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Career Advice – 5 Things To Take Away From Any Position

Monday, July 15th, 2019

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5 Things To Take Away From Any Position

Let’s be real- not every job you land, ends up being a dream job. We have all been in a position that isn’t what we’d hoped it would be, or didn’t quite live up to expectations. Although this can be challenging, uncomfortable, and quite often discouraging, there is always something we can take away from a job gone wrong. In fact, I can think of 5 different things (but I promise there are even more!) that can be positive, valuable, and beneficial in your experience of parting with the old, and moving on to bigger and better things!

 

1. Interview Experience

I think just about everyone gets a little “cringey” when they hear the word interview. There is something so nerve wracking about going in to meet someone new, not knowing what to expect, and being put on the spot with challenging questions, all while attempting to make a good impression. Truth is, the more you do something, the more naturally it comes. Although it may be intimidating, the more interview experience you can get, the better off you will be when it comes to killing the interview. With this mindset, you can appreciate any opportunity you have had to go through the interview process. Whether you were turned down for the job, or landed the position only to find out it wasn’t right for you, if nothing else, you can always take away valuable interview experience. You may deepen your knowledge of potential interview questions, gain new tips and tricks on how to stand out, or you may even come out with a better understanding of how to nail your own elevator speech. With one more interview under your belt, you can be that much more confident stepping into the next interview!

 

2. Working With Anyone and Everyone

No matter where you work or in what position, you can always be sure that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and work alongside all types of wonderful people. Some of which you’ll instantly click with, and others that may tend to work in a way completely different than the way you operate. You may have the chance to work within a smaller team than you’re used to, as part of a small local company, or within a bigger team or as part of a large corporate company. Either way, you will always have the opportunity to be exposed to new styles of learning, ways of doing things, personalities, and people of various backgrounds. Hopefully you’ll resonate with some of the thinking, habits, and methods of some of your new team members, but even if a colleague’s ways rival your typical approach, there is always something you can gain from being challenged. You will most definitely be compelled to learn how to work with, be respectful of, and hopefully appreciate others who work differently than you do. And if you’re open to it, you may even learn a new way to think about your work, and to be your most productive and successful self from 9-5.

 

3. Expanding Your Network

They say “it’s all about who you know.” And it’s true! Having strong connections in the industry can really work to your advantage in your career search and development. Simply put, the wider your network, the more opportunities you may be exposed to. Whether you stay in a position for a few short months, or a few years, it is so important to always put your best foot forward day in and day out,  to represent yourself in the best light. The people around you may turn out to be amazing connections and crucial points of contact for leading you to that next step in your personal career journey. Even if your current role turns out to be in an area of the industry that isn’t for you, who’s to say that your boss, your colleague, or even Karen from accounting who you met in the elevator, isn’t going to be helpful in connecting you to the right opportunity? No matter what, keep your friends close, and your connections closer!

 

4. Understanding Your Ideal Work Environment

Some of us thrive in a bustling office environment, while others do best working from home. Some love a quiet, intimate workspace surrounded by a small team, and others buzz off of a busy office that has many people coming and going at a fast pace, all day long. Lighting, location, office hours, and even your surrounding colleagues can really make or break your ability to get “in the zone” and get the job done by the end of the day. Although the thought of working from your couch in your pajamas may sound like a real dream come true, you may actually hate it- trust me on this one! When it comes to work environment, you truly will not know what works for you until you try. So if nothing else, looking back on a position that did or didn’t necessarily work in the long run, you can always reflect on the culture of the company you worked for, and your everyday work environment to evaluate what helped you thrive, and what may not have supported you in your role.

 

5. Finding What Fuels Your Fire

Spoiler alert- learning what fuels your passion and makes you tick, is the key to happiness in your career. If you don’t wake up everyday (with the exception of that rainy Monday when you spill coffee on your white blouse here and there) excited about what you do, then it might be time to re-assess. That being said, finding your calling is no easy feat. Often times it takes a lot of trial and error, and a little bit of soul searching! Patience is so powerful here, and understanding that it may take you quite some time, and some not-so-perfect positions to find your dream job, is crucial. So next time you’re feeling down because your work feels mundane or unfulfilling, take it as a lesson. Understanding what you don’t love gives you  the perfect opportunity to reflect, and dig deeper into what you DO love. Crossing one option off your list just puts you one step closer to finding your true passion, and to pursuing that rewarding career you always dreamed of!

