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Fashion Jobs – How to Style Your Outerwear Pieces this Winter

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

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When you picture winter outerwear, chances are you think of bulky and heavy pieces. But the truth is, with a little tweaking, you can really turn your winter essentials into ‘it girl’ approved looks — all you really need is a few style pointers to streamline and balance the look. Read on to learn how you can create a no-fail outfit that will make you actually want to be out in the cold.

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The Puffer
If you have yet to rock a puffer coat, let this be your inspiration to embrace this trend. Style a puffer jacket over your go-to basics and drape it over your shoulders to create an ‘it’ girl look. It’s a simple styling hack that all the fashion bloggers use that truly makes a difference.

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Textured Coat
If you’ve scrolled through Instagram at least once this year, you know that textured coats, like teddy bear, shearling and faux fur, are having a major moment. Style a textured coat over a statement dress and a pair of sock booties for major 70s vibes.

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Menswear  Inspired
A menswear-inspired jacket will instantly make an outfit look structured. For an overall flattering look, style a long grey blazer-style jacket with a fitted turtleneck, jeans and a pair of dark ankle boots.

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Off White
Whoever said white after Labour Day was a fashion faux paux seriously never saw white outerwear. Turn some heads this season with a white blazer by pairing the statement coat with sleek trousers and a pair of sneakers. The unexpected hit of white will brighten your mood even on the gloomiest of days.

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By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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Fashion Internships – How an Internship Can Turn Into a Job

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

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With so much competition nowadays in virtually every industry and career field, getting a job right out of school with no real work experience to cite on your resume has become rather difficult. This is especially true for the fashion industry as many positions call for practical and applicable skills that could only have been acquired from performing tasks while on the job. For example, think PR – although having a degree in it is one thing, textbooks and classes alone are not enough to prepare you for the unpredictable nature of the real job. Only past work experience can. That is where the internship comes in. While individuals generally recognize the merit of an internship, sometimes the idea of being a temporary/contract employee, and not being well compensated for the work performed may discourage many from doing the best that they can during the duration of their internship. This is one of the biggest career faux pas you can make.

 

I have always been a fan of internships. Not only can you learn and develop so many useful skills during an internship that you will ultimately take with you throughout your professional career, it is also a great opportunity to build lasting connections. Although most internships (especially in the fashion industry) may not offer the best compensation in comparison to the amount of time that you’ll likely be putting into it, that doesn’t make the experience any less valuable than a permanent position with the company. I always say: treat your internship like it’s any other job where you would want to make the best impression possible. If anything, you want to prove yourself even more in an internship scenario because you’re not a permanent employee for the company yet. An internship can either land you a future job, or a recommendation that will lead to your future job, or it can leave you with a bad professional reputation instead.

 

Although a company may not be in a position to hire you yet, if you demonstrate your abilities, tenacity and overall strong work ethic during your internship, you’ll definitely be the first person they think of when an actual job opening comes along. After all, you’ll save them the time and money of advertising for the posting and interviewing for it too. The relationships you establish through your internship may very well land you a job, even if it’s just through a glowing recommendation from your employer. However, the opposite of this is also very true, in the sense that if you prove to be nothing but lazy and unmotivated during your internship, not only will you likely never hear from the company again, but your employer probably won’t have many positive things to say about you afterwards either. Remember, every job or internship you take on will leave some sort of mark on your professional track record. It’s up to you whether you want to make it a good one or not.

 
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Fashion Jobs – 5 Tips to Help You Excel at Goal Setting

Monday, January 14th, 2019

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We’re starting to hit that point in January where you’re either succeeding with your new year’s resolutions, or they have started to slip.  Don’t stress, it happens. Two to three weeks into anything you set your mind to is either in the works or slipping to the wayside.  Whether you’ve set intentions for this year, you have goals you’ve set for yourself at work, or you want to change your lifestyle, whatever your goal may be, we have created a list of the top five things you need to do to succeed.

