Flower & business design insights, inspiration, and advise for the modern day florist (or wannabe florist).
Securing a position at one of your favorite design firms can seem like a daunting task. This is especially true if you have little to know design experience. So here are some tips to help you put yourself out there and land your dream job!
Inventory Your Skills
What are you good at? Do a brain dump of all of your hard and soft skills. You are an asset and need to act accordingly. List everything out from great customer service, bilingual, basic design skills, great at sales, organized, detail orientated, etc. You may not have years of experience, but with a willingness to learn and a great work ethic, you may find you are exactly what the shop is looking for.
Know your design limits (and be honest)
Chances are if you are called in for an interview, you will be asked to audition on the spot. You won't have any idea as to what you'll be creating. You will have to just know the mechanics behind floral design and apply them to your arrangement. So I suggest you get formal design training or work closely with a mentor to help you refine your skills.
Know when to look
Holidays and wedding season are your best bet to get in with a floral shop. Consider your options 30-14 days prior to any major "floral" holiday like Valentine's Day or Mother's Day.
Know where to look
The first place to look if you want to get your feet wet so to speak, would be flower shops inside markets/ grocery stores. They're usually easy to get into. Check with wholesalers in your area and ask if their is a board where jobs are listed. Lastly, do a search for florist in your area and ask if their are in need of any additional help.
While you wait to hear back from job prospects, consider freelancing directly with businesses as an in house florist. For example, a restaurant that hosts rehearsal dinners every week would benefit from having an in house florists who could provide them regular flower arrangement replenishment services.
A hospital with a small gift shop, could benefit from a florist to come in occasionally and put together get well arrangements to grab and go for customers.
Whatever you choose to do, don't limit yourself. Always think outside the vase and be open to new possibilities.
You have a passion for design and unique talents. All that's left is for you to leverage and apply your skills where they fit best.
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