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Career Advice – Top Tips for Keeping Up With The Fashion Industry

Monday, August 19th, 2019

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Staying up to date on current events and happenings is crucial for remaining relevant in the fashion industry. It is so important to stay “in the know” within your smaller community, as well as the larger global industry. But in our busy lives, this isnt always an easy feat. Get intentional about using your resources to consume relevant news and media, and stay informed within the ever-changing world of fashion. 

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Find some top tips for keeping up below!

 

Podcasts

You may have noticed in recent years, that podcasts have become more and more popular. Nowadays, there are podcasts on all kinds of topics, with various points of view and many amazing and knowledgeable hosts. Lots of these podcasts serve as a great educational platform, or a way to share news and current happenings. There are some especially great podcasts within the fashion industry, that provide valuable insight and a lot of beneficial information. Podcasts can be a great resource for recent trends, business advice, and various news stories. Even podcasts outside of the fashion industry can help to keep you up to date, and learning something new! There truly are so many worthwhile conversations being held through this medium. Plus, podcasts are such an easy way to consume media and stay up to date while you’re driving to the grocery store, walking to work, or even making dinner. Listening to podcasts can also be a wonderful way to relax, unwind, and unplug from scrolling through your phone, which helps to keep you feeling inspired and refreshed. Find yourself a few podcast shows that speak on the topics of fashion, current events, pop culture, or social media. Follow along with the latest episodes, and see just how much you begin to learn!

 

Instagram 

Although Instagram may sound like an obvious platform to use for staying up to date, it definitely should not be overlooked. Naturally, as we scroll through our feeds we are constantly taking in news and being exposed to new messages. That said, we can purposefully use Instagram in a few different ways to further our ongoing knowledge of the industry and stay “in the know” on current events. Aside from following relevant brands, companies, and industry professionals, the explore page can also be a great tool to discover new profiles that may have a valuable voice in sharing recent happenings. Another great way to make sure that you never miss important updates in the industry is to utilize post and story notifications. Turn on notifications for media or publications whose content you enjoy and benefit from. This way, you’ll always be informed when new things are happening, and you’ll be alerted with a notification right away.

 

Twitter

While Twitter might seem a little “passé” these days, it definitely still has a place. Although we originally used this platform as a way of updating our friends on our everyday lives in 140 characters, Twitter is now considered a main platform for news and media. The explore page on Twitter is great for suggesting “trends for you” based on profiles you follow. It brings up anything relevant to you and your interests that may currently be trending, by suggesting hashtags and key topics. The “what’s happening” section on Twitter features recent news across various different categories, through short and simple headlines that link to more mentions relating to the topic. By following and engaging with key industry professionals, leading brands, news and reporting sources, and media outlets, not only will you be receiving direct updates, but Twitter will help to suggest related news for you in a quick and convenient way. Twitter’s character limits, and intentional focus on short yet punchy statements and statuses, are what allows it to be a very valuable platform in staying “up to date within the fashion industry and beyond.

 

Email Newsletters

We all get lots of spam mail that ends up in our inboxes. We sign up for newsletters and promotional emails that quickly become bothersome, and often can’t be bothered to unsubscribe. But not all newsletters are spam! Some companies actually produce very valuable email campaigns, that give you the perfect dose of information and news. Certain magazine publications, blogs, and industry groups send out daily, or weekly emails to keep you up to date on recent happenings. The key here, is to clear out the clutter in your inbox. Unsubscribe from the spam, and subscribe to newsletters that will feed you the valuable information that you’re sincerely interested and invested in. Find even one newsletter that provides industry updates and interesting details on trends and events, as the perfect way to start your morning- by opening your inbox to a quick glance at the latest in fashion and news.

 

The more news, media, and industry information that you can consume, the better off you’ll be. On a personal level and career wise, it is always important and advantageous to stay “in the know.” While it may seem daunting if you feel out of touch with current events, there are many simple and quick ways to get connected and stay up to date. Find the ways that work for you, and keep yourself current, informed, and motivated!

 

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By: Heather Murray @heatherungraceful

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Career Advice – Taking a Mental Day Off Work

Sunday, August 4th, 2019

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Mental health still an unseen issue that many people don’t think about. However, if you’re sick with a cold or a flu, you wouldn’t think twice about taking a day off of work. If you’re feeling not yourself, burnt out, overwhelmed, why aren’t you taking a day off for that too?