 

Aim high but start low
Life is not a race. When you’re setting goals, make sure to look at the big picture, but work towards stepping stones. If you fail at one, know that you can start again. Say your goal is to get a promotion by the end of the year. There are always going to be things that you can work on to make this happen. Continue learning all you can know about the position, buckle down and improve your performance, take initiative with projects. The list is endless. Each one of these tasks is a stepping stone to reach before achieving your goal.

 

Track your performance
Hold yourself accountable for the goal you are trying to set. Maybe it’s buying lunch less, or going to the gym more. If you track your actions, you are more likely to reach your goal. If you don’t, you can let minor things slip and go back to old habits. Another way to track your performance is to have an accountability buddy. This way you have someone to help and vice versa. 

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Commit to your goals
For example, if there is a job across the country that you really want, you need to commit to making the move. Are you looking for housing? Are you trying to network? Are you making yourself known to that employer? It is one thing to set a goal, it is another to really work for it and make it happen.  

 

Anticipate roadblocks
Just like everything in life, sometimes unforeseeable roadblocks can happen and steer you away from your final destination. Things come up and there isn’t a lot you can do about it. Be prepared that things might not always go your way. This makes it easier to pick yourself back up and continue on to achieve your goal.

 

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Celebrate your successes
Celebrate all the small and big victories. No small feat should go unnoticed. Did you make it out of bed in the morning for that work out class? Good for you! Did you take initiative in the company to help implicate a new standard procedure? Awesome job. Celebrate all the hard work you’re putting in, it will make accomplishing your goal so much more satisfying. 

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Fashion Jobs – The Boot Trend we Can’t Get Enough of

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

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Recently, if you’ve seen some of your favourite ‘It girls’ rocking footwear that makes them look like they belong on Little House on the Prairie, don’t be alarmed – it’s all intentional. Designers have taken a turn due West and one of the season’s hottest trends is western-approved boots. In a shift away from classic black ankle boots, fashion-forward cowboy boots are an instant way to vamp up your look and one of the trends we currently can’t get enough of. Check out some of our favourite styles below.

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Ankle Cut
This is the perfect style if you don’t want a pair of boots that go too far up your leg, meaning they sit perfectly with jeans. The hardest decision with these is whether to go for them in black or white.

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Buckled
Style a silky slip dress with a pair of knee-high buckled Western boots, and you’ll feel like the fiercest woman in the world as you strut down the street, trust us.

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 Evening Wear
It’s not surprising that cowboy boots don’t feel like the most glamorous shoes. But you might feel differently with a pair made with luxe satin, super high heels and an embellished bow, making these boots the perfect addition to your next night on the town.

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Printed
If you’ve scrolled through social media at all this season, you know that animal print is quite literally everywhere. And there’s no better way to rock this trend than with a pair of cowboy boots in a subtle snake print.

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Black Out
While this particular pair is a bit out of our price range, a girl can dream (and save up and eventually purchase). A pair of all black boots can go with just about everything from floral dresses to jeans, proving the utter versatility of one great boot.

 

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Product Info
Leather pointed ankle boots, $50.75, available at Mango
Miu Miu glitter leather cowboy boots, $650, available at Saks Fifth Avenue
Alessandra Richbow-embellished satin ankle boots, $325.50, available at Net-a-Porter
Leather heeled ankle boots, $99.99, available at Zara
Isabel Marant Loffen Boots, $1,350, available at Shopbop

 

By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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Fashion Jobs – The 4 Bag Trends You Need to Try This Year

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

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While most people start the new year planning out their resolutions, Style Nine to Five likes to start the year off by planning out what hot ticket items we want to add to our wardrobes. And what better place to start than with our handbag collection. Rather than letting the dreary winter weather get the best of your wardrobe, let 2019’s hottest trends distract you and inspire your next purchase.  And trust us, you’re going to want to pick up every single one of these styles.

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Looped Handle
As seen on the runways of Marc Jacobs, Adeam and Giorgia Armani, the looped handle bag comes in a variety of styles like structured shapes to refined bucket bags. The put-together accessory makes for an effortless way to instantly elevate any look you put together this year.

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Neon
While neon might scream summer vibes, a statement neon bag is exactly what you need to stand out of the crowd this year. Add a splash of colour to your look with a playful neon number ASAP.

