A couple of years ago I attended the Company Fashion Forum on which a panel of people, including Company editor Victoria White, who work in the journalism and fashion industry talked us through how they got their jobs and also took part in a Q&A session. I wrote a post about this at the time which you can read here, but as that was a while ago when I had first started blogging, I thought I’d repost the tips as they are valuable and hopefully they’ll reach and help more of you this time around.
1. Intern and do as much work experience as possible.
2. Get to know as many people as you can – networking is essential.
3. Never give up your contacts, they can help you down the line!
4. Be indispensable – a menial task might massively help your boss, and get you noticed!
5. Never turn down an opportunity.
6. Always keep the name of everybody you work with.
6. Stand out creatively, you won’t get noticed if you’re the same as everybody else.
7. Tenacity is key. You need to be keen and work hard.
8. Mold yourself to situations but always stay true to yourself.
9. Be open and positive, nobody likes a a diva!
10. Believe in yourself and what you can do, otherwise no one will take you seriously.
11. Stay open minded when having to do things that may not be exactly what you want a career in. You may find yourself liking something you hadn’t considered before!
12. With regards to CV’s and covering letters, be brief, show passion and say exactly what you can bring to that company.
13. If contacting a company for a position or experience, it’s often better to contact somebody in a junior position – senior staff can be extremely busy!
14. Write letters instead of sending emails sometimes when trying to contact a company, they’re almost guaranteed to get there and it shows individuality.
15. Do whatever your passion is. Don’t choose a job you hate just for the pay and the good hours, doing what you love is more fulfilling and you’ll enjoy it more!
I’m looking for some work experience or an internship over the Summer until I go back to university, as having experience in industry is super valuable. I’m hoping that combined with my degree, it will really prepare me for work and increase my chance of finding a job after graduating uni!