In Britain, fashion is reportedly the largest employer of all the creative industries, providing jobs for more than 816,000 people however, even with the large employment opportunities it is still one of the most competitive industries to get into. So how can someone starting out get their foot in the door of the fashion world? We took a look at what makes candidates stand out when trying to get into this fast paced, creative world.
Before going to an interview make sure that you have done your research. You should be able to demonstrate that you know about the organisation that you are interviewing for, as well as relevant industry news. A great way to show you have done your homework is by coming up with ideas you feel would be relevant and helpful to the organisation. You could include your idea briefly in a cover letter or bring it up in a face to face interview.
Take on every opportunity
No matter how big or small, it is important to be open-minded about any opportunity that comes your way. Any experience is good experience in an employer’s eyes, the more you have done and the wider scope, the better. It is this experience that will help you stand out from other candidates.
Getting a blog is the best way to show people your skills and passion for the fashion industry, make sure you show knowledge of the industry as a whole as well as the area you are interested in. A well designed blog with regularly updated, interesting content will show employers that you have a true passion for the industry. Making sure that your social channels reflect your dream career is also a good investment of time, follow influential people and comment on developments within the fashion industry. This will look good to future employers if they happen to stumble across your social media accounts.
Be a team player
Style Director of MATCHESFASHION.COM, Simon Chilvers, explains that proving you are a team player is especially important in the fashion industry. “In fashion you obviously need to have a good visual understanding and creative streak but equally you will need to be a good with people. In fashion it is often about teamwork, especially on shoots and in office based roles.” Showing previous examples of where you have successfully worked within a team, no matter what industry it is in, will hold you in good stead. Once you have got to a face to face interview, back up this by showing them your brilliant attitude.
Make a statement
Instead of hoping what is on your CV makes you stand out, why not ensure that your CV creates an impression of its own. The fashion world is all about being innovative and creative, make your CV reflect this. Scrap a traditional word document in favour of a more creative format. Why not design your CV in the style of the company’s latest look? American graphic designer, Melissa Washkin’s, hand stitched her CV and landed the first job she applied for out of college.