Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday Feature: Fashion & That Working Girl!

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Building a solid wardrobe is an important part of growing up and heading into the professional world. This can be tough to do, especially on a budget. But, finding pieces that are not only versatile but très chic can be such a life saver. Take this black A-line skirt from Rouge!

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This is a great piece because it comes in a neutral color and can be spruced up with just about any top, sweater, accessories, or shoes. I totally love skirts like this with a chunky sweater or crewneck sweatshirt tucked has a casual cool feel (plus, it's sweet and grungy at the same time which is fun).

Another plus to this skirt is that it can be taken from day to night quite easily. Head over to That Working Girl to see how Lindsay transitioned this très chic (seriously such a fitting name for this piece) skirt from day to night!

Have a wonderful day!



Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tripping Out

From my March Trip. 

I'm moving to New York. And it's not a delusion. It's not a dream. It's real.

There's something quite daunting about buying a one way ticket. Something so final. But I'm leaving to work, and that's a testament to what I've been doing in school and in my internships. It's a testament to the wisdom of the people who helped get me to this point. And as happy as this makes me, it's also quite frightening because I leave in one week.

I haven't really had time to think about it or feel anything but random pangs of fear and excitement since it's that wonderful time of year where finals and work collide. Also because I've been focusing on getting my computer up and running again after major hard drive failure. And with that, here's a little plug for the stellar people at Apple who did everything they could to try to recover my files (though they couldn't, the damage was that bad) and a PSA. Please, please, please back your work up all the time because if you don't you'll end up with nothing and you'll have to start over. I was like Carrie Bradshaw in the episode where she never backed anything up and then her computer crashed. Bad news.

Anyway, I'll be on a plane to New York in seven days. And as much as I'm working to convince myself that I do, in fact, deserve this opportunity I can't help but feel like this is all a fluke. Did I really just land an opportunity of a lifetime? Do they have the wrong Elise Sabak?

Despite the panic and the fact that I haven't even begun to pack for this four month experience (yes, I'll be back in the mitten to finish my last year of school), I feel so blessed.

This post is really part brain purge, part thank you note. Thank you to all of the people who have been supporters of my writing and what I do. Thank you to anyone who has read a word of my writing. Thank you to everyone who told me that editorial work and PR were going to get me absolutely nowhere and that it would be impossible to find an internship or job. You were the motivation I needed to get things done. Thank you to my parents who I cannot believe are letting me do this, but they know that New York is where I'm the happiest.

I'm looking forward to the day that I find a job and make a permanent move to the city.

And to you, devoted readers of Under PRessure: whatever you are looking to pursue as a career (though for most of you, I'm assuming it is PR) is important. If you are driven, you will find success. If you work hard, you will create success for yourself. Opportunity doesn't just come to you. It's not a gift. You need to strive for it everyday or create it for yourself. Even if the people in your life don't believe in your talents, know that I do. You can get to your dream city and land your dream internship with a little faith and a lot of work.

And with that, my lovely readers, is there anything I absolutely must do while I'm in the city?



Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Interviewing 101: Tips from the Interviewer

Happy hump day, ladies and lads!

Elise and I are gearing up for finals as I'm sure most of you are. If you're already done with your finals, I'm incredibly jealous but that'll subside after I get through the next two weeks.

Currently I'm in a social media class, which is being taught by a part-time faculty member whom is also the vice president of a prominent PR firm in metro Detroit. As I continually preach, having active pros teaching classes is one of the perks of Wayne State.

She is also the firm's resident interviewer. Recently, she posted a status on Facebook about preparing to interview for the next batch of interns. Of course having a bunch of like-careered friends, the post unintentionally spawned a forum for posting likes and dislikes about interviewees.

So behold, a list of interview tips straight from the interviewers:
  • Arrive 5 - 10 minutes early: Any earlier and the interviewer may feel bad for leaving you sitting in the waiting room. Don't make the interviewer feel guilty.
  • Wear a suit: It's a legit fact that nine out of ten times the person wearing a suit (doesn't have to match!) will get the job or the call back.
  • Research: Researching the company you're interviewing with should be one of your top three priorities when prepping for an interview.
  • Ask questions: Make sure you're asking company- and position-specific questions. An interviewer knows when you're using generic questions.
  • Bring your portfolio: A hardcopy is fine, but make sure you have samples to leave with the interviewer. The other option is having a digital portfolio on a USB drive (people will forget to check a link or misplace a business card) to leave.
  • Shut off your phone: No excuses.
  • Stand and shake hands: When the interviewer enters and exits the room, stand and shake his or her hand.
  • Salary: Never ask about salary in the first interview. If they tell you, great. If they don't, don't ask.
  • Thank you notes: Sending thank yous, snail mail or email, is another tally in your favor. If you really want to send snail mail, make sure to grab a business card from each person you encounter. Typically if you send just the interviewer a thank you, it will get circulated around the office. For brownie points, send the receptionist/first-person-you-come-in-contact-with a thank you as well. Their opinion may make or break your hiring/call back.
What tips and tricks do you have for interviewing? Let's us know! Shoot us an email or chirp us!

