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As a freshman in college, so far I have realized three very important things: leggings are pants, mac ‘n cheese does count as dinner, and I need a resume!
In high school, it is very common for seniors to have little to no experience on their resume or to not even have a resume at all. When you enter the college world, there are so many opportunities in front of you, but most of them require a resume. So in order to transform your resume from drab to fab, you have to start fresh!
1. Consider looking at resume templates online to help you get an idea of organizing your resume.
2. Most importantly, your name should be clearly displayed at the top of your resume.
3. Structure your resume so there is a header for each section. Some examples of header titles would be: your contact information, your education, skills, community service, experience, and honors, awards, and memberships.
WayUp, the largest online marketplace, suggests putting everything on your resume in chronological order. WayUp also says to use a generic font. Channel your inner English teacher: Times New Roman, 12 point font, single spaced (we’ve all heard it before). Check out WayUp, an awesome recruiting site that She’s Fit To Lead has recently connected with featuring jobs and internships for students, for more great tips as well. You can read Marv Russell’s article on resume writing on WayUp’s blog [here].
4. Do not include a Resume Profile. You will share that information when you get your interview, and it will just take up space without adding anything to your chances of getting hired.
5. Under your contact information, you want to include your email. This is most important. Make sure you change your email when you are transitioning into college so that it is not something like Ilovebunnies19@website.com.
6. Under education, you should include where you are currently attending college and what you are planning to pursue as a major.
7. For skills, you can include programs that you have worked with previously like Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Google Docs, Form, and Sheets. Also make sure you spell EVERYTHING out. Do not use abbreviations.
8. Make sure when you are listing your experience that you describe what you did as well. When describing what you did at your job or internship, use bullet points instead of full sentences. Also action verbs really help to grab the reader’s attention and help you to be more descriptive. WayUp does a great job of providing example action verbs to include in your resume. Make yourself seem different, and focus on what separates you from other candidates! When you are listing your experience make sure you include the time frame during which you participated in those activities. You can use months (like March 2008-October 2008) or just years, but be consistent.
9. Overall tips to consider! Make sure your resume does not exceed one page (trust me it is possible no matter what!). Make sure your verb tenses are consistent as well, for instance if something took place in the past use the past tense and do the opposite for present! I struggle with this problem in everything I write, so proofread everything before you send it.
10. If you are a freshman, it is okay to include your high school activities, because you have not had an extensive amount of experience yet. Marv Russell also wrote, “Always…be creative and original without being gimmicky or offensive. For example, if you’re applying for an internship in social sales and marketing, a QR code with your contact info is not gimmicky. It demonstrates your understanding of current social sales strategies.” I think this is a great reminder to include your personality and knowledge!
I hope some of these tips help! Happy job/intern/opportunity hunting! For some ideas on where to start be sure to check out WayUp to help you find what you’re looking for!
Meet WayUp Co-Founder and CEO Liz Wessel at #ConnectToConfidence on May 21, 2016 in New York City and learn more about all of their fabulous job and internship opportunities. Stay tuned for our interview with Liz featured in next week’s Fit List.
You know those moments that you look back on and say to yourself, “that happened for a reason”? Well, I can safely say that meeting Emily Raleigh, the CEO of Spire & Co. was one of those moments for me.
2 months ago, a friend of mine from Fordham University reached out to me and told me that I absolutely had to meet this girl, Emily. She told me that Emily and I would click instantly, and are basically the “same person”. Now, I have to admit, I think I’m pretty unique, so when my friend told me that she had “found my twin”, I was intrigued, and I knew that I had to do whatever it took to meet this mysterious girl named Emily.
Flash forward 2 weeks, after about 2 hours of Facebook Messaging back and forth, and an additional hour of thorough “Facebook Stalking”, Emily and I had set up a breakfast date on the Upper West Side in NYC. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I was fairly confident that Emily and I would hit it off, and we did. And now, after 2 months of cultivating our friendship, I am honored to share all of the amazing qualities and accomplishments that Emily has with the She’s Fit To Lead World!
So, get ready to be inspired, because Emily is the TRUE definition of a “lady boss”. She has class. She has intelligence, and she has an amazing story and purpose to share with the world!
1. What inspired you to start Spire?
Spire & Co was started because I wanted to have my little sister’s back.
