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Career Advice – How to Beat the Sunday Blues

Monday, May 20th, 2019

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Sunday Night Blues

We all know that sinking feeling. It’s 4pm on a Sunday and all you can think about are all the things you need to get done for the week and how fast the weekend has flown by. The ‘Sunday Blues’ are real and we are not here for them! It doesn’t matter if you love your 9 to 5, or dread going in to work, we all feel the same, weekends are just way too short. So, how can you ensure that you don’t feel this dreaded feeling every weekend? We’ve come up with a list to get you through the Sunday Blues.

 

Prep

Turn this dreaded task into something fun. As part of our Sunday routine, we usually meal prep and choose our outfits, right? It can become a mundane task where you just move through the motions. Have fun with it! When you’re meal prepping, make foods that you will be excited to eat. It still could just be a salad, but what can you do to make it different and fun. 

 

Set Goals

Make a list of all the things you want to accomplish in the upcoming work week. What are your goals to complete? You’ll be setting yourself up for success and change the negative feeling of the weekend coming to an end to a positive feeling. You will look forward to what you can accomplish in the work week. 

 

Make Sunday Special

Pick something that you can do every Sunday that makes it special and ends your weekend on a high note. Maybe it’s a date night with your significant other. Maybe it’s girl’s night. Maybe it’s a few hours you can sit by yourself and read a book. Choose something that you can keep up every Sunday to combat the blues.

 

Self-Care

There is #selfcaresunday for a reason! Take this time to focus on you. Our go to? A glass of wine, a good book, a bubble bath and a facemask. Your weekend may have been hectic, so it’s nice to end it off by relaxing and centring yourself. Not only will you feel great, but you’ll start your work week off refreshed.

 

Exercise and reflect

Don’t skip the workout on Sunday. It doesn’t have to be a full-blown gym session, but take some time to get your blood pumping and reflect on all the great things you did over the weekend. If the weather allows, go for a walk outside and be with nature. Not only will you feel great, but you’re being healthy as well.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Career Advice – How to Fight Back When Anxiety Hits at Work

Monday, May 13th, 2019

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Whether it be work, home, or environmental reasons, anxiety is becoming more and more prevalent in society. It used to be a faux pas to talk about, but the stigma is going away. So, if you’re at work and anxiety suddenly creeps on, what can you do to combat it? It’s true, sometimes you need to just go home and take some time for yourself, but if that’s not an option, how can you get through your workday? We’ve come up with the best ways to fight anxiety!

 

Meditation

 

Headspace is an amazing app that guides you through different meditations. They all vary in length and help with different things going on in your life. This is a great way to step out of the office for a second, find a quiet space and check in with yourself.

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Essential Oils

 

Companies like Saje are great sources for holistic health. Having a roller ball of essential oils, nasal inhalers or putting on a diffuser will not only smell great but help reduce stress and anxiety.  They also have more at home options like bath salts or bath drops that emit essential oils.

 

Focus on your breathing

 

Taking a slow deep inhale with a deep exhale four times brings your body to a calm state. It brings your body back in check. It gives you something to focus on and achieve. If the first four breaths don’t work, keep trying.

 

Distract yourself

 

Finding ten things that you can see, hear, feel, taste and smell helps to take your mind off of anxiety. This makes it easier to get out of your head and notice things around you. It’s a mini-game that you can do as an interesting way to fight back.

 

Self-Care

 

Our biggest tip is to take care of yourself. Work can be stressful and it’s important to take that time for yourself. This is a pre-emptive tip rather than an in the moment one, but it is so worth it. Whether it be getting your hair or nails done, going to the spa, going to the gym, or just reading a book. Taking that time for you will deeply help in the long run.

 

Inspirational image courtesy of: Husskie.

 

By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

 

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Career Advice: How to Ask for a Raise

Monday, March 25th, 2019

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Thinking of asking for a raise? It can be so nerve wrecking and hard to get the confidence to do do it. Remember if you don’t ask, then you won’t receive. Here are some things to keep in mind when you prepare to ask your boss for a raise.

