The Collegiates Guide to Gaining Job Experience.

This post is in partnership with Chloe + Isabel through Smart Girls Media Sisters.

As college students, we are constantly being encouraged to ‘make yourself marketable’ and develop ‘real world skills.’ Unfortunately for us, it seems that the people encouraging us to do so rarely have much to say about how to go about achieving these qualities.

There is no denying that it is absolutely imperative that all collegiates develop these skills – the big question that so many of us face is ‘how?’ I was recently introduced to an amazing program through New York-based fashion jewelry brand Chloe + Isabel called G.E.M. that answers that question. G.E.M. is dedicated to empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs to run their own fashion jewelry business.  The program launched to make college students more competitive candidates in whatever field they may be going into.

G.E.M. Merchandisers sell Chloe + Isabel jewelry through in-person and online pop-up shops all while developing their sales, marketing, merchandising, and social media skills.

How will G.E.M. teach me these skills?

The beauty of the G.E.M. program is that the skills you come out with are applicable in any field. Here’s how you will build your resume and your bank account.

  • Sales –  Through the online video training series, learn how to run a Pop-up Shop’ from top to bottom.  From merchandising your display to closing a sale, G.E.M. teaches you how to do it all.
  • Marketing – Don’t know how to market your business?  G.E.M. teaches you how to get the word out there by writing effective newsletters and social media posts.  They show you how it’s done and provide examples as well!
  • Social Media –  Do you love Instagram?  A passion for Pinterest? Awesome!  G.E.M. teaches you how to turn those skills you use every day to cash!  Social media plays a huge role in businesses’ marketing strategies nowadays so perfect those skills now!
  • Communication – A good communicator makes for a great saleswoman. This is a skill that can always be improved, and through your time with the G.E.M. program, you will become an expert!

Let me say right now: while I listed just a few of the skills you will develop, your personal growth will extend far beyond that. The program is designed to help grow your confidence and put you on the path to success, not only within G.E.M., but further down the road in your future career, too.

How can I be a part of the G.E.M. program?

All it takes is filling out a short application and keeping your fingers crossed for an interview with a recruiter. But you have to act fast!  Applications are due April 30th.  If you think you’ve got what it takes (and I know that you do!) go apply. You’ll be great! And to all of you lovely ladies who do apply, let me know! Comment down below or shoot me an email so we can chat!

But wait, there’s more!

So, I saved a super exciting bit for last – there are added perks that come with being a G.E.M. Merchandiser! Not only do you get an awesome discount on the gorgeous jewelry, but you can also win an internship at Chloe + Isabel headquarters, an all-expenses-paid trip to NYC, a letter of recommendation from the CEO, and more!

If this sounds good to you (and I know it does!) hurry and apply! Good luck girls, go knock ‘em dead!

If you want to see some of the amazing pieces that you’ll be selling as a G.E.M. Merchandiser, you can check out my fashion post here, and see how I styled my favorite Chloe + Isabel jewelry!