Monday, March 29, 2010

11 Fashion Industry Job Searching Tips

Here we go again! We've said it time and time again, we at Underfashion Club care about our students out there. That's why we've compiled this list of some valuable tips for new fashion industry entry-level job seekers sending out their resumes....



Keep it personal.
1. Try to not use a school, work or shared email address on your resume or responding to online job listing. Seeing an address linked to another place of employment or your student database may be a turnoff to employers. If necessary, create a new email address solely for resumes(and don't forget to check it for responses!).

It's rude to be lewd.
2. While having the email address "stantheman69@xxx.com" might have been funny in high school, keep in mind that recruiters and your potential future boss will be reading your email address. Also, try to shy away from email address that could be interpreted as spam; sticking with something that is derivative of your name works best. (ie: j.smith@xxx.com, or jane.smith@xxx.com)

Hey, that's not punny!
3. We see it over and over again. Please do not use the phrase, "passion for fashion" in any form of correspondence with recruiters or hiring managers. We get it, it rhymes, but it connotates a lack of basic professionalism.

Prove it, Mister!
4. If you are a designer or graphic artist applying for a position, having a resume is simply not enough. In fact, your portfolio is a better reflection of your capabilities than your resume could even begin to address. Make sure that potential employers can see samples of your work. Whether its a link to a web album, a website or an attached file folder with .jpegs, make a point to include it in your first form of correspondence.

We got your message, loud and clear.
5. It's simply not enough to just send your resume off into the "Jobosphere", cross your fingers, and hope for the best. With the gaining popularity of social media, employers are interested in your personality now more than ever before. It's no longer just about what you sell, or your qualifications on paper, people want to know who you or your company are. Market yourself! All resumes submitted via email should contain, at the bare minimum, a short message. This is a great opportunity to tell your potential employer something about you that is not on your resume.

Reign it in, Rico Suave.
6. While it might be convenient (not to mention tempting) for you to juggle multiple applications at once, try to make it a point to handle them individually. Under no circumstances should you ever send your resumes to multiple companies or recruiters at the same time. Take your time with each and every detail of you email and address each email as a separate entity.

Don't get marked as Spam, man.
7. With the increasing popularity of spam filters in web mail providers, take a few minutes to make sure you make it to the inbox. Any resume submitted via email should contain the Job Title in the subject line of your message. Blank or poorly worded subject lines are likely to get overlooked and/or deleted.

Cover your tracks, this is bear country.
8. Sometimes, its easier to use a template when creating your resume than doing it from scratch. By no means are we denouncing the use of templates, as they can be a great tool. However, if you're going to be using a template to create your resume, make sure that you eliminate all the remnants of the original document. Those responsible for reviewing resumes at company look at those suckers all day and can tell when you used a pre-formatted template.

Say my name, say my name.
9. Yup, even the file name of your resume counts. When sending a digital resume out as an attachment, the file name should be easy to locate, place and recover. It should include your name, and the word RESUME. Steer clear of nomenclatures that are intended as your own personal ego boost such as: "bestresume", "elegantresume" or "perfectresume". Let the big boys decide if it's any of those things -- they'll let you know by hiring you.

Spell Check: Man's best friend.
10. Long passed are the days where spelling and grammatical errors are even remotely acceptable. Please, spell check your work. It's built into your software for a reason. Get into the practice of doing this for ALL your correspondence with future employers, recruiters, co-workers, current employers and even your mom. Trying to tell your future employer that you do sloppy work, are careless and just plain "don't give a damn"? Sending off an email with spelling errors would be your best bet. Spell check. No exceptions.


The truth? You can handle the truth!
11. Most importantly, be honest. It's just better to address any gaps in your employment history than to try to hide them. Lying your way through your resume may get you an interview, or even through the door, but you still have you prove your capabilities to firmly land that job. Lying about knowing software systems or being able to perform a task will be exposed at some point -- And cuttin' down cherry trees ain't getting you out of that one.


As always,
The Underfashion Club

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

LinkedIn Event with Paula Cohen

A week or so back, Underfashion Club hosted an event with guest speaker, Paula Cohen to discuss the benefits of Social Media, such as LinkedIn and what it can do for you. A big thanks for all who attended, and for those who missed it, this video discussing the key points is just for you!

Click the still below to view! Enjoy!



As always,
The Underfashion Club

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Reach out for resources...Check out our Top 5.

Remember that mantra we keep chanting every post?
(You do? Yes/No/Maybe/Check a box?)

Well, just for you(and posterity's sake) we'll say it again:

It's all about your resources!!

We at Underfashion Club care about our students out there. Which is why we've compiled this TOP 5 List (in no particular order) of some websites and blogs that every fashion, design and textile student should know and even try to take the time to follow. Each of these blogs have plenty of educational and supplemental information that could play an integral part in your research and in school design projects. Since we all know how busy all you future fashionistas are out there, these sites offer a quick way to find what you're looking for regarding patterns, fashion history, textiles or entrepreneurship while working you're creative little brains to the max.



FashionStudentsOnline.com :
An online fashion, design, illustration and textiles resource center who's aim is to provide supplementary and accessible educational materials for fashion/design students and home learners alike.

Content includes: An educational book directory listing over 150 books with reviews, a detailed school directory listing citing educational facilities around the globe, a directory listing freelancers from around the world,a manufacturers directory, and other useful links to websites and resources. It also includes an extensive archives interviews with industry professionals,an array of articles covering topics ranging from history and theory to garment care and tutorials plus industry equipment reviews and much much more. The site also provides portfolio and blog hosting.

