How long is the ideal CV?
A CV should fit on 2 A4 pages, duplex printed, so only one sheet of A4 is required.
What does a CV look like for a design role?
Most importantly, make your CV clear and concise. A CV for a design role should contain all the usual information such as your most recent contact information, an overview of your academic studies with brief information on your GCSEs, A levels and any higher education courses. If your studies relate to the job you are applying for, it is useful to note any parts of the course which apply directly to the role in more detail.
Your CV should also include information of your previous jobs. If it is a part-time Saturday job, very little information is needed, however if it is experience in a fashion house or an internship relevant to the job you are applying for, more detail can be given.
Ensure that you explain how your skill set and experience is suited to the job you are applying for.
Should I have an online portfolio?
An online portfolio is a great opportunity to seamlessly provide a link in an email to a potential employer. Sometimes when you try to attach multiple files, emails bounce back due to email restrictions of the company you are contacting.
Is social networking useful in finding design jobs, if so, what sites would you recommend?
Social networking is useful as often companies directly advertise for available roles. It can also work the other way and personal contacts may alert you to new roles. From my personal experience, a Facebook friend left a fashion job and let her friends in the industry know there was a job up for grabs.
L is very important. Another one of my friends contacted the Arcadia talent pool via LinkedIn, met them for coffee, secured an interview and was offered a job for Dorothy Perkins.
What does the role of a designer at Quiz look like in practice?
Every day is different, but some of my usual tasks and responsibilities are:
- Keeping on top of current trends via many different outlets such as:
- fashion blogs
- fashion editorial
- visiting shops
- street fashion
- checking competitors ‘new ins’ online
- Making sure the current trends are picked for your brands customer and trends that will not suit the customer are not.
- Making sure current trends are interpreted for your customer. For example, the trend may need to be ‘watered down’ to appeal to a high street customer.
- Designing commercial shapes.
- Knowing what colours are likely to work for your customer.
- Compiling reports on current trends and high street stock in other stores to convey an understanding of what is happening in the market.
- Ensuring the design team is always kept informed on new trends, shapes, colours and prints that will sell.
- Using adobe illustrator to create detailed CAD drawings for garment designs to be given to manufacturers.
- Using adobe Photoshop to create realistic CAD drawings of what the finished garment would look like with the chosen fabric.
What do you think is the most important key to success?
It is very important to gain any experience possible. My university course had a year where we had to find our own internships within the fashion world and fulfil the roles they required. This is an extremely beneficial experience for gaining skills, bulking out your CV and gaining contacts in the industry. Also, in any design role it is very important to be able to use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to create CAD drawings.
Posted by Emma Kenyon, junior designer at Quiz Clothing.
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