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*This post is sponsored by Her Campus Media and its College Fashion Week brand partners. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make EmmaLenhart.com possible!*

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend College Fashion Week in Chicago, hosted by HerCampus. The event was so much fun, and I can’t wait to share my experience with you!

I started out the night by meeting up for dinner with a few other bloggers attending the event. A few of the girls included Morgan Timm from MostlyMorgan, Tomi Obebe from GoodTomiCha, and Allie Barke from Allie’s Fashion Alley. I had so much fun meeting these ladies and really admire their blogs.

We then headed over to the event and were greeted at the VIP check-in with goody bags. OMG. Seriously, these goody bags were not playing around. A ton of sponsors of College Fashion Week pooled together and donated gifts to give out, and the goody bags were amazing. I received a FitBit Flex 2, a Rebecca Minkoff bag, a blowout from Drybar, and perfume from Perfumania…among a ton of other stuff! Psst…stay tuned ’til the end of this post! I’m giving away a FitBit Flex 2 🙂

The event room had a ton of different booths set up from different companies that partnered with HerCampus. Some girls were getting their brows done by European Wax Center, I got a free mani-set from Bertha Watches, and refreshments from KIND bars and Boxed Water.

Chicago College Fashion Week with Blogger Social Media Coverage.

The actual fashion shows themselves were so well curated and put together. I loved how HerCampus used real college-age girls for their models. The girls were dressed in clothing from emerging fashion designers, and some models were wearing Vince Camuto shoes to finish off the look. They killed it!

One of the models from the Chicago College Fashion Week show. From the Girls' Night Out show featuring Bow + Drape.

Four different fashion shows went on throughout the night. I’ll detail the shows below:

-RUSH
Emerging Fashion Designer(s)/Entrepreneur(s): Ali & Ariel and Frill Clothing
-FESTIVAL
Emerging Fashion Designer(s)/Entrepreneur(s): Foray Collective
-STUDY CHIC
Emerging Fashion Designer(s)/Entrepreneur(s): My Social Canvas
-GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT
Emerging Fashion Designer(s)/Entrepreneur(s):  Bow & Drape

College Fashion Week in Chicago Runway Show featuring Bow + Drape.

Overall, the event was unreal. I got to sit by the runway, get amazing goodies, meet new friends + bloggers, and see some amazing fashion. I can’t wait for next year’s show, and hopefully I’ll see you there 😉

WIN A FITBIT FLEX2!

Alright…now onto the giveaway. I am going to be giving away one FitBit Flex 2. This giveaway is free to enter and will run until November 19th.

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*This post is sponsored by Her Campus Media and its College Fashion Week brand partners. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make EmmaLenhart.com possible!*

I’m so stoked to be writing this blog post right now. Seriously! I have not been this excited for an event in a long time. I’m talking about College Fashion Week 🙂

I will be attending College Fashion Week in Chicago this upcoming weekend, October 15th!

If you haven’t heard about College Fashion Week yet, I’m here to let you know what it’s all about (because I would love to see you there!)

First, let’s talk logistics. College Fashion Week is happening on Saturday, October 15th. The event’s website describes CFW as “showcasing top talent from the next generation of female fashion entrepreneurs and designers.” Heck yes!

Information about CFW:

College Fashion Week Chicago
Date: October 15th
Time: 6pm-9pm
Venue: 1st Ward
2033 West North Avenue

This event is going to be a ton of fun + is sponsored by some pretty cool brands. The confirmed up-and-coming fashion designers are My Social Canvas, Foray, Ali & Ariel, Frill Clothing, and Bow & Drape

Brands that will be at College Fashion Week:

Fitbit: Woohoo! Fitbit is an awesome brand and I can’t wait to see what they do at CFW. My mom actually has a Fitbit and uses it almost every day, so I’m already pretty familiar with their products 🙂
Drybar: I am so intrigued by Drybar and the idea of getting blowouts. I’ve had friends go to their Chicago locations and have only had amazing things to say. Yay!
Rebecca Minkoff: Totally obsessed with Rebecca Minkoff and I couldn’t be more excited that they are a part of CFW. Rebecca’s bags are so chic + not totally out of a college girl’s budget.
Vince Camuto: I love Vince’s shoes. I have a pair of tan wedge clogs and have stayed loyal to them for a few fall seasons now.
Bertha Watches: I’ve seen Bertha Watches on Instagram before and they are so beautiful!
Perfumania: If you know me, I LOVE perfumes. Perfumania has awesome deals and discounts on different perfumes, and I could scroll around on their website for hours.

Saturday night can’t come fast enough! I’m already working on an outfit.

I really can’t wait for the opportunity to meet some of you + other Chicago fashion bloggers at the event! If you haven’t gotten tickets yet, click here to snag some.  Also, let me know in the comments or on Twitter if you will be attending!

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Looking to snag a new job? Showcase your skills? Check out my top 3 strategies + tips for how to make a resume stand out from the crowd. These methods will ensure that your resume will stand out in comparison to other job applicants!

