This list was compiled by Kelly Cutron. For those of you who don’t know who she is here’s a little background information and a clip from her show Kell On Earth.
Kelly Cutrone is the founder of the fashion public relations, branding, and marketing firm People’s Revolution, which has represented clients such as Longchamp, Vivienne Westwood, Valentino, Bulgari, and more. She stars in Kell on Earth on Bravo and has appeared on MTV’s The Hills and The City. Prior to founding People’s Revolution, Cutrone co-founded Cutrone & Weinberg and was the director of PR for Spin magazine.
You can watch Season 1 of Kell On Earth on Netflix. Once I started watching it I was hooked!
Top Ten Career Don’ts–OR, How Not To Get A Career In Fashion
1.Don’t send a resume in May hoping to get hired in the fashion business, as it’s the slowest time of the year. To increase your chances, try January or August.
2.Do not Facebook the owner of a company or any prospective boss. Or if you do, make sure you have something interesting and out-of-the-box to say that warrants her two minutes; don’t just reveal that you went to college and took a resume-writing class.
3.Don’t roll your eyes. Or if you do, roll with them toward the exit sign and then head out the door.
4.Don’t expect equal rights in the workplace without being willing to do equal work, which includes transporting heavy garment bags,unloading shipments and rolling racks of clothing down New York’s uneven sidewalks. People’s Revolution is an equal-opportunity employer.
5. Don’t call in sick when you’re not. At People’s revolution, we give employees the dignity of five personal days a year. I instituted this policy so that I would never have to begin my morning listening to sad stories in faux-raspy voices about not feeling good enough to make it to the office that day.
6.If you’re going to be a helper around the office and do things you know your boss wants done — for me that means sweeping the floor and taking out the garbage — don’t jump up and down and give her a play-by-play each time you finish a task. She knows. Don’t underestimate her radar in her own environment.
7.Do not try to re-create your family at work.
8.Do not overemphasize your nationality or gender as a way of making a point. You may be a gay man, but you still have no right to wear a skirt and twirl around in the middle of the day proclaiming you’re king of the fairies. And if you’re from San Francisco and a closet Zappatista, that does not give you the right to play Rage Against the Machine and scream out Che slogans.
9.Do not think your boss owes you anything other than your paycheck.
10.And finally, don’t cry in the office. Ever. If you have to cry, go outside.