I had the opportunity to attend Bustle’s Virtual Career Fair on September 9th where editors discussed their jobs relating to fashion and media.
I wanted to share what I learned in case you were unable to grab tickets and for anyone interested in a career in digital publishing, content strategy, fashion, and freelancing.
Estefani Alarcon, the HR Coordinator at BDG and the coordinator of this event, did a lovely job of introducing everyone and keeping track of the schedule.
Christina Amoroso, the Executive Editor at Bustle, went over the itinerary as well as managed the chat room to ensure all questions were answered.
Charlotte Owen, Editorial Director at Bustle, went over how editors view applications, cover letters, and resumes.
Emma Rosenblum, the Editor-in-Chief of BDG Lifestyle, shared their career journey and what it takes to be an editor.
Michelle Toglia, the Deputy of Lifestyle Editor, shared their career experience, daily tasks, and networking tips.
Amanda Chan, the Director of Content Strategy, is an expert on acquiring content meant for specific audiences and discussed how to correctly pitch content to editors.
Jessica Andrews, the Deputy Fashion Editor at Bustle, shared how she became a deputy editor at Bustle and the jobs she worked to get there.
Tiffany Reid, the VP of Fashion and Fashion Director at Bustle, shared how they eventually ended up in a fashion-related career.
Margaret Wheeler-Johnson, the Director of Special Products, shared tips on how to perfect our editorial pitches.
Fashion and Media Job Advice
- Fellowships are typically 40 hours a week and are up to one year, whereas internships last a few months and are around 28 hours a week.
- Estafani Alcarcon’s best internship advice is to always ask to be involved in more tasks outside of your internship department.
- Join Facebook groups for freelancers that offer job openings, webinars, and resources.
- You will most likely have to acquire another internship post-grad, even if you’ve had internships in undergrad. It is typically necessary to work in fashion and media.
- Charlotte Owen said that it’s helpful to speak with someone who has a job that interests you. People ask for 15-minute informational interviews all the time and it is not weird!
- Network with your peers! Michelle Toglia mentioned that when networking, the person does not have to be someone with a senior position. They may be your boss someday.
- Get to know the HR teams of your desired companies to get to know the teams and how the companies run. Toglia also mentioned the importance of staying in touch with your network even when you aren’t job searching.
Resume, Cover Letter, and Application Advice for Jobs in Fashion and Media
- The hiring managers look for enthusiasm, intelligence, new ideas, and passion in your cover letters and resumes. Be sure to show that you really want the position and why you would be the best fit.
- Hiring managers will look at your social media profiles so be neutral and professional online.
- Stay updated on the company’s latest news and projects. Use what you have researched and include those topics in your cover letter.
- When sharing your skills on your resume, only share the outstanding skills. We should all know how to manage Microsoft Office and Google programs. Instead, insert outstanding skills like SEO, keyword research, Adobe programs, etc.
How to Break Into the Fashion and Media Industries
According to Emma Rosenblum, “not all writers know how to be editors.” It’s okay! You don’t have to be the best at everything before connecting with fashion editors.
- Rosenblum mentioned an abnormal task you could ask editors to do that will stand out: ask them to transcribe their interviews for them. With this task, you’ll be able to walk through the editorial process from the first draft to the final.
Tiffany Reid also told us tips on how to get into the fashion industry.
- Pay attention to the news and what’s happening in the industry. All fashion and media related opportunities are built on relationships.
- Network across all parts of a publication you wish to collaborate with (accounting, intern, HR, etc.).
Thank you for reading my recap of what I learned from the Bustle virtual career fair. What other tips and advice do you have for young professionals going into the fashion and media industries?