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post #46 of 58
For anyone trying to get a job with a company, get the book "Knock 'em Dead". (not the one just about resumes). It's by Yates.

As someone who has hired and fired more than a couple people, I promise that book will show you how to get a job. Including one at a "PR" fashion company. (or in the fashion wing of a PR company).
post #47 of 58
get ready to suck a lot of dick.

this is all!
post #48 of 58
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get ready to suck a lot of dick.

this is all!

and bendover
post #49 of 58
1. Jon, you sound bitter. That's your biggest hurdle to getting employed right now. If you think the world revolves around who you know, then get out and meet some people - and when you do, don't whine about the world being about who you know. Well intentioned advice, take it or leave it. 2. why do people think starting a PR firm is easy? I've done it. It isn't. 3. why does anyone think starting any kind of consulting business with ~2 yrs of experience in anything is easy? It's not, you are less qualified than your client. 4. I tend to agree with the poster above's advice to his daughter - do something that pays the bills first, worry about your passion second. So...you wanna be a designer...OK....go back into real estate, fuck, be a leasing agent, whatever, and put yourself through a night class in design. 5. Fashion PR is hell. You will hate it. People get into it for Teh Glammerz and learn very quickly what it's like to be treated like ass by pretentious fuckwits. That's not bitterness, that's just experience. You would have enjoyed PR better if you stayed in tech...your advice is more valued there. 6. If you are on your third "career" at 26, you probably need to look at yourself more than you need to look at available industries.
post #50 of 58
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After exploring some different options. I'm also looking at positions in Buying, Merchandising, and possibly some type of event planning. I dont really know too much about these careers, but rather just a general outline of the job descriptions. Any insight here?
post #51 of 58
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1. Jon, you sound bitter. That's your biggest hurdle to getting employed right now. If you think the world revolves around who you know, then get out and meet some people - and when you do, don't whine about the world being about who you know. Well intentioned advice, take it or leave it.

2. why do people think starting a PR firm is easy? I've done it. It isn't.

3. why does anyone think starting any kind of consulting business with ~2 yrs of experience in anything is easy? It's not, you are less qualified than your client.

4. I tend to agree with the poster above's advice to his daughter - do something that pays the bills first, worry about your passion second. So...you wanna be a designer...OK....go back into real estate, fuck, be a leasing agent, whatever, and put yourself through a night class in design.

5. Fashion PR is hell. You will hate it. People get into it for Teh Glammerz and learn very quickly what it's like to be treated like ass by pretentious fuckwits. That's not bitterness, that's just experience. You would have enjoyed PR better if you stayed in tech...your advice is more valued there.

6. If you are on your third "career" at 26, you probably need to look at yourself more than you need to look at available industries.

+100,000,000 to all of this.

Take some time to figure out what you really want to do with your life before quitting your job and bouncing between another 3 "careers." Success is highly correlated with having a near-fanatical and singleminded pursuit of a tangible goal. It is usually not correlated with leaping from job to job to job in search of instant satisfaction. You'll never find it, and then you'll wake up one day and realize you've blown your best years being miserable and aimless.
post #52 of 58
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After exploring some different options. I'm also looking at positions in Buying, Merchandising, and possibly some type of event planning.

I dont really know too much about these careers, but rather just a general outline of the job descriptions. Any insight here?

If you are serious about this, I can probably arrange for you to talk to someone. $40-$45K, with no experience, however? You are living in la-la land. Fashion thrives on free labor, from people more qualified than are you, especially in the coveted types of positions (i.e. anything creative.)

If you are serious, and have very good quantitative skills, starting in the back office is probably the way for you to go. Fashion industry people are not, as a rule, great with numbers and technology, and competence in those general areas will be your one and only in.
post #53 of 58
Fok - see point 6 in my post above before making any referals. Don't wanna hurt the kid or anything, but wouldn't go putting my name to any internet stranger professionally, let alone one who is looking at his third career in something like 4 years...
post #54 of 58
If you are truly passionate about getting into the fashion industry, then you should check out this job opportunity from Sunglass Hut. I am doing some work with them to help spread the word about their search for a full-time fashion blogger to cover fashion events, shows and parties and write about their experiences online. This opportunity is amazing - an apartment in NYC, monthly clothes budget and $100,000 salary. All you need is an avid love for sunglasses, some PR/Marketing knowledge and of course, blogging experience. Here's the website if you want more info. And good luck on the job search!
post #55 of 58
^ I'm afraid to click on the link, is it some goatse action?
post #56 of 58
You don't have to change functions to get into the fashion industry. I don't know if you're fixated on the high end, luxury goods only like LVMH or Chanel, but lots of apparel companies or retailers have real estate strategy positions. Probably the better way for you to break into that industry while still continuing your career. FYI, you have next to no shot just getting into buying or merchandising with no connections or experience. Even if you got in front of a hiring manager, what exactly would you say?
post #57 of 58
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My friend full on quit her job at an investment bank to go to FIT with plans to do something in merchandising or buying. It's gonna be a tough road but she has a strong corporate background and companies were already willing to give her internships even before she started school. So I think how much you'll have to struggle will also depend on your previous background and work experience. That said, she's working unpaid so living a much more frugal lifestyle than she did before. Another point to think about is what you're really passionate about. When people say they're passionate about fashion, what does that really mean? You like shopping? You like putting together outfits? Frankly, not to be mean, but you say you want to be a designer but are you spending your off hours doing drawings, investigating fabrics, and honing your sewing skills? That's what someone passionate about fashion design will be doing. A job is a job and every job will eventually become boring. Even if its in an area you're passionate about. At some point, you might lose the desire and passion that once drove you to get into that job in the first place. Having done a venture that I was very passionate about, I am fully content to have a job that I find interesting and challenging while keeping my passions for my time off. (But I would totally do another venture in this area given the right opportunity)
FIT
post #58 of 58
I can understand you hesitation about clicking the link, but it and the contest are real! Just Google Sunglass Hut Full Time Fabulous or visit the Sunglass Hut website directly if you want more info.
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