More and more fashion venues are hiring journalists to write for them. It all starts with being an intern at the company and how it develops highly depends on how you perform. So it comes to no surprise that more and more young people are looking for advice for their new fashion journalism careers.
Let me make a quick disclaimer here: I don’t deem myself suitable to give advice, so I will just lay my thoughts here for your consideration.
Keep your head up
My mother always told me to raise my hand in class. To speak with my own voice. To keep my head up high. Being shy is so much 80s thing. One must be confident in his/her own skills. When you believe in yourself, even the biggest hurdles would step back and will make you way.
Being afraid to speak, to tell others what you thing, to simply hold back for the fear of rejection is not good for you.
Don’t exaggerate either. Stick to the facts, but always bring up the positive sides of your character and person.
During the face to face interview
Be prepared. Know who you are facing. Know about the company’s history, vision and priorities. It would be simple to find them in this internet era by simply searching the net.
Simply knowing these things would give you’re a head and shoulder advantage over all the others. It will make you stand out of all other applicants. And let’s face it – there are many.
Speak about your previous achievements. Say how your work can help the employers and the magazine.
Wear stylish but simple clothes
It simply makes sense to pick a candidate that knows fashion well. If you just pop at an interview with a fashion magazine wearing street clothes, you will be most likely..kicked out.
Wear comfortable shoes
Ladies, I am looking at you! Having to worry about your uncomfortable 7inch high heels is the bottom item on your wish list for this interview, I promise. Don’t go overboard with this one, too. Be smart and balance between fashion and comfort. Get a pair of stylish and comfortable shoes for standing all day like these here. Never sacrifice beauty for comfort, especially when you are to face top fashion experts.
Say thank you a lot
Simply being grateful to the people who you speak with can make a world of a difference. Thank everyone – the receptionist, the hairstyle, the HR. Be grateful for everything and smile a lot.
Have faith in yourself
Be your biggest fan. Constantly remind yourself that you are good for that position. Put all your efforts into being exceptional in everything – from your resume, to your profile picture, to your social media accounts. Get everything straight. Be confident. Don’t prepare to fail even before you leap!