If you’re a fashion enthusiast and a career in fashion is your ultimate dream. Landing your very first job can be a nerve-wracking experience. Whether you have the keen eye of a fashion designer or the experimental style of a trend forecaster. There are certain skills that can help you get ahead. These skills involve improvising your working methods, creative capabilities, leadership qualities, improving confidence and are useful no matter what field you choose.
Here are the top 5 skills that will help you succeed at your first job and take you closer to the career you aspire to have:
Creativity goes a long way! You need to be able to think outside the box with every single challenge that comes your way. The fashion industry is one of the most creative fields you can be in. It can also be one of the most stressful! A fashion professional constantly needs to pitch and sell their ideas. They are often shut down by their boss or other team members who have their own ideas – this can be a recipe for disaster. By implementing improve techniques into your daily work environment, you can foster a zone where creative people feel welcome to express their ideas and contribute. This openness and contribution will help to bring the best collaborative ideas forward.
Here are a few improvisation techniques you can follow:
2. Be updated with current trends
While you don’t need to be a slave to the recent trends yourself, you should be aware of what’s going in the fashion world to have the right perspective when coming up with ideas. You need to be on the lookout for what celebs are wearing on the red carpet, what the Pantone color of the year is, which trends are definitely out of style and which are up-coming. If you can hit the nail on the head, you could become a trend forecaster.
You are going to be working with a ton of different people once you set your foot in the industry, so working well with others is essential. There will be many people from fabric vendors, patternmakers, and sample makers to production coordinators, salespeople, PR, production assistants, tech designers, etc. that you’re going to interact with daily. It’s important to treat these people well. There’s a very old saying, ‘Treat the cleaning lady as if she’s the CEO of the company.’ This will take you very far in this industry.
Whether you’re working in a company or you’re working for yourself, be ready to work long hours! 16 hours a day and 6 (possibly all 7) days a week as well. Get used to the routine because it will take stamina and determination. In fashion – you never know what’s going to come your way.
Most creative people have so many ideas. The problem is, they can never focus on one idea and bring it to completion. Make sure you pick the one that speaks to you the most and put your heart and soul into it. Otherwise, you are going to have a ton of ideas but nothing is ever going to get finished. At the same time, you have to know when to multitask. Keep in mind that multitasking will always be needed in this field. You’ll always have a million things going on at once and it’s important that you be on time and stick to a calendar. Staying organized, prioritizing and being able to do multiple things at once will be required daily.
There are a lot of people who’d say that being good at sketching and sewing are a few of the many skills required to land your dream job or run a successful fashion business. That’s not entirely true! There are many more skills which are important and needed more in the real world, few of which we’ve discussed in this article. Keep these and the below mentioned pointers in mind and you’ll definitely be able to ace your first job and have that big promotion in no time.
⁃ Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Being a new recruiter you obviously don’t know everything about the fashion industry, so learn by asking questions. Not knowing a lot of things initially is totally okay, you can cure this issue by asking questions, after all, everyone’s familiar, that innovators understand the client’s needs by asking questions. Asking questions is the simplest and most effective way of learning, your bosses and colleagues will definitely respect you more if you ask questions and do things the right way, instead of doing it with restrictive knowledge and messing it up. Be a brilliant thinker and learner, they never stop asking because they are aware of the fact that this is the best way to gain deeper insights into the fashion world.
⁃ Take Initiative
Fashion industry runs on the idea of creativity, you’ve already got your job, so now don’t expect invitations from your boss on a daily basis to do new job tasks, or to bring up some creative thoughts for the betterment of the company or fashion brand. Step up and present your ideas, after all, you never know when your idea becomes a trend in Indian fashion. Don’t wait around for someone to ask you, about your thoughts, figure out how best you can present your ideas, and do it- by following this method you’ll be much more valuable to your company or fashion brand.
⁃ Always wear a good attitude
As they say, no matter what’s in vogue you adorn until unless you carry a bad attitude, you won’t make a difference in the fashion industry. Concentrate on building a good relationship with the team first. In the fashion world, a good attitude will get you ahead faster than any pair of shoes, and who’s not aware of the fact that the fashion world is very restrictive so maintaining bonds is the most essential key.
⁃ Embrace the art of networking
In the fashion industry, this point holds special value, and its major skill to learn right away. Try attending fashion world events, and network well with other fashion industry people. From the outer world’s perspective, the industry may seem huge but it’s, in fact, small, you never know who you can work with in the future. Networking within your company or fashion brand also counts and is essential too!
⁃ Let your inner self shine through
Once you enter the fashion industry and apply for your first job there’s no time to be shy. Embrace your own personality, creativity, thoughts, and perspectives, because your ideas are the only thing that will set you apart from others in your job or workplace.
⁃ Be accessible
Do not restrict yourself to your desk or become limited to your G-mail, in your first couple of years of working, invest more time in order to mark your carve at your workplace. Especially in the fashion world, you’ll have to be accessible, enhance your personality and be an influencer in whichever field you opt.
⁃ Social media reputation is the key!
With the world becoming digitalized, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook are all important tools to grow presence in the fashion industry. Try becoming a little bit of professional and creative on your social media accounts and use them wisely.
⁃ Utilize the resources around you.
If you’re working, be it in any company or fashion brand there’s full potential that you’re surrounded by people who have been in a particular industry for a very long time, and they hold years of experience. Try talking with them for guidance and any queries you might face. These industry veterans can teach you things about the fashion world that you won’t find on Google.
⁃ Embrace rejection
To stay long in the fashion world, you’ll have to understand one thing precisely and that is you won’t be an apt choice for every project in the fashion industry. You can’t be perfect at everything, no matter how willing you are to dedicate yourself to the project. When you face times like this, it is important that you accept the rejection gracefully and maintain a respectful relationship with the fashion brand and/or client. If you follow this path of embracing rejection, the fashion brand of the company you’re working for will definitely consider you for future projects.
⁃ Fake it till you make it
There will be days when you’ll feel like you’ve no idea what exactly are you doing, but staying confident is the key. Stay confident while making decisions and also in your daily work life. After all, out of so many people you’ve been selected for the job, there must be a reason behind it.
The fashion industry is more or less a little restrictive and can be rather unforgiving if you don’t embrace the right skills along with a positive attitude. No matter what post you’re aiming for in the fashion industry or which fashion brand you’re dying to become a part of the above-mentioned skills will help you set up your career in the fashion world efficiently. Apart from these points, the one thing you should always carry is to “stay in the know”, the industry is constantly changing, it’s important to keep up with all the latest fashion news and trends. Do you still have any queries?
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