Wondering how to write your fashion resume? Then you’re in the right place. Look over my shoulder as I explain key points in creating a fashion resume like the one down below.
If you’re new to writing a resume, don’t worry. I’ll take you step-by-step into the how and why of creating job winning resumes.
This is what you’ll find in this guide…
How to write your resume in 7 steps
There Are 2 Things You Need To Know When Writing Your Fashion Resume...
You should also know about the…
There are two types of people who will want to write a fashion resume
But aren’t those the same person?
Let’s say you studied fashion design as a degree or course, you may look for roles that are not particularly as a fashion designer.
Even if you didn’t study fashion design, you may still get a job as a fashion designer.
KEY POINT: Your degree may NOT always line up perfectly with your job. That is, fashion degrees do not always secure you a job in fashion. For example, most fashion design jobs ask for graphic design skills, so a graphic design degree may actually serve you better if looking for this role.
For the sake of this example, let’s assume you are looking for roles in fashion, say as a fashion designer.
Even then, you should have two types of resumes…
A foundational resume is what a professional resume writer would produce for you. It takes into consideration all the best things about you and your career that make you a great hire.
However, you will not be applying for any jobs with this resume.
Because for that you need a customized resume.
A customized resume is a resume that is written in response to a particular job ad.
Every job will require different specifics from you.
You never want to skim on this and just send out a generalized resume.
Because of the first statistics I mentioned above.
It costs companies way too much time and money to sort through every applicant. It’s natural they only look through the cream of the crop.
That’s why this is my advice…
PRO TIP: Writing your resume should not be rushed. It takes time and planning. It's highly recommended that you take the time to apply for jobs calmly. That‘s why if you are in a rush, consider using professional resume writing services to speed up the process while still submitting high-quality job search documents.
Contact information may seem pretty basic, but there are a couple points to remember.
Your name must appear of course. Use the format in your official documents, should they do a background check, as some companies do. But this IS NOT the same as a headline. Skip ahead to find out about headlines.
A Professional Email Address
Take the time to create an email account specifically for your professional use. It’s completely free and only takes a few minutes. It's easier on you if all emails pertaining to job applications go to one location.
When creating your username (the part before @gmail.com or @outlook.com) go for your first and last name. If your name was Jane Doe go for something like email@example.com.
But that might be taken, so you could try...
Maybe even include a middle name initial if they’re all taken.
Just don’t use something cute like firstname.lastname@example.org.
LinkedIn… A Must
Do you need a LinkedIn account? Yes.
Do you need hundreds of contacts to make your profile look more authentic? Not necessarily. My LinkedIn guide will be released shortly.
But your account should be optimized to look like a serious candidate. That will also take a little time and getting used to the platform. Even though your prospective employers may market their brands on Instagram, their hiring managers are on LinkedIn looking for who to add to the team. So, work on your LinkedIn as part of your career development.
Also, when you open your account, make sure to customize your LinkedIn URL so that it ends in just your name and not a stream of numbers.
Do include your phone number so that you are easily reachable.
If you happen to be applying for a job from outside the country, do include your international code.
Address… Keep It Short
When you put your address on your resume, you're not giving the address so your Amazon package can reach you from out of state.
All that is required is your...
If you see an example that lists a longer address, just know that it’s a very old and outdated example.
Some roles would require a portfolio and that would be specified in the job posted. Even if not it may still be good practice to include a link to the work that you have done that is similar to the role you are applying for.
A headline should appear at the very top of your fashion resume.
It'll usually appear right after your personal contact information.
Strangely, some candidates still hand in resumes without a headline.
Without a headline, you give hiring managers no reason to read further, because you would have given them no indication of what they were reading.
Hiring managers are notoriously busy people.
Perhaps screening hundreds of applications, a day.
For various roles.
They're not going to take the time to figure out which pile your resume should fit in.
Think about it like this...
You’re a busy person looking to grab some groceries on your lunch break.
There are 2 shops side by side.
