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.
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.
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.