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Mistakes I Made My Freshman Year of College

I can’t believe that summer is basically over and I am about to being my sophomore year of college! As I’m sitting in my new apartment, I can’t help but to reflect on my freshman year. Since a lot of you are heading back to college I thought I’d share with you some mistakes I made, so hopefully you can learn from them. (more…)

Summer Series Blog Collab with Brea from All She Wrote!

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Hey all! Brea and I are very excited to bring this summer series to you! Before I get into this post, I want to explain this summer series. Some of you may know that I am doing a summer internship, and that I tend to post a lot of tips on finding internships. So, I had the idea to combine the elements of my blog (personal branding, internship search, college life, etc) with All She Wrote because not only does she write about similar topics, but she’s a fellow Beyonce, and 90’s music lover lol! Check out her blog http://allshewrotepr.blogspot.com This blog collab will feature a Summer Bucket List, with me discussing an internship bucket list on Tuesdays, and Brea discussing a fun list of things to do this summer.
And we want to hear from you: use the hashtag #workandplay to tweet me @tiatamjam and Brea @breajallen about what you’re doing this summer!

5 Things To Do Before You Begin Your Summer Internship

You’ve secured a summer internship! Congrats! I actually start my summer internship this upcoming week, so I am very excited and wanting to share a few tips with you:

1.Plan your route and practice it

Will you be interning in a different city? Then you definitely want to plan the route that you will take to get to work and practice it. The last thing you want is to be late on your first day because you got lost or underestimated how long the commute would be. A great tool to use is Google Maps because it shows you driving, biking, walking, and public transportation directions. Even if you aren’t working in a different city this summer, still practice your route because Google Maps sometimes may not tell you if a road is closed, if there is construction, or something else that you may not be aware of that may make you late on the first day.

2.Choose an outfit

If you haven’t already contact someone at the company (preferably the internship coordinator or your supervisor) and ask them what the dress code is, then choose an outfit that meets their standards. The choices are either business professional, business casual, or casual. And a lot of people get confused with casual, even though the dress code is more relaxed than the other two, you still want to look presentable and avoid looks that are meant for the night club.

3.Pack your bag (or briefcase)

You want to pack a bag that has all of your internship essentials: mints, a notepad, pens, maybe your laptop if the company requires it.

4. Make a list

This will be a list of things that you would like to accomplish during your internship. Example: I want to learn how to use Adobe Creative Suite, or I want to conduct some informational interviews. It’s whatever you would like to accomplish during your time there. And continually check your progress to make sure you are keeping on track. At the end, do a reflection to see what you did get accomplished and what you didn’t and keep that in mind for your next job.

5.Relax

These are the last couple days before you begin working so take this time to relax. Watch Netflix, read a book, go to the spa, anything you need to relax before your begin your internship.

 

Good luck, and if you have any questions leave them below!

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Hey you! Yeah you! Do you need help with your interviewing skills? Do you wish you could practice your answers before your big interview? Do you want to know if the answers you are giving are the best they can be?

If you answered yes, then (shameless plug) I can help! For only $10 we can set up a 30 minute mock interview session. Email jamestia14@yahoo.com with the subject “Mock Interview” and tell me a little about the job you are applying for and any concerns you have about your interview skills.

Don’t delay, call today (I know that was corny, but I couldn’t resist.

Super Easy Picture Frame DIY idea

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Hey hey! I’m here to show you all this super easy DIY project that you can put in your dorm, around the house, or in your office. When I left for college a lot of people gave me picture frames for me to put photos of my friends and family in. The only problem is my family does not like taking pictures lol, so I was stuck with some blank picture frames.  I came up with the idea to put motivational quotes in the picture frames as a way to keep me inspired and motivated. Here’s how I did it:

 

IMG_0465 All you will need is a picture frame, either some decorative paper or plain white paper, and a marker (preferably a dry erase marker).

First measure the inside of the picture frame so you will know how big or small to cut your paper (mine was about 4×6″ ).

Second, place the paper inside the photo frame then put the back of the frame back in place. If you have a frame that doesn’t have a removable back, you can just glue the paper to the front.

Third, write you favorite motivational quote, or if you don’t have a favorite, there’s is always Google, on the front plastic part of the frame. If you glued the paper to the front then just write on the paper.

Wasn’t that easy? You can get creative as you want, you can put a drawing instead of a quote, or whatever you want.

