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How Do I Become an Image Consultant?

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  • Written By: D. Nelson
  • Edited By: M. C. Hughes
  • Last Modified Date: 14 August 2014
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Image consultant are professionals who help individuals improve the way they are perceived by others. Image consultants help clients dress, speak, and behave in ways that express the character and qualities they would prefer to publicly project to the world. When successful, image consultants are able to help clients move further in their careers and achieve greater levels of success. To become an image consultant, it is important to have an interest in style or fashion. It also is important to have a strong understanding of the principles of business etiquette.

A good first step for a person who would like to become an image consultant is to gain a formal education. Many people interested in careers in image consulting enroll in special schools, such as institutes of image consulting. To gain admittance into these schools, it is often only necessary to pay tuition. In some instances, however, individuals need to provide portfolios and resumes. Letters of reference might also be required.

Attending a school of image consulting is also important because, in addition to offering the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to become an image consultant, it can also provide you with valuable networking opportunities. By attending classes, seminars, and workshops, individuals can meet colleagues who later become job leads. Instructors might be able to help students find positions after graduation. Some schools might invite recruiters from firms onto campus to meet promising students.

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If you would like to become an image consultant, you should decide whether you would like to work for an established firm or if you would prefer to run your own practice. Regardless of what you decide, working for a firm can be a good way to get experience and develop a client base. If you are successful at developing the images of some clients, they might be willing to write you recommendations that can help you to get your practice started.

To become an image consultant, it is a good idea to have your own professional website. When you meet people who might be interested in using your services, you can tell them your web address so they can learn more about you. On your website, you should include your resume, client testimonials, and a portfolio. You might even want to include photographs of outfits you have designed. This is a great way for potential clients to learn about your tastes.

A person who wants to become an image consultant can benefit from developing a niche. In other words, you should concentrate on assisting certain kinds of clients, such as performing artists or corporate professionals. The niche you choose should be dependent on your interests and experience.

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