How To Work With A Fashion Recruiter
When starting your job search you will need to decide if you will go it on your own or work with a fashion recruiter. If you work in the fashion industry you will likely work with a fashion recruiter at some point in your career. It is important to understand their role and how the process works in order to be successful. Here is what you need to know.
Recruiters fall into the following categories:
- internal recruiter (HR in-house) – They are employed by a single company.
- external recruiter (agencies/ headhunters) – They are employed by a staffing firm to service multiple different employers. May specialize in a location, profession, industry, freelance, or job level.
- Temp Agency (contracting agency) – These firms focus on helping employers find employees for temporary or freelance assignments, which may specialize in a location, profession, etc.
We couldn’t cover every possible angle of crafting a fashion career job hunt in just one post! This article is part of a 7 part Fashionable Job Hunt 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. You can also join the conversation on our Facebook group called PickGlass Fashionable Careers. See you there!
FAQ About Working With Fashion Recruiters
- Who does the recruiter work for?
Whether it is an internal or external fashion recruiter they work for their clients to fill open positions. You are NOT their client. Their job is to find the perfect candidate for their clients’ needs.
- Is the fashion recruiter the decision maker?
No. Although they are often the person who delivers the good or bad news to the job seeker or helps to negotiate the terms of your potential employment, they are not the decision maker. Someone else, often the hiring manager, makes the hiring decision.
- How are fashion recruiters paid?
If it is an external recruiter they are typically compensated 20-30% of a placed candidate’s first year’s salary. That is big bucks! There is usually a contingency to that fee that the candidate must stay employed in the new position for a set amount of time. This is an incentive for the recruiter to find the best, well-qualified candidates for the position.
- Can a fashion recruiter review my resume or portfolio for me?
You should never ask a human resources person to review anything. It is your job to put your best face forward and demonstrate why you are the best candidate for the job.
However, if you are working with an external recruiter you will most likely have a face-to-face interview with them first and you can certainly ask them their opinion and express any concerns you have. Keep it professional at all times. It is still important to present yourself in a professional manner so that they see you as a strong candidate for their clients.
How To Work With Internal Recruiters
Because these recruiters work inside a particular organization they are usually your first and main point of contact for any jobs within that organization. If you have questions or concerns, you are usually advised to contact human resources. Be professional at all times with your communication with these recruiters and do not abuse this contact function because it can have a negative impact on your opportunity with that employer. They have the ability to greatly reduce (or even eliminate) your opportunities inside that organization.
Human resource associates often work with recruiting agencies to help find qualified candidates to fill their open positions they are not able to fill internally. You are competing with internal employees who may be applying for the position as well as individual applicants and candidates found by an outside agency.
The good news is that because external agencies take a fee the company might lean more towards an independent candidate.
How To Work With External Recruiters
Even though an external fashion recruiter is working for their client, it is also in their best interest to get you placed when the right opportunity is available. Think of them as your allies in the hiring process.
With an external fashion recruiter, you can be more open about your career interest, experience, or concerns. If you have gaps or other issues, they may be able to help you strategize a way to present yourself in the best light. They can also provide insight into what is going on inside the employer’s organization.
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How To Build A Strong Relationship With A Fashion Recruiter
A good relationship with a fashion recruiter can be an asset to your career. Connect with them on LinkedIn. Send cards during the holidays. Refer top performers you know to these external recruiters to strengthen your relationship with them and help them to remember you with positive feelings. If you land a job through an external fashion recruiter, be sure to send them a thank you note!
- Start by updating your own professional profile on LinkedIn and connect with recruiters.
- Help them out by connecting recruiters without people you know if the position isn’t right for you.
- After you have met with them keep the communication open throughout the year.
Fashionable Job Hunt Series
If you, or someone you know, want to learn how to properly get started looking for a job in the fashion industry you can read the entire series here. Learn how to plan your job hunt and make the right first impression.
- 5 Signs You Should Leave Your Job
- How To Start Your Fashion Job Search
- How To Work With A Fashion Recruiter
- Interview With Amy Cole
- Top 5 Ways To Make Your Fashion Resume Pop
- Top 10 Side Hustles For Fashion Industry Professionals
- How To Write A Cover Letter That Gets Opened