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5 Tips For Grads Entering the Creative Field
By: Tom Roarty
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The middle to end of June has always been a crazy month for the creative world. It is that time of year when recent college grads start to settle down and recent high school grads start prepping for their college and/or career. In other words, the creative job market becomes flooded with talent, and job seeking becomes that much harder. Hopefully, through some common sense, skill, and these tips, finding your job in the creative field will be a little less painful.
Design Your Resume
If you're looking to be a designer, the first thing a potential employer should see from you is a designed resume. This is not to say you need graphics, but layout formatting will go a long way in separating you from your competition. The key is to make your resume clean, easy to read, and relevant to the position you are applying for. If need be, have different versions of your resume, but try not to send out an all-digital resume for a print position.
Show The Work You Want To Create
When you are looking for your first design job, your portfolio will most likely be all over the map, and even with portfolio-development classes, there is no guarantee that what you are showing is going to get you the job you want. A good rule is to show the type of work you are most interested in accompanied with your strongest designs. Do not show T-shirt designs if you have no interest in creating them for a living. The design gods have a strange sense of humor, and many times, the thing you don't necessarily like the most in your portfolio is what you will get hired for.
Offer More Than Your Competition
If you get an interview with a company you really want to work for, do your homework. Learn all you can about what they do and how you can contribute to it. If you get interviewed for a graphic-designer position, but the company you are applying for does videos, if you know how to edit, mention it. Offering skills a future employee may not know you have could help them see a future in you. This, by the way, is a good "at interview " conversation. The first step is getting the interview, and in order to do that you should be clear and focused on the job you are applying for.
Be Flexible
It is not easy for any creative to get a job, especially when you might have little to no experience. Keep in mind that because you know people who work 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursdays with summer Fridays, it does not mean that you will get that same deal. Be open to odd hours, holidays, and weekend work. It could be the difference between getting some much-needed design experience and becoming a professional job seeker.
Be Humble
You and countless other grads are going into the same job market. Even if you were the best in your class, you will most likely not be the best person a human resource department will see. Be confident, but not egotistical. Saying things like "please" and "thank you" will go a long way in having a hiring manager remember you once you leave their office, but just to make sure don't forget to send a thank-you note.

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