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Tips On How To Land Yourself A Design Job
By Hannah Sofea, 23 Mar 2017
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Establishing a career in your dream industry can be an exasperating process—building one in the design arena is no exception.
For greenhorns, you might be unsure of what to showcase from your portfolio, or struggle to understand what your potential employer is looking for.
Anyone who has made it in the industry, however, started from inexperience. Similarly, Art Director Mindy Wagner has been in those shoes of initial uncertainty. Before attaining her current career status, Wagner was overwhelmed with little clue about what her future employer might be seeking beyond her degree and GPA.
Thankfully, she’s offered eight helpful tips on how to land a design job.
Preview a snippet below and see all her tips here.
1. Show the work that you want to do
To say that portfolios play an important role is an understatement. This is the first thing potential employers look at. Having said that, your résumé and cover letter should not be disregarded.
Ensure that the works you have chosen to showcase are relevant to the position you are applying for. For instance, if you have applied for a web design job, provide related examples such as fine art, 3D animation, photography or wedding invitations.
If you find yourself without sufficient examples, fret not. Go with the ‘less is more’ and ‘quality over quantity’ approaches.
2. Think about thumbnails
Having an eye-catching thumbnail on Dribbble, LinkedIn, and Behance will help attract potential employers. A compelling thumbnail will help your work stand out from that by other creatives.
3. Keep it simple
Keep your portfolios short and simple. Employers are very much short on time, having a busy schedule awaiting them throughout the day. Cutting straight to the point and good stuff will ease their nerves.
Avoid complex navigation, crazy themes, extensive animations and everything else that will tend to drift away from your actual work.
4. Review all things public-facing
Closely review and inspect your personal social media accounts. As humans, it is only natural to be curious. It should come as no surprise if your future employer decides to do some digging through the internet to find out more about who you are.
Don’t forget about your headshots or avatars. On professional platforms, remind yourself to upload an image that conveys expertise and not party animal.
Continue reading Wagner’s advice here.
[via Viget, image via Shutterstock]
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