In one shop window, all you could see was cartons of unmarked boxes.
In the other, you can see the items neatly set out in the open and clearly labeled.
Why, you can already see the items on your list from where you stand.
Which shop are you likely to go in on your 30-minute lunch break?
Will you go into the first store and take the time to figure out what's in each box without even knowing if they have what you are looking for?
More importantly, neither will a hiring manager.
They’ll skip over your resume and go for the one that’s clearly labeled with a headline.
So, what makes a good headline for a fashion resume?
At the very least, write the job title at the top of your resume.
But that’s what every other well-informed candidate will do.
So also include what is unique about you as a candidate, for example
Fashion Designer With Graphic Design Expertise
Fashion Intern With Retail Experience
I’ve already talked about why you shouldn't have a career objective, but for the sake of the people who still call a summary a career objective please refer to the What’s Wrong With My Fashion Resume checklist.
Unlike other parts of your resume, a Summary need not be labeled.
However, Tim Windhof, an executive resume writer and personal branding expert, echoes what I have been saying all along…
Avoid boiler plate phrases.
…Won’t get you very far. Anyone can claim that.
Instead think of the proof behind such statements that no other candidate can boast of.
Prove that you are as amazing as you say that you are.
For a fashion resume, you might want to talk about…
Just what are key skills?
I like to think about them like the keywords that you'd use in a Google search.
Rest assured; companies do sift through and rank candidates in a data base the way Google brings up search results for a pair of shoes on Amazon.
That’s what they use an ATS system for. Especially in larger organisations.
If a job specifically asked for someone who could speak a certain language like French, that would be a key skill.
If a job asked for use of a certain software, that would be a key skill.
You need to study the job post to know what they are asking for. If you’re not sure how to study a job post, in each of the fashion resume examples on this site I take you through it.
Also note that there are 2 types of skills.
Technical job specific skills: These are skills gained directly from doing a certain job. In the case of fashion- sketching, use of adobe illustrator, sewing, technical packs etc
are skills that you learned in one role that will still be useful in another
role such as easy
to work with, following directions, no ego, time management etc.
So do include both.
In this section, you’d list any paid work and/or internships you’ve held.
For each position, begin with the…
Only list experiences that prove you're a good fit for this job post.
For example, ...
Maybe you were a server at a fast-food place.
It may not be relevant, but right out of college it may be all you've got.
Rather than using a heading 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.
Bottom line: do you best to get some industry experience.
If you have none, then even with a degree, look for internships as well as jobs.
This is not a step back, it’s a step in the right direction.
If you do already have experience, great.
You need to show you have done this kind of work before.
Mention things like…
Remember your power words and to use consistent tenses throughout your resume.
As an intern or new graduate, your education should come before your work experience - which may not be that much.
For each item, do include the…
Do also include any other courses that count as professional development like Adobe illustrator course, or fashion specific short courses that are relevant to the role.
Do list your degree first, and then the other smaller courses can follow after that.
If you have no work experience: include relevant modules you covered in your degree that will be useful to this role.
At this point, the content of your resume is complete, but you’re not done.
This is the point where we should discuss…
What NOT To Include On Your Fashion Resume
Yes, there are some things that should be left off your resume.
Contrary to what too many free resume templates publish, the following should NOT be on your resume…
╳ References available on request
╳ Career objective
In addition to…
╳ Low or below average GPAs
╳ Political views and conviction
╳ High school*
*even as an intern, high school can really be left off. Especially with a degree, high school is a given. So you can leave it off.
Please don’t worry about the template until you have focused and finalized the words on your resume.
Yes, your resume should look good, but a resume is a business document.
Creativity is to be showcased in your portfolio.
So go for something clean and legible.
Here are my top tips…
KEY POINT: Design & aesthetic rules can always be bent or broken. But this should not consume all your time. In the case of your resume, content is key.
And that about wraps up how to write your fashion resume!
If you really want to be thorough, you can check out my What's Wrong with my Fashion Resume article and check it against your finished resume.