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Fashion Jobs – 3 Ways To Be The Office MVP

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

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Everyone can admit, it feels good to be recognized! Simple gestures can make all the difference, whether it’s given or received as a compliment or an action. Throughout the years of different jobs and co-workers, you begin to realize that every workplace has its own aura. Whether your corporate or independent no one’s work should go unnoticed. So why not become the office cheerleader and show off your motivational moves. Here are a few tips on maintaining the good vibes and becoming the everlasting MVP.

 

Help Others
It’s always nice to take a second and offer kindness, it’s the trend that never goes unnoticed. Even though you have enough on your own plate, at the end of the day everyone is working towards achieving the same company goal. If you go out of your way to lend a hand and help your colleagues when they’re in need of assistance, this action is contagious and you won’t ever have to worry about asking for a help in the future.

 

Build Good Relationships
The best way to start the day is with a greeting. Take a few seconds to see how your fellow all-star players are doing. Take the time to listen whether it’s work-related or not – it’s the best way to create a long-lasting relationship and earn your own respect by showing that you care. We’re all humans and naturally attracted to good company. If you share the warmth of your personality, honest opinions or just simply find out whether Heather likes lattes or americanos people will gravitate towards you.

 

Be Reliable
Let’s face it, no one likes a flake! When committing to a deadline or task, your gaining expectations from others and the best way to maintain your creditability is to follow through. Stay proactive in communicating, don’t ever second guess a follow-up, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Be attentive to day-to-day tasks, and show off your ability to be the go-to person that everyone can count on. Your credibility is a reflection of your personal brand, and showing off how keen you are to take on more responsibilities can lead to gaining a great name for yourself in the industry.

 

Overall, lets remember that we can’t achieve the dream without the team! Be the person you’d love to see in the office every day to every week and let your talent naturally shine.

 

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By Andrea Andino, Vancouver @___andreandino

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Ways To Get Your Career Back On Track

Friday, October 27th, 2017

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Life is full of highs and lows, and the same goes for your career. You’ll have times where you feel you’re exactly where you want to be and have a sense of accomplishment. In other cases, you might be at a part in your career where you feel stuck or need more of a challenge to continue growing. Whether it’s looking for that next opportunity, or finding ways to grow with a company you love, having to refresh your career is nothing to be ashamed of. If you’re looking for that je ne sais quoi for your career check out our advice for getting back on the right career path!

 

1. Set Goals, Have A Plan

That one piece of advice everyone in your life has given you, from your dad to your financial advisor of having a plan is by no means a gimmick. Setting career goals and building an outline of some sort of plan -five years, 10 years or even three months, is extremely important to working towards your ideal of success. What’s the key to the master plan working? Knowing that you can never really plan out life, and the plan is more of a template.

 

2. Network Is Your Networth

Talking to your friends and family is always a great way to get advice. But sometimes looking to your professional network to discuss career planning might be more beneficial. Your colleagues and superiors can give you a perspective based on their first-hand experience of you on the job, and the industry you’re in. Whether it’s feedback on your strengths and opportunities or insights on potential opportunities, your professional network is a goldmine of potential.

 

3. Work With A Recruiter

If you’re looking to make a move from your current organization, you might want to try connecting with a recruiter. Once you get to a certain level in your career, the best companies and opportunities are usually filled by a recruitment firm or consultant. Not all recruiters and processes are the same, so we recommend finding someone who specializes in your industry and is dedicated to getting to know you, in order to find the right fit for you. Starting on our job board is great for finding your new career in fashion and retail!

4. Higher Education

Sometimes that promotion or new opportunity requires a bit more training or education and it’s never too late to head back to class! Some people choose to study a full degree or diploma program, while others might prefer taking a couple courses or getting a certification. There’s an endless supply of free online training that can easily be completed after work, and some companies even offer internal development courses. Whatever way you choose to go, know that education really is power!

 

5. Find A Mentor

One piece of advice any senior level manager or executive will give you, is to find a professional mentor. This is someone who has insight into your industry or company and that can provide you with advice, inspiration and knowledge to help you grow in your career. Look to people within your industry, organization or network who either you would like to learn more from or have enjoyed communicating with. Big organizations often have mentorship programs senior managers and executives participate in, so be sure to take advantage of that.

