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What Employers Look for in Fashion Designers

December 14, 2011 0 Comments

If you’re pursuing career opportunities in the fashion design industry, standing out among other designers should be your first objective. Once you catch an employer’s attention, however, you still have to prove that you’re a worthy candidate for the job.

If you don’t have the things employers look for in fashion designers, then your résumé might not get a second glance. To catch and hold an employer’s attention, make sure you arm yourself with the following preparations.

An Outstanding Portfolio

Most students use their school work in their portfolio, so you can make your portfolio stand out by adding projects other than your academic ones. If you did valuable work in a job or internship, make sure you highlight it because employers like to see if you have experience in the professional world. Try some freelance work if you want to build a better portfolio.

An Impeccable Application

Preparing a cover letter template saves you time, but make sure you don’t send the same exact résumé and letter to every employer. Tailor your application materials to each specific job posting. Include the most relevant experience on your résumé based on the position description. In your cover letter, express your interest in the company using specific details to impress the employer.

A Strong Skill Set

Employers are looking for designers who are well-rounded and hard-working, two qualities that are valued in every trade. Fashion designers are more marketable if they have a range of qualities, including:

  • Attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills
  • Leadership abilities
  • Unique contributions to the team

As far as specialized skills, proficiency with patternmaking and sewing is a plus, and your résumé can highlight these talents.


Education can build a solid foundation for your training, but you’re more likely to get hired if you’ve achieved additional design experience. Employers are looking for candidates who have gone above and beyond, whether through internships, other work experiences, participation in design events and organizations, leadership positions, and so on.


If you get an interview, you have to exhibit the qualities of a fantastic employee as well as of a fantastic designer. To present yourself as a true fashion design professional, be:

  • Friendly
  • Respectful
  • Confident
  • Stylish

This article is presented by IADT-Las Vegas. Contact us today if you’re interested in developing marketable knowledge and career-relevant skills with an industry-current degree program from IADT-Las Vegas.


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