So You Graduated... Now What? Tips and Tricks For Navigating Post-Grad Life
Each graduating class of fierce millennial women who goes through our BG program impresses us more and more.
Graduating from college is one of the most important milestones in your life. One that’s exciting, scary, and bittersweet all at once!
Our CEO Rachael Bozsik always says she created The Brand Girls because she wishes she had The Brand Girls. So we decided to give you the BG secrets to navigating post-grad life we wish we had sooner!
There’s no such thing as a ‘traditional’ path: “I wish someone told me that you can create your own roles at companies… you don’t always need to look for applications,” says The Brand Girls Founder and CEO Rachael Bozsik. “You can pitch a company you love.”
Be prepared for your plans to change: It’s great to have an idea of what you want to do and how you’re going to get there, but don’t grow too attached to your plans!
“Throw your plans and expectations out the window, develop your personal brand and elevator pitch, never miss an opportunity to network, and know that it’ll all be just fine,” says Harris Walker.
Nobody ever has it all together: It’s easy to look around and think everyone else’s life is perfect, but remember that the grass is always greener on the other side. Let go of the comparisons - trust us on this one!
Challenging yourself is the only way to know what you’re capable of: Don’t be afraid of taking a risk by accepting a job with responsibilities you have never done before. This is the time in your career to go out of your comfort zone and learn.
You will figure things out as you go: This might be our most important piece of advice. You’re not supposed to graduate knowing how to do everything. You’re going to make mistakes along the way and there are days that it’s going to be tough. But remember that every mistake you make is also an opportunity for growth.
Megan Buczynski - Furnitureland South
BG client Megan Buczynski is a recent college graduate with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Interior Design.
Megan accepted a full-time position at Furnitureland South as a Design Consultant after interning for the company while she was still in school last fall. In this position, she works one-on-one with clients to create their dream home.
Megan credits The Brand Girls for guiding her to her dream career path and finding her inner confidence.
“The Brand Girls helped me develop my personal brand and how to sell myself. I'm not just a designer, I am a sales-woman as well. BG taught me how to not only believe in myself, but also how to market my abilities. When I first spoke with Furnitureland South, I realized I needed to review the lessons BG taught me because I needed to have the ability to believe in myself and speak with confidence. Without the support of BG, I probably wouldn't have had trust in myself to excel at this career.”
We are so proud of all the wonderful work Megan is doing. We can’t wait to hear more about all the great work she does in this position!
Our Top 5 Secrets for Getting What You Want Out of Your Career
So, you made it! You’ve got a job in your field. Is it your dream job? Well no, but it’s a great place to start. The question now is: how do you go from little more than an intern to CEO status? The BG Team is here to help! The following tips will help you maximize where you are without getting you stuck.
Decide what it is you actually want: There’s no way you’re going to get moving without a destination in mind. While you might know where you want to go in general, make sure that you figure out at least what your next step is, and move towards that.
Stick with that idea: Once you know where you want to be, stick with it. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a stellar career. Everyday remind yourself of your goal so you can keep it in mind when you’re going about your tasks.
Incentivize others: When looking for a little help moving up, help others too. People are much more likely to do you a favor if you’re willing to do the same for them. Not to mention, this goes right along with one of our favorite catchphrases - empowered women empower women.
Learn by doing: While you might be trying to continue forward in your field, you’re going to need to work on skills to make you promotable. At each stop on your journey, always remember to work on getting the most out of your current position so you can take your knowledge with you to the top.
Ask for feedback: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: one of the best ways to excel in your field is to learn from those who have been in your shoes. If you want to get to a certain position, it’s a great idea to ask your superiors for feedback to get you there.
Q: “I'm about to start the interview process for a new role at my current company and am getting my prep ready. Another woman on my team with the same role as me (and very similar background) is also going for this new position. I would love to know if anyone has tips for how I can stand out?”
A: “Come prepared! Put together a presentation, handouts with your ideas, progress reports of your past successes. Go above and beyond with your details.” - Team BG
Q: “I miraculously landed a networking phone call with a high-profile sports photographer tomorrow pm. I've drafted some questions, but they're seeming somewhat generic (how did you start out, how did you get here, etc) and I know that I'm not as strong a communicator on the phone as I am in person. What I really want to get out of this is a professional contact in the industry & down the line I would love to take pictures with the organization he works with. Does anyone have tips on how to structure smart questions to get a conversation pointed to where you want it to go? Calls to action for when we're wrapping up the conversation?”
