Writing an attractive fashion curriculum vitae, or CV, that garners positive attention from employers requires more than just a list of your education and dates of employment. Because getting a job in the fashion industry is competitive, your CV must show that you have a broad knowledge of fashion and style terminology. In addition, your work experience and accomplishments must be tailored to reflect your potential employer's desired needs. After all, your fashion CV serves as your key marketing tool to help you obtain an interview.
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Things you need
- Word Processing Software
- Professional CV printing paper
Determine the company that you are sending your CV to, ensuring that you fully understand the job requirements and skills needed for the position. Also, research the company's mission and philosophy thoroughly to get an overview of its strategic direction and what it looks for in an ideal employee.
Type your document in a clear and professional format by using Times New Roman with 12 point font size.
Begin your fashion CV by including your name in bold font and centre it on the page. Include your contact information beneath your name, such as your phone number and e-mail address, and do not type it in bold.
Tailor your resume to reflect the employer's needs by including a relevant career objective. An example of a career objective (if you're applying for an entry-level job to a fashion publication) is, "Seeking a position that will provide an opportunity for professional development in the fashion media industry."
List your previous work and/or internship experience in chronological order, starting with your most recent job (including start and end dates by month and year). Highlight key responsibilities that relate to the fashion industry using action verbs such as "Prepared," "Developed" and "Managed" to clearly promote your accomplishments. Keep in mind that an employer receives numerous CVs. Therefore, ensure that your work information is concise, using straightforward bullet points and avoiding lengthy paragraphs.
List your educational background in chronological order, beginning with your most recent degree or coursework, especially any fashion-related courses or training. Include any relevant school activities and/or club memberships. For example, if you're applying for a job in fashion public relations, include any fashion-related promotional events and/or student organisations that you were involved in. Keep in mind that the educational background section comes after your work experience, according to the Apparel Search website.
Include relevant skills needed for the job. For example, if a job posting requires strong computer skills, then fully list your proficiency in that area. If it requires someone who has designing experience, focus on a class that you took in college.
Save your CV on your computer. Send it according to the employer's instructions, which may be either e-mail or regular mail. If your employer requires regular mail, print out your CV on professional-grade paper.
Tips and warnings
- Your CV should be no more than two pages. Include any additional facts in your cover letter.
- Use italics and bold letters sparingly to avoid distracting the reader.
- Proofread your CV to ensure that spelling and grammar are correct. Also, proofread your objective, work experience, academic achievements and skills, ensuring that these sections are relevant to the job that you're applying for.
- Be prepared to provide at least two references for a potential employer.
- Do not include pictures with your CV unless requested.
- Employers receive numerous CVs, therefore, it is common for responses to take longer than expected.
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