Over the past several years my instances in life of being the “boss lady” has held endless surprises. And even though my entrepreneurial friends warned me that employees would be my biggest challenge I thought I got it (I mean really, I work in the fashion industry where the unthinkable is common place and eye popping events take place more often than I change my lip gloss) still I am taken aback often by apathy in the work force and the “legend in my own mind” fabulousness that I sometimes see in the beauty biz.
If you have read any of my MBM posts hopefully you know that I like to stick to the honest (and hopefully positive) side of things. My thing, my passion is to teach and encourage you… and sometimes, it may come in an unorthodox form.
I came across a post from our Glam Lounge blog back in 2007 based on actual hiring experiences I have encountered with job seekers. Ms Glam my alter and outspoken ego had penned some of those blogs back then… yes she is the one with the acerbic tongue… you might have met her. The content still holds true and though Ms Glam has gone back to the fashionable box from where she came… the mix of humor, tartness and truth is still good enough to share with a little re-editing of course so as not to scare the masses.
1) When emailing your potential employer for the first time please, I beg of you, please use proper English. This is not a TEXT message. I am not one of your BFF’s, I am the person giving you a job. Try to wow me with your communication skills and your ability to spell like an educated professional.
2) Read over your resume’ ten times before you place it in my (or any employers) detail oriented hands because we will notice in a flash the fact that you spelled “Scottsdale”, or “experience” incorrectly … or even worse your own name???
3) Dress to impress…. I was hoping we didn’t need to discuss this, there are zillions of blogs out there on the subject. So my darling well- meaning glamonista, I don’t know you from Eve and when you arrive in jeans and a tee my thoughts go something like this: “if she can’t make the effort to dress up today, what chance do I have of her following my dress code guidelines EVER?
4) This one is STELLAR so read carefully…… If you schedule and confirm an interview with me only to end up being a no show, DO NOT email me six months later wanting to interview again. If you can’t make it to a meeting CALL….if you don’t call, at least remember who you stood up. If you can’t do either, then all the best to you, may you go forth and halfheartedly haunt someone else’s doorstep for work because I want the best and brightest.
5) If you are leaving a resume’ or portfolio for our mere mortal eyes- Do it right! Bring your REAL portfolio not “just the one that was laying around” and please no disclaimers about things not being perfect etc… your work should stand on its own without explanation. Include your correct info… like how about a phone number, your current job status and any pertinent info a potential employer may find helpful, like, oh, I don’t know…… your ACTUAL job history. Remember, you called, emailed or Facebooked me, not the other way around, I already know who I am and I know what my job qualifications are…. You are the one I am trying to find out about.
6) Do your research! Psst Google! If you say you are dying to work for me but know nothing about what I do or who I am, you might want to use some discretion and edit your tongue lest it lead you down the path of non-hiring destruction…. This is a job interview it’s not a shrink’s office and spilling your drama or gossiping asap isn’t the way to go.
7) Once you land the coveted gig, be on time (that means early), dress to impress (#3) EVERY DAY not just on the days when you went to bed at a reasonable hour or don’t have a hangover. Make an attempt to communicate in proper English, listen, learn, keep learning and give 200% because there are a ton of glamazons who want this job and I am looking for them!
8) And don’t take spell check for granted! Now that we have autocorrect on our phones people often forget about proper spelling… If you can’t spell the city you live in, do I want you to be wielding an eyeliner brush or lash glue near my client’s eyes? Refer to number 2 on this list! Do not send, your resume’ cover letter or email to anyone without using this little tool.
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Happy job hunting!
With love, success and lip gloss