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Career Advice – Perfecting a LinkedIn Message

Monday, May 27th, 2019

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LinkedIn Message

 

As a professional, a job seeker, or just someone looking to network, LinkedIn is your best friend. However, sometimes sending a LinkedIn message can be a daunting task. If you’re unsure where to start, or looking to perfect the message that could land you a job or a connection, we’ve got you covered. 

 

Personalize 

If you’re sending a message to someone you don’t personally know, make sure you address them by name. From there, personalize your message. Maybe you are aware that they have just hosted a fundraiser, were on vacation, or launched a new project. Touch on that. For example:

Hello Jane,

I hope all is well with you. I’m sure you’ve had a busy week with the launch of your new collection. Congratulations, it looks amazing!

You are showing that you follow their work, or them on social media, so you are aware of them and knowledgeable. You’ve done your research so make sure it shows. 

 

Why

You want to let this person know why you’re reaching out to them. Are you inquiring about a position or are you looking to connect for a coffee for more insight in a field or company? Just remember whoever you’re reaching out to probably gets many different ‘cold messages’ via Linkedin, so be clear. For example:

I am just reaching out to connect and hear more about your role as Vice President of Designs with *INSERT COMPANY NAME*. I would love to take you for a coffee to discuss this further’.

 

Introduce yourself

As they do get a lot of messages, what makes you stand out. These are busy professionals, so make it worth their while to make time for you. If you’re a new graduate and you received outstanding marks, mention that. If you’ve worked in a similar role or have expert experience mention it. Perhaps the company is global and you have dual citizenship. For example:

‘My name is Sue and I hold both my English and Canadian passports. I currently work in Visual Merchandising and have so for the past 10 years.’

 

Close off strong

You don’t want the message to be too long. When a message is too long, they will skim and miss important information, or they won’t read it at all. You want to get them hooked and learn more about you. This is key for you to ensure they want to make the time to meet you. Don’t forget to also upload a resumé as this is your informal, professional introduction. For example:

 ‘I would love to connect and chat further about your career, how you got where you are, and what advice you may be able to share as I continue to progress in my career. 

I have uploaded my resume and would love to go over it with you over a coffee in the coming weeks.

Speak soon,

Sue’ 

 

LinkedIn messages are meant to be short and sweet introductions with just enough information to show that you are knowledgeable about them (don’t copy and paste your messages!) and you are the person they need to meet!

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Career Tips – Create Your Personal Brand and Wow Potential Employers

Friday, March 29th, 2019

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When you are branding yourself you are essentially selling people your personality. Your personality should be straightforward and recognizable online and through your social media outlets in order for others to feel as though they are already familiar with you on a personal level before they even meet you. This goes the same for employers! Here are nine tips to help you create your personal brand as a job seeker and wow your potential employers (guaranteed). Thank you for visiting Style Nine to Five for career advice and exciting jobs! We truly appreciate your support.  

 
1. Determining your goals and values.
First things first, deciding what your personal career goals and values are, both short term and long term, will help you determine what type of person you want to be and how you want to be perceived. Where do you see yourself in a year? Are you the kind of individual who is compassionate or are you indifferent to other people’s feelings? Everything you do, whether it is publicly or in personal situations will reflect on you as a person. People’s perception of you is what makes up your personal brand. For this reason, it is important to decide what values you intend on portraying and what goals you hope to achieve with this. Defining your goals is an essential part of developing your identity because every decision you make in regards to building your brand will be directly linked to your desired goal.

 

2. Defining your target market.
As a “brand” your purpose is to share a specific message about yourself to a distinctive group of people, also known as a target market. Your target audience could be anyone from employers and colleagues to friends and family. Once you’ve determined who you are targeting, you must curate your presence both in person and online to appeal to that specific audience. This tip is not intended to promote deception or falsehood but to help you distinguish the needs of the audience you intend to connect with and determine how you should go about portraying yourself to potentially establish solid relationships.

 

3. Discovering what differentiates you and using that to your advantage.
Take some time to think about what makes you unique. If you want to differentiate yourself from your peers your must use your individual characteristics to your benefit. Whether it is an aesthetic, an experience or a special skill, these things will help you define yourself and your brand identity. Employers are always looking for someone who stands out from the crowd so don’t be afraid to show off your best attributes and share how they could be used as an advantage in the workplace. You should know who you are, and you should know who you are not.

