Before I decided to make the jump and blog full time, I studied Fashion Media & Promotion at university and worked my way through an array of internships from Burberry to Next, River Island and LOOK magazine. I also worked at a beauty agency running their social media and helping with blogger outreach, so I had my fair share of experience in the fashion and beauty world which I loved. Anyone trying to break into either industry (especially fashion) will know that it’s a cut throat industry and most of the time everyone is out for themselves.
Having worked in my dream industry I thought I’d put together a few tips on how I got there, and how you can break into yours too; whether it’s fashion or not it’s important to make an impact…
1.) Stand out: Work out what makes you different and what you can bring to the table that will benefit the company, is research your strength and something you strive to perfect, do you have a quirky dress sense that gets you noticed or a wealth of digital and social media experience? Whatever it is, work out how it’s relevant to the role you’re applying for and roll with your strengths.
2.) Be persistent: If you’re applying for a job within a company that you really want to work for but you don’t get it, pick yourself up and dust yourself off – take away any criticism that they gave you as feedback and work out how you can improve in those areas. Next time a job opening comes around, re-apply and show them that you’re serious to work for the brand and that you’ve taken on board and adapted to ways that they suggested how.
3.) Get creative: If you’re a keen photographer/graphic designer or all round creative then why not make your CV a visual one? To me they always stand out so much more, Pinterest is a great source of inspiration for creative CV’s or business cards. Remember you’re competing against 100’s of other people who also really want that job, so make yourself stand out from the start and you’re off to a winner!
4.) Make the most of your free time: The whole three years I was at university, I spent every summer holiday or half term doing an internship, whether it was one week or four I couldn’t get enough experience. I knew that when I left university I wanted to apply for a real job and not intern anymore, I couldn’t afford to work for free once I’d graduated so I utilised my free time and it paid off.
5.) Knowledge is power: If you’ve landed yourself an interview at ‘X’ brand, make sure you go in knowing your stuff. Research the company; who founded it? What’s their work ethics? Their best selling product? The more you know, the more comfortable you’ll feel in the interview in case they pull any surprise questions out of the bag but it also looks good on your if you can add substance and research to your answers.
What’s your dream career? I hope these tips help you when applying for your role!