Searching for a job is exactly that – marketing yourself.
But, you know that already, don’t you? Unfortunately, most creatives view building their portfolio as another project – with a beginning and an end. “My portfolio is together, so now I can focus exclusively on my search.”
“Dishonorable Discharge.” Right there. On the resume. What the ****?
I started this blog to help college students avoid the mistakes I made, as well as witnessed, during the job search process.
Nothing sucks the creative life out of you like a job search.
You know the drill. You arrive armed with a few questions to ask during the interview. They are evidence you’ve done your research and you’re interested in working for that company specifically — not just any company.
- on May 15, 2015
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Whew... “I finally landed a job. Now I can put all that stuff behind me. No more networking. No more working on my portfolio. No more nothin’.”
That scary person on the other side of the desk – he’s pulling for you.
Big surprise – experience matters most.
My good friend George Weyrauch is constantly preaching “It’s not who you know, but who knows you.”
So simple. Yet so often overlooked.
Avoid the wastebasket. Carefully write and proof your cover letter, resume, e-mail correspondence and thank you note.
True story: A student working at a coveted internship sent her supervisor a link to her Facebook page. The supervisor proceeded to read an entry about how the student liked getting stoned during her lunch breaks.
“Man, I nailed that interview. The job is mine. I don’t need to keep applying for jobs.”
Find a way to show your abilities – even though you don’t have the education or training of your competitors. Creative directors hire education over training every time.
I review a lot of student portfolios. Right up front, I ask students what they want to do for a living.
Interviewer turns the interview into what appears to be a casual conversation.
- on May 15, 2014
Some people focus on salary. Some on perks. Others on titles.
Given the choice between hiring someone who is passionate about being a designer (or writer) and someone who is willing to be a designer (or writer), who do you think the creative director is going to hire?
Your resume has one job and one job only – to get you an interview. You will be judged in less than 30 seconds, so make sure your resume is top-notch.
This weekend I ran into Angie, a student who heard me speak earlier in the week. She thanked me for the advice I had given. When I asked what helped the most, she simply answered “the basics.” Seems a good place to start. When starting your job search, these are the five essentials:
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