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Congratulations, Class of 2014! As a graduation gift, we've collected the best career advice our editors have to offer. Click through for their tips now.

"I was the senior beauty writer at a big fashion magazine, and the beauty director position came open. The editor-in-chief called me in and asked me, 'Who could I hire for the beauty director position? Who's good?' I couldn't believe it—I mean, did she not see me sitting there? Every day, for two weeks, she called me in and asked me the same question. I got madder and madder. And finally, a wise person explained: 'Jean. You have to tell her you want it. Otherwise she won't know.'

I went in to my editor's office, and I blurted out, 'What about me?'

'You—really? You want it?' she asked. 'It's yours!' It's such an old saying, but it just could not be more true: You don't ask, you don't get." - Jean Godfrey-June, executive beauty director

"Show appreciation and gratitude. Write thank you notes relentlessly. Whenever you feel appreciation for someone you are working for, interviewing with, or who is working for you, let them know!" - Alexis Bryan Morgan, executive fashion director
"Try to remain calm and rational. Freaking out only makes every problem or situation infinitely worse." - Anne Keane, fashion director
"Always assume positive intent. It's really easy to get worked up about what other people think or what other people are trying to do. Life, both personally and in the workplace, is a lot less stressful if you assume other people mean as well as you do. This probably sounds super-vague, but it works! The next time you're freaking out about something your boss or your best friend said to you, assume they had only the best intentions behind it. It'll change your life, I promise! Also: write thank you cards. And respond to every email that's personally addressed to you, even if it's just to say, 'No, thank you.'" - Verena von Pfetten, executive digital editor
"Have a stash of adult stationery or correspondence cards handy for thank you notes to all the wonderful and helpful people you'll be meeting. Look for something simple and chic that also reflects your personality and taste level. I'd steer clear of correspondence cards with words that aren't your name (ex: FTW, Sorry For Partying, etc.—though there is a time and a place for those), and anything, ANYTHING with glitter. Nobody likes to have glitter fingers. (This is double advice: 1. Have grown-up stationery. 2. Always send a thank you note!)" - Laurel Pantin, style editor
"It's OK to give an honest answer—even when that answer is that you don't know. When I first started out, if my boss asked me if I knew about something specific, my instinct was always to say 'yes!' and then scramble to figure it out. But once I got a bit more confident I realized it always served me better to be honest and say: 'No… but I'll find out' instead. It's always worth remembering: You're not expected to know everything!" - Leigh Belz Ray, deputy editor
"Don't compare yourself to other people—be the best YOU that you can be." The fashion world, like most industries, is packed with incredibly impressive people who are constantly being interviewed, photographed and otherwise publicly admired—and it's all too easy to become jealous of their successes, especially when it seems as though some of them didn't do all that much to get there in the first place. But coveting someone else's salary, title, wardrobe or looks won't improve yours—all it does is waste your energy and time (not to mention damage your own self-worth). In the immortal words of Mean Girls' Cady Heron, 'All you can do in live is try to solve the problem in front of you.' So stop looking around at what other people have that you don't!" - Elana Fishman, senior digital editor
"One of the best pieces of advice Eva has given me is to be myself. Happiness and 'success' in this industry (and any industry) come to those who embrace their true selves and follow their true passions. I could go on for days with tidbits of wisdom she shares in her two informational interviews a week, but I actually think some of the best advice I've received has come from observing. Eva once told me she believes in the expression 'show, don’t tell.' We're often the last two people in the office and it's truly inspiring to realize that hard work and dedication do mean something. Also, YOLO. Yes—YOLO is a verb." - Kristie Dash, assistant to the editor-in-chief
"The night before I graduated college, I had a major breakdown and showed up to a party crying wildly, in my pajamas. A pep talk ensued in which one of my best friends gave me a piece of advice that I've thought about almost every day since: it's not supposed to be easy, but we can make it worth it. My interpretation: the beginning of the career ladder and the transition into adulthood can, and should, be difficult—if it's not, you're being conned. Do the absolute best you can with a smile on your face and know that you'll be out of the woods eventually. Make your time in the trenches meaningful while also making a point to learn a lesson every single day." - Maura Brannigan, digital fashion news writer
"My father always told me, 'Do what you love, and the money will follow.' I know all too well that's a tough mindset to have when you're starting out and struggling, so you've got to remind yourself of it when things get tough! It might take awhile, but passion, hard work and determination always pay off in the end." - Alison Syrett Cleary, associate digital editor
"I've been fortunate to receive a lot of great, practical advice but here are the most memorable, impactful ones:
1. Stop up-talking (when you end a sentence as if it were a question). Someone pointed out that it made me sound indecisive and unsure of myself, and it remains one of the most valuable pieces of advice I've ever received. That weekend, I made my friends point out every time I up-talked so I could stop that habit ASAP!

2. One of my communications professors taught his students the value of informational interviews. I don't think he had this in mind, but I remember taking a 'week off' from school—I stopped going to classes, doing homework and hanging out with friends. All I did was email and call alumni. I took multiple trips down to NYC the weeks that followed, sometimes just to take a one-hour coffee meeting. I wouldn't advise anyone to imitate that, but I did get my first job that way.

3. Ask yourself 'What Would Jenna Lyons Do?'" - Virginia Nam, social media director
"In college, many of my professors were confused as to why anyone would still want to go into journalism. It was really depressing, but one of my all time-favorites, who had just recently left NYC and the magazine world, told me that it was the best group of people you'd ever meet. She told me how small of a world it is, how close-knit the community is and that once you're in, you're in forever. She really inspired me to focus and actually follow my heart when it came to journalism. But most importantly, she told me stay true to myself, dry wit and all. Recently she texted me 'Dude, you've really made it! ;)' after a tweet of mine appeared on a news site. Not only did I make her proud, but she complimented my grammar and wording! I continue to cherish my awkward writing and weird humor. Stay true to yourselves, kids!" - Hillary McDaniels, digital production assistant
"A born and raised Virginian, my mother has always fully supported my dream to move to New York post-grad to pursue fashion. In 2012, that was exactly what I did. The best advice was given by my mom who told me to just do it. Of course, moving out of state to live in this crazy city alone would be tough, but she told me that in order to succeed I would need to work hard and never give up. I am so thankful for her advice and support and very fortunate to have moved without a job, only to soon land one at Lucky.“ - Alanna Joy Simon, contributing accessories assistant
"Advice from New Haven's VERY best pharmacist, Bob Maleri: Don't be afraid to travel for a dream job. If it's everything you want, but it's in a different town or state or even country, you owe it to yourself to give it a shot." - Jayna Maleri, senior fashion writer
"Be kind to everyone and never play into office politics. Stay focused on your own job and worry about yourself, not what everyone else is doing." - Adrianna Barrionuevo, associate credits editor
"A mentor of mine once said, 'It's in the details, it's all in the details.'  He would repeat this over and over to me. It makes sense. Anyone can be mediocre, but what really sets someone apart is the extra steps they take to make sure everything is great. People notice the details." - Lance Weiss, research editor
"I was told once by one of my very first bosses that I should 'stick to a real career path, and save your passions for more of a hidden talent.' …Not that I could see my own face, but the look I gave her must have been nuts. I have never used anyone's words as a catalyst so defiantly in my life. Two years later I graduated college, with a major I created with my academic adviser that we had approved by the dean, incorporating fashion business, fashion history and journalism. I moved to New York and two weeks later was hired by VOGUE, which led me to land ecstatically at Lucky a year later! Needless to say, it ended up being the best career advice I was ever given." - Whitney Feldman, fashion market assistant