When I was a senior in high school, my little sister, Sophie, was starting her freshman year. I had a lot of wishes for her, and I just hoped that she would find fulfillment everywhere she went in the next four years. So I wrote Sophie a field guide to finding that. After giving it to her, it got me thinking: why not start a magazine that would make other little sisters feel like someone had their back? And that’s how Spire & Co started!
We initially had 9 girls involved, and we released a small magazine that we planned to be only 10 pages long. Soon enough, the sisterhood began to grow and so did our platform. Now we have raised the volume on what we have been doing for nearly four years and just rebranded to the name Spire & Co, which is essentially our original “Smart Girls Group” amped up with an exclamation point.
2. As a young entrepreneur is it ever challenging to be taken seriously? What do you do to change the dynamic?
It definitely can be a challenge. I’m sure it can be easy to write me off because I’m young, but I don’t even consider my age a barrier, and if I keep that mentality, whoever I’m speaking to usually feels the same way. People’s perceptions are just the initial energy they bring into something, but I’m a big believer that with the right intentions, you can change that energy rather quickly.
3. You are a busy college student. You are running a big online media company, and you have other interests. How do you balance it all?
I get this question a lot and the funny thing is, I honestly don’t think much about it, and when I do, that’s when I get stressed out. I try very hard to simply not think about how much is on my plate and just get it done. I make a to do list, and I just make sure that it all gets completed on time, and when it doesn’t, I try to figure out how to do better next time. As far as balancing is concerned, I color code everything in my agenda book and when I’m planning out my week, I look to make sure that all of the colors are even throughout the pages, and that’s how I know I’m balancing everything.
4. Will Spire be your post college career? Did you ever think about doing anything else?
Yes, Spire will very much still continue when I graduate. These last four years have been such a great time for me to collect the information and experiences I need to be able to run this company full time and grow it into the brand I know it can be.
I have always kept the door open for other opportunities to come in, should they be a good fit for me and will always continue to do that, because you never know what opportunities for growth are going to present itself. With that being said, I’ve never felt as passionate about something as I do about Spire, so it would be hard for something to peak my interest enough to take it on.
5. You have interviewed a lot of really inspiring young female entrepreneurs. Do you think there is any common theme to their stories? What gave them the confidence to push forward?
I’ve never been asked that before! I think the common theme is that they are all actively pursuing the search for their truest selves. They are capitalizing on their strengths, walking towards what feels most authentically them, and when they start to veer off in the wrong direction, they make adjustments.
I think what gave them the confidence to push forward is that they have a vision for something that doesn’t yet exist, and they keep their eyes glued to that vision, no matter what comes their way.
6. Do you ever have days when you doubt yourself? What do you do?
Absolutely. I think if you don’t have days where you doubt everything that you are, you aren’t pushing yourself hard enough. On those days, I often try to turn on my mental machine mode and power through whatever work I have to do and take my emotions out of it. At the end of the day, if you let your doubt stop you, you are allowing yourself to waste time, which is an entrepreneur’s greatest asset.
Once all the work is done, I usually plug my headphones in, close my eyes and type every single thought I have into a note on my computer. By the time I finish writing, I usually resolved whatever negative vibe was camping out in my head. If I haven’t, then I know it’s more serious and usually will call my mom, read or watch something inspiring, and go to bed. But before I go to bed, I promise myself that tomorrow is going to be a fresh start. You can’t let things lag too long. Time is too valuable.
7. What is your advice to any of our followers who have a dream but feel afraid to go for it?
Identify what it is that you are afraid of. Usually, it isn’t nearly as concerning as you think. There have been plenty of times that I’ve been afraid while pursuing Spire, but usually, it’s me being incredibly dramatic. If you talk it out with yourself, you’d be astonished how uncomplicated it actually is.
8. What is your advice for our readers looking to start a business or join a start up? Are there any must take courses in college? Anything else that is a “must do”?
Jump right in. You don’t have to spend a lot (or any) money to start a business. Join a startup team, or just be a part of the entrepreneurship community in your area. And just think about it, what do you really have to lose? And if you do have things you can lose, can you get them back if they matter to you?
As far as any must take courses in college, I would absolutely say accounting. That’s just one subject you can’t teach yourself. I’m a big believer in teaching yourself any skill you need to get your business off the ground, but when it comes to accounting, just take a class. You’ll love yourself for it. Your business will love you for it. And your accountant will love you for it.
