I’m both happy and sad today. My right-hand woman Eryn has always wanted to try her hand at clothing design and, this month, an apparel company made her an offer she can’t refuse.
I’m happy for Eryn, because this is a fantastic opportunity for her to get into that field. But, obviously, I’m sad for myself because Eryn and I had an extremely successful and enjoyable 18 months together. For instance, Eryn established and built the company Instagram account, which currently has over 2200 followers.
If you’re a retail buyer or editor who receives our monthly newsletter, those newsletters are Eryn’s work. And check out the press section of my website. The whole first page is her doing, and it doesn’t even include many of the online mentions she generated. All of this is just a fraction of her accomplishments. The results of her most amazing project can’t be revealed until later this year!
It will be hard to find someone to fill Eryn’s shoes (which are flats, usually), but I will try. If you are looking for an entry-level job in public relations and marketing — or know someone who is — email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume and dazzling cover letter.
This is a full-time position in which you’d work closely with me while enjoying a level of responsibility and independence that you’d never ever get in a bigger firm. Yes, I do care about the smallest details, but only meaningful ones that lead to results, not what you are doing every second of your 9-to-5 (or 8-to-4 or 10-to-6) day. Related experience in public relations, marketing, sales or the jewelry/fashion industry is a plus but not a requirement. Eryn came in with a couple of fashion internships under her belt, plus a flair for merchandising, a good attitude and stellar people skills. She learned on the job and now she’d be excellent at doing public relations/marketing for any kind of company … except that she wants to design clothes.
Here’s why Eryn thinks this job is perfect for you folks starting out:
“The great thing about working for a small company is that you learn every aspect of the industry — from production, to wholesale account management, to design and materials, to writing pitches. For someone who is new to the industry, this experience is invaluable. When you start at a large company fresh from school, it’s easy to specialize quickly. But if you are looking for the opportunity to see how design affects sales and how getting those designs seen is really the biggest hurdle, a small company will give you a better understanding of the way each piece must work together in order to be successful.”
All that is spot-on, but I was like, “Eryn …”
So she added:
“Our weekly meetings include Dunkin Donuts, which we eat while petting two adorable internet-famous kittehs; my ‘stalking’ skills have improved tenfold (yes, I do count that as a bonus); I feel like by proxy I’m already BFFs with multiple rappers, namely, the legendary Gangsta Boo; I’ve spent entire days researching cookies; and we’ve bonded over a mutual love of smelly cheese. I’ve learned that my heels will never be as high as Wendy’s, nor am I likely to wear half the interesting outfits she does. Oh, and, if Wendy doesn’t respond to an email fast enough, always follow up with an emojified tweet. Because that’s the biggest thing I’ve learned — following up is the key to success!”
True that! Following up IS the key to success in this business. And I will have to follow up with Eryn after her brand-new septum piercing heals so I can make my first septum design for her.
Once again, the email for resumes is email@example.com. (If you get a bounceback, as one or two people have due to volume, you can send to wbjewelry at hotmail dot com.) I’m going to take the way you pitch yourself to me as an indication of the way you’ll pitch ME to other people, so make your cover letter compelling, but not corny!