
Look around you and recognize three things that make you smile...next, close your eyes and think of someone in your life right now that needs a hug. Keep your eyes shut and picture yourself giving them a hug - what do they look like, how do they react, how do you FEEL.
Mindfulness brings you in the HERE in the NOW so you can be happy for this moment.”- Rachael Bozsik, Founder and CEO of The Brand Girls
How to Keep it Professional (When You're About to Lose Your Cool)
Do you ever have one of those days where it feels like things just couldn’t get worse? First you get stuck in traffic, then you trip and spill coffee all over your new white blouse, and by the time you make it to lunch, you realize you have a presentation in an hour and you are WAY under-prepared. We’ve all been there. So here are some BG approved tips on how to keep it professional when you’re about to lose your cool.
Drink a glass of water: We all know that being around water makes us calm - who doesn’t feel relaxed after a day at the beach? Drinking some H2O can help you out too! Often times, our bodies get dehydrated from consuming too much caffeine or just not having enough water in general, and this can increase our anxiety. So next time you’re getting a little too nervous, take it over to the water cooler and quench that thirst.
Plan out the rest of your day: When things start piling up, it’s time to take charge of your priorities. Get out a piece of paper and make a cross right in the middle, creating four boxes. Write “Importance” across the top and “Urgency” down the side. Now, fill in everything you need to do based on which box it falls under. Once you’re done, you can see what is of high importance and high urgency, and get those tasks done first. From there, you can check things off as you need to, but you’ll know that you are working smart.
Come in dressed to impress: Dress for the job you want and not the job you have, right? This comes in handy when you’re stressing over professionalism too. When you look the part, you begin to feel the part, which makes you act and think the part. Sometimes the best way to get over professional stress is just fake it till you make it, and this is one of the best ways! So bring out those new pumps and get to work, girl!
Use your stress as a motivator: Instead of letting your stress get the better of you, try reframing the issues. When you change the way you think about your stress and make it motivation, you lower your stress levels as a whole. This technique allows you to channel the tenseness in your body and mind the way it was meant to - to help you get things done. Now you can accomplish more and destress even further.
Take a minute and just breathe: There’s a reason you hear this one all the time - it works! Slowing down your breathing clears your mind and lowers your blood pressure, making it easier for you to get back in the zone. While there are a ton of techniques to try, one we love is the 4-7-8 breath. First, you clear all the air from your lungs and then inhale through your nose while you count to four. Hold your breath for 7, and then exhale through your mouth to a count of 8. Simple and effective.
When you’re managing your stress, you automatically look more professional. Let us know how these tips worked for you in the comments below!
Marissa Jones- Alison Brod Marketing and Communications
BG client, Marissa Jones, is a communications student with a passion for the beauty industry.
This past spring, Marissa had the opportunity to be a beauty intern for Alison Brod Marketing and Communications. Here she learned how participate team brainstorming meeting, track placements, build media lists, and coordinate events.
Marissa credits The Brand Girls for guiding her to her dream career path.
“The Brand Girls gave me more confidence than I have ever had. In such a short time, I was able to grow so much and really become a professional. They are always so inspiring and motivational. I know I have the support to be the best me!
We are so proud of all the wonderful work Marissa is doing. We can’t wait to hear more about all the great work she does in the future.
3 Tips to Spring Cleaning Your Workplace
Spring is here, Spring is here! And there’s something about the warmer weather that just makes all of us at The Brand Girls want to get organized.
According to Inc, a clean workspace can “create an environment in which people can improve their performance and productivity,” and The Brand Girls team couldn’t agree more! Kick off your office spring cleaning with our 3 easy tips.
Use it or lose it: Getting into a ‘use it or lose it’ mindset helps us keep what we really use and throw away what we don’t.
The longer you stay at your job, the more stuff you’re going to collect over the years. If it’s not something you use often, file it away or toss it.
