6 Quick Steps to Get the Job, Move to NYC and Live Your Dreams!

from a fashion designer’s perspective by Kali Simba

Copyright 2008, Kali Simba, 6 Quick Steps to Get the Job, Move to NYC and Live Your Dreams! from a fashion designer’s perspective, Artwork by Kali Simba, This Ebook may be freely distributed!

.................................. Move to NYC and Live Your Dreams! from a fashion designer’s perspective.....................................................................4 Step 2 Get Summer Internship................................14 Glossary......................................................................................................................................................13 Congratulations!........................................................................ Kali Simba............................................... This time It’s for Real!...........................................7 Important Skills..... NJ Map..............................................................................................................................................................................................................19 Copyright 2008.........................................................................11 Manhattan and Boroughs Map.........................................................................................Table of Contents Intro..............................................................................................................................................................................................18 About the Author..........................................................................3 Sample Resume................................................................. This Ebook may be freely distributed! ...........6 Step 5 Send Out Resume for Full-Time Job..................................6 Step 4 Work It!................................................5 Step 3 Summer Housing...........................................................................................17 References...............................12 Hudson County..................................................................................................16 Pay Scale......................15 Climb Your Way to the Top of the Design Ladder........................................................................................3 Step1 Prepare Resume...............................................................................................8 Step 6 Housing..................... Artwork by Kali Simba.... 6 Quick Steps to Get the Job....................................

Move to NYC and Live Your Dreams! from a fashion designer’s perspective. Kali Simba. Feel free to make variations to suit your personality. Sample Resume This resume is sufficient to use for internship and your first full-time fashion job. See sample resume on the following page. You can win. the better. It’s were dreams come true if you make them happen. New York City. -3- Copyright 2008. Are you ready to land your fashion design job straight out of college in New York City? Do images of the big city intimidate you? New York City is a fascinating city. You will have the opportunity to grow to unknown heights. Look at it as a fresh start in a very unique place. You can make it! These steps come from a young designer who was the first person in her college class to land a fashion design job right after school. Get assistance from your school’s career center.Looking for a fashion job right after college? Be the first in your class to land a job that you desire in one of the greatest cities in the world! It’s the fashion capitol of the world. Prepare your resume. Junior Year College. Artwork by Kali Simba. This ebook is for you! So let’s start again. This Ebook may be freely distributed! . 6 Quick Steps to Get the Job. More about her later. Start Early! 1) Prepare Resume The earlier you start. meet tons of very interesting people and work with the very best in the industry. A clean concise one page resume is sufficient. you can succeed. Here are 6 very easy steps that will lead you to your dream.

Notable Achievements • 2005: Awarded All American Trophy for Women’s Cross Country team as best team player. AZ Cutomer Service Representative. Phoenix. Education 2008 Expected date of Graduation. 6 Quick Steps to Get the Job. Assisted both English and Mandarin speaking customers. AZ 29112 (891) 555-5555 jlewis@fashionschool. Artwork by Kali Simba. Product was produced with the financial backing of boutique owner.Present * Assisted in all aspects of selling * Developed and organized a charity fundraiser fashion show at Carmela’s boutique. Relevant Skills • Hand Sketch • Adobe Illustrator • Adobe Photoshop • Excel • Bilingual English and Mandarin Employment History Carmela’s Accessories Boutique. Phoenix. Raised $5. * Created and designed a new fashion headband concept. Phoenix. AZ Intern. Summer 2006. Summer 2005 * Assisted customers with trouble shooting service malfunctions. Bachelors of Arts. Fashion Design Fashion University.000 of which a portion went to the local children’s travel club. AZ -4- Copyright 2008.Jana Lewis 234 West Street Phoenix. Voice Now Telephone Company. This Ebook may be freely distributed! .000 in sales. Summer of 2006 . Move to NYC and Live Your Dreams! from a fashion designer’s perspective. Sold approximately 50 units per month during the spring/summer of 2007 which resulted in over $19. * Arranged store displays. Kali Simba.net __________________ Objective To obtain a position as a fashion design intern at a company that designs exclusive high fashion women’s apparel in New York City.