 

We all know that the power of positivity goes a long way. However, staying positive while remaining in a position that drains your energy and just doesn’t feel right, is easier said than done! Use these 5 simple things to find the silver lining in any position or job, and I promise you will feel that much better getting back on the horse. Any lessons learned (big or small!)  in your journey to your dream job, can always be seen as valuable, and truly crucial to finding the perfect opportunity!

 

By: Heather Murray @heatherungraceful

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Working For a Major Office in the Canadian Fashion Industry- The Inside Scoop

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

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fashion head office

If you’re anything like me, working at the head office for a major fashion company is an absolute dream job. Just last year, I had a total “pinch me” moment, when I landed a job at a leading company within the Canadian fashion industry. Now I’m sure you’re wondering if this dream job lived up to expectations, and if it was truly what we all imagine (I know what you’re thinking… The Devil Wears Prada?)

 

Keep reading to get the inside scoop of what it was really like to work for a major office in the Canadian fashion industry!

 

Perks & Benefits

You might assume that working at the head office for a major fashion brand would come with all the perks and benefits, and you’re not wrong! In my experience, I was very fortunate to walk in to work everyday to an amazing office space with a grand skylit atrium, beautifully designed and decorated with amazing artwork. It had a subsidized cafeteria and specialty cafe (watch out Starbucks!), outdoor seating areas including staff garden plots, and of course a full gym and fitness studio. This is only the beginning of the perks, as we also had opportunities to enrol in language courses and fitness classes, join multiple teams and clubs, as well as the sign up to take part in various charity and volunteer opportunities. Daycare options, dry cleaning, carpooling, in-office vaccinations, car wash services…the list of benefits that comes with working at the head office is truly too long to list! I think my favourite perk was the amazing events that the office put on, like the Christmas party or Summer BBQ, or maybe it was the killer merchandise discount? Of course, this was all on top of our health insurance plan that covered basic health and dental. Oh, and did I mention summer Friday’s? That’s right, every Friday from the end of June through to September, the office closes at 1pm to get the weekend started early! While this might not be the case for all head offices, I do know that many companies offer some really great and unique perks, and in my experience these perks and benefits were a dream come true!

 

Internal Opportunities and Growth

One of the most important things to look for in starting a position with a new company, is the opportunity for growth. It is always key to know how you may be able to develop with a company, and what opportunities there are for you to move within the team to follow your career path to success. I think there can be an assumption that once you get your foot in the door with a large fashion brand, movement within the company is a breeze. In my situation, this was not exactly the case. While there were definitely lots of internal opportunities, and many different (and interesting!) roles available, there was one thing in particular that made it difficult to pursue these opportunities within the company. The company I worked for had a policy that indicates employees must be in their primary role for at least one successful year, before they can be considered for other roles internally. While one year may sound like nothing, it can be challenging to commit to a full 12 months in one position, when you are just beginning your career, and might be uncertain of where you’ll be (figuratively and geographically) in the next year. There is also no guarantee that you will even be considered for other internal opportunities after you complete a year in your role, which is dependant on your performance and the needs of the business  As it turns out, this policy is actually quite common in the industry, and does make sense in certain aspects. The benefit of this policy is that this time period allows you to accustom yourself to the company culture, the work environment, and the various policies and procedures, while also giving you the opportunity to prove yourself as a valuable employee!

 

