Posts Tagged ‘Fashion Career’

Fashion Jobs – Career Advice: What Do Fashion Employers Look For In a Candidate?

Friday, October 24th, 2014

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“I love fashion, but how do I get my foot in the industry?” The uncertainty that is encapsulated in that question is shared by many individuals who are just starting out in their professional careers, oftentimes possessing the necessary passion, but lacking direction. While I’m used to answering similar questions on many occasions, I thought it would be interesting to hear the opinions of other fashion employers for a change. Take a look at what happened when I asked three different fashion insiders about the qualities that will get a candidate into the industry, and perhaps even through their own company doors.

 

What’s ONE piece of advice you’d like to give to potential candidates wanting a career in fashion or wanting a career at your company?

 

1. Sarah Cumming from 3×1 in New York: Know why you want to work in fashion specifically…not just because you like to wear cool clothes or go shopping, but what really excites you about the industry or the position. Be honest. Then, be able to explain what your skillset can bring to the table — not just what fashion or the company can do for you. Convince us why we need you. Show your excitement for the specific job you’re applying for.

 

2. Sebastian Ramirez from Alexander Nash in NYC: 
Be humble and stay focused on your long term goals. Giving into emotions is all too easy, but even more costly and damaging towards fulfilling these goals.

 

​3. Jordana Scarapicchia from Le Chateau Head Office in Montreal: 
The one piece of advice I would give potential candidates is be open and embrace change and always be willing to learn! It is no secret that the fashion industry is a fast and exciting place to work which often means that trends and ideas can change quickly. Working through this process is rewarding when seeing the final products reach the customers.

 

Photo by Laura McIntosh

 

By: Anna Zhao

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Fashion Jobs – Career Advice From Christie Lohr: How to Answer the Unanswerable During Interviews

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

 

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No matter how much we prepare ahead of time for an interview, there’s bound to be one or two questions thrown our way that are just plain hard to answer. Every interviewer wants to know why you’re leaving your current position or why there was a gap on your resume since your last point of employment, but consequently, those are also the most difficult questions to answer. How do you communicate a bad experience in a previous position without turning recruiters off? What if you decided to take a year off of work? Since you’ll most likely be making your first impression during the interview, it’s important to understand how a hiring manager may perceive what you say. Having made many hiring decisions in the past, Christie certainly has her fair share of advice to share about the dos and don’ts of answering the unanswerable.

 

Christie: “I know that job seekers want to be honest with their interviewers, but it’s important to view yourself through the eyes of a hiring manager first. Although you may have had a bad experience in a past position, I always tell candidates to never play the role of the victim, even if your past management was at fault. No interviewer wants to hear a candidate bad-mouthing their previous company in any way because we will immediately wonder what you may say about OUR company if we were to hire you. Internal company discord should be kept separate from the interview discussion.  If asked the question of why you are leaving your current company, try and keep the topic of the conversation on the new company. Perhaps your old job didn’t offer you enough growth opportunities which you believe the new position would? Do you feel like the culture of the new company is a better fit for your personality and style? These are all great ways to keep the focus of the interview on why you want to work for the company you are interviewing for while still answering the original question of why you are leaving your previous role. Even if the situation was bad, never let the “bad” and “negatives” creep into your interview. Stay focused and also positive!

 

Similarly, a gap between the present and your previous term of employment could raise red flags for the interviewer. We want to confirm that you weren’t fired or let go from your previous position. The interviewer is probably wondering why you didn’t wait to find a new job first before resigning from your previous post. A good way to approach this question is to attribute the period of absence from employment to self-improvement of any sort. Even if you were just taking a break to switch gears, make sure that you don’t come off as lazy in any way. Instead, frame the time off as a means to work on yourself so that you could become better for it. It’s important to reassure the interviewer that you are most definitely ready to re-enter the work force with all of the newfound takeaways from your period of absence. Remember, everyone wants a go-getter! And while a lot of what you say comes down to the delivery itself, your words do have an impact on how the interviewer will perceive you. If you are unsure, then air on the side of caution when answering tough questions, while placing a larger emphasis on what you can bring to the new role. ”

Photo: Laura McIntosh

 

By: Anna Zhao

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Toronto Fashion Jobs – New Hemline About Town

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

There’s a new girl in town and she’s not wearing a mini. Move over micro, the belle of this ball shows a lot less skin. Below the knee is the new chick on the scene. From mid-calf to maxi, Marilyn pleats or mermaids, these cuts leave a lot to the imagination and are redefining what sexy is. Why do i like it? It does the work for you—it adds all the drama on its own and takes you from a.m. to p.m. in one elegant spin of fabric, which is why it’s an invaluable piece in your closet. For day, you can wear a tee and flats. For evening, heels and a camisole. As demure as a southern belle but with all style and sophistication of a big city lady. Go on, sidewalk sweep those hemlines.

