5 Tips for Submitting Job Applications To A Magazine Or Website 五招傳送工作申請到雜誌或網站is a follow up from our Chief-in-glam’s fashion insider advice about The difference between a fashion stylist and an image consultant. Over the years, we have received tons of emails from young men and women about how to get into the fashion industry and what tips we could give on how to proceed with an application. We too have hired interns and part time contributors and sourced skills for print or digital magazines.
The following tips are solely from Chiefglammys personal professional experience as a job seeker and later as a print and digital editorial fashion stylist/content creator who would be tasked with finding the “right” candidates for styling positions to be filled for various styling teams.
This is very important, as a rookie job seeker,I made this mistake. I have read applications with people spelling Miss Dlamini as Dalmini and spelling the name of the company wrong- they didn’t receive a response.
Pay attention to detail and go over your application to make sure you have spelled people’s names correctly..it counts. Anything that is ill-addressed or wrongly spelt is automatically ignored.
#2.Follow instructionsIf you can do as asked in a job application,then that means you are competent to follow instructions. Some applications ask for certain requirements, make sure you provide them. I always say that within an application,especially if it asks you to pitch an idea,try to add some visual elements as would be done in the magazine or their website,this will earn you extra points as it will show that you are not only willing to go above and beyond the minimum but you are pay attention to detail. Use good quality images and give them credit.
#3.Your CV must be clear, neat and legible
I can’t stress this enough, in most cases people never update their CV’s, so you find outdated or irrelevant information. If you are applying for an editorial internship, you really want to show what other experience you may have in writing, you other work experience is great but if you haven’t tried to write before..then why would you even be considered- this doesn’t mean you should not apply if you have no writing experience. If you have any writing experience include a link to a blog/website that you write for or a few personal pieces you have done before.
When applying for an editorial internship, your writing should be on point. A misplaced comma here or there is fine, but misspelled words and misplaced verbs will not do you any justice.
Make sure you click spellcheck when you are done, or get someone you trust is a great wordsmith to proofread your letter before you press send. Also, an attractive CV counts;show that you are creative without going lady gaga on it.This is a no brainer for any CV.
#4.Do not include a picture of yourself,unless required and it must be a recent,clear and professional head shot..not your mugshot.
Honestly, unless your picture is asked for,do not send one with your application. And if asked, please send in a respectable picture and certainly not a selfie, nobody cares to see how well you are dressed in a picture,plus you will get a chance to show off your style during the interview. Believe me or not, when writing fashion, your intelligence matters more than your looks.
#5.Make sure you study the publication
This is probably one of the most important tips; know where you are going or what you are getting into,it will come in extremely handy. You want to avoid a scenario where by you pitch an idea to your editor that has already been done or you are later asked about a section in the magazine or website and you have no clue.
The best way to avoid this is to do your research. If you have an idea, make sure you go through the magazine and its website before you suggest it. When pitching your idea, try to be as specific as possible…visualize it in your mind. My advice would be never to pitch an idea until you are hired, I was in one situation where by the editor seemingly asked innocently and being wet behind the ears; I gave him a a great pitch,a very specific pitch…short story is I didn’t get the job and months later became friends with the guy they hired and found out he was given my idea as his monthly spread. You can just imagine my face when he was sharing with me the great article he gets to write at work every month.
These are just some of the few things that came to mind when reading the emails we receive.
If there is anything you think I have left out please let me know in the comment section. Also keep in mind that there is NO SLEEP in the fashion industry, whether the publication is small or big; you will have to put in more than what your paycheck actually is and hard work is the name of the game, if you show even a little bit of tardiness in anything then you may not be a right fit.