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.

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Be specific 

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’.

‘Experienced 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 Photoshop and Illustrator skills in your profile and ideally any fashion specific skill e.g embroidery, embellishment, knitting etc.

Remember your profile is the part of your CV that they may read and then give up on (often people have a lot to read) so it has to be a synopsis of all the best parts of the rest of your CV.


Keep your 'Education' section 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 what 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.

Work history

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


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’.

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

Finally, many fashion employers say that they are not interested in interests, all fashion people ‘go to galleries, enjoy sewing and making and socialising but if you do make garments in your spare time or similar then again make it sound as fashion related as possible.

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