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Career Advice: How to Ask for a Raise

Monday, March 25th, 2019

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Thinking of asking for a raise? It can be so nerve wrecking and hard to get the confidence to do do it. Remember if you don’t ask, then you won’t receive. Here are some things to keep in mind when you prepare to ask your boss for a raise.

Timing is key

While you may have been thinking about the raise for a while, your boss hasn’t. Put yourself in their shoes and think about what is going on in their day or week. If you know that your boss has a big pitch coming up, scheduling a time to chat right before the deadline is probably not the best and they will be less receptive to your needs. Instead, choosing a time when you know your boss will have the time to think it through and the company is doing well would be better.

Know the pay practices at your company.

Before setting up a meeting with your boss, find out the processes and procedures on pay raises. There may be some time requirements and other practices put into place that you may not be aware about and will want to keep in mind before you speak to your boss.

Know the worth of your job.

This is key! You may feel like you deserve a six-figure salary for all the late nights you’re putting in, but you have to be realistic. It will help your case if you research the industry standards and compare what perks and salary expectations you have versus someone else working your job in a similar company.

Believe in your value and what you currently bring to the table – and show how you’re ready to work even harder.

You do not want to appear whiny when you’re speaking to your boss. Be sensitive to what you’re saying, how you’re saying it, and how it may be received. Your boss knows your role and what it entails, so rather than telling them what you do, explain how you’re do the job better, how this is adding more value to the company, and why what you’re doing deserves more money.

Prepare for next steps.

Prepare for anything that may come out of that meeting – including being turned down. Have a game plan for what you’re going to do if you don’t see those extra Benjamins straight away. This game plan could mean many things like coming up with a timeline with your boss for what you have to do and when your salary could be reviewed or discussing the possibility of a bonus instead of a raise.


At the end of the day – just do it! Know your worth and take charge of your career growth! Sometimes all you have to do is ask!

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By: Nikita Due


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6 Fashion Jobs Currently Available in Vancouver

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

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


Role: Senior Designer, Print
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Description: The senior print designer is an artist who specializes in creating originality through the art of print and pattern to elevate the Lululemon men and women’s product experience.
This will require print design excellence through the connection of design, development and manufacturing.


Colour Designer
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Description: You will be a colour expert at the seasonal product and capsule level. You must be well informed of current colour trends, art, fashion, design and sport related products through market research to keep ahead of consumer needs. You must also build inspiration concept boards to convey the seasonal colour direction.


Guilford Town Centre
Role: Personal Stylist
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Description: This role is an independent contractor position that works with the Marketing Director. The ideal candidate will maintain a fashionable and professional image and have education and experience with personal shopping.


Jax & Lennon Clothing Company
Role: Stock & Inventory Assistant
Job Type: Part-Time
Job Description: In this role, you will help with customer service, processing stock, inventory management, pulling orders, preparing orders for shipment, and warehouse organization.

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Jax & Lennon Clothing Company
Role: Office Assistant
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Description: Your responsibilities will include customer service, order processing & shipping, processing stock and updating inventory, office organization, periodically updating policies, and basic social media.


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Fashion Recruiter
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Description: Style Nine to Five is looking for someone with two years of experience in recruiting for this industry and a proven track record of delivering results. You bring expertise in sourcing, networking, candidate research and cold calling. You’re amazing at communication and customer service: you share ideas and collaborate.


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Fashion Jobs – Q&A With Jamal Abdourahman, Founder of Vancouver Fashion Week

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

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On September 18th, Fashion Week will take over Vancouver, and bring forward talent from around the globe. Now in its 17th year, Vancouver Fashion Week is a diverse and innovative fashion experience that features both established and emerging designers. Style Nine to Five had the opportunity to chat with the visionary behind VFW, founder Jamal Abdourahman and we got an inside look at how VFW has evolved over the years, where it’s going and what truly sets it apart from other fashion weeks.


SNTF: First things first, can you tell us about yourself and your role with VFW?


