Jobs in fashion are some of the most sought after in the world and competition for positions vacant is fierce. Job candidates need to be in the right place at the right time to stay one step ahead of the game. But thanks to niche employment website Ragtradejobs.com, finding a job in the fashion industry is now a lot easier. Designed and created by those in the know, Ragtradejobs.com connects people and prospective employers faster than any other method of job seeking.
Dynamic mother of two and founder of RagTradejobs.com Natasha Zurnamer (pictured), is the fashion industry’s most credited
careers counselor and pioneering web technology developer. Since the launch of the website in 2006, tech savvy Natasha has gone onto develop what is potentially a revolutionary tool for the job board industry – a piece of technology called SMS Me Jobs.
Patent pending in 103 countries, ‘SMS Me Jobs’ is incredibly simple and effective. Job seekers choosing the service upload their CV and covering letter to the online job board and select the appropriate job categories, location and key words. As soon as a relevant position is advertised an SMS is sent to the potential hire, for them to simply respond to with the word ‘APPLY’, sending their CV in a matter of moments to the employer. Uploaded CVs remain 100% private, meaning at no point will personal details be accessed by potential employers unless the instruction is sent via SMS. At just $0.55 per SMS, it’s a small sum to pay for what could be a life changing action. Natasha is currently in the process of licensing SMS Me Jobs to major job boards in Australia and other key international markets including the UK and the USA.
Be it buying, designing, pattern cutting or shop floor managing, Natasha says there are a wide range of roles available in the fashion industry. Natasha’s first job in fashion was on the shop floor at Country Road whilst studying Arts Law at UNSW, which is where she discovered her natural ability and passion for fashion. After ditching a legal career and landing an administration role in her early 20s at swimwear giant, Seafolly, Managing Director Peter Halas, quickly recognising her talent and suitability for a broader business development role and employee mentor, promoting her rapidly through the ranks.
After leaving Seafolly with some solid experience and knowledge in fashion manufacturing and HR, Natasha began consulting full time for a number of fashion manufacturers including the Australian Fashion Group, Farah Australia and Pacific Brands (Bonds and Berlei).
Running concurrently was Natasha’s involvement with fashion recruitment agency, Massetti where at age 24 she became a shareholder. Natasha’s involvement in fashion recruitment was something that would become her passion over the next seven years, guiding and counseling 1000s of candidates, with the experience shaping her career to come.
With the arrival of Gen Y on the job market (and her second child), Natasha quickly spotted the need for a different model of recruitment, embracing the Internet and catering for the ‘need it now’ generation. The purchase of the Ragtradejobs.com domain name in 2005 was the beginning of the most exciting chapter so far in Natasha’s career. After four months of preparing the site structure, Ragtradejobs.com. went live in 2006, and for the first time allowed the fashion industry to be specific with regard to recruitment, resulting in a ‘faster, better match’ of candidates and an affordable solution for employers.
With hundreds of jobs from Australia’s leading fashion brands, Ragtradejobs.com has become an indispensable tool for industry HR departments. Arthur Soetedja, Product Manager at LIFEwithBIRD said, “We have successfully found a fantastic production coordinator within two weeks of advertising at ragtradejobs.com – all it took was a single ad placement. We would have no hesitation in advertising on Ragtradejobs again for our recruitment needs.”
For more information check out www.ragtradejobs.com