 

You can’t give 100 percent at work if you’re not feeling 100 percent yourself. Like if you were to work with the flu, if you don’t take the time to rest and recoup, you’re not going to get better and will continue to feel worse. This is a downward cycle that many working Canadians are now facing. Like when you are physically ill, it is smart to take the time so it doesn’t get worse.

 

Why do we feel so guilty when we need to take a day for ourselves? Just because other people can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not real. Like self-care Sundays, sometimes you just need some time to get back to basics. If that means stay in bed and watch movies all day, then do it! If it looks like getting out in nature and enjoying your surroundings, do that!

 

Work depends not only on you physically, but mentally as well. How can you be creative or productive without being fully present? There is no need to feel guilty when you need to take a day for yourself. In the end, it’s not only beneficial to yourself, but to the company you work for as well.

 

Mental health is just as important as physical health. It’s time to drop the guilt and focus on bettering ourselves. Let’s make a change to the stigma and talk about it.

 

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By: Megan Rice, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

 

Interviewing the Interviewer

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Interviewing the Interviewer

The interviewer takes one last glance at their notes, and begins to say “well, I think that’s about all the questions I have for you, do you have any questions for me?” At this point, you know that the hard part is over, and you can start to breathe easy. But now it’s your turn to put the employer in the hot seat! Going for an interview is just as much about interviewing the employer, as it is about being interviewed. It’s important to ask some valuable questions of your own. Not only does it show that you’re thoughtful, prepared, and professional, but it also helps you to evaluate if the role and the company will be the right fit for you and your career goals. Interviews are a two-way street! That being said, it can be challenging to come up with meaningful questions on the spot, so taking a few minutes to prepare before the interview will help to set you up for success when the ball is thrown back in your court. 

 

Take a peek at some great questions to keep in your back pocket for the next time it’s your turn to interview the interviewer!

 

Questions About the Culture:

Always start with questions that will show your genuine interest in the company at large. Start an engaged discussion about the company culture, and the members of the team. Asking the interviewer about their personal experience with the company is always a great way to connect and begin an engaged conversation. Meaningful questions about the company and the environment are great way to showcase what motivates you, and to communicate your values and how you could be a great addition to their team.

 

• How long have you been with the company- What is your background?

• How would you describe the company environment or culture?

• What is your favourite thing and the most challenging thing about what you do?

• What does the company value in your team members?

• What are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?

• What are the biggest challenges that your company faces- What are the challenges within this role?

• What are the opportunities for growth and development from this position?

• Where do you see the company headed in 5 years- What are the company goals moving forward?

 

Questions About Logistics:

It’s important to ask the simple questions- details may otherwise be overlooked! Things like compensation and benefits, office location and hours, and even the size of the company could play a crucial role in helping you to decide on your next career move. Always be polite and courteous, but don’t be afraid to ask about the logistics of the opportunity. Show that you’re curious about the company and serious about pursuing the role.

 

• What does the day-to-day look like for someone in this role?

• When is the expected start date?

• Is this a full time or part time role- What are the required hours? 

• Where is your office located- Do you offer parking, or are you close to public transportation?

• How many people work within your company- How large of a team would I be part of?

• What does your training process look like?

• What are the next steps in the interview process?

 

Interviewing the interviewer is an important and valuable part of the interview process. Next time you have the opportunity to ask your own questions in an interview, don’t shy away! Show off your confidence and your interest for the company by asking a few great questions of your own. 

 

These questions are just some ideas to help you prepare- Get creative and ask something interesting to finish off the interview with a bang! 

 

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By: Heather Murray @heatherungraceful

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Career Advice: Why Power Dressing is Important

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

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We all know the say, ‘dress for the job you want, not the job you have’. This is more important than many people think. It shows you put in the effort and value yourself. If you’re going that extra mile and putting the time into what you’re wearing, it shows that you will do this in other aspects of your life, such as work.

 

If you’re aiming to become CEO one day a power suit is a necessity. Not only are you going to feel amazing, you’ll look it to. The power suit is exactly what it sounds like. You will feel powerful, full of energy and ready to seize the day. There is no work task that you won’t be able to tackle.

 

You want to dress like you’re going to meet the most important person of the company you work for. One day that may just happen and you want to be prepared. You want to make a long, lasting, positive impression and that may just be what you are wearing.

