"Learning to Adapt" | FashionNetwork.com

"Learning to Adapt" | FashionNetwork.com

Thursday, January 26 2017


As the fashion industry becomes even more digital, professionals embrace the power of face-to-face networking and recruitment at trade shows

With the fashion industry contributing over $370 billion to the US and directly employing more than 1.8 million people, according to reports from Euromonitor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fashion is a crucial driver of economic growth and source of employment.Thousands of people join the industry every year, and figures suggest there are no signs of a slowdown. More than 370,000 people apply to jobs on FashionJobs.com and companies list over 15,000 job offers every month worldwide, says the B2B platform launched in 2001 as a specialist job board for the fashion industry.

Most job openings are in retail, followed by design and sales. Candidates are being also regularly recruited for positions in production, marketing, merchandising and communication, says FashionJobs.com.But in an increasingly competitive market, gaining visibility as a job seeker or employer can be hard. To tackle this issue, the company has begun to promote its services at trade shows worldwide where brands and industry insiders meet two times a year to see the latest trends in fashion and prepare for the new season.

Introduced in late medieval Europe as marketplaces for produce and craft producers, trade shows have become the largest fashion hubs in the UK, attracting thousands of visitors from the entire spectrum including brands, buyers, designers, sales representatives, bloggers, stylists, journalists, and fashion design students.Though conceived as trading events, inside their halls another type of exchange is also starting to take shape: networking and career development.

“FashionJobs.com provides online employment services for fashion professionals, and trade shows are the prime gathering spot for the fashion community. Our presence in international fairs allows us to have one-on-one conversations with our target audience, listen to their needs and adapt to the ever changing UK retail and fashion industry sectors,” says FashionJobs.com’s International Development Manager, Marta Infante.With a presence in 70 markets and over 3 million visitors per month, FashionJobs.com has partnerships with 10,000 leading fashion, luxury and beauty brands, as well as small emerging labels and top recruitment agencies, allowing the online job board to feature some of the most coveted job openings in the industry.

A selection of these job openings are presented at trade shows through a ‘job wall’. “Trade show visitors who come to our stand say they are pleasantly surprised by the number of job offers in the sector and to know that there’s a website that offers a high quality specialist service,” adds Marta Infante.

Some of the industry’s most talented, capable managers, salespeople and technical experts attend these events, making them the right place to attract top talent and passive job seekers. Offering a wealth of networking opportunities, as well as useful seminars on a host of topics, trade fairs are also the perfect platform for researching potential employers or meeting company representatives in person.

“At our stands, we connect employers with talent. We have seen a lot of interest from companies looking to take on new staff, as well as from experienced professionals who are looking for a new job and students, who are the future professionals in the sector,” continues Infante.

This interest and feedback means FashionJobs.com is able to meet the needs of recruiters and reach the right audience, as trade shows continue to gain steam as increasingly important platforms for talent recruitment.

Barbara Santamaria
Journalist at FashionNetwork.com

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