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Silver
Tinfoil-style fabrics were all over the runways, both in accessories, footwear, and apparel. If you’re not feeling brave enough to rock a pair of silver boots or a metallic silver dress, a sleek silver purse is the perfect alternative, especially if you’d like to embrace a look that’s a mix of both glamorous and retro.

 

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Transparent
Transparent bags were all the rage in 2018, popping up in a multitude of styles (we’re obsessed with the Staud style), proving that what’s on the inside is just as important as the outside.

 

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Product Info
1. Studio 33 Wristlet Pouch, $126.41, available at Shopbop
2. Anna two-tone neon leather belt bag, $595, available at Net-a-Porter
3. Loeffler Randall Mina Beaded Satin Tote, $295, available at Net-a-Porter
4. Staud Mini Shirley Transparent Handbag, $271.45, available at Nordstrom

 

By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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Fashion Jobs – How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions for your Career

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

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Let’s face it: as years go by, it seems that our ability to live up to our new year’s resolutions gradually diminish, particularly the career-related ones. According to a 2015 survey by Accountems, 68% of professionals report they have created resolutions related to career advancement, such as getting a new job, attaining a better pay, or developing critical skills. However, because of work commitments, personal matters, and other tiny choices that we have to make in between, there is always the greatest tendency to lure away from our goal trajectory and lose track of these resolutions. Here are five sure-fire tips on how to become more career-driven this year and maintain your 2019 resolutions.

 

1. Distinguish your real goals
Sometimes, we get so hungry for success that we get too excited to accomplish many things in our career path, which can get very overwhelming. For example, do you get major experience via going back to school or taking an internship? Take time to filter these goals in the beginning and prioritize. Be specific and know which goals can act as stepping-stones to reach your ultimate objective.

 

2. Create a proper foundation
Make sure to set yourself up for success. Build and organize your resume or even create a LinkedIn account. Spend significant time on these documents as they generate a good impression of you in the real world. Express your interest and passion as best as you can. This is how you sell yourself regardless of how insufficient you may think your experiences are.

 

3. Fortify relations and network
Networking is a key element in career advancement. Internships and attending seminars are highly beneficial when it comes to building a solid web of relationships. Ensure that you are constantly touching base with key individuals around you. At this point, don’t fret on how much you’ll be earning when applying or inquiring for a position, but concentrate on the ultimate advantages of forming these connections.

 

4. Enhance time management skills
Managing your time is crucial in your effort to sustain your New Year’s resolutions. With many events and situations arising in your everyday schedule, you should be capable to segregate portions of time for things pertaining to career advancement. Utilize a calendar to set up key dates or a personal journal to plan ahead or remind you of what needs to be done.

 

5. Take a break when you can
Work, school, or personal issues can get overwhelming from time to time. Therefore, it is important that you take a breather whenever you get the opportunity. With all the goals you’re trying to accomplish, your mind can get entangled in various decision paths, which is not healthy both mentally and physically. Take a break, compose yourself, and clear your mind pool before initiating the next move.

 

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By: Franz Tabora, Mississauga, @phranzzzz

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7 Fashion Jobs Currently Available in Vancouver

Friday, January 4th, 2019

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Calling all Vancouver fashionistas! If you’re looking for a career in fashion, we’ve made it easy for you by narrowing down some of the most fashionable jobs in Vancouver. All you have to do now is polish up your resume and cover letter, and apply!

 

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Role: Fashion and Career Writers
Job Type: Part-time/internship
Job Description: You read our blog, why not write for it? Style Nine to Five is looking for fashion and career writers to contribute its blog. Some of Style Nine to Five’s writers have gone on to work for major fashion magazines. This is a great experience for aspiring writers. Topics go beyond our trend posts – they include industry expert Q&A’s and career-related topics.

 

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Role: Manager & Event Planner

Job Type: Full-time

Job Description: Little White House is a historic house located in Fort Langley that’s been turned into a beautiful lifestyle boutique stocked with house decor, fashionable clothing and accessories. It’s also salon cafe offering brunch, lunch and afternoon tea. They’re looking for a Manager and Event Planner who’s a creative thinker with excellent communication skills to lead the team, do day-to-day store operations and be creative with social media and visual merchandising.