 

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By M.J. Elle, Toronto, @TheMJElle

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Fashion Jobs – 4 Sites to Help You Land Your Dream Fashion Job

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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Whether you had the opportunity to study fashion in school or you simply have the passion for fashion (as cheesy as that sounds), a career in fashion may be for you! Now the only challenge is finding that dream job, because the truth is, we’re not all going to have it easy like Lauren Conrad on the Hills. Finding a job in the fashion industry is not only extremely competitive, but it’s also hard to find a job that’s perfect for you. But to help you start your job search, here are four career websites that can help you land your dream fashion job.

 

LinkedIn
LinkedIn is hands down one of the best sources for finding a job, especially in the fashion industry. By creating a profile, you’re able to follow companies you’re interested in working with, and network and connect with both potential employers and other people within the fashion industry. Messages can be exchanged in order to inquire about fashion jobs or to simply get advice on how to enter the industry. Through the job search engine, you can locate jobs within your area and filter out jobs by what type of position you’re looking for.

 

Instagram
While we all love Instagram for sharing our OOTD pics and looking for fashion inspo, it can also be a great tool for landing a fashion job. Through Instagram, you can follow brands, designers, and companies that you’re interested in. Today, many big brands share when they’re hiring on their social media channels, giving you an inside scoop on applying.

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Indeed
Indeed is another incredible online job hunting tool, as it can be tailored to anyone’s needs and preferences. Jobs can be filtered out by date, location, position type and even company. A profile can be made where your resume can be stored, making it easy for you to quickly apply to jobs. Employers can then send you messages to set up interviews or to give you more information about the job position. Indeed is a great tool and the app is even better!

 

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Finally, there’s no better way to look for jobs in the fashion industry than with Style Nine to Five. Not only can you look for fashion and retail related jobs across Canada, but you can also head to the blog where you can find tips to help you land a job, and succeed at working within the fashion industry. You can also subscribe to the job feed in order to get notified when new jobs have been posted.

 

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By: Najja Morris, Toronto, @najjamorris

Fashion Jobs – How to Balance Your Side Hustle While Working 9 to 5

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

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Let’s face it, working your 9 to 5 job is great for paying the bills and allowing you to live that somewhat aesthetically pleasing lifestyle you just can’t let go of. But the truth is, your day jobs typically aren’t very inspiring and they can tend to leave you feeling burnt out. This is why it’s important to have hobbies if you have a busy work life because as sappy as it sounds, your they are what truly keeps your heart beating.

 

So, let’s say you’re dabbling in your hobby on the side, whether it’s Instagram, painting or nail art and you absolutely love it. The only thing is, your hobby gives you passion but your 9 to 5 gives you dollars. Then one day the two cross paths and you have to choose. How do you balance your side hustle and still have a 9 to 5?

 

Well, we sat down with lifestyle and food blogger and lawyer, Krystle Ng-A-Mann, also known as Dine and Fash about how she balances her 9 to 5 and her blogger career. She gave us her three best tips on how to balance both and be successful.

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1. Get Your Priorities Together
“Learn to prioritize and develop systems to keep you organized. Try to use your time as effectively as possible. But at the same time, make sure to take time for yourself and to have fun. It shouldn’t be all about work all the time,” says Krystle.

 

2. No, No, No!
“Learn how to say “no”. You can’t do everything, so it’s best to say no if there is something you truly can’t or shouldn’t be adding to your plate. Otherwise, if you try to take on too much, it can lead to burnout or spreading yourself too thin.” 

 

3. Risky Business
“Don’t be afraid to take risks and always remember to pursue what you’re passionate about. It’s your passion that will keep you motivated to keep going!”

 

You can follow Krystle on her Instagram or keep up with her posts on her website.

 

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By Prescylla Veronique, Toronto @prescyllav

Fashion Jobs – 6 Ways to Stand Out at Your Next Job Interview

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

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Let’s face it, job hunting — however rewarding in the end — is a very stressful experience. But if you received the call and lined up the big interview, then we want to wish you congratulations! Interviews are nerve-wracking but if you follow our tried and trusted nine to six interview steps, you’ll be sure to stand out and land your dream job.

 

Do Your Research
Once you’ve found out that you landed the interview, it’s crucial to start doing some research on the company right away. Take the time to learn basic background information, such as the year the company officially opened, important key employee names such as the CEO, and the values/mission of the company. This background information about the company will be useful in your interview because it will show your interviewer that you are interested and knowledgeable about the company.