Timing is key

While you may have been thinking about the raise for a while, your boss hasn’t. Put yourself in their shoes and think about what is going on in their day or week. If you know that your boss has a big pitch coming up, scheduling a time to chat right before the deadline is probably not the best and they will be less receptive to your needs. Instead, choosing a time when you know your boss will have the time to think it through and the company is doing well would be better.

Know the pay practices at your company.

Before setting up a meeting with your boss, find out the processes and procedures on pay raises. There may be some time requirements and other practices put into place that you may not be aware about and will want to keep in mind before you speak to your boss.

Know the worth of your job.

This is key! You may feel like you deserve a six-figure salary for all the late nights you’re putting in, but you have to be realistic. It will help your case if you research the industry standards and compare what perks and salary expectations you have versus someone else working your job in a similar company.

Believe in your value and what you currently bring to the table – and show how you’re ready to work even harder.

You do not want to appear whiny when you’re speaking to your boss. Be sensitive to what you’re saying, how you’re saying it, and how it may be received. Your boss knows your role and what it entails, so rather than telling them what you do, explain how you’re do the job better, how this is adding more value to the company, and why what you’re doing deserves more money.

Prepare for next steps.

Prepare for anything that may come out of that meeting – including being turned down. Have a game plan for what you’re going to do if you don’t see those extra Benjamins straight away. This game plan could mean many things like coming up with a timeline with your boss for what you have to do and when your salary could be reviewed or discussing the possibility of a bonus instead of a raise.

 

At the end of the day – just do it! Know your worth and take charge of your career growth! Sometimes all you have to do is ask!

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By: Nikita Due

 

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Fashion Jobs – The Classic Trench Coat is Hot for Spring

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

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I prefer my trench coat to be long and oversized trench–a fresh way to take your look to the next level. Here, I’ve worn my vintage London Fog coat with a short skirt and boots. I would also suggest wearing a trench coat over a slim high-waisted pair of pants and heels. The trench coat is truly such a versatile addition to your closet! Get shopping below.

 

New Memory Trench Coat NVLT

 

NVLT New Memory Trench Coat, $193 CAD

Long Double Breasted Trench Coat LONDON FOG

 

LONDON FOG Long Double Breasted Trench Coat, $220 CAD

Badgley Mischka Double Breasted Satin Trench Coat

 

Badgley Mischka Double Breasted Satin Trench Coat, $236 CAD

Luxe Crepe Trench Coat RACHEL RACHEL ROY

 

RACHEL RACHEL ROY Luxe Crepe Trench Coat, $220 CAD

Jill Long Trench Coat LONDON FOG

 

LONDON FOG Jill Long Trench Coat, $209 CAD

Zodiac Print Cotton Trench Coat TOMMY X ZENDAYA

 

TOMMY X ZENDAYA Zodiac Print Cotton Trench Coat, $593 CAD

Valentine Long Trench Coat VERO MODA

 

VERO MODA Valentine Long Trench Coat, $110 CAD

Double Breasted Check Coat TOMMY X ZENDAYA

 

TOMMY X ZENDAYA Double Breasted Check Coat, $523 CAD

Fashion Jobs – Beyond the Job Boards: Your Dream Job Is Hiding, Here’s How to Find It

Friday, March 15th, 2019

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Online job boards are the first stop for almost every job seeker; and in most cases, the final stop. The strategy of placing all of your résumés in one basket means missing out on all of the other exciting opportunities out there – you just have to make a commitment to finding them. Job seeking can sometimes mirror dating in the sense that you may never find the right ‘one’ by looking in all the same places.

 

Wondering why companies don’t post all of their job openings? Perhaps the hiring manager doesn’t want to be bombarded with a slew of résumés, or someone may still be in the position, but they are soon to be let go. Also, most hidden opportunities are typically filled based on internal promotions, referrals and recommendations. Those are just a few reasons, but either way, those fashion jobs are out there and you can be that referral or recommendation!

 

Your willingness to put yourself out there will yield more results, boost your confidence, and open your mind to opportunities and companies that you generally wouldn’t have even considered. Branch out beyond the fashion job boards and seek job openings that aren’t being advertised using these tips:

 

1. Ask. It never hurts to ask. Create a list of companies that you would like to target, whether or not they are hiring, and reach out the hiring manager. Create an industry-specific résumé that highlights the role you are seeking and complement it with a detailed cover letter that is addressed to a specific person. Inquire about opportunities that may align with your experience and note that you are open to an informational meeting to discuss current or future opportunities. Can’t get to the hiring manager? Proceed to the following steps.