A: “Great question! Something I LOVE that other people do before calls with me is have something specific I’ve done that they like & let the convo stem organically from there. For example, if he is a sports photographer look through his online portfolio or Instagram (I’m sure he has one in this industry) and pick a favorite photo or two + share why they are meaningful to you!” - 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? Are 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
Tuesday Tips: 5 Tips to Starting Your First Job with Good Savings Habits
Once you get your first full-time gig post-grad, it’s so tempting to blow through your paychecks now that you’ve got some money in your bank account - finally!
But, The Brand Girls knows how crucial it is to start your first job with good savings habits. Never been great at managing your money? Don’t worry, our 6 tips make it easy for millennial women to make smart money moves!
Set realistic goals: The Brand Girls is all about setting goals in every aspect of your life.
Grab your notebook and think about what’s realistic. How soon do you want to pay off your student loans? How much do you want to have in your savings?
Don’t forget to schedule check ins to monitor your progress!
Write down the goals or events that you’re saving towards: Apps like Qapital make this super easy by allowing you to set aside a little bit each month toward specific goals. The reminder of what you’re saving for pump up your motivation.
You’ll be ready to splurge during your trip to Cabo in no time!
Don’t forget to pay yourself, too! Forbes recommends putting money aside in your savings before any other expenses to help you build up your emergency savings fund (3-6 months pay).
Studies show this method can help boost your savings much more quickly.
Set a budget - and stick to it: This is a tried and true method for increasing the cash in your pocket. Now, you can do all of your budgeting right from your phone.
Check out Daily Worth’s 5 Best Money Apps for Millennials here.
Plan for your future: If your employer offers a 401(k) or pension plan, take advantage of it - especially if they have a matching company contribution.
Investors.com shares that the sooner you start contributing, the more money you’ll save over time!
Remember, no matter how much money you’re making in your first job out of college, it’s important to set your strong saving habits now - trust us, you don’t want to regret this later!
Reese Witherspoon: The Ultimate Go-Getter
I remember as a little girl being obsessed with the movie Legally Blonde, even though I was far too young to understand most of the jokes. This movie spoke to me and so many other women because it showed us that we can do whatever we set our minds to. The star of this movie and so many other incredible films, Reese Witherspoon, is an example to all of us that ambition can be your greatest strength. She has created a personal brand based on female empowerment and even started her own production company to further that brand. Let’s see what she has to say!
On listening to your own voice: “If you are one of those people who has that little voice in the back of her mind saying, “Maybe I could do [fill in the blank],” don’t tell it to be quiet. Give it a little room to grow, and try to find an environment it can grow in.”
On perspective: “Many people worry so much about managing their careers, but rarely spend half that much energy managing their LIVES. I want to make my life, not just my job, the best it can be. The rest will work itself out.”
On knowing your worth: “I've realized that life is too short to spend my time with anybody who doesn't appreciate me, treat me with respect or bring value to the relationship. I'm much more confident now, and I feel like I have the ability to say, 'Nope, I don't want to work with that person.’
And finally, on changing the world: “What is it in life that you think you can't accomplish? Or what is it that people have said that you cannot do? Wouldn't it feel really good to prove them all wrong? Because I believe ambition is not a dirty word. It's just believing in yourself and your abilities.
Imagine this: What would happen if we were all brave enough to be a little bit more ambitious? I think the world would change.”
Ellie Stein- Green Philly
Ellie Stein a 20-year-old is Economics major with a minor in Environmental Science at Virginia Tech.
This summer, Ellie is interning with Green Philly, a company focused on sustainability in Philadelphia. Here she will head the marketing department where she will organize and plan the Sustain PHL Awards and serve as a voting member of the Sustian PHL voting committee.
Ellie credits The Brand Girls for guiding her to her dream career path..
