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Career Advice – How to Not Lose Interest in Your Day Job

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

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Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs in CanadaLatest Office & Work Outfits Ideas for Women  (2)The saying is if you choose a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. However, this is not always true for everyone. Sometimes a job is just a way to make a living. If this is the case, there is still no reason to get bored of your day to day routine. It’s hard not to imagine living on a beach, working remote, travelling the world as a career. This is just not a reality for everyone.

 

Why are you working here?

 

If you think of this daily, it will give you the motivation to work harder. If you wake up every morning and just go through the motions, you’re going to get bored with your work. Why are you in the position you’re in? Why are you with the company you’re with? If you’re there to learn, what is your take away each day? Think about your job more than just a job, but a learning experience.

 

What can you do differently?

 

Maybe you’re trying to find a faster, more efficient way to complete your tasks. Go through the trial and error and find something that works for you.  Keep your routine fresh every day and you won’t lose interest in your job. Even if it’s just changing one simple thing, it can make a world of difference.

 

Invest in yourself

 

If you’re invested in yourself you’ll put more value into your day job. You will take everything you do and see how it is positively affecting your life. What is the bigger value this job or career is bringing you? If you are invested in yourself, you are more likely to put all of you into your tasks and routine. If you’re fully invested, you won’t get bored.

 

Find challenges

 

Don’t ever give up. If a task is challenging, it is easy to just walk away. If you stick with it and succeed, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment. If you step outside your comfort zone, it may be scary, but it is out of your normal routine. Take your time, strategize and challenge yourself.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

 

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Career Advice – How to Keep New Employees Happy

Monday, April 8th, 2019

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As Recruiters or Hiring Managers, you’re the front line and first contact for your company. You’re a spokesperson and in a way, a bit of PR for the company and work culture. You’re selling the role and company culture to potential candidates, and because you want to fill the position, you need to convincingly pitch the job and company. I know because I used to be a Recruiter for a top Canadian retailer and now I recruiter on my own with Style Nine to Five. It’s important that when new employees begin their new job, the environment and role you sold them on match their expectations.

 

Part of a recruiter’s role is to share the excitement and convince potential candidates how pleased they would be with the particular role – after all, I sit there with a big smile on my face, gushing with pride about my great experiences and just how wonderful the company is. In past experiences filling Store Manager roles for top retailers, many times, unfortunately, when these employees started, their store management failed to deliver my vision. Ultimately, the employees didn’t last and they were unhappy.

 

Accepting a new job offer is a big commitment and career move for the candidate. More often than not, they’ve left a current position they enjoy for the one you’re selling. During the training process they may start to lose hope. Does management appear too busy to find the time to train? Are the new employees feeling left out and isolated from other existing members of staff? Is the role and its responsibilities not as expected from the interview process? Are they receiving adequate training? New employees may start looking for other jobs immediately otherwise. Even if they do decide to stick it out, that once eager, excited employee is a little less motivated now.

 

How do we improve this barrier? It’s up to store management to make the best impression to new employees and maintain that standard. Keep their dreams alive.

 

It is definitely a conversation worth having with your team.

 

– Christie Lohr

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Career Advice Round Up – Resumes, Interviews, Asking for a Raise

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

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Christie Lohr Career Advice

We’ve got some helpful career tips for all industries! Whether you want to know how to ask for a raise, how to turn your internship into a full time job, how to create your online brand to impress potential employers or even how to motivate those part time employees if they’re not working hard (this one’s for you employers!), we’re excited to continuously share our knowable and experiences with you. Click on the topics below to read the entire career advice article!

 

How to apply and actually get the job?! Insider tip from our founder Christie Lohr.

 

Resume advice – be sure you’re highlighting the good stuff.

 

How to answer “What are your greatest weaknesses” question at an interview.

 

Employers, manager and business owners – this one is for you. How to motivate those unmotivated employees.

 

How to get the job after the interview.

 

How to turn your internship into a job.

 

5 questions to ask at an interview.

 

Create an online personal brand to wow potential employers.

 

How to ask for a raise.

 

6 tips for getting yourself promoted.

 

Thank you for visiting Style Nine to Five for career advice and fashion + retail jobs!

