Thursday, March 30, 2017

How to Find Job Sources in Fashion and Apparel Industry

Securing your first job in the fashion, apparel and textile industry may not be easy, but several strategies can be adopted to assist your entry into career, to make you stand out from competing applicants. Consider applying the same amount of effort and planning into gaining a job as you would to gaining a qualification.

It is not always essential to have a directly relevant qualification for many jobs within the fashion and textile industry. But if you are graduates of such courses a potentially greater chance of successfully finding career in your chosen field.
Career in fashion industry
Fig: Career in fashion industry
Most careers in the fashion and garment industry include travel nationally or globally and there are also many job opportunities overseas.

You can also read: How to Prepare to Get Job in Fashion and Apparel Industry 

How to get job sources in fashion, apparel and textile industry:
The following recruitment methods are used regularly within fashion and apparel industry:

1. Press advertising:

Fashion trade press, national and local newspaper, and different job web site.

2. Word of mouth and internal advertising:
Word of mouth and internal advertising is an extremely popular alternative to press advertising and most employees in the fashion and textile industry are likely to be recruited in this way at some point in their career.

3. Speculative letters to employers:
Speculative applications are where you proactively approach an employer to seek out an opportunity that has not been advertised.

In some job areas you will need to be proactive and make the first approach to organizations that interest you. Speculative approaches to employers are useful, and often essential, for gaining:

  • Work in employment areas in which vacancies are rarely advertised (e.g. journalism, broadcasting, publishing)
  • Vacation work
  • Unpaid work experience or work shadowing
Think about whom you know – friends, family, tutors – that might help you get in touch with someone in the organization or sector of interest. A speculative application usually consists of a CV and letter, but could be preceded or followed up with a telephone call.

4. Fashion, apparel and textile recruitment agencies:
There are many fashion and textile recruitment agencies specializing in design, technical, textile sector and retail vacancies. Recruitment agencies are responsible for-

  • Finding new candidates by advertising and headhunting
  • Briefing candidates for relevant vacancies
  • Interviewing candidates
  • Expanding the client base
5. Careers support in colleges and universities:
Every university has own career department offering relevant resources and advice to student. Some major employers exhibit at graduate recruitment fairs and on-campus at key universities to promote career opportunities within their companies.