“Growing up, I always dreamed of working in the big city for a company that made a difference in the world. Once I got to college, I realized it was time to start making that dream a reality. The only challenge was I wasn’t sure where to start. The Brand Girls helped me to figure out the way to step by step. The support and guidance from The Brand Girls team helped me to believe in myself. The BG program showed me the ins and outs of networking, interviewing and truly rocked my confidence! Joining the BG program was such a great decision and I am grateful for the support they give me. With the help of The Brand Girls, I am now living my dream of working in the big city for an amazing green company, Green Philly, and I am making a difference in the world every day!”
We are so proud of all the wonderful work Ellie is doing. We can’t wait to hear more about all the great work she does this summer!
Emily Patton- Pretty Vulgar Cosmetics
Emily Patton is studying Marketing at University of Florida. This summer, Emily is a marketing intern for Pretty Vulgar Cosmetics. Here she is responsible for managing their social media platforms, monitoring e-commerce to increase visibility, tracking trends and changes in the beauty industry, and collaborating with other departments to manage reputation.
Emily credits The Brand Girls for guiding her to her dream career path.
"Being apart of The Brand Girls is the sole reason I landed my internship at Pretty Vulgar Cosmetics. From the beginning stages of Rachael Bozsik, CEO + Founder of The Brand Girls helping me find the career path I want to pursue, to the encouragement to the support I received from the amazing Kirstie Russell during our Skype sessions, I gained the confidence to apply and land the internship. BG has given me more then just a community of empowering professional women, it has given me the tools to embark on my own professional path and the confidence to do so!"
We are so proud of all the wonderful work Emily is doing. We can’t wait to hear more about all the great work she does this summer!
Don't Have a Summer Internship? Here's 4 Things You Should Do Instead
No internship, no problem! Whether you will be away for a good part of your summer, you couldn’t get your applications in on time, or something just came up, there are a TON of reasons why an internship might not be in the cards for you this summer. Don’t worry though, The Brand Girls have everything you need to keep you up to date professionally this summer - even if you’re not interning.
Find your passion: Now that you have some breathing room, the summer is the perfect time to figure out what really lights up your world professionally. This is especially good for those of us who did not want to intern somewhere they were unsure about. Now is your time to find what you love and start working on it!
Network, network, network: This is something that our CEO, Rachael Bozsik, is constantly championing. Summer is the perfect time to start expanding your professional circle and get some informational interviews. Summer is usually a bit more relaxed in the work world, depending on your field, so now is the perfect time to chat with someone you admire.
Volunteer: This might be the best tip of all. Whether you want to donate your time professionally to a local business that needs a helping hand, or you begin working at a soup kitchen, there are many ways to volunteer and better your community. While you can also use this as a resume booster, remember that you should always give selflessly.
Keep learning: If you don’t have too much else on your plate, summer is a great time to educate yourself on something related to your field, or even a hobby! The more you know, the better you look to potential employers, and there are tons of paid and unpaid options - you can even watch YouTube how to’s!
Q: “I just finished up and interview for a marketing position with 6 employees in the room asking me questions. I’m unsure what to do about the follow up email and handwritten letter. Should I write just 1 letter/email to ‘The Marketing Team’ or should I write individual ones?”
A: “I would send an individual email to all if you can make the content different (meaning making sure it is not a copy and paste) and if it is, then do a very thoughtful group email and then one group thank you card - include your business card in the thank you card. Way to rock it!” -Team BG
Q: “I have so much going on right now in my personal life and sometimes find it hard not to let the two worlds collide! I would love some guidance on how to keep it polished and professional when your life is CRAZY behind the scenes.”
A: “I am a HUGE fan of time-blocking - if I have to pack for a trip rather than taking all night I hit my timer for 15 minutes and whatever is in the bag comes! I do this with emails (1 hour a day ONLY), big projects, 2 hours and you would be SHOCKED on what you can knock out without distractions...time blocking both personal + professional makes the world go round + wish I knew this sooner” -Team BG
Q: “I’ve been at my current company for about a year and a half and although it’s a great company, and I do love my job, I want more from it. It’s a midsize firm but my department is on the smaller size and unless someone quits, there isn’t a lot of room for growth as the most recent hire. I heard someone once say that you can create positions for yourself, but I was wondering if people had suggestions or examples of positions they’ve created? I’m feeling stagnate and I could use some ideas!”
