CV advice

Getting your CV right is vital to your success in your chosen career. The more specific and tailored you make your CV for each job role the better you chances are. Portfolios/showreels/demoreels are also key in getting yourself noticed.

Writing a CV

When you are writing your fashion CV remember to make sure that everything you write refers back to the fashion industry.

When writing your profile make sure you refer to things that you have actually done in the fashion industry, For example, ‘First year fashion design student studying at Ravensbourne’ says a lot more than ‘organised and good attention to detail’, as potentially anyone can say this.

‘Experience working in a fashion retail store’, or ‘experience working in a London Fashion Week Design office where I organised the sample room’ shows that you have specific experience.

Always mention your software skills such as Photoshop and Illustrator in your profile and ideally any fashion specific skills like embroidery, embellishment, knitting etc.

Remember your profile is the part of your CV that they will probably read first, so it has to be a synopsis of all the best parts of the rest of your CV. This needs to encourage them to read on.

Keep your education short and to the point. If you are in Level 1 or 2 you can still include the courses that you did before Ravensbourne (not your GCSEs- they got you onto the course that you did before Ravensbourne) but if you are in Level 3 it is enough to just put in your degree and any additional courses you have done whilst you are here.

Your work history section should contain everything that is relevant to your fashion life and not everything you have ever done. Take out any non-retail work (retail work can be helpful to secure that first industry placement but fashion stores are more ideal) and if you have no retail work experience consider volunteering in your local charity shop.

Be specific

Try and be specific when you list what you have done in each role. The only person that can best describe what you have done is you.

Try and use as many industry terms as you can. If you have worked in retail and have tidied a window or the shop floor, you can say ‘assisted with visual merchandising’. This sounds more professional.

Make sure you put your most recent experience first. Even a day helping out on a photoshoot counts.

Finally, many fashion employers say that they are not interested in your interests and passions. All fashion students will ‘go to galleries, enjoy sewing and sociallising’. However, if you do something unique or specific, such as make garments in your spare time, then include this.