 

Practice Makes Perfect
Once you’ve completed your research, it’s time to start practicing your responses for generic job interview questions that are normally asked by most employers. Questions such as why are you interested in working at this company? What skills and experience do you have that will benefit this company. Take the time to prepare answers to these questions so that you are relaxed and prepared for whatever the interviewer ends up asking.

 

Dress the Part
One of the most important pieces of advice that we’ve ever received is, ” Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.”  So, even if you’re applying for an internship or an entry level position, dress like you’re applying to be the new manager. From head to toe, your outfit needs to reflect the company’s culture and dress code of the office. Most offices have a professional dress code that includes blazers, dress pants, skirts, heels, flats and blouses. Hairstyles and jewelry should be kept professional. Remember, by dressing professionally people will take you seriously.

 

Arrive On Time
There’s nothing more important than arriving on time for your interview. And we don’t just mean on time… we mean arriving at least 10-15 minutes early. This will not only help you make a great impression with your potential employers, but it will also give you the time you need to get mentally prepared. Being early shows your potential employer that you’re serious about both the interview and the job. Arriving early also gives you the opportunity to strike up a conversation and make an impression on other employees.

 

Ask Questions
Almost all interviews end with, “Do you have any questions for me?” Use this as your opportunity to show your potential employer that you’re prepared and interested in the company and the role. As the interview goes on, you might develop some questions as you go, but it’s always smart to plan some in advance. You can ask questions regarding the level of pay and the potential start date of employment.

 

Say Thank You
Once the interview is complete, saying thank you to your interviewer isn’t enough. Take the time to send a personal thank you note, whether it’s handwritten or through email. The interviewer will really appreciate that you took the time to thank them, even if it’s a very short note. Here’s a sample of what you can say:

 

Hi ___,

It was a pleasure getting to chat with you today. I really enjoyed getting to learn more about the organization and the  ____ position. The more I learn about [company name], the more inspired I am knowing I could contribute to such a dynamic team. Thanks again for your time and have a great day.

 

Always remember to keep your thank you notes short and to the point. And, if there was more than one person interviewing you, make sure to thank each person individually — it will make sure you leave a great impression!

 

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By Najja Morris, Toronto, @najjamorris

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Fashion Jobs – 15 Things You Must Understand About Workplace Email Etiquette

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

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As a millennial, you are the grand master of short messaging. You text. You tweet. You rely on emojis to get your point across. And short is good, right? Sure it is, when you’re deciding where to meet up with your best bros. But now, as you enter the work world, you may discover that you’re missing an essential business skill — email etiquette.

 

Although this world is transforming quickly, the rules of email etiquette are well established, and they’ve remained unchanged for quite some time — and I’m talking about even in the most progressive of workplaces. So unless you are absolutely sure that your workplace encourages Internet acronyms and SMS abbreviations, or eliminating punctuation altogether (and guess what— I’ve checked around and none of them do), it’s safest to stick to the traditional rules of letter writing for now.

 

Here are 15 things you must know and do to avoid rookie email mistakes and gain the polished image that usually comes only with job experience.

 

1. Reply in 24 hours or less:
Do not allow email to accumulate in your inbox. Answer the easy ones immediately, and if you require more time, then acknowledge receipt of every email, even if you just say, “Thanks.” You may be busy, but do it — it’s simply good etiquette. Now let’s say that the email you received requires some research before you can fully respond. In this case, it’s important to say something like, “I’ve read your email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I finish my analysis.” That way, your co-workers (or, God forbid, your boss) won’t think you’re blowing them off — which would never be a good career move.

 

2. Begin with a salutation:
Unless you’re emailing a bud you talk to every day, or your favorite office mate who sits right next to you, don’t start out with a casual “Hey.” Use a salutation that reflects your relationship to the recipient — perhaps “Hello, Mario,” “Good Morning, Jennifer,” or “Dear Ms. Green.” Forget about “To Whom It May Concern” — too impersonal and way too old-fashioned. And “Dear Sirs” — ouch! (Luckily, I haven’t seen that one in years, and I doubt anyone plans to revive it.)

