I have worked since the day after I turned 16. I actually worked two jobs while going to high school because I wanted to buy my own car. I have been in the work force ever since. I have had many managers and know the ins and outs of working in a corporate office. Almost 20 years later, I know that is important to me when it comes to my career.
The most important lesson I have learned over the years is to do what you love. A lot of people feel they don’t have that opportunity, but that doesn’t need to be true. You can research different avenues to get into a career that you will love.
I knew I had a love for fashion I wanted to do something with style and clothes for my career. I may not have clothing designer skills, but a job in fashion doesn’t need to be so cut and dry.
Did you know that ANN INC is one of the largest companies to focus on building women up in the work force? They are currently offering jobs in the corporate office, their store fronts and even internships. ANN INC is the corporate head of Ann Taylor, LOFT and Lou & Grey retailers.
ANN INC is a fabulous place to work, especially if you have been wanting to break into the fashion industry. ANN INC was the 2014 Gallup Great Workplace Award Winner. The only company in the fashion industry to win this prestigious award. ANN INC supports and celebrates the richness of women’s full, multi-dimensional lives and they welcome their new employees with a hug, not a handshake.
If you’re serious about getting into a career with fashion, I have put together some must-have tips to breaking into the fashion industry:
1. Network. You may not be in the industry you want to be in right now, but get out there and start mingling with people in the industry you want. There are events all over your city and many of them are specific to fashion. You can look for local blogging, magazine, or fashion show events. Introduce yourself to the people who are holding the event and as many attendees as you can. Bring business cards if you have them and be sure to swap with whom you meet. Follow up through email or hand-written notes after the event.
2. Make sure your social media presence presents your best self. Fashion is front row to social media. If you are looking for a job in fashion, show off your love and talents for style through your social media. Instagram and twitter are a fantastic way to show your chops. Also keep in mind that if you are up for an interview, your social media accounts may be looked at to get a better sense of who you are. You don’t want to have anything on there that may be embarrassing or could hurt your chances of a potential employer seeing.
3. Sell yourself as a brand. It is not anyone else’s job to figure out what you can do or what your talents are. Know what they are. Have an elevator pitch ready (what and who you are summarized in 10 – 15 seconds.) Know what you want to convey and what your goals are.
If you are currently looking for a new career path, you should take into consideration ANN INC. Their Employer brand motto is “Fit is Everything.” Here is where you can find current job positions available: http://www.anncareers.com/search
“ANN associates are committed to and driven by a simple but profound mission: Inspiring and connecting with each other to help women put their best selves forward every day. We support and celebrate the richness of women’s full, multi-dimensional lives ANN INC. wants to welcome you to your career with a “hug not a handshake””
At ANN INC. “We Get Women”
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