 

4. Social media presence.
Social Media outlets such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and LinkedIn have arguably become one of the most important ways to build a personal brand. These platforms allow anyone to have immediate access to your work, get an understanding of your personality and style through the Internet as well as connect with you instantly. Lots of job opportunities have been created due to social media. Many employers take it upon themselves to look at their candidates’ profiles online to have a better understanding of how they are portraying themselves since it could affect the image of the company and brand they are hiring for. Having a cohesive, professional and interesting social media presence is fundamental in developing a successful public personal brand. Your social media profiles should include visually appealing images, a clear and consistent aesthetic as well as promote your creativity and individuality, whether it be through pictures of your work, sharing personal interests or by showcasing your knowledgeable skills as a young industry professional.

 

5. Paying Attention to Detail
Paying attention to detail is a key strategy to ensure you keep your brand consistent. You must make certain that the small things you are doing, such as your body language, any professional e-mails and notes you write as well as all captions or comments you make on social media are in keeping with your brand. This helps you remain true to the initial message, goals and values you have previously determined for your personal brand and give you credibility.

 

6. Consistency

To create a successful brand you must be one hundred percent consistent. Consistency goes hand in hand with authenticity, paying attention to detail and maintaining an individual personal identity. When you think of a brand, like Chanel for example, there are automatically certain attributes that come to mind that are associated with it, like the notion of class, haute-couture and it’s intriguing history. When creating a personal brand you must keep this in mind because your main focus is to try and control what attributes people associate with your brand and one of the ways to maintain a positive depiction of yourself is to remain consistent in your message.

 

 

7. Authenticity

Authenticity is extremely important when developing a brand identity. We live in a society where there is an excessive amount of media content being thrown at us daily, whether it is through advertisements, television, on websites or social media. Being immersed in this leads people to become more skeptical of the authenticity of what is being put out there, which is why it is important to stay genuine and transparent in everything you do or it could greatly damage your personal brand. Authenticity is important not only through media, but also when dealing with people in everyday situations. One of the main purposes of developing a personal brand is to create relationships with others that could lead you further into your career. However, without authenticity there is no trust, which therefore, could result in unsuccessful professional relationships.

 

8. Personal Style

Style can play a sizeable role in the way someone is being perceived. Your clothing, hair, makeup and accessories all reflect you as an individual and can alter your personal brand. The way you represent yourself through fashion doesn’t necessarily have to be in keeping with the latest trends or big designers, although, it should be consistent with your aesthetic, personality and overall brand, as well as remain professional. Style isn’t limited to your look, but can also be found in the way you speak, your mannerisms and facial expressions, so it is always best to remain aware of your actions when communicating with others.

 

9. Being Yourself

As cliché as it may sound, being yourself is one of the most important factors in successfully developing your personal brand. Being unique and staying true to your values will come off as genuine and will allow people to resonate with you, which will help you build long-term quality relationships that could hopefully lead to employment.

 

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Fashion Jobs – Pantone Reveals 2019 Colour of the Year

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

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It looks like the new year is going to be brighter, more vibrant, and definitely more tropical, according to Pantone’s latest Colour of the Year.

 

Released by the company’s colour experts, this year’s shade is called “Living Coral” and it’s a playful blend of orange and blush tones with hints of sherbet — and yes, it’s as stunning as it sounds.

 

It’s described as an “animating and life-affirming coral hue, with a golden undertone,” or a beautiful hue that we seriously can’t wait to get our hands on.

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“In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life,” a press release from Pantone reads, “we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy.”

 

Living Coral, according to Pantone, simulates human connection with its “nurturing” and “nourishing” qualities.

 

Not sure how to style Living Colour? We recommend mixing the colour with neon and black or more tropical colours.

 

Be sure to keep an eye out for what designers release items featuring Living Coral, so you can start rocking this hot new shade ASAP.