JA: I’m Jamal Abdourahman, the founder of Vancouver Fashion Week. I started in 2001 and with 14 years of establishment, VFW is getting stronger and more exciting every season. I have always been interested in fashion itself, but I’ve never thought it would be possible for me to pursue a career that combines fashion and business. Most of my time is spent traveling, looking to seek out international designers to showcase at VFW. Every year, I travel to watch fashion shows in different continents like South America, Europe, and Asia to help come up with fresh new ideas and to bring media from around the world to Vancouver.

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SNTF: The fashion industry is notoriously hard to break into, how did you do it?


JA: Breaking into the fashion industry is challenging and for me, it was definitely scary at first. There were a number of challenges to overcome when I first started out – and a lot of pressure to succeed. I come from a large family that has seen a lot of success within the business industry and that alone was a lot of pressure on me. There’s an expectation to achieve greatness in my family, but their support has helped motivate and inspire me.


SNTF: How did you climb the ranks in the fashion industry so successfully? Did you have mentors along the way?


JA: Surprisingly enough, I didn’t have any mentors along the way. My families success inspired me to work hard, but ultimately, I got to where I am today by thinking big and taking on big projects – that’s what made it possible for me. One of my motivations to succeed comes from taking on a seemingly impossible project and making it happen, and I think that’s helped me climb the ranks in this industry.

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SNTF: What led you to start Vancouver Fashion Week? How has it evolved over the years?


JA: Before I started VFW, I worked as a nightclub promoter. I never really liked the club scene, but I love dancing and I love music – that’s why I threw parties and got involved. A friend of mine, also a promoter, had a fashion show in his club one night and I got the chance to help organize it. From then on I stopped doing night club events and focused on fashion events instead.


In August 2000, I started planning the first season of VFW, and it took us nine months to build from the ground up. There has definitely been a big change in the market since we started in 2000. The current market has more access to fashion, which means it’s easier to contribute and distribute. Another more obvious change over the last 30 seasons would be the visual aspect – many different trends and fashions have come and go in the last 17 years.


SNTF: VFW is now in its 17th year, what has been your proudest achievement so far? What about your toughest obstacle?


JA: One of my proudest achievements so far, especially in this season of VFW, is having about 30 young Canadian designers showcasing their collections alongside international designers. I’m also proud to be sending designers around the world to showcase their work through the Nancy Mak award, a $5,000 grant that helps one emerging designer who shows great potential present their work at international shows.


One of the toughest things about this job is managing myself. Some days I’m full of inspiration and other days, it’s lacking. When you feel stuck or uninspired and lost, the pressure can creep up – though it’s not as intense nowadays compared to 10 years ago, now that I have a great team supporting me every season. We have to constantly push one another to keep going if we want to stay on top. Another big challenge for me is time, but throughout the years I’ve learned that [time] isn’t something I can ask for more of. If I am asking for time, it means that I am not making the most of the time I have.

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SNTF: How do you discover new designers to showcase at VFW?


JA: We have many different ways of discovering new designers to showcase. We have a program where we sponsor designers from previous seasons and schools. We also seek out designers who have won fashion design competitions or I’ll attend speaking engagements and other shows to network and meet potential new talent.


SNTF: Are you forecasting any major trends for the upcoming show?


JA: I’m not one to predict or chase trends, but by traveling and attending international fashion weeks throughout the year I’m able to get a first-hand look at a lot of unique pieces – but only a few of them really stick in my mind. A few trends I’ve noticed so far for Spring/Summer 2018 are prints and colour. Large, bold prints with simple palettes; black, white and primary colours.


SNTF: We imagine your schedule must be pretty hectic. What does a typical day in your life look like?


JA: Now that VFW is 17 years and 30 seasons in, I’m less busy than I used to be thanks to my amazing team. My only challenge, for now, is that demand is higher because we also have to work on Asia’s time because of Amazon Fashion Week in Tokyo this October. But this is actually a good thing, I don’t see it as hectic, but more of a dream come true. I actually used to visualize this when I first started VFW, where there’s a daytime shift and a nighttime shift. The more work we have to complete, the more trust they have in us.

