After a long day of posing as cat woman @Max the Mutt, I needed to unwind. So I decided to catch up on my blog reading on Urbanoutfiters.com, and that’s where I came across a neat little article. It featured Mary Grace (HR from URBN Inc), who shared the inside-scoop on landing that dream gig. So to prevent those regrettable faux-pas, here’s what I picked up on…
First tip is to network, network, network — and no, not just with your cat (even if he is extremely cute and grumpy too). Engage and build connections, because at the end of the day, when someone is hiring they’re taking a risk, but if you’ve got an inside-friend who’s got your back and recommends you, it always reflects positively on you. So be professional and friendly, and who knows maybe Teen Vogue will come calling.
Next up is the cover letter. According to Miss Grace, it should be relevant and straight-to-the-point. So no funny business, like rambling about your passion for knitting — unless that is, you’d like to work for Alexander Wang. Keep your letter 2 to 3 paragraphs long, and show that you are interested and know about your position (be passionate, and if you’re interested in the fashion industry, know who the key players are — whether it’s that photographer, model or designer).
Last but not least, if you do have an interview, do send a thank-you note. Getting out your calligraphy kit and your chic stationary, will build a lasting impression. Even the entrepreneur Lauren Conrad recommends doing this! But do note that a handwritten note is more gracefully accepted than an email.
Best of luck amigos — may the force be with you. And remember, even Anna Wintour did coffee runs at one point or another. Everyone has to prove themselves…especially if you’re seeking a prestigious dream job. So keep trying and stick with it — even if that means making sacrifices and having a part-time job, while you reach for the stars. Eventually, you’ll get where you need to be!
PS: Do you have any tips or views on dream jobs?