Good luck with finals (and interviews), kiddies!

- J

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

It's Almost Summer Break! Another One of Elise's Playlists

I love my music. I feel like by know you guys have gotten a pretty good idea of my taste. And in my forever pursuit of hopeless coolness, I've created a playlist of songs that I think embody the hopelessly cool vibes I want to have and relay. But before you all write me off as a dork or whatever you're thinking I am, scan through the list and have a listen. These are 10 songs you'll be humming all day long (and will help your work day flash by!).

In the interest of being a little more fun (and clickable) each song title links to a YouTube video where you can check out these stellar songs!

1. I Love It, Icona Pop. I blame Girls. (P.S. Chris Abbott is leaving. Sad.)

2. Day Dreams, Midi Matilda. With lines like "follow my dreams like a dream ought to be followed" you can't help but get all starry eyed and bubblegum. It's also really catchy. So there's that.

3. Needle, Born Ruffians. The amount of my favorite bands that Teen Vogue has introduced me to has skyrocketed since associate editor Casey Lewis (our music taste is scary similar, guys) started these crazy good Spotify playlists for the magazine. I couldn't get this song out of my head for two weeks after I heard it.

4. Carried Away, Passion Pit. It's on a Tropicana commercial. If this upbeat and generally perfect Passion Pit song gets ruined by the juice brand the same way Taco Bell ruined "Take A Walk" I'm going to scream. Or cry. Or both.

5. Sweater Weather, The Neighbourhood. You won't want to stop listening to this. Ever.

6. West Coast, Coconut Records. When I first heard this I immediately thought it was either from Fun. or my current band obsession The Royal Concept. It's that strange mix of sad and catchy that is total perfection.

7. Young Dreams, Young Dreams. THIS IS MY FAVORITE SONG. It reminds me of New York, which alone is solid reasoning for why this gets top spot in my heart and my iPod. But the stellar mix of lyrics and music reminiscent of the kind of music you might hear at carnival in Brazil is proof of this song's greatness.

8. World On Fire and Damn, The Royal Concept. Two for one! I Love TRC and nearly always have one of their songs stuck in my head. It's rumored that their debut album will be released sometime later this year and I cannot wait!

9. Keep You, Wild Belle. You may or may not know this as the song playing in the background of the first radio station scene of Pitch Perfect. And while I remain thoroughly convinced that the non-soundtrack soundtrack is the best one, I give you this as evidence.

10. Diet Mountain Dew, Lana Del Rey. I've become a little bit of a Lana fan. I've always been drawn to this song and it has made its way back into my playlist circulation.

So here's a taste of my favorite sounds of spring. Love the list? Hate it? Let me know!



Monday, April 8, 2013

The Social Series: Instagram

Discussing dos and don'ts of social media.

Instagram is a mobile-based app and traditionally considered a personal application. As Elise once said, "Instagram is like a peek into your soul." But, it's not only a peek into a person's soul, but also a business's soul. A lot of businesses use the app as part of their branding strategies. And it should be part of yours, too.

Instagram is the perfect creative outlet to showcase your personality, interests and hobbies. Whether you want it to or not, Instagram is part of your digital footprint. Make sure your footprint is a positive one. You never know who will see it.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Lip Service: April

As future PR people, it's super important to prep our pouts so we can confidently pitch and promote clients! Check out our top lip product picks this month!

Elise's Pick:
Credit (P.S. My fave is the shade at the far right!)
Last month I went on a tiny rant about how I wasn't a fan of lipstick. I take that back, world. The other day, as I walked through Target buying a million things I don't need and forgetting what I actually made the trip for (because that always happens at Target) I came across the Kate Moss for Rimmel lasting finish matte lipsticks. And I fell in love with a color. This perfect nude shade, number 113.

I have crazy pale skin, dark hair, and a super red mouth so most of the time I look like a vampire and it's not cute. So, I spent too much time searching around for the perfect nude shade of anything and I finally found it with this product! But for those of you who aren't into nude lips, there are 9 vampy red, sweet pink, and punchy orange/salmon shade options! Oh! And at $6 each, it probably wouldn't hurt to buy a few!

Jasmine's Pick:
I'm going vintage with my latest pick. And by vintage, I mean last year--Evolution of Smooth (eos) lip balm.
I'm sure you remember everyone going wild over this little orbs?

Or maybe that was just my friends?

Either way, eos is still a fantastic product. It's around $3 and lasts forever.

If I put it on before bed, my lips are soft and smooth in the morning. And it's great for daywear, but not convenient for me since I'm not a purse girl. Its cumbersome shape confines me to carrying in my purse, backpack or leaving it on my nightstand.

You can pick eos up at almost any store nowadays. Ulta, Target and drugstores are sure bets.

P.S. - Sweet Mint (pictured) is my favorite!