FINDING A FASHION JOB: WHERE TO START?
In addition to professional skills and social skills, to find a suitable fashion job, we need to pay attention to the following things!
RESEARCHING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY
The fashion industry is not just about design and illustration. Each person will be suited to their own career path (designer, marketer, researcher, stylist, art director, blogger...). The nature of these jobs and the way to apply for them can be very different. Many people do not distinguish between a content creator, fashion editor, journalist, marketer or PR specialist, making the process of creating a resume or finding a job more difficult.
EXPAND GEOGRAPHICAL RANGE WHEN LOOKING FOR A JOB
When you do not have many relationships in the industry, you can only seek help from digital platforms. I once recommended fashion job recruitment groups or stylists of local brands in Vietnam. In addition, those who want to explore online/offline jobs with foreign companies can read more on LinkedIn, BOF careers, us.fashionjobs.com, fashion workie, style careers.com, upwork, fashionunited.com, Dior careers...
PREPARE 2-3 STRONG PORTFOLIOS
One of the common errors when applying for fashion jobs that international fashion experts/blogger have mentioned is using the same portfolio for all places. In terms of aesthetics and style, we should study the brand that we will be applying to in order to create the most suitable portfolio for them, because each fashion business has a different perspective. Whether it's 2,3 or portfolios, they need to be equally impressive!
PAY ATTENTION TO FASHION DOCUMENTATION
Not everyone has a hobby of reading books, buying books or memorizing too much theory. However, fashion resources can appear anywhere (online magazines, instazines, reality shows, blogs, forums, workshops, master courses, e-books, celebrities...). Creating a resource for our favorite NTKs, or suitable bookstores and magazines, will help us stay updated. Working in the fashion industry always requires creativity and updates.
REFER TO HARVARD-STYLE CV, HIGHLIGHT SPECIALIZED SKILLS
Brands inside and outside the country prefer a professional, clear CV in Harvard style (or similar minimalist formats). The layout should be in a single direction for easy viewing, avoiding splitting into two or three pages. Highlight the skills/jobs that you have done in the fashion or art industry. For those from a different field, skills focused on content creation, event management, PR, graphics...will have an advantage.
APPRECIATE EVERY OPPORTUNITY
Not every job offer is suitable for us right from the start, we can refuse or accept and try it out. Appreciating each opportunity given will make us more positive, because everything happens for a reason, whether we are attached to a particular job or not, it leaves behind "coincidences" and certain networks. As beginners, we should devote ourselves with dedication and goodwill.