Cut back on paper copies: Are you one of those people who always has papers allllll over their desk? How many of those documents do you also have on your computer?
Unless you really need printed copies for your first job or internship , stick to digital and cutting back on paper copies.
Don’t forget to recycle (or shred) any copies you already have!
Scrubba dub dub: How many times a day do you touch your desk? Keyboard? Phone? Mouse? Germs live all over these surfaces, so bring in your disinfecting wipes and clean everything thoroughly.
Pro tip: Wipe down your desk and phone weekly!
It’s so exciting when you walk into a new office for the first time. There is so much work being
done by passionate people, and they want YOU to be a part of it. Unfortunately, having a group
of people working together 40 hours a week means there is always some kind of drama. While
this is no fun, we at BG have some tips to make sure you know how to navigate these
Don’t talk smack: If you get roped into this kind of drama, it is so easy to just go along with whatever the person you’re talking to is saying, but that is an easy way to make enemies. It is okay to disagree with a choice one of your coworkers makes, but that can be done professionally and entirely to their face as part of an open discussion. Keep people’s personal business out of it.
Don’t be exclusive in your professional relationships: In any office, there are bound to be coworkers that you become closer to than others. However, don’t let the fact that you’re besties with one person make you exclude another. Just because you are not close with a coworker doesn’t mean that you should give them a reason to think poorly of you.
If you can - just stay out of it: Tying back to tip one, it is so so easy to just go along with it when you hear someone else engaging in gossip. However, you are much more likely to gain respect from EVERYONE in the office if you don’t take part. The best thing you can do is change the subject and move on from that negative conversation..
"A FABULOUS reminder - especially to our seniors about to graduate. Our CEO created BG because she saw her brilliant friends settle post graduation for opportunities that would have made their 10 year old self cry...dreams of working in fashion, becoming an architect, working at an international bank were thrown out the door for jobs "because they needed something..."
Sound familiar? Well perfect because this is your WAKE UP CALL to not let your little girl self down...
Remember...Where your curiosity is your passion ALWAYS follows - confused on how to uncover your fierce focus and launch you into your dream internship/job? That's our forte! And The Brand Girls was created out of a pure NEED to support women to figure out their path and develop the professional confidence to make IT happen...
We currently have a few seats left in our summer program... especially if you are a senior time is of the essence and figuring out you and your next steps in crucial to your success. Visit our website + review The Brander Package and email firstname.lastname@example.org for availability - we would love to be your cheerleader and hold your hand showing you how make your dreams come true." - Rachael Bozsik, Founder and CEO of The Brand Girls
You nailed the interview, and you’re getting ready to start your dream internship - woohoo!
Here’s how to make sure you stick around for more than just the summer.
Ask: A lot of companies love to hire from within, so get yourself off on the right foot by asking if this is potentially an internship to hire, or if they have a tendency to take on interns full-time.
Research, Research, Research: Learn everything you can about your current role and the one you would like to take on. If you show your company that you are invested in learning more about them, they will want to keep you around.
Make Your Stay Memorable: Be sure to be a friendly face and someone who is always willing to give a helping hand. Don’t buy coffee for the office every day, but make sure you always put your best foot forward.
Treat the Internship like a Job: Behave as if you have the job you want, not the job you have. This is said a lot for a reason - it’s true! Act like a full-time employee and you’ll increase your chances of becoming one.
Stay Connected: This is a tip that our Founder and CEO Rachael Bozsik is a champion of. Make sure your name is in circulation, even if you go back to school. Send a thank you after you complete your internship to the people who have been your champions, and stay in touch every 3 months.
4 Ways to Rock Your Campus Career Fair
Applying for your first job or first internship online is a great way to search for your dream gig, but The Brand Girls team wants to share a little secret to increase your odds of being hired
You’ve spent so much time on your personal brand and confidence - now go show off your hard work! Applying for jobs, or just meeting company recruiters, in-person at your campus career fair can help set you apart.
