When most people think of J.Crew they think of their classic and preppy clothes, and others think of Jenna Lyons. For those of you who don’t know, Jenna Lyons is the executive creative director at J.Crew so she’s kind of a big deal. As Glamour’s September cover girl, Jenna discusses career advice and what it takes to get a job at J.Crew.
When asked about advice for a woman who wants to work for her, Jenna responded, “Send me some of your work or a nice letter, and tell me why you’re interested in working here. Don’t send me an email…. You have to be old-school. Be professional.”
And if you want a promotion, just be you. “The person who makes herself indispensable, that’s the person you want to promote. But when someone comes in and starts asking—it’s such a disease. Demanding, “I’ve done all this and I want X,” doesn’t work for me so much. [Instead] ask questions: “I’m ready to take it to the next step. What is it that I can do better?” That, to me, is an engaged, collaborative way to get somebody to the next level. You’re not going to get there just because you think you’re ready or because someone else got promoted. We don’t sit here and create a scale where we carefully ratchet everyone up evenly. Because if that were the case, we’d all be drones. No one is a drone…. You are you,” Jenna said.
It’s nice to know some people still appreciate an old school way of applying to jobs. Read Jenna’s full Glamour interview.
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