How To Get Ahead: What It’s Like To Work For ... Vogue - With fresh Aloe Vera in the office, the style set can be relied upon to be smooth

What does it do? Where have you been for the last century - Burton?

What does it do? Where have you been for the last century -


It is a fashion bible, of course, and its sales team sells space within

the rarefied, glossy women’s sector. But according to advertisement

manager Rachel Reavley, Vogue doesn’t just sell on its name. ’We spend

time and money making sure we have plenty of research to back us


Good offices? Vogue House is on Hanover Square, between Bond Street and

Regent Street - so it’s perfect for shopping, socialising and just about

everything but being bored. The Vogue office has recently been renovated

- there are pristine white walls, wood floors and Aloe Vera plants.

What’s it like? There are seven sales staff, of which only one, newcomer

James Underhill, is male. According to Reavley, each sales executive’s

clients have been carefully chosen to reflect that person’s


Which means they are all happy bunnies. Reavley describes the atmosphere

as fun but professional. ’We run a pretty tight ship,’ she says.

Socialising takes place in the bar at Claridge’s, a new member’s club

called Noble Rot, ’and you’d better say Pitcher & Piano, otherwise we

might sound pretentious’.

Any perks? A pension, health insurance and 25 days’ holiday. Senior

managers get cars and work-related mobile phone calls are paid for. You

may get the chance to attend fashion shows and clients occasionally send

treats, but using the Vogue brand to secure any freebies is a definite


How does it recruit? The chances are that if you want to work for Vogue,

you’ve already got your foot in the door at Conde Nast. But Reavley has

been known to ask ad agencies for tips on any talented outsiders - and

she always reads and keeps unsolicited CVs.

How do you get ahead? You must be passionate about the magazine and

equally prepared to learn your clients’ businesses back to front.

’Selling is about listening as well as talking,’ Reavley says, sagely.

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