How to Get a Job in the Fashion Industry

If you want a job in the fashion industry, you aren’t the only one. Plenty of people are passionate about fashion and envision themselves working around the things they love. It may be hard to break into the industry, but it’s even harder for people who don’t have a clear plan. Once you’ve developed a measurable path to success, it’s much less difficult to plan the future you’ve always dreamed of.

Know Where You Want to Go

Lucrative positions, such as fashion design, are going to require a lot more ambition on your part. Fashion merchandising, editing, and even writing are a little easier to get into. Nobody starts off at the top of the totem pole. Everyone who is anyone in the industry didn’t land their position by accident. They picked one end goal and stuck to it. If you know where you’re going, it’s easy to make sure every step you take is one in the right direction.

Understand the Necessary Qualifications

Use a site like Gumtree to find fashion jobs you know you’re completely unqualified for. You won’t be applying for these jobs – you’ll just be reviewing the descriptions. This will help you create a roadmap to your future career. You know what you’ll need when the time is right, and knowing ahead of time will give you ample time to get it. You can slowly work on your credentials as you’re gaining experience working in the industry.

Get the Right Education

Some (but not all) fashion industry jobs require applicants to have specific education. Even if these jobs do not require you to take any courses, you’re making yourself a more competitive candidate by taking initiative and attending these courses anyway. If you don’t have the time to attend a physical learning institution, there’s nothing inherently wrong with taking these courses online so you can learn at your own pace.

Pick a Starter Job

Sometimes, a starter job is something less than glamorous. All that matters is that the job is relevant to your industry. You may have to start off by cleaning changing rooms in the clothing department of a store, but it’s more relevant experience than being a server at a restaurant. Any job you take is the right job as long as it provides you with a valuable opportunity to learn. You can switch jobs later when a better opportunity comes along.

Work Your Way Up

Great jobs will always offer you room to move up based on your experience and performance. If the career you find doesn’t, you’ll be able to sell your experience to a competitor who would be glad to utilize your talents. While you’re working your way up, it always helps to network with other professionals in your industry so you’ll know when a great opening is coming up. If you have the time, it never hurts to start a niche blog. Doing so may help potential employers find you, and if they like what they see, they may even privately offer you an unadvertised position.

No matter how you approach your entry into the fashion industry, you’re going to find that it’s tough work that requires a lot of dedication. Others might give up, but you shouldn’t. Every position they aren’t around for is one you’d be glad to accept.


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