Looking for how to create a Fashion Designer Resume? And how do you make it a Creative Resume? If any of these are your questions, you’re in the right place.
In this article, I’m going to show you how to write a fashion designer resume in response to a real fashion design job from the lingerie brand Savage x Fenty. I’ll even include a bit in there about how to make it creative.
IMPORTANT: Creative or not - the job post you’re responding to is what will guide how you create your resume. Most resume writers don’t talk about this. But I like to focus my method on a proper study and understanding of the job post.
If you’ve already read some of my other articles and are already familiar with how to study & respond to a job post, then skip ahead.
If you're new to this site and/or writing your own resume, don’t worry.
Take my hand. Read on. And I’ll take you through it step-by-step.
Below is a resume that I created in response to this job ad from Fenty. Let’s understand how and why I did it this way.
Career Coaching Notes: Creative or no, Content is King. Please refer to this fashion resume how-to guide I created for you for the most detailed instructions on how to write each section of your resume.
When you use it, give yourself ample time to learn how to write a resume. The first one may take several days. That is perfectly alright.
Better to write your resume well over a few days, than to write it badly over a few hours. In this article, I’ll briefly go over why I wrote each section the way I did with the assumption that you’ll refer to the how to guide for more instructions.
The first thing I do is copy and paste the job post into a word doc. So we can study it in depth.
For this example, we’ll be looking at a job post from the lingerie brand Fenty. I've included my personal notes.
For your convenience, the job post opens up in another window. That’ll make it easier for you to follow along.
Begin to highlight any keywords that stand out to you. Keywords are any jargon and technical terms associated with a job.
It’s a skill to learn how to properly study a job post and it does take a little practice.
I highlighted what I found important in pink in the job post sample.
These words and phrases are what you'll use to optimize your fashion design resume.
Look out for the specifics of this particular role. It changes from company to company. This is a basic overview of what I can see about this job…
In this job post,...
Now we’re prepared to start writing our fashion designer resume.
HINT: Start your work in a basic word document. Work on the content aka words of your resume first. Worry about templates or how it will look later.
Even though contact information may seem very basic, it’s still possible to get your fashion designer resume disqualified on badly written contact information.
There are 2 main areas of your contact information that could make or break your resume. They are your…
Please refer to this section of the how-to guide for more details on how to complete these parts.
Once you’ve done this section right, you can always reuse it in any other resume you’re writing. So know that it is time well invested.
For this particular post at Fenty, a portfolio would be useful. So do include a link to your portfolio.
I like to work on the experience section next.
This gives me a chance to explore all the details of why a candidate is a good fit for a role. Come up with 3 to 4 points that demonstrate your ability to work well in this role.
I explain further how to do this in this section of the fashion resume how-to guide.
If you have no work experience?
Rather than using a heading like Work Experience, go for a heading like Campus Engagement, Volunteering And Work.
List the jobs you’ve held rather than go into detail about each. Even if they are unrelated to this role, they’ll show that you have been doing something.
See how I tackled this stylist resume for someone with no experience.
This position has requested a fashion design degree.
It’s a simple matter of putting down the details of your degree and you can move on to the next sections of your resume.
If you have no experience: you can list relevant modules you covered in your degree that will be useful to this role.
The headline I used for this resume was…
Associate Designer of Body-Inclusive Lingerie
Computer Aided Design And Garment Construction Experience
They’re clearly describing this role as associate designer not a fashion designer.
But that’s only one half of your headline right. What else can you put in there to make it stronger?
In this case, I would include a niche.
Fashion designers can design a button or bustier. So, specify the kind of design you do.
In this job post, they’re obviously looking for a lingerie designer.
And finally, include what makes you special. And stand out.
In this job, it’s very clear that diversity and body-inclusivity is the direction this brand is going. So that may be a good phrase to get in there.
There were also several software programs mentioned, so your competence in any (or all of these) may be a bonus.
For more details on how to write your headline, read here.
I only call it an objective so we can both be on the same page.
However, a career objective is a sure resume killer.
This part of your fashion designer resume should be summarizing why you’re a good fit for the job (a career summary). NOT stating the obvious about how you wish to work with this company (a career objective).
If you’ve been following along, you already worked out your experience, and education. You are now in a good position to - just like in English class - write a summary that hits all the high points of hiring you.
Think overview versus general.
For more info on how to write your objective/summary read here.
Remember all that keyword research we did at the beginning of your fashion designer resume? You get to use that again in your skills section.
So, make a list of all the skills you could find and use around 6 to 8 of them to create your skills section.
They’re split between the technical skills that are specially needed to fulfill this role and less specific transferable skills.
Technical skills for a fashion designer in this role would be…
HINT: use a mix of acronyms and full spellings when mentioning skills.
By now, you have the content of your fashion designer resume complete. Do remember to check out the 6 things to leave off your fashion resume.
But what about look and feel?
Now is the time that you can copy and paste your content into a chosen resume template.
Sorry to say, but most free templates were designed by a graphics person and hardly have any space for quality content. Not to mention unnecessary sections like hobbies. Yikes!
So, I always prefer a minimalist template that sticks to one page.
This is the safest option.
The most daring I would do is to maybe customize the fashion designer resume with the brand colours.
Simply put, even if you’re asked for a creative resume, the content of you resume needs as much attention, if not more, than the look of the resume.