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Researching fashion job opportunities?  If yes, you have come to the proper place.  This section of Apparel Search has been designed to help members of the clothing industry find the best fashion job opportunities.  In addition to finding current employment openings, you can find fabulous career path tips & guidance.  Take your time to fully research clothing companies and job openings before making your final determination.  Enjoy the adventure.

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Fashion Designers Job Data Job data for fashion designers, by metropolitan area. A Job Popularity rating of 1.0 means the metropolitan area has a typical number of these jobs for to its population. A higher or lower rating indicates relatively more or fewer jobs of the type in that metro area.

Fashion Education Article: With interest in the fashion industry continuing to increase, so is the competition; but so are the opportunities.  Now it's becoming increasingly simple to earn a degree in fields like fashion design, fashion marketing, or fashion merchandising.

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How do I find a job in the fashion industry?  Great question.

The Apparel Search Employment Guide connects apparel, fashion & textile companies with the most qualified career-minded individuals.

Step 1: Are you an employee or an employer?  Big difference between the two.

Employees: Fashion Job Listings - find fashion jobs.

Employers: Post fashion jobs - find fashion minded employees.

Step 2: Learn about the industry.

The fashion business is rather complex but manageable because the sector is broken down into many different categories of focus.  Although the business of fashion involves design, manufacturing, distribution, retailing, marketing, etc., most employees do "not" have to be experts in every aspect of the business.  Some positions require a broad knowledge base, but many fashion jobs are very specific to a particular task.  For example, pattern makers work on patterns, sewers work sewing, marketing manages work on marketing issues.  If you work in the department of fashion marketing, your boss will most likely not require you to also sew pants.  As a member of the apparel industry, you will want to have a general understanding of as many areas of focus as you can, but you would not need to be an expert in multiple segments.  If you own your own business or work in upper management, you will obviously want to be as smart as possible in as many aspects of the industry as possible.  Clearly, the more you know the better.

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Why work in the fashion industry?

Fashion jobs are exciting, rewarding, and can be lucrative as well.  We can go on for days trying to explain to you why this industry is a good choice.  To cut to the chase, we can explain it rather simply.  Most people wear clothes.  This trend will most likely continue.  Therefore, the industry will most likely not disappear in the near future.  Yes, the industry will continue to change and evolve, but employment opportunities will exist for sure.  Knowing that jobs will exist is only one of the many issues to consider when decided on a career path.  It is also critical to have a general passion.  Do you enjoy fashion?  If yes, that is a good start.

Are you new to the apparel industry?

If you have not already done so, we would suggest that you attend a fashion school to get a general understanding of the industry.  If you have not attended college yet, or don't plan to at all, we have some good news.  You can still find employment in the apparel industry.  Sure, you would have a much better chance with a proper degree, but you will not be completely shut out if you do not yet have a fashion relevant diploma.

You can find a good video about the industry called, "How to Succeed in The Fashion Industry" from the Parsons School of Design.  The following video Published on Jul 26, 2016 How to Succeed in the Fashion Industry Video

Regardless of whether or not you are entering the work force for the first time or you have already had a long history of employment, taking steps to improve your career path is always a good idea.  Taking courses at a fashion school should be part of your continuing education even after you have your degree.

What happens after fashion school graduation?  Well, we hope you are now 100% focused on finding a job in the garment industry.

Knowing your goals is only one step in the process.  Finding the proper company to match your skill level and personality is another aspect that takes research.  You can learn about some of the important fashion businesses in our fashion company section.

Love Your Fashion JobAfter you find a good company to interview with, be sure to "research" as much as possible about the company and the particular job requirements as you can "BEFORE" you go to the interview.  If it is a publically traded company, you can check news about them at financial websites.  Definitely spend time doing your homework before you go on an important invterview.

Want to break into the fashion industry?  Trying to switch careers? Try the Fashion Job Search Engines to find the best jobs in the fashion industry. You can also visit the following clothing, footwear, and accessory companies to view their current positions for which they are seeking candidates for employment.

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small fashion jobs folder  Adidas: they strive to be the global leader in the sporting goods industry with sports brands built on a passion for competition and a sporting lifestyle. Their strategy is simple: continuously strengthen their brands and products to improve their competitive position and financial performance.

  Bay, The (Canadian retailer): employment opportunities at The Bay.  At Hbc, they offer their associates careers with unlimited possibilities for growth and personal development. Your career at Hbc can take many paths within and across different functional areas of the business including merchandising, store operations, finance, human resources and more. Hudson's Bay Company is one of Canada's largest employers with nearly 70,000 associates across the country. Each associate plays a role in Hbc shopping experience by serving customers in stores, supporting their supply chain or information technology, sourcing merchandise or designing in-store displays. Their associates strive to provide Canadians with everything they need and want at the right price, time and place. Through recruitment, training and promotion from within, Hudson's Bay Company continues to strengthen and build their business with their associates. 