Company Communication

Although there were over one thousand employees working in my office, I was honestly quite pleasantly surprised by how connected I felt to the company at large. Between the company’s internal website, effective email communication, monthly department meetings, and quarterly rallies, I always felt like I was “in the know” with the company happenings. The internal website provided information about holidays and vacation time, the cafeteria menu, volunteer opportunities, and any extra special offers like exclusive spa discounts, or produce box deliveries. Consistent company emails offered information about media mentions and news articles that the company was featured in, and also provided reminders for upcoming events or holidays. These emails also shared news about new leaders within the company, and other exciting announcements. I was very fortunate to be part of a department that was quite ambitious, and very successful in achieving our specific business goals. The leaders of my team consistently put on department meetings to keep everyone up to date on the progress of our work, and to share our goals moving forward. These meeting were not only helpful, but also very motivating. However, one of my favourite things about working in this office was the company-wide rallies that took place every few months. These rallies were very much like elementary school assemblies, where the whole office (yes, all 1000+ of us) shuffled in to the gymnasium to view a presentation about current happenings and updates within the company, plus any exciting plans moving forward. These rallies were complete with engaging videos, speeches from our CEO, and sometimes even special performances! They were truly an amazing way to “rally” the whole campy together, to feel connected to our greater purpose as a business. I always left these rallies feeling especially inspired, and excited to be part of something so in line with my passion for the fashion industry. Despite being just one small person within such a large company, it was truly amazing just how much thought and effort was put into making each employee feel united in the company’s mission. 

 

While every company will likely offer a very different experience, working for the head office of a major fashion company is definitely no retail job! It may not be the glamorous, and prestigious job like Andy’s from the Devil Wears Prada, but there will probably be some perks that you may not have ever expected. And there may be some policies or procedures that aren’t quite what you were hoping for either. Either way, working for a head office in the fashion industry is not only a very valuable and overall amazing experience, but will look great on your resume and will only open more doors in your long-term career! 

 

**Photo by James Stokes Photography via archdaily.com

 

By: Heather Murray @heatherungraceful

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Career Advice – How to Use Social Media to Your Advantage in the Interview Process

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

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How to use social media

In the digital world we live in, things are constantly changing… and fast! With social media becoming increasingly important in our personal lives, it is truly starting to change so many different aspects of our day-to-day, including our professional lives too. Social media is changing so many industries in so many different ways, and the fashion industry is definitely no exception. In order to keep up with the evolving landscape, it’s about time that we start using social media to our advantage- beginning with the interview process!

 

Personal Marketing

People are always saying “be careful what you put on the internet,” and for good reason! These days, you never know just who will end up scrolling through your posts, so it’s always best to play it safe and keep things professional before you hit the share button. That being said, this doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun, and it definitely does not mean that you can’t be yourself on social media. In fact, the very best thing you can do is just that! Your social profiles should showcase who you are, what you do, and why you love doing it. As you already know, we are living in a world that revolves around technology and social media, and that doesn’t just exist from 9-5. Employers are using social media more and more to get to know candidates, and to dig deeper in finding the right fit for their next hire. For this reason, you can (and should!) use your Instagram profile, facebook page, and twitter account to your advantage when it comes to putting yourself out there on the job market. Think of your social profiles as a live portfolio, that displays your work and showcases your passion in real time. Social media is also a great way to build your personal brand, and market yourself as a desirable employee. The photos, stories, and messages you share allow you to show off your strengths, values, talents, and interests. Even the simple things like your bio and profile picture can speak volumes to who you are as an employee, and valuable member of the industry. So next time you go to post something on the ‘gram, don’t forget to ask yourself “does this represent my personal brand?”

 

Company Research 

Don’t forget that things work both ways in this crazy world of social media. Just as you’re thinking about the things you’re sharing on the internet, so are the brands and companies that you want to work for. When starting the job hunt, a great place to start (believe it or not) is your social feeds. A company’s various online profiles can give you instant insight, not only into the aesthetic and overall vibe of the brand, but often times what they stand for, their story, and their position within the industry. Social media may help you to decipher if they are the right fit for you, and if they offer the type of environment you’re looking for in a job. When preparing for an interview, heading to the company’s profiles will help you set the tone for what they may be looking for in a candidate in terms of values, goals, and culture fit. It will also give you a leg up on their current campaigns, articles, media mentions, and projects, which could lead to a great conversation topic, or interesting question to ask the interviewer. This will show that you took the time to do your research, and that you truly care about what is happening within the company. A quick five to ten minutes scrolling through a company’s social media can really help you to explore whether or not the company could be a good fit for you, and could also make or break the interview!