 

To dress to impress, you don’t need to break the bank. There are so many great options where you can find work wear on a budget. If you splurge on a few key pieces like a pair of dress pants, a blazer, pencil skirt and work dress, these items will last forever. You can mix and match with budget ‘fashion’ pieces to put a spin on your style. 

 

It’s doesn’t take extra effort to look like you’re putting more effort into your outfit. Next time you’re getting ready for work look at what you’re wearing and think about what your outfit says about you!

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

 

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Career Advice – What to Wear to a Coffee Meeting

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

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Things are changing in the world of business, and for us fashion industry insiders- it’s exciting! Proper professional meetings and interviews are less and less common, and things in business are quickly becoming more personal and relaxed. As you already know, coffee shops are quickly becoming the new boardroom, and with that new rules for fashion (or less rules altogether!) are following suit. Gone are the days of stuffy suits and uncomfortable ensembles… but now what?!

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Jeans Are Not Taboo 

Who knew? When you think about meeting with someone to discuss a professional opportunity or when meeting on business terms, jeans are typically off the table. But times are changing, and so are dress codes. Just as formal meetings are turning into more casual coffee meetings, the typical business attire is becoming a lot more casual too. That being said, meeting with an industry connection over coffee is not exactly  the same as grabbing a latte with your girlfriend. It can be hard to navigate these new standards, and to know how to dress to impress for the occasion. So are jeans acceptable? Yes- but under a few conditions, of course. Stay away from ripped denim, super light washes, or any crazy distressing. Play it safe by sticking to black jeans, simple dark washes, or dressy styles (like trouser jeans!) Pair your denim with a chic top and your finest footwear, and you’re sure to be the best dressed in any coffee shop.

 

Wear A Statement Piece

Meeting someone new is always a little nerve-wracking, especially when you’re trying to impress a potential employer or valued industry professional. When meeting for coffee, it’s always great to take the first couple minutes to ease into things and break the ice. What better way to start things off and lighten the mood than having a piece of your outfit be a conversation starter. Attract attention by wearing a bright colour or bold lipstick, or even a fun accessory. Wear something that people will notice right away and want to comment on! To keep it professional, less is more, so best to stick with just one statement piece at a time. Making a statement will also make you memorable, and a coffee meeting outside of the office is the perfect place to stand out.

 

Be You

Don’t be afraid to show your personality! As you know, times have changed and this means you no longer have to feel constrained by classic office attire. Feel free to wear whatever best represents your personality, and whatever you feel best in! If you have a signature accessory or a favourite colour to wear, a coffee meeting is the perfect occasion to show what makes you unique, and how to express yourself through your style. Fun fact- when I met Style Nine to Five Founder, Christie for our first coffee meeting, she was wearing her signature hat as a killer accessory… I have since learned that a chic hat and anything leopard print are her go-to fashion faves. Now I’ll always remember her by these trademark fashion statements! Wearing whatever makes you YOU will not only will you make a great first impression by showcasing who you are through your outfit, but you’ll surely be remembered for your great style too. What better way to make a lasting impression than through your amazing look!

 

Now is a better time than ever to ditch the ordinary button down or stuffy suit, and let your personality shine through your style. Things are changing in the hiring scene, and it’s time to get creative in order to stand out in the industry. Coffee meetings are the perfect opportunity to express yourself and put your best foot forward, starting with your great sense of style! By using your outfit as an extension of your amazing resume, many skills, and extraordinary talent, you’re sure to stand out to any industry insider. Especially in the fashion industry… don’t be afraid to step outside the box and out on whatever makes you feel confident, empowered, and most importantly- YOU! 

 

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By: Heather Murray @heatherungraceful

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Fashion Jobs – Fashion Buyer: Ins and Outs

Friday, July 19th, 2019

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When you’re choosing a career path you want to know what your day to day will entail and how you can get there. That’s why we wanted to spotlight the ins and outs of a fashion buyer. With the most glamorous, most sought after job in the industry comes a lot of hard work and determination.