This is your chance to learn with any company. Try this route if it interests you. Large corporations have to go through a process of budget approval that seems to take longer than at a smaller company. Stylecarers. Kali Simba. Key to finding an internship in NYC Do a search on http://www. This Ebook may be freely distributed! . once you are registered with Human Resourse for a particular company then year after year if you start even earlier than your junior year you can ask to work with another brand within the same company.stylecareers. getting back and forth to work everyday. the better. FYI-most internships only pay for transportation. Most of these summer programs are in cities like Paris. This will give you access to a company’s human resources or job contact details. Pay: This is something that should be discussed up front.com You can also use other job search engines like craigslist. Most college fashion design programs offer summer internships abroad. The price normally includes room and board. we’re getting to that! Remember it’s one step at a time. This is good for you as an intern because. Human resources will let you know if that particular position is available to have an intern. Do not take it personally if you do not get an internship right away. hotjobs or careerbuilder. If you want to do an internship in NYC then first ask your school if they are affiliated with any schools there (in NYC). This is a great opportunity. If you’re finding an internship on your own. Artwork by Kali Simba. great also. Start looking for internship possibilities in February. dream big and identify the brands that you love.2) Get Summer Internship in NYC But wait.fashioncareers. If you see a brand or ad that interests you. Tell them that you are interested in assisting as an intern for this particular position.com or http://www.com is an excellent site. They will already be familiar with your work habits which is a plus for you if you wish to build your relationship within one company. it could -5- Copyright 2008. 6 Quick Steps to Get the Job. The earlier you start. It may seem like it should be a quick and easy answer but. Most major corporations are listed here. Start by finding companies that you would love to work for. email the contact person who is listed on that ad. Your main goal is to get in and get the experience so that you can move on. Milan and London. Move to NYC and Live Your Dreams! from a fashion designer’s perspective. where will I live? Hold on. This means that you have to be flexible and open to learning. That is. This could be a possible way to cut costs. Call at least 10 different companies and keep calling until you land your internship. If you land the internship of your dreams great! If not. The fashion industry is very consolidated so most companies own many brands.

This will help you in the future if you are going to have your own fashion business and also to grow in this industry if you continue to work for others. Can you afford to do a sublease just for the summer months that you will be there? Be creative. Artwork by Kali Simba. follow up and do not get discouraged. A group of you and your friends can share an apartment! 4) Work It! Work your summer internship 100%. With this attitude you are keeping all options open. If you started early enough as suggested you still have plenty time to look for a place to stay. Move to NYC and Live Your Dreams! from a fashion designer’s perspective. Do not wait for one company to call you back. Do it well and learn all that you can. Keep going to the next and the next opportunity.take weeks before you get a final answer so. Kali Simba. This Ebook may be freely distributed! . make sure that you learn these programs at your internship. 3) Housing: I’ve landed my internship now what? Celebrate as you are on your way! Now you will need a place to stay and money for food and fun. Meet as many people as possible and get their business cards. do one at home in a fashion company or as close to a fashion related position that you can obtain. Use your contacts first. Remember you are looking to gain experience so take it from wherever you can. ask if for a few hours per day or week you can learn these programs. Keep it moving. If you are not able to do an internship in NYC or abroad. You will more than likely use one or both in your first job to create flat sketches of garments. that’s family and close friends. you will need a place to live when you land your full-time job. 6 Quick Steps to Get the Job. Is there anyone that you know who lives in NYC who can let you stay for free. if it’s not part of your job. If you do not know Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator already. Take initiative. Advice -6- Copyright 2008. ask your schoolmates if they’ve landed a job or are doing internships as well the same time you are. Now that you have your internship. On the weekends make time to explore different parts of NYC and it’s boroughs also nearby New Jersey towns (they really are not foreign countries).

