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Fashion Jobs – 5 Questions to Ask at an Interview to Land the Job

Friday, December 14th, 2018

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We’ve all been there before: You’re at an interview and you know you’re going to be asked: “do you have any questions for me?” The table’s turn and your role switches from being the interviewee to the interviewer.  This moment can work to your benefit, instead of being dreaded. Use these five questions to help you grasp a better insight of your budding future job and make a statement that can turn it into reality.

 

1. Describe the day-to-day tasks that are included in the role?
I’m sure you’ve read over the job posting, rehearsed the qualifications and compared them to the shining star that you are. However, this is a chance for them to give you the inside scoop on the role, and fill you in on anything that wasn’t listed on the application. It’s also an opportunity to discover the layout of the office, see who you would be reporting to or working side by side. It’s an easier way for you to visualize your future daily routine and if it’s the right fit.

 

2. What type of qualities would you like to see in someone excelling in the position?
You’re obviously awesome, not to mention who wouldn’t want you on their team? This is your chance to boost your confidence and compare yourself to the role. You might walk into the interview knowing “you got this” or vice versa and shocked you were selected for a meet and greet. All skills aside, at every workplace it comes down to the personality. This is an opportunity to make your personality shine and relate their expectations to yourself. For instance, bring up a moment where you’ve problem solved or multi-tasked at work.

 

3. Describe the company culture?
A great way to picture yourself in a place is to have them explain to you what makes it so great! Your important and a solid investment to the company. Dig in and find the information you need to see if your new workplace fits as your second home. Because we all know it: regardless of where you work, it’s going to become your secondary residence. Discover their values, what makes them unique and overall aura of staff (aka your new co-workers).

 

4. What do you love most about working for the company and your position?
You’ll most likely be interviewed by your potential superior or the founder of the company. Regardless it’ll be someone who has been with the company for years and can share why they’re passionate about the purpose of their role. You can grab a glimpse of the interviewer’s background and how they made it to where they are now. This can be very motivational, to discover someone else’s success and career path.

 

5. What is the potential career growth for someone in this role?
We all think about our future with a workplace and if we can see long-term happiness. Your skills are important and your hard work should most definitely be recognized. Now is the time to see how you could grow within the company, and how to receive a greater role that can prosper your career.

 

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By Andrea Andino, Vancouver @andreaaandino

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Fashion Jobs – The Best Career Advice You Could Ever Receive

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

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Let’s be real – everyone tries to give out advice of some kind or another. That doesn’t mean it’s always good advice. When you’re starting a new career, or are at a crossroads with where you want to go with your career, or you just feel like you’re in a slump, this is when the advice comes the most. With so many different types of advice, it’s hard to know what is always the most beneficial, and what is not. Here at SNTF, we’ve made it easy for you. We’ve compiled a list of the best career advice you could ever receive.

 

Go Big or Go Home
No goal is too big. If you are afraid of failing, leave the fear behind you and go big or go home. Put your all in everything you do, no matter how menial it may seem. If you give your best and your hardest, you will be rewarded.

 

Trust Your Gut
That feeling deep inside, whether its excitement, anxiety, fear, or something unsettling, your gut always knows. If you’re unsure about a path to take, trust your instincts. Go with what feels right for you. At the end of the day, you are the one who will make and live with your choices, so follow your intuition and gut feelings.

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Pursue Your Passions
No matter what your passion may be, always pursue them. If you don’t you may find yourself unhappy in your career path, wishing that you’d made different choices when you were younger. If you want to pursue a far-fetched dream, make it a realistic goal and go for it.

 

Be Kind
No matter what career path you may lead, there is always an element of cut-throat competition. Whether it be applying for a position, working towards a promotion, or making that deal. No matter where the pressure may come from, and who you may be competing against, it never hurts to be kind. If you do everything with a smile on your face and help others along the way, you’ll get noticed for all the right reasons. You never know, that person you beat, or who may have beaten you, maybe a connection you need down the road.

 

Everything Happens for a Reason
As cliché as it may sound, it’s true. Thinking and believing that everything happens for a reason is more than just advice, it’s a way of life. If you fail, don’t get hung up on it. That plan wasn’t meant to happen and you will succeed down the line. Don’t get hung up on the little things, put in the work, and go with the flow.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Simple Ways to Elevate Your Holiday Look

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

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Whether you have one or ten holiday parties lined up this Christmas, planning the perfect party outfit can quickly become a challenge in itself. You obviously want to dress weather appropriately, all while still looking like the fabulous fashionista that you are. That’s why we recommend stocking up on the following 5 items so regardless of which event you’re attending, you can instantly elevate your look and stand out from the crowd. Get party ready with our favourite holiday must-haves.