And the other thing I would say is just having one person you can count on to support you. You hit a lot of rough patches when building a business and often, even those the closest to you will doubt you. They don’t mean it in a bad way, but they want the best for you, and building a business is taxing and looks even worse from the perspective of those who love you. So find someone who you can always count on to support you and hold you accountable.
9. What makes you feel confident? How do you inspire others to feel confident?
This is such a good question. I used to think success made me feel confident. But the thing is, I felt confident when I was successful because I felt like I was in my flow. I was in the groove of being the truest form of myself. Saying “be true to yourself” sounds so cheesy, though. But I love the idea that you feel confident when you are authentically yourself, without any filters masking who you actually are. There’s a great quote that says, “When you love yourself, you don’t even have to think about how to be yourself–it just happens.” I think confidence is just a derivative of being friends with yourself. And I think you inspire other people to feel confident by leading by example and when you find something that works for you, sharing the lesson with others.
10. What does She’s Fit to Lead mean to you? How does someone become Fit to Lead?
She’s Fit to Lead means deciding to create the life you truly desire. Leaders are creators of new realities. The only way you can create new realities for anyone, though, is to first create the life you desire for yourself. Someone becomes Fit to Lead when they actively participate in the daily creation of their own reality.
There you have it! A huge shout out goes to Emily Raleigh and the entire team at Spire & Co. because they are truly setting the pace for young female leadership out there in the world.
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Monday Motivators – Meet Lily Hochfelder, Founder of Lily Hock Creations
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What were you doing when you were 9? Lily Hochfelder was starting a business! And she did it as a means of giving back! Still in High School, this amazing young woman is proving that you are never too young to make a difference and never too young to make your dreams a reality. Nuff said. Let’s hear from Lily:
1 – How did you start your business? How did it transition from “hobby” to business?
Beginning as a ‘hobby’ in 4th grade, making personalized stationery for myself as well as my friends was extremely satisfying just for the positive feedback I received. I think it shifted to a business when I decided to sell my creations in order to raise money for the Jacob’s Cure Foundation. As a 9-year-old, raising a couple of thousand dollars was extremely validating and motivating. That success pushed me forward to create the business that it is today.
2 – You are running Lily Hock Creations, keeping up with a demanding school, sports and friends. How do you do it all?
It is very challenging and can be frustrating at times. Being a good student is definitely my priority, but there are times when I need to focus on LHC also. There have been multiple instances where I have missed school to participate in a trunk show or charity event. I rely on my dedication and resourceful time management to make it work. For example, every afternoon Monday-Thursday, I play a sport after school, and I work with a tutor at least 3 times per week after sports. Sometimes my commitments don’t end until 9:30 at night. If I haven’t finished my homework yet, I will often have to stay up until 1 or 2:00 AM. To avoid this, I try to use any opportunity I have during the school day to get a head start on my homework. I try not to waste any time but also need to fit in time to relax, see my friends and spend time with my family. It’s a balancing act.
3 – Do you ever find that you aren’t taken seriously because you are such a young entrepreneur? If so, what do you do when that happens?
Persistence is definitely key. If reaching out once isn’t enough, I reach out again and again until I hear back. It is easy for industry people to disregard a young entrepreneur as a hobbyist, or someone not fully committed to their work. I am very proud of my work, and I find that if I show my determination and commitment, I am taken more seriously.
4 – What makes you feel confident?
When my work is appreciated and taken seriously, that makes me feel very good about myself. But I think more so, the independence of running my own business gives me great confidence. I feel capable and take great pride in hearing adults who have business experience tell me how awesome it is that I’m only 15 years old and running this company by myself.
5 – What inspired you to make philanthropy a part of LilyHock? What’s your advice to other young women about giving back?
Lily Hock Creations really formed in the beginning as a way to raise money for Jacob’s Cure Foundation. At that time, 100% of my proceeds were donated to charity. As the business evolved, I have been able to maintain my dedication to charitable donations while also covering operating costs and turning a profit. I think giving back is one of the most important things that a person can do and it doesn’t always have to be money – time can often be more valuable than a dollar amount. Outside of Lily Hock Creations, I am also part of a teen leadership committee called J-Teen. This service-oriented group works both locally and through service trips abroad to make a difference in the world by mobilizing motivated and charitable teenagers.
6 – What is the most challenging part of being a young entrepreneur?
