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Fashion Jobs – 5 Ways to Get Your Career Back on Track

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

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

 

1. Set Goals, Have A Plan

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

 

2. Network Is Your Networth

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

 

3. Work With A Recruiter

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

 

4. Higher Education

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

 

5. Find A Mentor

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

 

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By M.J. Elle, Toronto, @TheMJElle

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Fashion Jobs – 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 Trends Blowing up on Instagram You Should Shop ASAP

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

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Gone are the days that Instagram is solely for seeing what your family, friends and favourite celebrities are up to. Instead, it’s quickly become a go-to fashion resource for seeing what your fave influencers and style icons are currently rocking. And the best part is most of the time you can shop the pieces you’ve been eyeing up directly through the ap. Otherwise, you can see where the items are from and buy them conveniently in-store or online later. Today, we’re sharing all the trends we thankfully discovered on Instagram and the trends we purchased as quickly as possible. Get your credit cards ready, ladies.

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Plaid
We’re definitely stocking up on chic, plaid pants this fall. We love the edgy nod to the 90s, and not to mention it’s refreshing to see something other than black pants during fall.

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Colourful Puffers
Solid black puffers have thankfully been replaced with bold, rainbow-hued shades and now fashion’s biggest ‘it’ girls can be seen donning puffers in crazy colours left, right and centre. Now you just need to decide which colour you like best.

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Teddy Coats
Shearling is having a major moment this year. We love how there are so many cute yet feminine teddy bear styles available and typically you don’t have to break the bank to rock this trend.

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Statement LBD
Whether you need a dress for the countless holiday parties you have lined up, a frock for New Year’s or maybe you just want to treat yourself to a new LBD, ditch the classic silhouettes and opt for head-turning details. Our Insta feeds have been flooded with playful details like feathers, beading, velvet and oversized shoulders, and we can’t get enough.

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Chunky, Combat Boots
We couldn’t end this list without a pair of practical yet ultra fashionable boots and we currently can’t get enough of the chunky, combat boot trend. From monochrome styles to bold whites and reds, a pair of bold combat boots are super comfortable, practical and far from ordinary.

 

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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 – 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.

 

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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 – 5 Footwear Trends to Try This Winter

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

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From coast to coast, winter-like weather has arrived in Canada. And while the most obvious footwear women tend to think of when the colder weather hits are bulky and insulated boots, however, there are so many other fashion-forward options available this season that will have you strutting like a style influencer at New York Fashion Week. So rather than adding yet another pair of dull, black boots to your repertoire this season, we wanted to share our favourite footwear trends that are turning heads for all the right reasons and deserve a spot on your winter must-haves list ASAP.

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White Boots
Whoever said don’t wear white after Labour Day clearly wasn’t forecasting one of the season hottest footwear trends: white boots. From pointed and rounded toes to Chelsea style to stiletto heels, white boots are a MUST this season.

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Chunky Sneakers
From Gucci and Balenciaga to Chanel and Acne, many of the fashion world’s biggest designers have been releasing their own variation of the fashion-forward chunky sneaker all year long. But luckily for those looking for a more cost-effective option, basically every other designer has released their own design so you can still rock the trend like the best of them without breaking the bank.

 

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Combat Boots
Another trend we’re super excited to embrace this season is the combat boot trend. We adore this hip yet edgy monochrome number from Dr. Martens — they’re super comfortable, practical and far from ordinary. We’re thanking the fashion gods that this ultra-practical boot became stylish just in time for winter.

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Party Heels
From Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve soirees to every other chic event in between, you’re going to need a pair of statement heels that will go with everything you own. And a pair of metallic heels need a place in your closet ASAP if you ask us.

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Slouchy Boots
If you’re looking for a fashionable alternative to your go-to knee-high boots, let a pair of slouchy boots be what you go for. Not only do they look extremely luxe, your winter outfits won’t see these amazing boots coming.

