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Product Developer Career

Monday, August 12th, 2019

 

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There are so many different niches housed inside the fashion industry. Whether it be in creative, public relations, CEO, retail level, you name it – the industry has it. One of the most sought-after creative positions in the industry is a product developer. Whether it be with a company in-house, or you are starting a line of your own. We have all the ins and outs for you to succeed!

 

To be a product developer, especially for brands and companies, nine times out of ten you will need a degree or certificate behind you. It can be a bachelor’s degree or an associate’s degree. Some fashion schools even give you a certificate in a shorter amount of time. With this, you’ll learn about textiles, fabrics, trends and get the training to draw and create the pieces.

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If you’re working for a company or a brand, you’ll need to ensure your designs fall in line with their image. For example, you wouldn’t design a flowy, chiffon summer dress for a company like Lululemon. Your vision needs to be the same as the brand’s vision, which sometimes can limit your creativity. If you are working on your own line or brand, the sky is the limit.

 

When you are designing your pieces, you also need to ensure you are picking the right fabrics and textiles. This means learning where you outsource from and the durability of the fabric. What does it feel like, how does it hang, how much does it cost? It’s one thing to think up a creation, it’s another to make it come to life.

 

Another aspect in the day to day of a product developer is research. This is reaching out to your clientele and finding out what they like and what they want. There is no point working on a product that isn’t going to sell no matter how much you may personally love it. Reaching out to your clientele isn’t always feasible. Another option is to look at past sales. What products sold the best and which stayed in a store too long. You can take that data to help you create and eventually sell your designs.

 

Being a product developer is creative and fun, but it also is a lot of hard work. It can also mean long days and many hours on end but can be one of the most satisfying and rewarding positions in the fashion industry

 

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By Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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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!

 

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By: Heather Murray @heatherungraceful

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Fashion Jobs – Spring Jackets You Need This Year

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

It’s safe to say it felt like spring would never arrive this year.  And with the start of the new season just days away,  it means it’s almost time to retire our parkas and grab something lighter and more fun. Spring is the time of year where everything feels fresh and full of happiness and your outerwear choices should reflect that! While the classic trench coat or camel pea coat is always in season, there are five more styles we’re all for this year.

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Statement leather
What better way to make it known that spring is here than by wearing bright colours. Retire your classic leather jacket and try this coloured trend instead. Many coloured leather jackets have other fun features as well. If you want to go full out with this trend, try one with tassels or a bejewelled belt.

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Oversized blazer
Just like a trench or light peacoat, an oversized blazer is always in style. Pair it with a loose-fitting dress to get an ‘80’s feel, with skinny jeans and a blouse for after work drinks, or with a matching pair of trousers for a bold power suit. The options with this jacket are endless, which makes it a great investment piece for spring. 

 

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The ‘everyday’ jacket
When you just need a jacket to grab and go, you want something that’s a little warmer than a bomber jacket and can be styled with everything you own. We love this Borg jacket from Topshop because it’s perfect for running errands, throwing over a turtleneck and jeans for a casual brunch, or over your work clothes for a night out, which makes it super versatile.

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Boucle
We can all picture the classic Chanel bouclé coat. It’s probably the first thing that comes to mind if you think either Chanel or bouclé. This jacket has an air of elegance and class. Paired with a pencil skirt or denim, this jacket will elevate every outfit you choose.

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Denim
What screams spring more than a denim jacket? It’s light and can be casual and edgy at the same time. Put on a floral, flowy dress and top it with an oversized, light wash, denim jacket and you have the ultimate spring outfit. This is an investment piece that will never go out of style.

 

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Product Info:
Bagatelle Pebbled Leather Biker Jacket, $405, available at Urban Outfitters
Crepe Blazer, $99.90, available at Zara
Borg Western Style Jacket, $79, Topshop
Short Tweed Jacket, $49.90, available at Zara
Ex-Boyfriend Trucker Jacket, $128, available at Levi’s 

 

By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

Fashion Jobs – Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

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As winter rages on, there are a number of trends that the fashion world just can’t seem to get enough of, one of them being leopard print. And we get that leopard print has been around since the 70s, but it’s sticking around for a good reason. For starters, if you’re not afraid of making a statement, it’s one of the best neutrals you can have in your closet. Whether you’re looking for inspo for your next night out or for a very on-trend way to break up your predictable all-black winter ensemble, read on to see what leopard print pieces we’re coveting now.