 

3. Introduce yourself:
Again, unless this is someone you email on a daily basis, don’t assume the recipient knows who you are. Always introduce yourself briefly. You can use something simple like, “Hi, it’s Ophelia at this end,” or you may need to take it a step further and remind the person where you met or what your connection is. Be sure to make it easy on the recipient — it’s the polite thing to do.

 

4. Show the topic in the subject line:
Business professionals can get hundreds of emails each day. If you don’t want yours to get lost in the shuffle, write a clear subject line. For example: Update on the contract negotiations. Materials for tomorrow’s meeting. New information regarding the budget.  Specific, and to the point — make that your rule. This also helps if you’re saving and filing your correspondence — it’ll be much easier to find it later.

 

5. Avoid joking and sarcasm:
Believe me, I hate to ruin anyone’s workplace fun, but jokes and sarcasm are just too dangerous in emails. It’s easy to misinterpret the tone of an email, and you may think you’re being funny, only to have your joke taken the wrong way.  Same thing with sarcasm. Always be polite, professional, and straightforward, and save the jokes for after-work meet-ups.

 

6. Make sure grammar, spelling, and everything else is perfect:
Your email is a reflection of you. It’s a statement of your professionalism. Misspelled words, sloppy grammar, and other mistakes may be okay if you’re dashing off a quick email to your best friend. But in the world of work, it sends the message that you don’t care about what you’re doing. Or you don’t know any better. Turn on your spell check before sending any email. And then, re-read the whole message carefully, looking for missing words or other errors spell check can’t find.

 

7. Don’t use text lingo:
I know. Even our grandmothers are saying “OMG” and “FYI” these days, but trendy abbreviations aren’t appropriate in business email — especially in a diverse, multi-generational office. Lest you think I’m being a killjoy here, let me explain why: simply put, there’s a chance they will be misunderstood. Sure, the recipient could look them up, but who has time for that? Spell out every word and make it easy on everyone.

 

8. Avoid all caps:
Writing anything in all caps will come across as unnecessarily strong — it’s like SHOUTING! RIGHT IN YOUR EAR! Not only that, a subject line in all caps can easily get re-routed to the SPAM file. If you must emphasize a word or phrase in order to clarify your point, use italics. (Much nicer, don’t you think?) And while we’re on the subject, ditto for bolding, underlining, or a gazillion exclamation points!!! Way too loud for general correspondence.

 

9. Be careful what you write:
Unlike your personal email, your professional email, much like your desk and your chair, actually belongs to the company you work for. Your email — for better or worse — may be used by the company to prove “who knew what, and when” in lawsuits, or simply to establish the trademark rights on a new product you’ve helped develop. So never say anything in an email you don’t want the world to read—or anything that could be damaging to you, your boss or co-workers, or your company.

 

10. Close with a sign-off:
An email is like a conversation. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Be sure to end yours with your name, title, and contact info — or whatever format is preferred in your workplace. And a quick “Best regards” or “Best wishes” makes your email more friendly. Nothing wrong with being friendly.

 

11. Take 5 to review your message before hitting “send”:
I’ve already talked about proofreading your email for mistakes. Next, if at all possible, let your email message “rest and relax” a few minutes before you send it. Review it closely to make sure it’s what you really want to say, and that it’s completely clear and understandable. Sometimes you can hit an “Unsend” feature, but it’s not always available (or reliable). To be safe, fill in the recipient’s name in the “To” line only after you’ve deemed your email ready to go.

 

12. Don’t overuse “Reply All”:
In fact, just plain don’t use it unless you absolutely have to. No one wants to receive hundreds of emails on topics they long ago lost interest in — or weren’t involved in to begin with. This is the fastest way to clutter up people’s mailboxes. If a co-worker doesn’t need to hear or know your reply, don’t include them. Also, while we’re on the subject of cluttered mailboxes, don’t forward silly jokes, cartoons, or anecdotes. And yes, I love puppies as much as you do, but sorry, no cute puppy photos, either. It’s bad professional form.

 

13. Keep it short:
Since I’ve already crowned you the grand masters of short messaging, you’d think that millennials wouldn’t have a problem with this. But unless you’re very disciplined, you could have the start of the Great American Novel and not even notice it. So no blabbing, digressing, or running on and on (and on). Short words, short sentences, short paragraphs—and you’re done. And, as additional motivation, remember that many people are reading your emails on their mobile devices. Think brevity.