 

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By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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Fashion Jobs – Staying Active at the Office During Colder Months

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

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‘Tis the season for chunky knits, warm drinks and staying inside both at home and while at the office. As soon as it starts to get cold, those lunch outings turn into ordering takeout and the lunch break walks turn into dedicated water cooler gossip time. The truth is, once the first signs of the cold arrive, like seeing our breath we’re destined for hibernation. But that isn’t the best way to approach the winter, be it for productivity, your physical health or even just your mental health. It’s so important that we take time to not only step away from our desks and workplaces for breaks but staying active helps keep you alert and ready to work. If you’re looking to beat the cold this year by staying active, check out these 3 tips to help give you some inspiration

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1. Set Time To Get Up & Move

There’s a lot of back and forth between what is the best for your health in terms of getting up from your desk. Some will say a few times a day whereas others might recommend you do so hourly. The truth is, whatever works for your schedule and work environment is better than nothing at all. Take a walk around the office, climb a couple flights of stairs or even do some stretching at your desk. Whether you decide to get away from your desk for 5 minutes to walk around and regain circulation or make it a point to work standing up a few times a day something is always better than nothing. A lot of workplaces and employers will encourage this activity even to the point of providing employees with sit/stand workstations.

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2. Join The Gym With a Colleague

If you need a bit more incentive or excitement to stay active, why not join a gym? Between having to actually invest in this initiative and the opportunity to work out in a gym with equipment, engage with personal trainers and even take classes there’s no doubt that you can stay motivated and on track. But if you need an extra push, why not find a colleague or two to join the gym with you? We always find the buddy system is a great way to be held accountable and add even more motivation to your goals of staying active.

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3. Start a Fitness Group Or Friendly Competition

We generally spend more time at work with our colleagues then we do with our families and friends, so who better to be your support system for staying active than your coworkers? Starting a fitness support group is a great way to share ideas, motivation and experiences to help find what works for you, or what doesn’t. You can work together to hold each other accountable and encourage one another to get up and get active especially on those days where the self-motivation is lacking. We’ve seen challenges like “the biggest loser” or “most steps in a month”, all which encourage participants to stay active. If you want to take it a step further, why not start a friendly fitness competition among some colleagues? These usually work best with an incentive so generally a buy-in is set, and the winner gets the pot whether it’s cash or a determined prized by the group. Friendly fitness competitions are especially helpful to keep us on track during the holidays or help us bounce back in the new year.

 

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BY M.J. Elle, Toronto, @TheMJElle

8 Fashion Companies Currently Hiring in Vancouver

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

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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!

 

Lululemon
Role: Accessories Designer
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Description: The Accessories Designer at lululemon creates world-class athletic and fashion accessories that are acknowledged as leading in innovation, design, function, fit and quality. Under the mentorship of and collaboration with the Design Director (and/or Senior Designer in lieu) you create and develop the line for your designated class(es)/sub-classes from inception of ideas to production of styles.

 

Lululemon
Role: 
Director of Raw Materials
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Description: The raw materials team creates industry-leading, high quality, eco-friendly performance materials in collaboration with Sourcing & Supplier Partners. We transform design concepts into reality, research new technologies/solutions, and develop fabrics, trims, colour and prints that surprise and delight our guest while meeting quality and compliance standards.

 

Lululemon
Role: Senior Brand Manager
Job type: 
Full-Type
Job Description: The Senior Brand Manager, Women’s will be responsible for bringing lululemon global campaigns to life across a variety of channels. You will lead ideation and collaboration with cross-functional partners to develop and execute integrated brand campaigns. The Senior Brand Manager, Women’s is a creative and innovative business leader who can execute a best in class campaign to support business results in our stores, community and e-commerce business.

 

Lululemon
Role: Junior Fabric Designer
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Description: The role in the Raw Materials Development Team Learning role to practice technical education and problem-solving skills by developing product in partnership with cross-functional partners.

 

Lululemon
Role: Assistant Fabric Designer
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Description:  The Assistant Fabric Developer is an entry-level technical role which executes administrative support, learns and understands fabric development and manages seasonal developments along with the fabric developer/Senior fabric developer.

 

Bailey Nelson
Role: Optical Stylist
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Description: As an optical stylist for Bailey Nelson, you’ll be responsible for building customer rapport, engaging with the team, and driving business. Skill and experience requirements include customer service, organization and time management, good analytical and problem-solving skills to name a few.

 

Bailey Nelson
Role: Store Manager
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Description: The store manager is required to better the eyewear industry one customer, eye test and pair of glasses at a time; lead the store by driving strong results and building strong community relationships; develop a strong working relationship with your in-store Optometrist; lead and develop your team of optical stylists and dispensers.

