I’m a firm believer that it’s all about who you know not what you know most of the time and that’s even how I landed my dream job for myself – I went to university to study Fashion Media & Promotion and while everything I learnt on my course was valuable, the thing that helped my career most was the amount of internships I was able to carry on in my three years at uni. I also started my blog as a hobby whilst at uni and I used to attend as many events as I could and network with anyone that would let me approach them, since leaving university I embarked on a work placement which then turned into my job now which I’m so grateful for, but for me networking is key and here are a few pointers on how I networked my way to my dream career!…
Linkedin: A great tool to look for jobs, connect with employers at a company you’d like to work at or putting your online CV out there! I used Linkedin a lot when I’d graduated and if I knew I was applying for a job at ‘X’ company I’d search their HR/recruitment team and try to get as much background information on the company/person as possible so they know you’ve done your groundwork. Linkedin also advertise some great jobs so be sure to check it every day or two to see what’s new and make sure your profile is as detailed as possible when it comes to previous experience and job roles so potential employees can see your strengths easily!
Say yes: I always attend as many events as I can and recently I booked myself in for a photography workshop with Olympus, Topshop and beauty blogger Hayley – while I’m usually pleased with my photography I think you can never be too knowledgeable on any subject and it was also a great event to meet the Olympus team too! I also attended a workshop at the Pinterest HQ as it was a tool I wanted to utilise more on my blog and everything I learnt was invaluable! Make sure you say yes and attend what you can whether it’s London Fashion Week, a workshop or masterclass – keep an eye on Twitter for any events that you could possibly attend to keep yourself open to options and meeting new people!
Knowledge is power: If you want to work in the fashion industry make sure you’re clued up so when you go to an interview you’re not left dumbstruck at any answers (although we all get that mind blank during interviews!). Make sure you know which editors work for which magazines or which collections were popular during fashion week, that way during an interview your potential employer will know that you know what you’re talking about but also that you’ll have plenty to say.
Connect: Make yourself some business cards, whether you’re a blogger, graphic designer or just generally a creative soul – whatever your passion is whip it into a business card and keep them on you at all times as you never know who’s path you’ll cross. Also, don’t feel shy to hand out business cards, they may throw it away the second they leave the room or it could potentially lead to an amazing job or professional relationship so always connect with people.
Make yourself desirable: Create a kick ass CV and really sell yourself, pick out your strengths whether it’s being confident, time keeping or skill related from anything to knowing how to use the Adobe suite or having great knowledge of social media. Make people see why they should employ you and remember to believe in yourself as confidence will be appealing to potential employees!
Did you find this post helpful? What are your tips to landing your dream role?