Friday, July 13, 2018

The Complete Guide to Shopping Trendy Women's Tops Today!

 Trendy's Women's Tops Shopping Guide

You watch it streaming live from entertainment television, read about it in magazines hot off the press and hear chatter about it everywhere you go. It can defy the odds, change society and make history… what is the “it” we speak of? FASHION TRENDS! That’s right! Whether you’re a fashion fiend and can’t get enough or simply couldn’t care less, fashion trends are actually a pretty big deal and have defined society, as we know it today, and will continue to alter our culture till the end of time. So what’s the big deal about trends anyway and how can clothing make that big of an impact in our life? Well, you have either heard your parents talk about what they used to wear or tell stories yourself about fashions that were popular when you grew up. Whether it was shoulder pads, leg warmers and perms of the 80’s or overalls, bare midriffs and scrunchies of the 90’s, you look back to your adolescence and always remember those unforgettable fashion trends. Trends are apart of life, as every year we await the new fashions on the runway and tune in to see what celebrities are wearing to award shows all just to see what will be the next big thing. It’s all about trends! When you look back at a decade, you can recall the following things: big political news or worldwide event like a natural disaster, popular entertainment of the era whether it be toys, technology, music or a big movie release, and fashion trends. Every decade is defined by the popular fashions of the time and that’s why trends are fun to be apart of and important to remember… because we are living history in the making!

The influence of fast fashion has taken off over the last decade and with the growth of trendy online boutiques offering affordable ready to wear styles, it has become easier to keep your closet up-to-date with what’s popular. The appeal of lower price points and keeping up with the Jones’ has revolutionized the fashion industry and so is the need to accommodate this high demand. Wear now looks are just as well made as your classic capsule wardrobe pieces, just without pricy fabric options like 100% silk or real fur. So unless you just hate to shop, there really isn’t a reason not to keep up with the trends each season. Shop styles for now, and then shop new ones later. For those fashion lovers that love to shop anyway, this fast fashion phenomenon gives you all the more reason to make sure your closet is always full of the newest looks for every season! 

It’s important to review current trends and popular fashions from earlier in the season to help identify key elements that will be taking us into the next season. Especially for the fashion lovers, fashion forecasting and seeing how history repeats itself by reintroducing trends in an entirely new way is just pretty cool. Plus, knowing what’s in style right now comes in handy, as unexpected events pop up all the time and you don’t want to stick out in an outdated outfit! So we’re going to go over a few fashion highlights from this season focusing specifically on women’s tops, as top styles have become a dominant force in the fashion world these days with more designs available than any other apparel product!

Trendy women’s tops come in all shapes and styles, and we take a look into the best fashion trends and latest looks so far this year, and then sneak a peek into the upcoming trendy women’s top fashions for fall 2018!

Trendy Top Styles

Trendy women’s tops often feature a popular fashion trend that’s common across each style type, but there are two leading trends this year that are across the board and can be found on every top style out there.

Tie Front Tops

  • Tie front tops started to enter the fashion scene as a hot new trend in 2017 and this year they are a must have fashion staple! You can shop this look from a basic tee to an off shoulder blouse, as every style top out there will have tie front options to choose from! Whether a small tie bow or a long tie knot, all tie styles are equally popular.
-  The front ties are usually found at the hem and are just a stylish feature, but some styles tie in the middle and are functional, like the crop top shown above in black.
-  Tie front tops are cute and stylish and definitely add the statement detail that takes your outfit to the next level!

Wrap Tops

  • The wrap trend is huge this year and can be found on fashion-savvy dresses, stylish rompers and trendy women’s tops. Wrap tops come in every style too, such as your knit tees, crop tops and blouses.
-  You can find many mock wrap styles where a top is essentially made to look like it wraps, but the fabric is actually sewn to the inside side seams and the side tie is just an added feature. These styles are easier to throw on and go since you don’t have to fuss with adjusting the fit every time you wear it. It is hard to distinguish whether a top is a true wrap or a mock wrap, which is a good thing because why not have a closet full of both styles?
-  True wraps are functional and can be found on knit tops to fine blouses and usually tie on the left side of the waist. Some styles, like the stripe blouse in the picture below, wrap and tie in the back. Wrap tops are chic and sophisticated and look flattering on all body types. We can’t complain about the popularity of this fashion trend!
-  Another great feature about wrap tops is the hemline, as asymmetric hems are also a trendy style this year. Whether an angled or rounded corner design, both look amazing and add a little overlap flair to your outfit.

#1- Basics

Your everyday basics and even your classic top designs can have a trendy twist to them, and we’ve caught on to a few different looks that take your easy wearing tops to must have trendy pieces.

Basic Tops

  • One feature you’ll find on a trendy women’s tee is a front pocket. Front pocket tees add a little flair and extra style to your every day regular basic top. They are just cute and fun and an easy way to swap up look from your typical t-shirt.
  • Hemlines aren’t as simple this year, as you’ll find a range of hems from ruffled to asymmetric in all styles of clothes; however, a current trend with your basic tees today is a curved hemline. This is where the front and back of your top are longer in length forming a curve making the side length shorter. They are great for wearing over tight-fitting bottoms like skinnies and leggings. You can also change up your style by tying a front knot and wearing with a cute pair of shorts.
  • Another trend are side slits on your everyday basic tee. This style is so cute in general and can be worn with any style bottom, but this type of tee is especially great for wearing with athleisure wear. Mesh leggings or pair of joggers, particularly ones with side leg detail, just need an oversize tee with side slits to pair with them for a trip to the gym or just running errands around town.
- We took the side slit trend fashion up a notch and styled our white tee with a distressed denim midi skirt, platform slide sandals and druzy drop earrings for the perfect day-to-night outfit! Also pictured above, we took the latte-colored one and opted for a pair of cuffed distressed denim shorts, wedges and beaded choker for an outfit you can where to a festival or to lunch with friends. A couple of different looks you can get with a stylish and trendy side slit top!
  • Surplice style tops are big this season as they give you the popular wrap look without all the fuss! Definitely a stylish way to take your simple tee outfit and turn it into a trendy look! Comfortable, stylish and easy wearing, that makes this basic top style a trend favorite in our book.

#2- Tees

T-shirt styles for women are currently all about taking your everyday tee and turning it into a trendy fashion.

 Graphic Tees

  • Graphic tees have been growing in popularity the past few years and this year’s trend is all about word graphics. These graphics are usually cute little phrases that describe your lifestyle or some how identify with who you are or what you like to do. Whether you are a “mama bear” or a “girl who brunches”, these graphic tees add a little whimsy to your outfit and can also give your girls a good laugh! Yep, witty mantras are found on there too along with many related to a holiday or special event.

- Styling graphic tees is more than just throwing on with a pair of shorts, although you definitely could do so, but you’ll see styles ranging from front tucking into a denim skirt to wearing under a cute pair of overalls. Rockin’ your trendy graphic tee in an outfit that wows is the look you want to go for when putting an outfit together. The graphic tee is a statement on its own and we have embraced the look and can’t get enough!

  • The oversize trend, also referred to as boyfriend style, is widely popular due to its versatility in layering and easy wearing design for all day comfort. Bralettes peeking out whether it’s lace detail on the shoulder, strappy neckline design, or a mix of both lace and strappy style in the back, is a popular way to style your oversize tee. The oversize silhouette let’s you have some fun and play around with showing off your different bralette styles. For summer, thinner fabrics give you the most versatility with layering different pieces. Whether you want to wear your oversize tee off the shoulder with a bralette and cami or twist in a front knot over your bathing suit for a day at the beach, you have a number of options with this trendy tee style. You will also see this tee style continue into fall but with thicker, sweater-like fabrics like waffle-knit thermal and fleece. The “throw on and go” kind of look, or effortless style, is super trendy right now, especially with the rise of athleisure-wear in the fashion world.

#3- Blouses & Shirts

Shoulders, sleeves and buttons, oh my! Trendy top styles you must have in your closet this season include fun variations of exposed shoulders, sleeve detail and button up fronts.

Off Shoulder & Cold Shoulder Tops

  • Not just a warm weather trend, but rather a year round style we can’t get enough of, the off shoulder and cold shoulder looks are trendy designs you definitely want to add to your wardrobe, if you haven’t done so already.
Cold shoulder tops kicked off the exposed shoulder trend, which in return quickly brought the off shoulder style into the fashion scene. The cold shoulder trend has died down a little, in comparison to the off shoulder look; however, the cold shoulder design has updated a bit and consists of large open shoulder designs that essentially drape below the shoulder and down the arm. This gives that coveted flowy look and adds sleeve detail that is also on trend.
Off shoulder tops are more popular than they’ve even been before, or at least it seems that way. There are many types of off shoulder designs that include smocking, fabric overlay, ruffles and tie sleeves just to name a few. The mass appeal to this trend even in the cooler seasons doesn’t seem to be dying down soon either! If you are looking to update your closet the #1 trendy top to add to your selection should be an off shoulder design hands down!
  • Sleeve styles amp up your trendy top game as you can find designs ranging from big flutter sleeves to flirty ruffle tiers. Fashion-savvy outfits start with a statement top and sleeve detail has a lot to do with how big of statement you want to make. Go big and dramatic, sweet and sophisticated or trendy and stylish; just change up your sleeve style to get the look you’re going for!