 

Connecting With Key People

Some may call it “cyber stalking,” but really it can be considered valuable research. When writing an application for a new position, it’s always best to address your message directly to the hiring manager or department lead. Sometimes the company website won’t give you all the contacts you may need, but with a little digging through social media, you may just be able to put a name to a title. Once you’re in contact with the hiring team for a prospective job, it can be helpful to research the people you’re connecting with. Without being creepy, it can be nice to preface an interview with a little background about who may be sitting across the table from you. On the other side of things, if you’re having a tough time breaking into the hiring scene, social media can be a great tool for networking. Get social with key leaders in the industry, by exploring your contacts and who they are connected with, and following along with people who inspire you in the industry. It is definitely important to maintain some boundaries between work and play when it comes to social media, but don’t be afraid to slide into someone’s DM’s, or drop a comment (professionally, of course) as a way to start a conversation, and spark a new meaningful connection. Hey- for all you know, it could just lead to the interview for your next job!

 

At the end of the day, social media often has a bad reputation for being a bit intrusive and sometimes even a little scary, but by switching your mindset and adding little intention behind your posts, you truly can use social media to your advantage in landing your dream job!

 

Inspo photo: By Viktor Hanacek

 

By: Heather Murray @heatherungraceful

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Career Advice – Preparing For an Interview at Your Dream Company

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

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interview prep

Applying for a job at your dream company can be a daunting task. Landing the interview with that company can be even scarier. Going to that interview, you’ll probably be a little bit nervous but with these tips, you are sure to be prepared.

Prepare your resume and cover letter

The key to even getting an interview is an amazing cover letter and resume. First things first, no more ‘to whom it may concern’. Find out who the hiring manager is and direct your cover letter to them. When you write your cover letter, make sure you personalize it to the company you are applying for. Write what makes you perfect for that specific role at that specific company. These small things go such a long way to getting you noticed.

Do your research

If this is your dream company, then surely you know a lot about it. However, that shouldn’t stop you from doing your research. When was the company founded and by who? Do they have one office or are they global? What are their core values? What does their day to day look like? If they sell product – ensure you know what type of product, materials, what goes into making them and their uses. You want to wow in the interview and knowing your stuff shows you’re committed.

Have questions 

The worst thing you can do at the end of the interview is not have any questions. Make a mental note in your head of a list of questions you may have about the company, the role, or maybe the hiring managers favourite thing about working there. Some of these questions may already be answered in the interview. That just means you can check that one off the list and move on to the next one. Having questions shows you are interested in the position.

 

Image courtesy of: Who What Wear

 

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.

Vancouver Fashion Job Round-Up

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs in CanadaStreet style at New York Fashion Week spring 2018.

 

Here’s a round-up of the top fashion jobs in Vancouver this week:

 

Assistant Buyer at Bootlegger

• Fit Technician at Bootlegger

Customer Service And Fulfillment Coordinator at Melanie Auld Jewelry

• Fashion Intern at Londre Bodywear

• Visual Merchandising/Operations Manager at Hudson’s Bay

Senior Brand Manager at Lululemon

• Fashion Interns – Design/Styling/Social Media for Rimpy Sahota Apparel 

 

Click on the job you like above to apply!

 

Photo credit: Andrew Morales/WWD

 

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Fashion Jobs – 6 Female Canadian Entrepreneurs You Need to Follow ASAP

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

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There’s nothing we love more than a little female empowerment and career motivation every now and then. Women who set their sights on their dreams and never stop chasing them until they’re made a reality; these are the kind of women that we want to give great recognition to as they set a stellar example for the rest of us hopefuls.

 

In honour of these women, we’ve created a narrowed down list of the top 6 female Canadian entrepreneurs that continue to inspire us and are leading examples for all females who are chasing after their dreams. We can all accomplish our hopes and dreams if we put in the work that is necessary, never doubt what we are truly capable and never stop believing in ourselves.

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Bianca Venerayan and Dani Roche – Kastor & Pollux
E-commerce and blogging sensations, Bianca Venerayan and Dani Roche are a creative powerhouse duo that has carved a pathway to success as the dynamic duo team that they are. After hitting it off as besties in high school they both discovered that they shared the same entrepreneurial spirit and came together to create their Kastor and Pollux empire; an empire which consists of blogging, photography, communications and fashion design. Working together for over eight years has definitely paid off for them from planning and designing launch parties for mega companies like Mogo, a Canadian finance company, or producing multiple videos, styling and photo projects at a time, these two are a force to be reckoned with and definitely an inspiration to us all.

