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Fashion Jobs – Interview Question: What are your Weaknesses?

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

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No job interview is complete without the dreaded, “what’s your greatest weakness” question, or some variation of it. Employers love to ask candidates about their professional weaknesses, and what a candidate says in response can reveal a lot about them. I can’t even begin to count how many times I’ve received the generic, “I pay too much attention to detail,” another variation of turning an inherent strength into a weakness, or worse “I don’t have any”. Everyone has weaknesses in certain areas; it’s human nature. Trying to pass yourself off as a perfectionist during your interview may not actually work in your favour the way you would expect it to. Be real and be authentic. Always show up to an interview having fully prepared to answer that dreaded question. As an employer, I want to know what you’ve done to overcome a weakness in the past, specifically something that’s related to the workplace and not your personal life. It’s important to maintain professionalism, so choose a weakness that would be of interest to your interviewer.

 

For example, my personal weakness is that I am disorganized. Being so busy, I want to get everything done ahead of schedule and in the rush to do so, I may just skip a beat along the way. With so much going on, I’m prone to being somewhat scatter-brained and have even missed a few important, scheduled calls in the past. In order to improve and overcome this weakness, I committed to writing everything down in front of me. I knew I had to start doing so as using my phone calendar wasn’t effective for me. Along with writing and documenting everything, I also started creating spreadsheets on Google Docs. The combination of the two has been really effective in helping me get more organized. Although my organization is still something that I’m working on, I can safely say that it’s no longer a hindrance to my ability to be productive while not missing the little details.

 

Whether you share my weakness of disorganization, or have one that’s unique to you, I encourage you to work at improving your negatives so that you can turn it into a great answer to the next “what’s your biggest weakness” interview question.”

 

– Christie Lohr @christie_lohr

 

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Fashion Jobs – How to Land the Fashion Job After the Interview

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

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

1. Questions!

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

 

2. Follow Up

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

 

3. Alert Your References

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

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Fashion Jobs – How to Fight That January Workplace Slump

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

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As we hit mid-January, it’s finally setting in that the holidays are over and it’s back to reality. The first few weeks of the new year can be some of the hardest to go through as we catch-up from time off, settle into the winter months and get back to our routines. Many of us tend to fall into a rut thanks to those January blues, which make it hard to find motivation. But the truth is, it’s time to saddle up and take these first few weeks of the new year by the reins to set yourself up for a successful year ahead. We’ve got our guide ready to go on how to beat that January work slump!

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1. Reorganize And Refresh Your Workspace
A fresh year at work should mean a fresh workspace! Whether you need to bring out your duster and vacuum or just reconfigure your setup, starting the year off with a tidy and organized workspace is a great way to set the tone for the year. Don’t have a personal workspace? Get the entire team involved and get your work environment in tip-top shape!

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2. Build A Career Action Plan
Career action plans should always be a work in progress that you’re always tweaking, but taking the chance to reset and realign your goals at the start of the new year will help you stay focused and motivated in January. We like to break our action plans down by year, quarter and month to have a measurable way to stay accountable to it. If this isn’t something you or your employer already does, making this a tradition year after year for yourself will definitely benefit your career in the long-term!

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3. Start Some Friendly Competition
Are you not the only one feeling those winter blues at work? Maybe it’s time to set up a little friendly motivation at work to boost team morale! Whether it’s a company-wide program set up for you by your employer, or something you start privately with some close co-workers try to make it fun and achievable. Not sure where to start? Look at competitions with things like sales goals, project completion and other key productivity indicators and make the stakes fun like a gift card or a paid dinner by the last-place finisher.

 

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By: M.J. Elle, Toronto, @TheMJElle

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.

 
Christie Lohr

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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 – 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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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 – 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

Fashion Jobs – How to Find Your Career Guru

Monday, December 17th, 2018

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We can all admit, when it comes to moving up in the world, we could all use a little help. Especially when it comes to the competitive world of fashion. Rewind to when we were kids, there was always that one person who we looked up to. Whether it was a teacher, parent or coach. They always seemed to have the voice of reasoning, that helped guide us to the right decision. When it comes down to flourishing your career there are many people who have been there done that. Here are a few ways you can find your career guru!

