Looking to create a Fashion Stylist Resume? Worried because you have no work experience? Then you’re in the right place.
In this article, I’m going to show you how to write a fashion stylist resume in response to a real stylist job posting even if you have no work experience.
IMPORTANT: the job post you’re responding to is what will guide how you write 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 a job post, 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.
Below is a resume that I created in response to this stylist job ad from Kendra Scott. Let’s understand how and why I did it this way.
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 post into a word doc. So we can study it in depth.
For this example, we’ll be looking at a job post from Kendra Scott, a jewelry and home décor brand. It includes my personal notes.
For these instructions to make the most sense, open up the online version of the job post in another window on your laptop or another device. 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.
I highlighted what I found important in pink in the online and downloadable internship sample.
These words and phrases are what you will use to write and optimize your 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 internship…
Though this role is for stylist its responsibilities are a mix of personal shopper cum sales associate
Retail experience (preferred but not required). Not all jobs will be this forgiving. While some jobs say entry level, they require several years’ experience. So be aware of that.
No degree required either, so it would also be a great start for someone switching careers.
Now we’re prepared to start writing our 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 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 resume. They are your…
Please refer to this section of the how-to guide for more details on how to complete your contact information.
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.
*For this particular post at Kendra Scott, you won’t be needing a portfolio. So, we can skip that bit.
Since you have no work experience, you technically won’t have a work experience section.
Rather than using a heading like work experience, go for a heading like Campus Engagement, Volunteering And Work.
List the jobs you have held rather than go onto detail about each. Even if they are unrelated to this role, they will show that you have been doing something.
REMEMBER: We are working out the content of your resume first. I will go over how it should all be arranged in the end.
Even though this role isn’t necessarily asking for a degree, it won’t hurt to include it.
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.
Since you have no work experience: include relevant modules you covered in your degree that will be useful to this role.
The headline I used for this resume was
Stylist • Brand Ambassador • Sales Associate
I used what I recognised as job functions that were scattered throughout the job post.
Just like the headline of an article or even school textbook, a headline should inform the reader that whatever follows is what they are looking for. So always go by the job post and not a generic title.
For more details on how to write your headline, read here.
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 stylist resume summary (not objective), I…
For more info on how to write your summary read here.
When you have no relevant work experience, rather make this section your Key offerings.
List all the qualities you bring to the table.
Look through the keyword research you did at the beginning of your resume. Then identify any required skills that you have learned up to this point. Wherever you have learned them.
You don’t have to have been a stylist to have learned customer service, social media or languages for example.
By now, you have the content of your resume complete.
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 headings and sections like hobbies. Yikes!
So, I always prefer a minimalist template that sticks to one page.
This is the safest, most professional option.
And now your resume is done.
Hope you find this useful. Remember if you need more direct help, the best way I can help you is with a resume critique and rewrite.