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Castle Ho- Boutique 1861
Castle Ho took her infinite love for the Victorian era and created a magical little shop of all things girly, romantic and vintage-inspired in the heart of Montreal. Ever since its launch in 2012, it has been so successful that she opened a second boutique to accommodate her high flow of clientele. Boutique 1861 creates such a unique shopping experience unlike any other, the moment you step into the shop, you feel like you’re in a girly paradise dream and all of the clothing pieces and accessories are nothing less than eye catching and desirable. Castle Ho had a vintage fashion inspired vision and made it into a reality for all girly girls to enjoy.

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Jenny Bird
She’s Canadian and she’s a leading jewelry designer with showrooms in Toronto, Paris, New York, LA, Chicago and more. Jenny Bird is not only an extremely talented jewelry designer but she is also passionate, hard working and driven, all of which was rooted from her upbringing in the small, artistic town of Elora, Ontario. Her jewelry designs have been a major success ever since her launch of the company in 2008, and Jenny Bird is now being sold in over 600 retailers worldwide. Jenny Bird is the ultimate girl boss who cannot be stopped; her jewelry never fails to be on trend and of course, they are pieces to die for!

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Breanna Musgrove – Scout & Catalogue
The Vancouver-based designer and creator of accessories line Scout & Catalogue is one kick ass entrepreneur who knows how to bring her visions to life. With a lengthy background in fashion retail, marketing, and advertising, Breanna decided to branch off on her own and create her own accessories brand that cultivates a vision of the beachy Bohemian culture. Scout & Catalogue produces high quality, hand dyed pieces that will make you want to get out in the sunshine and play at the beach all day. Breanna made this brand her own in every possible way, allowing it to be unique and set apart from any other accessories brand.

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Christie Lohr – Style Nine to Five
That’s right, our very own Christie Lohr founder of Style Nine to Five is one hustling Canadian female entrepreneur. If you don’t already know what she’s about then you absolutely should. She created the first ever fashion job board in Canada, which includes major retailers such as Hudson’s Bay, Nordstrom, Lululemon, TOPSHOP and many more. She set out with the vision to help those wanting to work and succeed in the fashion industry. By creating Style Nine to Five, she has opened up a platform that gives all fashionista’s a fair chance to break into the industry. She has since gone on to launch Beauty Nine to Five, and even Style Nine to Five New York. Christie is career focused, driven and passionate and a leading example to us all.


Inspirational Images
Image courtesy of Kastor & Pollux
Kastor & Pollux image courtesy of Bicyclette Boutique
Boutique 1861 image courtesy of Montreal Gazette
Jenny Bird image courtesy of Bedknobs & Baubles
Breanna Musgrove image courtesy of Scout & Catalogue
Christie Lohr image courtesy of Style Nine to Five

 

By: Ciara Koth, Toronto, @ciarakoth

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Fashion Jobs – Q&A With Former Style Nine to Five Social Media Intern and Gentle Fawn Digital Marketing Specialist Kelsey Dech

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

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Kelsey Dech

Witty, charming, and a social media vixen are just a few ways you could describe Kelsey Dech, Gentle Fawn’s digital marketing specialist and former Style Nine to Five social media intern. We had the chance to chat with Kelsey and ask her a few questions about her new gig and also receive some advice for those looking to launch their career in the world of fashion marketing.

SNTF: Kelsey, you have a pretty awesome gig with Gentle Fawn, how did this job come about?

KD: I came across the job opening sort of by fluke. Yes, I was job hunting, and sending out resumes, but in the back of my mind I had begun thinking that maybe taking some time off for myself was the answer rather than jumping back into the job circuit. It just didn’t seem to be happening for me. But, as soon as I saw the job posting, I knew that I had to apply. There was no question. I actually remember getting the phone call for the initial interview and having this gut feeling that something big was about to happen.

SNTF: What is your average day at work like?

KD: Some days are alike and others are not, whatsoever. But I love that. I enjoy being challenged, learning something new. The other day I was pulling looks for a stylist and the next I was on my computer, doing up some ad mockups and adding new arrivals to our website. One thing that is always the same is how I start my day. First thing – I look over my weekly calendar. It’s an amazing little notepad where I jot down all my notes for the days ahead. It sets me up. Next, I’ll usually look over our social media pages along with reading some articles about fashion marketing and what’s going on in the industry. I don’t like to jump into my emails as soon as I hit my desk as I think it’s important to give your mind some food for thought before heading into your day.

