We are thrilled to share this story from Lauren Conrad! The TV personality, writer, designer, and style maven has started LaurenConrad.com, a social networking site that features daily posts by Lauren on all of our favorite topics — fashion, beauty, food, party planning — and Lauren will be sharing her latest fashion finds with Fab every month. This week, she's sharing her tips for snagging your dream fashion job.
I hope everyone enjoyed my last Ask Lauren post! Today I will be answering a question that many of you have messaged me about: breaking into the fashion industry. Here's the question:
Hi Lauren, I am currently taking a journalism class and I love all things fashion and beauty. I even have my own YouTube channel dedicated to it and a blog too. I really want to work in the fashion industry—maybe editorial or design. Do you have any tips for me?
Great question! It sounds like you are already well on your way to having a great career. Judging by your current experience I am assuming you would want to work for a fashion magazine or website. My suggestion would be to start circulating your resume and keep working on your blog and YouTube channel. You should also try and start an internship sooner rather than later. Having a few internships under your belt before making any major career decisions is crucial. I cannot stress that enough. I learned so much from my internships and they were key in getting me to where I am now. At the end of the day, it is about gaining hands on experience, which will make you more appealing to potential employers. Plus, it will be beneficial since it will help you decide what you do and do not like. There are a few ways to go about applying for an internship.
Read on for the rest of Lauren's fashion and beauty industry tips
Here are a few of the most popular avenues to try:
- Online internship boards. Websites including MediaBistro.com, Ed2010.com, and FashionCareers.com are all great resources for finding an internship or entry-level job. Popular fashion and beauty sites often post internship listings as well, check out Fashionista.com for example.
- Networking. Ask around and use your contacts to help you. If you are in school, head to your counselor's office and see if they can help you make a connection.
- Straight to the source. Send your resume straight to the Human Resources department. If there is nothing available, follow up in a couple weeks or let them know that you would appreciate it if they kept you in mind once something opens up.
I hope you found this helpful!
If you have any tips for securing an internship in the fashion or beauty industry, share them below.
P.S. If you need help figuring out what to wear to your first internship, check out my tips for dressing the part!