Skills Needed to Work in the Fashion Industry

Working in the fashion industry is hard, competitive work. Even if you're just working in retail for now, it's a big job with a great deal of responsibility. Here, you'll find a list of skills needed to join this world without worry that you aren't qualified.

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Retail Career Skills

  • Window Displays
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Unpacking
  • Trends
  • Training
  • Time Management
  • Teamwork
  • Team Building
  • Stocking Shelves
  • Stocking
  • Stock Checking
  • Specials
  • Shipping
  • Shift Scheduling
  • Scheduling
  • Sales Techniques
  • Sales Goals
  • Sales Associate
  • Sales
  • Retail Sales
  • Retail Merchandiser
  • Retail Manager
  • Retail Buyer
  • Retail Associate
  • Restocking
  • Replenishing
  • Relationship Building
  • Receiving
  • Purchasing
  • Product Sourcing
  • Product Rotation
  • Product Knowledge
  • Problem Solving
  • Prioritizing
  • Pricing
  • Price Markdowns
  • Positive Attitude
  • Point of Sale Systems (POS)
  • Planning
  • Payroll
  • Organization
  • Ordering
  • Order Taking
  • Operations
  • Numeracy
  • Money Handling
  • Merchandising
  • Merchandise Presentation
  • Merchandise Control
  • Math
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Maintenance
  • Loss Prevention
  • Listening
  • Lifting
  • Learn Quickly
  • Leadership
  • Layout
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Control
  • Inventory
  • Interpersonal
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Greeting Customers
  • Goal Oriented
  • Friendly
  • Frequent Shopper Programs
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Flexibility
  • Fashion Buyer
  • Displays
  • Discounts
  • Design
  • Demonstrate Products
  • Customer Service
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Customer Relations
  • Customer Focus
  • Customer First Mindset
  • Customer Complaints
  • Credit Management
  • Credit Cards
  • Credit Approval
  • Credit
  • Coupons
  • Computer
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Communication
  • Close Outs
  • Check Processing
  • Check Approval
  • Cashiering
  • Cashier
  • Cash Registers
  • Cash Management
  • Cash Handling
  • Cash Accountability
  • Buying
  • Business Awareness
  • Backstock Management
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical

Retail Manager Skills

  • Written Communications
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Verbal Communication
  • Training Staff
  • Time Management
  • Terminating Underperforming Workers
  • Teamwork
  • Team Player
  • Supervisory
  • Stock Control
  • Staff Retention
  • Scheduling Staff
  • Sales Reports
  • Sales
  • Results-Oriented
  • Resolving Personnel Issues
  • Resolving Payroll Issues
  • Resolving Customer Complaints
  • Remaining Calm Under Pressure
  • Reliability
  • Recruiting Staff
  • Recognizing Employee Achievements
  • Promotions
  • Project Management
  • Profit and Loss
  • Problem Solving
  • Prioritizing
  • Pricing Merchandise
  • Point of Sales (POS) Systems
  • Planning
  • Orienting New Employees
  • Organizational
  • Negotiating with Suppliers
  • Multitasking
  • Motivating Part-Time Staff
  • Modeling Outstanding Customer Service
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Mentoring
  • Maximize Sales
  • Maximize Profitability
  • Marketing
  • Managing Store Budget
  • Management
  • Maintaining Safety Standards
  • Loss Prevention
  • Learning and Utilizing Retail Management Software
  • Leadership
  • Inventory
  • Interviewing Prospective Staff Members
  • Interacting Effectively with Diverse Population
  • Initiative
  • Implement Visual Guidelines
  • Identify Talent
  • Hands on Management Experience
  • Generating Reports
  • Flexibility
  • Evaluating the Customer Experience
  • Evaluating Employee Performance
  • Establishing Theft Prevention Protocols
  • Enthusiasm
  • Ensuring Adherence to Corporate Standards
  • Documentation
  • Devising Promotions
  • Designing or Supervising the Design of Store Displays
  • Delegating Tasks
  • Decision Making
  • Customer Service
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Creating Incentives for Sales Staff
  • Controlling Inventory
  • Controlling Expenses
  • Computer
  • Communication
  • Cash Management
  • Budgeting
  • Basic Mathematical
  • Attention to Detail
  • Assessing Needs for Staff Training
  • Analyzing Sales Reports
  • Advertising
  • Addressing Employee Performance Issues Promptly
  • Adaptability
  • Accuracy
  • Ability to Work Under Pressure

To learn more about the fashion industry, including what it takes to work within it and the various titles you might hold throughout your experience, visit back with our blog soon. 

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