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Chic Clutch
Not feeling statement jewellery? Give your accessories a break and try a chic clutch in a holiday-worthy print like sequinned, feathered or beaded. 

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Party Heels
Sometimes all you need to do is break the mould and try a pair of party heels other than your go-to black pumps. 

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Statement Earrings
If you want to add an ultra-luxe, ultra-stylish finishing touch to any look, simply throw on a pair of eye-catching, beautifully designed earrings.

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Bold Coat
For the winter days when your styling brain power is low, remember that adding a bold coat on top is a fantastic outfit finisher.

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Playful Tights
Especially with temperatures beginning to drop, playful patterned or textured tights are the perfect way to elevate your look.

 

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By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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Fashion Jobs – Why Business Cards are Still a Job Seeker’s Best Tool

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

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In 2018, there are no shortages of digital tactics to land a job. You can search and apply for positions right here on Style Nine to Five, connect with employers on LinkedIn and even launch your own website to showcase your portfolio and personal brand. While these are all great options, they aren’t always a face to face introduction. Getting out and networking puts you in front of people, interacting and getting to know them remember you’re interviewing them too. One of the best tools you can equip yourself with is a business card. Here are SNTF’s top reasons why business cards are still a job seeker’s best tool in a digital world.

 

Stay Top of Mind
The number one reason why business cards are still a job seeker’s best tool is that they provide your contact information. If you really hit it off with a potential employer, you want them to be able to easily contact you in order to schedule a follow-up interview or even offer you a position. LinkedIn is a great start, but you risk getting lost in the noise amongst other connection requests and notifications. With a business card, you’re easily referenced and at the forefront of their minds. In addition to basic details (phone number and email), consider including relevant social media handles or a portfolio site on your card as well.

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Preparedness
Small details can make a huge impact. When meeting with a potential employer, you want to be able to produce a business card when asked, or show that you can go that extra mile. Not only will it make you feel more confident, but it subconsciously sets the tone with the potential employer. You’re demonstrating your preparedness and it solidifies your competence as an employee if they hire you. Think of the impression you create when you can hand over a business card, versus apologizing and promising to connect with them via LinkedIn. Business cards can lead to all sorts of opportunities to further your career, so be prepared.

 

Professionalism
Unemployment or dissatisfaction with your current position can have a negative effect on your confidence level. One of the best ways to boost confidence lies in your presentation. Wear your best outfit, up your grooming game, research the company and carry a smart looking business card when meeting with a prospective employer. If you look good, you feel good and that often translates to a great first impression. Put yourself in an employers’ shoes. Would you hire an unkempt individual who practically scribbled their contact information on a napkin, instead of handing you a professionally produced business card? Not likely.

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Showcases who you are
More often than not, you only have a few minutes of a key contact’s time. It can be very difficult to convey who you are and demonstrate your personality in such a short window. As the saying goes, first impressions last a lifetime. So what’s a person to do? Talk a thousand words a minute? Hardly. Instead, let your business card do all the heavy lifting. Crafting a creative business card showcases you as an individual if you don’t get the chance. It takes the pressure off and allows the conversation to be more natural, which will work well in your favour. Online services like Vistaprint offer a wide variety of high quality, affordable options, equipping you with the tools and know-how to look professional. They even have experts to help you choose the shape, finish and paper to make the card that matches your individual personality, thereby legitimizing you as a business professional.

 

Memorable
If done correctly, a business card is very memorable, lingering in the receiver’s mind for days. Consider a business card like your outfit – you want to make a lasting impression and show your style. The search for a new job often involves attending many networking events and coffee interviews. Business cards are small, compact and much less abrasive than shoving a cover letter or resume in people’s faces. And, in a world where digital counterparts reign supreme, people still appreciate a physical item that they can touch and feel. Reinforcing a strong elevator pitch with a quality business card that encompasses your personality, is sure to make a lasting impression.

 

New apps and digital methods for the job seeker are popping up all the time, increasing convenience, enhancing exposure and streamlining outdated processes. That’s all great, but they ignore something integral: no app can replace the personal touch that a handshake and business card provides. Give yourself the best chance at employment by crafting a quality, unique business card that represents you and gets in front of the right people.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Fashion Jobs – New Employee Satisfaction

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

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As the owner, manager or hiring manager, you’re the front line and first contact for your company. You’re a spokesperson and in a way, a bit of PR. You’re selling the role and company culture to potential candidates, and because you want to fill the position, you need to convincingly pitch the job and company. I know because I used to be a recruiter for a top Canadian retailer and now for myself (Style Nine to Five) and I passionately loved my employer. It’s important that when new employees begin their new job, the environment and role you sold them on match their expectations.