 

Volunteer Your Time
There are many places in the industry that could use an extra hand in the office. So why not offer yours, and gain that extra experience to get yourself ahead? Take a risk and send a simple e-mail to that company you’ve had your eye on, ask if they have volunteer opportunities or internship contracts. Of course, most opportunities won’t be paid but all money aside, this opportunity can bring a lot of good fortune by meeting the right people.

 

Mix And Mingle
If you’re coming straight out of school as a fresh graduate or revamping yourself back into your career, networking events are an easy way for you to get your foot in the door, as many gurus from all different places love attending events. It’s a great way to progress your skills regardless of how many years you’ve got in the biz. With a schmoozing conversation, you might come across an opportunity from someone who needs someone just like you. LinkedIn is a great tool to use to see what type of events could be happening near you.

 

Find A Veteran
Whether it be a college professor or an internship boss, don’t be afraid to remain connected. These veterans can teach you the ins and outs of the industry and always lend an open ear when you’re trying to seek advice. While you’re interning or in school be curious, creating conversation is the best way to educate yourself about the industry. Be a listener and hear out their experiences of when they first began and how they got to where they are now. Yes, it may feel like the good old days, when mom and dad lectured you to boredom. In the end, we can all admit, they were always right!

 

With all the different loops the fashion industry has to offer from retail to head office jobs. It’s a pool of opportunity, so jump in. Mix and mingle, intern and retain your relationships with the well-connected folks you meet along the way. Undoubtedly you’ll get yourself recruited.

 

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By Andrea Andino, Vancouver @andreaaandino

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Questions to Ask at an Interview to Land the Job

Friday, December 14th, 2018

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We’ve all been there before: You’re at an interview and you know you’re going to be asked: “do you have any questions for me?” The table’s turn and your role switches from being the interviewee to the interviewer.  This moment can work to your benefit, instead of being dreaded. Use these five questions to help you grasp a better insight of your budding future job and make a statement that can turn it into reality.

 

1. Describe the day-to-day tasks that are included in the role?
I’m sure you’ve read over the job posting, rehearsed the qualifications and compared them to the shining star that you are. However, this is a chance for them to give you the inside scoop on the role, and fill you in on anything that wasn’t listed on the application. It’s also an opportunity to discover the layout of the office, see who you would be reporting to or working side by side. It’s an easier way for you to visualize your future daily routine and if it’s the right fit.

 

2. What type of qualities would you like to see in someone excelling in the position?
You’re obviously awesome, not to mention who wouldn’t want you on their team? This is your chance to boost your confidence and compare yourself to the role. You might walk into the interview knowing “you got this” or vice versa and shocked you were selected for a meet and greet. All skills aside, at every workplace it comes down to the personality. This is an opportunity to make your personality shine and relate their expectations to yourself. For instance, bring up a moment where you’ve problem solved or multi-tasked at work.

 

3. Describe the company culture?
A great way to picture yourself in a place is to have them explain to you what makes it so great! Your important and a solid investment to the company. Dig in and find the information you need to see if your new workplace fits as your second home. Because we all know it: regardless of where you work, it’s going to become your secondary residence. Discover their values, what makes them unique and overall aura of staff (aka your new co-workers).

 

4. What do you love most about working for the company and your position?
You’ll most likely be interviewed by your potential superior or the founder of the company. Regardless it’ll be someone who has been with the company for years and can share why they’re passionate about the purpose of their role. You can grab a glimpse of the interviewer’s background and how they made it to where they are now. This can be very motivational, to discover someone else’s success and career path.

 

5. What is the potential career growth for someone in this role?
We all think about our future with a workplace and if we can see long-term happiness. Your skills are important and your hard work should most definitely be recognized. Now is the time to see how you could grow within the company, and how to receive a greater role that can prosper your career.

 

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By Andrea Andino, Vancouver @andreaaandino

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