 

14. Don’t send negative messages via email:
Don’t trash anyone’s idea or project, fire anybody, reprimand anybody, complain about your job, or badmouth the company or (are you crazy?) your boss. Emails live forever and you don’t want to go on record saying something that could haunt you later. Plus, remember that your emails belong to the company, so keep your content completely professional.

 

15. Keep a thread:
When you receive an email that you need to respond to, don’t reply in a brand new email with a new subject line. Instead, hit the “reply” button and continue the thread. That’ll make it easier for everyone to track the progress of a project or assignment. And when that conversation is complete, don’t use the old thread for a new subject. Start a new thread.

 

So, as you transition from school, short-term summer employment, and temporary internships into your career, exercise caution and observe what your co-workers are already doing before you launch into abbrevo-speak, or decide that punctuation is just way too yesterday. This is not the time or place to be a trailblazer. Like it or not, you will probably need to wait for things to change before asking your boss for an “F2F,” or signing off emails with “L8R.”

 

As with so many things, these guidelines are all about the simple concepts of politeness and courtesy—old-school, but always in style. HAG1, muh babes.

 

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By Denise Dudley, Career Guru and author of Work It! Get In, Get Noticed, Get Promoted

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Fashion Jobs – Building a Career in Retail

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs in Canada2630367-copyWorking in retail to some is nothing more than a part-time job during high school or college to gain professional experience before moving onto their careers. But the truth is, what many don’t realize is that there are endless opportunities for careers in the retail world, from finance to human resources to buying. If you’ve caught the retail bug and want to stay in the industry full-time, we’ve got some tips on how to build your career in retail!

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The best way to understand the world of retail and see which areas interest you is to gain firsthand experience. Do your research on what companies and type of retail you’re most interested in and apply to store level jobs even if while part-time in school. Working directly with both the products and customers will give you a feel for both the area of retail and the industry itself.

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Once you’ve found your entry ticket into the retail industry, make sure your supervisors know that you’re interested in building a career within it. Without overstepping, ask your manager if you can gain exposure into the business side of things so you can begin to explore your options and understand how the retail business works. Some companies have development programs or even scholarships that allow you to grow within the organization, eventually landing head-office experience. 

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Now that you’ve identified that the retail industry is where you want to be, you need to begin to build your network of mentors, resources and key industry players to get your name out there and explore your regions retail industry. Although most jobs are advertised online in places like LinkedIn or on yours truly, some of the best jobs and opportunities come from recommendations or having contacts within the organization. Attend industry events, start your LinkedIn profile and get talking with fellow retail professionals.

 

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By M.J. Elle (@TheMJElle)

Fashion Jobs – Career Chat: How to Land the Fashion Job After an Interview

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

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Waiting for a call post-interview feels like waiting for a freshly–painted manicure to dry. So, how do you make sure to land the job after interview? Aside from having the right qualifications and making a friendly connection with the interviewer, here are 3 ways to help you secure the position of your dreams!

1. Questions!

When the employer is finished inquiring during the interview process, feel free to ask some questions for yourself. Discover which specific qualities they look for in a worker, what a regular day at the office would look like and when you can expect to be hearing back from them etc. Not only will this help you get a better feel of the company, the way they work and the person you are interacting with but it will also let them know you are serious, excited and interested in becoming familiar with the responsibilities that position entails.

 

2. Follow Up

Following up after an interview is essential! Be proactive. Sending a kind and well thought out thank you e-mail after the interview will show that you respect their time and that you are eager to be a part of the team. Also, following up can assist in setting you apart from other candidates. Make sure you don’t make any spelling errors and that you address them by the correct titles and names.

 

3. Alert Your References

Your references will appreciate you letting them know in advance that they might be receiving a call or e-mail from a potential future employer. Surely, they have exceedingly busy schedules and being informed of any sort of call will allow them to better organize their daily plans. Not only will your references acknowledge your consideration, but also they will probably be more likely to pass on positive words to whoever decides to call.

By Sarah Said, @sarahannesaid

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Fashion Jobs – Career Chat: How to Impress Your Boss in 5 Minutes or Less

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

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When working in a company, small or large, it is important to make great, lasting relationships with your boss and co-workers. Depending on the company you are working for, it may be difficult to have long conversations with your boss during the week because of their busy schedule. Read on below for 7 easy tips on how to impress your boss in 5 minutes of less!