The most challenging part about being a young entrepeneur is that it is very difficult for me to devote everything to my business because of school and extracurricular activities. BUT, because I love what I do dearly, I find time to incorporate my work into my daily routine. It is difficult for me to keep up with the “business talk.” There are so many terms I have never heard of, and there are times where I’ll get an E-Mail that looks like pure gibberish. However, partaking in this fabulous industry has not only expanded my vocabulary, and helped me learn about how stores run and logistics, but it has helped me grasp a better understanding of how the working world works.
7 – What are your plans for your business? Are you growing? What are some new designs you have introduced?
I am just living in the moment, and taking it one year at a time. I think that it will be very difficult for me to keep this up once I graduate High School, but I’m hoping by then I will have a team behind me ready to hold the fort. I like to keep a good amount of my designs trendy, so if emojii’s are super in, I’ll make some desings featuring emojii’s. I have recently come up with a College Line, but I am always open to new ideas!
8 – Do you think you will keep LilyHock going in college and beyond?
Ideally, I would love to keep LHC going until I finish college. I have always envisioned myself working at a fashion magazine, or being a designer of some sort. LHC has been a fabulous adventure, and from that I hope to carry with me my creativity, skills, and experience into the fashion world.
9 – Do you ever have to choose between friends and your business? What do you do?
It is extremely important to me to maintain my friendships, and not drift away from my friends because of my business, so I balance the two. It is nice because my friends LOVE taking part in LHC and are always there to support me, whether its spending an extra hour at a store so I can chat with the buyer, or doing me a favor and delivering packages for me in their neighborhoods. They love getting a first-hand look at how I run my business.
10 – If you could meet one woman who inspires you (business, media, sports or anyone else) who would you choose and why?
I would choose Sophia Amoruso, CEO of Nasty Gal, and author of #GIRLBOSS. Sophia is now 31, and the Founder and Executive Chairman of Nasty Gal. Quoting from her book, “At seventeen, Sophia Amoruso decided to forgo continuing education to pursue a life of hitchhiking, dumpster diving, and petty thievery…Her story is extraordinary—and only part of the appeal of #GIRLBOSS. This aspirational book doesn’t patronize young women the way many business experts do. Amoruso shows readers how to channel their passion and hard work, while keeping their insecurities from getting in the way. She offers straight talk about making your voice heard and doing meaningful work.”
11 – What does She’s Fit to Lead mean to you? How does someone become “Fit to Lead”?
Someone who is fit to lead doesn’t need to be a “pretty” or a “skinny” girl, nor is she stereotyped as “perfect.” Someone who is fit to lead is anyone who is devoted to doing what they love while being unafraid to speak their mind.
Thanks Lily! You can check out Lily’s amazing stationery products on her website and her Instagram. You can also meet Lily, and shop her line at our #ConnectToConfidence event on May 21, 2016 in New York City. Learn more:
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Starting a new job can be a very intimidating thing, but also equally exciting! You’ve just started a whole new chapter, and you are starting with a blank slate. It’s normal to be nervous on the first day, maybe even through your first week while you’re getting into the swing of things. A good mantra to live by is to strive for perfection, and settle for good enough. You won’t be perfect at every task you do in your new job, and there will be days when you slip up. But going through the hard days builds character and confidence. There are so many easy things you can do to stay confident in your job and continue to love what you do!
Confidence Tip #1: Fake it until you make it!
This may sound strange, but like I mentioned, you won’t always be perfect at everything you do in your job. But you shouldn’t be expected to know exactly what you’re doing right from the start. So what do you do? Give off all the positive vibes, and act confidently when attempting new tasks. Co-workers will be more apt to trust in your abilities, and you will realize how smart you truly are and all of the great skills you have to offer.
Confidence Tip #2: Recall Success!
Never focus on the negatives in your job, instead always remember the successes, whether big or small, that you have achieved in your job. Maybe you completed a challenging project, met a tight deadline, or simply got to work early and got a head start on things for the day. So give yourself a pat on the back. It will do wonders for your self esteem.
Confidence Tip #3: Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
I am the queen of asking when I don’t understand or am unsure of something. Putting your pride aside and having the confidence to ask for help where help is due speaks wonders for your character. Instead of doing tasks incorrectly and lowering your confidence, simply ask for clarification when you are unsure of something.
Confidence Tip #4: Try out new skills!
