Tuesday, 10 November 2015

5 the most common mistakes in your luxury retail CV

It is a famous saying that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Your CV it is a perfect tool to give the best or the worst possible impression.

Before writing it, think well which benefits you would like to highlight and which things it is better to hide away.

5 the most common mistakes in your luxury retail CV.


  1. never (i mean NEVER) put your school or university results on your CV, it is unrelated and gives impression that you have no experience and you just want to fill in the space.
  2. if you have decided to put your picture on the CV, choose the one which represents you in a best possible way and it is working with the brands' image.
  3. if you are applying for a luxury retail vacancy never write in your CV that you are dreaming about a career in a different field (even if this field is similar).
  4. be honest in your CV about the languages you speak. If you know 10 words in Italian do not put it on your CV or if you are speaking Moroccan, do not put that you are fluent in Arabic. These type of things are very easely to discover and they will get you only a trouble.
  5. if you want to put a personal statment into your CV try to be creative (nobody wants to read that the candidate is able to work as part of a team and on own initiative), think out of the box. If you do not have much experience in luxury retail this is your chance to express yourself, your passion about the industry, your positive attitude. The more interesting this part is, the higher chance that you will get the interview.


Monday, 9 November 2015

4 rules to follow if you are applying directly to the stores

1. Dress accordingly to the brand you are applying to. 

It might take time to research the brand and to adjust your wardrobe with the company's dress code but it will pay off much faster then you think. 

Even majority of the brands provide a uniform, they want to see person who's style represents them as closer as possible. If you are applying for a vacancy in one of the fashion giants like Chanel or Valentino, make sure to choose classic look, you can add an accent but you should look like you do belong there. Or if you have chosen more contemporary brand like Givenchy or even Rick Owens, make sure to dress up in a certain way, and it will add some extra points to your success.

Few essential things which are obvious to almost everyone but some people still make mistakes in this field.

1.1 Always take a shower before you start your journey.
1.2 You can use some perfume but do not over dose it.
1.3 Never enter the store wearing sunglasses.

2. Always have a copy of your CV with you.

 A cover letter is unnecessary as it will bring more generic feel to your application. Make sure you staple your CV if it contain more then two pages, believe these small details matter.

3. Be kind!!! 

I personally will put it to the first place but not that many people make this mistake so it comes on the third place by importance.

If you have decided that only speaking with the manager gets you the job you are wrong. The team members are always aware of the vacancies in the store and they always can comment about you in a positive and uplifting manner or they have a power to put your CV strait to the bin if you are not nice to them.

In my practise so many people were insisting seeing the manager without explaining the reason to the team members, that the only one comment they will give to the store manager that the applicant if rude, not a team member and a time waster etc. Team on the floor knows when it is good time to just take a CV or when the manager is available for the meeting. Be nice, ask about seeing the manager regarding potential vacancies, make a nice comment how great is the store and how nice it should be working here. Then if you are refused with face to face meeting with the manager, just pass your CV to the staff and you can trust me they will make sure your CV reaches the right hands and you will be talked up.

4. Timing is an important thing.

Usually all luxury stores are busier in the afternoon then in the morning or in the evening. Also Thursday to Saturday considered to be pick days for the boutiques or department stores. So, if you choose to bring your CV to the stores before noon in the beginning of the week you will have higher chances to get to speak with the manager or copy of your CV will be taken seriously by the team. But if you bring your CV during the pick time, and will insist on certain things you will strait away be considered not a very good team player who will put his/her interests above the team.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

5 ways to apply for a luxury retail role

5 ways to apply for a luxury retail role:

  • You can apply for the vacancies which are listed online.
  • You can contact a recruitment agency and ask for their assistance.
  • You can write directly to a HR office of the brands you are interested to work for.
  • You can hand your CV personally to the boutiques.
  • You can apply through the LinkedIn wedsite.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Introduction


Luxury retail is a very exciting and challenging industry to work in. You can start as a sales associate and move up to a store manager and higher up but it involves a lot of hard work, talent and luck.

If you have decided to start a retail career or progress to a higher level, this site is for you.

In big megapolises like London, New Your or Paris competition in luxury industry is enormous. And it comes as a surprise to many people that working in luxury retail is considered to be a career and individuals who want it as a temporary job are not always welcome (unless you speak a desirable second language). People, who are passionate about the industry, are coming from all over the world with pure desire to be part of the luxury industry and to succeed in it.

Ether you are in luxury retail for a year or you are planning to build a professional career, you should concentrate on the right things.