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Be a problem solver, not a problem seeker

According to fastcompany.com, it’s solutions that will impress your boss. Sharing ideas with your boss will never have a bad outcome.

Punctuality

One of the more obvious tips is to be on time. If you are to start work at 9am, don’t rush in at 9 panting; get there a few minutes earlier to be ready to work at 9am.

Deadlines

Deadlines are important in many businesses, and being late on a deadline could cost your company. Although it may involve many late nights, always finish projects on or before the deadline.

Get on their good side

Getting on your bosses good side will never backfire so make an effort to say hello to them in the elevator, hallway, etc.

Go above and beyond

Just because there is a set outline of job requirements does not mean that you can’t go above and beyond and impress your boss by exceeding those expectations.

Listen to feedback

According to fortune.com, listening to the feedback that you receive and change your work ethic according to what your boss has shared with you will impress them in the long run.

Own up to your mistakes

One of the hardest things to do as an employee is to own up to your mistakes and tell your boss that you made a slip-up. Your boss will appreciate you owning up to your mistake as soon as it happens so that a) they can fix it, and b) you will know for future what you did wrong.

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Tips on Staying Relevant in an Ever-Changing Industry

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

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Five tips to guarantee you stay
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1. Keep Up With The Latest Tech

It is clear that we are currently in the midst of a digital revolution that is breaking down the barriers of all traditional forms of media, which is, without a doubt, greatly influencing the industry. Completely digital based publications and platforms are where the future of the fashion industry is headed. For this reason, it is essential to have substantial knowledge of the latest trends in cutting-edge electronics as well as remain familiar with the newest social media websites and apps. It is also paramount to consistently continue to be active on these outlets (no matter how senior or established you are) to ensure you are retaining a connection with the audience you hope to resonate with on a personal level (for example, future employers, colleagues, industry connections etc.) or professionally through the company you are working for. As a millennial, you should embrace your advanced understanding and vast experience with technology. This is a strength you should be nurturing for the future.

2. Know Your Stuff

For your opinion to be taken seriously, you must demonstrate to others that you know what you are talking about. This means, being well informed of new and past trends, knowing designers, art history, photographers as well as important social, political, pop culture and fashion related events through history. Being able to rightly reference something when speaking to your superiors will automatically elevate you from your peers. There will never be a time where expertise and knowledge is not in demand in the workplace. Therefore, your skills will always be deemed valuable. A few excellent ways to educate yourself are by reading a lot (online articles and print resources), watching documentaries, taking classes, asking a lot of questions and being constantly observant.

3. Maintain Connections

When aiming to cultivate a successful career, it is hugely important to network. Networking is all about creating personal relationships with people that could hopefully help you move forward. Once you’ve made these connections, it is important to maintain them. By keeping contact with others in the industry, you are guaranteed to stay up to date on all social or industry affiliated topics. By being in the loop, you are inevitably allowing yourself to flourish. One of the main ways you are going to consistently stay relevant, is by consistently trying to further understand and cater to the needs of your peers, your audience and your superiors. When you decide to give up on maintaining and strengthening those bonds, you are essentially giving up on growing your skills and career as an industry professional. A great way to keep in touch with your connections is through social media, friendly e-mails and attending industry events.

4. Learn the Lingo

Communication is key. Using appropriate vocabulary (whether it is a form of slang or technical terminology) when discussing art, fashion, history and design is crucial when interacting with coworkers. Being capable of using what some call “fashion speak” will enhance your credibility and will give you an edge. This goes hand in hand with knowing your stuff (as mentioned above). Doing research, learning fashion and art history as well as paying attention to pop culture will help you remain informed of any new lingo. This will help you effectively reference information when speaking in a professional setting. Knowing the proper language will help you preserve a favorable reputation at the office.

Interesting link about fashion terms, not sure if you want to include as a link with “fashion speak”!

5. Adaptable Attitude

One way of making sure you will remain relevant through times of change within the industry is by being able to easily adapt to new situations. Being capable of effortlessly adjusting to change, whether it is working with new people, embracing new technologies or entering a different environment, will help you remain an asset to your workplace. Learning to be flexible will benefit you on the long run. Instead of fearing the future, you will learn to welcome it, which will no doubt not go unnoticed by your bosses. People will unceasingly want to hire outgoing and audacious individuals. So, always be prepared for a challenge!

By Sarah Said

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