1. Zara Accordian Pleat Skirt, $79, available at Zara

2. James Perse Long Side Split Skirt, $165, available at James Perse or Revolve

3. Malene Berger Sensi pleated satin-jersey maxi skirt, $360, available at Net-a-porter

4. Haute Hippe phillips skirt, $380, available at Shop Bop

5. Patterson J Kincaid fira maxi skirt, $124, available at Saks 

6. Alexis serge long skirt with train, $275, available at Singer22

 

By: Kate Horsman of Bullet With Butterfly Wings, Vancouver

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Canada Fashion Jobs – Our Montreal Writer In Flare

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

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Montreal contributor for our blog, Jessica MacKinnon, is in Flare‘s May 2011 issue where 4 girls share their shopping tips in a feature called “Great Style on a Budget”.

You should visit her new e-commerce jewellery website benoitmackinnon.com.

Canada Fashion Jobs – Q&A with Christie Lohr, Founder of Style Nine to Five

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Many who dream of working in the fashion industry have little to go on except talent, determination, a prayer, and lots of luck. And while those things are still important, Christie Lohr, the founder of Style Nine to Five, wants to make the process slightly less daunting for those dreamers. Style Nine to Five is a nationwide website and resource that connects fashion industry employers with job seekers. Think of monster.ca but focused exclusively on fashion. Post resumes, browse the job listings, and read the insightful industry-focused blog posts for tips.

Having worked in a variety of fashion jobs herself, Christie is the perfect person to ask about building a career out of a passion. I caught up with her for a quick Q&A about the website and asked her advice on how to break into the industry.

You’ve worked in all different aspects of the fashion industry. Can you talk a bit about your career background?
My very first job in fashion was as a sales associate at Le Chateau. Admittedly, it’s a position many don’t want to start in, but it was an important stepping stone. After many promotions, I became store manager of the flagship store on Robson. Years later, I wanted a new challenge and soon found myself flying to Montreal to take on my next career role as an assistant menswear buyer. This job was a real eye-opener about the reality of retail and a look at a side of the industry I didn’t know existed, or had only heard of in movies. At any minute of the day, I was asked to present my division to the president of the company. Ready or not, I had to deliver. I learned to always bring something valuable to the table. I also realized what amazing talent and brilliance the company has.

After a short time, I came back to Vancouver where I became an editorial intern at FASHION Magazine. I had always dreamt of working for a magazine and knew I wanted more than what I was already doing. I applied three times before I was accepted. My advice to you is if you really want something, never give up. It just might not be your time yet. Don’t let the word “no” discourage you, ever. Interning at FASHION opened many doors for me in the writing world and I eventually launched my own website, christielohr.com. After the internship, I became a retail recruiter for Le Chateau. This is where the idea of Style Nine to Five came from.

As for my TV work, that all started for me when I went on as a spokesperson for Le Chateau. After I eventually left I continued the fashion segments on my own.

How did the idea for Style Nine to Five come about?
It was during my time as a recruiter that I realized the need for a fashion career website. Where were all these candidates who wanted to work in fashion? Not on other job sites I was using. I saw an opportunity to connect employers and jobs seekers in the fashion industry. During my time as a recruiter, I was also involved in HR, an area I missed when I was a store manager. I love to inspire, motive and help in the growth of someone’s career. Style Nine to Five has allowed me to do this in a small way. That’s really my passion.

How long has the site been around?
It will be one year in April.

What sorts of jobs can prospective job hunters find on your site?
Really anything in fashion: designers, buyers, visual merchandising, PR opportunities, retail management, editorial positions…the list goes on.

Do you ever get any job listings that make you go “Darn, I wish I could apply for this myself”?
The odd time, but running Style Nine to Five is a full time job and something that, at this time, can’t take a back seat. Plus, I’m loving every minute and find it incredibly fulfilling!

What advice do you have for someone hoping to work in the fashion industry?
If it’s truly your passion and love, doors will open for you but you need to be willing to put in a lot of hard work and time.

