5 Secrets to Getting Your Dream Graphic Design Job
March 15th, 2016 | Natasha EnglehardtYour first job is the natural extension of your education and experience so far. It’s also the foundation for the rest of your career. So how do you win your dream graphic design job and set the tone for your professional life?
Join Industry Organizations, Volunteer or InternAs a student it’s much cheaper to join industry groups like AIGA, and this kind of membership gets you access to people and events that can help your career. Even as a volunteer at an industry event you can take advantage of some exciting opportunities for growth and get noticed by people in your field. Take this kind of experience to the next level as you feel out your options by taking on an internship with an in-house design department or a great design studio. It looks perfect on your resume, and gives you a variety of expertise.
Create an online presenceDesign is a cutting edge field and you must have the right online presence to get a great job in the industry. Prospective employers need to find you online easily, with either an online portfolio service like Behance or your own bespoke website. Be smart about your social media presence, showing your designs on Instagram and joining professional groups on LinkedIn. Your entire online presence is a kind of portfolio, showing how you work, what you have done, and how much design is part of your everyday life. We also provide social media workshops once a month to help introduce best practices online and how to make the most out of your accounts.
Just made a Twitter! Inspired by a Twitter workshop @PlattSanDiego with @delightfullySD #PlattSocial pic.twitter.com/tk9By8md7u— Naomi Rodriguez (@NaomiDoesStuff) April 14, 2015