SNTF: Prior to working for Gentle Fawn you were the social media intern for Style Nine to Five. What were you required to do in this role?

KD: As an intern, I was responsible for overseeing and maintaining all of Style Nine to Five’s social media accounts. From Twitter to LinkedIn and everything in between, I was the one behind the computer, scheduling posts for the following day. I was also required to gather content relevant to each job opening and or blog post plus consistently engage with Style Nine to Five followers.

SNTF: What skills and knowledge did you learn while interning for Style Nine to Five that you apply to your new role at Gentle Fawn?

KD: Social media is one of my many responsibilities at Gentle Fawn so knowing how different scheduling platforms (e.g. Hootsuite) work as well as the importance of knowing who your audience is and what they are looking for is something that has definitely helped me excel in my role at Gentle Fawn. Brand voice goes a long way.

SNTF:  What was your favourite part of working for Style Nine to Five?

KD: Easy – I got to work alongside an amazing female entrepreneur. Learning from Christie and seeing how she took her business from Vancouver to across the continent was eye-opening in the best way possible.

SNTF:  How has working for Style Nine to Five given you a professional edge in the fashion industry?

KD: Having a mentor like Christie and working for Style Nine to Five opened my eyes to the entrepreneurial side of fashion. From learning how the hiring process works to witnessing the PR involved in recruiting both companies and job hunters, I gained that understanding of how companies get started, which in my eyes, now makes me able to relate more to both companies and individuals.

SNTF: How do you think working for Style Nine to Five prepared you for your new career?

KD: It provided me with a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes, ultimately preparing me for the multitude of differing tasks I now take on in my role at Gentle Fawn. The fashion industry is competitive, no doubt, but it’s also very vast in the areas of work one could do and I think that it can be easy to look past that part.

SNTF: For those looking to work in the fashion marketing industry, what advice would you give them?

KD: Be persistent and open to opportunity. You never know where that internship or part time job will take you. Any experience is better than none. It was always a dream of mine to work in fashion but I knew that it would be difficult and that I would likely face some hardships based on the competitiveness of the industry. However, I was confident that with my skill set and determination combined, I would one day get there. And here I am!

SNTF: The fashion industry is extremely competitive, what did you do to remain focused while looking for work?

KD: I like to write and one thing that worked for me was jotting down my successes thus far and outlining new goals. Whether it is in a notebook or on a post-it that I stuck to my mirror. It is so easy to get discouraged when you don’t get that call back or you don’t even get an interview for that matter. But knowing your worth and acknowledging such worth always put me back on track.

SNTF: What advice would current Kelsey give to past Kelsey on her first day of interning for Style Nine to Five based on what you know now?

KD: Probably to be more patient with herself and to not be afraid to ask questions. Anything worthwhile takes time and by not asking, you’re simply setting yourself up for more hardship. If you don’t know how to tackle something or phrase a “tweet” per se, it’s better to seek advice than to just let it rest on your shoulders.

To follow along with Kelsey’s journey through fashion marketing make sure to give her a follow on Instagram.

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By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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Fashion Jobs – Interview with Camilla De Cesare

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

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Camilla De Cesare

Style Nine to Five had the pleasure of sitting down with social media maven Camilla De Cesare. Coming from Europe to attend UBC in beautiful Vancouver, Camilla has had great opportunities in the fashion scene in Vancity. From being a part of the Grand opening of Nordstrom’s Vancouver as their social media specialist, to growing her personal Instagram rapidly (which is absolutely stunning might I add). She is now taking the next step by moving to Toronto to open the Nordstrom’s there, while co-working on one of Vancouver’s latest online consignment stores. To say this girl keeps herself busy is an understatement. She has definitely made a mark on the Vancouver scene in just a short amount of time and we’re excited to learn about what she has in store for the future.

SNTF: Have you had previous training in social media or have you always had a knack for it?

CDC: I have never formally studied social media, but through a lot of trial and error I started to teach myself. My Instagram used to be a bit of a mess, and there are still so many ways that I can improve! It is just a continuous learning process!

