Top 5 Ways To Build A Great Reputation In The Fashion Industry
Your reputation is the most important single tool that will move your fashion career forward. The reputation you build will open doors for you throughout your career. How you work with others is vital.
Another word for this is a “personal brand”. What exactly is a personal brand anyway? In short, your personal brand is everything that makes up the impressions you leave about yourself. That includes your work ethic, your relationships with your co-workers, and to your body of work. In this article, I am going to show you how to build a great reputation in the fashion industry.
We couldn’t cover every possible angle of designing a fashionable career in just one post! This article is part of an 8 part Fashionable Career Planning Series. If you want to learn how you can build a successful career in the fashion industry check out the other articles that are part of this series at the bottom of the page.
The Difference Between A Personal Brand and Image?
People are often confused between a personal brand and your personal image. The best way to explain this is your personal brand is the umbrella or parent company. It embodies everything about who you are. Your personal image is what you choose to show publicly and is under the umbrella as a sub-brand.
Consider this. Your image someone can Google. Your brand is what they hear from others who have met or worked with you.
5 Quick Ways To Build Your Reputation
Your personal image is actually much easier to build because it is physical. It is something your design. Your personal brand, however, is much more difficult because it involves everyone you have ever come into contact with, worked with, and how you interacted with them.
1. Show Enthusiasm For Everything You Do
A good attitude is actually the number one character trait of successful professionals. This makes sense when you think about it. People enjoy working with positive, optimistic, and passionate people.
Keep a positive attitude no matter the task. Take on each new task or project with enthusiasm. Ask for new challenging projects that you can take on. And always be willing to lend a hand to coworkers who are struggling. It won’t be forgotten.
2. Be Open To Learning New Things
It is sometimes easy to get set in our ways. After we have been in a position for a while we know the work backward and forwards. This is a dangerous position to be in because we forget to ask the question “Is there a better way to do this?”
Technology changes quickly in the fashion industry. As you meet new people and work in different companies you learn quickly that there are several ways to do the same task and get the same end result. It is your job to find the fastest way to accomplish your task with the best result.
Stay open to learning how other people do things and their suggestions. Who you learn a new skill or task always ask yourself if there is a better way. This question will keep you sharp.
3. Share Your Knowledge With Others
Teaching others what you have learned has several benefits. First, when you teach others you actually learn yourself. Having to verbally explain something to someone else helps you crystalize the task in your mind even better. Often times we do something so often that we don’t really think about the step-by-step actions that have to happen.
Second, teaching others everything you know in a sign of leadership. The person you are teaching will see you as an authority in the area. And your manager will see you have leadership skills.
Finally, don’t be afraid to share the knowledge. By teaching someone else to do your tasks actually frees you up for bigger, more important duties.
4. Always Be Prepared
Before you can move up the ranks and take on new rolls you need to perfect your current role first. That means always being prepared for meetings or presentations. These are the times that you can really shine. It also builds your reputation as someone your boss and coworkers can always depend upon to get the job done. If you finish a task early try to think what you can do to make it even better.
Consider who your audience is for these meetings or presentations. What questions or concerns might they have? Thinking of these things beforehand will make you less nervous and impress your audience.
5. Go above and Beyond Your Job Description
Just doing your job is not going to move your career forward. It’s not even going to warrant a raise. Obviously, you need to do your job to the best of your abilities. If you are new to the position it might take you a few months to get up to speed.
But after you have a firm grasp of your duties start to look for ways to shine. Look to take on extra projects. Find ways to improve current workflows or processes. What can you do to make your bosses life easier? Figure out what skills you will need to learn to progress further and make time to learn them.
You know that old saying “Dress for the job you want, not the one you have.”? Well, I like to say “Do the job you want, not the one you have.”
- Make a list of new ideas you can contribute to the organization you work for.
- Offer to teach someone you work with a trick or two!
- Ask someone to teach you how to do something that will make your workflow easier.
Fashionable Career Planning Series
If you, or someone you know, want to learn how to build a successful fashion career you can read the entire series here. Learn how to plan your goals and keep your career on track.
- How To Set SMART Goals For A Career In The Fashion Industry
- How To Write SPRINT Goals For A Career In The Fashion Industry
- Top 10 Ways To Keep Your Career On Track
- How To Find A Mentor In The Fashion Industry
- Top 5 Ways To Build A Great Reputation In The Fashion Industry
- What’s In A Fashion Job Title?
- How To Dress For The Job You Want In The Fashion Industry
- Should You Specialize In The Fashion Industry?