1. Search vacancies on fashion-related websites
This first tip is very handy because it saves you a lot of time when you are searching for vacancies from different fashion companies. Majority of the time, these websites gives you an overview of the latest fashion jobs and internships of start-up fashion companies, middle-sized companies and the big international fashion houses that everyone is hoping to work for. When I was looking for internships, I searched on sites like fashionunited.com where you can easily select your country where you are looking for internships. Another website that I still frequently use is fashionworkie.com. This gives you an overview of all the jobs/internships in the UK. When I lived in The Netherlands, I used the website called www.annicvw.com. This website is similar to fashionworkie but offers jobs only operated in The Netherlands. To look for internships on fashion related website is a major time-saver!
2. Attend a job fair
I remember at first, I personally wasn’t really into going to job fairs and I didn’t really think that it could help me to get an interview somewhere. I thought wrong. About 2 months ago, I attended a graduate job fair which was held in London. It’s a big busy place where you’ll find students and recent graduates just like yourself looking for a job or internships. You have different types of job fairs. Some are only focused on the tech industry, some are focused on the fashion industry, some are random etc. Whatever the job fair is, have a look on the website before going and have a look at which companies are going to be there on that job fair that day. This give you a perfect opportunity to prepare yourself before approaching the employers on the fair. I can tell you this, if you have a CV that stands out, one that shows some creativity (Read the article about ”How to pimp up your CV”) and if you show interest by interacting and asking the employers questions, the chances are big that you will be memorable and leave a good impression. This can lead to a phone call from them asking you to come in for an interview. When I went to the job fair, I approached just 2 employers that were of my interest, by doing what I just mentioned about CV and interacting, I managed to go for a interview. If I can do it, you definitely can!
3. Demonstrate creativity
Creativity can be demonstrated as soon as you hand over your CV. The thing about the fashion industry is that they want to see uniqueness…something new. That can be demonstrated starting with your CV. That is your business card so make it stand out! The article (Read the article about ”How to pimp up your CV”) will give you the insights of how to demonstrate creativity with your CV. Another creativity that you need to demonstrate when you are looking for a fashion internship is your passion, knowledge or hobby that are fashion-related. This can be for example photography. Feel free to send a little portfolio to give the employers a glimpse of what you do and how good you are at it. Another example is blogging. If you are blogging, please please please don’t forget to mention the name and link somewhere on your CV. It does not matter if you don’t blog about fashion. The fact that you have knowledge about the blogosphere and social media can mean a lot to the employers. Other examples are a recent work you’ve done for someone or for yourself with Photoshop, Illustrator, Final Cut Pro etc. This all demonstrates creativity which are highly appreciated within the fashion industry.
To be flexible when you’re looking for an internship is very important. Majority of the time, companies prefer interns that are available 5 days in a week unless it’s a part-time position. Internships can last some weeks, a month, 6 months, a year. Whatever the length is, they want interns that are willing to go all the way with them and individuals are committed. You never know, at the end of the internship they might just offer you a permanent position. Internships are not always paid or expenses covered. Companies want you to be flexible with this as well. That’s why it is very important to think about if you’re in a position (financially) to actually go for an internship. If you really can’t afford to go for an unpaid internship even though it is for a top fashion house, focus solely on paid internship positions. At the end, internships is about adjusting yourself to meet their requirements.