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Trend Business’s Prime Recruiter: Sue Lamoreaux

Trend Business’s Prime Recruiter: Sue Lamoreaux



Sue Lamoreaux Managing Director at Solomon Page

Sue Lamoreaux – Managing Director at Solomon Web page (Picture credit score: Salomon Web page)

In case you have been working within the vogue business for some time, then you definitely most likely already know that the very best govt recruiting agency is Solomon Web page. And, for those who’re fortunate, you could have already met Sue Lamoreaux, one of many founding members of Solomon Web page.

This week’s weblog is devoted to Sue, who’s celebrating her 32nd yr with SP. She has been inserting candidates in roles starting from Presidents, VP’s, Administrators, Chief Business officers, Provide Chain, Advertising leads, International Sourcing, ECommerce, Chief Digital, Basic Managers (GM’s), Product Improvement, Artistic Administrators, along with strategic mid-level positions throughout all disciplines within the vogue business.

In 2022, and for the sixth yr in a row, Forbes named Solomon Web page as one among America’s Greatest Skilled Recruiting corporations.

I’ve personally identified Sue for years, ever since I used to be chair of the Trend Dept. at FIT. Sue frequently gave of her time critiquing, advising and guiding graduating college students on their portfolios, resumes and interview preparation (she has been doing the identical for Parsons for the previous 10 years).

Just lately, I had an opportunity to sit down down with Sue to speak in regards to the job market, present and future hiring traits within the vogue business, and the way the business is using College of Trend for upskilling its personnel. Sue is a treasure trove of knowledge, and I’m thrilled and honored that she has agreed to share her information with us. Right here goes:

Francesca: What are the principle jobs you recruit for within the vogue business?

 Sue: I recruit Design Administrators, VP of Design, Artistic Administrators, Merchandising, Planning, Digital Advertising, Model Advertising, Ecommerce, Technical Design, Gross sales, International Sourcing /Manufacturing, Provide Chain/Operation. These can be probably the most frequent, however there are many different titles and classes in Trend that I place.

fashion industry job titles

Francesca: Are you able to give wage ranges for every job?

Sue: This can be a difficult query for the reason that salaries range from metropolis/state, corporations, related advantages packages, a job’s particular duties, if it’s hybrid or on website (wage changes publish Covid). The new matter proper now could be wage fairness for many who are again in workplace versus those that are permitted to stay distant or hybrid (as commuting and tax conditions can lead to price variations). I’ve discovered that many candidates are assuming that they’ll nonetheless have the choice to be hybrid or distant when in search of a brand new job, however the majority of New York space corporations have a return to workplace directive and new staff will particularly have even much less flexibility than most. It’s at all times greatest to ask upfront about particular associated insurance policies, since this isn’t a negotiating level for many corporations.

Francesca: How necessary goes to a vogue college for somebody on the lookout for a job as a designer, a product developer, and so on.?

 Sue: Essential… Some corporations actually have a baseline requirement for a bachelor’s diploma, or no less than an affiliate’s diploma, and there are various competing candidates who’ve grasp’s levels that you can be competing with for candidate choice. However the related expertise are nonetheless important in your software.

I do know many graduates of design colleges who wanted supplementary technical building coaching, since most of the colleges don’t spend sufficient time within the semester honing the craft. I at all times suggest taking that wanted course with College of Trend so that you might be assured in your expertise. Potential employers count on you to know garment building and specs earlier than you begin working and to not be studying/educating on the job.

Francesca: Are there sure vogue colleges that employers worth most? And why?

Sue: There’s all kinds… FIT, Parsons, CSM, SCAD, Otis, RISD, Kent, Marist School, College of Cincinnati, amongst others.  Generally it’s the information and endorsement of the college, or the hiring supervisor is an alumnus, or typically it has to do with the best way the packages are structured, they usually know the scholars have labored substantive internships all 4 years. Corporations like once they can rent a graduate who has had work expertise at a model they know. And even keep on half time through the college yr, publish working in the summertime of junior yr work expertise.  Model expertise issues way more than a examine overseas program your junior yr of faculty, in case you are weighing out whether or not or not it’s value it or will make a distinction in your software.

list of fashion schools

Francesca: For product improvement positions, do corporations require palms on information of on-the-table expertise comparable to sample making, stitching, and draping?

Sue: Sure, it’s crucial for product improvement individuals to have foundational information of garment building. Many instances, they’re concerned within the match periods and it’s necessary when they’re taking a look at price, cloth capabilities, what’s going to work, and providing choices/options for higher pricing and so on.  Generally corporations forgo the designer and simply have a product developer who may very well be creating personal label for his or her accounts and are adapting and modifying clothes for the consumer. They don’t at all times must sketch, and lots of instances have an incredible abroad associate to work with.

Francesca: How necessary is a portfolio in a job search?

Sue:  A designer should have a portfolio; a pdf of labor that is able to go (and might be edited simply) and/or a web site that’s simple to entry. Bear in mind, many could also be taking a look at your web site from their telephone, so be certain it’s simple to view from a cellular system.



Francesca: Are you able to present perception into what needs to be included in a portfolio for a design place?

