Do you want to get into the fashion industry? The process to join this killer industry is often hard but it is very rewarding. At times it will make you feel like no matter what you do, it isn’t enough. Sometimes you will as if the only way to succeed is to know someone.
You know there are amazing fashion jobs out there, dream jobs in fact. What you don’t know, is how to get them. How to make sure you are the person they consider for the job.
We have put together a step by step guide to help you get that awesome fashion job that you are looking for.
1. Take A Fashion Design Course
The first place to start when looking for a fashion job is to take at least one fashion course. A quick search of the internet will turn up hundreds, if not thousands, of classes out there in fashion design. But you don’t want just any of those courses. You want to find a course that has fashion professionals and experts as part of the staff and/or panel.
You can also choose an online fashion course. Online courses are often quicker and you can get experience rapidly. Consider taking a look at an online course.
2. Get Experience Working In The Industry or Interning
In order to get your dream job in fashion, you need to start working somewhere. Your fashion design course(s) should prepare you to start in the industry and give you something to put on your resume. Experience shows employers that you know what the industry is like and it also shows that you have the initiative to start somewhere.
Your first fashion industry job might not be perfect but remember that it is a step in the right direction.
3. Look For The Dream Fashion Job In The Right Place
If you are looking for that dream fashion job, you won’t find it hiding under a rock. You will need to know where to look to find that job. You also typically won’t find them in the newspaper or on job seeking websites. Those who do are the rare exception.
There are two places that you will want to look. The first is on fashion company websites. Some fashion companies will post their openings on their hiring page. Industry specific job board websites will be the place that you are most likely to find such a listing. Ragtradejobs.com is just one example of a fashion job board website.
4. Build A Portfolio And Resume To Dazzle
When being considered for a killer fashion job there are two things that will make you stand out above other applicants. One of those things is having a portfolio that shows you understand the fashion world. It should consist the best pieces you have done but they should also be well rounded.
In any industry you need to have a resume that is specifically designed for what you are looking to do. Take a look at other fashion industry resumes and see how they are put together. You can use tools like VisualCV.
5. Clean Up Social Media
A check of your presence on the internet has become standard for any industry. That means it is time to do some spring cleaning. Make sure that content is appropriate. You could even try theming some of it towards the fashion industry. However, you don’t want your social media pages to be fake. They should reflect who you are.
6. Send Your Resume And Portfolio Out
You have a clean social media, an education, a portfolio and resume, maybe even some industry experience. What are you going to do now? You need to send your information out to the fashion companies that you want to work with. Remember to also create a cover letter to win over potential employers.
7. Rehearse For The Interview(s)
Before you even get an interview you should be rehearsing. Interviews can be stressful and there will be hard questions that you encounter. Try filming yourself or holding mock interviews with a friend. This will help to give you an idea of how you are doing. Make sure that you also do some research into the company you are interviewing with. A potential employer can usually tell the different between the people who practiced and those who didn’t.
8. Enjoy The Job
The hiring process isn’t instantaneous but if you work for it and follow these steps, you too can become part of the fashion world. When it comes to your first day, don’t forget to be professional and observant. You want to impress your bosses, befriend your coworkers, and learn your job.