Here are The Brand Girls' 4 tips on making your school’s career fair a productive event!
Look good, feel good:There will be recruiters and managers from different companies, so you want to make your best first impression. Dress as if you are going to an interview!
Do your prep work: If your college provides a list of the companies attending the career fair, go through a few days before and highlight ones you’d be interested in working for.
Don’t forget to check out their websites for potential job openings and more information about the company! Recruiters will be impressed that you know what their company does and if there is a specific role you think you’d be a good fit for.
You’ll also want to print copies of your resume and cover letter to pass out!
Practice your elevator pitch: As much as you’re looking for a job or internship, recruiters are looking to make the best hires for their companies. A lot of times that means meeting with as many students as possible at career fairs.
Practice your elevator pitch the night before - you want to present yourself as polished, to the point and professional!
Follow up: Be sure to collect business cards from everyone that you meet with + don’t forget to follow up with your new connections! Email them a digital copy of your resume, connect on LinkedIn and apply for positions online if necessary. Bonus points for bringing your own contact cards.
You’ve got this - now go rock your campus career fair!
It’s been almost ten years since she left The Hills in 2009, but Lauren Conrad is living her best
life. She has been on Forbes’ 30 Under 30, built a blogging empire, released a book series, a
line of bedding and a line of beauty products, and participated in more fashion projects than
most people care to think about. Now, she is also juggling a marriage and child - what can’t she
do? Here at The Brand Girls, we love Conrad’s drive to do just about anything! Here are
Lauren’s tips on how to do it all.
On settling: "Never settle. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received was to never settle in
relationships, friendships, your career, or your dreams. Never accept less than what you think
you deserve, and aim for bigger and better (because you will probably get it!). You never want
to look back and think, ‘I could have done more.’ You can do more…right now. Stop saying
‘someday.’ Start saying ‘today."
On rejection: "Don’t let a ‘no’ determine your value, or veer you off your desired path. Every single one of us will hear the word ‘no’ more than once in our lifetime. It doesn’t mean that you should give up, or that you don’t deserve what you asked for."
On small talk: "Sometimes it takes a little mental preparation before you walk into a crowded room. First and foremost, you should always be ready to make a lasting first impression. Be polite, make eye contact and use that firm handshake you’ve been practicing."
On work-life balance: "I recommend blocking out time, whether that’s a weekend day or a few hours one night each week, where you can catch up on things like laundry, calling friends and family or just reading a good book. I also highly suggest having a weekend with no plans once in a while—it’s such a treat."
“BREATHE! Finals are almost over and summer is right around the corner.
We LOVE the quote "you speed up by slowing down"- what are you doing tonight to slow down
for a second?
Maybe a hot cup of tea, maybe a 5 minute stretch or maybe even taking 10 min to watch a TED talk
to re-inspire yourself. Today we took 10 min to run to the store to buy some fresh blooms
You would be shocked on how a quick break can re-engage you to produce incredibly high quality
1,2,3... BREAK! Go show yourself some #selflove” - Rachael Bozsik, Founder and CEO of The
The First Day of Work Checklist Every Professional Woman Needs
Many of our BG girls will be having their first day of work very soon. Whether it be for an internship or a actual job, The Brand Girls team knows it can be very scary to start a new position. To ease the worry, we came up with the perfect first day of work checklist every professional woman needs to have a successful first day!
Pack your belongings: The night before your first day, pack up everything you will need to bring to the office in the morning. From your lunch to laptop, make sure you have it all. Doing it the night before saves you time and stress in the morning.
Set your alarm: There would be nothing worse than being late on your first day of work. Make sure to set an alarm that gives you plenty of time to do everything you need to before heading out the door. Remember to factor in travel times!
Have questions prepared: Once you get to work, you may get distracted, so write down a list of questions you want to know the answers to. These questions can be work related or can be questions to get to know your co-workers better.