  Belk (Retailer): Belk offers a wide variety of jobs and career opportunities in its corporate and division offices and stores. These include management and professional positions in such areas as sales, merchandising, operations, accounting, credit, information technology, advertising, loss prevention, and many others.

  Big Lots (Retailer): job listings at Big Lots.  If you're looking for a growing, fun place to work, check out Big Lots! As a Fortune 500 company with over 1,400 stores nationwide, they offer the potential for individuals to excel in a challenging and changing retail environment. Whether you are interested in their retail divisions, distribution and transportation services, or their general office, they have an opportunity for you

  Bloomingdales or  (Retailer): employment listings for the fashion department and other areas of Bloomingdales.  Bloomingdale's understands you need a solid foundation and continuous education to achieve high levels of performance in your job - and to advance to the next levels of responsibility. Experience has proven that informed, motivated employees do better work and achieve success for themselves, and for the organization as a whole. From the moment you walk in our door as a new employee, you will be exposed to continuous opportunities for learning and development. The process of acquiring skills and leadership ability continues all the way up to, and through, senior management positions - an important component of their philosophy of promoting from within their organization.

  Burlington Coat Factory (Retailer): find jobs at the Burlington coat factory.  Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corporation is a national department store retail chain offering current, high quality, designer merchandise at up to 60% less than other department store prices. Burlington Coat Factory stores feature outerwear, apparel, shoes, accessories for the entire family, baby clothes, furniture, toys, home decor items, and gifts. Over 315 stores can be found in 42 states nationwide

  Caleres, Inc.: Caleres Inc. is a global footwear company that owns and operates a variety of market-leading footwear brands. Its headquarters is located in Clayton, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis)

 Carrefour Job Site  / Carrefour (Europe): 2nd largest retailer in the world.  They have over 9000 stores Operating in 30 countries.

  Chico's FAS Inc.: Chico's FAS, Inc. is a cultivator of brands serving the lifestyle needs of fashion-savvy women 30 years and older. Their brand portfolio currently consists of three brands: Chico's, White House Black Market and Soma.  Their brands are all specialty retailers of private label women's apparel, accessories and related products. Currently, we operate 1,518 boutiques and outlets throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as an online presence for each of their brands.

  Children's Place: The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc., is a leading specialty retailer of children's clothing and accessories, ages newborn to ten years old.  The Company designs, contracts to manufacture and sells high-quality, value-priced merchandise under the proprietary The Children's Place and licensed Disney Store brand names.  As of April 30, 2005, the Company owned and operated 753 The Children's Place stores and 306 Disney Stores in North America.

  Claire's Stores, Inc.: working at Claire's is having a career with a leading international specialty retailer offering value-priced costume jewelry, accessories and cosmetics to fashion-aware tweens, teens and young adults through its two store concepts: Claire's (North America and Europe) and Icing by Claire's. In 1961 a predecessor to Claire's named Fashion Tress, Inc. went public in over the counter trading. In 1973 the name was changed to FT Industries, Inc. when Chairman Emeritus, Rowland Schaefer, bought Claire's Boutiques, Inc. which operated 60 stores in the Chicago area. The Company name was changed to Claire's Stores, Inc. in 1983 and the Common Stock (NYSE: CLE) was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1985.

  Coach: Coach was founded in 1941 as a family-run workshop. In a Manhattan loft, six artisans handcrafted a collection of leather goods using skills handed down from generation to generation. Discerning consumers soon began to seek out the quality and unique nature of Coach craftsmanship. Now greatly expanded, Coach continues to maintain the highest standards for materials and workmanship. Coach's exceptional work force remains committed to carefully upholding the principles of quality and integrity that define the company. They attribute the prominence of the Coach brand to the unique combination of their original American attitude and design, their heritage of fine leather goods and custom fabric. Coach is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and they pride themselves on hiring and developing the best people. All employment decisions (including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, transfer, training, discipline and termination) are based on the applicant's or employee's qualifications as they relate to the requirements of the position under consideration.  

