When I was lucky enough to land my internship with InStyle I was so excited! This wasn’t my first go at interning. Throughout my Fashion Degree I had to complete a number of internships to pass certain areas of my projects. This has probably helped with my background knowledge of the interning basics… things that I thought were quite easy to understand as standard intern jobs, tea making, multi tasking, photo copying, transcripting… However, since getting to know the Instyle beauties and sharing the odd little chat with them, apparently good interns are hard to come by. With this in mind I thought I’d share with you my hint and tips on how to make a good impression and get the reputation of being a good beauty intern!
SMILE Yes, sounds utterly stupid, but it works! If you are unfortunate like me to have a bit of a bitch face when it is relaxed or concentrating, make a conscious effort to crack a smile on those lips when someone calls you or asks you a question. I have learnt this trick from my friend Louise and it has really done wonders, you won’t believe me until you try it. So keep happy and once you finish your internship, you will be remembered as the lovely , friendly [insert your name here]
|smile, its the second best thing you can do with your lips|
ALWAYS DO SOMETHING This is something I have done since I started working at the local Harvester restaurant. Its something I have learnt from my dad and it will be something I teach my kids. So long as you keep doing something, you will not be seen as a nuisance. Of course, make sure what you are doing is useful and will be appreciated. Once I finished all the tasks I was given and there would be a lull in things to do I tidied my desk. You will not believe how quick a beauty desk can get messy! Spending some time organising everything will keep your area tidy and it will help you get a better understanding where everything is.
ABSOLUTELY NO EGO Leave that ego at the front doors! It will do you no favours! If you have talent in photography, a language or maybe you have a blog. Mention it through chit chat when introducing yourself, the team will remember it and you never know, they may ask you for help! Just don’t run in all guns blazing as it will go down as well as a cup of cold sick… (apologises for that, but I am making a point)
OFFER TEA I know, how bloody British is that?! This little offer of hot beverages or water can only help you leave a good impression.
DON’T BE OVERLY SENSITIVE Brace yourself to not being spoken to by anyone outside your team. This isn’t because they are all being rude, they are just getting on with their work. One of my first beauty internships at a popular weekly magazine had a fashion writer basically scream at me about a mistake the intern before me had made. Keep calm and carry on. Just focus on your work and being a huge help. It’s your team you are trying to impress so don’t worry about not having others say good morning to you, if they do then that’s just a bonus. By all means, if you fancy the need to make friends for lunch break purposes then exchange a few smiles and brief conversations with other interns. Just remember to not distract them from their work!
GO THE EXTRA MILE Yes you are exhausted from your commute and your new special internship shoes are rubbing, but you always, always, must, must, must go the extra mile! There is honestly nothing wrong with doing that. Just make sure you are multi tasking and keeping on top of everything. If you show you are willing to finish off anything you are given to the best of your abilities you have basically made yourself intern gold!
BE PREPARED TO MULTI-TASK Multi tasking, is an good interns secret weapon. You will have a million and one things to do. I would suggest taking a couple of good pens/pencils and notebook with you. You will be totally lost without it and make sure you write down EVERYTHING and it will really safe your butt at times. Be so organised that you become slightly OCD. I know this sounds a bit much, but if you want your reputation to help you gain more experience, than this is what you have to do.
NEVER BULLS@*T You must remember, the team you are working for are professionals. The amount of brands, names, locations, trends, tips and tricks they all know is insane! You may be well versed in all things beauty, but you will never be able to blag your way out of something. Honesty is the best policy, and if for example, that job you were given had slipped your mind than just be honest and crack on with it. The team will understand you don't have as much experience as them.
GET A LEAVING CARD AND GIFT I may sound patronising to some of you now, but it real does leave a good impression. Just a little thank you card and box of chocolates will leave your team touched at how thoughtful you are and will certainly remember you.
So there you have it, you may have noticed I put up a couple images of The Devil Wears Prada, but like I mentioned in previous blogs, I couldn't help but picture it to be like that! Of course I was lucky enough to have a lovely team to work with and from what I saw on my trips about, it is quite a friendly industry to be involved in. However I'm sure there is one Miranda about there somewhere... Even if you do find someone like that, just don't let it trouble you too much and focus on what you are there to do! Have any of you got any internships coming up? Or any tips for me? Let me know! Much love cake lovers xo
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