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The quote I chose was: “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door” by Milton Berle, because opportunities aren’t given to me so I make sure to create my own.

If you created this DIY, share it with me on twitter by mentioning @tiatamjam

Hope you enjoyed this!

Influenster Varsity Vox Box Unopening

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Today I will share with you all the items I got in my Varsity Vox Box. Remember I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. However, the opinions that I share are my own

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In the pictures above, you see what the box looks like when you first opened it. Oh, I want to mention that I also got the Airheads Xtreme Bites, but those were so good that I ate them before I was able to make this post lol

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Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Wash

Airheads Xtreme Bites

Kiss Nail Dress

NYC New York Color Big Bold Plumping & Shine Lip Gloss

Tide Pods

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First up is the Tide Pods. I have used this product numerous times before, and I like it because it is so convenient. For those who don’t know, Tide Pods is a 3 in 1 detergent pack (detergent, stain fighter, brightener) that you can put in any washing machine and at any temperature.

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Here we have the Kiss Nail Dress which I received before in a previous vox box. I didn’t like them too much because I couldn’t find the right size to match my nails, but they were much better on my sister’s nails. This product is available at Walgreens and retail for $6.99

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I believe this is a new product from Clearasil, and I have not tried it yet but when I do I will make sure to put it on my social media (@tiaj42 on twitter). This cleanser has Vitamin B3, and Superfruit extracts (Raspberry and cranberry) to help with blemish prevention. This costs $6.49 and it should be at most drugstores.

 

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Last but not least is the NYC New York Color Big Bold Plumping & Shine Lip Gloss. I have tried other NYC lip products and liked them, and I think this is no different. I probably wouldn’t wear this to class because of the plumping effect, but definitely for a night out.

That’s all folks! Did you receive the Varsity Vox Box? Let me know what you thought down below.

 

Personal branding lesson from Kirk on Love and Hip Hop Atlanta

Yes, you read the title correctly. On Monday nights, many of us give in to our guilty pleasure of watching Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, and last night was no different. Judging by reactions on twitter, people are appalled by Kirk Frost’s actions towards his wife, Rasheeda (for those of you who don’t know, he cheated on his pregnant wife on national television). This is a prime example of how not being in control of your brand can be detrimental.
What can we learn from Kirk?
Though we aren’t on a reality show like Kirk, we do have social media and share aspects of our lives on these sites for others to see, so we can learn from his mistake: think before you post. When you have a personal brand, everything you tweet, post, and share is a reflection on you. So instead of posting that picture of you drinking at a bar, post a picture of yourself at a networking event. Not sure if something is appropriate to post or not? Use this tip from Emmelie De La Cruz, a personal branding consultant and someone who I admire, “if you wouldn’t say it [or show it] to your boss, then don’t post it”.
It is not uncommon for employers to check their employees social media channels, and many people have been fired for posting inappropriate content. Also, one of the the most important things for building your brand is consistency, and if you are trying to build a personal brand, but occasionally post inappropriate content, people won’t know what to expect from you and are less likely to follow your brand.

Do you have any questions? Leave them in the comment section below, or chat with me on twitter @tiaj42

Not doing anything this summer? Take this time to build your brand.

Didn’t get the job or internship you wanted this summer? Don’t worry, you can take this time to build your brand. Here are three (quick and easy) ways you can start building your personal brand:

1. Make a list of your interests and things you like to talk to your friends about. 

Take ten minutes out of your day and write down three things you are passionate about (e.g. healthcare, law, food, etc.). Then write down what you like to talk to your friends about, or what people ask you about the most. Do you see an overlap? If not, try to find a way to tie the two together. For example, if you are passionate about cars but you and your friends like to watch reality shows tie them together by talking about television shoes that feature cars.

2. Start tweeting/posting about those topics

Now that you have your topic that you want to talk about, actually start talking about it! Talk about it on your social media channels AND in person, this will make people regard you as an expert in that subject area and you will be the person they look to when they need information on that subject.

3. Be consistent!

If you only talk about your passions sparingly, you will not build your credibility. You need to be consistent when you share content, so people grow to expect it. Create a content schedule (not sure what that is? write a comment below and I will share what it is and how to make one) to help keep your content consistent.

I hope this shows you how easy it is to start building your brand, but if you have any questions do not hesitate to send me any questions by filling out this form or leaving a comment below:

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