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The Bootie
It’s easy to stay right on trend while rocking this leopard print sock bootie. Featuring a pointed toe (which is currently one of the hottest footwear trends), this ankle boot has a just-right heel (and price) that will have you strutting with confidence.

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The Jumpsuit
Sure, there might be snow on the ground, and technically a little cold for a jumpsuit, but with the right styling this will be the hottest thing in your wardrobe this year. Pair with a thin, fitted turtle neck, booties, and a black faux fur jacket and you’ve got your go-to leopard print look regardless of the time of day. Once the warmer months hit, rock this baby with a leather jacket and pumps for a killer night-out look.Screen Shot 2019-02-18 at 3.43.31 PM

The Pants
For the ultimate ‘it girl’ look, style a pair of leopard print pants with a pair of edgy, black boots, a vintage band tee and a leather jacket and a pair of chic sunnies. We’re getting major Vanessa Hudgens vibes with this look.

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The Blouse
There’s something about a sheer blouse that just screams confidence. But when you have a sheer, leopard print blouse with a statement collar, now that’s a whole other story. What we love about this blouse is it can be styled with a pair of dress pants for the office or with a pair of high-waisted jeans or a leather skirt for a night on the town.

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The Sunnies
If you’re not comfortable rocking full-blown leopard print, why not try for something a little more subtle like a pair of leopard print sunnies instead? They are versatile, fun, and today’s newest tortoiseshell.

 

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Product Info
Mix No. 6 Cadaoria Bootie, $44.98, available at DSW
Faithful the Brand Elsa Jumpsuit, $237.17, available at Revolve
Alg Animal Print Pants, $353, available at Farfetch
Animal Print Blouse, $79.90, available at Zara
Dolce & Gabbana Round Leo Glasses, $595, available at Shopbop

 

By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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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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Fashion Jobs – New Employee Satisfaction

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

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

 

As a recruiter, I arranged to meet with candidates at a trendy café and explained to them how pleased they would be with the particular role – after all, I sat there with a big smile on my face, gushing with pride about my great experiences and just how wonderful the company I worked for was. Many times, unfortunately, when these employees started, their store management failed to deliver my vision. Ultimately, the employees didn’t last and they were unhappy.

 

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

 

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

 

It is definitely a conversation worth having with your team.

 

Christie Lohr

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Fashion Jobs – Holiday Party Trends

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

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The time has come when your Google calendar is full of events for the holiday season. If the exhaustion burnout won’t get to you, the stress of picking each holiday outfit might. Finding the perfect trends to ‘wow’ everyone with at your next holiday party can be daunting. However, Style Nine to Five have made the task that much easier with our newest compiled list of trends that will win you best dressed at your next holiday party. 

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Velvet
Velvet is popping up everywhere this holiday season and you have your pick of the lot with this trend. Most comfortable in a jumpsuit, grab a jewel toned velvet one. Want to wear a dress? Grab a burgundy velvet wrap dress. Have your favourite blouse you want to pair with a skirt? There’s a velvet option for that.

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Emerald Green
When we think of the holiday season 2018, we think emerald green. From shoes to bags to jackets to tops, this colour is here for the season. Emerald green is the new, elegant colour to replace that traditional Christmas green you have in mind. Best thing yet, you can wear this colour outside of the holiday season.

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Midi – Pleated Skirts
Pair with your favourite sweater to make this skirt scream holiday. Not only will you look super cute, you will also have tonnes of room for when you eat all that yummy holiday food. Most pleated skirts have an elastic waist, making it an ultra-comfortable, yet classic, look.

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Metallics
This year, a big trend is to play up metallic tones. If you want to stick with a dress, or a skirt, add a metallic blazer to bring out the festivities. Are you a style risk taker? Break all the traditional holiday party rules and wear metallic trousers and a lace camisole. Your outfit will be the talk of the party. First outfit available at The Latest Scoop!