 

Fine Finds Boutique
Role: Sales Associate
Job Type: Part-time
Job Description: Fine Finds Boutique is a luxury boutique in the heart of Yaletown. It offers trendy apparel and amazing gifts in addition to accessories, artwork and designer jewelry. Fine Finds Boutique offers a high level of customer service that clients have come to know and trust. The boutique is looking for a positive and fun-loving associate to join its team. This person should embrace selling and enjoy being part of a winning team.

 

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Role: 
Director, Selfcare
Job Type: 
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Job Description: 
As an integral part of the Selfcare leadership team, you’ll be responsible for developing and living into the brand’s vision and goals. You’ll also collaborate with cross-functional leadership to identify whitespace opportunities and set product and merchandising strategies for the Selfcare business and much more.

 

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Role: Product Development Manager, Selfcare
Job Type: Full-time
Job Description: 
In this position, you’ll collaborate with the lululemon Venture team to define product opportunities and develop product briefs, develop and build relationships with vendors and contract manufacturers, develop product insights and innovative ideas through learning from our guests, educators, suppliers and lulu’s overall collective and more.

 

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Role: Designer
Job Type: Full-time
Job Description: 
As a designer for lulu, you’ll be changing the way people dress. You must have completed a college degree or art school program in design or related field, 3+ years of industry experience in technical garment design in global retail apparel brand strong knowledge of garment construction, patterns and textiles required and more.

 

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Role: 
Product Developer
Job Type: Full-time
Job Description: As a product developer, you’ll assist with the creation and commercialization of premium performance product ensuring it is performing for the intended end use through garment fit and construction and is meeting the required quality standards through lab and wear-testing in accordance  in accordance with lululemon business goals and more.

 

 

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Fashion Jobs – How to Get Back to Your Work Routine After the Holidays

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

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The time between Christmas and New Year’s, when you don’t really know what day it really affects your motivation and willingness to go back to work in January, no matter how much you love your job. In that short amount of time, you get used to having no set structure and lounging around, it makes it hard to get back to the grind. With that being said, here are a few sure-fire ways to ensure you can get back into your routine after the holidays.

 

Prep the Night Before
Waking up to an alarm for the first time in who knows how many days is exhausting. If you prep the night before, you can hit snooze a few extra times. Pick your outfit the night before, prep your lunch and even your breakfast, and then try and get to bed a bit earlier than normal. Having as much sleep as you can will help you feel ready to face the workday.

 

Don’t Try to Tackle Everything at Once
Let’s face it, we all know that even though your out of office email was set, your inbox is going to be overflowing. You’re going to have some tasks that you left pre-holidays because you were settling into vacation mode a bit early. Don’t fret, everything will eventually get done. It can be overwhelming but complete each thing one by one.

 

Create a to-do List
Look at everything you have in front of you, and make a concise list. What do you need to do and for when? This way with the holiday pile up, nothing will be missed and all your tasks will be completed. The overwhelming chaos of ‘to-do’s’ will be nicely listed in front of you.

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Prioritize
After looking at your to-do list, what are the most important things that need to be completed? Number them in a way that works for you. It could be a 1 to 10 situation, or by importance. For example, these tasks can be labelled as a ‘1’, meaning most important, drop everything and complete this now. Another batch can be labelled as a ‘2’, meaning this is important, but the world is not going to end if I don’t get to it right away. Lastly, you can label the remainders as a ‘3’ meaning, this needs to get done, but get to it when you get to it.

 

Take a Few Extra Breaks
For the first few days back, you’re going to be tired. It’s okay to take a few mental breaks. Step away from your screen or your task, grab a coffee, or just take a little walk around to get a bit of momentum back. We’re not saying slack off right after holidays, but listen to your body and your mind.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

Fashion Jobs – 7 Trends to Watch for in 2019

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

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Can you believe it… 2019 is just around the corner.  This means ‘new year, new me, new style’. With the New Year coming in, it’s time to bring in some new trends as well. SNTF has compiled a list of the best up and coming trends of 2019 that you’ll be dying to get your hands on ASAP.