 

2. Network. Get the word out that you’re in the job market by reaching out to your network and starting a conversation around your area of expertise. The information you receive will depend on your approach and on whether or not they can picture you as a colleague or as someone they would recommend. If you’re sincere and you’re not coming off as desperate, you’ll find it’s fairly easy to open doors to influential decision makers. Current employees are privy to inside information such as upcoming projects, new departments, and expansions with the company. Staying in contact on a regular basis will keep your name fresh in their minds when an opportunity comes around.

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3. Research. Take some time to find out what the innovative companies in your industry are up to. Is there a department that you can see yourself contributing to or improving? Without stepping on any toes, call out an area of opportunity and suggest how you would be able to improve the current methods or help to take things to the next level. Be ready to back it up with real ideas and examples of how you can make an impact.

 

Furthermore, using social networks like LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook are great ways to connect with the people who can get you one step closer to the hiring manager.

 

With all of these methods comes one requirement – patience. Applying via job boards may feel as though you’re quickly moving along in the right direction, but the automatic response stating that your application was received can be misleading. Asking for an informational meeting, reaching out to your network, and researching companies takes perseverance and commitment. It’s an ongoing process and patience will yield the results that will set you on the right path to your dream job.

 

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By Malicia Basdeo, New York City

Career Advice – How to Deal With Difficult Co-workers and Bosses

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

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It’s a well-known fact that who you work with can make all the difference in your overall job satisfaction and productivity at work. Whether you work in a large team or closely with just a few people, the ideal situation is that everyone gets along and can communicate freely with each other. But that is rarely the case.  There will be times throughout your life where you’ll encounter some difficult bosses or employees that you’ll have to deal with. Here are some tips to get over the hurdle of less than ideal coworkers:

Don’t take things too personally. Nine times out of ten if someone is in a bad mood or rude to you, it will not be solely because of you. They probably have other things on their mind or are very stressed out and that could be the reason they are acting less than sincere towards you. Don’t be so quick to blame yourself for their moods!

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Talk things out. If you have a real problem with another worker or boss, it’s best to communicate that to them fairly. You can always ask them to meet privately to discuss what conflicts you have been having, so you can get their side as well. In any case, it’s best not to let it stew and silently curse them behind their back because that solves nothing.

Get advice from others. Don’t outright complain about your boss to other coworkers, but ask them if they’ve had any difficulty with him/her and what they think can be done to change things. Think of it as more problem solving rather than plotting revenge and be careful not to get too many extreme opinions as that can lead to moving backward with the situation rather than forward.

Surround yourself with people you like. If there is a co-worker that really gets on your nerves, there’s no need to hang around with them if you don’t have to. Take lunch breaks and get together outside of work with the people you genuinely do like and you’ll stay in a better mood! If you try too hard to change the co-worker you’re not a fan of and they just send negativity back, it’ll just ruin your own mood.

Difficult people are impossible to avoid anywhere you go, but if you keep a positive attitude and don’t let them get to you, you can be the bigger person and find you’ll enjoy your job more!

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Fashion Jobs – Snakeskin Print for Spring

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

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Get a jump on spring shopping and pick up some snakeskin pieces hand picked by our founder Christie Lohr. All items below are shoppable.

18_ANINE-BING-SILK-CAMISOLE-PYTHON-AB43-043-36_176Anine Bing Python Silk Camisole,  $169 USD

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Rebecca Taylor Snakeskin-Printed Jumpsuit, $692 CAD

TOPSHOP Snake Print Mensy Shirt

TOPSHOP Snake Print Mensy Shirt, $70 CAD

 

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Anine Bing Daphne Flats, $349 USD

 

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Anine Bing Python Silk Skirt, $299 USD

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Snakeskin Print Wrap Skirt, $22 CAD

Rag & Bone Walker Snakeskin-Print Leather Chelsea Boots

Rag & Bone Walker Snakeskin-Print Leather Chelsea Boots, $700 CAD

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Whistles Snakeskin-Print Crepe Pants, $168 CAD

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Snakeskin turtleneck, $21 CAD – wear on its own or under a blazer for the office.

