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Here’s the scenario: you’ve been busting your butt trying to find a job in this industry and you’ve sent out a million resumes and yet still nothing. Well, unfortunately you’re not the only one. So many people are in your position; not just for this industry either. There is such a demand for jobs in fashion but really not a large supply. While people do move around quickly, many jobs require specialized skills that simply must be had or you won’t be hired.
I’ve been in this situation. In fact, I went through this same situation last year while trying to find a job. It’s hard and discouraging but here are some tips to both keep you going as well as keep you on track to finding your perfect position!
1. Don’t get discouraged! I know, like really hard to stay positive when you get rejection after rejection or in my case, get no answer whatsoever. I remember I had applied to so many jobs and finally started landing some interviews. At some firms, I went for upwards of 4 interviews only to be left with silence. I followed up many times and never heard anything. I learned to not get discouraged and to stay positive because that was an indication that I didn’t want to work there anyway. In the case of receiving a rejection, don’t think of it as a total no. Remember most places keep your resume on file and if they really liked you (granted if you were able to land an interview) I’m sure they will keep your resume on file if something should come up in the future.
2. Make sure to keep your experience relevant: How to do this when you can’t find a job? Well, I got some great advice from someone in the industry and they told me that not having a consistent job on your resume is not something that will necessarily deter someone from not accepting you for a job. What some employers want to see is that there isn’t a lapse in your resume and that you maintained some relevance in the industry. If they see that you had an internship a year ago and have not done anything relevant since, they won’t see that you are working hard to get into the industry. Some things you can put on there that will be current and relevant experience are if you volunteer for a non-profit organization such as Fashion Empowering Women. You could also add if you are a blogger and use social media to talk and discuss fashion. Technology is really becoming an important part of the industry so to show that you are current and up to date on trends and things of that sort, it will help you stand out.
3. Touch up your resume: I tailor my resume for any job that I apply to because let’s be honest, no future employer is going to sit there and read 4 pages of someone’s resume. You want your resume to be short and sweet and to the point. You also want your resume to have unique things about yourself as well because if you have some skill that could be an important asset to a position, that will help you stand out amongst other people’s resumes.
4. Pick a niche and stay with it: When I first tried breaking into the industry I had no idea what I wanted to specifically do, I just knew that I had an idea. I applied to everything from buying to merchandising to sales. As I mentioned above I tailored my resume to fit with each position and spun my experience to sound suitable. Eventually I realized that I needed to find just one area and stick with it and do A LOT of research on that area and the types of jobs offered so that I could be fully prepared as well as know 100% that that is where I wanted to start my career.
5. Intern, Intern, Intern! Let me just tell you, you are never too old to intern. This industry LOVES post grads mainly for the fact that you have a ton of free time, and you’ve probably held some sort of job so you know how to work in that type of setting and are serious because you are looking for a job. I thought that when I had graduated and began my first internship, I was too old and at that point I should have already had a career. But as I progressed I understood that internships are your base and you can never have too many. It is the best way to get the experience from people in the industry who do this every day.
So I hope that these 5 tips will help you on your search. Remember if this is something you want to seriously do, DON’T GIVE UP! You’ve worked too hard and too long to just sit back and wait for something to stumble across you. This industry wants to see people that genuinely want to work and can prove that they will work hard and that means advertising and selling yourself basically as to why you are the best candidate.
Remember if you EVER have any questions do not hesitate to ask. It is what The Strictly Fashion was made for.
Typically, yes working at a magazine does require some sort of writing unless you were strictly in the fashion closet then that might be a little different.
Here’s the full question:
"Hi so I have a dilemma on my hands & maybe you could help. I was reading your blog and noticed people asking about mag internships and I wanted to do 2/3 before I graduate, too. I can do one of two things: intern in dec/jan at a nyc magazine, in the summer 2015, and in winter 2015 (so 3 total in nyc), but give up working fashion week here in nyc and have to work a lot fall semester to save up money for winter OR two: I can do nyfw, intern at a small local magazine in my hometown over winter break 2014, then summer 2015 in nyc at mag., then winter 2015 (so 2 total in nyc). What do you think I should do? this has been a huge issue and I can’t stop thinking about it :("
I do get this question a lot. It’s hard to answer because depending on the magazine you would want to work at, there are different requirements. The very big magazines mostly require at least 3 national magazine internships because as I mentioned in a previous answer, they want to make sure that any staff they hire has sufficient experience. Personally, and I’ve said this before, if money is an issue don’t push it. But if you are set on working at a magazine that is important experience to get. While fashion week is a great opportunity in many forms, it might not be the necessary experience that you need if you know for a fact that you want to work at a magazine. I think that if you’re looking for strictly magazine experience I wouldn’t pass up the 3 opportunities. Good luck!