Getting a job as a writer at a fashion magazine can be quite difficult because the industry is so competitive. There are basically two ways to get work as a fashion writer: by being on the staff of a magazine or by being a freelance writer. A staff writer goes to work in the magazine's offices everyday, and is directly involved in the creation of the magazine. A freelance writer usually works from home or somewhere outside of the office and either mails or e-mails stories to the magazine for publication. There are many tips and tricks you can learn to help you land that coveted writing job. Read on for some helpful tips on how to become a Teen Vogue fashion writer.
First, become familiarised with the magazine. If you want to write for a particular magazine, you have to become extremely knowledgeable about the magazine including knowing the magazine's voice, writing style and story topics. The best way to do this is to read as many back copies of the magazine as possible. You may want to get a subscription to the magazine and carefully read every issue.
Create an eye-catching cover letter and winning CV. The cover letter is extremely important because it lets prospective employers get to know you before they actually meet with you. A resume is also very important because it shows all of your education and relevant experience information. Make sure to draw particular attention to the achievements or experience that makes you qualified to work for the magazine. You may also want to have your resume edited by a professional.
Send any published clips of your work. Only include writing samples that are relevant to the magazine. Send in the best of your fashion articles so that the magazine editors can get to know your writing style. Also, feel free to pitch story ideas that are relevant to the magazine's style such as teen beauty stories and teen fashion stories. E-mail the managing editor and ask him/her to send you the magazine's writer's guidelines, which will detail the magazine's style guide.
Find and make contacts with the magazine staff. Also, contact human resources as they are the ones who are responsible for setting up interviews for prospective employees. You can usually find contact information inside the first few pages of the magazine. You can call them directly or e-mail them your cover letter and resume. If you are feeling very ambitious, you may even pay a visit to the magazine in person. If they don't have any openings and can't hire you, ask if you can intern for the magazine. An internship is one of the best ways to land that coveted staff writing position.
Be persistent. You may not get a response right away. Sometimes it can take weeks or even months, but don't give up. After you have mailed or e-mailed your cover letter, CV and writing samples, continue to keep in contact with the magazine staff. Let them know that you are very interested in working for them. If you don't get a response in a month or two, try sending your resume again. The persistence will usually pay off.
The starting salary for any fashion writer is usually no more than £16,250 a year. However, as you climb the ranks of magazine, you will begin making more money. Some top editors make as much as £1.3 million a year.
Things you need
- Subscription to the magazine
- Cover letter
- Published clips