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Two Piece Suit
What demands the attention in the room more than a powerful woman in a suit? This doesn’t have to be your plain jane black, basic suit. You can play with prints and colours, too. If you want to make even more of a statement, skip the shirt all together and use a structured blazer as your top – just make sure it’s still appropriate if it is a work function.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

Fashion Jobs – Basics Every Woman Needs in Her Wardrobe

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

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It should come as no surprise that most women spend most of their money on fast-fashion items that aren’t intended to last more than a season or two. And while that’s okay for trying out fun, new trends, every woman eventually reaches a point when they need to start spending their money on items that are meant to last. These are the items that will become the foundation of your wardrobe, and they’ll remain in style for years to come. But rather than sharing your run of the mill, traditional wardrobe staples, we wanted to share our favourite ‘basic’ items that have received a bit of a modern update, so you can still look effortlessly timeless, without blending into the crowd.

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Trench Coat
This as an investment piece you’ll wear forever. Look for a classic A-line silhouette that will cinch you in at the waist and that you can wear over everything from suits to jeans.

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White Sneakers
Ditch your trusted Converse for a fun upgrade like these retro Nike kicks. They are a classic that will go with everything. Always.

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Blue Jeans
Every woman needs to own at least one pair of go-to jeans (that instantly make her legs and butt look perfect). And there’s no better way to stay ahead of the trends than with a pair of high-rise, cropped, ‘mom-style’ blue jeans.

 

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Striped Top
A classic striped top will never go out of style and will remain as a mainstay in your closet for years to come. We can’t get enough of this Comme Des Garcons striped basic, because it’s simple yet effective thanks to the addition of the appliquéd iconic mini red heart synonymous with the brand.

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Black Booties
A pair of leather booties will be a staple for years to come and for good reason. They can instantly elevate any look from jeans and a white tee to a midi dress for a night on the town.

 

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Product Info
J.Crew Dion Trench, $314.73, available at Nordstrom
Nike Classic Cortez Sneaker, $70, available at Urban Outfitters
Madewell High-Rise Crop Jeans, $70, available at Net-a-Porter
Comme Des Garcons mini heart logo striped T-shirt, $180, available at Farfetch
Franco Sarto Sienne Point-Toe Leather Booties, $200, available at The Bay

 

By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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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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Fashion Jobs – Get Ahead in Your Career

Friday, November 9th, 2018

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I know it’s so easy to fall into the trap of believing that if we just work hard, we’ll eventually be discovered and whisked off for bigger and better things. What we forget is that when it comes to career growth and development, it’s up to ourselves to seek out opportunities. Sometimes that means that we have to ask for what we want; there really isn’t anyone else to do it for us. Yes, that seems like a daunting task initially, but let me shed some more light on this topic and in turn, give you all a well needed confidence boost to just go for it.

I’ve always recognized myself as a bit of an introvert and some of my shyness has stayed with me throughout my fashion career, especially in the beginning. With that said, that has never stopped me from asking for what I want. If you’ve already proven yourself as a reliable employee, then chances are management also recognize the same ability in you. If you don’t vocalize your goals, then who would know to consider you for any new opportunities?

When I did fashion segments on Breakfast Television in 2007 as a representative for Le Chateau (with my appearances coordinated by Le Chateau’s PR), I had the idea to represent myself and showcase other brands by doing style segments as simply ‘Christie Lohr’, and not ‘Christie Lohr of Le Chateau’. I knew I already had an established relationship with Breakfast Television so I went ahead and expressed my interest in being an all-around fashion expert. I sent the email and asked. I knew that showcasing other brands would definitely increase the range of topics that could be discussed on their style segment, therefore appealing to a wider audience. Breakfast Television recognized that too as they agreed it would be a great idea and I then became their fashion expert for the next few years. Later moving on to CTV Morning Live.

 

If you see an opportunity within your current company or within a personal connection’s company, then express your interest! Start by presenting a reason as to why you think that you could be a great fit for the role and any ideas that you would execute if you did get the job. Most people in management are receptive to ideas promoting the growth of their companies. You’d be surprised at how many people would be willing to give your ideas a shot if you put them forward. Are you into fashion merchandising while you’re in a sales associate role? Then speak openly of your interest and approach your management with your personal inspiration/style boards! The worst someone can say is no, and that really isn’t so bad (it’s not personal, and remember that!).

 

Around the same year, in 2007, I requested an interview with FASHION Magazine even after 3 internship rejections because I knew in my heart that I could fulfill the position well. They agreed to the interview request and I got the internship in the end. 3 times a charm?

 

Have you ever had a missed opportunity because you were afraid to express your interest for fear of rejection? Make it a personal resolution to start asking for what you want!

 

Thanks for reading and for your continued support.

 

Christie Lohr

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