So, I know it's been a while since my last post on fashion education, but I plan to start it back up with daily tips... let's see how it goes!
Please let me know of any tweaks or changes I can make to help this series of posts better in the future! (commenting below helps)
For this post, we are going to talk about NETWORKING because it is one of the MOST important factors in succeeding in the fashion business.
To start off, you need to know exactly what networking is before we go any further. Networking in the fashion world is basically finding and creating connections within the industry. Forming connections is vital because it will not only land you that internship, but when it will also help you later in your career as well. For example, if you are applying for an authoritative spot, the employer will most likely choose the candidate who they know of rather than a stranger if both of you have the same credentials. On the other hand, if you are the "boss", then it comes in handy during business deals when you are attempting to gain support or customers when you know them.
Breaking into the fashion industry is one of the most challenging tasks. The solution? NETWORKING. Maybe your parents have an old friend from high school who works in the field, or maybe your mom's co-worker's cousin is marketing specialist for Ann Taylor. Who knows!? Finding a connection like that, no matter how close, is what will give you the little push that you need. Once you're in, you're in because it becomes easier. Keep up a good reputation, and network more. You may run into that assistant your were interning under, and she may have been promoted to editor, and now she needs to hire a new assistant... See? The possibilities are endless!