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Fashion Internships – How an Internship Can Turn Into a Job

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

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With so much competition nowadays in virtually every industry and career field, getting a job right out of school with no real work experience to cite on your resume has become rather difficult. This is especially true for the fashion industry as many positions call for practical and applicable skills that could only have been acquired from performing tasks while on the job. For example, think PR – although having a degree in it is one thing, textbooks and classes alone are not enough to prepare you for the unpredictable nature of the real job. Only past work experience can. That is where the internship comes in. While individuals generally recognize the merit of an internship, sometimes the idea of being a temporary/contract employee, and not being well compensated for the work performed may discourage many from doing the best that they can during the duration of their internship. This is one of the biggest career faux pas you can make.

 

I have always been a fan of internships. Not only can you learn and develop so many useful skills during an internship that you will ultimately take with you throughout your professional career, it is also a great opportunity to build lasting connections. Although most internships (especially in the fashion industry) may not offer the best compensation in comparison to the amount of time that you’ll likely be putting into it, that doesn’t make the experience any less valuable than a permanent position with the company. I always say: treat your internship like it’s any other job where you would want to make the best impression possible. If anything, you want to prove yourself even more in an internship scenario because you’re not a permanent employee for the company yet. An internship can either land you a future job, or a recommendation that will lead to your future job, or it can leave you with a bad professional reputation instead.

 

Although a company may not be in a position to hire you yet, if you demonstrate your abilities, tenacity and overall strong work ethic during your internship, you’ll definitely be the first person they think of when an actual job opening comes along. After all, you’ll save them the time and money of advertising for the posting and interviewing for it too. The relationships you establish through your internship may very well land you a job, even if it’s just through a glowing recommendation from your employer. However, the opposite of this is also very true, in the sense that if you prove to be nothing but lazy and unmotivated during your internship, not only will you likely never hear from the company again, but your employer probably won’t have many positive things to say about you afterwards either. Remember, every job or internship you take on will leave some sort of mark on your professional track record. It’s up to you whether you want to make it a good one or not.

 
Christie Lohr

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Tips to Help You Excel at Goal Setting

Monday, January 14th, 2019

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We’re starting to hit that point in January where you’re either succeeding with your new year’s resolutions, or they have started to slip.  Don’t stress, it happens. Two to three weeks into anything you set your mind to is either in the works or slipping to the wayside.  Whether you’ve set intentions for this year, you have goals you’ve set for yourself at work, or you want to change your lifestyle, whatever your goal may be, we have created a list of the top five things you need to do to succeed.

 

Aim high but start low
Life is not a race. When you’re setting goals, make sure to look at the big picture, but work towards stepping stones. If you fail at one, know that you can start again. Say your goal is to get a promotion by the end of the year. There are always going to be things that you can work on to make this happen. Continue learning all you can know about the position, buckle down and improve your performance, take initiative with projects. The list is endless. Each one of these tasks is a stepping stone to reach before achieving your goal.

 

Track your performance
Hold yourself accountable for the goal you are trying to set. Maybe it’s buying lunch less, or going to the gym more. If you track your actions, you are more likely to reach your goal. If you don’t, you can let minor things slip and go back to old habits. Another way to track your performance is to have an accountability buddy. This way you have someone to help and vice versa. 

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Commit to your goals
For example, if there is a job across the country that you really want, you need to commit to making the move. Are you looking for housing? Are you trying to network? Are you making yourself known to that employer? It is one thing to set a goal, it is another to really work for it and make it happen.  

 

Anticipate roadblocks
Just like everything in life, sometimes unforeseeable roadblocks can happen and steer you away from your final destination. Things come up and there isn’t a lot you can do about it. Be prepared that things might not always go your way. This makes it easier to pick yourself back up and continue on to achieve your goal.

 

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Celebrate your successes
Celebrate all the small and big victories. No small feat should go unnoticed. Did you make it out of bed in the morning for that work out class? Good for you! Did you take initiative in the company to help implicate a new standard procedure? Awesome job. Celebrate all the hard work you’re putting in, it will make accomplishing your goal so much more satisfying. 

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Fashion Jobs – The 4 Bag Trends You Need to Try This Year

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

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While most people start the new year planning out their resolutions, Style Nine to Five likes to start the year off by planning out what hot ticket items we want to add to our wardrobes. And what better place to start than with our handbag collection. Rather than letting the dreary winter weather get the best of your wardrobe, let 2019’s hottest trends distract you and inspire your next purchase.  And trust us, you’re going to want to pick up every single one of these styles.

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Looped Handle
As seen on the runways of Marc Jacobs, Adeam and Giorgia Armani, the looped handle bag comes in a variety of styles like structured shapes to refined bucket bags. The put-together accessory makes for an effortless way to instantly elevate any look you put together this year.

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Neon
While neon might scream summer vibes, a statement neon bag is exactly what you need to stand out of the crowd this year. Add a splash of colour to your look with a playful neon number ASAP.