 

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Snakeskin Print Point Toe Ankle Boots, $50 CAD

Paperbag Waist Snakeskin Belted Pants

 

Paperbag Waist Snakeskin Belted Pants, $25 CAD

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Whistles Elfrida Snakeskin-Printed Dress, $252 CAD

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Metal Buckle Random Snakeskin Belt, $3.95 CAD

 

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Toni Snakeskin Print Square Keyhole Readers, 47mm, $95 CAD

 

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Vintage high waist leather skirt / snakeskin / 80’s / 90’s, $94 CAD

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Career Tips – 6 Tips for Getting Yourself Promoted

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

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How to Get Yourself Promoted

1. Develop a Bond With Your Boss: 

Building a positive relationship with your manager or boss will allow them to think of you for future opportunities. This doesn’t mean you need to be best friends, but establish the type of connection where you feel comfortable to approach them and hold a friendly conversation. Let them know what your goals are and the direction you wish to take within the company. Your boss can offer a great form of guidance or mentoring and help you get to where you want to go.

2. Take on More Responsibilities:

Show that you are ready to take on a higher position by asking for additional tasks that will prove you are capable to work a job at the next level. Take initiative and offer your time when volunteers are needed for new assignments. Come in earlier or stay later and be willing to work outside of your job description. If you are able to complete multiple tasks effectively, people will take notice and suggest you are fit for a more complex role.

3. Seek New Skills:

A new job position will require you to be knowledgeable in different areas and obtain certain skills. There can be several employees that are worthy of a promotion, therefore it is important to stand out and have a beneficial skill set. Keep up to date with any technology or systems used on the job and always be aware of what’s happening in the industry outside of the office.

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4. Build Your Network:

If you are well known within your field, the more likely your name will be passed around and recommended. Get to know all of the people you work closely with and even those in other departments. Try to socialize and learn new things from colleagues who currently work as your aspiring job title or who have been previously promoted.

5. Have a Voice:

Actively participate during team meetings and state your opinions or ask questions. Come across as someone who is interested in the conversation, rather than never having anything to say. This will demonstrate your value and ability to contribute useful ideas.

6. Ask About it:

This may seem obvious, but sometimes all you need to do is ask! A promotion or job opening may not be brought to your attention simply because no one knew you were interested in the first place. Make it clear that you want to do something new and progress towards a different role. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice or feedback on your performance, so you can highlight your recent accomplishments and know how you can improve.

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By: Alicia Elliott

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Career Advice – 5 Questions to Ask Before You Leave an Interview

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

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Interview Questions

So you’ve made it through the gruelling questions about your strengths, weaknesses and everything in between during your interview. You may have sweated through your entire suit and feel like you’ve lost all your breath from your chatter, but the end is near! Before you’re able to go out and breathe a sigh of relief, your interviewer will most likely ask you if you have any questions for him/her. This is an important aspect of every interview that is not to be ignored! Potential employers want to see that you have a genuine interest in learning more about the job and organization, before you even start your first day. Responding to this with a simple “no, not at the moment” could come across as lazy or disinterested. If you have some questions already in your mind, that’s great, but also feel free to ask anything that still may be unclear from the job posting or interview session.

Here are five key questions to consider asking your interviewer before you race out the door!

1. What is a typical day like on the job?

You already should know the key responsibilities and duties from what you’ve read from the posting or have been told, but this may allow you to get a more in depth description of your role. It will help you to envision yourself on the job and mentally prepare yourself for your first day if you are the successful candidate!

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2. How is feedback given here?

Whether it may be monthly performance reports or simple informal chats with your manager, it’s important to know how you’ll find out whether you’re doing a good job or not.

 

3. What is the workplace culture like?

You may be spending forty or more hours of your week with these new coworkers, so it’s good to know how people interact with each other and what values are important to them. It’s also good to add on here whether they do activities outside of work, like team building trips or retreats. It’ll be nice to hear if the interviewer says everyone who already works there together gets along and if they have values that match up with yours!