This one is great and will add some diversity to your job. As long as it’s allowed, don’t ever be afraid to take on new tasks or projects. Just doing this will boost your confidence and will remind you that you aren’t just good at what was listed on your job description. Watch what your coworkers do successfully, and aim to mimick it. Focus on useful skills like customer service, time management and productivity, or learn something new that will help specifically with your job.
Confidence Tip #5: Be nice to yourself!
No one ever got anywhere by beating themselves up over not doing something correctly or well enough in their mind. Focus on the positives in every day, and always talk to yourself kindly. Encourage and reward yourself, because there’s never anything wrong with a post-work cup of your favorite latte!
No one is perfect, and there’s no reason we should be! But following these simple tips can help you maintain confidence in your job every day. Because after all, always remember: You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
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Have you ever had a great idea and thought you were too young to make it a reality? Think again! Jordana Schrager is living proof–an incredible inspiration to young entrepreneurs everywhere. She started out drawing on sneakers in her bedroom to give to friends and family, and now she has an entire company based off of her designs! From SKICKS, which feature printed college designs, to watches and phone cases, Jordana has taken her artistic talent and created a business. At the same time as maintaining her company, Jordana is a college student at the University of Michigan. She can’t wait to take all she has learned at Michigan and apply it to expanding her business even further.
SFTL interviewed Jordana, who answered the following questions:
What inspired you to start designing shoes?
I started designing sneakers in high school! One night, I was grounded for staying out past my curfew and was stuck in my room with nothing to do. I saw a pair of old white Vans on the floor next to me and decided to doodle on them. After a few hours of doodling and designing, the sneakers were no longer white, but were pieces of art! From then on, I continued to customize sneakers. At first, I made sneakers for my friends and family, however over time, I started creating designs for people all around the country. What started out as a hobby customizing sneakers for my friends and family grew into my very own business!
Where do you get inspiration for your designs?
I get inspired by my customers! I love working with my customers to learn about their passions and interests. By connecting with each customer directly, I am able to create the perfect pair of sneakers!
How did you start your business?
At first, I designed my custom sneakers for people in my local community. Once I created an Instagram account, @sneakersbyjordana, and started posting pictures on social media, I starting receiving more and more orders from customers around the country. I was so excited to see that there was a demand for my designs.
How do you balance being a college student with maintaining your business?
It is definitely difficult at times running a business while being a college student. I’ve learned to be extremely organized! I make way too many “to-do” lists, write everything down in my planner, and wake up early so I can get everything done and accomplish my goals.
What made you decide to expand your company beyond designing Sneakers by Jordana?
In college, I started another company called SKICKS, which is a collegiate themed sneaker line. After receiving so many orders for college themed Sneakers by Jordana, I realized that there were no stylish and spirited sneakers out there for college fans. This inspired me to start SKICKS! We launched 21 new schools this year for back to school and are planning on having 50 by next back to school. You can check out our styles at www.skicks.com!
Do you ever find that you aren’t taken seriously because you are such a young entrepreneur? If so, what do you do when that happens?
I love being a young entrepreneur. Everyone I’ve met along the way has been extremely helpful. I’ve received great advice to help steer me in the right direction!
How do you promote your business?
I promote my business through social media such as on my instagram, @sneakersbyjordana. I document every sneaker I design, and I post it on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat. I also receive great pictures of my customers in their custom Sneakers by Jordana, which I post on my accounts as well!
What is the most challenging part of being a young entrepreneur?
I’ve had some challenges balancing both school and work. I dealt with these challenges by applying what I learn in school to growing Sneakers by Jordana, in both design and business. I am an art and design major and a business minor so I have definitely learned a lot throughout my semesters at the University of Michigan.
What are your plans for your business? Do you want to further expand? Do you think this will become your “job” when you graduate?
Once I graduate, I want to continue working on both Sneakers by Jordana and SKICKS. For Sneakers by Jordana, I would like to expand my business into a mass produced life style and fashion brand. For SKICKS, we will continue to add more and more colleges to our sneaker line as well as add other products.
Who are some celebrities you have designed shoes for? Whose sneakers were your favorites to make?
I’ve made sneakers for celebrities such as Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Nick Cannon, and P!NK. I loved designing Miley’s sneakers because they revolved around her charity, Happy Hippie Foundation. Seeing Miley Cyrus wearing her Sneakers by Jordana backstage at the VMAs was absolutely amazing. I was so excited!
