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05.02.13

ADVICE / 62

today’s question is: “what makes a great boss?” (it’s a long one, we know!)

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KATIE’S ANSWER:

i love to ask this question to potential directors when i go on interviews. i’ve worked with amazing and award winning bosses and ones that made me cry and want to quit. watching the good and bad has made me realize what kind i want to be one day.

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04.26.13

CREATIVE JOBS HIRING!

i have so many friends with jobs and great opportunities opening up and i wanted to share with you the details in case you are on the lookout for work. you can always click that link up top in my navigation bar that says “jobs” to check the job listings on a regular basis. see if there is a position you might be the perfect fit for! (i’ll be adding even more soon!)

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see the list below for job listings near you! keep in mind it is always best to send all appropriate links & materials when submitting for the positions. we can’t wait to hear from you. -bri

MY FRIENDS HAVE JOBS FOR YOU …

company: Cardtorial

job title: Operations/Studio Assistant

tasks include: Managing inventory and orders, making products (with the laser!), packing & shipping orders, data entry, and keeping the studio neat, clean, & organized.

more detailsWe’re looking for a part-time operations/studio assistant who is interested in working with a small and growing creative business. The position is available immediately and has potential for growth (& lots of it!). It is very important to us that you are passionate about learning and excited about helping with a wide variety of tasks in the office. We’re looking for someone who is reliable, works hard, has great attention to detail, and is OK with repetitive tasks. Having the ability to work independently and with a team, and being organized and able to prioritize is a must! Previous work experience is preferred. Ideally, our operations/studio assistant will come into the studio for 15-25 hrs/week — there’s potential for this to turn into a full-time job!

contact: If interested, please reach out with cover letter (or simply intro email) & resume to info@cardtorial.com with the subject line: Ops / Studio Assistant. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and why’d you like to join our team! We can’t wait to hear from you.

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company: Juice Served Here

job title: Personal Assistant for CEO

tasks include: The ideal candidate will have the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations, with strong written and verbal communication, administrative, and organizational skills, and the ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities. Responsibilities will include: general administrative tasks, maintaining  CEO’s extensive appointment schedule by planning and scheduling meetings, travel bookings, heavy project management: including carrying out background research, presenting finding and executing the project,  assist CEO with personal requests, tasks and arrangements,travel to site meeting with the CEO.

more detailsCandidate will possess excellent organizational and follow up skills, microsoft office proficiency,  excellent interpersonal and communication skills and minimum 1 year relevant experience

contact: anna@juiceservedhere.com / Email Subject: Personal Assistant for CEO. Please submit resume & cover letter detailing relevant experience

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company: Chairish.com / San Francisco

job title: Social Media Manager

tasks include: Chairish is an online vintage furnishings marketplace that makes it delightfully simple for design lovers to buy and sell fabulous pre-loved decor to one another. We’re looking for a social media contractor to join our marketing team in San Francisco at about 40 hrs/week. Everyone wants a rock star, but we’re looking for someone extraordinary. Our social media lead will manage all hands-on aspects of our social media campaigns: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Houzz. This includes developing, executing, tracking and analyzing social media marketing and strategy. Duties include planning and managing the publishing calendar, social objectives, messaging, taking photos, writing posts, and in some aspects, creating the visual images for these posts. He/she will also spearhead the Chairish blog, from writing blog posts to mapping out the content calendar and content marketing.

more detailsYou = Know, love, and breathe all things social media and be well versed in social media best practices. Attached to your device….all the time. Be a really strong writer with a gift for turning a phrase. Have great design taste and a strong aesthetic and a good sense of what will perform on social. Be ridiculously organized. Be diplomatic on social (we likes to make friends). Be a dynamic planner. You know how to be strategic, put a plan in place, and make sure it things get done. Be results-obsessed – you love tracking how your campaigns are doing based on stats that you can turn into big picture stories. Have mad interested in furniture (design and fashion is a plus). You read “those” blogs, especially Design Love Fest, and know what’s up with trends and happenings. Be an outstanding collaborator. We’re a team. You need to be a part of it. Be insane about Instagram, Pinterest, and excited about photography and video. Knowing Photoshop is a plus! Be ready to move quickly we move fast. Live in Bay Area (sorry, too hard to be a remote team member).