Fashion-Incubator.com:
Written and maintained by Katlheen Fasanella. As a professional pattern-maker, Kathleen is loaded with lots of experience working with Designer/Entrepreneurs and other industry folks. The website provides insights on the basic knowledge required to branch out successfully into the industry.

Content includes: Updating on an almost daily basis, and covering topics ranging from manufacturing,tips for working with industry professionals,marketing, technical illustrations and pattern-making,this website contains more than 16,000 pages of content.


Fashion-Enter:
Joining forces with UK's FashionCapital, Fashion-Enter is a dedicated non-profit company suppling fashion designers with all the tools they need to succeed. Based on years of work with the London Fashion Forum (LFF) Jennifer Holloway, Director Fashion-Enter Ltd, decided to continue the excellent work of the LFF when the funding from the London Development Agency expired in March 2006.

Content includes: An extremely wide variety of information pertaining to the industry,trends, live interactive web forums and a range of applicable tools to help new and young designers succeed. These services include retail boutiques, a Showroom to sell designer collections, courses and business mentoring and a factory, dubbed "The Workshop" located in Haringey, North London. A membership opportunity is also provided that entitles you to discounted services and all restricted parts of the Fashion Capital portal that provides specialist support in a wide cross section of business areas for designers. These include and range anywhere from financing,an on-line boutique, printing and custom web design.


AntiqueDress.com -
Yes, someone should probably give her a quick lesson on Dreamweaver, but don't just this book by its cover. Despite the archaic web design, this site is a "must-have" for any fashion, costume or textiles student.

Content includes: Picture of gowns, dresses and clothing ranging from 1800's through today. This site encompasses information on Victorian gowns, Edwardian whites, 20's flapper dresses, corsets and bodices, bridal gowns, hats, purses, undergarments,children's clothing,textiles and much much more. There are a plethora of images of clothing and accessories available for your study and research purposes. On top of their extensive database of antique clothes, there is also an index of clothing worn by celebrities that are known for their boundary-pushing ensembles such as Barbara Streisand, Liza Minnelli,Whitney Houston, Carol Channing and more.


Style.com:
The online version of Vogue Magazine,this site is your best option for the fashionista who wants to know what's fresh with major designers from all around the globe. While it may be a commercially run site, frequenting it is a great way to stay up to date with the newest collections hot off the runway.

Content includes:Check out the File Style Blog to see the latest from their editors. Stay in the loop about upcoming fashion shows, people and parties, news, trends, shopping tips, beauty and more. Stop by their Trend Reports, Item of the Week and Shopping guide.They even have a Beauty Counter Blog offering you insider tips on beauty products, hair, makeup, skincare and more.Registering on the siteenables you to save images that tickle your fancy to a feature called your"Lookbook", a handy tool for any novice designer who needs a little inspiration.


Happy Hunting, As Always!
- The Underfashion Club

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Last sign-up day for LinkedIn presentation with Paula Cohen!

Underfashion Club is still taking last minute registrations for the LinkedIn presentation with Paula Cohen tomorrow March 4th, 6-7:30pm.
Held at 8 W40th St(7th Fl),this presentation will cover the topic of the Social Networking site LinkedIn and how it can aid you in your job search and career choices.

You MUST be pre-registered to attend, so make sure you sign up today.

To register, e-mail: Underfashionclub@frontiernet.net -- Subject line: LinkedIn Event -- or FAX (845-758-2546) this form to register. Make checks payable and mail to Underfashion Club, Inc., 326 Field Road, Clinton Corners, NY 12514. If you have any questions, email underfashionclub@frontiernet.net or call 845-758-6405.
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Monday, March 1, 2010

Only a few days left to register for the LinkedIn Event!!

Still having trouble on the job search?

At Underfashion Club, we really want to help! That's why we've put together this LinkedIn Event with Paula Cohen to help you learn how social media outlets can aid you in your search!

Register for the LinkedIn presentation with Paula Cohen on March 4th, 6-7:30pm (@ 8 W40th St, 7th Floor) to learn what LinkedIn can do for you!!! You MUST be pre-registered to attend. Sign up today! There's only a few days left!

To register, e-mail: Underfashionclub@frontiernet.net -- Subject line: LinkedIn Event -- or FAX (845-758-2546) this form to register. Make checks payable and mail to Underfashion Club, Inc., 326 Field Road, Clinton Corners, NY 12514. If you have any questions, email underfashionclub@frontiernet.net or call 845-758-6405.


RESERVATION FOR:

_____ Member(s) @ $15* = ___________________

_____ Nonmember(s) @ $50 = ___________________

*Special Offer for Members Only:
Sign up a nonmember and YOU attend for FREE __________________________

TOTAL AMOUNT DUE __________________________


Contact Name: _____________________________________________________
Firm: _____________________________________________________________
Street Address: _____________________________________________________
City:______________________________ State:________ Zip:______________

Telephone:____________________________ Fax:________________________

Email: ___________________________________________________________


TO PAY BY CREDIT CARD: Enter ALL of the information requested below

_____AMEX ______MasterCard ______VISA _______Discover

Cardholder’s Name:_________________________________________________ (Exactly as it appears on the card)

Account Number:__________________________________________________

Expiration Date__________________ **Security Code_______________

Billing Address:___________________________________________________

City:________________________________ State:_____ Zip:_____________

** For MasterCard, VISA and Discover, the security code (usually 3 digits) is located on the back of the card in the signature panel after the last 4 digits of the card number. For AMEX, the 4-digit security code is located on the front of the card, right above the account number.





Hope to see you there!