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what kind of stuff do I say?
i love you
i am enthusiastic
i will and can do anything
i won't be a waste of time for you
and so on.
"I will and can do anything"
Do I really want to say that? I don't want to sound completely desperate and there are lots of things that I wouldn't be prepared to do.
do you want to do?
You can have work experience being my skivvy?!
As tempting as being your skivvy sounds, I already have a contact from a music PR company, cheers :)
- why you want to work for them
- what necessary experience/skills you have
- what you want to do in your career and how this fits in
Don't grovel to them, but point out that you're keen and that you can actually offer them something worthwhile.
work for nothing
be available 24/7
kiss your ass
forget about my social life
that workies usually have to do all the shittest jobs, and if you refuse you can look bad.
i mean, i had work experience at a large radio station once, i had to pick up dirty mugs from around the studio/offices. i didn't want to do it, but if i'd refused, they would have told me to fuck off. they could get someone else easy.
workies are disposable and easily replaceable. the idea is to attempt to make yourself irreplaceable. if you get me.
I did w/e at a magazine a couple of years ago and spent the whole time making coffee. And reorganising 5 years' worth of CDs containing their entire back catalogue.
just the gist.
The thing is, I thought about this before, and I was literally going to write "prepared to do anything".
Not even just for a couple of weeks?
i've seen a lot of these in the last year or so - it really depends on the industry, but a few general points:
1) be polite, but not overly so. Don't overflower the language - the people you want to get to will probably be busy and directness about your intentions will be appreciated.
2) Inform yourself about the company, what they do, the industry etc etc. Also be very clear and informed about what you want to get out of the work experience, and also what you can offer the company. (this is quite important)
3) attach a CV. make it look professional. a shit CV/no CV will do you no favours.
4) lay out the the letter well, print it out on decent stock paper, proofread it, then copyedit it, then proofread it again, then print it out and proofread it. then get your mum/sibling/housemate/friendly publishing professional on music internet messageboard to proofread it too. (same goes for CV) You're trying to make a good first impression. typos, bad printing, bad grammar will not help you in the slightest. and unless you're especially fit/going for a job where it matters, don't include a photo. it'll just get passed around the office and laughed at.
5) be realistic. 90% of companies either won't have the staff time to devote to you. go for larger companies in the main, as they'll probably have more structured schemes. However, saying that, i've done work experience in the past with small companies, where you get to do a range of things. Basically, don't be dejected if you get knocked back. keep going for it.
and good luck. :)
i think work experience is really valuable - i know it gets knocked by people as 'skivvy free work' but it can give you a valuable insight into competitive industries, as well as showing willingness and enthusiasm, which will give you an extra edge for the actual job interviews, and will come through in your increased confidence.
I wouldn't be where i am today if i hadn't slaved for free a few times. which is skint in london and living in the ghetto... erm. Anyway, back to the photocopying... ;)
or get funny looks off people - I did a month at New Order's press office - the perosn wo ran it was lovely the the shark faced coke monsters who worked there were beyond the realms of parody. I got to go to some free parties and meet some famous people. The person who ran it also told me NOT to be a press officer - said i was 'too nice a person' for the music industry. Oh dear
Keep it short - specially really short paragraphs - and don't overelaborate. I'm currently on work experience for a newspaper right now, and it's not bad.
Tell them about your previous relevant experience, and make a point of that. Where d'ya wanna get work experience?