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Without further ado, check out my top 3 strategies + tips for making your resume stand out from the crowd.

How to Make a Resume

How to Make A Resume Stand Out from the Crowd

1. Make it Visually Appealing

Gone are the days when a resume was simply a bullet pointed list.

Resumes are now a complete and total representation of who you are, what you’ve accomplished, and what you can potentially bring to a specific brand or company.

Your resume should not be something boring to look at. Imagine if you were the person in charge of finding a new person to hire at your company. Suppose you get 200 applicants. That means you now have to look over 200 separate resumes. Reviewing those resumes could take hours on end!

If you were the person looking to hire, Wouldn’t you rather see something colorful, intriguing, and beautifully organized rather than something black and white?

Make yours stand out by putting time into making it and organizing your information/credentials.

The other day, I saw someone’s resume that was a VIDEO GAME. Yes, you read that correctly. The person had created a Mario-like interactive video game that showed their software/app developing skills. How cool is that?!

While not everyone may want a video game, you can still be super creative in your layout. Think of ways to set your design and content out from other applicants.

2. Spell Check

I cannot stress this point enough.

If you have spelling errors/grammar mistakes in your resume, you are pretty much ensuring that you will not get the job. Honestly! Who would decide to hire someone that cannot write a one/two page portfolio about themselves without grammar mistakes?

In one of my college writing classes, my professor told us a story that relates to this very topic. My professor’s dad was a very high-up corporate businessman and had a ton of power and respect in his industry. She told us that whenever her dad read a resume with just ONE spelling/grammar error, he would throw it in the garbage can.

She said that a person could be the most qualified for a job opening, but if her father found a mistake, their chances were gone. Yikes!

My favorite way to ensure that I never misspell in my career writing is to use Grammarly.

How to Make a Resume with Grammarly
Grammarly is literally my secret weapon that saves me a from ton of headaches. The tool can easily be installed into Google Chrome, and when activated, automatically underlines and catches your grammar and spelling mistakes.

3. Use keywords

Something to think about when creating your resume is word choice. Using keywords and strong verbs helps to make a resume stand out among others. Imagine the person reviewing your resume only has a few minutes to scan through yours…put as much impact into it as possible.

Some keywords/strong verbs to use:

-achieved
-influenced
-negotiated
-identified
-targeted
-valued


Do you have any tips for how to make a resume stand out?

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Ever wondered how to find a mentor?

If you are looking to set yourself up for success in your industry, consider getting a mentor while in college. Mentors can become your helping hand when trying to move up in your career. Mentorship can provide invaluable advice and connections, and even sometimes great friendship!

Mentorship can provide invaluable advice and connections, and even sometimes great friendship! Click To Tweet

Although it seems that most everyone knows how important mentors are, I find a lot of college students skipping out on them. I understand how busy college life can be, (I am a sophomore myself), but I truly believe that the extra time + work mentors demand are worth it.

Find out 3 different ways to find your next possible mentor!

How to Find a Mentor

How to Find a Mentor

1. Research + Cold-calling

My biggest mentor in my career so far resulted from a cold-call (or cold-email?) But really.

It may sound intimidating, but as long as you do your research on the person you want to get in contact with, things should be fine.

I found the person I wanted to be my mentor by just doing a Google search of the best public relations people in my area. I then found the person’s email and wrote a well-developed email to explain my background + why I wanted to have them as a mentor.

Sometimes people look at a mentorship as being a short meeting once a week. Or maybe a coffee date once a month. A Skype call. An unpaid internship.

The possibilities aren’t really what matters here, but rather the value that you take away from meeting with someone who has extensive experience in your desired career path.

2. Alumni Networks

My school has an online portal for current students to connect with past alumni online. It’s similar to LinkedIn, but it is completely exclusive for people that are legitimate students of that university. Alumni’s contact information is given out freely in alumni networks, and alumni are usually extremely willing to lend a helping hand to someone from their favorite school 😉

When reaching out to someone in an alumni network, make sure to note that you are a current student and looking to expand your network. Let them know that you appreciate their time, and are willing to accommodate your schedule to meet when it best works for them!

3. LinkedIn

If your school doesn’t offer you access to an alumni network, LinkedIn should become your new best friend. LinkedIn is an essential tool in the career world, and the opportunities for making connections and finding jobs are endless.

LinkedIn should become your new best friend. Click To Tweet

Use the LinkedIn search bar at the top of the website to search for professionals in your desired job or industry. You can even narrow your search to look for people in a certain area or city, (which is important if you are planning on meeting in person.)

You can also find potential mentors in different LinkedIn groups. Search for a keyword like “graphic designer” or “architect” in the search bar, and then select Groups from the filters. Ask to join some groups that look interesting to you, and once you are accepted, start interacting with the group. Find people that stand out to you as experts and interesting people in your field. You can then further pursue a relationship with those people, and eventually, ask if they are open to mentorship.


Have any other tips on how to find a mentor? Share your experiences + best tips for landing one in the comments!

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