 

– Christie Lohr

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Fashion Jobs – Nailing a Phone Interview

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

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Potential employers may want to ask you some questions over the phone in order to decide if you are the right candidate for a future personal meeting. Here are some tips on how to nail a phone interview and attract your interviewer when you’re not face-to-face:

1. Pick the Right Place:

Schedule the phone call for a time that you know you will be completely free; preferably at home in a quiet space where no one will interrupt you. Don’t take the call if you’re out running errands or in the middle of a busy environment. You want to be as focused as possible and listen carefully to the interviewers questions. Sit at a desk rather than lying in bed or walking around. Being in a clean, organized space will make you feel and act more professional.

   

2. Use a Cheat Sheet:

A benefit of a phone interview is that you can keep your own notes in front of you and refer to them at anytime without seeming unprepared. Jot down some key points that you would like to mention while answering common questions, such as why you are interested in the job position. This is an effective tool to use to make sure you don’t forget any important details. Have questions already written down that you can ask towards the end of the phone call. Print off your resume or have it open on your computer, so you can follow along with the interviewer when discussing your skills and experience.

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3. Smile! 

Your personality plays a huge part in connecting with the employer and helps you stand out amongst all of the other applicants with similar qualifications. Even though you’re not speaking directly in front of the interviewer, be sure to smile, as this will affect your tone of voice. It’s easy to “hear” a smile; you want to sound engaged in the conversation and excited to work for the company.

 

4. Pace Yourself

There are probably a lot of things that you want to say in a short amount of time, but it’s important to speak slowly and pronounce everything very clearly to get your points across. Allow for pauses before you answer a question to avoid speaking over the interviewer and to be sure that it’s your turn to talk. You also want to give yourself a moment to collect your thoughts and not blurt out the first thing that comes to mind. Answer questions to the best of your ability without rambling on or going off topic. If additional information is irrelevant, the interviewer may become uninterested or even annoyed.

 

5. Know the Next Step:

The phone interview is usually only the first stage of the overall interview process; therefore you have a chance of being contacted a second or third time. Before you hang up the phone, ask what the next step will be and when you can expect to hear back by. Ask for the interviewers personal e-mail address and phone number. This will allow you to send them a quick thank-you message and contact them to follow up on the status of the job.

By: Alicia Elliott

Fashion Jobs – How to Stay Motivated When You Work From Home

Monday, March 25th, 2019

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If you have the option to work a few days at home, or most of your job is remote, it can often be hard to stay focused. At home, there are so many distractions and very little to keep you accountable. If you’re like me, the TV is often on in the background and you can get sucked in very easily. Or I start noticing what needs to be done around the house – oh, look, I have time to put the laundry away! When you’re at home, it’s hard to stay productive. SNTF has come up with a few sure-fire tips that will help keep you motivated when you’re working from home so you get your work done.

 

Find a quiet place to work
The most ideal working situation is to find a quiet spot in your house that can be a dedicated office space.  A door that you can close, a desk where you can sit and focus, a feeling as though you’re in work, without being in work. With the current housing market, many people live in one room apartments, so a dedicated room is not always an option. Try to carve out an area in your space that is just for work. If you have somewhere to sit, that’s not your couch, you’re going to be more productive during the day.

 

 

Set goals
What do you need to accomplish for the day? Make a list and set goals. You’re at home, so the day is a little more relaxed, so reward yourself if you get things done. If your goal is to finish four tasks before lunch, give yourself a little treat if you get everything done.

 

Push distractions away
As hard as it may be, push all the distractions away. Turn off the TV, keep your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, whatever your social platform preference may be, closed until you have a break. It is easy to focus on other things while you’re at home. The key is to train your mind to have the same productivity as you would have at work. At the end of the day, the more productive you are working at home, the easier your next day in the office will be!

 

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

Career Advice: How to Ask for a Raise

Monday, March 25th, 2019

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Thinking of asking for a raise? It can be so nerve wrecking and hard to get the confidence to do do it. Remember if you don’t ask, then you won’t receive. Here are some things to keep in mind when you prepare to ask your boss for a raise.

Timing is key

While you may have been thinking about the raise for a while, your boss hasn’t. Put yourself in their shoes and think about what is going on in their day or week. If you know that your boss has a big pitch coming up, scheduling a time to chat right before the deadline is probably not the best and they will be less receptive to your needs. Instead, choosing a time when you know your boss will have the time to think it through and the company is doing well would be better.

Know the pay practices at your company.

Before setting up a meeting with your boss, find out the processes and procedures on pay raises. There may be some time requirements and other practices put into place that you may not be aware about and will want to keep in mind before you speak to your boss.

