When it comes to dream jobs, Jenna Lyons is currently holding one that we are seriously coveting. The creative director of J.Crew is always in the spotlight for her spot-on style, but she鈥檚 also full of valuable career advice (some of which we鈥檝e already shared with you). The boss lady (who started at J.Crew as an assistant to an assistant) recently sat down with Glamour鈥檚 editor-in-chief Cindi Leive to share some tips that you should definitely take along with you on your professional journey. If, for you, the pot of gold at the end of the job hunting rainbow is a position working under Ms. Lyons, read this checklist to see if you鈥檇 meet her employee requirements.


1. Do you send job inquiries via email? If so, then chances are you鈥檒l have to move along on your career conquest. She tells Cindi Leive, 鈥淪end me some of your work or a nice letter, and tell me why you鈥檙e interested in working here. Don鈥檛 send me an email鈥. You have to be old-school.鈥

2. Do you want to be promoted ASAP? Don鈥檛 get us wrong 鈥 promotions are a necessary part of your career journey. But all too often young professionals are already thinking about moving up before they鈥檝e really mastered their current position. 鈥淥n to something bigger and better鈥 is a good mentality to have, but within reason. Lyons says, 鈥渢here鈥檚 this idea of having everything quickly, that you鈥檙e going to walk in the door, be a designer, and not have to do any of the grunt work. It鈥檚 just not realistic. The things you don鈥檛 learn in school are the skills you probably need more: what it鈥檚 like to work with other people, how you build a team and collaborate.鈥

3. Do you ask for feedback? Jenna says the key to moving up is to 鈥渕ake yourself indispensable.鈥 She鈥檚 not the kind of boss that likes you to come at her saying something like, 鈥淚鈥檝e done all this and I want X.鈥 Instead, she prefers that employees hoping to progress in the company approach the conversation saying, 鈥淚鈥檓 ready to take the next step. What is it that I can do better?鈥

4. Do you freak out when you make a mistake? Obviously nobody enjoys making a big mistake at work, but you need to be okay and comfortable knowing that they are a natural and often necessary part of life. Jenna says, 鈥渋f you look at business鈥he mistakes often end up being the best things that could have happened. The only sad part about down business is if you don鈥檛 learn from it, you know? Get in there and be humble.鈥

How鈥檇 did you fare with this checklist? Are you ready for a job with our favorite girl boss? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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