contact: Please apply here soon! We’re hiring quickly. http://bit.ly/1MGUQzA

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company: Winston Flowers / Boston, MA

job title: Floral Designer

tasks include: Develop a working understanding of the basic Winston Styles of design and accurately create gift line designs based on established standards / successfully interpret clients’ wishes on custom design orders / day to day responsibilities will be dependent on business needs including, but not limited to event design and installation, as well as participating in corporate, residential, gift and custom design and installation.

more details3+ years of custom floral design experience in a high-end, high volume floral shop or design studio is desired but not required; equivalent studio/visual arts or visual merchandising background may be considered.

contact: hr@winstonflowers.com

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company: smallSHOP

job title: Private Art Teacher

tasks include: Tasks include driving to homes in Los Angeles area and creating a pop up art class. You will teach the art lessons to individuals and small groups.

more details: Looking for a fine artist who loves kids and has flexible hours for a part time job. A happy, kind and patient person who can inspire older kids and keep itty bitty ones engaged. An experienced teacher who has great class management skills and is available to work on weekdays and weekends when needed. 

contact: Please send resume, photos of your own artwork, photos of artwork that you have done with children and a brief statement of why you would like to teach children art. Send submissions to: hello@smallshopathome.com

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company: Bow & Drape / New York City

job title: Art Director

tasks include: Bringing a clear point of view across all consumer touch points, Helping build the brand’s visual and content strategy + vision, Helping maintain the Bow & Drape brand’s look and feel, Overseeing the creation of graphic, photography and copy across all brand materials and content, Monitoring and assessing the marketplace to further differentiate the brands online and in-store presence

more detailsYou love our brand already. You follow us on Instagram already and have ideas on how we can be better. Already. A true creative. You have several projects in your portfolio and have a proven track record of success with consumer brands. A photographer – as a hobby or professionally, you know what you’re doing. Experience at a creative agency or an in-house team. Expert in InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and basic web knowledge (HTML, CSS, etc). Obsessed with visual consistency and strong attention to little details – you believe you can give our CEO/Creative Director a run for her money in this department. Track record of being solution-oriented and achieving results. Strategic yet hands on; involved in the day-to-day

contact: jobs@bowanddrape.com

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company: Lili Claspe Jewelry | Costa Mesa

job title: Jewelry Assistant

tasks include: The jewelry assistant is responsible for helping with mass assembly of handmade pieces by Lili Claspe. The assistant will be expected to quickly assemble large quantities of jewelry at a time and be willing to learn basic metal-smithing and soldering techniques. Ability to work with stones a plus. This position will be full time, and the candidate must be local to the Orange County area. Pay is TBD based on experience.

more detailsLili Claspe is an American-made jewelry company created by Stephie Tchamanian. Incorporating semi-precious gemstones and minerals inspired by Mother Nature, the line is the brainchild of Stephie’s love for intricate yet chic design. Lili Claspe pieces are girly with an edge, made to accentuate a style every woman can wear.

contact: To apply, please email your resume to: careers@liliclaspe.com

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company: Moon Juice

job title: E-Commerce Manager

tasks include: Strategize and prioritize sales via E-Commerce channel, implement A/B testing and track ROI across all campaigns and dollars spent on enhancements, oversee the development of the new website with responsive mobile design for customers and wholesale vendors, Coordinate with web agency to scope, troubleshoot, and test all functionality to meet Moon Juice business needs, manage content migration from old system, new content needs, and uploading all copy, pricing, imagery, and metadata, among other tasks.

more details: qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree or 3+ years related experience. Excellent communication skills, including writing, proof reading skills, and speaking. Excellent organization skills and experience with project management. Startup experience preferred. Excellent interpersonal skills in person, e-mail, and by phone, with high professionalism. Demonstrates passion, awareness, and support in the health and wellness community.

contact: careers@moonjuiceshop.com / Email Subject: E-Commerce Manager. Please submit resume & very brief note