 

As a recruiter, I arranged to meet with candidates at a trendy café and explained to them how pleased they would be with the particular role – after all, I sat there with a big smile on my face, gushing with pride about my great experiences and just how wonderful the company I worked for was. Many times, unfortunately, when these employees started, their store management failed to deliver my vision. Ultimately, the employees didn’t last and they were unhappy.

 

Accepting a new job offer is a big commitment and career move for the candidate. More often than not, they’ve left a current position they enjoy for the one you’re selling. During the training process they may start to lose hope. Does management appear too busy to find the time to train? Are the new employees feeling left out and isolated from other existing members of staff? Is the role and its responsibilities not as expected from the interview process? Are they receiving adequate training? New employees may start looking for other jobs immediately otherwise. Even if they do decide to stick it out, that once eager, excited employee is a little less motivated now.

 

How do we improve this? It’s up to store management to make the best impression to new employees, maintain that standard and keep their dreams alive.

 

It is definitely a conversation worth having with your team.

 

Christie Lohr

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Fashion Jobs – Holiday Party Trends

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

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The time has come when your Google calendar is full of events for the holiday season. If the exhaustion burnout won’t get to you, the stress of picking each holiday outfit might. Finding the perfect trends to ‘wow’ everyone with at your next holiday party can be daunting. However, Style Nine to Five have made the task that much easier with our newest compiled list of trends that will win you best dressed at your next holiday party. 

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Velvet
Velvet is popping up everywhere this holiday season and you have your pick of the lot with this trend. Most comfortable in a jumpsuit, grab a jewel toned velvet one. Want to wear a dress? Grab a burgundy velvet wrap dress. Have your favourite blouse you want to pair with a skirt? There’s a velvet option for that.

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Emerald Green
When we think of the holiday season 2018, we think emerald green. From shoes to bags to jackets to tops, this colour is here for the season. Emerald green is the new, elegant colour to replace that traditional Christmas green you have in mind. Best thing yet, you can wear this colour outside of the holiday season.

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Midi – Pleated Skirts
Pair with your favourite sweater to make this skirt scream holiday. Not only will you look super cute, you will also have tonnes of room for when you eat all that yummy holiday food. Most pleated skirts have an elastic waist, making it an ultra-comfortable, yet classic, look.

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Metallics
This year, a big trend is to play up metallic tones. If you want to stick with a dress, or a skirt, add a metallic blazer to bring out the festivities. Are you a style risk taker? Break all the traditional holiday party rules and wear metallic trousers and a lace camisole. Your outfit will be the talk of the party. First outfit available at The Latest Scoop!

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Two Piece Suit
What demands the attention in the room more than a powerful woman in a suit? This doesn’t have to be your plain jane black, basic suit. You can play with prints and colours, too. If you want to make even more of a statement, skip the shirt all together and use a structured blazer as your top – just make sure it’s still appropriate if it is a work function.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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 – 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 – Hiring for Luxury Brands

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

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To employers and hiring managers recruiting for luxury brands such as Coach and Ted Baker, or designer labels and boutiques, it’s important to not overlook candidates from non-luxury. As a hired recruiter for companies such as these, so many times I’ve gone to submit an amazing retail candidate but because they don’t have certain luxury retail experience, they’re overlooked! And they’re probably the best ones. Great work ethic and character comes from all backgrounds. I started out at McDonald’s. That was my first job before jumping into a retail career.

 

What to look for in a non-luxury applicant:

 

1. Experience in a fast past retailer or big box retailer means they would have learned that ‘sense of urgency’, they can manage multiple employees and can handle high stress, fast-paced environments.

 

2. Companies such as Starbucks and McDonald’s offer excellent customer service training. Today’s world truly lacks customer service so you know you’ll be getting excellent candidates from there.

 

3. While overall ‘fit’ is important, don’t forget you can train new hires on your work and company culture and get them suited in your clothes. Look for a good attitude, amazing worth ethic and leadership experience whether it’s from a luxury background or not.

 

– 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.

 

I’d also love to edit and redo your resume or LinkedIn profile and give you career advice! See your options.

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