Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Congrats on graduating! That is great! The fashion and merchandising industry is very competitive. I have a couple of recommendations for you:
1) Moving to a bigger city or a city will help your odds greatly. I would recommend it! Once in the new city look for an internship or ways to get into a company to get direct experience. Make sure to have a backup plan for your move as well. Create a list of contacts, alternative job opportunities, etc. Consider applying for retail management positions as well. If you end up getting a retail position, you can do that while applying to merchandising positions. Plan on finding the right position to take time. If you have another position that you can do in the meantime, that will help ease your stress.
2) I would recommend retail management as a great way to help you continue to break into merchandising. If you are having trouble getting into merchandising. Apply to retail positions at companies that are known for really well branded merchandise. Being able to get a high end brand on your resume can really help give you the exposure and experience that you need. Luxury brands are a great target.
I wish you all the best in your search!