We have an excellent internship program here at Skirt PR! The program is specifically designed to introduce current students to the business of public relations and social media, specifically in the areas of fashion, beauty and lifestyle. The internship helps students get firsthand experience with media relations, public relations strategies, brand awareness, public relations events, product placement, social media strategy, social media platforms and social media consulting.
Internships are crucial for people looking to get into the PR, social media and communication field after school. Having internship experience really puts you ahead of the other candidates when interviewing for a job after college.
Preparing for an interview is key. Not only should you practice answering the questions the person might ask you but it’s also important to identify the questions you plan to ask them.
Here are a few that I look for when interviewing potential interns for Skirt PR:
1. What does a typical day in this role look like?
2. When thinking back to people in this role previously, what differentiated the good ones from the great ones?
3. What are your favorite parts about working at Skirt?
4. What are the biggest challenges?
5. What is the most important skill or trait of someone in this role?
6. What do you wish you knew when you were in my shoes that you know now?
My biggest tip is to be yourself and be confident because personality and confidence go along way!
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Do you feel like everyone these days is pushing you to watch their favorite show, buy their favorite brands, and even use their ways to stay organized? Don’t panic! Everyone is different, from the different Netflix favorites to different work styles, there isn’t a right or wrong! Work techniques are as unique as personalities and it’s best to find out what works personally for you, not your neighbor.
The working world is ever changing and simple to do lists won’t cut it anymore. Here are five ways to stay organized, productive and focused so you can keep your hustle on at work!
The app for the multi-tasking woman who needs more than the basic to-do list! While a simple pad and paper might work for grocery store trips, it’s not necessarily the most efficient way to plan out your work week. Writing out your deliverables is null without including how long the project will take and when it is due. FocusList divides your tasks out by time and encourages you to follow the “Pomodoro Techniques” by working in 25-minute sessions with mini breaks in between. This strategy allows you to be more productive and keeps your mind fresh!
Do you spend hours on Pinterest perusing inspiration? Then you’ll love Trello! Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes all of your projects and tasks into visually appealing, easy-to-use boards. Similar to creating Pinterest boards, Trello has category “boards” and gives you the ability to task team members assignments, known as “cards”, and use collaboration chats for sharing ideas. Automatic notifications ensure the whole team is always kept in the loop on the status of a project.
The best way to keep in communication with your team! Slack is the modern solution AIM messenger and file-sharing (without your embarrassing screen name from the early 2000’s). Slack is great for team members communicating in different locations and sharing multiple files throughout the work week. This app allows you to create a new group with different team members for each project you are working on. Great for working on the go and keeping your team in the loop.
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The dreaded 3 p.m. lull… I’m all too familiar. Late night events and early morning TV segments come with the territory when working in public relations so I’ve definitely fallen victim to the midday slump on more than one occasion. That said, I’ve discovered some tricks that help me perk my energy back up to power through the day, without reaching for the caffeine.
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Leaving the confines of your workspace can provide some great mental clarity and make you more creative and productive in the afternoon, so weather permitting, I love to move my internal touch-bases to outdoor walking meetings.
Create an Awesome Afternoon Playlist
An awesome playlist can be the best mini escape from the office. Listen to a couple of your favorite tunes for a few minutes and then come back to work feeling refreshed and ready to take on the next task.
DJ Khaled would vouch, hydration is key! An ice cold glass of water has proven to be just the shock my brain needs to perk up quick.
Grab a Healthy Snack
Hit up the office snack reserves for a little pick-me-up. A granola bar or a bowl of fruit are an easy, healthy choice.
Two words: Puppy pictures
Need I say more? I’ve never met a puppy GIF I didn’t love.
Tell us your favorite tip for beating the midday slump.
SIMPLY NYC is an inspiring conference jam-packed with industry expert panels and breakout sessions presented by the women and men breaking ground in the fashion, beauty, blogging and tech world. Although this conference was filled with tons of amazing inspo, we’re sharing our top three tips for young professionals hustling to make their mark on the industry.
Photo courtesy of @MrsRodial
“Always look your best and celebrate wins as much as the losses.” – Maria Hatzistefanis, founder and CEO, Rodial
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“Never quit after a bad day. Ask yourself if you want to quit on a good day and if your heart is still in it.” – Nastia Liukin, Olympian and Grander Sports Founder
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“Get your sh*t done on time and work harder than the person next to you.” – Beca Alexander, Founder & President of Socialyte
BONUS TIP! From our favorite meme-queen:
“Look what your competition is doing… And do it better.” – Claudia Oshry, Girl With No Job
Share your killer career tips in the comment section!
For me, my morning is not complete without a large cup of coffee and a few minutes to browse headlines and catch up on any major political, fashion or entertainment news. These are my go-to newsletters that kick off my morning.
The Everygirl is a resource for living a healthy, meaningful, and fashionable life. It is filled with articles on my favorites topics including travel, fashion, and of course food. I always browse their city guides for inspiration on where to book my next trip.
A Cup of Jo
This witty lifestyle blog has been a longtime favorite of mine. Joanna Goddards’s approach to relationships, and life in general, is refreshing and insightful.
Who What Wear
Who What Wear is a staple in the Skirt office and is referenced on a daily basis. Their elevated content is the perfect combination of fashion news, how-tos, and celebrity style guides. It’s almost impossible to not end up shopping on the site at least once a day!