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Welcome to Fashion Originators, a podcast hosted by me, Stephanie Irwin. Every other week, I interview game-changing fashion entrepreneurs. Each episode, THEY share their wins, losses and wisdom – all to inspire your career and personal goals.

5 tricks to finding your dream fashion job #motivationmonday

5 tricks to finding your dream fashion job #motivationmonday

From October 2017 – January 2018, I endured the ‘graduate job search – fashion industry edition’ (or as I like to call it, my existential crisis).

During that time, I knew what I wanted. I wanted a job at a British luxury brand I know and love. I wanted to learn about the digital (running a web store) and communications aspects of the business. I wanted to learn from the best, but I also wanted to be in a small, exciting team. While I’m proud to say I’ve found that, I’m also here to say it takes time.

At the moment, I have a few friends going through the process. You apply for hundreds of jobs, get nothing back. You cold email too many people, get nothing back. When you finally do get an interview, you’re taken through eight rounds. You spend 4 hours on a presentation which the ended up liking, yet they chose someone else. 

While these dilemmas are too common, notice how you feel while reading the above paragraph. What energy courses through your body? Do you feel motivated or excited? Or, instead, do you feel like bashing your head against a wall? Do you feel tired and desperate? When you feel these emotions, what do you end up doing?

Personally, I’ve found these feelings result in a desperate aura and thus, poor choices. In developing this aura, I (and so many people I know) applied to roles that had nothing to do with what we REALLY want. As a result, you either waste the company’s time, get turned down, or end up in a job you hate. Even if you do find a role while in this state, appearing desperate could make your dream company think you’ll just ‘take anything at all.’

So, you ask, what did I learn from the job hunt? How do I tone down the ‘desperate’ vibes and regain my confidence? (We've all been there <3). 

1.   Take a break: if you’re applying for ten roles a day, maybe take a breather? Go in-deep on one or two applications that you really want, rather than mass applying on FashionWorkie. Go for a walk, go to the gym. The calmer your mind is, the more authentic your choices (and interviews) will be to your values and goals. 

2.   Reevaluate what you actually want: Remember your past internships. What parts of them did you enjoy? What parts of them did you loathe? When searching for roles, try to find places that will offer you more of what you like. In doing this, you’ll be more genuine at the interview.

3.   It’s a numbers game: Get your name out there. While I was at an old internship, my boss received 300 applications within 15 minutes of posting the role on Fashion Workie. It's not personal, your application was likely never read. 

4.   Update your CV: A friend of mine works for Amazon, and she happens to be a pro at CVs. While my careers adviser at university helped me develop mine, a fresh set of eyes resulted in much higher responses from potential employers.

5.   Uplevel your skills: want to learn coding? Want to get better at Excel? Create a portfolio? Maybe even do freelance work? Places like General Assembly are a great way to uplevel your skills in the evenings (or during the day) which can help you stand out. Additionally, I highly recommend creating a SquareSpace site (this site is SquareSpace – it’s the future). On your site, showcase the creative work you do / your personal brand and services.

 Remember: good things take time -- be relentless! The role of your dreams will come, and you'll be happy it took a little longer.

Thank you so much for reading, and I hope my words have helped motivate you during week # "X" of your job search. See you next Friday! 

Steph 

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