Fashion Jobs

Career Advice

Applying for fashion jobs huh? You’re finally here. You are sitting in front of your computer getting ready to start submitting resumes and anticipating interview call backs. But wait! Don’t do anything else prior-to reading the remainder of this article and you’ve decided that you have the dedication needed to apply for and work in fashion. There are many crucial things you must know before applying for fashion jobs. Sure the movie “The Devil Wears Prada” shows us some of the craziness of the fashion industry but let’s just discuss this a little more and provide you some realistic expectations before you decide to proceed.

1. Managing Expenses and Cost of Living

You'll probably be doing fabulous work in your new job however, if you don’t do the math right you may have to kiss it all good bye. For example, if you’ve been living and working in Florida (low cost of living), and you have your heart set on fashion jobs in New York City (high cost of living) make sure to budget not merely for rent and transportation but in addition food, clothing, health insurance, utilities and also other expenses that you may have. Make a list with all the different possible expenses and figure out if it’s a wise decision. You don’t want your new job to become an expensive choice!

2. Rejection

If you don’t handle rejection well, then this industry is not for you; it’s as simple as that. You may hear “No” often and you have two choices: cry about it and give up or go back to the drawing board and come up with another (better) plan. Consider it this way, a lot of those applying for fashion jobs will in the end get tired of all the rejection and they will give up; when that occurs, do you want to still be standing? If your answer is “Yes”, then guess who gets more opportunities? You! Use the negative feedback and turn it into constructive criticism. Learn, improve and try again!

3. You WILL be judged by your appearance

we are taught to love and appreciate people for who they really are but, honey, should you be working in the fashion industry people will look at you and make up their unique reasons that explain why you got the job. You don’t want them to look at you and think “SHE’S a stylist?!” or even worse, “She will not belong in this industry!”. Ouch! It’s not as simple as just going out and buying expensive designer clothing. Chipped finger nails, wrinkled clothing, dirty shoes are just some of the small details that make a significant difference in the world. Remember, fashion jobs are not all about physical appearance but they are definitely a major aspect.

One of Many Fashion Jobs

4. Your first fashion job will be the first of many others.

PLEASE don’t be
some of those people that think they've landed the best and most wonderful of all fashion jobs ever on their first try. I’m not implying it’s impossible but I am saying it’s not really going to happen for you. You will almost certainly have to start at the bottom, probably as an intern (paid if you’re lucky) and will get stuck steaming the clothes, fetching the coffee, etc. It’s not before you prove yourself and gain the respect of your coworkers and boss that you will be able to stand out and work your way up the ladder. It can take years and many job changes before you finally get your dream job. And even then, a ‘dream job’ in the fashion industry can have its share of nightmares too.

Fashion Jobs with Overtime

5. 40-hour five-day work week fashion jobs?! HA!

If this describes what you are searching for… um, yeah, you might as well just give up now. Rarely will fashion jobs offer such a predictable work schedule. After all, this will vary according to what you decide to specialize in but most people pursuing fashion jobs are not going to settle for being store managers with a set work schedule. The vast majority of you reading this dream of making it big, REAL big. Well, just remember that if you choose to get ahead you'll have to work more and harder than the competition and that includes being the first one in and the last one out. Told you it takes dedication.