Breath: This may seem a little silly, but it is SO important. The first day of work can be so overwhelming. You are doing tons of new things and you want to make a great impression. Make sure you take some time to yourself to regroup. Take a deep breath and remember you were chosen for this position for a reason. Don’t stress yourself out. Go rock your first day!
What would you put on your first day of work checklist? Share with us on our social media platforms @thebrandgirls
"[ Brand Girl ]
A girl who stands up for herself and her future. She is deliberate is out opportunities that get her closer to her dream career.
She is a Brand Girl"
Written By: Hannah Harger
Brand Girls Client + BG Blog Intern
Q: "In the next couple of months, I know I am going to be traveling a lot for work. I don’t want to break the bank, but I want to stay in a place that is safe and clean. How do you find places to stay when you travel?"
A: "Go to hotels.com and then find anything that has 100+ reviews - you should be able to get a "Best Western" "Marriot" etc. under $130! We also love Hotel tonight. It’s an app has cheap rooms too for last minute bookings!"-Team BG
Q: "Do you have advice on how to begin an inquiry email to a company without a specific person's name? The email is simply info@____.com so I have no idea the correct way to address the email."
A:" Hi Team XYZ" is the best way when you don’t know the name of the person you are connecting with. Also, check out https://www.email-format.com/. This is another great resource for finding email contacts." -Team BG
Q: "Where are best places to look for finding housing for summer internships?"
A: "Websites like Craigslist and Airbnb are great resources to find short term rentals. Another great option is to see if nearby universities offer housing. Many universities in places like New York sublet their dorms over the summer"-Team BG
"Beautiful girls we are wishing you a very bright day!
We are challenging you to do something today to lift up a fellow female.
Here's some ideas... hold a door for a mama with little kids, text a girlfriend to tell them you love them or give a ring to your female role model.
1,2,3...go girls!" - Rachael Bozsik, CEO + Founder of The Brand Girls
How to Set Yourself Apart as a Gold Star Employee
The workplace can be a very competitive environment. Everyone strives to be the best employee they can be, but it can be difficult to find a healthy balance between being seen as a hard worker and a suck-up. The Brand Girls know the struggle and want to help you stand out above the rest. Here are four of our favorite ways to set yourself apart as a gold star employee.
Be punctual: One of the most important things you can do as an important is be on time. Being punctual shows that you are responsible and reliable. Employers want to hire someone they know they can trust.
Go above and beyond: Don’t just do the bare minimum. Always stay on top of your assignments. If you know there is work do be done, don’t just sit around until someone tells you what to do. Be proactive and get to work on tasks you know that need to be done.
Stay positive: Work can get hard at times and it can easily take a toll on you if you let it. Try your best to make the best of any difficult situation. You character will shine through depending on how you handle tough times.
Take charge: If you are working with a team on a project, take the lead. Show your employer that you can work well with others as well as handle any task you are given. There is nothing more powerful than someone who willingly takes charge and wants to better the team.
What are the best qualities you think a gold star employee should have? Share with us on our social media platforms @thebrandgirls
Q: "I’m at a company waiting for my interview, which was supposed to be at 10, it’s now almost hour later and I have another interview in a different town 30 minutes away that I have to get to by 12:30, if they don’t call me back for the interview soon is it rude to leave? I don’t want to be late for my next interview because this company has been keeping me waiting. I’m not sure what to do."
A: "I would weigh which company/position is more important to you and decide based on that! Agreed! I don’t think it’s fair to miss your next appointment because this one kept you waiting. I would follow up with the company that made you wait and call to reschedule if you’re still interested in that role!" -Team BG
Q: "So I have my final interview with a company I'm pretty interested in in two weeks. For the interview, I have to come up with a PowerPoint presentation about myself that answers specific questions they have set up for me. Any ideas on how to make this presentation original and stand out while still being professional? He said I could get as creative as I want with it."