 

Let’s be honest, you’ve wanted to become a fashion buyer since you saw your first photos of a runway. The coveted front row, jet setting around the world to attend all the fashion weeks and being able to pick the trends everyone is going to buy. But there is a lot more to it

 

A fashion buyer is the person who picks the products that will be seen in stores. Usually, companies such as Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, The Bay, ASOS, etc, will all have fashion buyers. This is because their fashions are outsourced with many different brands rather than just an in-house brand. For example, Chanel stores will only house Chanel products.

 

If you aren’t one for structure, and you’re still interested in becoming a fashion buyer, this career is for you. No one day is the same as the next. You can be going from New York Fashion week to a trade show in Las Vegas to meeting with brands or your in-house marketing or PR team.

 

Like most careers in fashion, it’s all about putting in your time and starting from the bottom. You need to understand trends, customers and how the fashion industry works. Not only do you need the experience, but there is also schooling that is beneficial. Many universities or colleges offer fashion buying certificates. This gives you the knowledge you need to bridge together with your experience.

 

While this job is so much fun, it’s also a lot of hard work. You need to make sure what you’re buying is going to sell on the market. Is what you’re picking the right fit for your clientele or are you picking it because it’s trendy and you like it. Buying fashion is all about instinct and research.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

 

Career Advice – 5 Things To Take Away From Any Position

Monday, July 15th, 2019

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5 Things To Take Away From Any Position

Let’s be real- not every job you land, ends up being a dream job. We have all been in a position that isn’t what we’d hoped it would be, or didn’t quite live up to expectations. Although this can be challenging, uncomfortable, and quite often discouraging, there is always something we can take away from a job gone wrong. In fact, I can think of 5 different things (but I promise there are even more!) that can be positive, valuable, and beneficial in your experience of parting with the old, and moving on to bigger and better things!

 

1. Interview Experience

I think just about everyone gets a little “cringey” when they hear the word interview. There is something so nerve wracking about going in to meet someone new, not knowing what to expect, and being put on the spot with challenging questions, all while attempting to make a good impression. Truth is, the more you do something, the more naturally it comes. Although it may be intimidating, the more interview experience you can get, the better off you will be when it comes to killing the interview. With this mindset, you can appreciate any opportunity you have had to go through the interview process. Whether you were turned down for the job, or landed the position only to find out it wasn’t right for you, if nothing else, you can always take away valuable interview experience. You may deepen your knowledge of potential interview questions, gain new tips and tricks on how to stand out, or you may even come out with a better understanding of how to nail your own elevator speech. With one more interview under your belt, you can be that much more confident stepping into the next interview!

 

2. Working With Anyone and Everyone

No matter where you work or in what position, you can always be sure that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and work alongside all types of wonderful people. Some of which you’ll instantly click with, and others that may tend to work in a way completely different than the way you operate. You may have the chance to work within a smaller team than you’re used to, as part of a small local company, or within a bigger team or as part of a large corporate company. Either way, you will always have the opportunity to be exposed to new styles of learning, ways of doing things, personalities, and people of various backgrounds. Hopefully you’ll resonate with some of the thinking, habits, and methods of some of your new team members, but even if a colleague’s ways rival your typical approach, there is always something you can gain from being challenged. You will most definitely be compelled to learn how to work with, be respectful of, and hopefully appreciate others who work differently than you do. And if you’re open to it, you may even learn a new way to think about your work, and to be your most productive and successful self from 9-5.

 

3. Expanding Your Network

They say “it’s all about who you know.” And it’s true! Having strong connections in the industry can really work to your advantage in your career search and development. Simply put, the wider your network, the more opportunities you may be exposed to. Whether you stay in a position for a few short months, or a few years, it is so important to always put your best foot forward day in and day out,  to represent yourself in the best light. The people around you may turn out to be amazing connections and crucial points of contact for leading you to that next step in your personal career journey. Even if your current role turns out to be in an area of the industry that isn’t for you, who’s to say that your boss, your colleague, or even Karen from accounting who you met in the elevator, isn’t going to be helpful in connecting you to the right opportunity? No matter what, keep your friends close, and your connections closer!

 

4. Understanding Your Ideal Work Environment

Some of us thrive in a bustling office environment, while others do best working from home. Some love a quiet, intimate workspace surrounded by a small team, and others buzz off of a busy office that has many people coming and going at a fast pace, all day long. Lighting, location, office hours, and even your surrounding colleagues can really make or break your ability to get “in the zone” and get the job done by the end of the day. Although the thought of working from your couch in your pajamas may sound like a real dream come true, you may actually hate it- trust me on this one! When it comes to work environment, you truly will not know what works for you until you try. So if nothing else, looking back on a position that did or didn’t necessarily work in the long run, you can always reflect on the culture of the company you worked for, and your everyday work environment to evaluate what helped you thrive, and what may not have supported you in your role.

