By now, you have probably heard I’ve made the decision to move back to Milwaukee! With that choice comes a hundred other little and big changes – a new job being the most significant! The moment I finalized the move I sat down in front of my computer with a list of the major companies located in the city and with determination to find a job that fits both my hard-working personality and my creative side.
Kohl’s sat first and foremost on my list. Being a point-of-sales operator for Kohl’s had been my very first job. At the time I was a wide-eyed high school student and only knew I needed to pull my weight while on the clock and make my parents proud. I worked nights and weekends during the academic year and even came back on holiday breaks while I was in college to work the jewelry counter. With my journalism background and passion for fashion, the marketing department was the first place I checked. And as I scrolled through the open positions, I have to say, my heart sped up at two little words: Fashion Stylist. After my little mental excited freak-out session I got down to applying. But those online forms are so impersonal. They make it hard to stand out, hard to prove why I would be the ideal candidate for this position. So…
Here’s why I think I’d be an ideal Fashion Stylist for Kohl’s:
- I understand the goals and values of the company. I’ve already worked for Kohl’s so I am well aware of the valuable shopping experience it provides to its clients. I know all about ‘early bird’ and ‘night owl’ specials, markdowns, credit card perks, etc…
- I already love the product. Some of my favorite closet items have been Kohl’s purchases. My go-to watch with the exposed mechanisms is from Kohl’s; so is the black romper I wear dozens of times during the summer months (It was part of a 30-for-30 challenge).
- I know the trends. As a style blogger for more than three years I’m certainly up on the current trends. I live them, wear them and offer tips on how others can too. A few examples of those posts: Spring 2012 Trends and Fall 2011 Trends. I also follow clothing trends as a result of TV shows, like Jane By Design.
- I love showcasing different ways to way the same thing. So many people, women especially, feel there is only one way or one combination to wear an item them picked up the last time they went shopping. But there is a diversity in each item, which I love bringing out in my own outfits and those of others. Check out my Frequent Flyer posts remixing a tank dress, coral dress, and navy dress.
- I excel at practicality. Most women want to dress well and put their best foot forward, although they don’t always know how to do that. As a stylist I’m able to offer helpful tips and how-tos. For example, most of my outfit posts contain one little tip to take into account when dressing. I also post on how to wear the latest trends, like maxi skirts.
- I have retail experience. While I first worked at Kohl’s while in high school and a little in college. I also spent nearly three years working at Ann Taylor as a sales associate – but more than that I helped create store sets and was often the one pegged to create outfits on the mannequins and re-make table displays.
- I have a spatial mind. No, I’m totally serious. A few years ago I took the Johnson O’Connor aptitude test and found that I rank highest in the spatial category. This hands-on approach is something usually seen much more dominantly in men, but for me, combined with a love for fashion, it has turned into a love for physically creating a look.
- I help others dress and look their best. One of my favorite things to do is to take a friend or acquaintance out on a shopping excursion. Helping people, especially those who usually find themselves frustrated with their body’s intricacies, find the best outfit for a job interview or just a casual weekend away is so much more than fun. It’s rewarding too. I’ve helped high schoolers find the perfect prom dresses and a doctor update her entire wardrobe (twice). I’ve outfitted little boys in suits for a family funeral and helped update my brothers wardrobe when he went from uniform days to college life. In fact, one of my most read blog posts is on what to wear to a summer wedding.
- I’m a multi-tasking pro. As a freelance writer, blogger, and assistant director at a student residence I am more than capable of handling multiple projects and a variety of tasks in a timely manner. I stay current with this blog, while writing for a book blog and a young professional lifestyle blog, all while holding down a 24/7 position in a residence of 60 college-aged women. I deal with all housing issues, rent check, repairs, billing, move-ins, move-outs, marketing, social media, the list goes on…
- I excel in a fast-paced environment. One of the things I had the hardest time with while I worked as a business-to-business journalist in New York was the fact that I sat at a desk looking at a computer for eight solid hours every day. The respite was a trip to Starbucks while one of my co-workers took an afternoon smoke-break. I’m much better moving around, getting in the middle of the action, and hustling to finish tasks.
So those are just a few of the many reasons I’m excited about the chance to be a Fashion Stylist for Kohl’s. Fingers crossed – Wouldn’t that be amazing? New city, new amazing job, new experiences. I’m ready for that chapter to begin.
What do you think? Could I be a Fashion Stylist?