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company: Customer Service Associate

job title: Moon Juice

tasks include: Implement and oversee new CRM system and provide exceptional customer care via phone and email, consistently exceeding customer expectations– always responding with patience, grace, and individual attention, work with Marketing and Social Media team to develop appropriate responses across all social channels (Yelp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc), develop and maintain a Moon Juice customer service manual so that all responses are on brand with proper grammar, language, and tone, maintain detailed documentation of customer inquiries and consistently collect and present relevant qualitative data; customer reviews, purchasing trends, and stories, identify trends in customer service issues, suggest improvements, and consistently update the FAQ on website as well as training manual

more details: qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree or 3+ years related experience, excellent communication skills, including writing, proof reading skills, and speaking

contact: careers@moonjuiceshop.com / Email Subject: Customer Service Associate. Please submit resume & very brief note

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company: Elk / S​outh and Eastern USA ​and Eastern Canada​

job title: Independent Sales Representatives​

tasks include: This role is a remote position requiring a high level of self-motivation with an ability prioritise your own workload. It is aimed at supporting and servicing all existing wholesale accounts in your territory and seeking new opportunities ultimately ensuring Elk’s high standards are met, customers are serviced and sales targets are exceeded- expanding Elk’s Wholesale network. A great deal of trust and responsibility comes with this role along with limitless potential and opportunity for growth.

more details: see online listing for more details.

contact: jobs@elkaccessories.com.au

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company: roomforty | Los Angeles

job title: sales coordinator

tasks include: the sales coordinator would be the primary contact for the client from the time of inquiry  to the actual event day, and to that end has experience dealing with sales, client services, events, rentals, venues, and all of the aspects of the events industry. a critical distinction for interested parties is that our product is food and service–so someone would need to be knowledgable about food, or a very quick study. we need someone who is an articulate communicator (both on the phone and in emails), psychotically organized, comfortable with the negotiation process, natural at selling, and can maintain grace under pressure. creating proposed menus and contracts is a big piece of the scope of work.  this position juxtaposes the creative/intuitive and administrative.

more details: the salary would be a combination of base plus commission. our office is located in highland park and and shares a property with the Fig House.

contact:  please email cover letter and resumé to steve@hospitalitycollaborative.com

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company: Clashist

job title:  Account / Sales Rep

tasks include: focus on outbound sales, bringing in international boutiques, major accounts & private label accounts, manage inbound sales leads and account reorders, ensure all wholesale shipments get out on time

more details: Clashist is a line of digitally printed goods founded in Dec 2013. Inspired by pop culture, the brand quickly found success with its progressive prints and nostalgic motifs. Every piece from the collection is designed and made in Los Angeles, CA. Please check out clashist.com for more.

contact: Heather, heather@clashist.com

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company: Steel Petal Press | Chicago Illinois

job title: part-time studio manager/ administrative assistant with potential for growth

tasks include: supply and inventory management, data entry, fulfillment, packing and shipping orders, managing wholesale accounts, etsy orders and online shops (shopify, etsy), possibly some research and marketing assistance, some general studio maintenance

more detailsThis position is part-time with potential for growth. We are currently located in Pilsen and are relocating to Logan Square in the Fall. You must be organized and hard working with the ability to work independently. Keen attention to detail, with ability to understand the ‘Big Picture’ is a required.  Must have online selling/shipping experience, great communication skills, previous office management experience, and a flexible schedule. Bonus if you have a Love of stationery, Small Boutique experience, and  visual merchandising and buying experience.  Compensation depends on experience.

contact:  To be considered please send cover letter and resume to shayna(at)steelpetalpress(dot)com with subject line “Part Time Studio Application”

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company: Clique. (Los Angeles, CA)

job title: Senior Designer

tasks include: Create typographic layouts for editorial content. Retouch imagery for all three websites. Oversee and approve all images to be published. Work with the Editorial team to concept graphic solutions for content. Oversee and approve the work of Jr. Designers. Develop and strengthen the work of the editorial design team.

more details: Must have experience managing a team, have strong typographic and photo editing skills, and be in the Los Angeles area. Strong interest in fashion, beauty and home is a plus

contact: Cate – cwhite@whowhatwear.com / subject line: Senior graphic designer applicant

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company: Heirloom LA | Los Angeles (Eagle Rock)

job title: Driver + Set-Up Stylist

tasks include: loading, unloading, and driving company vans, coordinating with chefs, styling catering delivery set-up, exercising confident customer service skills while interacting with clients, completing prep and organizational work with HLA team, maintaining excellent safety and service standards

more details: we are looking for full time, part time, and on call positions. hours vary based on weekly delivery schedule but all shifts have a 4-hour minimum. 

contact: please email jobs@heirloomla.com with your resume, a paragraph describing the best meal you have ever eaten, and contact information included in the body of the email. DO NOT ATTACH YOUR RESUME. label the email subject as Driver + Set-Up Stylist. do not send multiple submissions. 