 

5. Finding What Fuels Your Fire

Spoiler alert- learning what fuels your passion and makes you tick, is the key to happiness in your career. If you don’t wake up everyday (with the exception of that rainy Monday when you spill coffee on your white blouse here and there) excited about what you do, then it might be time to re-assess. That being said, finding your calling is no easy feat. Often times it takes a lot of trial and error, and a little bit of soul searching! Patience is so powerful here, and understanding that it may take you quite some time, and some not-so-perfect positions to find your dream job, is crucial. So next time you’re feeling down because your work feels mundane or unfulfilling, take it as a lesson. Understanding what you don’t love gives you  the perfect opportunity to reflect, and dig deeper into what you DO love. Crossing one option off your list just puts you one step closer to finding your true passion, and to pursuing that rewarding career you always dreamed of!

 

We all know that the power of positivity goes a long way. However, staying positive while remaining in a position that drains your energy and just doesn’t feel right, is easier said than done! Use these 5 simple things to find the silver lining in any position or job, and I promise you will feel that much better getting back on the horse. Any lessons learned (big or small!)  in your journey to your dream job, can always be seen as valuable, and truly crucial to finding the perfect opportunity!

 

By: Heather Murray @heatherungraceful

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Career Advice – How to Use Social Media to Your Advantage in the Interview Process

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

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How to use social media

In the digital world we live in, things are constantly changing… and fast! With social media becoming increasingly important in our personal lives, it is truly starting to change so many different aspects of our day-to-day, including our professional lives too. Social media is changing so many industries in so many different ways, and the fashion industry is definitely no exception. In order to keep up with the evolving landscape, it’s about time that we start using social media to our advantage- beginning with the interview process!

 

Personal Marketing

People are always saying “be careful what you put on the internet,” and for good reason! These days, you never know just who will end up scrolling through your posts, so it’s always best to play it safe and keep things professional before you hit the share button. That being said, this doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun, and it definitely does not mean that you can’t be yourself on social media. In fact, the very best thing you can do is just that! Your social profiles should showcase who you are, what you do, and why you love doing it. As you already know, we are living in a world that revolves around technology and social media, and that doesn’t just exist from 9-5. Employers are using social media more and more to get to know candidates, and to dig deeper in finding the right fit for their next hire. For this reason, you can (and should!) use your Instagram profile, facebook page, and twitter account to your advantage when it comes to putting yourself out there on the job market. Think of your social profiles as a live portfolio, that displays your work and showcases your passion in real time. Social media is also a great way to build your personal brand, and market yourself as a desirable employee. The photos, stories, and messages you share allow you to show off your strengths, values, talents, and interests. Even the simple things like your bio and profile picture can speak volumes to who you are as an employee, and valuable member of the industry. So next time you go to post something on the ‘gram, don’t forget to ask yourself “does this represent my personal brand?”

 

Company Research 

Don’t forget that things work both ways in this crazy world of social media. Just as you’re thinking about the things you’re sharing on the internet, so are the brands and companies that you want to work for. When starting the job hunt, a great place to start (believe it or not) is your social feeds. A company’s various online profiles can give you instant insight, not only into the aesthetic and overall vibe of the brand, but often times what they stand for, their story, and their position within the industry. Social media may help you to decipher if they are the right fit for you, and if they offer the type of environment you’re looking for in a job. When preparing for an interview, heading to the company’s profiles will help you set the tone for what they may be looking for in a candidate in terms of values, goals, and culture fit. It will also give you a leg up on their current campaigns, articles, media mentions, and projects, which could lead to a great conversation topic, or interesting question to ask the interviewer. This will show that you took the time to do your research, and that you truly care about what is happening within the company. A quick five to ten minutes scrolling through a company’s social media can really help you to explore whether or not the company could be a good fit for you, and could also make or break the interview!