Button Front Tops

  • Button fronts have been a popular theme across a wide variety of shirt styles this season. But not just found on your typical button up collared shirts and blouses, however, but also on trendy women’s tanks, tees and basic top styles. This button up trend is often seen in combination with other on trend fashions, such as off the shoulder or tie front designs, for additional style. One particular style that is especially trendy is a short sleeve knit button up tie front top, like the bottom-middle oatmeal example above. Comfortable and fashionable make this easy-wear design perfect for wearing throughout the year.

#4- Tanks

This year’s trendy tank styles are all about fun necklines and hemlines, plus a little back detail and cutouts if you want to add a little edge to your outfit.

Flowy Tank Tops

  • Go with the flow. We have noticed that tank tops have been gradually getting flowier over the years and it seems like the more flutter it has the trendier it is. Form-fitting tanks are worn as either a first layer or as a simple separate to tuck into a high waist pair of bottoms. These fitted tanks are essentially treated as an under layer and not necessarily your go-to fashion top to wear out on the town in. Current tank top fashions consist of a free flowing silhouette with many styles giving off a boho chic vibe we absolutely love! This flowy style is usually longer in length making it great for wearing over tight-fitting bottoms like skinny jeans and leggings. A trendy way to style flowy tops to accommodate the longer length when wearing with shorts or a skirt is to tie your tank into a side knot or slightly tuck in the front.
-  Not all tanks are long and billowy however, as there are many flowy crop tanks that are just as trendy and fashion-forward. You still get that wispy look in a shorter length, which pair perfectly with high waist bottoms!
-  Baby doll style tanks fall hand-in-hand with the flowy silhouette due to the same effect made with a drop empire, or baby doll, waistline. An easy-wearing and popular top style in general is a baby doll top, and a baby doll tank is just as stylish and on trend.

Asymmetric & Double Hem Tank Tops

  • Symmetry out, asymmetry in. Asymmetric hemlines this year are a little more prevalent than the distinct high-low style seen years past. In combination with the wrap trend, asymmetric hemlines create a fashionable look in an effortless way. The balance of long, flowy material with an asymmetric hem enhances the breezy effect and overall style.
-  Another hemline trend we’re seeing is a double-layered hem. An extra layer of fabric shorter then the layer underneath adds even more flowy movement and chic style.

Tank Tops With Ruffle Accents

  • Ravishing ruffles. Ruffle detail has continued to be a fashion trend for a while now and one the hottest looks for top styles this season include ruffled hemlines, ruffle overlays or vertical ruffle accents. Ruffles embellish your outfit with a little frill that is feminine and chic. The ruffle detail isn’t overbearing; it adds just enough flair to take your top from simple and plain to trendy and stylish!

Tank Top Styles

  • Nothing but necklines. One of the fun ways flowy tanks differentiates their look this season is by the style of the neckline. From halter and high neck designs to scoop and V-necks styles, necklines are one of the features that define top trends this season. Adding a unique element to the neckline like a cute little cutout or a fun lace-up design is fashionable too, as trendy tops like to mix a few popular looks together for one high fashion design!
  • When in doubt, cut it out. Another trend that is playful and fun is the way cutouts are incorporated into top fashions this year. Rather than seeing cutouts on the sides of the bodice, around the waist or on the shoulders, we are seeing cutouts this season in a sophisticated way that is chic and stylish. From a small keyhole cutout in a high neck design to a V-back cutout that isn’t too revealing, this trend gives you a mix of sweet style with a spicy edge and we are totally diggin’ it!
  • We got your back. Open back detail has been a common theme across all apparel departments for a while now, but trendy top styles feature peek-a-boo backless designs that are fun and set your look apart from everyone else. It’s not all about how much skin you can bare, but rather a stylish focus on your top design.
-  From V-backs to keyhole cutouts to cross back straps and lace-up styles too, you have tons of different designs to choose from that are trendy and fashion forward.
-  As we mentioned above, layering stylish bralettes underneath are a great way to change up your look or add a touch of softness or edge to your outfit. This trend is not just for spring and summer but for fall and winter too, as you saw last year’s twist back sweater everywhere you went! We are predicting this open back design will continue into fall and are excited to see the different style variations that make it onto the scene this year.

Trendy Top Colors & Prints

So far this year, we’ve seen the leading Pantone colors for Spring/Summer 2018 across all clothing styles and balanced with a palette of soft summer neutrals. In addition to the mix, we’ve also seen a considerable number of styles with a rainbow of colorful hues in one hot look! Trendy women’s tops start with the colors of the season and this summer’s vibrant shades of cherry tomato red, meadowlark mustard and all shades of pink lavender and ultra violet have been especially popular.

  • For Fall 2018, jewel tones will become the new trendy shades of the season, including rich hues of blue, green and red especially. We are gearing up for the lavish color palette coming soon for fall!
  • As millennial pink has been gradually dissipating, we are especially excited for the new colors making it into the fashion scene this upcoming fall season. No offense millennial pink, we just look forward to adding a new trendy hue to our closet!
For more information on warm weather trends this season with styling tips and more, view our related post: Spring & Summer Trends for 2018.

Pantone Colors S/S 2018

Pantone Colors S/S 2018

Pantone Colors S/S 2018

Pantone Colors S/S 2018

**Credited Picture Source: https://www.pantone.com/fashion-color-trend-report-new-york-spring-2018

Lotus Boutique Fabric Prints S/S 2018

Maybe even more popular than sporting a trending color this season is wearing a stylish print. From stripes to florals and tropical patterns too, spring and summer prints can be found across all types of trendy women’s tops this season.

  • Allover floral designs in large-scale blossoms to micro-florals are the botanical styles trending this season. Floral print has been a year-round trend and many of your spring and summer trendy floral tops can be taken into fall, if the color hues allow. Opt for subdued hues and muted tones of red, mustard or purple and deep shaded neutrals.
  • Tropical print has been widely popular the past couple of warm weather seasons and dominated the print scene this summer. From palm prints to hibiscus flowers, if you dress like you’re in tropical paradises then you are rockin’ this trend the right way! Although we won’t see this trend move into fall, we will most likely see their appearance next spring.
  • Stripes are a print you can’t go wrong with and trendy top designs this season have taken many shapes and forms. From classic pinstripes to rainbow hued variegated candy stripes, you cannot go without a trendy striped top in your closet this season! 

For outfit ideas, styling inspiration and a more detailed look about this season’s print trends, view our related post: Top Print Trends for Spring & Summer 2018.

Fall 2018 Preview

Forecasted trends for Fall 2018 include a rich jewel-tone color palette, ritzy details and traditional patterns from classic animal print to pretty in plaid. Many styles are a nod to 80’s fashions but interpreted in a new way as well as other styles from the past making their way back to the runway. Trendy women’s top styles to be on the lookout for include: 

  1. Animal Print: Animal print lovers rejoice because we can finally pull out our treasured animal print pieces we all have in our closets! You know, that ultra-glam leopard print overcoat that looks amazing with everything? Yes, we are pretty excited about this year’s animal print trend and can’t wait to add trendy new styles to our wardrobe. White snow leopard print blouses... are we dreaming? Your animal print dreams are coming true and the bolder the print the hotter the look. Striking tiger and zebra prints will definitely add edge to your look and should start at the top of your shopping list. Dressy blouses and knit sweaters in animal print will be your go-to trendy tops for fall!
  2. Red: Among the lavish shades of jewel tone colors expecting to make their début for fall, red is projected to be the dominant color to have in your closet.  Bright red is trending to be hottest hue, but all notes of this gorgeous color will be just as fashion-forward. Think power reds when shopping for trendy tops this upcoming fall season. 
  3. Ruching: Gathered sides, ruched sleeves and center front ruching are just a few ways you can expect to see this trend in all sorts of clothing styles, but especially trendy tops, for fall. 
  4. Embellishments: We all love a fun little accent on our trendy women’s tops, and this season we can expect to see sequins, fringe and the use of silver in every way in the upcoming fall fashions. Sequins are always a yes in our book and silver sequin design tops are perfect for the upcoming holidays. Daytime sparkles are simply glamorous and pair perfectly with touches of black lace layered peeping out from underneath. Overstated fringe from jewels to threads will be seen in elaborate ways as well. To balance your bright red hues, just add silver to balance the boldness. Flashy silver leathers to silky silver slip camis, silver tops in all styles are pieces you want to keep your eye out for fall and holidays!

