I’m convinced that just about anything that comes out of the Scandinavian region of the world is amazing, so you’ll imagine my excitement when I found out that H&M was a Swedish company. Oh yeah, this is going to be good.
How would you like to work for this fast-fashion multinational retail company? All it takes is a H&M application and the knowledge I’m about to send your way. Ready to start your career? Let’s find out how.
An Overview of the Brand’s History and Culture
H&M is a fast-fashion multinational clothing retailer based out of Sweden. The name stands for Hennes & Mauritz. There are locations in over 57 countries around the world. As of 2015, the company employed over 132,000 people.
This all began with the first store which opened in Vasteras, Sweden in 1947. It hit a major milestone when the 3,000th store opened in 2012 in Chengdu, China. Currently H&M is ranked as the second largest global clothing retailer.
The top spot belongs to Inditex which is the parent company of Zara, but H&M is leading over the third placed retailer, the U.S. based company Gap Inc. The story begins in 1946 when the founder, Erling Persson took a trip to the U.S. and was inspired to start selling clothes at affordable prices.
In other words, we were too expensive. He opened the first shop in 1947. The first store was just called Hennes, wich is Swedish for “hers” or “for her.” It sold exclusively women’s clothing. In 1968 Persson purchased Mauritz Widforss which was a hunting apparel retail store.
This purchase became the menswear portion of the business and led to him combining the two into H&M. The first store outside Sweden was opened in Norway in 1964. From here, more stores opened in Europe, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
The expansion into the U.S. began in 2000. The company has frequently partnered with other fashion designers to bring in additional types of clothing. The most recent collaboration was Balmain who is set to bring new fashions in November of 2015.
Beyond the H&M brand, the company also owns three other brands:
1. COS (Collection of Style)
This brand first appeared at a catwalk show in the Royal Academy in 2007. This brand consists of high-end fashion not typically associated with the pricing of H&M. There are currently 116 stores and e-commerce in 19 markets for COS.
2. & Other Stories
& Other Stories launched in 2013 and focuses on “a fashion brand offering women a wide range of shoes, bags, accessories, beauty, and ready-to-wear to create their personal style or story,” according to the website: stories.com.
3. FaBric Scandinavian AB
H&M originally purchased sixty percent of this company’s shares in 2008 and purchased the remaining shares in 2010. It consists of three separate brands: Cheap Monday, Monki, and Weekday, all of which remain separate.
When it comes to fashion, there’s a ton of different options. As mentioned earlier, you could apply to the third largest chain which is Gap Inc. If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, check out Charlotte Russe, and if you want to deal in straight bargains, Ross is the perfect option for you.
H&M Application Online
Since H&M has a global presence, when you reach the careers page on the website, you’ll first be greeted with a choice of where you want to work. Before you dive into the online process of applying, keep these things in mind as you apply and potentially go in for your interview:
1. Do Research
You’re already started this process, so good on you for that. With any company, it’s important to know them before you apply. They’re going to want to know why you chose them and what resonates with you. You have to have an answer that’s better than “because I need a job.”
2. Applying Online
Each of the job postings on the website have a detailed description, so read them carefully to ensure you hit all of the qualifications. Make sure your resume and cover letter are up to par, and don’t be afraid to tweak them based on the position you’re applying for.
3. While You Wait
You should get an email when you finish applying, at which point you will know they received the forms. It can as much as two weeks or more for them to get back to you, they get a lot of these after all. While you wait, you can apply to other positions or modify your resume online.
I would also recommend tidying up any social media profiles you have. Make sure you don’t have any embarrassing or unprofessional photos on your Facebook for example. Another smart thing to do is to make or update your LinkedIn profile.
At the end of the day, your H&M application is the beginning of what could be a great career for you. Remember to learn as much as you can about the company, fill out the forms accurately, and provide a great resume and cover letter. Best of luck!