Looking to create a Fashion PR Resume? Then you’re in the right place.
In this article, I’m going to show you how to write a fashion resume in response to a real PR job posting.
Below is an example of the resume I created in response to a job description for a Public Relations Assistant at Glit PR Agency.
Let’s understand how and why I did it this way.
IMPORTANT: the fashion PR job description you’re responding to is what will guide how you write your resume. That’s why I like to focus my method on a proper study and understanding of the job description. Yet, most resume writers don’t talk about this.
If you’ve already read some of my other resume examples and are already familiar with how to study & use a fashion job description, skip ahead.
If your 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.
Career Coach’s Notes: For the most detailed instructions on how to write each section of your resume, please refer to this fashion resume how-to guide I created for you.
When you use it, give yourself ample time to learn how to write a resume. The first one may take several days - I recommend a full 7 days. But that’s 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 description into a word doc. So we can study it in depth.
For this example, we’ll be looking at this job description from Glitz PR Agency.
For your convenience, the job post opens up in another window. That’ll make it easier for you to follow along.
Optimize your resume
Resumes are sorted and filtered just like search results on the internet. This is how a company separates candidates it’ll consider vs those they won’t. When you optimize you resume, you use the same keywords on your resume that the company is searching for.
Begin to highlight any keywords that stand out to you. Keywords are any jargon and technical terms associated with a job.
These words and phrases are what you'll use to optimize your resume.
I highlighted what I found important in the job post sample.
Look out for the specifics of this particular role. As well as words and phrases that are repeated throughout the post.
It changes from company to company. This is a basic overview of what I can see about this job…
Now we can start writing our fashion resume.
HINT: Start your work in a basic word document. Work on the content aka words of your resume first. Worry about templates and how it will look later.
Even though contact information seems very basic, it’s still possible to get your resume disqualified on badly written contact information.
There are 2 main areas of your contact information that could make or break your fashion PR resume. They are your…
Once you’ve done this section right, you can always reuse it in any other resume you’re writing. So know that it’s time well invested.
Even though the experience section is usually further down the resume, 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.
Most articles will tell you to come up with 3 to 4 points that demonstrate your ability to work well in this role.
When it comes to experience, only relevancy counts. So mentioning baby sitting and food serving won’t score you any extra points.
For this particular job post, experience in writing & PR is specifically asked for.
So, what should you write 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 roles you have held rather than go into detail about each.
It’s a simple matter of putting down the details of your degree and any other relevant courses and you can move on to the next sections of your resume.
If you have no work experience: use this section to list relevant modules you covered in your degree that will be useful to this role.
For this job description however, this did not seem necessary.
Headlines are one important part of resumes that candidates often overlook. The headline I used for this resume was…
Public Relations Assistant – Fashion & Beauty
I used the specific job title used in the job description. As well as making mention of the industry.
Most people are at a loss when it comes to what key skills to write on their fashion PR resume. There’s no need to search the internet for key skills. Rather, you need to search the job description for the key skills.
Remember all that keyword research we did at the beginning of your resume? You get to use that again in your key 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.
The key skills do split into at least 2 groups…
Hard/Technical skills which are skills that are specific to this role. For example, fashion models should probably be able to stand for long periods of time.
Soft/Transferable skills which are skills which are useful to any role, are somewhat general and could be useful in a different role.
Be sure to include both.
I only call it a career objective so we can both be on the same page.
However, a career objective is a sure resume killer.
This part of your 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).
Just like in English class- write a summary that hits all the high points of hiring you.
Think overview versus general. For this fashion PR resume summary (not objective), I…
By now, you have the content of your Fashion PR Resume complete. 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 they have unnecessary & misleading sections like hobbies.
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 PR resume to look and feel like the brand.
Simply put, the content of your resume needs as much attention, if not more, than the look of the resume.
Hope you find this useful.
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Even after following professional advice, you may wonder if you’ve applied it all correctly. I’ll go over your resume changes a 2nd time, to ensure you’ve implemented those changes like a pro!
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