How to Apprentice for Photography Jobs

Many people are interested in finding great photography jobs but people with little experience are struggling. How can people learn about apprenticeship programs for photography jobs?

Finding an open apprenticeship for photographers can be very difficult, but that doesn't mean that it's impossible. With the right tools and a little patience you should be able to find one.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Newspaper
  • Internet
  • Magazine
  • Postage stamps
  • Computer

Step 1 - Looking for Open Apprenticeships

The first thing that you should do is search through magazines, books and the Internet looking for any advertised apprenticeships. Not every company will advertise, however it's still a good idea to look.

Step 2 - Finding Apprenticeships

Not every company will publicize their apprenticeship schemes as much as others. That's why it's important to visit the individual websites of companies and take a look whether they have any apprentice positions available. Even if they don't mention any apprenticeships you should still take down their details because you might get lucky.

Talk to any contacts you may have in the photography world. This is a business built upon networking and recommendations, so your best chance is through a mutual acquaintance.

Step 3 - Preparing

Photography apprenticeships are very popular and this means it can be extremely difficult to get one of these jobs. In order to land a great photography job you must stand out from the crowd and make yourself as appealing as possible. Spend time preparing your resume and portfolio.

Your portfolio should be full of examples which show off your photography skills. Try and fill it with photos which involve different techniques and subjects. Include a wide range of different photos to demonstrate your versatility. Make sure that your portfolio looks as professional as possible. It's worth getting a second opinion about your portfolio to make sure that it's up to scratch.

Step 4 - Applying

Now you need to apply for the apprentice photography jobs, the method of applying will actually be very similar to applying for a normal job. There will be an application process, and there will also be interviews. It's important that you do everything you can to get your foot in the door and get invited for an interview.

Your resume needs to sing your praises and your portfolio needs to show off all of your skills. Apply for these jobs by writing an application letter and enclosing your resume and portfolio with it. This should give the prospective employer everything they need to make a decision.

The application letters should be customized depending on the unique position you are applying for. If you are applying but have not heard of any open apprenticeship positions then inquire about whether any are available. Never send out the same letter to every company because this will seem unprofessional. Be as memorable as possible so that you stand a chance of getting called for an interview.

Bear in mind that getting one of these jobs is even more difficult than a normal job because they are investing in your future. An apprenticeship may not be as well paid as other photography jobs; however you will get free training which is invaluable.

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