Sue: It needs to be comprised of a number of elements: Development/aspirational boards displaying photographs, shade, cloth and particulars. Illustrations are necessary, flats and one thing technical to indicate you’ll be able to execute a tech pack. Moreover, laptop work, Photoshop, illustrator is a baseline requirement for everybody! As quickly as your work is being seen, it takes an skilled hiring supervisor seconds to find out if he/she connects together with your type, your model messaging, and your technical accuracy. In the event that they don’t join, you most likely gained’t be requested to interview.

View UoF’s 9-part collection on plan a stellar portfolio:

Creating An Inspiration Board and Creating A Customer Board

Creating a Mood Board and Inspiration Board

Creating a Fabric Board and Creating a Color Story

Creating a Design Development Board and Flats & Figure Board

Creating a Fashion Figure Line Sheet

Francesca: How in demand is 3D design schooling within the business?

Sue: Some corporations have invested closely in it and can solely interview candidates who’ve been skilled on it, because it’s costly for them to practice you and you’ll have a transition of time earlier than you’re proficient. So, if in case you have the chance to be taught it, it’s in your greatest curiosity to be taught it!

Browzwear: Introduction to 3D and V Stitcher

Francesca: Is agism a ’factor’ within the vogue business?

Sue: Age and expertise aren’t one thing to cover! Skilled persons are the managers and leaders of corporations. VP degree, SVP, Chief, President, CEO’s all want expertise as a way to have earned that place. With that mentioned, it’s important to remain updated on key expertise expertise and issues like business traits and buying habits. Persevering with to teach your self ensures and protects your longevity within the business.

Francesca: How onerous is it for somebody proper out of faculty to get a job?

Sue: Proper now, the hiring market is smooth, however individuals who have work expertise throughout faculty and have standout work of their portfolios, the suitable expertise corporations are in want of, and are in search of work within the rising disciplines, they’re nonetheless getting jobs. Should you don’t get employed full-time, see if you may get an entry degree freelance job so you’ll be able to earn some work expertise and model to doc.

Francesca: What recommendation would you give somebody who is considering a design job within the vogue business?

Sue: Get your schooling at the very best place you’ll be able to, be certain you’re employed throughout college and set your expectations realistically. Chances are you’ll not finally be a runway designer, however you can simply as invaluable as a technical design/patternmaker, who’s the suitable hand to the Design Director. (i.e.: if the garment doesn’t match, the shopper isn’t shopping for it!).

tech pack for swimwear

College of Trend’s lesson: Making a Swim Backside Tech Pack in Illustrator

Francesca: How can working with a recruiter assist me in my job search and the place can I am going about making these contacts?

 Sue: Working with an skilled recruiter is a large plus, however not each firm pays for the service. Many corporations publish jobs on their very own web site and LinkedIn. Entry degree jobs are sometimes listed with recruiters and are addressed internally, usually. Generally I’ll get an entry degree project as a result of the interior recruiting has been unsuccessful, so at all times ask.

If you’ll be able to work with a recruiter for a specific search the profit will probably be that you’ll have steerage for interview preparation, portfolio suggestions, resume suggestions, wage negotiation help, and so on. Honesty, it is extremely necessary on this partnership. Please know that if in case you have already submitted your resume to an organization by yourself, your recruiter will probably be blocked from representing you for that position.

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Francesca: What are some issues I ought to make sure to spotlight in my resume, cowl letter, and portfolio that employers look out for? And the way can I make myself stand out to an employer when I’m one among so many candidates making use of for a task?

Sue: They search for related expertise to their model identification and the precise place they’re recruiting for. Analysis the corporate and say one thing about them. Have a look at their job publish. For instance, if they need 3D expertise and also you don’t have it, you most likely gained’t get flagged to interview. Or in case your portfolio work is so completely different than their aesthetic, you is probably not chosen.

 Francesca: What recommendation would you give to somebody happening an preliminary interview?

 Sue: Bear in mind, first interviews are nonetheless predominantly video. Be ready for that.  Just remember to can add every little thing easily and shortly while you’re talking.  You should definitely load no matter video format the corporate is utilizing to your laptop nicely earlier than the interview, so it’s able to go (I’ve 5 completely different manufacturers loaded on my laptop, so don’t assume that everybody makes use of, Zoom) And naturally the apparent, analysis the corporate!

Computer interview


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Francesca: What’s your outlook for the way forward for employment inside the vogue business? Which sectors do you are expecting will develop and which do you suppose could decline?

Sue: Advertising remains to be the largest division for vogue corporations. On the lookout for work on this space and the entire subsets (i.e., model advertising, digital advertising, efficiency advertising, social, ecommerce, communication, and so on.) offers you a greater likelihood of discovering work. Some departments, comparable to gross sales, have shrunk (however not gone away) as extra corporations are direct-to-consumer (DTC), though there nonetheless is a necessity for good salespeople to be represented in a brick & mortar setting.

Many due to Sue for sharing her experience with our UoF subscribers and followers. Right here is Sue’s contact information must you wish to thank her your self:

Susan Lamoreaux

Salomon Web page

P (212) 824-1580 x2582

C  (908) 451-5537
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