What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs? Are there any classes that helped you along the way?
My advice would be to work hard and believe in yourself! I’ve taken some great entrepreneurship classes at the University of Michigan that have taught me a lot about starting a business. These classes helped me shape and grow my company as well as set my goals as an entrepreneur.
If you could do one thing differently (business wise), what would you do?
I wouldn’t change one thing! Although there have been many obstacles, and it has taken a lot of hard work, I have learned so much and have enjoyed every minute of it. Designing sneakers is my passion.
What does She’s Fit to Lead mean to you? How does someone become “Fit to Lead?”
I love She’s Fit to Lead, because it inspires women to be leaders and believe in themselves. As a young female entrepreneur, I would like to inspire others to believe in themselves and their dreams. Someone becomes “Fit to Lead” when they motivate others to work hard and be confident to accomplish their goals.
Meet Jordana AND win a pair of Sneakers By Jordana custom designed just for you at our Connect To Confidence event in New York on Monday, May 21st. Learn more
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If you haven’t heard of EmJohn Jewelry or don’t own a piece from her collection, then after reading this interview you are definitely going to want to go check it out. Boston University’s very own Emma Johnson is our newest Monday Motivator, and it is extremely deserved. She is a young entrepreneur who is putting herself through college from her jewelry and accessory business which she started while she was in high school. Emma always wanted to have a business of her own, and one day she brought the idea up to her mother who told her to go for it! That was all Emma needed to hear before she decided to craft her own business from scratch. Since the summer before her senior year, Emma has seen her company grow and grow from just an instagram feed to a full-blown website and to her jewelry being carried in stores all around the country.
She has been featured on E! Online, Oprah’s Favorite Things, and Seventeen Magazine. I was lucky enough to be able interview her and learn about her work ethic that has helped take her and EmJohn Jewelry to the next level.
1. How did you start your business?
My mom does a morning segment on Good Morning America called Deals and Steals. I would recommend businesses and then later on ask how much they benefitted after the show aired. I had an eye for business, and realized I wanted to be able to have my own. The summer going into my senior year, I had some clothes from my grandpa, and I decided to cut them up into strands and make bracelets with charms. I uploaded pictures onto social media. People saw them, and they wanted to buy them, and a small shop in my neighborhood wanted to sell them. Next, customers wanted something that you didn’t have tie on and off, and that’s where the beaded bracelets came in. You can wear them all the time, and they won’t get damaged in any way. You can swim in them, workout in them, and just basically wear them for whatever occasion. I would go to school wearing them and people would buy them off my arm. They are great for camp because having bracelets is a huge trend, so campers were always reaching out as well! I would also go store to store on my Saturdays with my bracelets to sell to them, especially when I had a new idea.
2. You are a jewelry designer and a busy college student at a top university. How do you do it all?
In high school, I asked my Mom how I would manage everything. She said that I needed to treat my business as an extracurricular activity, and like athletes or band members didn’t skip out on practice because of school work, I couldn’t skip out on EmJohn because of school. I have time to balance things out in between classes, before class, and after class. I am constantly taking calls in between classes. I get up early and stay up late to respond to emails. School is definitely the top priority though.
3. What is it like to be one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things”? Was it life changing?
Over the summer, I sent them a key chain for a back to school feature on things to brighten up your purse and backpack. You know, just to see what would happen. The Creative Director emailed me saying that my key chain needed to be a “Favorite Thing.” It was absolutely crazy! I decided to send over pom-pom key chains in all different colors spelling out Oprah. It was insane also, because I was the youngest owner on the list, and I had sent my key chain on a whim for a different issue, but they loved it so much they put it in favorite things!
4. Do you ever find that you aren’t taken seriously because you are such a young entrepreneur? If so, what do you do when that happens?
In the beginning I would reach out to many stores saying that I was 16, and asking to sell my jewelry in their stores. They treated it as a craft project at first, but once they realized that I was doing all the emailing and business stuff and was persistent with reaching out, they decided to take me serious. A lot of times I got no response, but sometimes I heard, “This is so cool, and you’re so young and doing something great!” It’s important to think that just because you get a no doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth it or that it’s over. A lot of times people give up because they hear no, but to me it means you have to try harder and harder to keep going. I would reach out to other people who started their own businesses about how they were inspirational to me, and then they would reach back and give great feedback.
