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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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Fashion Jobs – Should You Quit Your Job?

Friday, October 26th, 2018

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I know you want a quick and easy solution to this answer but a lot of it has to do with you. Don’t forget, anything is possible and you can create the life you want. Know you’re good enough at what you do to go for it. Change things up! Create the role you want.

 

First off, before anyone decides to exit from an existing job or career, I think it’s important to ask yourself, “did I do all that I could to make the most out of my position?” I strongly believe that trying to go above and beyond your role, and creating opportunities to do different tasks outside of what’s expected of you is a great way to regain a sense of satisfaction in what you do. Find new ways to add to your current role as if you were working in the role you wanted.

 

Are you working for a company that you love, but maybe not in the role you want? Have you considered creating a role you want? Pitch the idea to your boss!

 

Beyond that, if you know it’s time for a change in career, but find it difficult to make a decision, boy can I tell you that I’ve been there! The bills always need to be paid, so oftentimes, taking the leap and quitting your job really isn’t the most feasible option. However, there are many ways to get started in exploring your secondary interests while you remain in your current position. For me, that meant starting my own blog so I could begin building up my own personal brand, as I knew that was highly important for the next stage in my career. It may be hard to find the time to do what we want to do part-time, outside of work, but it’s a great way to work towards our dream job. It’s all about making a commitment to do both if leaving your current job is temporarily out of the question!

 

Are you wanting to start your own business like I did with Style Nine to Five? Did you know I quit my day job as a recruiter for Le Chateau to start Style Nine to Five only three weeks after I had the idea?! I had a light bulb moment sitting at my desk one day. Tomorrow I will answer “how do I start my own business?” And depending on where your passions, experience, and skillsets lie, there may be several paths to take.

 

Stay tuned…

 

Christie Lohr

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Fashion Jobs – How to Write a Cover Letter

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

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Job hunting is a tedious process that can be downright frustrating at times. In a time where we’re so rushed, I’m sure that many of us have been tempted to hit the “apply” button without attaching an individualized cover letter to go with our resume! Even if the company doesn’t require one, it’s a great way to stand out and get noticed! After all, recruiters look at hundreds of applications.

 

Having been a retail recruiter before I started Style Nine to Five and still currently pre-screening applicant profiles for Style Nine to Five, I know it can make a big difference. I’ve hired applicants on cover letters alone!

 

Here’s how to write the perfect cover letter:

 

One of the biggest mistakes that a job applicant can make is NOT writing up an individualized cover letter to accompany their resume. As I mentioned, receiving hundreds of applications to a single position is not uncommon. Imagine, within those 100 applications, there will be at least one individual who appears to be more qualified than you. A cover letter is the best way to stand out amongst the sea of candidates. It’s your way to make an impression on the recruiter, make it personal, show your enthusiasm and to communicate skills that are not present on your resume.

 

1. Abandon “To Whom it May Concern”. It’s not personal and dare I say, old school?!! Instead find out who the hiring manager is and if all else fails write, “To the Hiring Manager of _(company name)_”.

 

2. Include a sentence or two in the intro paragraph about how excited you are about applying to this job and what you value or love about the company.

 

3. How is your current role, or past role, similar to the one you’re applying to? What are some successes you’ve had? Let recruiters know if you increased sales by 30% or were awarded top sales person of the quarter.

 

4. Sprinkle the company name and role title a few times throughout your cover letter: in the intro, the body, and the conclusion. It’s flattering to hear your name called isn’t it? Recruiters LOVE to see their company name. Shows you spent the time and cared enough about this job to do so. A recruiter wants to know why you want to work for them and not anyone else!

 

5. Keep your cover letter to three paragraphs. Intro, a paragraph about your amazing skills and past experiences and how it ties into the job you’re applying to, and finally how thrilled you are about setting up an interview.

 

Employers DO appreciate the time that a candidate takes to actually write up a personalized cover letter. How else are they to distinguish amongst the candidates who truly want to work for their company versus those that mass apply to any job opening? Personally, I would only consider candidates who include a cover letter, simply because it shows me that they care enough about the application to personalize it.

 

Thanks for reading my cover letter tips! I can help you clean your cover letter up! Here’s how.

 

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Fashion Jobs – Q&A with Miriam Alden Founder of Brunette the Label

Monday, September 10th, 2018

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Since 2014, Brunette the Label has been a staple for women across Canada. Whether you’re scrolling through Instagram, cruising the mall or walking down the street, chances are you’ve seen a boss babe rocking her ‘Brunette’, ‘Blonde’ or ‘Red Head’ pullover from Brunette the Label. In the past four years, the Vancouver-based brand has blown up nationally and internationally as of late, becoming more and more of a staple in wardrobes around the world. Style Nine to Five had a chance to speak with the founder and mastermind behind the brand, Miriam Alden, and learn how she started her brand, 

 

SNTF:  What was your inspiration in starting Brunette the Label?

