It’s the beginning of a new year, and there’s no better time to boost your chances of nailing the perfect job.
So the crazy festive season has finally come to an end, which means all of you working in wardrobe and costume can grab yourselves a well-earned rest!
However, while you’re enjoying your hot chocolate and film sessions (and rightfully so!) you may well be facing that scary ‘January void’.
Don’t worry, we’ve all been there and know only too well what it’s like to peep into your diary and see zilch on the horizon.
Well don’t panic, this too shall pass, and you’ll have your calendar brim full (or at least a little fuller!) in no time at all.
So grab yourself a blanket, some leftover Christmas cake and tuck into these tips:
Make sure your CV is up-to-date
This may seem like a simple one, but it’s one of the main players in creating a good first impression – allowing you to sell yourself in the best light.
It can be tricky trying to balance a creative CV (or resume for our American cousines) with all the info required but try to keep it as clear and concise as you can. Aim to include the main features of each job or the strongest aspects, and consider asking a friend to have a read before sending it out. There are some great templates available online (for free- bonus!) so do a little googling and you’ll be on the right track.
Put your contacts in order
Unless you’re a super-duper organised machine (which, if you work in wardrobe, odds are you probably are!) then it’s a good idea to try and gather your contacts together.
You might have contacts over WhatsApp, Facebook, email and so on, but it’s well worth taking the time to flick through them and collate them all into one place. That could be a notebook (we love new stationery), a word document or a spreadsheet; whatever works.
Just make sure it’s something you can update and maintain easily, so you’ve got a working contacts list that you can pull out whenever you need it.
Who would you like to know?
Once you’ve got everything in order, you can take it one step further by analysing who you know and who you’d like in your contacts book.
It’s not about dismissing any of the ones already on there – all contacts are useful and you never know when they might come in handy – but looking for any gaps and thinking about how you might connect can be useful.
Perhaps you really want to work at a specific theatre, wardrobe department or film production company but you don’t have an entry point. Now’s the perfect time to bite the bullet, make that phone call, get the name of whoever’s in charge of that department, assemble your newly revamped CV and go for it!
There’s nothing wrong with being pro-active, (as long as you don’t end up pestering!) and a friendly ‘Happy New Year’ email never caused any harm.
It’s all about the network
This one may strike fear into your heart (and admittedly, ours too) but ‘networking’ doesn’t have to be an excruciating experience. Often it’s just about meeting up with likeminded people.
You don’t necessarily have to attend formal events either, workshops, lectures, conferences and talks are great places to just drop by, whilst also learning something new.
And what better way to start off the New Year by trying out a new technique or brushing up on your expanding skills!
Scouting for jobs
There are pros and cons to signing up to a paid jobs board like Mandy for example (there are many others too), so it might be worth weighing up the kinds of jobs you’re after and the suitability of these sites.
A lot of them will offer a free trial for a month to see what you think before committing to paying for them. Others allow you to see certain jobs for free, but you have to pay to apply.
Ultimately, it’s a personal choice, but if you haven’t tried it before and are short on time before needing your next job or feel you have exhausted other avenues, it may be worth giving these some consideration.
Sites like Go For Wardrobe allow you to apply to be on their books with no upfront fees involved (at the time of writing), so it could be a good shout to get your name on their register (Check out our article about them here). They will then get in touch when a suitable job arises.
Costume community and networking groups on Facebook are also a great hunting ground (if not a little annoying!)
Not to be too biased here, but Kozzii has a well-maintained community page as well as our main facebook page, so could be a really good place to get on board, start connecting with people, whilst staying on the lookout for fresh job posts.
Happy job hunting and above all, Happy New Year! Don’t forget to check out when Kozzii interviewed employers asking what they are looking for when they hire.