Now that we've reviewed the hottest women’s top fashion trends so far this year and have a little more insight on what to expect to see for Fall 2018, we can go ahead and prep our closets with trendy styles that will easily take us into the next season! Check out Lotus Boutique's trendy clothing collection to follow the latest looks and trendy fashion styles as they are introduced daily!



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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

How to Create a Killer Resume and Job Interview Tips From a Hiring Manager at Trendy Women's Clothing Boutique

On the job hunt? Get your resume ready with a little help from a hiring manager and interview tips & tricks you never knew! 

Writing a Resume

Let’s be honest- writing a professional resume and preparing for an intimidating interview isn’t very fun. Sure, there might be someone out there who jumps out of bed in the morning excited to prove their worth to a potential employer and doesn’t fret about possibly being let down. Kudos to those positive people out there! For everyone else, it is easy to get discouraged by not knowing what to expect or even where to start when it comes to job hunting. This article is for those individuals, who want a little insight into what hiring managers are actually looking for in a potential candidate and how to characterize that persona into an impressive resume that will ultimately yield an interview. So, from a hiring manager at one of the most popular women's clothing boutiques, I reveal general tips and tricks to get you ready to land your dream job in no time!

PART I: CREATING YOUR RESUME

Your resume is basically your life performance, list of credentials and overall summery of who you are on a piece of paper. It is really important that your resume is visually appealing, professionally written and provides all the information an employer would want to know about you. Yeah, pretty intimidating if you ask me. Where do you even start? Let’s break it up into parts: 

#1- Format & Template:

There are many templates out there these days that you can download for free straight from the Internet. Modern day designs are much more influential than the outdated ones that you can probably find already on your computer, as they show that you are a creative individual and up-to-date with latest decade (lol). Now, you don’t want to go too wild and crazy but you do want to stand out from the all the other applicants. A modern, streamlined resume that is visually appealing, clearly organized and easy to read with a basic 10-12 point font is best. Most employers are looking for quality not quantity… you know that catchy little phrase; same thing goes with resumes too. You want to try to keep your resume the length of 1 page if you have little to no work experience; 2 would be fine, as long as it was outlined in a way where it made sense and seemed purposeful. The more experience you have however, the longer your resume will be and that is expected.

#2- Content:

What you write matters. Most hiring managers have looked through thousands of resumes in their lifetime and nothing gives them a good kick like reading how “talking on the phone” is one of your special skills. As entertaining as it can be however, it usually sends you straight to the “no” pile. You don’t want to include irrelevant information just to fill space or make it look like you have extra credentials when that’s not necessarily the case. And that’s actually not a bad thing. Managers look for individuals who are honest and have good integrity and sometimes prefer a less-experienced candidate who isn’t set in his/her ways to bring something fresh and new to the table. Your overall goal here is to be precise, professional and honest. Just be you, the best version of you as you can be on paper.

You want to keep things streamlined & simple so you easily get the point across. Make sure to include dates, names and locations for your occupational and educational history in reverse chronological order (starting with present day). High school and college students as well as those fresh out of college should list your high school as an education; however, from then on you should just list the college(s) you attended to keep things relevant.

  • Objective: An objective is usually the first thing listed on a resume in one or two sentences summarizing your purpose for submitting an application, including the position you are applying for. Whether it is to further your experience in a specific field of practice or to obtain an entry-level marketing position at [company name]. This is on many of the older resume templates and is somewhat outdated. However, it is a great use of space for those with a shorter resume as well as a chance to catch the reader’s attention with a preview of your career goals. Strategically working in a couple of competencies/qualifications specifically tailored to the position you’re applying for will show the employer how you would benefit them. That is the key! You also want to keep things short, sweet and specific as possible. Depending on the kind of job you are applying for and/or how much experience you’ve had, you can choose to leave the objective off all together, especially if you are including a cover letter. But if you do include it, be sure you edit the objective to align with each different company and/or job position you are applying for!
  • Dates: Month and year is all that's required. No need for specific days and no need for month if it's that far back. Use traditional formatting whether it's "May 2015- June 2017" or "05/2015- 06/2017". You don’t want to be more shorthanded than that. 5/15-6/17 is a little too shorthanded, for instance. And using funky symbols or quirky characters is unnecessary.                "May*2015_June*2017"… don’t do that.
  • Locations: List your work experience in reverse chronological order by date, like mentioned previously, starting with present day. Be sure to include the company name and location; city and state is fine unless there are multiple locations within that area, in which case you would want to include an additional point of reference. For example, if you worked at [name of retail store] in Atlanta, GA you would want to specify the mall or shopping center by including it in the name “[name of store] at Lenox Square | Atlanta, GA”.
  • Titles: Be sure to include your job title/position along with the name of the company. Don’t over describe your position and try to make it sound bigger and better than what it is. If you were a part-time sales associate, just put that rather than something like high level retail sales branding representative. You can include in the description your level of dedication and go more into detail with that. Now, you also don’t want to under-exaggerate your title either. If you were an assistant manager specializing in operations, you will want to list your title as Operations Manager. Obviously this is common sense for many of you, but there are plenty of job positions not referred to as a specific title; thus, advice for those in which it applies. Lastly, some employers might not be familiar with a company nor know exactly what your job was, so be as clear and precise as possible.
  • Job Description: For every job you list under your previous job experience, you will want to include bullet points or a short summary of impactful descriptions highlighting what your job entailed. You want to include specific information targeting the exact responsibilities you were over/duties performed and should highlight necessary skills that would be beneficial to the company if you were hired on. Be strategic in the way you word your sentences so you turn your list of duties into a list of accomplishments. Don’t tell employers what they already know, tell them about things you achieved they wouldn’t be aware of otherwise. For example, if you were a retail manager at a trendy women's clothing boutique, assumed duties would include making schedules, monitoring payroll, etc. Rather, using your key power words, you can explain how you proficiently scheduled daily teams to adequately drive sales and accomplish tasks, resulting in a 10% increase in sales the first 2 months on the job. Think about it this way- what can you bring to the table that other people can’t? Prioritize that way and the same goes as your job title- don’t over-exaggerate your duties or performance because nothing gets you into a worse situation than to be a new hire letdown. Be specific and straight to the point. If you can’t think of any special skill per say, be honest and as precise as possible. If you were a sale associate at a trendy women's clothing boutique and steamed clothes every shift, hey sometimes that can come in handy and isn’t something an applicant competitor might know how to do. Something obvious and basic to you isn’t always viewed that way through someone else’s eyes.
  • Special Skills: It is always a good idea to list your skill set/qualifications because this not only sets you apart from other applicants, but also gives the employer insight into what you can actually bring to the table. Employers gauge your level of competencies to determine how much of a positive asset you can/will/won’t be to the company and how much training you will need, if any. The employer will many of times sort applications and rank interviews based solely off of this portion of your resume. When you weed through resumes you want to pick the best ones first… makes sense. 
  • Key Words: Speaking of weeding out resumes, one thing to keep in mind as you are writing your resume is to make sure you are using formal diction or “resume language” by use of key power words rather than a passive vocabulary. When scanning through tons of resumes, employers look for specific words or phrases that stand out to them making it easier to weed out the ones that are vague and generically written. Not to mention that many large corporations use machines to filter online resumes before they even reach a person. This is when it comes in handy to have a well-written resume using unique descriptions and key words. Key words are important to use throughout your resume, just don’t over do it. As you edit your first draft, see where you can use more descriptive words or phrases to emphasize your point or fewer words if it seems action-verb heavy. 
  • References: Considering your job history is already listed in your resume, there is no need to provide a list of references without being asked for one. Many employers will contact your prior places of employment to validate the information on your resume and not require a list of personal references; therefore, stating that you have “references available upon request” is all you need to include so you can keep your resume short and to the point. Make sure to bring a list of 3-5 references with you to the interview in case the employer asks for one. You will want to include their name, job title along with company they work for if applicable and a contact number where they can best be reached. There are two kinds of references: business references and personal references.
  1. Business references are person(s) of contact at your prior places of employment who can verify the dates in which you were employed there as well as your job title. Depending on the state laws and company policies, business references may or may not be able to disclose any more information than that. This is when your personal references can come in handy, as they can provide the employer with insight into your personal character and work ethic. 
  2. Personal references are people that have known you a long time and/or can attest to your work ethic and personal character. Basically, these are people who are qualified to give a positive statement about you. DO NOT list a family member or friend as a reference. One of the biggest no no’s when it comes to a resume! A few examples of personal references would be a teacher from school, a sports coach, youth group leader if you are active in church or a parent that you have babysat for a long period of time. If you have a previous employer you can also list as a personal reference, you would want to list them first. Whoever you choose, make sure to tell them that you have listed them as a reference so they can be expecting a call. They will want to provide the employer with examples of how you’ve handled a difficult situation positively or overcame an obstacle, situations where they have witnessed your integrity by how you handled it and times where your diligence and determination resulted in achievement.  

