The question is do we want a team of low paid Interns or do we want a staff of highly paid employees that are profit centers for our company and our clients.
Their is a new generation of students that have grownup in the era of cost cutting and they are taught in school that employees are cost centers. That is one of the greatest misconceptions in business. Employees are NOT cost centers they are centers of profit.
For example, I keep hearing : ” It is better to have non-employee or contract workers so that we do not have to pay employee benefits.” The reality is that as a percentage of wages paid, our cost of insurance per employee is down 35% compared to what is was in 1980. yes premiums have gone up from an average of $280.00 per month per employee to over $2,000.00 per month in 2018. But our top salaries in 1980 was $600.00 per week and today our average minimum salary for an employee with five years experience is $6,000.00 per week. No one complains about the higher salaries or the increase in profits per employee. Yes our employees need to be treated as Profit Centers. How do we ensure that our employees are profit centers?
We create a platform that ensures success. We go back to our roots in financial services and use an Agency Model from the insurance industry. We take that model and combine it modern technology such as Affiliate Marketing combined with Multi-level Marketing. We create mandatory certifications from companies like Microsoft in CRM for Sales, Supply Chain Commerce and Advertising from Bing all with additional certifications so that our Interns can be successful employees Fashion Buyers Network or with our clients. Yes old school works.
We know from the insurance industry the large of large numbers and that unfortunately five to twenty percent of the people produce over 80% of the revenue for a large company. Now the question is do you get rid of the poor producers or do you create a system where even the weak can survive? The surprising truth is that it is more cost effective to support the weak than to be constantly turning over staff and training new people. Plus by supporting the weak, they become loyal, plus they do not leave because they know they are weak. So yes we will train and hire Marketing Majors who are afraid to talk to people. Who are some of the other surprising majors that have succeeded with our system?
Accountants, Economic, Finance, Law, Marketing and even Nursing Students have used our platform for networking purposes for gaining employment. How? For example, even thought they are totally different. Accountants and Nurses both represent our platform to people in their industries. Accounting Majors target Accounting Firms and Nurses target small doctors offices and many end up becoming pharmaceutical sales reps while they are completing their degree in nursing. Those individuals who learn to combine modern ways of communication with modern ways of marketing and sales are people who become profit centers for companies. Yes, they are hirable by us, our clients, our connections. I recommend you join the Internship to Hired program or fill out the contact form to request more information.
Thank your lucky stars this year if your parents have that old box of clothes from high school they never pitched, because you’re about to be starting 2018 on the right foot. This past year was all about tip toeing through the decades with chokers, hoop earrings, leather skirts, and mom jeans. But get ready for 2018 to make the dive into the decades. Designers are bringing back all the fashion staples from the 60’s to the 90’s into the new year.
Starting with the swinging 60’s where boho styles met animal prints and neon colors. What to look for this 2018: animal prints, bell bottomed jeans, neon colors, chunky heels, fringe, sheer, and color block. If you’re more of a tip toe-er than a diver when it comes to new trends no worries. Add a Leopard print jacket, skirt, top or purse to your every day look. Neon shoes or bags are another way to vamp up any neutral outfit. For the diver: tinsel fringe dresses, fringe leather jackets with flare pants, sheer tulle skirts, sheer sets, anything ultraviolet (Pantone announced this as the color of 2018), and a mixed print pant and jacket with chunky heels.
Moving into the Disco Era of the 70’s we see a lot of the trends we saw in the 60’s but think Studio 54. Trends from the 70’s you can see coming into 2018 will be: platform boots, sequins, studs, military jackets and tailored suits. For the tip toe-er: Studded belts/wide belts, platform boots, vintage band T’s, glitter scarves. For the diver: sequin jackets/dresses/skirts, the tunic and skirt combo (see Gilda Midani for this look), and Palazzo pants will be very popular in 2018.
Now we make our way to the decade of decadence. Everything about the 80’s was bigger and better. Things to look for in 2018 from the 80’s: fur/faux fur, shoulder pads, and jumpsuits. For the tip toe-er try a shoulder padded blazer with a pair of jeans and studded heels, ripped or monogrammed denim jackets are coming in, teddy coats (faux fur coats), and mirrored sunglasses. For the diver: power suits, colorful fur coats, gold lamina dresses or giant jackets with black patent knee high go go boots.
And last but not least we have the grunge 90’s. Urban 90’s vibes are taking storm in 2018. Things you’ll be seeing this coming year include: brand logos, windbreakers and anoraks, “athleisure” featuring track pants and bike shorts, berets, menswear inspired suits, Dr. Martens, plaid, and silk. For the tip toe-er: a plaid top and leather skirt statement skirt, a goth inspired silk slip dress with a denim jacket or leather jacket with Dr. Martens, denim jumper with a a turtleneck, oversized brand logo sweatshirts, and a beret to accessorize any look. For the diver: biker shorts (seen on Kim Kardashian and Bella Hadid pairing them with blazers and heels), patterned suits with a turtleneck and heels for day time or a bodysuit for nighttime, checkered pants, and track pants with heels.
If you’re looking for the year to experiment with your wardrobe 2018 is going to be the year to do it. Designers are throwing fashion faux pas out the window and bringing a twist to the game, everything goes. This year is going to be all about who can break the rules the best, going from tip toeing to diving into the decades.
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