A: "This is an interesting idea! I think a lot of what you’ve learned in BG will help you here. Make sure to incorporate why you + what sets you apart from the rest without being boastful.My biggest tip is to take language from the job description and company’s website/LI page. For example, if I was applying at Pepsi for a social media role, I would ask for a copy of their brand guidelines and their PowerPoint template if one is already created (this is important to comms/marketing teams). Then I’d be sure to go through the job post and pull out some of my goals/priorities in this role based on that! And include a few examples maybe with screenshots of social posts to show you did your HW." -Team BG
Q:"Hello, I have an interview where they will give me a “case” and ask questions about it. How did you prepare?!"
A: "Try some practice cases through youtube, but also Deloitte has some great walk throughs and other big 4 firms on their website. There are some great articles and examples on their sites. Make sure you are
asking clarifying questions too - the interviewer wants to see your train of thought and how you got to a
certain answer/outcome. Break it down step by step and you’ll do just fine!" -Team BG
4 Ways to Give Your Self-Confidence a Boost
Step away and relax: If there is something getting you down such as studying for a hard test, step away and go do something that relaxes you. It could be taking a bath or reading a book, anything you love to do will make you feel instantly better.
Create a mood board: Grab a couple magazines or log on to your Pinterest account and find images that inspire you. Put all those images in an easy to access place so you can look to them when you are feeling down.
Talk it out: Sometimes there is nothing better than talking to your loved ones when you are feeling down. People who love you will be more than willing to help you out. You never know if someone has been through something similar.
How do you like to boost your self-confidence? Let us know on our social media platforms @thebrandgirls!
Written By: Hannah Harger
Brand Girls Client + BG Blog Intern
4 Ways Jessica Alba Sets Herself Up For Success Everyday
Between acting and running a business, Jessica Alba has a lot on her plate. As the founder of The Honest Company, a lifestyle brand that produces clean products such as makeup, diapers, and cleaning products, everyday is a new adventure. In addition to running a multi-million dollar company, she is a wife and a mother. Each job consumes a lot of her time and if she isn’t prepared, it can be a difficult day. To combat that from happening, she has four things she does every day to set herself up for success.
She has a strict routine: Every morning, she follows a four hour long morning routine. She gets up at 5:30 to workout, take care of her kids, eat breakfast, get ready and check up on what is happening in the business world all before she heads to work at 9.
She take everything as a learning experience: Instead of focusing on the negatives of a situation, Jessica likes to break things down and learn what she can do better next time. She focuses on one thing at a time to make sure whatever she is working on is the best it can be.
She makes time for herself: Whether it be through meditation or a good workout class, Jessica loves to take time to care for herself. She eats well and makes sure to disconnect after work to spend time with her family.
She has a solid support system: Between her family and her employees, Jessica has a large group of people in her life who she relies on to help her when she is feeling insecure. She believes you should ““Surround yourself with people who have done it before and support your weaknesses with their strengths. Be open and learn from them.”
How do you set yourself up for success everyday? Share it with us on our social media platforms @thebrandgirls!
Written By: Hannah Harger
Brand Girls Client + BG Blog Intern
Listen closely chicks!
You ALL need business cards - doesn't matter if you are a freshman or planning on becoming a surgeon... you need them!
The cards give you that extra boost of confidence in a networking situation and allow you to transform from a desperate student to a young professional that says - I know me, I know my value, I know my worth - let's exchange cards. -Rachael Bozsik, CEO + Founder of The Brand Girls
Written By: Hannah Harger
Brand Girls Client + BG Blog Intern
FOREVER one of our favorite quotes
We challenge you to take a personal inventory of your words. Are you a natural brand ambassador for the good, the light, the love?
We sure as hell want to hang out with those types of chicks - Rachael Bozsik, CEO + Founder of The Brand Girls
Q: "I have my final interview with a company I'm pretty interested in in two weeks. For the interview, I have to come up with a PowerPoint presentation about myself that answers specific questions they have set up for me. Any ideas on how to make this presentation original and stand out while still being professional? He said I could get as creative as I want with it. Any and all tips are welcome!!"