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company:  Ariel Gordon Jewelry | Los Angeles, CA
job title: operations manager

tasks include: looking for a full-time addition to our team to facilitate all aspects of our growing jewelry business. looking for smart, bright-eyed applicants who are trust-worthy, detail-oriented, and dependable. you will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with the CEO of the company.

more details: small company with big dreams so there is always room for growth depending on your past experience, future performance, and enthusiasm. must be a highly organized and detail-oriented person.

contact: send a resume, links, and a little about yourself to info@arielgordonjewelry.com

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company: True&Co

job title: Director of Communications

tasks include:  Deepening consumer and fashion media relationships and investing in initiatives that showcase the True&Co brand to future customers. Build on our successful PR track record and take it to the next level. Oversee all public relations and communications activities at True&Co, starting with defining and implement a branding and communications strategy that recognizes our differentiated positioning in the marketplace.

more details: This position requires 7-9 years of agency experience and managing an agency as an in-house publicist. The candidate should be social, energetic and likeable, with a wealth of experience and knowledge within the fashion industry and extensive network of consumer and fashion media contacts, with proven experience in securing significant, brand building press coverage.

contact: jobs@trueandco.com

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company: smitten on paper | monrovia, ca

job title: stationery intern

tasks include: our intern will be responsible for assisting with assembling sample orders, taking care of our shop inventory (pricing, updating inventory, restocking), researching planners and bloggers, and assisting with workshops. This internship is perfect for someone that is genuinely interested in stationery and the wedding industry.

more detailsthe internship is unpaid and can be taken for school credit. huge plus if you are familiar and/or comfortable with any of the following: indesign, photoshop, illustrator, styling, being crafty, calligraphy, overall awesomeness.

contact: to apply, email helloterri@smittenonpaper.com with a short bio about yourself, why are you interested in the internship and samples/links to your work (if applicable). Thanks!

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companyThe Life Styled | Los Angeles, CA (West Hollywood)

job title: Intern

tasks include: The Life Styled is currently seeking a part time styling/blog intern. Candidates should be proactive, creative, and have a strong interest in fashion and trends but no previous styling experience is required. Tasks will include: trend research, social media, blog editorials, assisting on styling projects, and some clerical/organizational work. Knowledge of social media is a must. Photography and/or Photoshop skills are always a plus. Must have your own computer, wheels, and live in Los Angeles. Looking for a commitment of 2 days per week. Lunch will be provided. 

 more details: The Life Styled is a fashion blog and styling business owned by stylist Catherine Sheppard, which offers wardrobe styling for media, including television and magazine, and personal styling for individual clients.

contact: Email resume, a little bit about yourself, and links to any social media accounts you’d like to share to catherine@thelifestyled.com

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04.24.13

ADVICE / 61

hi guys! i am out of town this week teaching in san francisco, but katie is going to take over for me this week and answer today’s advice question: “what do you look for in a designer or intern?”

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KATIE’S ANSWER:
i look for a solid portfolio that shows a variety of print and web, a nice sense of color and layout. their site is usually straight forward and easy to navigate. when i contact them it’s nice when they respond in a timely manner. don’t keep people waiting or they’ll move on to the next person.

when i’m looking for help i also reach out to people in my network to see if anyone has a good recommendation. i keep in touch with one of my favorite professors from MICA and she always has someone’s info to pass along. every designer she has sent me has been hired. note to students: keep a good relationship with your classmates and your professors. think of them as your coworkers and your boss. they will be one of your most important assets when you graduate. your classmates will go off into the real world and get real jobs. when their boss says “we need help, know anyone?” they will think of you and if you showed up to class on time and if you presented killer work.

when i look at students i think it’s great when they take their project past what was required. i’ve seen some start with a packaging project. then they turned it into a lifestyle shot and then a social media campaign. it’s so great to see people thinking about the big picture. it’s also a major plus when a candidate has lots of skills vs just one. they are more valuable because they can help with so much more.

when it comes to the interview i like it when people look me in the eye. i also like a firm handshake. nobody likes a wimpy one. i know i shouldn’t but when someone gives me get a weak handshake they go down a couple notches in my book. i like when the person laughs or makes me laugh. i like to be around happy people so don’t forget to smile. i like when people ask me a lot of questions (makes me feel better about asking them a ton). i want them to be curious and have an extreme hunger for knowledge. it shows me they’re ambitious and eager to work hard.