 

Diverse Group
Role: Fashion Sales Assistant
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Description: Diverse Group is looking for a positive, self-motivated individual who works well within a team. Must understand how to drive sales, have excellent written and verbal communication skills and a proven track record building new business and maintaining existing customer relationships.

 

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Fashion Jobs – Get the Job You Want

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

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What does it truly take to be successful in your career, no matter the industry? For many of us, we’re not too certain where we’ll wind up unless we experience different jobs throughout our career. Even if the job you’re in isn’t one you can see yourself staying in for a long time, always do your best and make it work for YOU.

 

One piece of advice that I’ve given time and time again in interviews, and when asked how to succeed in the fashion industry or any industry, is to go above and beyond what is asked of you on the job. Sure, this may be something that everyone is used to hearing over and over again from any professional, but I don’t think many people truly understand the importance. For example, many may start working in retail as a means to an end, never thinking that it’ll be the start of their career. What I think people often forget is the fact that many corporate hires from major fashion retailers come from within the company. If you prove yourself from an entry level position as a sales associate, you would be surprised at how many doors open for you.

 

I remember phoning Le Chateau’s head office as a 17 year old, part time sales associate, to ask about what it takes to get a job in fashion marketing. From then on out, I would create inspiration boards for the sales team during my breaks, just because I wanted to, not because it was required of me from the job. I knew that I had to make the most of what I wanted from the job, and this certainly wasn’t an attitude that I abandoned even as I climbed through the retail ranks to Store Manager and Assistant Menswear Buyer for Le Chateau. As a Store Manager, I would constantly be thinking of new ways to hit and exceed the weekly store goals. Oftentimes, the best results were from the most unconventional of ideas. From getting a popular local DJ to come into the store on a rainy Saturday, to dressing up the entire sales team in Le Chateau’s own dresses to promote the product, I enjoyed my role the most when I kept my mind busy. I think many of us spend our time simply going through the paces on the job, but it really is up to ourselves to create opportunities. When I worked as an Assistant Menswear Buyer for Le Chateau, I would go to other stores on my days off to study the latest trends, and often would buy items that I thought Le Chateau should carry to our weekly meetings. I didn’t let my job title as Assistant Buyer restrict me from doing what I felt needed to be done.

 

Your personal career growth is up to you and not your management. Create the opportunity for yourself by going above and beyond. Always work towards the position you want, not simply doing enough to get by in the position you have.

 

Christie Lohr

 

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6 Fashion Companies Currently Hiring in Toronto

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

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Calling all Toronto 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 Toronto. All you have to do now is polish up your resume and cover letter, and apply!

 

Red Canoe – National Heritage Brands Inc.

Role: Retail Associate
Job Type: Part-time
Job Description:  Red Canoe has opened a new store in Toronto’s Distillery District and is looking for someone who is friendly, hardworking, able to meet the needs of customers, and a great team player who does their part to keep the store ready by maintaining visual standards, stocking, re-merchandising and light cleaning.

 

ModiFace

Role: Assistant Project Coordinator
Job Type: Full-time
Job Description: ModiFace is a technology company apart of L’Oréal Group located in Yorkville seeking a highly motivated, energetic and professional individual to assist our Projects team with administrative tasks and client relations, including meeting with L’Oréal brands, and coordinating on various projects.

 

Poor Little Rich Girl

Role: Sales Associate
Job Type: Full-time
Job Description: Poor Little Rich Girl is seeking full and part-time sales associates who are outgoing, energetic, fashion savvy, and are able to provide exceptional customer service. The next Poor Little Rich Girl must have a passion for fashion and prides herself on looking effortlessly stylish. She is a team player, reliable, and is able to build relationships with customers. Prior retail sales experience is a must!

 

PYA Importer

Role: Wholesale Fashion Sales Representative
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Description: PYA IMPORTER is a Toronto-based global fashion house that is looking for someone who has a history and background in the Fashion Wholesale and Distribution industry. Candidates will have a strong understanding of both the Ontario and Canadian retail market. A familiarity and strength in denim is a plus.