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SNTF: Is there anything that you wish you had known about the fashion industry before you got started?


JA: Yes, I would tell my younger self to learn graphic design! *laughs*


SNTF:  What advice do you have for women and men looking to pursue careers in Fashion?


JA: Focus on your drive and on yourself. Identify why you chose to design and let that guide you. If this is what you want to do, then go all the way and give it everything you’ve got. It’s a matter of asking yourself how badly do I want this? If you want it, commit to it and take action. Don’t think about a plan B.


SNTF: VFW must keep you pretty busy. How do you handle work/life balance?


JA: To be honest, I’m not very good at it, but I try. After work I’ll try to go to the gym, meet up with friends or even just rest and take some time for myself.


SNTF: And finally, what do you wake up looking forward to? What’s next for VFW?


JA: I’m looking forward to Amazon Fashion Week in Tokyo this year, New York in 2018 and London in 2019.


You can stay up-to-date with Vancouver Fashion Week by following them on Instagram.


All images courtesy of Vancouver Fashion Week


By: Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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Vancouver Fashion Jobs – Runway To Reality: Fall Accessories

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Lace Up Boots

Lace up stiletto boots—like this pair from Alexander McQueen—were a common fixture on the fall 2011 runways. Add a touch of BDSM to your wardrobe with the Air Euphemia Tall Boot by Cole Haan, $398.

Oversized Clutch

Miu Miu took the always-chic clutch and blew it up to oversized proportions. Get the look with the Red Oversize Quilt Clutch from Miss Selfridge, $45.14.

Polka Dot Gloves

Marc Jacobs’s show featured a slew of polka dots, including these wrist-length gloves. For the perfect pop of polka dots, get these Polka Dot Leather Gloves from Solo Classe, $112.63.

Knuckle Ring

Chanel’s fall runway channeled a post-apocalyptic world. Protect yourself with a knuckle ring, like the Low Luv by Erin Wasson Double Finger Ring in Silver, $69.


Brooches, like this one at Giorgio Armani, add a dose of old-fashioned refinement to any ensemble. Try this Silver Rose Pin from Claire’s, $14.25.

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By: Sara Constantineau, Toronto

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Canada Fashion Jobs – Violet Boutique

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Violet Boutique is home to your three new best friends. Their names are Suno, Fetherson and Whit. Suno is eclectic, she likes to mix prints, wears hats when she gardens and is not afraid of colour. Fetherson is outgoing and flirty – she is the type of chick that will make boys drop to their feet with her feminine dresses. Whit is a simple gal, she prefers the outdoors, is inspired by the seventies and likes to keep things clean and classic.

I had the pleasure of meeting these lovely “ladies” and a few others during their introduction at Violet. With enough treats to leave you with a sugar high, Pink champagne, and nail art by Christina Culver, the soiree was the ultimate girl’s night out.

Violet Boutique is located at 3012 Granville Street, Vancouver.

1,2. Suno, Erin Fetherson and Whit at Violet Boutique.
3. Genevieve and Stephanie of Violet Boutique.
4. Belinda and Adele Tetangco of Dace Clothing and consultant for Blank Communications.
5. Joy Pecknold, Western Editor of FASHION and Deanna Palkowski, Fashion Stylist.
6. Anya Georgijevic of I’m the It Girl and her intern, Shakeira.
7. Nicole Durnin, owner of Lynn Steven and Sunny Shum of Partly Sunny and Style Nine to Five.
8. Lisa Wong of Solo Lisa.
9. A very stylish couple – Michelle and Matt.
10. This party-goer is one of my picks for best dressed of the evening – love how she mixed prints with bold jewelry!
11. Nails by Christina Culver on FASHION’s Joy Pecknold and stylist Deanna Palkowski’s killer rings.

By: Valerie Tiu, Vancouver

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