I always get a ton of DM’s (which I’m super bad at responding to so if you ever sent me one, I swear I’m not ignoring you, I just forget to check them!) about what my job is, how I got it and if I have any advice to offer. I’ve been getting loads of questions since I started working in the fashion industry and I actually love giving advice and answering career questions.
Growing up, I didn’t know you could make a career out of your love of fashion. Even in college, I had no idea of all the different roles and opportunites available. I definitely went into this blind and had to forge my own path and was lucky enough to meet amazing people that have been mentors to me. It hasn’t been easy, but I don’t regret my experience and journey and I’ve learned to take it all as a learning opportunity. So if I could help someone else out so they don’t have to feel so lost, then I love to help.
Surprisingly enough, I’ve gotten more questions about my job at VS than when I worked at a magazine. So today, I wanted to answer my frequently asked questions about my job at Victoria’s Secret.
But, please feel free to reach out with any questions if I didn’t cover something specific you want to know!
MY VICTORIA’S SECRET JOB TITLE
My official title is Creative Production Coordinator. One of my biggest responsibilities is being a digital sample coordinator and it’s the title I use in my email signature since I feel like it’s easier for people to understand.
I work on the creative time and we act as a liaison between our merchants and our photo team. My director basically called us “problem solvers” since we have to take whatever is thrown our way and come up with a solution. It’s definitely a job where you have to remain flexible and cannot be stuck in your ways!
SO WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU DO?
What a loaded question! Okay, bear with me while I try to walk you through it.
I work on the digital team, which means that for the most part, all the work I do is for VictoriasSecret.com not the actual stores, since that is a separate team. We have two different types of imagery for our site. We have collection shots and editorial shots. If you are looking for a demi bra and you go to bras, then demi to view all the bras on a white background, those are collection shots. If you just go straight to the website right now and see all the gorgeous models at the beach or with a fun pink background, those are more editorial images.
For collection shots, the merchants create a document that basically says what product we will be selling for a season along with what they need photos of. It is my responsibility to action that. So I spend time in the sample closet pulling what was requested, problem solving if we don’t have a sample of it and working with stylist and art directors to make sure that the merchants get what they need. There are constant changes to the product or what the merchants want images of, so I really have to stay on top of my work to make sure that I keep up with the changes and don’t miss anything.
For the fun editorial shots, my boss works with the fashion director to style out priority looks. From there, I pull samples for the shoot based off of what they style, work with the stylist to make sure they understand our product and am the main point of contact should they have any questions or issues on set.
While managing photo shoots is my main responsibility, I also have a prop closet that has everything you could possibly dream of, that my stylist can pull from to style looks, that I have to manage and I have to make sure that I keep up with all my samples so that I know where everything is at all times.
DO YOU REALLY LOVE YOUR VICTORIA’S SECRET JOB?
Okay, if I’m being honest….yes I actually do!
My last job was my dream job. When I was younger, it was the only thing I wanted to do. But, it ended up being my worst nightmare. When I started at VS, I was excited, because hello I was in love with the brand since high school. When the fashion show airs, it’s like the super bowl for me. But, I was terrified. What if my experience here is similar to my experience at my last job.
Thankfully, it wasn’t. It’s so different, but so much better. For one, there is a lot of respect coming from my team. My boss and my team are kind, understanding, helpful and treat others with respect. If we do have disagreements, we’ve always addressed it and moved on rather than let it bubble up inside of us.
I also feel like I have a purpose and I’m really contributing to the team. I put a lot of effort into making sure that when I prep a photoshoot, there will be no issues or confusion on set. I know things on a photoshoot move quickly so I try to make things as easy for my stylist as possible and when they tell me that I’m so helpful and they love working with me, it truly makes me so happy.
When I worked in editorial, you’re taught to pretty much not speak unless spoken to. Stylist used to intimidate me because I felt like I should stay out of their way. At VS, I’ve gotten to work with some amazing stylist and build really great relationships and it’s one of my favorite parts of the job.
I think my director also has a great view on work/life balance which I really appreciate. If you’re out of the office, be out of the office. I don’t even have my email on my phone which was a first for me. And I feel comfortable taking a vacation or a day off and not like I’m chained to my desk.
It’s also exciting to see the product beforehand and see what will be new for the season. Spring hasn’t even hit us yet, but my team is already working on summer.
HOW DID YOU GET A VICTORIA’S SECRET JOB?
I had quit what I thought was my dream job. In my head, I would take a month off to relax and get a job. Well, life doesn’t always work out how you plan. I was unemployed for almost three months. In my hunt for a new job, I was searching Indeed, which honestly seems like a dark hole and a hot mess, but there is so much there if you really take the time to look.
I saw a random job posting. Honestly, I don’t even remember what it was, but I filled out the form and everything. The next day, I got a call from someone who had seen my resume and wanted to chat. Although I didn’t realize it, I had applied for a job posting that a recruitment company put out and a recruiter was contacting me.