 

NUMI

Role: Social media intern
Job Type: Intern
Job Description: NUMI is a line of innovative fashion essentials for women that’s looking for a social media intern to join its growing team. NUMI is looking for someone who is passionate about social media to focus on engaging our community through our social media channels and assist our digital marketing team to build online brand awareness through content creation and inbound marketing strategies.

 

Fortnight Lingerie

Role: Sales Associate & Bra Fitter
Job Type:
Full and Part-Time
Job Description: 
Fortnight Lingerie is a Toronto designed and produced line of luxury undergarment essentials. Fortnight is opening a retail store this November and is looking for bra fitters/sales associates who are passionate about lingerie and helping women feel like their true selves.

 

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Ways To Get Your Career Back On Track

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

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Life is full of highs and lows, and the same goes for your fashion career. You’ll have times where you feel you’re exactly where you want to be and have a sense of accomplishment. In other cases, you might be at a part in your career where you feel stuck or need more of a challenge to continue growing. Whether it’s looking for that next opportunity, or finding ways to grow with a company you love, having to refresh your career is nothing to be ashamed of. If you’re looking for that je ne sais quoi for your career check out our advice for getting back on the right career path!

 

1. Set Goals, Have A Plan

That one piece of advice everyone in your life has given you, from your dad to your financial advisor of having a plan is by no means a gimmick. Setting career goals and building an outline of some sort of plan -five years, 10 years or even three months, is extremely important to working towards your ideal of success. What’s the key to the master plan working? Knowing that you can never really plan out life, and the plan is more of a template.

 

2. Network Is Your Networth

Talking to your friends and family is always a great way to get advice. But sometimes looking to your professional network to discuss career planning might be more beneficial. Your colleagues and superiors can give you a perspective based on their first-hand experience of you on the job, and the industry you’re in. Whether it’s feedback on your strengths and opportunities or insights on potential opportunities, your professional network is a goldmine of potential.

 

3. Work With A Recruiter

If you’re looking to make a move from your current organization, you might want to try connecting with a recruiter. Once you get to a certain level in your career, the best companies and opportunities are usually filled by a recruitment firm or consultant. Not all recruiters and processes are the same, so we recommend finding someone who specializes in your industry and is dedicated to getting to know you, in order to find the right fit for you. Starting on our job board is great for finding your new career in fashion and retail!

4. Higher Education

Sometimes that promotion or new opportunity requires a bit more training or education and it’s never too late to head back to class! Some people choose to study a full degree or diploma program, while others might prefer taking a couple courses or getting a certification. There’s an endless supply of free online training that can easily be completed after work, and some companies even offer internal development courses. Whatever way you choose to go, know that education really is power!

 

5. Find A Mentor

One piece of advice any senior level manager or executive will give you, is to find a professional mentor. This is someone who has insight into your industry or company and that can provide you with advice, inspiration and knowledge to help you grow in your career. Look to people within your industry, organization or network who either you would like to learn more from or have enjoyed communicating with. Big organizations often have mentorship programs senior managers and executives participate in, so be sure to take advantage of that.

 

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By M.J. Elle, Toronto, @TheMJElle

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Fashion Jobs – How to Start Your Own Business

Monday, October 29th, 2018

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Are you thinking about starting your own business but are afraid to take the leap? Depending on where your passions, experience, and skillsets lie, there may be several paths to take. Whenever I am asked the question, I offer advice that applied to my own personal journey. After all, what worked for me may not work for everyone, but I do believe that there are a few key points that can be applicable to any aspiring business owner.

 

The first and most important piece of advice that I will give is to find an opportunity in the market and fill it. Your solution to the problem has to be a good one, and one that a lot of people can get on board with. Sure that may sound daunting, especially if you don’t peg yourself as someone who can think outside of the box. What I will say to that is, let your past experiences and knowledge guide you towards an opportunity. I didn’t just pull the idea for Style Nine to Five out of thin air. I got the idea for it after working as a retail recruiter in the fashion industry and being so frustrated with what was available at the time to help me do my job. I was posting on general job websites and advertising in newspapers with no return. I wasn’t getting the qualified applicants for the roles I was trying to fill. It was actually one specific role that gave me the nudge. I couldn’t find anyone to be a visual display associate in Calgary. A job that was so easy to fill in every other market! I thought, WHERE are all the fashionistas?! Why aren’t they jumping on this opportunity? How can I find them? From that frustration, I thought to myself, I couldn’t be the only one that was experiencing the problem of lack of qualified applicants for the job openings that I was recruiting for. That was my lightbulb moment. I realized there was no fashion specific job board. I called up a web developer and quit my job three weeks later. After all, the fashion industry is huge, and there clearly wasn’t a job portal that was tailored for what everyone in the industry needed. Armed with that knowledge, I knew that I could be the one to solve that problem once and for all. And from that, Style Nine to Five was born in 2010 around my 30th birthday.