Don’t be afraid to just ask. Invite someone for coffee and pick their brain, send that email, get out there and just do it.

Get a mentor, intern lots and network. Interning and starting from the bottom is not a bad thing. That’s what I did and it’s what will get you to where you want to be. What makes you different than the thousands of others who want the same job you do? You have to think about how you’re going to stand out. Perhaps it’s your eye for fashion or your work ethic. Being nice also goes a long way. I know it sounds simple, but be nice in everything that you do.

What’s next for you, personally and/or professionally?
Continue to build Style Nine to Five, become more involved in the Canadian fashion community, and offer amazing opportunities to as many people as I can.

By: Lisa Wong, SoloLisa.com

P.S. In case you didn’t see it, I made Style Nine to Five’s list of stylish Vancouver dot coms. The list includes quite a few fantastic bloggers and I’m flattered to be included. Thanks to the Style Nine to Five team!

This post is from SoloLisa.com.

Toronto Fashion Jobs – Snuggle Up

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

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Snuggle up in style this fall and winter with chunky knits and fuzzy sweaters. This season is all about unique shapes, bold details and a touch of retro. Personally, I am craving 90s grunge-inspired sweaters à la Alexander Wang – loose knits, slashed sleeves and holes galore. Add these killer sweaters to your fall wish list:

1. Who knew that faux fur could feel so luxurious? Not to mention that the look is so on trend for fall. Motel Polar Fuzz Cardi ($110), available at NASTY GAL.
2. A unique cut and bold details give a simple black cardigan a modern twist. Jan Ahlgren Tassel Cardigan ($364), at OAK NYC.
3. The sweater coat is the ultimate must-have item of the season. TNA Sweater Coat ($165), available at Aritzia.
4. A knitted sweater vest is a versatile piece that compliments an array of looks. IMPROVD Cross Front Knit Cardi ($275), available at Revolve Clothing.
5. Pom poms, braided knits and unconventional elements give your ensemble a cool retro feel. ASOS Premium Twist Yarn Pom Pom Sweater ($68), at ASOS.
6. Bell sleeves and oversized shapes are great for layering. Pair this style with a long sleeve blouse and slim bottoms to balance out the look. Zara Oversized Two-Tone Jacquard Jacket ($95.90), at Zara.

By: Valerie Tiu, Vancouver

This post is from christielohr.com.

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Canada Fashion Jobs – Creating Your Dream Job

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

If you’re finding it difficult to land your dream job, then it’s time to create it! That burning little ember of passion for fashion can quickly ignite entrepreneurial spirit! Thinking of starting your own business? How would you run it, what would you create, would you hire you? Starting up on your own can be scary, and often friends or contemporaries will start a joint venture together. There are great resources in Canada to start your own business and a huge pool of talent to pull from. Your phone contact list alone could yield some potential results for teamsters. Check in with people who have taken the plunge and pick their brains on the do’s and don’ts. Think of a small gap in the market and how your ideas are going to fill it!

If you are dying to work for an organization, with little chance of an upcoming job opening, then design your own position! (Warning: this tactic requires exceptional and thorough research, an unparalleled self marketing campaign/presentation and some big cojones!) You need to speak to the correct person: i.e., department heads/owners. You need to pitch yourself as an indispensable asset to the company and use actual business figures and facts to support your presentation, and you need to be tactful in your approach. Show the company how you’ll fill their void, and how you’ll be the ONLY person who can do it. It will require a lot of perseverance and preparation, but even in the very worst case scenario, they’ll remember your tenacity!

Who has your dream job in fashion? Research that person. Trace their path to success: where they went to school, where they interned, who gave them their career boost and emulate it! If possible, approach that person. If that’s a pure fantasy, then talk to their local equivalent. Write an email – better yet, a fan letter – and tell them how much you admire their talent! Offer an opportunity to help them, job shadow, interview, buy them lunch – anything to instigate a conversation on how that job manifests and could be attainable for you. Could you be their right hand guy/gal? People land their dream jobs every day, and one of them is yours!

Photo courtesy of www.vainandvapid.blogspot.com. Dave Yoder Photography.

By: Andrea Charlton

Andrea Charlton is a Vancouver-based Freelance Fashion Writer, and has spent over a decade working in various areas of the industry. Her latest efforts include helping post secondary students with education and work. charltonandrea@hotmail.com

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