With summer break just around the corner (or already started for some!), I’m sure the majority of students nationwide are dreaming of two to three months of no deadlines, no alarm clocks, and no coursework (WOOHOO!). However, as well as catching up on sleep, some students may also be looking for a great experience to add to their CV and learn some new skills.
A summer work placements is a great opportunity to network with people in your industry, learn new skills and get some experience on your CV. It can sometimes be difficult finding the right work placement for you, so I’ve put together some tips that I’ve learned over the years that might help.
#1 – Create an amazing CV
You need a CV to send to possible employers to let them know a bit about you. For a creative placement in a creative industry, try to find a creative way to display your contact information, education, work experience and skills on an A4 page. Make sure it is clear, but also eye-catching and relevant to the types of positions you want to apply for.
Find more of my CV writing tips here.
#2 – Write a cover letter
Sometimes you may need to send a cover letter along with your CV. A cover letter is a short letter that details why you are applying for the position, what relevant experience you have and states your availability. Don’t make it too general, try to tailor everything you say to the company and position you are applying for.
#3 – Research
Once you have your CV and cover letter sorted, start researching for possible placement opportunities. Think about what area of Fashion you may be interested in learning more about. If you’re already on a degree course, think about what role would complement your degree. Brainstorm some ideas of jobs you’d like to learn more about and companies that you may like to work for. If you need some help thinking of possible job roles in the fashion industry, this book is great to learn more about fashion jobs.
After you’ve had a think about what kind of roles and companies you may be interested in, have a look at these websites to find current opportunities that may suit you.
If there is a very specific brand that you are looking to intern for, another good option is to have a look at their social media profiles to see if there are any vacancies. If that fails, another idea is to email or phone them directly enquiring about an opportunity.
#4 – Apply!
Once you’ve found roles that you’re interested in applying for, start sending out your CV and cover letter and wait for responses. It may take a while to get responses from some companies as they may be busy, but hopefully, you’ll get a good few replies which may invite you for a face to face interview or telephone interview.
Remember, when you are applying for any job or internship the interview stage is as much about you working out if you want to work for the company/brand as it is about them working out if they think you’d be a good fit in their organisation, so try not to be too nervous or anxious.
I hope this helped some of you looking for work placement this summer, or at any other times in the year. I’d love to hear if any of you have any tips for your fellow students looking for a work placement, so tweet me @tizz_tazz if you do 🙂