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Interviewing the Interviewer

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Interviewing the Interviewer

The interviewer takes one last glance at their notes, and begins to say “well, I think that’s about all the questions I have for you, do you have any questions for me?” At this point, you know that the hard part is over, and you can start to breathe easy. But now it’s your turn to put the employer in the hot seat! Going for an interview is just as much about interviewing the employer, as it is about being interviewed. It’s important to ask some valuable questions of your own. Not only does it show that you’re thoughtful, prepared, and professional, but it also helps you to evaluate if the role and the company will be the right fit for you and your career goals. Interviews are a two-way street! That being said, it can be challenging to come up with meaningful questions on the spot, so taking a few minutes to prepare before the interview will help to set you up for success when the ball is thrown back in your court. 


Take a peek at some great questions to keep in your back pocket for the next time it’s your turn to interview the interviewer!


Questions About the Culture:

Always start with questions that will show your genuine interest in the company at large. Start an engaged discussion about the company culture, and the members of the team. Asking the interviewer about their personal experience with the company is always a great way to connect and begin an engaged conversation. Meaningful questions about the company and the environment are great way to showcase what motivates you, and to communicate your values and how you could be a great addition to their team.


• How long have you been with the company- What is your background?

• How would you describe the company environment or culture?

• What is your favourite thing and the most challenging thing about what you do?

• What does the company value in your team members?

• What are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?

• What are the biggest challenges that your company faces- What are the challenges within this role?

• What are the opportunities for growth and development from this position?

• Where do you see the company headed in 5 years- What are the company goals moving forward?


Questions About Logistics:

It’s important to ask the simple questions- details may otherwise be overlooked! Things like compensation and benefits, office location and hours, and even the size of the company could play a crucial role in helping you to decide on your next career move. Always be polite and courteous, but don’t be afraid to ask about the logistics of the opportunity. Show that you’re curious about the company and serious about pursuing the role.


• What does the day-to-day look like for someone in this role?

• When is the expected start date?

• Is this a full time or part time role- What are the required hours? 

• Where is your office located- Do you offer parking, or are you close to public transportation?

• How many people work within your company- How large of a team would I be part of?

• What does your training process look like?

• What are the next steps in the interview process?


Interviewing the interviewer is an important and valuable part of the interview process. Next time you have the opportunity to ask your own questions in an interview, don’t shy away! Show off your confidence and your interest for the company by asking a few great questions of your own. 


These questions are just some ideas to help you prepare- Get creative and ask something interesting to finish off the interview with a bang! 


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By: Heather Murray @heatherungraceful

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Fashion Jobs – Your New Favourite Trend – Jumpsuits

Friday, July 19th, 2019

Dresses for summer are like florals for spring. They fit perfectly together. Over the past few years, jumpsuits have started making a comeback little by little. This year they are here to stay! With so many fun styles, with jumpsuits, you can push the envelope a little bit more. It also means they can be worn all day without feeling uncomfortable. There are so many pros, I don’t see why we need to talk about the cons (okay, bathroom breaks might be a bit uncomfortable but…). Style Nine to Five has picked out the jumpsuits you need to get now!

Soft Ponte Cropped Wide-Leg Jumpsuit


Perfect for day to night, the wide, cropped legs make this jumpsuit feel more like a dress. If you’re scared to try this trend, this is the way to start. This is the perfect replacement for the classic summer dress. Go out for patio drinks with your girlfriends, go for a bike ride, or even on a date. This jumpsuit has you covered. Soft Ponte Cropped Wide-Leg Jumpsuit, Banana Republic, $86

 Knot Tencel® Denim Jumpsuit


There’s nothing more fun than playing with the denim trend. The best thing is, just like jeans, you can find this trend in all washes and colours. Our favourite is white denim with a bit of different detailing. It could be pinstripes, ties or polka dots. Knot Tencel® Denim Jumpsuit, Forest Lily, Nordstrom, $189

