It is not clear what you mean when you say you want to work there ... but don't know what you want.
You did not say what kind of work that you are quailifed to do, nor where you live and will work. You did not say if you were in school for a specific career, or if you are trying to decide what career you want. Saying that you want to work at a specific company is not enough information for any of us to help you decide what to do to get the job you want.
For example, if you wish to work in a LV store as a sales person or a manager, there is a thread about getting a job in various retail stores ... and someone in that thread might have already talked about working in a LV store. So take some time to read this and ask your questions about working in their stores in here: All About Retail: Sales Associates, Management, etc.
In addition, there are many other careers at a big company like LV ... marketing, public relations, buying, being on the design team, working in the atelier as a patternmaker or cutter, working at their head office doing paperwork ... just to name a few. We have a thread on almost everyone one of those careers and we talk about the education and experience that you need to work in those areas. Just search by some of those keywords if any of those interest you.
And, if you do no know what career to study for and need some ideas, here are some threads where you can get some ideas and ask some questions to help you find a career:
I did a seller internship. Well, first you should you are not the only one and the competition is quite rude. It was truly amazing, wonderful people. Well as for the few I saw, I suggest you this :
- Most of customers are Asian (Chinese/Thailand/Hong Kong/Japanese) so if you master one of these language it will be one asset for you. I noticed also that brazilian client are growing so if you know portugese it could help you
- Secondly, you should know that tons of people wants to work in Vuitton and your sentence "i want to work there, but I don't know what I want to work there" left me a little . A lot of people worship Vuitton and dream to work in Vuitton but you don't work there only for the name. They look for people who are passionate ( NOT I LOVE VUITTON / THIS IS MY DREAM ) they look for someone who understand their history, their values. You could work in very diverse area because it's a big company ( from Marketing/Sales/Supply Chain/Research&Development... )
- Well you say that you want to be a seller. Do you have experience ? From the people I worked with there's like 4 differents interview, so they can test the motivation and the TRUE motivation.
- If you want to work in the head office, the competition is even more hard and they mostly take people from big business school.
Figure out what you want to do first before choosing a company.
I am really interested in working as a sales associate at Saks Fifth Avenue. I applied online to multiple positions and I also sent them several emails but haven't gotten a response yet and it's been close to a month. Does anyone have any advice as to how I can contact them for an interview?
A bit of information about my experience and qualifications:
I have no prior retail experience but have previously completed several internships at multiple fashion designers in addition to a jewelry company, where I gained experience assembling look books, entering orders, running reports, processing stock, and packing and shipping merchandise. I have experience styling and I also know a bit about choosing colors to complement warm or cool undertones, picking clothes that fit and flatter your body, how to wear multiple colors and prints in one outfit, and how to dress to elongate the body.
I would say that if they have not contacted you within a week, they either don't have any openings at the moment, or that your qualifications just don't meet their requirements. I'd guess it was the latter.
Retail is sales ... and as I understand it, the high end stores want people who can sell ... who have a proven track record that they can meet sales goals, and perhaps have a clientelle following. So, maybe you will have to set you sites lower, and try for a lesser store, to get that sales experience under your belt and to build your resume.
There's one other possiblity ... about how to approach them ... but it's a long shot. That is to walk into each store and ask for the department manager in whatever department you think you might be qualified to work in, to inquire about openings. If you can even get to talk to any managers and are able to impress that person on the spot, they might send you to personnell with a recommendation. Impressing them, means something different to each manager, but what you are wearing counts a lot ... you need to look like their salespeople. Do your research in advance, and for Saks, you should look classy and rich. So, if the sales associates are wearing all black and it's expensive labels, that's what you need to wear. Walk in as if you were reproting to work. Of course, carry a copy of your resume .... geared to what you think they might need in a sales associate and be prepared to answer any questions on the spot. Be prepared to "sell yourself" ... and if you can do that, then they might assume that you can sell their merchanidise, too.
I think a key requirment in terms of moving up in positions, working in head office or even at a high end store is showing that you are capable of being a long term employee. My chances of moving upward in the industry have been successful mainly because ive been with a company longer than a year and ive also gone up in position level. I went from being a sex specialist at an adult store to a full time womenswear and menswear specialist at a Brooks Brothers flagship store (and they pay very well in Canada, let me tell you.)
Not the best because it's inexpensive juniors clothing and Saks is a lot different. But as a first step, it's fine and you can move up to higher end stores later, once you have some sale experience under your belt.
Make sure you work on any sales goals they give you .... if you exceed them consistently, this is something that you can put on your resume. And sales are sales ..... no matter what you are selling.