You may recall that 2015 wasn't exactly a great year in the Condé Nast HR department. Details and Style.com shuttered, folding some staff into GQStyle.com and Vogue.com, respectively, and letting the rest go; Allure very publicly parted ways with its founding editor-in-chief; and both GQ and Self faced large rounds of layoffs just before the holidays, with rumors of more to come still looming. But that isn't keeping the publishing company's talent team down.
On Wednesday night, Condé sent out a very cheerful tweet announcing that it would embark on a hiring spree of sorts on Thursday, posting a new role every hour on its Condé Nast Careers handle. While it's not yet clear if these jobs will be in the editorial realm, the image of a winking Grace Coddington strongly hints that they'll be fashion-related. A quick browse of the company's openings shows that Self.com is looking to staff up, with seven positions available — though many of them have been on the site for a while now — and that Glamour and Allure are seeking editors of all levels as well. Florence Kane was hired as Glamour's digital fashion director in December, so there will likely be online openings there, too.
Unconfirmed industry chatter over the past few months has suggested that Glamour's website will turn its focus away from health and fitness, leaving room for it to possibly link up with Self in the future. In addition, Teen Vogue's publisher Jason Wagenheim was laid off back in November, leading to widespread speculation that the title would eventually fold into Vogue — a similar trajectory to Style.com's absorption into Vogue.com. While it's generally a good thing that the company is excited to grow its teams in the new year, and individual brands' budgets have probably shifted in terms of hiring, we can't help but think of all of the highly talented staffers who lost their jobs last year, especially in the weeks leading up to the holidays. Seeing the above tweet must have felt like a real slap in the face.
If you're looking to make a career change, definitely keep an eye on Condé's Twitter today, but please do keep in mind: the company has proven that editorial changes like those mentioned above can come suddenly and unexpectedly.
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