Have you ever had that sinking feeling that things aren’t going quite the way you’d expected, in terms of your career? There is denying that, especially when it comes to the fashion industry, things don’t always happen over night but we are here to reassure you that everything is going to be ok as long as you believe in yourself and your passion, whether it be modeling, styling, photography or hair and make-up artistry.
Boon Models (one of the most promising emerging NYC, Tampa and DC modeling agencies) believe that everyone needs some guidance sometimes and there is no harm whatsoever in seeking some out. Therefore, we have put together for you some useful tips to help maintain your enthusiasm and hopefully bag you the career of your dreams in 2017.
Tip #1 Take a look at your Résumé
So many people make the mistake of rushing their résumés and missing out valuable points that could win them their dream job.
In case you’re unsure, your résumé should be made up of a brief, catchy personal statement, a short education summary (unless you are a recent graduate in which case you can go into more detail), your most relevant career history, your interests and finally, at least two valid character references.
These are really just the basic essentials to make your résumé valid but in terms of actual content it is more about quality rather than quantity, and should not take up any more than two pages. Consequently, we would strongly advise tailoring your résumé to each individual specification of the jobs you’re applying for. Although time consuming, you won’t regret doing this because there can be thousands of people applying for the job you want and you need to use everything you’ve got to make yourself stand out.
Tip #2 Is there anything you could improve on?
By this we mean are there any skills that you feel you’re lacking after taking a closer look at your résumé? For instance, if you are looking into photographer positions, do you think there is any particular style of photography that could do with more focus in your portfolio? Now is the time to be looking at this a little closer. With so many different evening or weekend short courses available, there has never been a better time to build on your skills. You will be kicking yourself if this is the reason that you don’t get the job you want, knowing you had the time to dedicate to it and chose not to.
Tip #3 Stay patient
If there’s one universal fact that everyone in the fashion industry can vouch for, it’s that everyone has a hundred things going on at once. When it comes to the designers themselves, or even their assistants, you can increase this tenfold. And during fashion weeks? Don’t even go there. They barely have time to sleep, let alone review your résumé.
Here at Boon models we know first hand that we have to review hundreds of models as the months go by – as do other NYC, DC and Tampa modeling agencies – so we do appreciate a little patience and understanding from our applicants. You never know, that patient wait could result in the beginning of a whole new career.
Tip #4 “I got an interview!”… Now what?
It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of gaining an interview for the jobs of your dreams and whilst we totally agree that this a great achievement, this is where the hard work really starts.
Our advice to you is to make it your mission to learn as much as you possibly can about the company you’re interviewing with and if you can find out the names of the interviewer(s) and their department, then all the better. Here is a time to use social media to your advantage, so make sure you look everyone up on ‘Twitter’ and try to get a sense of their personalities and what they’re really like as people. Also be sure to look at their ‘Linkedin’ profiles, as there might be some further career interests that you have in common with them and could act as a great hook for the initial meeting. This is all the more important when looking into the company itself as you want to get a sense of their professional aims and what you feel you can add to the mix.
The next trick here is to practice, practice, practice. And then practice again. There are great interview question templates that you can find online, so try and imagine you’re sat in the interview room and see how you would answer these when put on the spot. If you could get a friend or family member to ask the questions then this is even more useful for recreating the scenario. Of course you’re never going to be able to prepare yourself 100% for what lies ahead but trust us when we say this will make you feel much more confident and prepared.
Tip #5 Try and maintain a positive attitude.
Ok, so maybe you didn’t get the job after your first or second interview? Or perhaps you’ve been applying for months now, only to hear nothing? We really do feel your pain but we strongly advise you not to let these things beat you down. The creative industry is, after all, rife with rejection and it could be that you weren’t quite in the right place at the right time. Do not take it too personally.
Instead of beating yourself up, how about you try and think of it this way: was the job 100% right for you or could there actually be another opportunity waiting for you around the corner? Or, in terms of the actual interview, did you have the right chemistry with the interviewers? If you didn’t actually get the job, it was most likely for a reason that was out of your control and the best you can do is request some feedback and use this to develop and learn.
We believe there is a perfect job for everyone out there. And all of you guys are our future so we wish you all the very best of luck and if you’re an aspiring model, why not send your résumé our way?