#3- Finalizing your Resume

If there is one thing out of all these tips you will want to remember, it’s this: PROOFREAD your resume! A resume with spelling or grammatical errors is automatically disregarded, as the employer will assume you are lazy and/or not serious about being professional. Especially with technology these days, if someone can’t bother to fix the green and red squiggles underlining the errors, why bother with an interview? It helps to have someone read over it to catch any grammatical or spelling errors you might have missed as well as give feedback as to anything that might be unclear or worded funny.

If you are submitting your resume as an attachment via email or company website, you MUST make sure it is in PDF format so it is viewable on any device. There are many circumstances where the employer can’t open your resume at all due to your format and won’t email you back asking to resend. Sometimes the company’s website will provide a guideline on how you should submit your resume, in which case you will want to follow their instructions. You will want print your resume, list of references and cover letter (if applicable) on resume paper and have a copy with you the day of your interview. Majority of the time, the employer has already printed off the copy you submitted online and will not need another, but it is always better to be prepared just in case. Just keep them in a folder or business journal for quick retrieval if they ask for another copy.

If the company requires you to apply in person, be sure you are dressed the part when you are inquiring about a position and/or delivering your resume. Be sure to ask for the hiring manager, so you can personally speak with them and ensure your resume is left in the right hands. However, many companies are different and might instruct you to speak with someone else, in which case you will gladly do so. **Please note: the employer ALWAYS looks for an applicant that is interested specifically in their company. Being passionate about a company’s brand shows already that you are willing to invest your future with them and are likely to work much harder than someone “just looking for a job”. You DO NOT want to go door to door with a handful of resumes and pass them out. Same thing goes when asking for an application, don’t have an armful from the 10 others stores you visited first. You want to be seen as a future asset to the company and not a desperate person in need of a paycheck. 

Interviews

PART II: PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW & WHAT TO EXPECT

Night Before Prep:

  • One of the most important things to do before the interview is to research the company and become knowledgeable about the Five W’s: who they are, what they do, when they were established, where they originated and why. Remember, you want to show them that you are passionate about their brand and knowing all the details about them will show them you mean it. You also want to think about how you plan on attributing to their company culture and in what ways. What you can bring to the team and how will you uphold their brand values if hired on? Be prepared to answer any of their questions regarding why you want to work for them and reply with answers as to reasons why they should be interested in hiring you.
  • You know the usual advice you get before a big day, “go to bed early and get a good night’s sleep”? Well that applies in this situation too. The second most important thing to do before the interview is to have a laid back night in, take it easy and try to keep your mind off of the big day tomorrow. You want to look and feel your best during your interview, and being well rested and full of energy comes from a good night’s sleep.

What to Wear:

  • First impressions are important and you want to dress to impress make sure you look the part and dressing to impress. You want to dress your own style, not try to look and act like someone you’re not, but also make sure you aren’t dressing for another type of job. Ask around what the typical dress code is for that business field or better yet, the company specifically, through your networking group or research online. It always helps to put your best foot forward, literally, because it might just give you a leg up in the running. Do people still wear suits these days? Are these shoes professional enough? Is this outfit even in style? Putting yourself in a situation where you can and probably will be judged on your appearance, oh you can worry yourself senseless preparing for that! Make things easier on yourself by asking around and investigating beforehand. And no matter what, be sure you show them you truly are inside and out… freaking awesome! 
  • If you are interviewing for a retail position regarding apparel or accessories, you definitely want to leave your mark by dressing like a fashion guru. Make sure your outfit is relative to the brand you are interviewing with, as the manager always takes note of what you are wearing. If you are interviewing with a trendy women's clothing boutique, make sure every part of your outfit is on trend and representative of their brand/product they sell. You want to show them you know your stuff and can dress the part! Why should they hire you as a trendy women's boutique manager if you are dressed too casually and/or in an outdated style from years ago? This is an interview that you can bend the rules a bit and your typical interview-style outfit does't necessarily apply.

When to Arrive:

  • It’s a great idea to plan on being in the area about 15 minutes before your interview time in case there is traffic or parking takes longer than expected. This prep time is also important, as you should use this time to spit out your gum, pop in a breath mint, drink some water and put on your game face! Get pumped up and ready to rock this interview! Let the office assistant or whomever know that you are there for an interview, and they will instruct you where to go from there. Remember that the second you enter the building everything you do is noticed. So be polite and professional at all times and don’t forget to silence your phone.
  • Whatever time your interview is scheduled for, one of the biggest questions people have is when to arrive for your interview. Depending on the company, you might be asked to arrive early to fill out an application or complete a personality assessment. Some companies just set up an interview time without any further instruction. If this is the case, you will want to arrive around 7 minutes before your scheduled time. More often than not, employers select your interview time that is most convenient to their schedule, so showing up too early might make them feel rushed and will probably result in you waiting with anxiety until your scheduled time. You definitely don’t want to be late and right on time just barely cuts it, so sticking to that 7 minute mark ensures you come across as professionally punctual and not overeager.

Questions:

  • Before we dive into specifics, remember that the ultimate goal of the interview isn’t to answer questions correctly; the goal of an interview is to help the employer get to know as much about you as possible before the interview is over. Think about it- employers usually ask the same set of questions to all applicants and redirect their questions based off of your response. Applicants are somewhat anticipated to answer most questions the same; however, applicants who answer them in a more tactful, entrepreneurial way are the ones they will remember. In a sea of applicants, you want to stand out in a GOOD way. Use this ample time to shed light on your work ethic and personal integrity, because at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how smart or accomplished you are if you aren’t reliable or trustworthy.
  • Whether you are interviewing individually or in a group as well as with one interviewer or many interviewers, the questions asked and expected value in your answers are typically the same. Now, there are different “types” of interviews, such as behavioral, structured/unstructured, problem solving and so on, where the delivery of questions and type of questions they ask follow a specific algorithm conducive to obtaining the information they are looking for in your answers. So it’s best to prepare for any possible question or situation you might be faced with. Don’t let this worry you though, as these questions are only a way to get to know as much about you as possible in a short amount of time. Just think about the pressure on them, having to make sure they find the best fit for the job. It’s not easy to make such a big decision off of an interview, and hiring you means their job performance now relies on how well you will do your job. Not so intimidating anymore if you think of things that way!
  • Many interviews will start with the employer asking you to tell him/her a little about yourself. This open-ended question might be intimidating but it’s not necessarily intended to “put you on the spot”; rather, it is the most beneficial question for you to answer because it gives you a chance to tell them what you want them to know about you. Please don’t reply with “Well, what do you want to know?” Well… what do you want them to know? An interview is a short amount of time to get to know someone and feel confident enough to hire you on and invest in your integrity and work ethic. Questions don’t always cater to getting to know WHO you are, and you don’t always provide that information in your answers either. This is your chance to tell them something about you that they will remember. SO many interviews are just basic: you answer the same questions they ask everyone else in the same way. These questions are asked to #1- see how you interpret the question #2- gain your perspective and personal insight on certain matters so they can ultimately determine if you are equipped for the job you are applying for and the responsibilities that come with it. So the employer basically wants to know something about you that stands out from the pool of other applicants. With a general question such as the one above, you want to tell them a little about who you are, your hobbies, your career goals and aspirations without revealing anything TOO personal. You always want to be professional and the less experience you have interviewing, the more likely you are to stumble upon these interview faux pas:
  1. It’s fine to tell them you just got out of college and are looking for more experience, considering your lack of prior employment. If you say you wanted to focus on school, and if your credentials account for the amount work you put into studying, then that’s also a credible reason for little to no previous work experience. What you don’t want to tell them is that you’ve never worked before because you didn’t have time between class, football games on the weekend and spending time with your boyfriend. Or try to explain how you started working at this one place and basically they didn’t like you and didn’t give you any hours so it didn’t work out. Before you even realize what all you’re saying, you will have told your whole life story and revealed much more than necessary. Remember, you want to shed positive light on your personality, worth ethic and values, not highlight the things you wouldn’t want to be brought up. What you are actually telling them is that you easily succumb to external influences, which inhibit your ability to prioritize and/or maintain a job. 

A good answer: Well, I grew up in [city, state] and I loved it there. I aspired to go to school out of state to experience something new and was grateful for that opportunity (**being humble is a great quality). I’ve always had an interest in fashion but felt a general major, such as marketing, would help me keep my options open in my future career. Through interning with a marketing company, I had a lot of spare time outside of work where I could dabble in what turns out to be my favorite hobby… being a personal stylist. I just have this passion that drives me to share my love for fashion with other people and after dressing my friend for a product launch with her job, I’ve had a few of her clients ask me to help them too! So that’s one of the reasons I wanted to be a part of your company because not only has your brand been my favorite for years, I personally believe your company is more customer-oriented than other brands and feel like it would be a great fit for us both!