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Silver
Tinfoil-style fabrics were all over the runways, both in accessories, footwear, and apparel. If you’re not feeling brave enough to rock a pair of silver boots or a metallic silver dress, a sleek silver purse is the perfect alternative, especially if you’d like to embrace a look that’s a mix of both glamorous and retro.

 

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Transparent
Transparent bags were all the rage in 2018, popping up in a multitude of styles (we’re obsessed with the Staud style), proving that what’s on the inside is just as important as the outside.

 

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Product Info
1. Studio 33 Wristlet Pouch, $126.41, available at Shopbop
2. Anna two-tone neon leather belt bag, $595, available at Net-a-Porter
3. Loeffler Randall Mina Beaded Satin Tote, $295, available at Net-a-Porter
4. Staud Mini Shirley Transparent Handbag, $271.45, available at Nordstrom

 

By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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Fashion Jobs – How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions for your Career

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

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Let’s face it: as years go by, it seems that our ability to live up to our new year’s resolutions gradually diminish, particularly the career-related ones. According to a 2015 survey by Accountems, 68% of professionals report they have created resolutions related to career advancement, such as getting a new job, attaining a better pay, or developing critical skills. However, because of work commitments, personal matters, and other tiny choices that we have to make in between, there is always the greatest tendency to lure away from our goal trajectory and lose track of these resolutions. Here are five sure-fire tips on how to become more career-driven this year and maintain your 2019 resolutions.

 

1. Distinguish your real goals
Sometimes, we get so hungry for success that we get too excited to accomplish many things in our career path, which can get very overwhelming. For example, do you get major experience via going back to school or taking an internship? Take time to filter these goals in the beginning and prioritize. Be specific and know which goals can act as stepping-stones to reach your ultimate objective.

 

2. Create a proper foundation
Make sure to set yourself up for success. Build and organize your resume or even create a LinkedIn account. Spend significant time on these documents as they generate a good impression of you in the real world. Express your interest and passion as best as you can. This is how you sell yourself regardless of how insufficient you may think your experiences are.

 

3. Fortify relations and network
Networking is a key element in career advancement. Internships and attending seminars are highly beneficial when it comes to building a solid web of relationships. Ensure that you are constantly touching base with key individuals around you. At this point, don’t fret on how much you’ll be earning when applying or inquiring for a position, but concentrate on the ultimate advantages of forming these connections.

 

4. Enhance time management skills
Managing your time is crucial in your effort to sustain your New Year’s resolutions. With many events and situations arising in your everyday schedule, you should be capable to segregate portions of time for things pertaining to career advancement. Utilize a calendar to set up key dates or a personal journal to plan ahead or remind you of what needs to be done.

 

5. Take a break when you can
Work, school, or personal issues can get overwhelming from time to time. Therefore, it is important that you take a breather whenever you get the opportunity. With all the goals you’re trying to accomplish, your mind can get entangled in various decision paths, which is not healthy both mentally and physically. Take a break, compose yourself, and clear your mind pool before initiating the next move.

 

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By: Franz Tabora, Mississauga, @phranzzzz

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Fashion Jobs – How to Get Back to Your Work Routine After the Holidays

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

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The time between Christmas and New Year’s, when you don’t really know what day it really affects your motivation and willingness to go back to work in January, no matter how much you love your job. In that short amount of time, you get used to having no set structure and lounging around, it makes it hard to get back to the grind. With that being said, here are a few sure-fire ways to ensure you can get back into your routine after the holidays.

 

Prep the Night Before
Waking up to an alarm for the first time in who knows how many days is exhausting. If you prep the night before, you can hit snooze a few extra times. Pick your outfit the night before, prep your lunch and even your breakfast, and then try and get to bed a bit earlier than normal. Having as much sleep as you can will help you feel ready to face the workday.

 

Don’t Try to Tackle Everything at Once
Let’s face it, we all know that even though your out of office email was set, your inbox is going to be overflowing. You’re going to have some tasks that you left pre-holidays because you were settling into vacation mode a bit early. Don’t fret, everything will eventually get done. It can be overwhelming but complete each thing one by one.

 

Create a to-do List
Look at everything you have in front of you, and make a concise list. What do you need to do and for when? This way with the holiday pile up, nothing will be missed and all your tasks will be completed. The overwhelming chaos of ‘to-do’s’ will be nicely listed in front of you.

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Prioritize
After looking at your to-do list, what are the most important things that need to be completed? Number them in a way that works for you. It could be a 1 to 10 situation, or by importance. For example, these tasks can be labelled as a ‘1’, meaning most important, drop everything and complete this now. Another batch can be labelled as a ‘2’, meaning this is important, but the world is not going to end if I don’t get to it right away. Lastly, you can label the remainders as a ‘3’ meaning, this needs to get done, but get to it when you get to it.

 

Take a Few Extra Breaks
For the first few days back, you’re going to be tired. It’s okay to take a few mental breaks. Step away from your screen or your task, grab a coffee, or just take a little walk around to get a bit of momentum back. We’re not saying slack off right after holidays, but listen to your body and your mind.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

Fashion Jobs – 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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