Know the worth of your job.

This is key! You may feel like you deserve a six-figure salary for all the late nights you’re putting in, but you have to be realistic. It will help your case if you research the industry standards and compare what perks and salary expectations you have versus someone else working your job in a similar company.

Believe in your value and what you currently bring to the table – and show how you’re ready to work even harder.

You do not want to appear whiny when you’re speaking to your boss. Be sensitive to what you’re saying, how you’re saying it, and how it may be received. Your boss knows your role and what it entails, so rather than telling them what you do, explain how you’re do the job better, how this is adding more value to the company, and why what you’re doing deserves more money.

Prepare for next steps.

Prepare for anything that may come out of that meeting – including being turned down. Have a game plan for what you’re going to do if you don’t see those extra Benjamins straight away. This game plan could mean many things like coming up with a timeline with your boss for what you have to do and when your salary could be reviewed or discussing the possibility of a bonus instead of a raise.

 

At the end of the day – just do it! Know your worth and take charge of your career growth! Sometimes all you have to do is ask!

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By: Nikita Due

 

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Career Advice – How to be a Great New Hire While Being Yourself

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

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Starting a brand new fashion job (or any job) can bring on feelings of both excitement and anxiety followed by fear of the unknown and the pressure to do your best. Your work ethic during the first 30 to 90 days of employment are extremely important in regards to setting the stage for your future with that company. Not to add any additional pressure, but your first few weeks/months of employment may also determine whether or not your employer thinks you’re an asset to the business.

 

Success will be defined by your performance and the way in which you approach challenges as they arrive. We’ve all been in this situation before at work and outside of work; trying to become a part of a group while maintaining our individuality can be perplexing. I’ve found the below tips to be quite helpful and I hope you will also find them useful:

 

Don’t make a scene. How annoying is that new person? You don’t want to be that person who annoys existing employees within the first week. You’re the new kid in town and you’ve got to prove yourself before you alienate yourself. There are two objectives that you have to demonstrate: (1) that you’re capable of the tasks required of your job; and (2) that you’re going to fit in with the existing company culture.

 

Work your hardest to ensure all of your responsibilities are covered and pay close attention to your surroundings. Get a feel for the swing of things and the daily workflow of different departments. Observe the habits of your colleagues and try to blend in with their schedules (lunch, breaks during the day, time in and time out). Once you feel the attention is off of you and you’re suddenly not so new, you can branch out and start making your own rules (within limits, of course).

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Offer to help. We all want to be seen as ambitious and willing to take initiative, but there’s a time and a place for everything. As a new hire, getting your feet wet by offering to help coworkers with their projects will go over a lot better than jumping in head first with brand new ideas and a push for immediate changes. Without knowing how things are currently progressing, how can you be absolutely certain that your method will be better?

 

If you’re confident in your abilities and you know change is inevitable, give your newness a few weeks to sink in before moving forward. At the risk of being hated by everyone whose work life you just disrupted, it may be worth the wait. Help out in departments that impact your overall objective and get an in depth idea of current practices before suggesting changes.

 

Make your first and only impression. My last piece of advice is to project yourself in the way that you wish to be perceived. From the way you dress to the way you speak, in your first few days of employment, these characteristics will come to define you. A new job is a great way to reinvent yourself and to walk into a new environment with confidence.

 

Unfortunately, you will be judged – that’s what people do – but you have the upper hand here because they don’t know anything about you. You’ve got a clean slate to be a star employee, to make an impact as you pursue your career, and to meet people who are just as passionate as you are about their jobs.

 

Image from Elle.com.

 

By: Malicia Basdeo, New York City

 

Career Advice – How to Deal With Difficult Co-workers and Bosses

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

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It’s a well-known fact that who you work with can make all the difference in your overall job satisfaction and productivity at work. Whether you work in a large team or closely with just a few people, the ideal situation is that everyone gets along and can communicate freely with each other. But that is rarely the case.  There will be times throughout your life where you’ll encounter some difficult bosses or employees that you’ll have to deal with. Here are some tips to get over the hurdle of less than ideal coworkers:

Don’t take things too personally. Nine times out of ten if someone is in a bad mood or rude to you, it will not be solely because of you. They probably have other things on their mind or are very stressed out and that could be the reason they are acting less than sincere towards you. Don’t be so quick to blame yourself for their moods!

