Monday, December 29, 2014 Holly 0 Comments

With finding a job after Uni becoming more competitive than ever, graduating with a little more than just a degree is essential if you want a chance to bag that dream job. Interning not only boosts your CV, but can give you the opportunity to network; building foundations with companies that you may rely on in your future career. If there's one thing that I've learnt in the past year; it's that it's not what you know, but who you know that is key to being successful.

Currently half way through my second year of Uni, I have recently added my fourth Internship to my CV. Now, that may seem a little excessive for someone who hasn't even graduated yet but I cannot wait to go out and complete another one. I've fallen in total love with the Luxury Beauty and Fashion Marketing Industry and every little piece of experience I gain is so rewarding. I've met so many lovely people and I've finally become confident in myself. I now know my strengths better than ever, and I know exactly what I want to build upon too.

I thought it would be good to share with you some of my tips for finding Internships. I've had a few girls message me- so it will be good to share the advice a little further for anyone else who needs it. Although, my experience has only really related to Marketing and TV; this post may not be too helpful for those of you wanting to gain experience in something like engineering!

Tip 1: Look on Social Media
Following the right people on Twitter will make a crazy difference to your Intern Search. Following small PR companies and Bloggers lead me to finding my PR Internship - the Beauty Exec had tweeted that they were in need of an Intern and before I knew it, I was emailing her negotiating possible dates!

Tip 2: Don't be afraid to ask companies yourself
A lot of companies will always be in need of an Intern, it costs nothing to send a friendly email alongside your CV, enquiring as to whether they may need an intern in the near future.

Tip 3: Don't be generic
If you are going to email companies yourself, make sure your email isn't generic. Try to find a person's name instead of something like 'Dear HR Team' and keep your email upbeat and concise. It never hurts to ring the company a week or so after if you haven't had a response!

Tip 4: Make use of who you already know
You never know who your Aunty or Cousin may know, it's so worth asking your family if they know anyone who works in the industry you're trying to break into. It could save a lot of time!

Tip 5: Use Linked In
Following companies on LinkedIn may lead you to finding an internship, posting that you're searching for one too doesn't hurt either!

Tip 6: Make use of your University's Connections
A lot of Unis will have partnered with Companies in the past, they may be able to provide you with a few emails to contact.

I hope my Tips helped! If any of you have any questions about Interning then don't hesitate to comment on this post or send an email to:
Enjoy your New Years!

Holly xx



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