  Converse began in 1908 in Malden, Massachusetts as a rubber shoe company specializing in galoshes. Soon after, they started using their rubber to make sneakers. In 1920, they renamed their canvas basketball sneaker the "All Star." The name stuck. What didn't stick was their intention. Converse made them to sink jump shots on the court. You, however, saw them as something more… and started wearing their sneakers to do whatever you wanted. You played music, made art, skated the streets and kicked back. You wore them as fashion. You wore them to work. You customized them with your personal style. You did everything to them, and in them. You saw their sneakers' unlimited potential.  Now, Converse wants to see your potential.  Possibly a career at their company is in your future.  Learn more about job opportunities by visiting their site.  By the way, Converse is now a division on Nike.

fashion directory  Destination XL (formerly J.Baker Inc. (Casual Male) : Training and development opportunities. A promote-from-within philosophy. Respect and recognition. When you join the largest provider of men's XL apparel that carries top-notch brands like Polo Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, and Cole Haan, you'll discover an energized team – all working together to make a difference by delivering a one-of-a-kind guest experience. From the storefront to the home office, DXL has a culture that's alive with possibilities... and a perfect fit for you. For nearly 30 years, Casual Male Big & Tall had been America's #1 retailer of men's big and tall clothing. Today, Casual Male continues to be the preferred retailer of men's apparel in big sizes 1X to 6X, tall sizes from LT to 5XLT, waist measurements from 36" to 60" and shoes in sizes 11-16, including wide widths.

  Dillard Dept. Stores: job openings at Dillard's.  Learn more about Dillard's here on Apparel Search.

small fashion jobs folder  Dressbarn: at dressbarn they believe in a healthy balance of work and life, which means more time spent with people who mean the most to you and more time for you to do the things you enjoy.  Just visit their store opportunities to find an employment opportunity right for you.  If you enjoy working in fashion, this may be a good career choice.

small fashion jobs folder  DSW: Learn about a career at DSW.  At all levels of DSW, their associates are what make them successful.  Their culture is one in which individual initiative is encouraged and quality performance is the standard.  They reward and recognize their achievers, and they take pride in the difference their associates make.  DSW is the shoe shopping destination for style-conscious women and men who appreciate value. With thousands of shoes, great prices, and an ever-changing inventory, the brand captures the imagination of shoe lovers nationwide.

small fashion jobs folder  Filenes Basement: job opportunities at Filenes Basement.

fashion directory  Fred Meyer / Kroger: employment opportunities.  Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, The Kroger Company (NYSE:KR) is one of the nation's largest grocery retailers, with fiscal 2003 sales of $53.8 billion. The Kroger Company spans many states with store formats that include grocery and multi-department stores, convenience stores and mall jewelry stores . We operate under nearly two dozen banners, all of which share the same belief in building strong local ties and brand loyalty with our customers.

fashion directory Gap Employment: employment listings at The Gap.  If you are looking for a good job in the Fashion industry, this is a good place to to start.

fashion directory  Genesco (footwear): Genesco, (NYSE: GCO), is a marketer of branded footwear and accessories to customers with clearly identifiable lifestyles through all the channels of distribution where they buy their footwear and accessories. The Company has a unique ability to understand its customers' lifestyles and to meet their footwear accessory needs by offering the right products, in the right shopping environment at the right time. Founded in 1924 in Nashville, Tennessee, Genesco, based in Nashville, sells footwear and accessories in more than 1,000 retail stores in the U.S., principally under the names Journeys, Journeys Kidz, Johnston & Murphy, Underground Station and Jarman, and on internet websites Journeys and Johnston & Murphy  . The Company also sells footwear at wholesale under licensed brand names

fashion directory  JCPenney: JCPenney is one of the largest and most trusted retailers in the industry, generating billions of dollars in sales annually.  Headquartered in Legacy Corporate Park in Plano, Texas, the JCPenney Company operates more than 1,100 department stores in the nation's leading malls, one of the world's most sophisticated catalog networks, a leading Internet shopping site, Eckerd drugstores and more.  There are exciting career opportunities for bright, energetic and talented individuals in a stimulating, fast-paced and team-oriented culture. They are committed to the development of each associate's career while supporting the individual's need for a healthy, productive work/lifestyle balance.

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Always keep in mind that you are not locked into one segment of the industry.  When originally looking for a fashion job you may wish to start as a designer.  However, you may learn over time that your path may veer into another direction.  As you learn more about your skill set, you will also learn to follow your heart, your talents and your mind for guidance. It may not always lead where you originally intended.  We truly hope that you find the fashion jobs that you are seeking.  Keep in mind that jobs in merchandising, stylist jobs, modeling careers, clothing retail jobs, sales opportunities, etc. are available all the time.  You simply have to put in the effort to find the right one for you.

Apparel Search helps you find employment opportunities at the nations leading clothing companies.  We truly hope that this section helps you with viewing fashion jobs or posting fashion jobs employment opportunities for the apparel, fashion & textile industries.

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Oh, almost forgot.  You may also want to go to Youtube and check out some of the videos about fashion jobs.  The videos often have good advice from people that already work in the industry.

You may also want to check into various government resources that provide information about employment.

US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Apparel Workers Find out how many apparel workers there are in the US, and what type of jobs they do. From the US Government's Bureau of Labor Statist

Employment & Training Administration - US Department of Labor

Work hard, learn about the industry, and go on interviews.  You will do fine.

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