See what I did there? This example gives your whole life summary, touching on key points, and ending with why you would be a great asset to the team. You also compliment the company on their customer-oriented focus that also aligns with your own views on work ethic. You show them that you are driven by passion and aren’t afraid to pursue other paths, as your well-rounded personality is a beneficial quality needed for the team.

Other questions you are likely to be asked:

  • Tell me about a situation where you were faced with a challenge and positively overcame it?
  • There will be at least one problem-solving question asking how you would respond in a certain situation, or ask for you to provide an experience you’ve been through and the outcome regarding a certain topic.
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What did you like/dislike about your previous jobs?
  • Other questions will be asked to reveal things such as: punctuality, honesty, fair treatment, dependability, etc. Remember the basics, as a company doesn’t want to hire anyone who fails to meet their core values.
  • If there is anything on your resume that isn’t clear or if there is something they would like to know more about, they will ask you. But also, if there are gaps in your work history or many jobs within a short amount of time, they will most likely ask you about that to get more information (so have an explanation ready).
  • If they ask for references, go ahead and have a copy handy so you can supply them with one. Don’t give them a copy unless they ask.

**For follow-up questions, it is very obvious if you are asking questions just to ask them. You read this is every interview advice guide out there, “Always ask follow up questions”, in which a list of general questions to ask are usually provided. Rehearsing your memorized questions that usually don’t pertain to any of the information discussed in your interview is just a waste of time. You want to leave the interview feeling knowledgeable about everything in regards to your possible new job position, so use this time to ask any questions you have while you have the chance. Because once you leave that interview, you have to decide if you are going to accept or forgo this job opportunity. If you accept, do you know what is required of you and does this job fit within the means of your lifestyle? There isn’t a question too small to ask, as long as it’s a relatable question like where parking is located, for example.

Your interview can take anywhere from minutes to an hour, depending on how formal/informal it is and/or if the company requires you to complete additional paperwork or personality assessments. If you are interviewing for a part-time retail sales position at a trendy women's clothing boutique for example, you can generally expect a 10-15 minute time frame. If you are interviewing for a full time position in management or high-level entry position, you can expect a longer time frame as well as a series of interviews. Many companies have a tiered interview process where you initially interview with a store manager, then possibly a field-specific manager and lastly the district manager. Depending on the position, the company and your initial interview, the interview process might be different than expected. Sometimes the manager in the initial interview might not be left with 100% confidence in your ability to fulfill the position in its entirety; therefore, a second interview might be required, most likely with a different format, to provide the missing information the employer is looking for from you. Different format could entail a more hands-on interview where you are instructed to work with product or role-play customer service situations, answer experience-specific questions or even have to bring in a portfolio to discuss your qualifications and/or experience more in depth. So basically, anything can happen, but don’t be quick to judge your outcome. Highly prized individuals might get 3 interviews, not to necessarily determine if they are qualified for the position, but rather the employer might be seeing if they can offer you a higher position than you are applying for. You just never know. As long as you stay positive and confident, you will ultimately find a job that is perfect for you that you can thrive in!

Best of luck!



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Monday, July 2, 2018

How to Create a Killer Resume & Job Interview Tips From a Hiring Manager at Leading Women's Clothing Boutique

On the job hunt? Get your resume ready with a little help from a hiring manager and interview tips & tricks you never knew! 

Writing a Resume

Let’s be honest- writing a professional resume and preparing for an intimidating interview isn’t very fun. Sure, there might be someone out there who jumps out of bed in the morning excited to prove their worth to a potential employer and doesn’t fret about possibly being let down. Kudos to those positive people out there! For everyone else, it is easy to get discouraged by not knowing what to expect or even where to start when it comes to job hunting. This article is for those individuals, who want a little insight into what hiring managers are actually looking for in a potential candidate and how to characterize that persona into an impressive resume that will ultimately yield an interview. So, from a hiring manager at one of the most popular women's clothing boutiques, I reveal general tips and tricks to get you ready to land your dream job in no time!

PART I: CREATING YOUR RESUME

Your resume is basically your life performance, list of credentials and overall summery of who you are on a piece of paper. It is really important that your resume is visually appealing, professionally written and provides all the information an employer would want to know about you. Yeah, pretty intimidating if you ask me. Where do you even start? Let’s break it up into parts: 

#1- Format & Template:

There are many templates out there these days that you can download for free straight from the Internet. Modern day designs are much more influential than the outdated ones that you can probably find already on your computer, as they show that you are a creative individual and up-to-date with latest decade (lol). Now, you don’t want to go too wild and crazy but you do want to stand out from the all the other applicants. A modern, streamlined resume that is visually appealing, clearly organized and easy to read with a basic 10-12 point font is best. Most employers are looking for quality not quantity… you know that catchy little phrase; same thing goes with resumes too. You want to try to keep your resume the length of 1 page if you have little to no work experience; 2 would be fine, as long as it was outlined in a way where it made sense and seemed purposeful. The more experience you have however, the longer your resume will be and that is expected.

#2- Content:

What you write matters. Most hiring managers have looked through thousands of resumes in their lifetime and nothing gives them a good kick like reading how “talking on the phone” is one of your special skills. As entertaining as it can be however, it usually sends you straight to the “no” pile. You don’t want to include irrelevant information just to fill space or make it look like you have extra credentials when that’s not necessarily the case. And that’s actually not a bad thing. Managers look for individuals who are honest and have good integrity and sometimes prefer a less-experienced candidate who isn’t set in his/her ways to bring something fresh and new to the table. Your overall goal here is to be precise, professional and honest. Just be you, the best version of you as you can be on paper.

You want to keep things streamlined & simple so you easily get the point across. Make sure to include dates, names and locations for your occupational and educational history in reverse chronological order (starting with present day). High school and college students as well as those fresh out of college should list your high school as an education; however, from then on you should just list the college(s) you attended to keep things relevant.

  • Objective: An objective is usually the first thing listed on a resume in one or two sentences summarizing your purpose for submitting an application, including the position you are applying for. Whether it is to further your experience in a specific field of practice or to obtain an entry-level marketing position at [company name]. This is on many of the older resume templates and is somewhat outdated. However, it is a great use of space for those with a shorter resume as well as a chance to catch the reader’s attention with a preview of your career goals. Strategically working in a couple of competencies/qualifications specifically tailored to the position you’re applying for will show the employer how you would benefit them. That is the key! You also want to keep things short, sweet and specific as possible. Depending on the kind of job you are applying for and/or how much experience you’ve had, you can choose to leave the objective off all together, especially if you are including a cover letter. But if you do include it, be sure you edit the objective to align with each different company and/or job position you are applying for!
  • Dates: Month and year is all that's required. No need for specific days and no need for month if it's that far back. Use traditional formatting whether it's "May 2015- June 2017" or "05/2015- 06/2017". You don’t want to be more shorthanded than that. 5/15-6/17 is a little too shorthanded, for instance. And using funky symbols or quirky characters is unnecessary.                "May*2015_June*2017"… don’t do that.
  • Locations: List your work experience in reverse chronological order by date, like mentioned previously, starting with present day. Be sure to include the company name and location; city and state is fine unless there are multiple locations within that area, in which case you would want to include an additional point of reference. For example, if you worked at [name of retail store] in Atlanta, GA you would want to specify the mall or shopping center by including it in the name “[name of store] at Lenox Square | Atlanta, GA”.
  • Titles: Be sure to include your job title/position along with the name of the company. Don’t over describe your position and try to make it sound bigger and better than what it is. If you were a part-time sales associate, just put that rather than something like high level retail sales branding representative. You can include in the description your level of dedication and go more into detail with that. Now, you also don’t want to under-exaggerate your title either. If you were an assistant manager specializing in operations, you will want to list your title as Operations Manager. Obviously this is common sense for many of you, but there are plenty of job positions not referred to as a specific title; thus, advice for those in which it applies. Lastly, some employers might not be familiar with a company nor know exactly what your job was, so be as clear and precise as possible.
  • Job Description: For every job you list under your previous job experience, you will want to include bullet points or a short summary of impactful descriptions highlighting what your job entailed. You want to include specific information targeting the exact responsibilities you were over/duties performed and should highlight necessary skills that would be beneficial to the company if you were hired on. Be strategic in the way you word your sentences so you turn your list of duties into a list of accomplishments. Don’t tell employers what they already know, tell them about things you achieved they wouldn’t be aware of otherwise. For example, if you were a retail manager at a trendy women's clothing boutique, assumed duties would include making schedules, monitoring payroll, etc. Rather, using your key power words, you can explain how you proficiently scheduled daily teams to adequately drive sales and accomplish tasks, resulting in a 10% increase in sales the first 2 months on the job. Think about it this way- what can you bring to the table that other people can’t? Prioritize that way and the same goes as your job title- don’t over-exaggerate your duties or performance because nothing gets you into a worse situation than to be a new hire letdown. Be specific and straight to the point. If you can’t think of any special skill per say, be honest and as precise as possible. If you were a sale associate at a trendy women's clothing boutique and steamed clothes every shift, hey sometimes that can come in handy and isn’t something an applicant competitor might know how to do. Something obvious and basic to you isn’t always viewed that way through someone else’s eyes.
  • Special Skills: It is always a good idea to list your skill set/qualifications because this not only sets you apart from other applicants, but also gives the employer insight into what you can actually bring to the table. Employers gauge your level of competencies to determine how much of a positive asset you can/will/won’t be to the company and how much training you will need, if any. The employer will many of times sort applications and rank interviews based solely off of this portion of your resume. When you weed through resumes you want to pick the best ones first… makes sense. 
  • Key Words: Speaking of weeding out resumes, one thing to keep in mind as you are writing your resume is to make sure you are using formal diction or “resume language” by use of key power words rather than a passive vocabulary. When scanning through tons of resumes, employers look for specific words or phrases that stand out to them making it easier to weed out the ones that are vague and generically written. Not to mention that many large corporations use machines to filter online resumes before they even reach a person. This is when it comes in handy to have a well-written resume using unique descriptions and key words. Key words are important to use throughout your resume, just don’t over do it. As you edit your first draft, see where you can use more descriptive words or phrases to emphasize your point or fewer words if it seems action-verb heavy. 
  • References: Considering your job history is already listed in your resume, there is no need to provide a list of references without being asked for one. Many employers will contact your prior places of employment to validate the information on your resume and not require a list of personal references; therefore, stating that you have “references available upon request” is all you need to include so you can keep your resume short and to the point. Make sure to bring a list of 3-5 references with you to the interview in case the employer asks for one. You will want to include their name, job title along with company they work for if applicable and a contact number where they can best be reached. There are two kinds of references: business references and personal references.
  1. Business references are person(s) of contact at your prior places of employment who can verify the dates in which you were employed there as well as your job title. Depending on the state laws and company policies, business references may or may not be able to disclose any more information than that. This is when your personal references can come in handy, as they can provide the employer with insight into your personal character and work ethic. 
  2. Personal references are people that have known you a long time and/or can attest to your work ethic and personal character. Basically, these are people who are qualified to give a positive statement about you. DO NOT list a family member or friend as a reference. One of the biggest no no’s when it comes to a resume! A few examples of personal references would be a teacher from school, a sports coach, youth group leader if you are active in church or a parent that you have babysat for a long period of time. If you have a previous employer you can also list as a personal reference, you would want to list them first. Whoever you choose, make sure to tell them that you have listed them as a reference so they can be expecting a call. They will want to provide the employer with examples of how you’ve handled a difficult situation positively or overcame an obstacle, situations where they have witnessed your integrity by how you handled it and times where your diligence and determination resulted in achievement.  

