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6 WAYS TO CREATE A GOOD IMPRESSION WHEN APPLYING FOR A FASHION INDUSTRY JOB

Besides having the necessary skills, creating a good impression with the hiring committee is crucial in order to land a position in a desired fashion brand.

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1. RESEARCH THE BRAND BEFOREHAND

When applying or interviewing for a fashion brand, it is important to have a solid grasp on the following aspects:

  • Style base

  • Brand inspiration/story/worldview

  • Product concept & category

  • Target market

  • Brand personality

  • Segmentation

Failing to mention the distinctive style, market segment, and target customers of a brand could lead to losing points with the hiring committee.


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2. SHOW PERSONAL FASHION KNOWLEDGE


Brands and magazines often seek passionate and knowledgeable applicants. Sharing one's favorite designers, fashion books, or websites can showcase a well-rounded fashion background.







3. DIGITAL PORTFOLIO OF 20-25 PAGES

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One of the biggest mistakes when including a portfolio in an application is not defining a reasonable number of pages. Many applicants send portfolios over 100 pages long, but this is not an indication of skill. Professors in the fashion industry recommend keeping a job application portfolio under 20 pages with only the strongest works.


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4. "CUSTOM" PORTFOLIO FOR THE JOB


Each fashion brand or company has specific design principles, criteria, and job requirements. Therefore, using the same portfolio for different brands is not

advisable.


Example: Remove complicated, unconventional designs from the portfolio when applying to a minimalistic or smart casual brand. Instead, feature practical and refined clothing.



5. BRING A SKETCHBOOK TO THE INTERVIEW

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"Seeing is believing."


If given the opportunity to interview in person, bringing a sketchbook or a few of one's own designs can provoke more interesting discussions with better self-direction.







6. BE SINCERE IN APPEARANCE AND BEHAVIOR

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During interviews, be yourself and dress accordingly with a clean, suitable outfit. Be honest with areas that require improvement and demonstrate humility in your creative potential. Let the projects speak for themselves.

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