 

I think the moral of my story is that looking to solve a problem or to create the next best thing regarding a topic/area/industry which you know absolutely nothing about, will likely be a lot less feasible than trying to address an existing problem in an area that you are familiar and passionate about. If you are knowledgeable in an area already, then you’ve done half the work of figuring out how everything works, what’s lacking, and most importantly, what COULD work in tackling the shortcomings that you’ve identified. You’re much more likely to succeed with your idea if you’ve already paid your dues, and have an applicable and relevant knowledge to draw from.

 

Another thing I will say is, don’t start your own business for the sole purpose of making money. Of course we all want to make money, but if you begin your journey thinking that the money will just come pouring in, then you’re wrong! Be prepared to be broke for a while. Before jumping into anything, make sure you have at least 6 months to a year’s worth of savings to live on (or more but that’s what I had), as you probably won’t start to see positive cash flows for at least a year.

 

Don’t be afraid of applying for a business loan. You will need cash flow in order to grow. It’s everyone’s hope that you will have enough saved up or borrowed from family to never have to take out a penny from the bank, but not everyone will be in as fortunate a situation. I didn’t take a loan out until 4 years into running my business when I decided to expand into New York (that’s a whole other blog post). Although it’s important to not be reckless with your spending, DON’T be afraid to spend money to make money. Running a business can be expensive (website updates, advertising, hosting fees, etc.), so make sure you’re prepared for that before sending in any resignations.

 

The final piece of advice I will give is to be prepared for a lot of hard work. While you may be able to start your business while still doing your day job, there will come a time when you will have to dive in head first. In order to grow your idea into a full-fledged business, your business has to become your life. I work on Style Nine to Five from the time I wake up to the time I go to sleep, with mental breaks, gym classes, a few events, and the odd nap in between.

 

Don’t be afraid of failure and don’t expect it to happen overnight. For many types of businesses, you will need time to build up your credibility; I know that was the case for Style Nine to Five. It’s those that give up within the first year of running their business that ultimately don’t make it. Just when you feel like giving up, don’t. Remember, on the other side of that hardship, is where you’re supposed to be.
– Christie Lohr

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Fashion Jobs – Why a Mentor is Important for Your Career

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

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We’ve all heard the sayings ‘lead by example’ and ‘knowledge is power’, which is why it can be so beneficial to your long-term career plans to have a mentor because if you have someone to look up to, you will be more likely to succeed in your goals. If you are unaware what a mentor is, it is someone who is, ideally, in your career field who can help you on your path to achieving your goals. This person is like your friend but is also someone who you look up to professionally. You could meet this person through networking events, you may already work with them, or it could be someone you’ve sought out via social media.

 

Mentors can help you find the clarity you need to focus on your goals. Having been where you currently are, your mentor will give you the inspiration to be the best you can be in your career.  Your mentor will also be someone you’ll be able to turn to when you have questions, – whether they are career related or not, this is the person you can turn to for anything. 

 

Not only will they be there for you, but they will also advocate for you. Networking is a powerful thing and if you can say the right thing to the right person, your mentor can help you on your way to your dreams. Your mentor will be your biggest supporter and your number one fan. 

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With a mentor, you’ll also always be learning new things, such as how to succeed in your career, the ins and outs of the business, which people you should know, and how to be the best person you can be.

 

When you finally find yourself in the spot you wanted for your life, your mentor will turn into more of a friend. They will always be there for knowledge, but you won’t necessarily need them for your career growth.  You can take everything you’ve learned and eventually be able to become a mentor yourself.

 

You can help mould the life of a young professional,  just like you had early on in your career. You can become someone’s advocate, someone’s professional friend, and someone’s confidant. 

 

Inspiration images:
Image courtesy of Vogue Paris
Image courtesy of Blog Lovin’

 

By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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