I stopped my friend from writing an email to a prospective employer. How was I a good friend you might ask? Long story short, she was in the middle of writing an email to the intern coordinator of a specified internship about its availability despite the three week past-due deadline. Here is where this piece of advice comes in handy. Always, always, always cold email your resume and (if required) cover letter. Editors and employers do not have time nor the patience to reply to your email asking you for your resume when hundreds have flooded their inbox just weeks before — if you think about it, an editor could spend that same time reading through your resume. If you’re qualified, he or she might squeeze you into the list of interview candidates. But, don’t wait around for a reply and get your hopes up — you were late after all. If you’ve been stood up, don’t take it personally. You didn’t have anything to lose.
If you’re not convinced, I cold emailed my resume and cover letter two weeks late for a magazine internship at Condé Nast. To my surprise, I noticed a reply from the magazine’s editor in my inbox asking me to come in for an interview.
Now to prove just why you have nothing to lose, Mo heard back from Elle magazine after submitting her application nearly an year ago. Yes it happens. They do keep your record on file if they can’t accept you, but don’t want to let go of you just yet.
P.S. If you’re looking to reapply, of course resend your UPDATED resume (and cover letter).
Kelly Cutrone, founder of People’s Revolution and famed intern overseer of former interns Lauren Conrad and Whitney Port, dishes on what she looks for in an intern and her pet peeves (like we mentioned before) never, NEVER use, say or think, “Passion for fashion.”
As for those of you stuck in a state outside of Paris, London, Milan and New York, don’t give up hope. “I always hire the village girl, thats who i always hire. i like the person who stays late, who helps clean up, who comes from the middle of nowhere,” Kelly Cutrone reveals. She also dishes about the other side of the green grass — and it’s not green.
Having had a substantial amount of interview experience in this cut-throat industry, I’ll offer you a few tips on how to dress for an interview to snag that fashion related job or internship of your dreams:
So you’ve finally received that anticipated reply from Harpers Bazaar asking you you’re available to come in for an interview. You’re excited, nervous, but the worry, forefront on your mind, is about what to pull out of your wardrobe.
Being in fashion, you will want to keep up to date in the trends, but it’s also best to keep in mind that you also want to look professional (cover up please). With that being said, certain articles from flip flops and ripped jeans, to caps and t-shirts should be left in the closet for this particular occasion.
Reminiscing about my interview attire this summer, I wore a pair of black trousers that fell above the ankle, with a black cashmere sleeveless turtleneck top, and a pair of red Prada moccasins accented by a red leather square briefcase made by La Chaise Longue (similar to the look above).
It’s unnecessary to wear 7-inches heels (which can appear a bit intimidating for others and can also make you feel out of place) or suits for that matter, because many of you will find that magazine offices and designers’ studios are surprisingly, relatively laid back.
All in all, you’re interviewing to prove that you can take on the responsibilities of the prospective position. Although your attire during an interview has substantial weight in the editor’s decision, you’ll find yourself without a job if you walk in unprepared and unable to answer the editor’s questions (Refer to the previous posts on important interview questions that may be asked of you).
On a final note, I’d rethink painted black nails.
— Mo Luan
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So after printing out a copy of the first concept, I realized how large the font was and how much space I was wasting. Anyway this is my second concept for the newsletter. Everything on there is made by moi so I’m open to criticisms (and the occasional praise).
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Now that I’ve been physically disconnected to the fashion world (thank God for the internet) — and I’m sure many of you are unfortuntaley stuck in the same predicament now that you’ve settled back into college life — I have to break it to you. If you want to beat out your competitors for coveted positions at your dream publication, you must take that extra effort to keep in contact with your former editors. Editors are stressed enough as it is, multitask projects in their eight to twelve hour day (especially in the week of closing an issue), to type daily (or even weekly) heartfelt emails to mere interns. But, once every two weeks to once a month should suffice and will help you strengthen your aquaintance relationship with that editor. As I’ve mentioned before, references are crucial.
You commit yourself enough by taking an unpaid internship. But, an unpaid internship after college? It’s a depressing prospect, but a very real one at that. So what do you do? Although you’re technically out of college and ineligible for credits, you’re set if you’re buddy-buddy with a former professor. Ask (nicely) if that professor could type up a letter (printed on your alma mater letter head) stating that the professor would be overseeing a graduate degree credit from your alma mater. Editorials are familiar with graduates, some who return to the internship for several years, who are hopeful that their boss will soon be fired promoted.
— Francis Bea