 

4. What do you like about working here?

This can be a great determiner of whether you yourself will like working at the organization or not. If they respond with something like “it’s easy money” or something uninspiring, then chances are they don’t actually like working there! If they give an in depth response, explaining it’s a great environment and fulfilling work, then it’s more likely they genuinely enjoy their work.

 

5. What are the key challenges to your organization right now?

This way you can see if the interviewer can actually evaluate their organization’s current position and they now what the company needs to work on. If they tell you everything is just peachy keen, then they are lying! Or they really have no clue what the company’s goals are and what they need to overcome to accomplish that. If they explain to you some of these challenges, then you can see how you would be able to help conquer these roadblocks using your skills and traits.

Asking some or all of these question will help you get a better sense of what it will be like to potentially work in the organization, and will also help you feel so much more prepared for your first day if you do indeed get the call back for the job. Don’t be afraid to take notes when they answer these questions and pay attention! You’ll be able to leave your interview in a much better mood knowing you impressed your potential employer with these key questions.

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By: Sarah Brooks, Toronto

 

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Career Advice – How to Motivate Your Employees

Friday, March 1st, 2019

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Before I started Style Nine to Five, one of my jobs was working as a store manager for a top Canadian Retailer at their busiest location in downtown Vancouver on Robson Street. During the busy seasons, I would manage a team of up to 25 employees; many of them part-timers. Some would stand around twiddling their thumbs; complain they were tired; call in sick and overall, just show that they really did not want to be there. I tried to relate to them and think…okay, what would make me want to come in for a four- hour shift twice a week? How would I make things fun?  Yes, there’s a job description they’re supposed to follow, but sometimes just telling someone to do their job isn’t enough.

 

If you need to find new ways to motivate your employees, here are some tried and true tips that made my store work like a well-oiled machine and be the top store in B.C.

 

1. Lead by example. Don’t manage your business and team from the backroom or behind the cash register. Get out there and work with your team. That means folding clothes, receiving inventory, steaming new arrivals, removing gum off the floor, and helping customers. Get out there and show your team what’s expected. After all, how can you ask them to do something when you’re not willing to do the same?

 

2. Have fun while keeping things professional. When I first started managing at 18-years-old, I was an ‘Ice Queen’ and wasn’t open to any fun whatsoever. I just expected employees to perform to their best abilities and to give 110% as I did. I found that if I loosened up and became a bit more approachable, my employees wanted to work hard for me. This approach gets you a lot further than fear. I learned you have to earn respect, even as a manager.

 

3. Ask for employee input. Make your employees feel like their ideas matter because they do! 

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4. Recognize their achievements. Did your employees have a good sale or receive a customer compliment? How will you reward that?

 

5. Find out their passions and strengths. Maybe one employee loves accessories, so make him/her in charge of the accessory department. Duties could include merchandising, maintaining stock levels and cleanliness. Does another employee get excited over new shoes? Consider adding shoe responsibilities to their job title. Do you see leadership abilities in another? Have them train all new hires and call them a ‘part-time trainer’. Delegate small tasks to your employees to make them feel important (because they are) and in return, they’re more invested and want to please you.

 

6. Empower with fun roles above the job description. Consider having an employee make trend inspiration boards of new spring trends or celebrities wearing styles that are similar to the items in your store. Maybe another could be in charge of changing up the window display every shift. You’d be surprised how many of the same people walk by your store every day to go to work, a window always changing is important. 

 

Do you have fit sessions, where employees get to try on all the new arrivals to see how they fit so they are able to sell them better to customers? Another great idea is having one employee in charge of taking a walk near your shop on a regular basis to visit the other stores to see how they’re merchandising, etc. It’s good to see what’s going on in your neighbourhood.

 

7. Weekly sales contests. Who sold the most items? Who received the most customer compliments? Make it fun. Reward your employees with a store gift card, a cool nail polish or a coffee gift card.

 

Find out what your employee’s strengths and interests are and implement those to improve your business! You can also listen to me talk about this topic in more depth on my Instagram Story Highlights.

 

Christie Lohr, Founder of Style Nine to Five

 

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