Louise Roe, blogger, TV presenter, and now author of her very own book Front Roe, is the ultimate career girl. With previous roles including editor at Wedding magazine, news editor for Vogue.com and host for VogueTV, there is so much we can learn from her. Here are her top 8 career tips that got her to where she is today.
#1 Get Experience
At age 16, Louise sent her CV to every editor she could possibly find. She was rejected by them all bar one, and that one was all she needed to break in to the industry.
#2 Make Your Career A Priority
After her graduation from Durham University Louise had already arranged a job at ELLE that started the following week which unfortunately coincided with a girls’ holiday. Although envious of the fun her friends would have without her, Louise put her career first and started the job at Elle.
#3 Use Your Initiative
When Louise wanted to work for Vogue despite no position being available, she sent her CV and a brief email asking for an interview. Without knowing the email address to contact Louise took an educated guess at what it could be and before she knew it she was news editor for Vogue.com and hosting Vogue TV.
Socialise, find common ground with everyone and swap business cards. With the rise of social media in recent years, there’s no excuse not to network. After meeting with someone ask to connect with them on LinkedIn, you never know when having each other’s contact details may come in handy.
#5 Be Grateful
Any opportunity that you’re granted should be appreciated. Whether it’s an interview, a week’s placement or a piece of career advice that’s helped you, thank you messages are always greatly received.
#6 Do Your Homework
Know the name of who you’re meeting with, have good background knowledge of the company and where it’s heading. All of this information can be found online, so just take an hour or two to have a good research in to the company. Seeming prepared and eager may also set you aside from less well-prepared candidates.
#7 Be Nice
Kindness goes a long way. People who are more senior than you will be more willing to lend a hand to a friendly face. Respect those above you and welcome newcomers.
#8 Never Give Up
For Louise’s first internship application she sent 30 letters and only received one response, but that one response got her exactly where she wanted to be. Being successful is not going to be easy, but when you get there it’ll certainly be worth it.
(Source – Louiseroe.com)