Stepping into your career is an exciting time, especially when you’re entering the fashion world. This industry is always changing and evolving, every day is different! Whether you want to embrace design or work with a marketing team, there are a wide variety of different roles to choose from.
You’ve probably already been told how fierce the competition is for jobs within fashion. Whilst this is true, it shouldn’t put you off chasing your dream position. With the right personal branding and job search tools, you can land your ideal fashion job.
Keep on reading to explore the best ways to start your career in fashion.
HOW TO FIND A JOB OR INTERNSHIP
Starting your job search can be confusing, but there are some key routes to take when looking for an entry-level job or an internship.
A great way to start your job search is through fashion-specific job sites. There is a range of websites that curate fashion and textile jobs to help you narrow your search down. Make sure you check these frequently to apply to the latest jobs first! We recommend Fashion Network, Business of Fashion Careers or Drapers Jobs.
Another tool you can use to get your name out there is LinkedIn. Many fashion graduates assume this website is for other industries, however, many creatives are finding their first jobs and internships through headhunters on this site. Remember to list your experience, education, and portfolio to show off your skills. If you have a personal website it can also be linked here.
Networking is also a good way to make industry connections. This could be through an in-person job fair, turning up to industry events, through friends that also work in the creative industry or the IFA Paris Alumni Network. Connecting through social media is also a good way to approach certain creatives. If you have a particular dream job or brand in mind, you can always send them a professional email with your CV and portfolio attached too!
KEEPING UP WITH THE LATEST FASHION INDUSTRY TRENDS
If you’re planning to work in the fashion industry, you probably watch the latest fashion trends already. However, if you don’t, it’s time to get up to date on your fashion knowledge!
This industry is fast-paced and changes day-to-day, so knowing the latest micro trends and fashion news is essential. When applying to jobs and attending interviews, you’ll often be asked about the trends and to prove you’re a reliable candidate you need to be able to discuss these! Employers want graduates that know the industry inside out, so brush up on the latest news before any interviews.
Good ways to keep up to date include following fashion news outlets. If you don’t want to buy the print copies of these publications you can easily find their content online or even on social media too. Websites like WGSN (available to all IFA Paris students) are also helpful when it comes to trend forecasting, so make sure you check these frequently too.