#3- Finalizing your Resume

If there is one thing out of all these tips you will want to remember, it’s this: PROOFREAD your resume! A resume with spelling or grammatical errors is automatically disregarded, as the employer will assume you are lazy and/or not serious about being professional. Especially with technology these days, if someone can’t bother to fix the green and red squiggles underlining the errors, why bother with an interview? It helps to have someone read over it to catch any grammatical or spelling errors you might have missed as well as give feedback as to anything that might be unclear or worded funny.

If you are submitting your resume as an attachment via email or company website, you MUST make sure it is in PDF format so it is viewable on any device. There are many circumstances where the employer can’t open your resume at all due to your format and won’t email you back asking to resend. Sometimes the company’s website will provide a guideline on how you should submit your resume, in which case you will want to follow their instructions. You will want print your resume, list of references and cover letter (if applicable) on resume paper and have a copy with you the day of your interview. Majority of the time, the employer has already printed off the copy you submitted online and will not need another, but it is always better to be prepared just in case. Just keep them in a folder or business journal for quick retrieval if they ask for another copy.

If the company requires you to apply in person, be sure you are dressed the part when you are inquiring about a position and/or delivering your resume. Be sure to ask for the hiring manager, so you can personally speak with them and ensure your resume is left in the right hands. However, many companies are different and might instruct you to speak with someone else, in which case you will gladly do so. **Please note: the employer ALWAYS looks for an applicant that is interested specifically in their company. Being passionate about a company’s brand shows already that you are willing to invest your future with them and are likely to work much harder than someone “just looking for a job”. You DO NOT want to go door to door with a handful of resumes and pass them out. Same thing goes when asking for an application, don’t have an armful from the 10 others stores you visited first. You want to be seen as a future asset to the company and not a desperate person in need of a paycheck. 

Interviews

PART II: PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW & WHAT TO EXPECT

Night Before Prep:

  • One of the most important things to do before the interview is to research the company and become knowledgeable about the Five W’s: who they are, what they do, when they were established, where they originated and why. Remember, you want to show them that you are passionate about their brand and knowing all the details about them will show them you mean it. You also want to think about how you plan on attributing to their company culture and in what ways. What you can bring to the team and how will you uphold their brand values if hired on? Be prepared to answer any of their questions regarding why you want to work for them and reply with answers as to reasons why they should be interested in hiring you.
  • You know the usual advice you get before a big day, “go to bed early and get a good night’s sleep”? Well that applies in this situation too. The second most important thing to do before the interview is to have a laid back night in, take it easy and try to keep your mind off of the big day tomorrow. You want to look and feel your best during your interview, and being well rested and full of energy comes from a good night’s sleep.

What to Wear:

  • First impressions are important and you want to dress to impress make sure you look the part and dressing to impress. You want to dress your own style, not try to look and act like someone you’re not, but also make sure you aren’t dressing for another type of job. Ask around what the typical dress code is for that business field or better yet, the company specifically, through your networking group or research online. It always helps to put your best foot forward, literally, because it might just give you a leg up in the running. Do people still wear suits these days? Are these shoes professional enough? Is this outfit even in style? Putting yourself in a situation where you can and probably will be judged on your appearance, oh you can worry yourself senseless preparing for that! Make things easier on yourself by asking around and investigating beforehand. And no matter what, be sure you show them you truly are inside and out… freaking awesome! 
  • If you are interviewing for a retail position regarding apparel or accessories, you definitely want to leave your mark by dressing like a fashion guru. Make sure your outfit is relative to the brand you are interviewing with, as the manager always takes note of what you are wearing. If you are interviewing with a trendy women's clothing boutique, make sure every part of your outfit is on trend and representative of their brand/product they sell. You want to show them you know your stuff and can dress the part! Why should they hire you as a trendy women's boutique manager if you are dressed too casually and/or in an outdated style from years ago? This is an interview that you can bend the rules a bit and your typical interview-style outfit does't necessarily apply.

When to Arrive:

  • It’s a great idea to plan on being in the area about 15 minutes before your interview time in case there is traffic or parking takes longer than expected. This prep time is also important, as you should use this time to spit out your gum, pop in a breath mint, drink some water and put on your game face! Get pumped up and ready to rock this interview! Let the office assistant or whomever know that you are there for an interview, and they will instruct you where to go from there. Remember that the second you enter the building everything you do is noticed. So be polite and professional at all times and don’t forget to silence your phone.
  • Whatever time your interview is scheduled for, one of the biggest questions people have is when to arrive for your interview. Depending on the company, you might be asked to arrive early to fill out an application or complete a personality assessment. Some companies just set up an interview time without any further instruction. If this is the case, you will want to arrive around 7 minutes before your scheduled time. More often than not, employers select your interview time that is most convenient to their schedule, so showing up too early might make them feel rushed and will probably result in you waiting with anxiety until your scheduled time. You definitely don’t want to be late and right on time just barely cuts it, so sticking to that 7 minute mark ensures you come across as professionally punctual and not overeager.