Gromwell Group. sourcing. fabric research and development. sales. Again. You can start off as an assistant in design. Artwork by Kali Simba. Project Solvers and many others. This Ebook may be freely distributed! . technical design. buying.March. Now that you’ve had your internship experience this should aid you in what type of position that interest you. First utilize the contacts that you made during the summer. Kali Simba. There are many head hunter agencies in New York City related to fashion design. production. -7- Copyright 2008. There is 24/Seven. Be sure to schedule your interviews in a time period that does not affect your school work. can you schedule interviews on a Thursday or Friday so that you can be back to school by Monday? You can also work with a head hunter. merchandising. keep sending out resumes for positions that interest you. Make sure that you are applying to companies that you can see yourself working in for a year or so. Senior Year 5) Send out Resume for Full-Time Job Start sending out resumes in March so that you can get used to the communication process which will be similar to the way that you obtained your internship. Move to NYC and Live Your Dreams! from a fashion designer’s perspective. 6 Quick Steps to Get the Job. pattern making and in the cad department. You can register with them for free and they will advise you of any jobs that fit your background and interests related to fashion. Remember the business cards of the friends that you connected with in step 4? Utilizing your contacts are a more quick way to gain entry into a company. If you need to travel out of state to NYC. There are so many aspects of design.

Important Skills Fashion Designers frequently use the following skills.Knowledge of current trends in styles. Coordination . assistant and associate designers. Reading fashion publications and keeping abreast of sourcing trends. This Ebook may be freely distributed! . For example if the price of metal has been on the rise then. Sell. a collection may not have much decorative metal trimmings.Able to settle any misunderstandings in regards to style development and can quickly come up with new ideas to solve a problem. If a sample does not come out looking the way design expected. Artwork by Kali Simba. It also shows the many colorways a particular garment will be sold in. This computer generated catalog normally includes a brief description of each product with fabric details.Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. prints and other decorative trimming. Move to NYC and Live Your Dreams! from a fashion designer’s perspective. and abilities: • Design . Active Learning . Kali Simba. Head designer has to communicate with the entire team on the direction of the collection.Able to direct the design team that assists in building the collection.Being aware of price points of fabrics and trims. Some companies have specific woven and knit designers. This includes interns. All parties have to be convinced that the collection will sell therefore. Problem Solver. concept presentations are not for the shy. knowledge. Attending fabric and print trade shows for new concepts and materials to adopt. As a designer one works with an entire team of people in order to coordinate the process of sample making and production approvals. designer has the skill to communicate adjustments to spec technician or must be able to decide to drop the style and replace with new idea immediately. 6 Quick Steps to Get the Job. and sales team for approval to start sample process. -8- • • • • • Copyright 2008. Knowledge of design techniques that are cost efficient. Designer has to have confidence in his ideas and be able to present them during concept presentations. Able to sketch collections fully and come up with new ideas constantly. Knowledge of your competitors and their price points. colors.Ability to “sell”/present seasonal collections to design directors department heads. This applies to interacting with in house departments such as the following: sales: Design normally generates style sheets for the sales team to use during market week. Communication.

For example. and in some cases specs to the manufacturers. cad (computer aided design): Design works with this department when new artwork is needed for a style. Design has to make sure that artwork such as a print. Design has to make sure that the technical designer is fully aware of all styling details because. 6 Quick Steps to Get the Job. They work with the cad team to stay within the allowed price for each art work. Product development develop also raises any alarms in terms of fabric yardage availability and tracks samples for the design team.Design also works with the sales team to get feedback on what the buyers want and any changes that the buyers require for a particular style. tech creates the specs that will be sent to the manufacturer. Design also has to attend fittings to make sure that the garment’s overall look and fit is what they conceived. Any prolonged delays in the process could result in a style not being in-house for market week. applique is affordable. Initial sketches are presented to the tech person to go over new styling details for each delivery. design is responsible for giving cad any purchased artwork that was used to conceive the idea plus any additional requests to be represented in the final work. technical design: Design normally works with technical design during the entire process of a garment’s life. Design works with this team to make sure that the packages are correct as if the wrong fabric details go out to factories. There could be a need to confirm a print layout on a strike-off or if there are any concerns about fabric quality. this could delay the fabric sample yardage making process. Move to NYC and Live Your Dreams! from a fashion designer’s perspective. Kali Simba. if a pair of cotton capri pants are designed to have a floral print. Artwork by Kali Simba. Design tells the cad team what colorways to print the artwork in and approves the repeat or border or placed art pattern. artwork. product development: Product development sends out the packages of style development which includes fabric. production: Design’s role with production is to make sure that if any questions arise during a garments approval process that a representative from design is ready and available to answer these questions. -9- Copyright 2008. design has to act on the changes that the buyers want by putting into work a new sample reflecting the change. embroidery. design can reconfirm with their production counterpart. This Ebook may be freely distributed! .

