There’s no avoiding it. Internships are a mandatory part of most beauty careers, especially for PR, Social Media or Marketing positions. Brands want to know you can handle the demands of working in a fast-paced and highly-creative environment – it’s the best way to prove you’re a good fit that can deliver.
Erase thoughts of Starbucks runs, walking the boss’s dog and trips to Paris from your mind. A great internship is a mix of hard work, hands on experience and personal growth. Read on to learn how to land an internship in the beauty industry.
Perfect Your Resume
It’s the 21st century; the days of basic black and white, Times New Roman, 12pt font resumes are over. A quick Google search of “creative beauty resumes” will point you in the right direction and provide tons of makeover inspiration. Give your resume the makeover it needs so you can stand out from the crowd.
Beauty companies, big and small, are constantly on the lookout for a helping hand. Scan job boards, the ‘Careers’ page on brand websites and social media platforms for any openings. Be prepared to send out a tailored resume dozens of times, eventually you’ll land that coveted interview!
Do Your Research
The key to standing out during your interview is knowing absolutely everything there is to know about the brand. This will help you decide what to wear, answer questions appropriately and which strengths and weaknesses to highlight. An intern is invaluable, know your worth and you’ll be starting on your first day in no time.
The Follow Up
You felt as if the interview went amazing, but almost a week has gone by and you still haven’t heard back from the company. You’re stressed because you don’t know what to do. Can you follow up without reeking of desperation or looking like a pest? Send a quick thank you note to the decision-maker. This way you can affirm to the hiring manager that you’re really interested in the opportunity and that you would bring a ton of value into the position. The bottom line is: Stay top of mind. This will help with the process.
Good luck! Are there any tips we missed in the internship process? Let us know in the comments below.
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Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV
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