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I quit my perfectly fine media job without anything lined up. Then it came to a point where having no job was preferable to having one that I dreaded every day. I was in a rut. I spent most of my adult life with no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up.
In high school, I picked colleges based on whether or not they were in big cities, not on the strength of the programs.
When I thought about it and connected the dots, creativity was the running thread through anything that made me happy since I was a kid. And there was one industry that always intrigued me: I started brainstorming fashion-y places I could work at in Boston, where I lived.
There were a handful of shoe companies based there: Converse, Puma, New Balance, Reebok. I reached out to a friend of a friend who was a designer at Converse and asked if he could pass my resume to a hiring manager.
He did, and then nothing happened. After following up, again nothing happened. It was settled then. In four months, I got two fashion jobs in New York: While some of it was luck, there were also specific things I did that helped me land the jobs. And along the way, I learned not only career lessons, but important lessons about life, too.
While this story details my foray into fashion, the same principles can be applied to any job hunt or career change. Who did I think I was, believing I was qualified to work in fashion? I had zero fashion experience. I studied English at a regular college. I knew no one in the industry.
Unlike other teens, I had never even worked a retail job at the mall. On paper it looked like I had no business being in fashion.
Feeling unqualified for something was scary. But what was worse was never knowing if I could have succeeded. You set yourself up to fail the second you decide to not try. With its countless creative opportunities, and its vibrant heart of the fashion industry, all the elements I wanted were there.
I just had to reach out, make an effort, and see what happened. Could the reward outweigh the risk? I would go back to my old industry. No harm, no foul. All systems were a go. Sure I spent time looking for a new job, but I also saw tons of free hours I could now spend on improving myself.
I created a personal style blog that I could potentially use as a portfolio. I signed up to train to be a literacy volunteer. I went to my local TV station and learned how to operate a video camera, and how to edit clips in Final Cut Pro. I wanted to learn how to sew with leather, but leather was expensive.
So I went to the small business library, looked up all the leather companies in the area, then started calling each one to see if they had any remnants they would give to me for free. I spent my days working on the blog, driving around to different factories to pick up free leather, and experimenting with creating my own patterns.The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue.
Sarah Kwong knows how to write a kick-ass cover letter and she's willing to spill the beans so you can get that dream job.
Find out more on Cosmopolitan. Review available employment opportunities and apply for jobs at WHIRL Publishing. Also, apply for college internships and take on the publication industry. Hush the negative self-talk. Imposter’s syndrome is a huge mental block that can stand in the way of putting your best self forward in a cover letter.
Start with a basic introduction sentence to the cover letter such as: Please consider this letter and my attached resume for employment as a summer sales intern at Best Company, Inc.“ Every cover letter should be very specific to the job you’re going after,” Conyngham said.
3. Buy a good portfolio. And have a great digital version. A good portfolio is an indispensable tool for a fashion person. I suggest A4 or letter size (bigger makes you look student-y, although some schools will require this, see point 1.