Questions:

  • Before we dive into specifics, remember that the ultimate goal of the interview isn’t to answer questions correctly; the goal of an interview is to help the employer get to know as much about you as possible before the interview is over. Think about it- employers usually ask the same set of questions to all applicants and redirect their questions based off of your response. Applicants are somewhat anticipated to answer most questions the same; however, applicants who answer them in a more tactful, entrepreneurial way are the ones they will remember. In a sea of applicants, you want to stand out in a GOOD way. Use this ample time to shed light on your work ethic and personal integrity, because at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how smart or accomplished you are if you aren’t reliable or trustworthy.
  • Whether you are interviewing individually or in a group as well as with one interviewer or many interviewers, the questions asked and expected value in your answers are typically the same. Now, there are different “types” of interviews, such as behavioral, structured/unstructured, problem solving and so on, where the delivery of questions and type of questions they ask follow a specific algorithm conducive to obtaining the information they are looking for in your answers. So it’s best to prepare for any possible question or situation you might be faced with. Don’t let this worry you though, as these questions are only a way to get to know as much about you as possible in a short amount of time. Just think about the pressure on them, having to make sure they find the best fit for the job. It’s not easy to make such a big decision off of an interview, and hiring you means their job performance now relies on how well you will do your job. Not so intimidating anymore if you think of things that way!
  • Many interviews will start with the employer asking you to tell him/her a little about yourself. This open-ended question might be intimidating but it’s not necessarily intended to “put you on the spot”; rather, it is the most beneficial question for you to answer because it gives you a chance to tell them what you want them to know about you. Please don’t reply with “Well, what do you want to know?” Well… what do you want them to know? An interview is a short amount of time to get to know someone and feel confident enough to hire you on and invest in your integrity and work ethic. Questions don’t always cater to getting to know WHO you are, and you don’t always provide that information in your answers either. This is your chance to tell them something about you that they will remember. SO many interviews are just basic: you answer the same questions they ask everyone else in the same way. These questions are asked to #1- see how you interpret the question #2- gain your perspective and personal insight on certain matters so they can ultimately determine if you are equipped for the job you are applying for and the responsibilities that come with it. So the employer basically wants to know something about you that stands out from the pool of other applicants. With a general question such as the one above, you want to tell them a little about who you are, your hobbies, your career goals and aspirations without revealing anything TOO personal. You always want to be professional and the less experience you have interviewing, the more likely you are to stumble upon these interview faux pas:
  1. It’s fine to tell them you just got out of college and are looking for more experience, considering your lack of prior employment. If you say you wanted to focus on school, and if your credentials account for the amount work you put into studying, then that’s also a credible reason for little to no previous work experience. What you don’t want to tell them is that you’ve never worked before because you didn’t have time between class, football games on the weekend and spending time with your boyfriend. Or try to explain how you started working at this one place and basically they didn’t like you and didn’t give you any hours so it didn’t work out. Before you even realize what all you’re saying, you will have told your whole life story and revealed much more than necessary. Remember, you want to shed positive light on your personality, worth ethic and values, not highlight the things you wouldn’t want to be brought up. What you are actually telling them is that you easily succumb to external influences, which inhibit your ability to prioritize and/or maintain a job.

A good answer: Well, I grew up in [city, state] and I loved it there. I aspired to go to school out of state to experience something new and was grateful for that opportunity (**being humble is a great quality). I’ve always had an interest in fashion but felt a general major, such as marketing, would help me keep my options open in my future career. Through interning with a marketing company, I had a lot of spare time outside of work where I could dabble in what turns out to be my favorite hobby… being a personal stylist. I just have this passion that drives me to share my love for fashion with other people and after dressing my friend for a product launch with her job, I’ve had a few of her clients ask me to help them too! So that’s one of the reasons I wanted to be a part of your company because not only has your brand been my favorite for years, I personally believe your company is more customer-oriented than other brands and feel like it would be a great fit for us both!

See what I did there? This example gives your whole life summary, touching on key points, and ending with why you would be a great asset to the team. You also compliment the company on their customer-oriented focus that also aligns with your own views on work ethic. You show them that you are driven by passion and aren’t afraid to pursue other paths, as your well-rounded personality is a beneficial quality needed for the team.

Other questions you are likely to be asked:

  • Tell me about a situation where you were faced with a challenge and positively overcame it?
  • There will be at least one problem-solving question asking how you would respond in a certain situation, or ask for you to provide an experience you’ve been through and the outcome regarding a certain topic.
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What did you like/dislike about your previous jobs?
  • Other questions will be asked to reveal things such as: punctuality, honesty, fair treatment, dependability, etc. Remember the basics, as a company doesn’t want to hire anyone who fails to meet their core values.
  • If there is anything on your resume that isn’t clear or if there is something they would like to know more about, they will ask you. But also, if there are gaps in your work history or many jobs within a short amount of time, they will most likely ask you about that to get more information (so have an explanation ready).
  • If they ask for references, go ahead and have a copy handy so you can supply them with one. Don’t give them a copy unless they ask.

**For follow-up questions, it is very obvious if you are asking questions just to ask them. You read this is every interview advice guide out there, “Always ask follow up questions”, in which a list of general questions to ask are usually provided. Rehearsing your memorized questions that usually don’t pertain to any of the information discussed in your interview is just a waste of time. You want to leave the interview feeling knowledgeable about everything in regards to your possible new job position, so use this time to ask any questions you have while you have the chance. Because once you leave that interview, you have to decide if you are going to accept or forgo this job opportunity. If you accept, do you know what is required of you and does this job fit within the means of your lifestyle? There isn’t a question too small to ask, as long as it’s a relatable question like where parking is located, for example.

Your interview can take anywhere from minutes to an hour, depending on how formal/informal it is and/or if the company requires you to complete additional paperwork or personality assessments. If you are interviewing for a part-time retail sales position at a trendy women's clothing boutique for example, you can generally expect a 10-15 minute time frame. If you are interviewing for a full time position in management or high-level entry position, you can expect a longer time frame as well as a series of interviews. Many companies have a tiered interview process where you initially interview with a store manager, then possibly a field-specific manager and lastly the district manager. Depending on the position, the company and your initial interview, the interview process might be different than expected. Sometimes the manager in the initial interview might not be left with 100% confidence in your ability to fulfill the position in its entirety; therefore, a second interview might be required, most likely with a different format, to provide the missing information the employer is looking for from you. Different format could entail a more hands-on interview where you are instructed to work with product or role-play customer service situations, answer experience-specific questions or even have to bring in a portfolio to discuss your qualifications and/or experience more in depth. So basically, anything can happen, but don’t be quick to judge your outcome. Highly prized individuals might get 3 interviews, not to necessarily determine if they are qualified for the position, but rather the employer might be seeing if they can offer you a higher position than you are applying for. You just never know. As long as you stay positive and confident, you will ultimately find a job that is perfect for you that you can thrive in!

Best of luck!



Article Source Here: How to Create a Killer Resume & Job Interview Tips From a Hiring Manager at Leading Women's Clothing Boutique

Monday, May 21, 2018

What to Pack For Your Summer Vacation: 10 Fashion Essentials to Mix and Match

Packing for vacation? Lotus gets you fashion-ready with this 

10-item packing guide for quick & easy outfits on the go!

Vacay Packing Tips

Summer is right around the corner and for many of us that means time for a vacation! Whatever trips you have on your calendar this summer season, make packing easy with this quick guide for stress-free outfit prep. We give you the lowdown on the top 10 essentials you need to be fashionably ready for your summer vacay.

Vacay Ready

#1- Party Dress

No matter where you go on vacation you are going to have a good time! Dress the part with the perfect party dress that can work for any occasion. Go for a dress that can be easily dressed up or down to accommodate those spur of the moment change of plans, like an impromptu game of mini golf after dinner at a ritzy restaurant. I mean who doesn’t do that, right? That’s what a vacation is all about- seeing the sites and having fun! That’s why a party dress is your #1 outfit to pack so you can be fashionably ready and up for anything!

Party Dresses

From Left to Right: *stripe dress coming soon*, Surprise Party Tribal Palm Print Dress

Especially for summer, you want something lightweight and breezy to keep you cool and comfortable, but substantial enough for a round of mini golf or a night of dancing. Try a fashion-forward style that’s on trend and different than what you would normally go for. This is the chance to go all out, whether a vibrant color or an allover print; choose a party dress that you can look back in pictures and remember the great time you had on your summer vacay!

#2- Tropical Print Top

Hey, it’s summer, so you are most likely headed to the coast and what is more suiting than a tropical print top?! With tropical print being a leading fashion trend this season, you have plenty of top options to choose from and should go for a style that best suits your personality.

Tropical Print Tops

From Left to Right Clockwise: Tie Dye Palm Print Tie Front TopStaying in Cancun Off the Shoulder Top, *pineapple top coming soon*, Sweet Return Criss Cross Palm Print TopSummer State of Mind Wrap Crop TopWant More Palm Print Tie Front Top

For 2018, it’s all about the tie front tops. Whether a casual tee or a dressy blouse, if it has a tie front it is a must-have for your suitcase! Go for an abstract palm print or pretty hibiscus flower design; both are festive and fun and easily match with any style bottom. An off shoulder top is just as fashionable and gives you a mix of sweet and sass for a stylish look you can rock day or night. Whatever style top is your personal fave, make sure to bring your piece of tropical paradise with you to spice up your vacay outfit selection!

 Tropical Print Two-Piece Sets

From Left to Right: Close to the Coast Cut Out Crop Tank with Close to the Coast Palm Print Shorts, *middle set coming soon*, Feeling a Vacay Halter Crop Top with Feeling a Vacay Linen Floral Shorts

For our babes, we have tropical crop tops aplenty too! Wear them as a matching set or opt for another high-waist pair of shorts or skirt you already have in your closet! Two-piece sets are great outfits to pack because you can mix and match each piece to create a number of different outfits!

