Career Advice From Team LC's Successful Friends

Navigating the career world can sometimes feel a bit daunting. This can apply to just about anyone—whether you’re fresh out of college or already halfway up the corporate ladder. Whenever we’re feeling unsure about our next big career move, the first people we turn to for advice are our friends. We’re lucky enough to be surrounded by some pretty major players in the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle industries. And like us, they’re all firm believers in helping others succeed. Because let’s face it; we could all use a friendly reminder that we’re headed in the right direction. So recently, we asked some of our favorite successful friends in an array of industries for their best career advice. From tips on how to set measurable goals to always being a pleasure to work with, the professionals listed below have hit the nail on the head when it comes to career guidance. So without further ado, here are a few career tips to reignite your professional passion from 10 of our successful friends…

1. Put Yourself Out There

“When I first started my blog, it was very much just a place for me to keep all my inspiration and design work in one place (Pinterest didn’t exist yet!). Once my readership grew, I was able to create a design business from blog readers that then turned into design clients. I made it a goal to work with and design for brands that I love, like Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, and eventually, Target. My biggest advice for anyone with a similar goal is to keep putting yourself out there and show work that you want to be making (even if no one is hiring you to do that work yet). I think the biggest misconception is that these things fall into my lap, and that’s not true. 90 percent of the bigger projects I’ve worked on were from me reaching out and pitching my work and ideas to a brand. I am a huge advocate for being yourself and striving to bring something new to the table. I feel like in addition to expressing your own interests and sharing content that interests you, strive to bring something new and unique to what you are producing.” – Joy Cho, Founder of Oh Joy!

2. Set Big Picture Benchmarks

“I’ve found that it’s important to keep the big picture in mind when setting benchmarks and evaluating success. I’ve set personal goals for how I can help The Little Market succeed every year since Lauren and I founded it in 2013. We define success at The Little Market in terms of the lives we have improved, and we use the number of artisans we partner with to measure this. So all of my goals are made with that end in mind.” – Hannah Taylor Skvarla, Co-founder of The Little Market

3. Challenge Yourself

“Set your professional values and ethics, but don’t be afraid to bend the rules when the right opportunity comes along. Challenge yourself and go out of your way to remain inspired. Be pleasant to work with, always; often it’s the seemingly insignificant career moments that come back full-circle.” – Yoni Goldberg, Photographer (See his photos in Celebrate!)

4. Always Be Strategic

“Be a pleasure to work with. Be polite, kind, and efficient. And always be strategic. Take chances on opportunities that push you further. You should always be asking “is this putting me closer to my goal.” – Claire Thomas, The Kitchy Kitchen

5. Quit Comparing Yourself

My advice—that I wish I could always follow myself— is don’t fall into the social media trap where everyone’s life, job, and career path looks so much better than yours. Comparison really is the thief of joy, and I have fallen victim to this so many times. I also feel like, in a way, I am probably contributing to it as well, because my life and job can be really really REALLY fun, and I like to share those moments on social media. But there’s a big buuuut! With all that fun is a lot of stress, responsibility, heartache, heartbreak, and anxiety that I don’t always show.  I do try to share that as well, but I don’t like to over pronounce that part. I just think it’s important to remember that even the most raw, most honest approach to social media is still curated, and should be taken with a grain of salt. P.S. If someone is giving you the blues because their feed is just too good and makes you feel like you are less than you are, just unfollow them. That’s what I do. It helps. – Jen Gotch, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Ban.do

6. Love What You Do

First and foremost, I would say that it’s important to really love what you’re creating, because starting a company is incredibly challenging and beyond difficult at times. If you don’t really believe in what you’re doing, it would be very hard to invest the necessary time and energy that a company needs, especially in its formative stages. That said, while there are countless hurdles to clear and sometimes it will feel like a Sisyphean endeavor, there’s truly nothing more rewarding or fulfilling that building something you truly believe in. – Hillary Kerr, Co-founder of Clique Media Group Inc. and Co-author of The Career Code

7. Don’t Overthink It

As an entrepreneur, sometimes you just have to get it done, whatever it takes. Don’t overthink things. Don’t wait for the right partner or staff to help you, or for the right time to come. Don’t wait for outside funding, or for a perfect business plan. Just go out there and do it (even in some small, simplified way), and don’t worry about what other people think of your work. If you believe it in, that’s all you need in order to give it a try. – Katherine Power, Co-founder of Clique Media Group Inc. and Co-author of The Career Code

8. Define Success in Your Own Way

Success is in the eye of the beholder. For me, I believe if you can make a living doing something you really actually enjoy, you are successful. Not everyone is going to start a Fortune 500 company, but everyone is able to pursue a career in a field that makes them happy. – Gray Malin, Photographer

9. Set Measurable Goals

I think it is important to set goals so you are always working towards something. We set daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals and it always makes me feel good and encouraged when I meet them. I also think in this blogging world it’s so important to stay true to yourself and your readers! Blog about what you love, and don’t get caught up in sponsored posts that don’t reflect you and your lifestyle. – Amber Fillerup Clark, Fashion and Beauty Blogger of Barefoot Blonde

10. Keep Calm and Carry On

Always stay calm. My first boss, Mindy Weiss lived by that rule, and watching her handle stressful situations during live events was amazing to me. It has helped me immensely in learning to keep clients calm and keep things in perspective on a job. Flipping out and getting upset or angry solves nothing.  

Also, You get much more with honey than with vinegar. Always treat everyone kindly whether it’s a vendor or an employee. Being harsh on people who you want to help you to achieve success gets you nowhere. However, when you are kind, people want to help you and even go out of their way to do so. – Cassandra Herschenfeld, Founder of Cassandra Bette Events (and Lauren’s wedding planner) 

XO Team LC

Photos: @ohjoy on Instagram
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