Whether you want to work as a haute couture fashion designer, pattern maker, sewer, or be the CEO of an international fashion conglomerate, this fashion hub will help you learn about what is available and how you can achieve your goals.
If you want a job that will mainly consist of identifying industry trends, designing clothes that fit a particular brand image or anything else along those lines, the fashion industry is the place for you.
What to expect from this hub
Looking to gain entry into the fashion industry or curious about opportunities for advancement in your existing career? You’ve come to the right place indeed! We have selected the top fashion career paths, job descriptions, and plan to help you learn more about them in this hub. We will even highlight what you can expect from each position based on real open job posts.
In the guide below, we will try to help you identify the fashion job that is right for you.
Fashion School Relevance
Should I attend a Fashion School?
Before working in the fashion industry, we recommend that you receive an education from a qualified school that specializes in apparel industry relevant courses. Although we do not feel that it is an absolute requirement, we do believe that taking classes in fashion merchandising, manufacturing, fabrics, and other key elements is important. If you do not have the time or money to gain a full degree, taking a few classes may be a good idea.
Here are a few fashion schools you may wish to review:
The above two schools are in the United States, but their are many excellent international fashion schools to consider. You can review the best fashion schools article to review a few of the options available.
Again, we do suggest you attend a fashion school prior to starting your fashion career. If time or money does not make this possible, you are welcome to jump right into the business. You will learn as you go.
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Pick a Career Path
The fashion industry may be larger than you think. In addition to important roles such as fashion designers, CEO's, and President's, the industry has an vast assortment of tasks that require a unique employee. Don't forget that in addition to designing clothing, it needs to be manufactured, shipped, warehoused, sold to retailers, sold to consumers and more. The entire supply chain has various employment opportunities.
Here are only a few categories of possible interest:
Fashion Designers, Pattern Makers, Brand Managers, Technical Designers, Marker Makers, Graders, Line Builders, CAD Designers, Graphic Designers, Textile Colorists, Buyers, Print/Surface Designers, PDM Specialists, Merchandisers, Textile Designers, Sourcing, Planners, Allocators, Product Managers, Quality Auditors, Stylists, Production, Manufacturing, Corporate Visuals, Account Execs, and more.
You can learn about these fashion industry job descriptions and others from the Apparel Search directory. If you want to be successful in finding a job, it is important to narrow down the jobs that you would find to be of interest. You certainly do not want to apply for a position working in a clothing warehouse if you do not want to be inside most of the day. If you prefer to always be on the go, you may want to be a sales person or a national sales manager for a fashion brand. Make sure to pick a path that fits into what you would enjoy.
Now that we know it is important to receive an education and pick a career path before jumping into the industry, we can move along to more ideas about where to look for available fashion jobs.
One way is to think of a fashion company that you enjoy. It may be a good idea to visit their website and review their available jobs section. If you go to websites such as Nike, Coach, Lord & Taylor, Under Armour, etc., they are sure to have a career opportunities section.
If you prefer to search multiple companies at one time (which would be a good choice), you can try search engines such as the Fashion Job Search website to look for fashion jobs from multiple companies at one time.
Job Hunting Tips
- Develop a strong resume with a clear message.
- Dress appropriately for interviews.
- Use a firm handshake and look people in the eye.
- After an interview send a thank you message.
- If you do not receive a call back, follow up with the interviewer anyway.
If you want a job badly, do NOT give up.
Be polite, motivated, and persistent.
If you are not good at creating your own resume, seek help from a resume service.
Practice the interview process with friends or family.
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If you are looking for a resource that provides access to employment agencies specializing in the apparel and textile industry we suggest you research opportunities from the fashion jobs section on the Apparel Search fashion directory. In that employment area you will find various resources to assist you with locating employment. In addition to job descriptions, you will find access to current listings, resume services, and more. You can also use Bing, or Google, to search for additional agencies and resume services if you can not find enough at the above mentioned site.
Thank you for taking the time to read our fashion jobs hub. We hope that you have found it to be educational. If you have suggestions regarding this subject, please list your thoughts, comments, or questions in the discussion area below.
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