-10- Copyright 2008. Move to NYC and Live Your Dreams! from a fashion designer’s perspective. It’s very important to follow the company’s time and action calendar and work with the above mentioned departments to meet the calendar deadlines. 6 Quick Steps to Get the Job. embroideries and appliques. The ultimate goal is to have correct samples in-house for market week and to have production samples approved so that mass production can begin and delivery schedules to stores can be kept on time according to calendar. Kali Simba. This also includes pitch sheets for prints yarn dyes. Design is copied on emails from most of the departments listed above so that they can make sure that the sample making process is going smoothly.colorist: Design’s role with the colorist is to make sure that they have all pitch sheets and color standards necessary to approve a garments color for sale sample making and for production. This is basically the designers’ role in coordinating with other in-house departments. If the colorist has a question then design is responsible for making sure that all questions are answered right away as to not hold up the process. Artwork by Kali Simba. This Ebook may be freely distributed! .

Some communities are very accessible by train or bus or even water ferry. There are cities such as North Bergen. Bronx or Staten Island. Union City. Kali Simba. This time It’s for Real! Once you have your job start date confirmed. -11- Copyright 2008. 6 Quick Steps to Get the Job.6) Housing. Hudson county has excellent towns that are easily accessible by bus. If you need to seek alternatives. West Advice New York. This could result in saving a ton of money or finding the space that you really want. try other boroughs such as Queens.panynj. You can also get a higher square footage for your space in New Jersey. Weehawken. If you desire to venture out further please explore but. These are not foreign countries. rent and the selling price of condos is less expensive than New York City. first use the resources that you may already have which includes friends and family. Make sure to immediately start looking for housing. by all means live where you can afford and where you will be happy. Also check online for roommate searches. Do not forget about New Jersey. In a lot of cases. water ferry or Path Train http://www. Guttenberg. Move to NYC and Live Your Dreams! from a fashion designer’s perspective. Jersey and Hoboken that are right across the Hudson river. Again. See who you can share an apartment with until you earn enough money to live on your own. make sure you can easily commute with no problem. This Ebook may be freely distributed! . Artwork by Kali Simba. Can you afford to live in New York City? If so. Brooklyn. This is just a start. See the next 2 pages for maps of Hudson county and New York and it’s boroughs sometimes we do not realize what’s next door to us.gov/ CommutingTravel/path/html/ .

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and so on).com or do a general web search for groups or clubs that interest you. do so. When new to any city you may want to join clubs or groups to help you get acclimated to your new environment. pattern making. as you now have your first job and home! Give your job all that you’ve got and when it’s time to move on. New York City has tons of groups and organizations for any interest that you may have. Having a social circle outside of your work associates will help you in getting more comfortable and more varied perspectives on your new environment. art/cad. Kali Simba. 6 Quick Steps to Get the Job. -14- Copyright 2008. If you plan on having your own business you may want to work for a few years at other companies before you quit and do your business full-time. tech design. This Ebook may be freely distributed! . production. The idea is to learn while you earn. You can check meetup.Congratulations. You will soon gain friends from work and you social activities. Make at least one friend in every department (sales. Learn all aspects of the design process. Continue this pattern as you move from job to job as you increase your income and your network of friends and associates. Artwork by Kali Simba. buying. You will know when the time is right. Move to NYC and Live Your Dreams! from a fashion designer’s perspective. merchandising.

