By Ashli Townsend
When applying to fashion internships, it can be difficult to stand out amongst hundreds of applicants. Here are a few suggestions on how to do so:
#1: Be a fashion fanatic.
No matter what your major is, make sure that your love for fashion is evident on your resume. Include any related activities (like participating in school fashion shows & blogging) that shows fashion is close to your heart.
#2: Stay busy in the fashion world.
If you haven’t already, start a fashion blog or Tumblr. Include that you run the blog on your resume with a brief description.
#3: Follow up by being pleasantly persistent.
From time to time email fashion related updates or even entries from your blog. You need to stay on their minds, display your love for fashion & that you really want this.
#4: Know the company.
Do a little research and include what you’ve learned and relate it to you in your cover letter.
#5: Add a little color to your resume.
… But don’t turn it into a coloring book. I was once told by an interviewer that because my resume had a light blue border around it they picked it up first from out of the pile. A simple, professional template that adds a small amount of color could help you stand out.
#6: It’s all in the details.
If it’s been awhile and no response, try mailing a brief handwritten note expressing your desire to intern there. Don’t overwhelm them with all of these emails and notes, but over time gradually contact them.
#7: Network on Twitter.
Get to know those in the fashion industry that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to chat with. Find the companies and employees on Twitter and chat with them about fashion. Don’t necessarily bug them about a job but if it naturally comes up, go for it.
I’ve tried all of the above suggestions, so I know from my own experience that they can be useful. I wish you all the best!