(illustration by katie evans. read more freelance advice posts are over here!)

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04.17.13

ADVICE / 60

today’s question: “how do you invest in your business?”

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KATIE’S ANSWER

i’m not really at a point to invest in my business yet. as soon as i get there i would probably start renting a studio space to work out of. it would be nice to separate home and work. and! with that comes the adventure of furniture shopping!

i’d also like to find an accountant that works with freelance designers to make sure i’m actually doing everything the best i can.  i currently work with a lovely H&R Block woman named barbra for my taxes. she told me she was proud of how organized i was this year vs. last. she is great but i just wonder if i’m getting the best freelance advice. i would also get a lawyer and have him/her go over all my paper work and make sure my business is set up the best way. since i wrote this post about getting paid i’ve had a couple of sticky situations come up. it would’ve been nice to have some heat backing those emails i was sending.

i assume that if i’m profiting enough to put money back in my business i’d be crazy busy. i might want to hire an intern to help out a couple days a week. i’d try to find someone from a local art college to help out. i love working with students. they’re so ambitious and excited. i like to think that i’m helping them on their career path like my mentors once did for me. my mentors help me make my career. every big job came from someone recommending me. it’s really all about word of mouth.

so…one day…that’s the plan.

BRI’S ANSWER

i have definitely learned the importance of putting money back into the business. sure, we’d all love to get a paycheck in the mail and take it straight to the bank…and then to the mall. but it doesn’t really work like that.

i am going to focus on the expenses of a blogger for this one…

1. employees & contributors: my biggest expense! in the beginning this expense scared me the most because it’s sure not cheap! but when i was really able to evaluate the income before i had the extra help and then after, i realized the value right away. i needed to free up some of my time so i could think further into the future and stop spinning my wheels.

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04.10.13

ADVICE / 59

here are some links today that you hopefully love!

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ok before you start clicking away, here’s a little tip in case you didn’t know. hold down the command key on your keyboard when you click the links and they will all open in a new window. i usually go through and open a bunch and then go through them. hit command W when you want to close that tab. we are all about shortcuts around here, give them a shot! here’s some combined links from katie and i this week…

cool office accessories: i’m sure you’ve checked out kate spade new york’s new brand saturday by now. i bought the circle sticky notesdays of the week pencils and these colorful nesting bowls. the shapes are so nice and clean. they’re lookin real nice on my desk right now. how about this wooden geometric keepsake box? or this cute striped laptop bag (that also supports a good cause!) this jonathan adler desk lamp just arrived and it is sharp! last but not least, how about this bright red accent chair for your office?

new find: have you heard of hukkster? a coworker of mine just introduced me to it and i’ve been… hukking? all day, every day. it’s a free service that you use to email you when products you like go on sale. right now you can only be alerted when it goes on sale but eventually you’ll be able to put in your size and color too. also, have you heard of mailbox? you have to wait in line once you download it (it takes about 2 weeks) but the app IS pretty awesome for organizing your gmail. you can easily categorize with just a few clicks. no more crazy inbox numbers. i was playing with it this morning and it seems like it’s only for gmail (which is kind of a bummer if that’s true, considering that’s not all i use.)

latest inspiration: kate spade new york is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. to celebrate they came out with a beautiful coffee table book. two of my dear friends wrote and designed the book and i’m so proud of them. each chapter is about something that inspires the brand. there are charming facts sprinkled throughout the book and drool worthy imagery sure to get your creative brain going. this flickr photostream is also pretty amazing! (how cool is this!)

wearing to work: it’s just starting to feel like spring and almost summer here in new york. i’ve packed away the puffer and boots and am trading it in for this lighter jacket and these sandals. in los angeles, it’s been bright and sunny…this yellow lace madewell top is the perfect shirt for work. it’s more professional for a meeting than just a basic tee, but just as quick and easy. i’m also loving this perfect hat!

(illustration by katie evans. read more freelance advice posts are over here!)

 

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