 

MA: I wanted to start a clothing line that was inclusive and for all body types and for everybody, whether they lived for fashion, or just needed something cute to wear. Brunette the Label originally started as a marketing tool, I made one sweatshirt to promote my first company, Brunette Showroom, and then we grew authentically from there! I always had a goal of having my own clothing line, and it grew organically. I think that this saying is true, “If you have goals the universe helps you.”

 

SNTF: ‘Babes Supporting Babes’ has become such a motto in Vancouver. Where did this come from? 

 

MA: It’s an authentic feeling that I have about working together for the greater good with our clients, individual customers, colleagues, and my team. I had some not very Babes Supporting Babes experiences when I first started the showroom and I got to choose whether to be angry, upset or grow and learn from those experiences and create the life I wanted to lead. I chose to learn and grow, and Babes Supporting Babes was born as a result. So be thankful for all experiences good and bad as they create growth and intention. 

 

SNTF:  What is your favourite piece from your label?

 

MA: Currently, either our cropped sweatshirt/jogger combo or oversized “Be A Babe” hoodie, both from our fall collection! But on a regular basis, I wear our tees or Florence vegan leather jacket the most often. 

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SNTF:  Brunette the label is a lot more than just sweatshirts. Where do you find the inspiration for all of your collections?

 

MA: A lot of my inspiration comes from travelling, immersion is hugely important! I’m always interested in what’s going on around me, keeping an eye open whether I’m speeding through a city in a taxi or out for quiet dinner. I think by nature you start seeing things that call to you and then creating from there. I’d say about 50% of my inspiration just comes from what I’m feeling, too. My team also helps to inspire me and grow the collection, everyone in the office has their own unique style that connects to the brand, and we are all a big part of the ideas because we all bounce off our individual styles to create. 

 

SNTF:  What is your favourite thing about running your business?

 

MA: My team, and the fact that we can create the type of working environment that I believe to be a positive place to work, somewhere is authentic to the type of place I want people to be able to grow and feel safe in. 

 

SNTF:  What advice would you give other ‘Boss Babes’?


MA: Be authentic to yourself. And care about your team! Relationships are mutual and you have to care about people to be cared about. 

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SNTF: You recently opened up your first flagship store. How was that experience?

 

MA: Quick! We opened the store two weeks after we signed the lease. My husband drew out the plans on a napkin at a restaurant one night, and then construction took a week!  It was also very inspiring. My team really buckled down and powered through to get it done. It was amazing to see the reaction when we opened from all of our customers, both wholesale and retail. Plus, our opening night involved just a little bit of bubbly, which is always an ingredient for a good time! 

 

SNTF: From being largely an online based company, what about having the store open is your favourite aspect?

 

MA: I’m actually not there as much as I thought I would be, so I really especially enjoy being in there when I can and feel the energy of the store. I love meeting with our clients and hearing their feelings on fits and designs. Honestly, seeing people wear our pieces still makes me really excited and I always leave with my heart full. It’s a fun environment!

 

SNTF: Now for some fun questions. If you could only use one social media app for the rest of your life, what would it be?

 

MA: Instagram

 

SNTF: What would your Starbucks order say about your personality?

 

MA: I always get an almond milk Americano Misto, I think it says that I’m strong but loves animals! 

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SNTF: When it comes to makeup, what’s your favourite feature to accentuate?

 

MA: Always lips. I love a good red! I’ll do a shimmer or neutral eye, with good mascara of course, but I’m a lip girl. I have larger eyes and more of an almond shape, so I feel they need less makeup than my lips.

 

SNTF: What is one thing you do every day that you couldn’t live without?

 

MA: When I’m, I always home see my animals, my horse Josephine, my dog Frederick and cat Baguette. When I’m away, I also talk to at least one of my family members every day.

 

SNTF: Regardless of if they are from the past or present, who is one celebrity you would love to have a dinner party with and why? 

 

MA: I think it would be a tie between Beyoncé, Victoria Beckham, and Anna Wintour. They are all strong female leaders that I admire, but they also all possess many different qualities that I admire. I think I would learn a lot at that dinner. 

 

SNTF: Finally, what can we expect next from you and Brunette the Label?

 

MA: I feel like for spring, we are evolving our collection to be more fashionable. We have new fabrics, new lounge pieces. it’s going to be really fresh! We’re also focusing on becoming a bit more international and getting the brand into new countries around the world! We actually just opened an account in Japan, which is super exciting. 

 

You can follow along with Miriam’s journey by following her and Brunette the Label on Instagram.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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