Wilfred Écoulement Jumpsuit Tie-back, sleeveless jumpsuit



This a versatile jumpsuit you can wear all summer long. Whether it’s a jumpsuit with cheeky cut-outs in the front which would be perfect for date night or a jumpsuit with an open back, which would be great for a day picnicking at the beach. This trend of jumpsuits shows you can have fun with your style and also be a bit flirty. Wilfred
Écoulement Jumpsuit, Tie-Back, Sleeveless Jumpsuit, $178


Ruffle Sleeve Jumpsuit RACHEL PARCELL

Ruffle Sleeves


If you still want the femininity of a dress but want the comfort of a jumpsuit, ruffle sleeves will be your savour. There are so many cute prints and colours you can find that have the ruffle tank sleeve. This gives your outfit a girly feel while still wearing some sort of pants! Ruffle Sleeve Jumpsuit, RACHEL PARCELL, Nordstrom, $204




We couldn’t forget the most comfortable and local type of jumpsuit – the classic romperalls by Smash + Tess. In black and olive, the romperalls are great to wear all day. Whether it’s replacing your typical lululemons to lounge around or running errands the romperalls will be your new go to. The Romperalls in Midnight Black, Smash + Tess, $119


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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

Career Advice – Perfecting a LinkedIn Message

Monday, May 27th, 2019

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LinkedIn Message


As a professional, a job seeker, or just someone looking to network, LinkedIn is your best friend. However, sometimes sending a LinkedIn message can be a daunting task. If you’re unsure where to start, or looking to perfect the message that could land you a job or a connection, we’ve got you covered. 



If you’re sending a message to someone you don’t personally know, make sure you address them by name. From there, personalize your message. Maybe you are aware that they have just hosted a fundraiser, were on vacation, or launched a new project. Touch on that. For example:

Hello Jane,

I hope all is well with you. I’m sure you’ve had a busy week with the launch of your new collection. Congratulations, it looks amazing!

You are showing that you follow their work, or them on social media, so you are aware of them and knowledgeable. You’ve done your research so make sure it shows. 



You want to let this person know why you’re reaching out to them. Are you inquiring about a position or are you looking to connect for a coffee for more insight in a field or company? Just remember whoever you’re reaching out to probably gets many different ‘cold messages’ via Linkedin, so be clear. For example:

I am just reaching out to connect and hear more about your role as Vice President of Designs with *INSERT COMPANY NAME*. I would love to chat with you on the phone for a few minutes if you’re busy or take you for a coffee to discuss this further’.


Introduce yourself

As they do get a lot of messages, what makes you stand out? These are busy professionals, so make it worth their while to make time for you. If you’re a new graduate and you received outstanding marks, mention that. If you’ve worked in a similar role or have expert experience mention it. Perhaps the company is global and you have dual citizenship. For example:

‘My name is Sue and I hold both my English and Canadian passports. I currently work in Visual Merchandising and have so for the past 10 years.’


Close off strong

You don’t want the message to be too long. When a message is too long, they will skim and miss important information, or they won’t read it at all. You want to get them hooked and learn more about you. This is key for you to ensure they want to make the time to meet you. Don’t forget to also upload a resumé as this is your informal, professional introduction. For example:

 ‘I would love to connect and chat further about your career, how you got where you are, and what advice you may be able to share as I continue to progress in my career. 

I have uploaded my resume and would love to go over it with you over a coffee in the coming weeks.

Speak soon,



LinkedIn messages are meant to be short and sweet introductions with just enough information to show that you are knowledgeable about them (don’t copy and paste your messages!) and you are the person they need to meet!


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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Career Tips – Create Your Personal Brand and Wow Potential Employers

Friday, March 29th, 2019

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Christie Lohr Personal Brand Blog

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.


Image of our founder Christie Lohr, Brooklyn D Photography.

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.


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. 



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.


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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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.


“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!


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.


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.


Role: Senior Brand Manager
Job 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.


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.


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.


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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.


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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.


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.


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.


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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