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.
Maybelline New York
Viktor & Rolf
La Roche Posay
The Body Shop (acquired in 2007)
Bumble and bumble
Eyes by Design
Hugo Boss BALDESSARIN
Giorgio Beverly Hills
Hair Color and Care
Head and Shoulder
Which brands are your favorite? And what should I have done differently?