5. What makes you feel confident?
I come from a very close family, and my family wants to help no matter what. Having people so close to me cheering me on at all times makes me feel confident. If I need their help, they will drop everything they are doing to be an assembly line for EmJohn! I love getting emails from my customers about how much they love my product, and about how they are going to tell their friends about me.
6. What is your inspiration for your jewelry? Do you design all of the charms yourself?
I get a lot of the inspiration off of instagram. I replicate the images I like in a charm form. I will see cute sayings and then put them on a pouch, and I will ask my friends what they think is interesting. I get a lot of my inspiration from walking around NYC and from looking at blogs.
7. What is the most challenging part of being a young entrepreneur?
My biggest challenge is balancing it all because I don’t have a huge team of 20 people. It is really just me. I am answering all the emails and sending them out, I design all the items, and do all the social media and website work. Being in Boston and not in NYC where a lot of the stores I sell to are based can be challenging as well.
8. What are your plans for your business? Are you growing? Do you think this will become your “job” when you graduate?
I have thought about getting more people. I have campus reps across the country that have trunk shows and help Em John. I have a manufacturer that helps make it all. For Valentine’s Day we launched a hoody; I’ve always wanted to get into clothing. I want to expand into a coin purses because they are so useful; people are always using them to store their ID’s, keys, and money. I would love to have a holiday pop-up shop. I think they are so fun because they are one weekend full of fun and everyone has a good time. I want to expand to so many stores. Whenever I see my items in stores and overhear girls asking their moms to buy them it makes me so happy. I would love to do this after college, but it’s all about keeping it fresh and fun. I love keeping it new and thinking of new ideas, and reaching out to customers to learn what they like to see .
9. What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs? Are there any classes that really helped you?
Just go for it! I told my mom I would love to have a business, and she said go start one. I just went for it. I got feedback from friends on what they liked, and I listened. I think it’s about never stopping! Go after your goal even if you don’t get an email back. People are so scared of the idea of rejection, so they don’t go for it, but I did. It’s not an overnight success. People assume that they will make a million dollars overnight. It’s a guessing game and always a work in progress, and you have to stay focused. If you want something go and get it. I’ve been invited to Women’s Leadership Conferences, and yet, I know as much as you do. I’ve been asked to ask to speak at huge conferences alongside Hillary Clinton and Lupita Nyong’o!
I took a media class in high school and learned the power social media has. I connect with so many celebrities and blogs to help promote EmJohn. Everyone is on social media and is connected.
10. If you could do one thing differently (business wise), what would you do?
Going into this, I had no idea that companies had seasonal looks; They have seasons people promote months in advance, and I do my promoting closer to the actual season or event. I would plan more ahead, and I would schedule it out more so it’s not a last-minute rush. I think of some of my best ideas days before an important date like Valentine’s Day or Christmas.
11. What does She’s Fit to Lead mean to you? How does someone become “Fit to Lead”?
Just be a go-getter and go for it. Don’t worry about rejection and failure. No one needs negativity. There is so much of it in the world. Go after what you love, and your passion will become a reality when you don’t take no for an answer. Don’t wait for the thing you want to come to you, because then it won’t!
We are so glad to have Emma as a Monday Motivator! Her “don’t take no for an answer attitude” explains so much about her success with EmJohn, and what makes her such a strong entrepreneur. She is an inspiration and a role model for everyone who wants to start something of their own, because she demonstrates that with determination and passion you can accomplish your goals.
You can meet Emma and shop EmJohn at our #ConnectToConfidence event on May 21, 2016 in New York City. Save the date!! More details to come very soon.
Go check out Emma’s creations at http://emjohnjewelry.com/ , and follow her instagram at @emjohnjewelery!
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Monday Motivators – Meet Marley Lazarus
You’ve landed the internship and are both excited and nervous. One of the best ways you can prepare for an internship is to consider the mindset of your future boss. Let’s say I’m that potential future boss.
Who am I?
I’m likely a mid to senior level manager with a lot on my plate. I want to give my intern the best possible experience, but I don’t always have the time to hold your hand. I’m trying to look good for my boss, and you are here to help me do that. If you do a great job, hopefully at the end of the internship I can hire you.
What do I want?
You likely got the internship, because I sensed you would be bright and hardworking. Demonstrating the following qualities and skills will make you the company all-star and hopefully help you to get hired.
