Our teachers, advisors, peers, bosses, etc. they all tell us to make a LinkedIn account so we can be connected to opportunities, people who have our dream jobs, friends of friends who could put in a good word for us for that internship we have been dreaming of for months now. In theory it’s all good. I encourage everyone who wishes to build a professional network to make a profile on this site. However, when your account is made, you soon start to realize some people are on that website for the wrong reasons.
Take me for example, I am a twenty-one-year-old college student who has a dream of becoming a fashion buyer. I work very hard and have a lot of ambition. I take on a lot of roles in order to gain relevant experience to make my dream of becoming a buyer come true. I post about a new position I accepted such as a Sales Associate or Marketing Intern. Soon lots of messages flood in saying “Congratulations!” It’s awesome & makes me feel good to read so many great well wishes. Suddenly, some of these well wishes become a little bit more than a simple “Congrats on the new job.” Instead of congratulating me on an achievement that I have worked so hard to accomplish, I am complimented on my appearance. I am asked if I am single (& no, I am not single, I am blessed to have a boyfriend who is my number one supporter in everything that I do). I was even sent a terrifying email that was almost a page long about how beautiful I was and asking if I was interested in pursing a relationship with a man who was multiple decades older than me.
I just don’t get it! When did a website that is supposed to be made for achieving career goals, learning, and researching become a dating website? Instead of fully focusing on finding an internship this summer I am constantly wondering, “Will I be hit on if I post this?” This should not be a worry for someone who is trying to work hard and achieve their dreams.
It is one thing to be polite on LinkedIn. In fact, I highly encourage it. Tell someone “Congrats” on their new job or tell them that you admire how much they accomplished. The world needs more kindness.
However, there is a very fine line between being polite and being straight up creepy. The page-long email I received about how beautiful I am is creepy. Whereas the messages I received saying, “Congratulations on your new position,” were very polite and kind.
If you are on LinkedIn and you receive a ‘creepy’ message DO NOT be afraid to stand up for yourself. Tell the person, in a professional way of course (being rude is almost always never the right answer) that you are on this site to make a better life for yourself and not to date. Be sure to report the message because people like that need to be stopped and exposed.
Be safe, be aware, be professional and always be kind.
Photographer: Michelle Salgado
Deciding what to wear for work, school, family gatherings, the gym… Do you feel like every time you look in your closet you can’t find anything to wear?
Every day, I hear people saying I didn’t have anything to wear so I just wore this… or I don’t know what to wear… or I have this event and I’m not sure how to dress… or I went to the mall to get some clothes and I can’t find anything to wear… I have heard it all. To be honest I used to be that person too. However, after going to school for fashion design, I have grasped a better sense of style and understanding of what goes with what and what’s appropriate for just about every occasion. In reality, it’s not that we don’t have anything to wear in our closet, it’s how to wear what’s in our closet. We all have clothes and we bought those clothes because there was something special about it that we liked. Whether, it made us look tall and slender, or it was a big comfy sweater that could be worn on a cold winter day or maybe it was just the design on it that we liked. We do own a closet full of stuff. Now, when we shop, most of the time, we buy one top from one store, a pair of pants from a different store and some shoes from another store. We typically don’t buy all of our outfits at the same time from the same store. Therefore, we need to figure out how to pair each individual article of clothing with each other. It’s like going to an art store and buying a paint brush and some paint. We have the proper tools to paint a beautiful picture however, we aren’t all going to magically be Leonardo de Vinci. We need practice and guidance on how we can get there.
Now, when it comes to clothes I for one know you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on every outfit you wear. The most important thing is to have some basic essentials that you can constantly mix and match with each other. Even adding a scarf or a necklace to a basic outfit can really add to your look.
Photographer: Sandy Zmuda
The last aspect of figuring out what to wear is how you feel in it? Every day when I get ready I think to myself, do I look good? One of the most important things to an outfit is how it makes you feel about yourself? When you look good, you will feel good. So, stopping wondering what other people think of you. I promise you, if you feel good it will show and when it shows, everyone around you will notice.
If this is something you’re constantly struggling with, then stay connected to my blog for more posts on what I wear for different occasions and how you can use your own clothes to do the same!
With the relaunch of Fashion Buyers Network, you might be asking yourself, “Why Fashion Buyers Network?” or “What makes Fashion Buyers Network stand out?”
Fashion Buyers Network is a second chance for designers. Fashion designers are allowed to get loans, no matter WHAT their credit score is, which is a blessing. Credit scores easily can change, sometimes people do not know signing up for that Victoria Secret credit card and buying a new bottle of perfume can seriously damage a person’s credit. An innocent mistake should not make or break a person trying to make it in their dream field. That’s why I personally love the Fashion Buyers Network. Other huge companies like Amazon and Microsoft believe in Fashion Buyers Network and even help designers get their clothes on the market.
However, Fashion Buyers Network doesn’t stop there. It provides internship opportunities for college students, for students like me. IT gives a chance to complete online lessons in sales, Microsoft, Google Tag, and much more. FBN gives interns chance to work in sales and in affiliate marketing. FBN even provides a great networking area for designers, businesses, and other students across the world.
Welcome to the relaunch of Fashion Buyers Network. Read more about us. Get to know us. (In my personal opinion, I have met some of the kindest, most hardworking people here. They will help you with whatever you ask!) Hopefully, you will join our family here at Fashion Buyers Network!
We have re-launched Fashion buyers Network and are preparing for our new Internship to Hired Program.
One of the major new goals of the Internship to Hired Program is to provide a path to employment for Marketing majors who are afraid of direct sales. So the program will design a series of training programs on Affiliate Marketing, certifications from Microsoft and Google on Digital and Social Media that will hopefully lead to employment with us or our clients in the role of Affiliate Managers where you will be responsible for revenue at the company based on indirect sales.
For those individuals ready to tackle direct sales, a fast track to employment will be provided based on Microsoft certifications in CRM for Sales, Microsoft Dynamics and Supply Chain Commerce.
As part of the Internship to Hired Program all Interns will be required to write posts, create groups and forums at the local college or university.