#3- Versatile Kimono

Nothing is more chic and essential for those breezy beach nights than a beautiful kimono. Try packing a style that you can easily turn into multiple looks. You can tie it in the front for a shorter layer that is trendy and stylish or throw on over a tank and shorts outfit for a cute and flowy look that you can easily wrap around your waist when you get too hot. A lightweight, slinky style that falls between the hip and the knee is the most versatile type to take with you on vacations where you will be taking tours and seeing the sites.

Print Kimonos

From Left to Right Clockwise: Some Tropic Short Sleeve Kimono, *pink print kimono coming soon*, Dance Around Short Sleeve Kimono

For a more classic look and chic style, try a long duster kimono in a fun print or bright color. It’s easy to make a fashion statement with a breezy layer that just pops when worn with a cute white outfit. You can mix and match with this style kimono too, as they look great over dresses and rompers too. Oh, and kimonos also make a great cover up!

Duster Kimonos

From Left to Right Clockwise: *aqua duster coming soon*, Chasing Fire Paisley Print KimonoSame City Light Weight Yellow Duster Kimono 

#4- Basic Denim Trio

Ok, technically these are three things but depending on your personal style this might be just one item for you! A casual staple that goes with absolutely anything, a trusty pair of denim threads that can handle a little-to-a lot of wear is the ultimate mix and match item to pack in your suitcase! 

Denim

From Left to Right Clockwise: With the Band High Waist Distressed JeansModern Romance High Waist Denim ShortsBasically the Best White Cuffed Skinny JeansA Daydream Chambray Ruffle ShortsSummer Bummer Frayed Hem Denim Skirt

Jeans are still a favorite in summer, especially a pair of white skinnies. Light-wash crops or even a simple colored pair, jeans always tend to come in handy when there’s unexpected rain or changes in temperature. You can easily dress them up or down, roll the hem for a cute cropped look and wear them with anything from a crop top and sandals to a blouse and heels. It’s just always a good idea to bring a pair jeans with you just in case you need them. 

Now, a classic pair of denim shorts is also a great item to pack, as they are a must have vacation staple for many of us ladies on the go. From a ripped pair of cutoffs to a high waist style with ruffle detail, whatever’s your jam go ahead and pack it! You can easily throw them on and head out the door so you don’t miss a minute of your vacay fun. Wear them over your swimsuit as a cover-up for the beach or with a cute top for a dolled up outfit for dinner. Any color or style, if you’re a shorts gal then a trusty denim pair is a must.

If a skirt is more your style, a trendy denim mini is the way to go! Easy to dress up or down, mix and match and guaranteed to keep you cool all day long… a stylish go-to denim skirt is definitely a great piece to pack for your vacay. But whichever your favorite, make sure you pack at least one style because you can always count on a good pair of denim whenever you need it! 

#5- Romper

One of the easiest outfits to pack for a vacay is summer’s favorite one-piece- the romper! Rompers are so easy to throw on and go and with so many fashions to choose from these days, you essentially can’t go wrong! Go for a romper that is made of a lightweight fabric and one you can easily dress up or down. A great casual romper basic can double as a cute cover-up and can easily mix and match with a kimono for an extra layer.

Summer Rompers

From Left to Right: Off Tropic High Neck Taupe RomperLong Weekend Wrap Front Stripe RomperIt Just Goes Floral Pocket RomperHold On Tight Wrap Romper in Tomato

Wrap style rompers are a hot trend this season and if you’re a romper kind of gal, you definitely want a wrapped option to wear on your vacation getaway.

>> Related: For an interesting read about where rompers came from to being a popular fashion in society today, a breakdown of the different types of romper styles and how to wear them to flatter your body type, get the 411 HERE.

#6- Simple Summer Tank

The basic essential for practically every day of summer is a classic tank top. They are easy to layer, both lightweight and versatile and barely take up any room in your bag! You can wear a tank and skirt for a cute dinner outfit, throw it on over your swimsuit on the way to the beach or tie up and wear with shorts under a kimono for checking out the local shopping scene.

Tank Tops

From Left to Right Clockwise: Request Time Off Flowy Tank in Lilac, Request Time Off Flowy Tank in Cobalt, *aqua tank coming soon*, Tell Me About It Stud Open Back Stripe TankRibbed Wide Neck Fitted Tank-WhiteEverything Has Changed Stripe Tunic Tank

 #7- Matching Set

We gave a sneak peak into the two-piece set idea earlier in the blog and nothing is more mix and match appropriate than a two-piece set! For all our babes, you cannot go without a cute little set for your beach vacation. With one set, you essentially have two pieces you can wear together or with another coordinating item already on our list! Match a simple tank with the bottoms from the set or pair a white denim skirt with the top from the set. You have so many mix and match options with a two-piece set you won’t need a much else to pack! Smart packing means you have fewer bags to lug around on your trip. 

Two-Piece Sets

From Left to Right Clockwise: Super Bloom Ball Fringe Floral Crop Top with Super Bloom Shorts W/ Ball Fringe and Pockets, Feel the Heat Ruffle Tank Top with Feel the Heat Ruffle Smock Waist SkortFestival Feels Black and White Lace Up Crop Top with Festival Feels Black and White Pleated ShortsBack to You Chambray Ruffle Crop Top with Back to You Chambray Ruffle Skirt

Go for a set that screams summer, whether a tropical print or fun color. Lace up details or trendy fringe accents, make sure you pack a trendy two-piece set full of style that you can have fun in!

#8- Party Tops

Party dresses are #1 on our list, but we can’t forget party tops too! You have already packed a tropical print top and some easy wear tanks, but especially if you aren’t big into dresses or rompers you need some dressy, trendy tops to wear out and have fun in!

Party Tops

From Left to Right Clockwise: Ten Out of Ten Cold Shoulder Peach Top, Living For Tonight Flutter Sleeve Top in White, Moving On To Summer Halter Neck Top in Turquoise, Free Soul Tie Front Flutter Sleeve Crop TopCall It What You Want Tie Front Crop TopPeppermint Appliqué Off Shoulder Crop Top, 

Party tops can range from a fancy blouse with appliqué detail to a vibrant print in a popular top style, such as off the shoulder or tie font. These tops are a great way to dress up your outfit and are meant to stand out and be the star of the show. Mix and match with different bottoms to suit the occasion, the weather or to swap up your look. Being on vacation is the perfect time to go all out, have fun with fashion and rock your outfit in style!

#9- Summer Jumpsuit

A chic summer jumpsuit is a great piece to pack simply because, being a one-piece, it’s an instant outfit that doesn’t take up much room in your bag! And you know those times you just don’t feel like matching a top and bottoms outfit together? Don’t worry about making those decisions and just throw on a cute jumpsuit and you are ready to go!

Summer Jumpsuits 

From Left to Right: Good Either Way Surplice Jumpsuit in RoseMali Nautical Stripe Culotte Jumpsuit, *stripe button up jumpsuit coming soon*

Jumpsuits are so stylish and who doesn’t love to break out a fashion-savvy jumpsuit on vacation? They easily set you apart from the crowd and are a great alternative to wearing a dress since you have the function of pants and not having to worry about the wind or anything like that. Summer jumpsuits are made in lightweight fabrics to keep you feeling breezy and cool in the hot summer sun, so no worries there. And in so many fun styles to choose from, you can easily find one that works for you! A jumpsuit is more formal than a romper too, so any fancy dinner occasions you have planned a jumpsuit is the way to go!

#10- Accessory Essentials

Alright! All your outfits are packed and all that’s left is a few accessories that can easily pair with your outfit and finish up your look! Keeping things neutral is always the way to go when it comes to accessories in the summer.

Accessories 

Top Left to Right: Eyes on You Double Hoop Tassel Earrings, Darling Delight Small Druzy Necklace, Wiggle Over Here Gold Hoop Snake Hoop Earrings

Middle Left to Right: Look Close Espadrille Slip On Shoes, Do You Have Time Cross Body BohoBagAvana Basket Purse With Bows

Bottom Left to Right: Monaco Cut Out White Platform SlidesPut It In Neutral Strappy Wedge, Ivy Camel Slide Sandals

Summer fashion is always filled with bright colors and allover prints and adding even more to the mix accessory-wise can quickly turn your look into a fashion disaster. So keep it simple with neutral tone shoes, bags and jewelry.

Make sure to pack a pair of wedges, a couple pairs of sandals and depending on your destination, a pair of slip on sneakers or tennies. A cross body bag is great for touring and checking out the sites, so we recommend bring that option along with your everyday handled purse. A beach bag is a necessity too for those coastal destinations! For jewelry, pack a simple, dainty necklace or two that you can easily layer and mix and match with your earrings. A pair of studs, gold hoops and tassel earrings should keep you set for the whole trip! Last but not least, a pair of sunnies to shade your eyes from the summer sun!

>> You are now packed with fashionable outfit options to wear on your vacation! Have fun & enjoy yourself!

xoxo- Lotus Boutique 



Article Source Here: What to Pack For Your Summer Vacation: 10 Fashion Essentials to Mix and Match