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Career Tips – Create Your Personal Brand and Wow Potential Employers

Friday, March 29th, 2019

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

6. Consistency

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

 

 

7. Authenticity

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

 

8. Personal Style

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

 

9. Being Yourself

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

 

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Fashion Jobs – 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 – Pantone Reveals 2019 Colour of the Year

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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Fashion Jobs – Staying Active at the Office During Colder Months

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

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

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1. Set Time To Get Up & Move

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

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2. Join The Gym With a Colleague

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

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3. Start a Fitness Group Or Friendly Competition

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

 

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BY M.J. Elle, Toronto, @TheMJElle

8 Fashion Companies Currently Hiring in Vancouver

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

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Calling all Vancouver fashionistas! If you’re looking for a career in fashion, we’ve made it easy for you by narrowing down some of the most fashionable jobs in Vancouver. All you have to do now is polish up your resume and cover letter, and apply!

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

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

 

1. Set Goals, Have A Plan

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

 

2. Network Is Your Networth

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

 

3. Work With A Recruiter

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

4. Higher Education

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

 

5. Find A Mentor

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

 

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By M.J. Elle, Toronto, @TheMJElle

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Fashion Jobs – 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 – Why a Mentor is Important for Your Career

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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