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Product Info:
Tomorrow Pointy Toe Booties, $129, available at Nine West
Fila Disruptor, $84, available at Urban Outfitters
1460 Mono, $179.99, available at Dr. Martens
Ray Strappy Sandals, $80, available at Topshop
High Heeled Leather Boots, $199, available at Zara

 

By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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Fashion Jobs – Basics Every Woman Needs in Her Wardrobe

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

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It should come as no surprise that most women spend most of their money on fast-fashion items that aren’t intended to last more than a season or two. And while that’s okay for trying out fun, new trends, every woman eventually reaches a point when they need to start spending their money on items that are meant to last. These are the items that will become the foundation of your wardrobe, and they’ll remain in style for years to come. But rather than sharing your run of the mill, traditional wardrobe staples, we wanted to share our favourite ‘basic’ items that have received a bit of a modern update, so you can still look effortlessly timeless, without blending into the crowd.

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Trench Coat
This as an investment piece you’ll wear forever. Look for a classic A-line silhouette that will cinch you in at the waist and that you can wear over everything from suits to jeans.

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White Sneakers
Ditch your trusted Converse for a fun upgrade like these retro Nike kicks. They are a classic that will go with everything. Always.

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Blue Jeans
Every woman needs to own at least one pair of go-to jeans (that instantly make her legs and butt look perfect). And there’s no better way to stay ahead of the trends than with a pair of high-rise, cropped, ‘mom-style’ blue jeans.

 

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Striped Top
A classic striped top will never go out of style and will remain as a mainstay in your closet for years to come. We can’t get enough of this Comme Des Garcons striped basic, because it’s simple yet effective thanks to the addition of the appliquéd iconic mini red heart synonymous with the brand.

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Black Booties
A pair of leather booties will be a staple for years to come and for good reason. They can instantly elevate any look from jeans and a white tee to a midi dress for a night on the town.

 

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Product Info
J.Crew Dion Trench, $314.73, available at Nordstrom
Nike Classic Cortez Sneaker, $70, available at Urban Outfitters
Madewell High-Rise Crop Jeans, $70, available at Net-a-Porter
Comme Des Garcons mini heart logo striped T-shirt, $180, available at Farfetch
Franco Sarto Sienne Point-Toe Leather Booties, $200, available at The Bay

 

By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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Fashion Jobs – How to succeed at Your First Day on the Job

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

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Starting a new job can be intimidating. There’re new people, new processes, new rules and an entirely new routine. That’s a lot to take in for the first day. Luckily, usually on the first day of a new job you aren’t thrown right in to sink or swim. You should be given the tools to start a foundation that you can use every day. That being said, it doesn’t hurt to be extra prepared.

 

What can you learn about your new company?
If your new company has an Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter – creep it. A lot of companies will have an Instagram story called ‘office life’ or something to that effect. Definitely watch it and study it. What does their day to day look like? Be ready for anything.

 

What is their ‘style’?
If you’re already watching your new company’s Instagram story about their office culture, study what the staff are wearing. Some companies will call for business casual, but dress up a bit more, whereas others may say business casual and it’s much more casual. This will give you a good gage on to what to wear on your first day.

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What can you learn about what you’ll be doing?
It’s good to do a refresher of tools you may need. For example, if you’ll be using tools like Photoshop, InDesign, Microsoft Office, it’s good to do a refresher before your first day. Even if you think you know everything you can know about the tools, watch videos, do research, and practice. You want to impress your new coworkers and be able to walk the walk if you talk the talk.

 

Bring everything they ask for… and more
As a general rule, you’ll be asked to bring in your social insurance number and direct deposit payment information. Go the extra mile, bring some pens and paper to take notes if needed. If you have any questions that have come up before your first day, jot them down. If you have any pre-booked or preplanned vacation dates, make sure you have those on hand as well.

 

If you show up on your first day prepared and with an open mind, there is no reason why you shouldn’t succeed!

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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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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