1. JOB FIELDS/CAREERS/TYPES
- Inhouse vs. agency vs. contractor vs. freelance
- And more
- Graphic designer (one of the most in-demand design professionals)
- Editorial designer
- Branding designer
- Type designer
- Packaging designer
- Fashion designer
- Interior designer
- User experience (UX) and user interface (UI) designer
- Web designer
- Film and video editor
- Video producer
- Industrial designer
- Product designer (digital or physical)
- Multimedia artist & animator (2D/3D)
- Game designer
- VR (virtual reality)
- AR (augmented reality)
- Art director
- Creative director
- Advertising & promotions manager
- And more
SPECIALIST VS. GENERALIST JOBS
Design field: Think (strategize) like a generalist, and make (deliver) like a specialist.
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2. FINDING JOBS
- College job fairs
- Job boards (Linkedin, Craigslist, Indeed, Glassdoor, SimplyHired, Angelist, Starteps, Google, other sites)
- Recruiting firms (Creative Circle, Aquent, Vitamin T, etc.)
- Design events or any events where people may be in needs of designers (small businesses)
- Former coworkers, clients, neighbors, friends of friends, local business owners, etc.
- 5 Job-search Steps to Shorten the Hunt
NETWORKING FOR FINDING JOBS
- Meetup.com, Eventbrite.com – go to design events
- Professional organizations: AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), Graphic Artist Guild, SND (Society for News Design), Color Marketing Group, LinkedIn, etc.
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- Email people on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram
- Stay in touch with classmates, professors, former coworkers.
Advice: this is a very small world, do not piss anyone off.
- Present your work professionally: design, alignment, typography, etc.
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- One page, simple, usability first, make content scannable
- It should be black on white with accent color with clear typography (legible both on screen and print)
- Proofread your resume and portfolio several times, beware of typos; ask friends to check, go to Professional Development Center or English lab/tutors. Unprofessionally written resume with mistakes very likely to be thrown out.
- You will need different resumes for different jobs
- Highlight relevant skills from past work experience, describe accomplishments rather than just duties.
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ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) Advice: use keywords from job ads to get around automated systems
- Do not do percentage of your software knowledge
- Do not make resume design visually busy, no “creative” design or layout.
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Note: be aware that your resume is never really done. You have to customize it to match the qualifications and skills sought by employers for specific jobs. It is a good idea to have several different resumes.
Talk about them in your resume and on the interviews
- Delegating responsibilities
- Conflict resolution
- Communicatory articulating yourself
- Asking questions if something is unclear
- Showing empathy
- Critical thinking (logic, problem solving, flexibility/tolerance to change)
- Conflict management, decision making
- Positive attitude (confidence, good energy, self-awareness, respect)
- Teamwork (collaboration, dealing with office politics and difficult personalities)
- Work ethic
- No egocentrism
- You will be interviewed by multiple people: HR (preliminary), technical specialists (explain some of your work pieces); you maybe given a design test
- ’Tell me about yourself’ = ’What makes you qualified for this job?’ Weave a story that explains how your experience and skill sets have led you to this opportunity.
- Be honest talking about your work: explain what the brief/problem was, what approach you took, difficulties you encountered, your solution for the problem
- Ask questions
- What is your design process?
- Do you have any best practices?
- What are your company’s role and how can I help?
- How can I be successful in this role?
- What type of projects do you have?
- How does the design department fit into the rest of the company?
- What is its role in the company?
Advice: to learn how to avoid stress practice interview with teachers, friends, relatives, or go to interviews you don’t care about.
- Tell about yourself
- Negotiating salary
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