There’s literally hundreds of guides out there about how to write the perfect resume but is there really a right or wrong way in the streetwear industry?
You’ve either had enough of your current role or you are just simply looking to get a footing on the next step of your career ladder in the streetwear industry. Looking through your OneDrive desperately trying to find an old resume you can use for job applications, you realise it was last updated in 2008! Or worst still, you might not have popped your first job application cherry yet. The idea of writing up a completely new resume is daunting to many of us, especially with the amount of guides out there, the job market competition and all the stress and anxiety that comes along with the recruitment process. Rest assured Streetwear Jobs‘ hunters, as when it comes to writing your resume you really have to follow some simple steps. When all said and done, it’s about 5 key things.
Ok so you have worked in buying roles for one of the worlds largest retailers but fancy a change and decide to apply for a role in marketing. Computer says no. We see this a lot, but from an employer perspective why are they going to hire someone that has no experience in the job posted? They aren’t unless you have some experience in the role. Keep your skills targeted to the role you are applying for otherwise you are simply wasting your time. You also don’t need to list every job you have done since 1998. List the most recent and relevant roles from the last 10 years, your experience from each role and what you can bring to the new role. Tailoring the skills from each previous role that are relevant to the new role you are applying for is also vital. So if it means re-writing the resume for each different application, do it.
This sounds like a no brainer but some people do actually forget to put their contact info on their resume. You don’t need to include your entire home address or the co-ordinates of your back garden shed on there but things like mobile number, LinkedIn profile and email address are a good way to start.
We get the fact not everyone studied at Harvard, but any relevant education needs to be listed from High School to Sixth Form to College qualifications. Go that extra mile and say which subjects you liked and why. If you don’t have a degree but have the experience, when a role is asking for a degree, don’t be scared to put your name forward. Real life job experience means a lot more than 3-4 years at university in the streetwear jobs world.
A good bio about yourself will really make you stand out. Don’t go overboard on the ego stuff though. Keep it simple and sell yourself. Sometimes we forget that recruitment is about sales, you are selling your skills to an employer for a price. It doesn’t need to be overly corporate either, especially not in the streetwear industry. If you are applying for example for a sneaker retail role and you collect Yeezy’s, don’t be afraid to mention it. If you are passionate about something don’t ever be scared to say so. The worst thing you can do is come across robotic. The key here is why would they employ you?
There are some really cool resume design templates out there, great if you are looking to become a graphic designer for Nike but not really necessary for other roles. A good resume is more about the information on it, although a cool looking design never hurt. The key here is simplicity. Don’t go overboard, if you want to stand out get the experience for the role first and not just a fancy template.