How To Make Your Fashion Résumé or CV Stand Out
In the fashion industry, it is all about the presentation. Fashion folks are naturally creative and talented bunch. Your first impression with a potential new employer should showcase this creativity. Résumés are meant to be a complete and total representation of who you are, what you’ve accomplished, and what you can bring to an organization. Make sure your fashion résumé or CV stands out in the crowd by following these ten steps.
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!
Where Does Your Résumé Fit Into Your Personal Brand?
Before we begin, let me emphasize one very important thing. Your résumé is not alone. It is one piece of your personal brand that tells your story. As part of your personal brand you may have all or some of the below pieces, which should all work together to show one overarching impression:
- Résumé/ CV
- Video résumé
- Personal portfolio website
- Portfolio video
- LinkedIn profile
- Social media profiles
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5 Ways to Make Your Résumé Pop
Follow the below five steps to ensure your fashion résumé pops off the page and grabs the readers attention.
1. Grab The Readers Attention
This is your opportunity to craft a narrative that grabs the readers attention. At the very top of the page is commonly referred to as the Summary Page. This is a section where you can write a short paragraph that describes who you are professionally and what you have to offer. Think of it as your elevator pitch.
In Stephen R. Covey’s book Great Work, Great Career he talked about writing what he referred to as your contribution statement. The steps he gives you is a great way to layout how to write this section in your résumé.
2. Make It Visually Appealing
One of the biggest mistakes creative people make is they try to show off in their résumé using fancy script fonts or images. These are actually distracting to the reader. Save the creativity for the portfolio and interview.
Put yourself in the readers’ shoes. They have to sift through likely hundreds of applications. Make it easy for them to see your skills and abilities. Use bullet points instead of long wordy sentences.
Although you want to follow the above points, you can use simple, clean formatting to create a visually appealing page that stands out. The fashion industry is a creative field. You have to spark interest at every point of contact including your résumé.
Don’t go crazy. Use clean fonts. Use color blocks or lines to separate sections. Check out templates on Pinterest to get an idea of what works best with your personal brand.
3. Keep It Short and To The Point
Try your best to keep your resume on one page. Two max! Your resume does not need to include every single job or task you have ever done. It should be a clear and succinct example of RELEVANT skills and experiences. If you are applying for a high-level job in the industry the employer doesn’t need to know all the tasks you did when you were entry level.
If you are having trouble keeping it to one-page look for ways to purge unnecessary sections.
4. Tell A Story
The person reading your résumé already knows what the job they are filling tasks and duties are. They likely know what similar jobs entail as well. So don’t bore them with a bullet-pointed task driven résumé.
Aside from the summary section, your résumé needs to tell a story that encompasses your experiences, skill sets, and accomplishments along the way. Under “experience” make your descriptions accomplishment-driven. Avoid boring bullet points that only list duties and responsibilities. Instead, follow this formula:
Results = action + problem/ situation/ challenge
Results need to be listed first in order to catch the readers attention.
5. Use Key Words
You should customize your résumé for each and every position you apply for. Read the job description and find the keywords they are looking for Then insert those keywords into your own document.
The person reading your résumé only has a few minutes to scan through and decide if you are a good fit for the position. They are looking for certain skills or experiences. Take the extra time it takes to customize your application to increase the likelihood your application will rise to the top of the stack.
- Print out job postings you are interested in. Scan for keywords.
- Add those keywords to your résumé and LinkedIn profile.
- Ask a friend or peer to review your résumé and ask for feedback.
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