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Retail and Apparel

You've done your research, created a network, and beefed up your resume. Now it's time to hit the job market. The list below shows some organizations that often recruit IU graduates from retail and apparel majors. This list also shows some organizations where recent retail and apparel graduates have gone to work. Remember that an education in these majors can prepare you for a number of careers.

Potential Employers

  • Sears Holdings Corporation - Retail Management and Customer Analytics positions
  • Gap, Inc. - Management positions
  • Von Maur - Executive Training Program and Store Management/Retail Buying Executive Training Program positions
  • Macy’s Inc. - Management Executive and Merchant Buying/Planning positions
  • Vanity - Sales Management positions
  • Abercrombie & Fitch Co. - Merchandising, Management, and Finance positions
  • Toys"R"Us, Inc. - Management positions
  • Kohl’s Department Stores - Management, Loss Prevention, Product Development, and Analyst positions
  • Target - Executive, Group Leader, Distribution Operations, and Analyst positions
  • Limited Brands - Merchandising positions

Job Search Sites

These sites post jobs that relate directly to journalism, media, and communication. Remember to use these sites in addition to your network of people to maximize your chance of finding good opportunities. Many of the professional associations listed in the Meet People tab will post industry-specific jobs. Look for a page titled "careers," "jobs," "employment," or "opportunities."

  • Apparel
  • Retail
  • Sales
  • Management
  • Customer Service
  • Marketing
  • Brands
  • Buying
  • Allocation
  • Merchandising/Merchant
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Fashion
  • Clothing

Organization & Company Research Resources

When you're preparing for a job interview, it pays to do your research. Use the resources here to learn about an organization's history, business, and culture. Once you have a good understanding of what the company's about, formulate a list of questions to ask during your interview. This will show your interviewer that you're genuinely interested in the job and give you a deeper understanding of what to expect if you're hired.

IUB Library's Collection of Company Research Links

  • What would you do if you found someone shoplifting?
  • What does customer service mean to you?
  • What is your experience working with merchandise displays?
  • How do you keep up-to-date on the current fashion trends?
  • What motivates you to achieve results and meet sales goal?
  • What are you wearing from our store/line?
  • What does our brand mean to you?
  • What is the most creative project you’ve worked on?
  • What would you do if a customer was dissatisfied with a product you sold them?

Insider Tips

  • “Retail is all about the detail.” Provide resume proof that you are detail-oriented.
  • Being a retail sales associate is good experience, but you should strive for more leadership opportunities while in school.
  • Many of your classes have projects and assignments that are industry-relevant. Don’t hesitate to include those on your resume.

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