SNTF: Instagram is a major platform for personal branding and for business’s. What are your thoughts on branding through social media, such as Instagram?

CDC: This is such a great question; it is actually a conversation I continuously have with people. Branding through social media keeps becoming more important to brands given that traditional ways of advertising are becoming less effective. I even think about when I was a teen and used to watch TV I couldn’t fast forward commercials, but now I either pre-record everything and skip commercials or I just use Netflix. Consumers have more ways of ‘avoiding’ ads than before, so working with influencers through social media to create authentic and engaging content is very powerful. The number of full-time bloggers keeps growing because brands keep increasing the amount they spend on social media. However, it can also be tricky once someone becomes a full-time blogger as you do not want to accept too much sponsored work that could alienate your following, yet you also need to make a living.

SNTF: What do you have planned for yourself next in Toronto?

CDC: I will be involved with the opening of Nordstrom in Toronto, and I will also be working on Soemy, an online consignment store that consigns blogger’s second-hand clothing, that my friend Chloe and I are launching. 

SNTF: You have also built a very strong personal Instagram @ave.camilla. Is this something you want to build for yourself as a personal blog and brand, or is it more of a hobby to showcase your personality and photos?

CDC: As of right now, my Instagram is a hobby and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I absolutely love getting to meet new people and Instagram really allows you to connect with people you normally wouldn’t meet. It is also such a great creative outlet! Getting to work with new photographers, scout new locations, and play dress up is just so much fun!

SNTF: What can we see from ave.camilla in the future?

CDC: I will be moving a lot within the next few years (after Toronto I’ll be moving back to Europe) and so I’ll be exploring and showcasing cities more than I do right now. But of course the main focus will remain fashion, since that is what I love the most!

SNTF: You spoke about an online consignment store that you are helping launch. Let’s hear a bit more about this. What was your vision and why did you decide to start it?

CDC: Chloe, my business partner, started an online consignment store called My Modern Closet, and her aim has been to create an easy and accessible way for people to re-use clothes and give them a longer life. Around the same time, I had been thinking about what I should do with all of my clothes. I had tried various different options and didn’t feel like there was the perfect fit for me. So I started speaking to my blogger friends and they felt the same way, and that is how the vision for Soemy came about! We pick up and shoot all of the clothing for the blogger’s so that it is hassle-free for them, and we want to make these blogger’s awesome clothes accessible to the public and give the clothes a longer life!

SNTF: What can we see from Soemy? Where did that name come from?

CDC: Each blogger will have a profile on Soemy where we will be selling their second-hand clothing. Although our name is written as “soemy” it is pronounced as “so me”. We feel like that moment when you scroll through a feed and go, “oh that is so me” is what distinguishes between liking a picture and actually clicking through to a website to go and purchase that item.

SNTF: What is your end goal with this online business?

CDC: Eventually, we would love to be in every major city and have this be the go-to destination for consumers to shop their favourite blogger’s closets. We also want to make is extremely easy for blogger’s to sell their clothing, so that they can keep providing their readers with new content.

SNTF: Are you going to continue doing it while you’re in Toronto and Europe?

CDC: Chloe will be running Soemy from Vancouver, and I will begin launching it in Toronto. The dream would definitely be to continue doing this across Europe as well!

SNTF: What do you plan on doing in Europe? Is that where you’re from?

CDC: If all goes well, the plan is to continue working on Soemy in Europe! My whole family lives in Europe and I am European (my father is Italian and my mother is Italian & Austrian). I moved to Vancouver to attend UBC and absolutely loved it so I decided to stay in Canada a little bit longer!

Feature Image Curtesy of Camilla Photo by Thomas Bullock

By: Jordan Sangster

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Fashion Jobs – Q&A with Jessica Kaplan-Carson

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

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Curious about how to make it from the sales floor to a sales executive? Experienced fashion expert and Brand Director for Mendocino and M, Jessica Kaplan-Carson gave Style Nine to Five a few pointers on how to get noticed, revamp your resume, and own the interview.

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SNTF: Firstly, do you find retail companies are more willing to hire internally for head office positions rather than externally? If so, why?

JKC: I think all companies would prefer to hire from within if at all possible. It’s important to nurture the talent already in your company. Hiring from within offers a unique benefit, as the new hire already is familiar with the company culture and policies. It’s also a great comfort that either you or someone in your organization knows the perspective hire and has worked with them directly.