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Feathers
While faux fur was a huge thing this year (think fur bombers, teddy bear jackets), in 2019 it will be feathers. Some of you might automatically think bright yellow Big Bird vibes, but don’t worry this is a super classy trend. Replace those faux fur coats (or add to the collection) with feathered jackets, feather detailing on dresses, and even purses. Trust us, this trend will be everywhere this year!

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Sage Green
Move over emerald green, there’s a new shade in town. We’ve already seen celebrities rocking this colour in so many different ways. From dresses and skirts to suits and shoes, in 2019, you’ll be able to find nearly everything in sage green.

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80’s Wear
Neon, spandex, and all the best of the 80s will be making a comeback. We saw it all in 2018, decades making a nostalgic comeback. The next to arrive is an ode to the 1980s. One of the biggest throwback trends will be denim. The acid wash will be seen nearly everywhere.

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Fringe Accessories
Much like the feather trend, we are going to see a lot more fringe – think chic western wear meets high fashion. We predict that this trend will get so big, it will move from just accessories to key outfit staples as well.

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Headbands
Move over Blair Waldorf, 2019 is here to steal your iconic piece back. These won’t be your typical plastic, bright coloured headbands, but more of a fashion statement piece. We’ll see a lot of lace and a lot of large, jewelled pieces. These will be the perfect melody of texture and colour, replacing bulky fashion jewelry.

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Square Toe Shoes
This trend works the best in sandals or boots. Rather than the elongating (and usually uncomfortable pointed toe shoes) the square toe makes a statement. Our favourite square-toed shoe style is the ankle boot. Pair these with cropped denim, a mini skirt or a dress and these shoes can go from casual to dressy in an instant.

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Crochet
With the coming of 2019, also comes the bohemian feeling that Crochet gives off. Dresses, tops, sweaters, open weaves, tight crocheting, the options are endless. Crochet is the perfect trend to wear with a casual outfit but still make a statement.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

Fashion Jobs – How to Have Tough Skin and Still Give Amazing Retail Experience

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

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Working in retail is not always for the faint of heart. Some days it’s really tough and customers often don’t understand sales associates are really doing all they can do. During the crazy holiday season, retail can be even harder. Customers want to find their gifts, beat the crowds, and be out as fast as possible. Not to mention find the best deals around.

During the holiday season, stores are competitive with their pricing, but this often leads to items being sold out quicker than anticipated. When this happens, the customer can be disappointed and lash out at employees. The following tips will show you how you can have a touch skin in retail, but still, give amazing customer service.

 

Prepare yourself
Sometimes the best thing to do before your shift is just to prepare yourself. Remind yourself that you are there to help and that without the customer, you would have a job. Remember to look at both sides of the story and always have an open mind. Remind yourself that if a customer is upset, it’s not a reflection of you. By reminding yourself of these little things, you’ll have a calmer demeanour when working and therefore able to give fantastic customer service.

 

Breathe
It happens – a customer will snap, and you’re going to want to snap back. It’s not easy having that one customer of the day yelling at you, but sometimes you need to bite your tongue. So remember to just breathe. Taking four deep breaths will help center you and help you focus on why you are there – ultimately help the customer leave happy.

 

Don’t let the little things get to you
In retail, you will have bad days but you also will have good days. Don’t let the little things ruin the job for you. You are in retail for a reason. If you find a situation weighing on you remember the things you love about your job. The way you feel when you’ve helped a customer leave with a smile.

 

Find someone to help
There are situations where you just have to walk away. If this is the case, don’t just leave the customer high and dry. Excuse yourself politely, find another associate or manager and explain the situation, and have them help the customer to the best of their ability. There is no need to make a bad situation worse if you don’t have to.

 

Smile
At the end of the day, the holiday chaos will pass. Have fun with the winter rush and smile. If a customer comes in your retail location in a bad mood and sees an associate in a bad mood as well, they aren’t going to have a great shopping experience. If they come in to find someone smiling and happy, you might be the reason why they have a good day and a good shopping experience.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette