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Eva Chen is a magical creature, one that is capable of responding to nearly every Instagram comment, Tweet, email and phone call. That's on top of her job as the EIC of Lucky magazine, her frequent morning show appearances and her near-constant documentation of her life, beauty choices and outfits. Between all that, she found the time to talk at length about how college grads can make it in the fashion industry, noting to the Huffington Post that she hosts one to two informational interviews per week with young hopefuls. Just what does it take to catch Eva's eye? Her most crucial nuggets of wisdom are shared, below.
1. You don't need to go to fashion or journalism school to be an editor: "I think that the best school in life is experience. I think that practice makes perfect and I can say that even now, as someone who has been writing and editing professionally for about a decade. It has taken me 10 years to solidly define my voice and solidly feel secure in what I am doing, and that is a testament to practice."
2. Don't wear a suit to your fashion mag interview, pls: "I think it can go two ways: People can either dress very corporately and wear a suit and look totally wrong, but sometimes I see people who think they're interviewing to be a designer or to be on the runway, and they'll wear a crazy outfit. I'm looking for someone who shows their personal style, who looks comfortable in their own skin, who looks professional."
3. Let your personality shine through your cover letter: "What I look for in a cover letter is personality and not a regurgitation of what's on your resume. That's a mistake that a lot of people will make, where they will send in a resume and a cover letter and the cover letter will read: "First, I interned here..." I can see that in your resume -- what I'm looking for in your cover letter is that you have to convince me that you want to work at Lucky."
4. Write a GD thank you note after your interview: "Nowadays, we move at the speed of light so I imagine you would do an e-mail [right after the interview] thanking someone, clarifying your passion and touching on something that you talked about that excites you about the position. A handwritten note is still nice, but it can go in the mail now that you're doing an e-mail as well. That's just me, though -- I'm weirdly old school about stuff."
5. Try not to be weird about stalking her on Instagram: "I present such an open book on social media...[and people] feel like they know me [and] sometimes people will almost be too familiar. This happens in informational interviews, when it gets a little too familiar -- I could still hire you, and if you're treating me like I'm your 21-year-old best friend, that is not going to get me to hire you."
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