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.
Retail and Apparel
- 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
- Walgreens - Community Management and Consultant positions
- Sam’s Club - Corporate Summer Internship positions
- Buckle, Inc. - Sales and Management positions
- BCBG MAXAZRIA Group - Business, Creative, Buying, Design, and Merchandising positions
- Ross Stores - Buyer and Analyst positions
- Nordstrom, Inc. - Management positions
- UNIQLO USA - Management positions
- Garan, Inc. - Brand Coordinator, Production, Design, and Planner positions
- Chicos’s FAS, Inc. - Corporate and Management positions
- Shopko - Buyer 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."
Keywords for Job Search
As you use the web to search for more opportunities, get creative with the search terms you use. Try the list below to maximize your results.
- Customer Service
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.
Common Interview Questions
Interviews can vary from one industry to another. Remember, interviewers are trying to assess your experience and your fit for a specific position, so depending on the position, your questions will vary greatly. This is a small sample of questions designed to help you understand the kind of field-specific questions you might be asked.
- 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?
- “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.