 

Connecting With Key People

Some may call it “cyber stalking,” but really it can be considered valuable research. When writing an application for a new position, it’s always best to address your message directly to the hiring manager or department lead. Sometimes the company website won’t give you all the contacts you may need, but with a little digging through social media, you may just be able to put a name to a title. Once you’re in contact with the hiring team for a prospective job, it can be helpful to research the people you’re connecting with. Without being creepy, it can be nice to preface an interview with a little background about who may be sitting across the table from you. On the other side of things, if you’re having a tough time breaking into the hiring scene, social media can be a great tool for networking. Get social with key leaders in the industry, by exploring your contacts and who they are connected with, and following along with people who inspire you in the industry. It is definitely important to maintain some boundaries between work and play when it comes to social media, but don’t be afraid to slide into someone’s DM’s, or drop a comment (professionally, of course) as a way to start a conversation, and spark a new meaningful connection. Hey- for all you know, it could just lead to the interview for your next job!

 

At the end of the day, social media often has a bad reputation for being a bit intrusive and sometimes even a little scary, but by switching your mindset and adding little intention behind your posts, you truly can use social media to your advantage in landing your dream job!

 

Inspo photo: By Viktor Hanacek

 

By: Heather Murray @heatherungraceful

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Career Advice – Preparing For an Interview at Your Dream Company

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

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interview prep

Applying for a job at your dream company can be a daunting task. Landing the interview with that company can be even scarier. Going to that interview, you’ll probably be a little bit nervous but with these tips, you are sure to be prepared.

Prepare your resume and cover letter

The key to even getting an interview is an amazing cover letter and resume. First things first, no more ‘to whom it may concern’. Find out who the hiring manager is and direct your cover letter to them. When you write your cover letter, make sure you personalize it to the company you are applying for. Write what makes you perfect for that specific role at that specific company. These small things go such a long way to getting you noticed.

Do your research

If this is your dream company, then surely you know a lot about it. However, that shouldn’t stop you from doing your research. When was the company founded and by who? Do they have one office or are they global? What are their core values? What does their day to day look like? If they sell product – ensure you know what type of product, materials, what goes into making them and their uses. You want to wow in the interview and knowing your stuff shows you’re committed.

Have questions 

The worst thing you can do at the end of the interview is not have any questions. Make a mental note in your head of a list of questions you may have about the company, the role, or maybe the hiring managers favourite thing about working there. Some of these questions may already be answered in the interview. That just means you can check that one off the list and move on to the next one. Having questions shows you are interested in the position.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

 

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Career Advice – Put the Phone Away: How to Be More Productive at Work

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

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Put the phone away

 

It’s ingrained in our daily lives – we constantly need to know what’s going on in the outside world, who has posted what on social media, how many likes you have. Our phones are constantly glued in our hands. Don’t get us wrong, smartphones are great, but they can also impact our productivity at work.

 

We’ve been there, you’re on a roll on a project or a task, and your phone starts lighting up with notifications. Automatically, as if it was on impulse, you just have to check. You could then spend the next five to thirty minutes scrolling. Then, to get back to your project or task, you’re out of the zone and it takes a while to get into it. 

 

So, what can be done to ensure that your phone isn’t impeding your productivity at work? Apple has a few great features that you can use. You can set your phone to ‘do not disturb’ during certain hours of the day, only allowing phone calls come through from select numbers if you wanted. This is great to set if you’re on a deadline and want to make sure that you won’t get distracted.

 

Another great feature that can be used is ‘screen time’. This feature breaks down what you’re using your phone for, where you spend the most time, whether it be social media, emails, texts, and how long throughout the day you’re using those apps. It can also show you how many times a day you physically pick up your phone, and the first time in the day that you did. 

 

Through this feature, you can set time limits for yourself for certain apps. For example, if you find that you’re scrolling through Instagram all day every day, you can set a limit for how long your phone will let you be on it. If you set it for only an hour, you’re going to make sure that when you’re at work you aren’t aimlessly scrolling through and maybe saving that hour for when you are home to catch up on the day.

 

Lastly, through ‘screen time’ you can set your phone to ‘downtime’ which is similar to ‘do not disturb’. This allows you to schedule time away from your phone where only apps and phone calls that you choose can come through. 

 

Smartphones are great, especially in most workplaces, but they can also be a distraction. Try to be mindful of your phone usage and you will find that you are more productive in your workday with fewer distractions.

 

Photo Courtesy of Christian Vierig/Getty Images

 

By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

 

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