21.10.08

Waiting for the phone to ring

Grawr. I think I may have blown a major, major chance today. Or at least a waste of heels. (Not being written into a funny story, because I can't find teh funniez in it. Oh, and WARNING: RANT)

I attended a career fair today, and both L'Oreal and Estee Lauder were coming to recruit. Let me repeat: L'Oreal and Estee Lauder were coming to my school to recruit. Oh my beauty-loving goodness, right? Right. So I get ready a la Fuzkittie (if this is your first time browsing her site, I do recommend clicking through the archives! She has tons of reviews and classy tutorials, and her site's a treat to read), and get my butt to the fair.

I got completely rejected at the Estee Lauder booth. I barely get past introduction, when the recruiter asks for my resume and that "we'll let you know when interview slots are tomorrow". Well, ouch. But I held firm and ran her through my resume, pointing out my strengths on my resume, to make sure she at least glanced at the darn thing before chucking it in the pile. She barely looked at it, and repeated firmly, "we'll let you know by phone when the interview slots are tomorrow".

Needless to say, I was a little hurt, especially since I really wanted to work at Estee Lauder. I made my way to the L'Oreal booth. The recruiter and I had a great talk, and she answered all of my questions and more. However, halfway through the talk, she asked me why I was interested in L'Oreal.
"Well," I said, "besides L'Oreal's aspiration to beauty, there's also its commitment to diversity and sustainability. And besides, with great brands ranging from Aveda and Ojon, to major department store brands like Clinique, Prescriptives and MAC."

Guess where I went wrong. Right. I still had Estee Lauder on the mind. Every single one of those brands was an Estee Lauder brand.

Well, major props to the recruiter, because she kept her smile, and concluded the rest of the talk without a hitch. I didn't even realize my mistake until three or four recruiters later, waaaay too late to try to correct my mistake. Way to get flustered, self.

Anyway, for those of you who were wondering, here are three major beauty companies, with the brands they are made of, just so my research doesn't go to waste.


Consumer
L'Oréal Paris
Garnier
Maybelline New York
Softsheen.Carson
CCB Paris

Professional
L'Oréal Professional
Kérastase
Redkin
Matrix
Mizani

Luxury
Lancôme
Biotherm
Helena Rubenstein
Kiehl's
Shu Uemura
Giorgio Armani
Ralph Lauren
Cacharel
Viktor & Rolf
Diesel
YvesSaintLaurent

Active
Vichy
La Roche Posay
innéov
Skinceuticals
Sanoflore

The Body Shop (acquired in 2007)


Core
Estée Lauder
Clinique
Aramis
Lab Series
Prescriptives
Origins

Acquired
M·A·C
Bobbi Brown
La Mer
Jo Malone
Aveda
Bumble and bumble
Darphin
Ojon

Fragrances
Kiton
Tommy Hilfiger
Donna Karan
Michael Kors
Sean John
Missoni
Tom Ford
Mustang

Other
American Beauty
Flirt!
good skin
grassroots
Daisy Fuentes,
Coach (fragrance)
Eyes by Design


Cosmetics
CoverGirl
Max Factor
SK-II

Fragrances
Anna Sui
Hugo Boss BALDESSARIN
BOSS
BOSS SKIN
Christina Aguilera
ESCADA
Giorgio
Beverly Hills
HUGO
LACOSTE
MEXX
PUMA

Hair Color and Care
Aussie
Head and Shoulder
Clairol
Herbal Essense
Infusium 23
Pantene
Natural Instincts
Nice'n Easy
Vidal Sassoon

Skin Care
Braun
Gillette
Noxzema
Olay

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Which brands are your favorite? And what should I have done differently?

4 comments:

Glow Chaser said...

Hey it's there loss!! You sound great! One day they will be begging for your services....you wait!

This is fascinating! Shu Uemura is under the L'oreal tree now?? Well I never! I heard that they acquired YSL too!

cheryl said...

in general i think the l'oreal brand is more ethical...cos the products are mostly made in europe with stricter regulations.

dun worry over spilled milk now. going to a career fair is always a good experience.

Anastasia said...

You say "teh" and you recognise R2D2's sheer awesomeness. I thought I was the only chic-geek who liked make-up.

*Starts chant* One-of-us! One-of-us!

Anastasia said...

I had a bit of a techno-fail moment and didn't realise the post actually expanded, now I feel like a dolt for not commenting on its actual content.

To be frank, irrespective of your slightly off-target response, it was probably still the most intelligent answer the recruiter heard that day. The majority of people I know who want to work for L'Oreal spell words with numbers and can't chew with their mouths closed.

Mind if I link you on my blog? I'm already in love with your articulate writing style.