I went through the motions and talked to the recruiter on the phone, even went into the office to meet face to face and talk about what I was looking for. I was super hopeful, but for almost two weeks, it was radio silent.
Honestly, I’m a big believer in recruiting companies because I think they really help to get you opportunities, but you also have to set your expectations and know that its a process. They want to get to know you so they can pitch you so don’t instantly think you’ll have a job lined up.
Anyways, I had just agreed to freelance for a week at Teen Vogue when my recruiter called me. She said there was an opening at VS and asked if I would be interested. UM, yes!! But, unfortunately when they were available to interview me was when I was supposed to be at Teen Vogue. After my recruiter worked with them, we managed to move the interview to the Thursday before I was set to start working at TV. And I had another interview lined up so I was pretty excited.
Heading into my interview at VS, my second interview with another company cancelled on me so I started getting in my head. But, I shook it off and went into my VS interview and gave it my all. I loved it. I loved the team I met with, the office and the job description. But, since they had more interview lined up for the next week, I had to wait to hear back.
BUT, plot twist! My recruiter called me the next day and told me they loved me so much that they cancelled their upcoming interview and offered the position. It’s just funny how life works because if I hadn’t moved my interview up, I wonder if I would have lost the opportunity to interview at all.
I freelanced for three months until I was formally offered a position to come on full time.
ANY ADVICE IF I WANT A VICTORIA’S SECRET JOB?
Do not be scared of recruiting companies or the idea of freelancing. VS works with a ton of contractors that then turn into full time employees. At the time that I interviewed, they were trying to fill a position since someone was on a personal leave. And luckily for me, a full time position became available at the end of my freelance contract.
One thing I find is that when people are applying for jobs, they only want their dream job. They want their dream company, they want it to be full time and everything has to be perfect. But, just like you have to kiss a few frogs to find your prince. You gotta try a job you may not be passionate about to eventually get your dream one. Did I want to freelance again? No, but I still went for it and it led to a job that I love.
I find that VS opportunities are easier to find than most companies. Go on the website and do a quick search to see what’s available, search VS jos on Indeed to see what comes up, find an HR contact on Linkedin and reach out for an informative interview, just be proactive.
I also find that a lot of people that are looking for a job, see someone who works for their dream company and start becoming lazy in a sense. They want your contacts and to know how you found a job and want you to recommend them. Girl, I used google. It’s free and you can use it too! Don’t take that the wrong way because I was once guilty of it too and I’m just trying to give out some tough love. But, make sure you do your research because 9 times out of 10 the information is there for you.
And focus on nailing your interview. Be positive, be excited, do your research and write a thank you card and email. It’s my number one tip. Always send a thank you note after an interview. It makes you rememerable and it’s just plain ole polite. When I used to hire interns, the ones who wrote thank you cards were the ones who stood out for me because it seemed that they really wanted it and I was a bit shocked with the ones who didn’t.
And it sounds cheesy, but everything happens for a reason. Look at me. I was turned down by one company and then made a commitment and had to move my interview up and the cards just fell in my favor. If you’re applying and not getting anywhere, expand your options. You may find another opportunity that you love or an opportunity that will eventually lead you and help you to get where you want to be.
CAN I HAVE A CONTACT AT VICTORIA’S SECRET? AND DO THEY WORK WITH BLOGGERS?
I get this question so often and I’m about to give ya’ll some tough love!
Most people get a ton of emails a day. You walk away from your desk and bam your inbox has 25 new emails. I can’t give out a contact because it wouldn’t be fair to that person to add more to their plate.
And in a corporate setting, when you pass along someone for a job recommendation, it reflects on you. And while I’m more than happy with providing some career advice, I don’t know you or your work ethic to throw my name in support of you. Even with friends, I just find that it gets messy. If I recommend someone for something and they mess up or act a certain way, the person who hired them always looks at me and feels the need to bring it up. And I feel pressure. I’ve recommended girls for positions and they don’t get it and the person who interviews them feels uncomfortable telling me why and the person who interviewed constantly asks me if I heard anything and I feel responsible if they don’t get a job. And frankly I just don’t want to get involved.
And to address the blogger question. I have seen some bloggers I follow collaborate with VS, but I have not nor do I have a contact. For starters, I prefer to keep my blog life and my work life separate. Also VS is a massive company. I’ve worked at companies where we all just sit in one room and could yell to communicate with someone. VS has multiple floors in our New York office and an entire campus in Ohio so I’m not in communication with the marketing team that works with bloggers.
Again, I don’t want to sound harsh or like I’m not willing to help, but I always get a ton of questions about contacts and its not that I don’t want to help, but a lot of people just assume that just because I work for VS, I must know everyone and have every contact and that is simply not the case. But, I am more than happy to provide career guidance and advice!
Woof! Today’s Victoria Secret job post was a long one, but I hope you guys enjoyed it and found it helpful. But, please let me know if you have any additional questions or anything specific I can answer.
Thank you so much for reading and hope you’re surviving the week, we’re halfway through it!