SNTF: Many fashion students work in retail throughout their studies and would potentially like to move up into the company and work at head office. What is the best way to stand out from other employees as a positive candidate? What type of past experience do you look for when hiring internally for a head office position?

JKC: The best way to stand out is to be a star at your job. Create a genuine relationship with your direct managers and make your goals known to them. When a position at head office opens up, and [if] it’s something you have experience or interest in, your direct managers will be key resources for you. Any relevant experience for a position works – whether that’s volunteer or interning, when coming directly out of school, no one is expecting you to head up a department. In the Marketing/PR side of things there are so many ways you can push your own brand personally. Make sure you have curated and cohesive social media accounts that work to help form your brand and aesthetic, and a blog that does the same.

SNTF: What is important to you when looking at a cover letter and resume?

JKC: Number one is spelling and grammar. If you haven’t taken the time and care to read over your resume, it’s difficult to see you taking care when you are in the prospective position. Additionally, your resume must be easy to read and understand. If you’re being creative make sure it isn’t too busy or hard to read. In your cover letter, it’s always good to mention why you think you’re the best fit for the company, specifically naming the company in your CV is important. Use it as an opportunity to show your passion and what makes you different from other applicants. It doesn’t hurt to say what you LOVE about the company you are applying for either.

SNTF: Social media has become such an important tool to represent our personal brand. As an employer, do you look at your candidates’ social media platforms? If so, does this affect your final hiring decision?

JKC: As I mentioned, 100% social media accounts are looked at if they are available, especially if the position is one that encompasses a social media component. In regards to if it affects the final hiring decision, all I can say is the world of social media can now speak for you, so make sure it’s saying what you want it to say.

SNTF: Are there any tips you could share that a candidate could benefit from, to stand out positively during the interview process?

JKC: In the interview process, it’s best to show that you could fit in with the corporate culture. Try to find out what kind of environment it is – corporate or creative. Your perspective employer wants to see that you can integrate seamlessly into the company, so find out as much as you can about it. If your perspective employer has retail stores for instance, go and visit them. See what they’re about, and be prepared to talk about them. It shows your interest in the job, that you are willing to put your own time into researching and learning about what the job and company are all about.

SNTF: First impressions are important. Do you look at how someone represents himself or herself through style as a deciding factor for a position?

JKC: Working in fashion, there is a certain look that you need to fit into. With that said, it will vary company to company. It goes back to culture. Your style and personality go hand in hand in most cases, and fit is a huge component of if you will work out in a position. Your education and experience are hugely important but embracing the company culture is also vital.

SNTF: Once someone has gotten a position in head office, what is the best way to show they are eager to move forward without crossing a line?

JKC: Being available to do whatever, whenever. It’s important to take the time to listen for the first while to learn personalities and how things work. You want to be positive and someone your colleagues know they can count on. Don’t forget to find out who your point person should be if you have any questions.

SNTF: Looking for jobs, especially for the first time post-graduation, can be intimidating. What is the most important thing to keep in mind when applying for jobs in the fashion industry?

JKC: Keep on looking! The best advice I ever got when I was starting out was to use a potential employer as a contact to reach new people, AKA informational interviews. Try to find one contact that you can meet with, not necessarily for a job, [but] just to speak with them to find out about their career path. Be conscious of their time and don’t run over the time you asked for. When you’re done the meeting, don’t be afraid to ask if there is anyone they can suggest that you speak with to learn more about the industry. Then don’t forget to follow up and say thank you! Just get out there and meet people. Look for any meet ups that you can go to, even workshops, you never know who you will meet. They may not have a job opportunity for you, but they will usually make time for a coffee.

SNTF: Lastly, is there any advice you could share that you wish someone had given you about working in the fashion industry?

JKC: Looking back when I was starting out, I’m sure many people told me, but I wish I had taken their advice to, work hard but have fun too. Work/life balance is important and it’s great to have a job you love, but you have to be able to take time when you can to decompress. At the end of the day, it’s just fashion! It’s a creative industry where we get to play with clothes and styling all day. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a tough industry, but it’s the best!

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By Sarah Said, @sarahannesaid

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