Head Hunter a person who works for an agency or owns their own agency and performs the task of matching clients with jobs that fit their clients interest and skill level. Couture appeals to an exclusive buying audience who can purchase custom items. -15- Copyright 2008. Placing product with the right manufacturer that has the capacity to produce the item in the fabric or yarn/knit quality that your design team requests. Fabric Research and Development being responsible for bringing in new fabrics season after season and reporting on new fabric directions and trends. Sourcing the ability to manage a product’s cost by getting initial price quotes and negotiating quote to meet your company’s margin goals. Designer large mass appeal targeted to a buying audience that can afford to purchase fashion with innovation and high quality and or novelty materials. This enlightens and inspires the design team. Kali Simba. Artwork by Kali Simba. This Ebook may be freely distributed! . Adobe Photoshop a program that allows the user to use creative concepts in developing artwork. Most companies use a software called U4ia. Very limited and exclusive. Not mass produced. Adobe Illustrator create flats and illustrations for any kind. Move to NYC and Live Your Dreams! from a fashion designer’s perspective. Huge product quantities are produced and sold at a very discount price. The job seeker does not pay for this service. Budget an extremely large mass appeal to the largest buying audience. Working with fabric vendors that meet the quality and price points of your product and the ability to challenge the vendor to come up with ways to use his resources to meet your price points. Large product quantities are produced and prices are affordable to the masses.Glossary CAD computer aided design. This program allows the user to put a pattern into repeat such a floral print. Moderate very large mass appeal targeted to a very large buying audience. 6 Quick Steps to Get the Job.

you can always change the course that you are on to target new goals and objectives. Artwork by Kali Simba. These are only examples. Move to NYC and Live Your Dreams! from a fashion designer’s perspective. Kali Simba. EVP of Design Design Director Senior Designer Designer Associate Designer Assistant Designer Design Intern -16- Copyright 2008.Climb your way to the top of the design ladder! These are some of the positions that you can aspire to with a career in fashion design. Different companies may term them differently and of course. This Ebook may be freely distributed! . 6 Quick Steps to Get the Job.

Entry level assistant designers can earn between $20-$30.000. the company’s budget and your negotiation skills. Artwork by Kali Simba. Move to NYC and Live Your Dreams! from a fashion designer’s perspective. This Ebook may be freely distributed! .000 for associate designers and $60.000 $45. This gives you a very general idea of the salary scale in design. $30. the pay scale for New York City varies. Kali Simba. Each company is unique and pay will be reflected on your experience.000 plus for experienced designers.Pay Scale: According to Vault’s “Career Guide to the Fashion Industry”. -17- Copyright 2008. 6 Quick Steps to Get the Job.

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newyorkaccents. Visit this collection at: http://www. Artwork by Kali Simba. incorporates fashion with innovation and exquisite high quality design details. DC and move to a large metropolis. She was the first in her college class to move to New York City and work in the fashion industry as an assistant designer.newyorkaccents. necklaces and bangles in exciting colors and at moderate price points.com/ kafiac.About the Author: Kali Simba has worked in the fashion industry for companies in New York City for the past eight years. These include t-shirts.6quicksteps@yahoo.com which focuses on creative and fun women’s fashion accessories.com http://newyorkaccents. She’s gone through a bad landlord to having her apartment burglarized twice and to finally owning her own home and fashion accessories business. This collection combines art with fashion and utilizes dual functionality in the “Jenny” bag and the “Hip Pak”. If you have questions please ask! To Your Dreams! Kali Simba email: kali. Washington.html Kali knows what it’s like to leave a small city. This Ebook may be freely distributed! . 6 Quick Steps to Get the Job. Kali Simba. Move to NYC and Live Your Dreams! from a fashion designer’s perspective. She advanced up to associate designer and has also worked as a sourcing and production manager.com Your Online Accessories Boutique! -19- Copyright 2008. The new luxury collection Kali. While at one of her corporate jobs she started her online boutique http://www.