A: “Great question! I think this is something a LOT of millennial women struggle with. It depends a lot on the culture of your organization, but I’ve found that the best way to help justify a new role for yourself is identifying the NEED for that role and showing how you already fill it. A big part of this is identifying those gaps + being the person to come up with solutions for them. You want people to associate you with making their lives + jobs EASIER!” -Team BG
Q: "What’s the biggest way you think someone can stand out in an interview or application against other applicants even if their experience isn’t as extended as others, other than confidence?"
A: "You ladies have the greatest gift in my opinion of the ability to CONTROL an interview + pre-plan what you will be asked based off of your pitch. Your pitch is part of your power... I would make sure you are ready to be interrupted at every angle of that interview conversation + really practice what makes you different and special with many people." - Team BG
Q: "Would you recommend changing your resume for each specific job opportunity?"
A: "No I would not - but I would change your brand mission statement to have a focus on your industry...so for example if the role is digital marketing rather than saying "marketing" or "business" I would fine tune focus it there." - Team BG
Q: "What is your process for making a difficult decision?"
A: "I am a huge fan of a pros + cons list... I do this with everything , especially with "where would my time be more valuable" - the pros of doing this event is xyz and the cons is xyz because I could be doing something with more impact. Give yourself 20 min of restricted brainstorming time with that list and that should help give you clarity." - Team BG
Ready, Set, Reflect: 3 Reasons You Should Take Your Journal Everywhere
Many times, we have one friend who is the queen of journaling - she was the first one to jump on bullet journals, she tracks her habits daily, and her penmanship deserves to be made in a font. On the other hand, there is also that one friend who is decidedly against keeping a journal; she is usually the one caught saying, “Keeping a journal is just more work than it’s worth.” Whichever of these you are, hopefully we can help remind you why it is important to always keep a journal handy.
Get more organized: Journaling is a great way to keep track of your life. Ladies who plan, journals are a wonderful way to stick to your ways while allowing you to be a little more flexible and creative. This is also fantastic if you want to become a more organized person, but you’re not sure where to start.
Keep track of decisions: Sometimes, the best strategy for decision making is writing it out, and a journal is the perfect place to do it. Whether you need to write down how much it will cost to get a dog, or you want a pro-con list for a job change, journaling can be your new go-to.
Look back: A journal is a great place to document your life, so when you are writing your memoirs you know exactly how you became the world’s #1 fashion designer or a Fortune 500 CEO. With a journal, you have a safe spot to keep track of your personal and professional ups and downs so you know where you’ve come from.
We hope these ideas have inspired you to start working on your journaling skills. Now grab a Moleskine and get going!
Written by: Amy Minemier
BG Client + BG Blog Intern
Oops! 4 Tips to Fixing Your First Big Screw Up at Work
Making mistakes is a part of life, and will also be part of your career. But The Brand Girls wants to let you in on a little secret…
It’s not about the mistake you make, but how you handle it that really counts. Whether you’re at your dream job or first internship, here are our 4 easy tips to fixing your first big screw up at work!
Fess up: Once you realize that you made a mistake, the most important thing to do is to be upfront about what happened.
Don’t try to cover it up or hide it from your team - this will only make the situation worse when the mistake comes to light later!
Take responsibility: This one will earn you major points with your team. Your boss will appreciate that not only did you keep them in the loop on the mistake, but you were accountable for it too.
Pro tip: Don’t play the blame game! If you played a role in the mistake, take ownership of it.
Come with your game plan: When you alert your boss or your team with a problem, you always want to have a solution ready.
If you accidentally posted a tweet meant for your personal account to the company Twitter (with 1K followers - yikes!), what would your game plan be when you approach your boss? Tell us in the comments!
Correct & plan for the future: There’s a big difference between the first time you make a mistake and the 7th time you make a mistake…
Once you’ve corrected the situation, make sure you take the proper steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again!
The most important thing The Brand Girls wants all fierce millennial women to know is that it’s okay to make mistakes!
As your career coach, we want you to know that a big part of growing in your career is going to be taking risks - and they’re not always going to be successful. But with these tips, you’ll handle each one with style and class - and earn a lot of respect from your team for keeping your cool!
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