A: "This is an interesting idea! I think a lot of what you’ve learned in BG will help you here. Make sure to incorporate why you + what sets you apart from the rest without being boastful.
My biggest tip is to take *language from the job description and company’s website/LI page.* For example, if I was applying at Pepsi for a social media role, I would ask for a copy of their brand guidelines and their PowerPoint template if one is already created (this is important to comms/marketing teams). Then I’d be sure to go through the job post and pull out some of my goals/priorities in this role based on that! And include a few examples maybe with screenshots of social posts to show you did your HW." - Team BG
Q: "I’m going to a career fair tomorrow and I can’t decide what to wear. I want to stand out a little but definitely want to keep it simple and professional. Do you have any advice?"
A: "I highly suggest that you dress professional (think J Crew or Banana Republic) wear either flat or heels, dress pants, blouse and add some personality with jewelry! Don't forget to bring your resume (printed on nice thick card-stock) and your business cards! Good Luck!!" - Team BG
Q: "I am currently looking for a new job and found one that I think would be great and would align well with my goals. Upon reading the job description, it is asking for the standard resume and cover letter, but it is also asking for a 300 word blog post. I do not have a blog so I’m not sure what I should send them. Do you have any advice on what I should do in this situation? Do I need to create a blog? Is there any tips you have for applying for jobs with blog posts?"
A: "I don’t think you have to create a blog just to do one blog post. As long as it’s blog post length/style, I think that covers what they’re looking for. I would say doing that over creating a blog just to put one post on it would probably be preferable. But major bonus points if you do have time to create a blog and have the time to get a few posts on there! Shows a true commitment to the role and your ability to go above + beyond". - Team BG
How to Land the Perfect Summer Gig (If you haven’t already!)
It’s hard to believe that the school year is coming to a close and summer is almost here! Summer is a great time to relax and spend time with family, but it is also a great time to gain experience in your field. Whether it be through an internship or working a retail job, there are SO many amazing opportunities out there.
Don’t have a plan for the summer yet? Don’t panic! The Brand Girls know how stressful it can be to see all your friends accepting their positions when you have no idea what you are doing. Here is how you can land the perfect summer gig (If you haven’t already!)
Use your network: Ask friends and family if they know of any opportunities in your field. You may be surprised at who can make you some amazing connections!
Do your research: There are so many companies posting new positions every day. Some of our favorite places to look for jobs/internships are Linkedin, The Intern Queen, and Free Fashion Internships. Also, do your research on the company before you apply. Make sure it is a place you know you will like and succeed!
Have a killer resume/cover letter: Before you apply for anything, make sure your resume is up to date and relevant to your field. Check out The Brand Girls blog and social media accounts for advice on how to make your resume stand out from all the rest!
Mariah Wurzel- hint INC
Mariah Wurzel is a junior at Boston University where she majors in business administration with a concentration in organizational behavior and marketing.
Last year, she a great summer internship in NYC with hint Inc!!
There, she was an operations and sales intern where she learned about the importance of logistics in the marketing field
Mariah credits The Brand Girls for helping her prepare for the internship. Mariah shared that “The team at BG helped me generate a professional resume. They also worked with me on how to confidently perform during an interview. These awesome tips helped me land my internship!”
We are so proud of Mariah and all the hard work she is doing to further her career!
Written By: Epiphany Priebe
Brand Girls Client + BG Blog Intern
Maddie Twiford- Acadian Asset Management
Maddey is a graduate with a business degree who has brought her unique skills into a startup environment. Through The Brand Girls she uncovered her path and build professional confidence.
"I would have never thought I would one day work in a corporate finance environment, but the skills I learned from Rachael Bozsik gave me the confidence to handle any workplace. I love my job and am thankful for The Brand Girls!"
Written By: Epiphany Priebe
Brand Girls Client + BG Blog Intern