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Talk things out. If you have a real problem with another worker or boss, it’s best to communicate that to them fairly. You can always ask them to meet privately to discuss what conflicts you have been having, so you can get their side as well. In any case, it’s best not to let it stew and silently curse them behind their back because that solves nothing.

Get advice from others. Don’t outright complain about your boss to other coworkers, but ask them if they’ve had any difficulty with him/her and what they think can be done to change things. Think of it as more problem solving rather than plotting revenge and be careful not to get too many extreme opinions as that can lead to moving backward with the situation rather than forward.

Surround yourself with people you like. If there is a co-worker that really gets on your nerves, there’s no need to hang around with them if you don’t have to. Take lunch breaks and get together outside of work with the people you genuinely do like and you’ll stay in a better mood! If you try too hard to change the co-worker you’re not a fan of and they just send negativity back, it’ll just ruin your own mood.

Difficult people are impossible to avoid anywhere you go, but if you keep a positive attitude and don’t let them get to you, you can be the bigger person and find you’ll enjoy your job more!

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Fashion Jobs – Snakeskin Print for Spring

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

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Get a jump on spring shopping and pick up some snakeskin pieces hand picked by our founder Christie Lohr. All items below are shoppable.

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Rebecca Taylor Snakeskin-Printed Jumpsuit, $692 CAD

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TOPSHOP Snake Print Mensy Shirt, $70 CAD

 

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Anine Bing Daphne Flats, $349 USD

 

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Anine Bing Python Silk Skirt, $299 USD

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Snakeskin Print Wrap Skirt, $22 CAD

Rag & Bone Walker Snakeskin-Print Leather Chelsea Boots

Rag & Bone Walker Snakeskin-Print Leather Chelsea Boots, $700 CAD

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Whistles Snakeskin-Print Crepe Pants, $168 CAD

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Snakeskin turtleneck, $21 CAD – wear on its own or under a blazer for the office.

 

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Snakeskin Print Point Toe Ankle Boots, $50 CAD

Paperbag Waist Snakeskin Belted Pants

 

Paperbag Waist Snakeskin Belted Pants, $25 CAD

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Whistles Elfrida Snakeskin-Printed Dress, $252 CAD

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Metal Buckle Random Snakeskin Belt, $3.95 CAD

 

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Toni Snakeskin Print Square Keyhole Readers, 47mm, $95 CAD

 

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Vintage high waist leather skirt / snakeskin / 80’s / 90’s, $94 CAD

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Career Tips – 6 Tips for Getting Yourself Promoted

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

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How to Get Yourself Promoted

1. Develop a Bond With Your Boss: 

Building a positive relationship with your manager or boss will allow them to think of you for future opportunities. This doesn’t mean you need to be best friends, but establish the type of connection where you feel comfortable to approach them and hold a friendly conversation. Let them know what your goals are and the direction you wish to take within the company. Your boss can offer a great form of guidance or mentoring and help you get to where you want to go.

2. Take on More Responsibilities:

Show that you are ready to take on a higher position by asking for additional tasks that will prove you are capable to work a job at the next level. Take initiative and offer your time when volunteers are needed for new assignments. Come in earlier or stay later and be willing to work outside of your job description. If you are able to complete multiple tasks effectively, people will take notice and suggest you are fit for a more complex role.

3. Seek New Skills:

A new job position will require you to be knowledgeable in different areas and obtain certain skills. There can be several employees that are worthy of a promotion, therefore it is important to stand out and have a beneficial skill set. Keep up to date with any technology or systems used on the job and always be aware of what’s happening in the industry outside of the office.

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4. Build Your Network:

If you are well known within your field, the more likely your name will be passed around and recommended. Get to know all of the people you work closely with and even those in other departments. Try to socialize and learn new things from colleagues who currently work as your aspiring job title or who have been previously promoted.

5. Have a Voice:

Actively participate during team meetings and state your opinions or ask questions. Come across as someone who is interested in the conversation, rather than never having anything to say. This will demonstrate your value and ability to contribute useful ideas.

6. Ask About it:

This may seem obvious, but sometimes all you need to do is ask! A promotion or job opening may not be brought to your attention simply because no one knew you were interested in the first place. Make it clear that you want to do something new and progress towards a different role. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice or feedback on your performance, so you can highlight your recent accomplishments and know how you can improve.

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By: Alicia Elliott

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