This is a given but is also extremely important. I expect you to be extremely detail oriented with an eye on the most minor of details. Double-check your work before sharing it with me. Please don’t waste time by having to do it again.
I need someone who can take a project and run with it. Follow my initial instructions and keep the project and team progressing. Just make sure to check in with me intermittently with updates and questions.
Sometimes you will be asked to do some pretty mundane things. Keep in mind that most people start at the bottom and that a team can only function if each of its members performs his or her duties. Please don’t complain or have a negative attitude if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing. Take a vested interest in the project and make your positive attitude contagious.
This is a big one. Don’t show up and just do what you’re asked. Be proactive and bring new ideas to the table. This skill will also help you to get promoted once you’re hired. After all, new ideas are a part of what makes a company forward-thinking and successful.
Hopefully this information will help you prepare for a meaningful and successful internship!
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Marley Lazarus went from finding a loom in a friend’s basement as a High School freshman to being a busy University of Wisconsin student with a full fledged jewelry business. Welcome today’s Monday Motivator, Marley Lazarus founder of BeadedByMarley.
When I was a freshman in High School, my friend and I found a loom in her basement ,and we figured out how to make beaded bracelets. I ordered my own loom and continued making bracelets, teaching myself new patterns. My first project was making bracelets with words and names for my camp friends. Everyone who saw them wanted one, and I began making new designs and selling them. Shortly after that, I discovered wrap bracelets and began making and selling beaded leather wrap bracelets. When I started getting orders, I realized I was in business!
My school work always comes first. I have to plan out my time much more than I would like to some days, especially when I have a lot of orders. I then try to do my school work a day or two in advance so that I can focus and finish my jewelry orders on time. Being in a sorority and at a large school has been more helpful than overwhelming. I’ve met so many new people, and that has really helped expand BeadedByMarley just through word of mouth and social media. Luckily, my friends are used to me making jewelry any free minute of the day.
Actually, I have been very lucky that most people take me seriously. I think many people are surprised when they find out how young I am. One of the things that I’ve learned is that it’s not only the design of my jewelry that is important, but that it is also about being responsible. I have found that as long as I manage the business responsibly, my age is not an issue.
I feel confident when I make a new design, and the response is overwhelmingly positive. It’s especially meaningful when my friends like what I have just created. When people compliment my jewelry, place orders and then wear my designs, I feel like I can really do this.
I love jewelry, and I spend a lot of time looking on line at my favorite designers and jewelry stores to see what the high-end designers are creating. I get all of my supplies from Etsy and bead stores in New York City; so my main inspiration comes from the internet, shopping and walking around looking through beads and other pieces. If something stands out to me, and I can picture it as a piece of jewelry, I buy two of them and make one as a prototype and one to sell.
Time and experience. It is difficult to be a full time student and entrepreneur, especially when both require me to be hands on. In order to write a paper, I need to give it my undivided attention, and I need to do the same for any necklace or bracelet. Creating jewelry is much easier for me than running my actual business. My experience only comes from the jobs that I’ve had in the jewelry industry, and I have learned that it takes a whole set of skills to create a business. I’m learning many skills in school through my classes in retail and entrepreneurship, but immediate needs for managing orders and creating logos and websites gets challenging and time consuming.
My business is growing as a result of my website and a large network of college students. I expect to be creating jewelry when I graduate, but I feel that I have a lot to learn and would like to gain experience in the jewelry business working with gemstones and precious metals. My designs have changed as I have grown, and I think I need to learn much more in order to truly create for a long time. Ultimately, my dream is to manage my own jewelry company, and I want to pursue a career path that will help me get there.
I would tell them to not be afraid to ask for help, learn from others, and to trust your instincts. I definitely think work experience has helped the most, but classwork is also important. I took a class last semester where I had to market a smartphone app across campus. Learning how to raise interest and awareness in a product is something that I have applied to my own business.
One thing that I would do differently would be to find someone who could help with the marketing and social media of BeadedByMarley. When someone wants my logo or business card, I realize that I need to become more professional, and I need help with that. I recently donated my jewelry to an auction at my High School. It was easy for me to create the jewelry and donate it, but providing them with an ad and a logo was much more challenging for me primarily due to my skill set and time limitations. I would also find an easier to way to ship than out of my sorority house!
Any girl can be fit to lead if she stands up for her ideas, is passionate and follows her dreams. A leader explores her passion and becomes an inspiration for other young women.
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