How to get a job Starter Pack

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  • ā€‹Job Tracker: Spreadsheet to help you keep track of the interviews and job applications you have done.

Establishing your online presence

  1. Get a website and a domain name. Get a free domain name for students at nc.me.

  2. Choose your preferred website builder. There is no "best" website builder because everyone needs vary. Think of it as buying a car, you should test drive before committing to paying for the full cost. Try all the website builders you can. Here are the most commonly used options:

    1. ā€‹Formatā€‹

    2. Squarespace

    3. Wix

    4. Cargo Collective

    5. Adobe Portfolio

    6. Wordpress + Elementor Plugin

  3. Alternatively, you can establish your online presence via social media such as Instagram. It is definitely easier to get your work seen by people, and possibly develop a name for yourself. Such is the world today when everything is instantaneous.

Putting yourself out there

Sending job applications and applying on companies' job portal are the bare minimum you have to do; and we might just stop at that. The next step you need to take:

  1. Connect with employees from studios or companies you want to work for

  2. Visit their office with your portfolio or business cards

    1. Bring works that go along with their styles

    2. Showcase your works if asked, or politely show them

  3. Network with people around there

One observation I made after being employed is that: When a company has a opening, most of the time is spend waiting for the HR/Creative Director/Producer to review applicants and select potential candidates. They are often busy, and that task may not be their first priority. Hence, if you can find a shortcut (eg. visiting the studio), then do it. When I mentioned this revelation to my mentor, he told me that yes this is what you should have do before you graduate.

Tips

Template for reaching out to new connections

Hi [person of interest],

I am [name] looking for employment opportunities, and I am highly interested in working for your company as a [JOB POSITION]. I specialize in [SKILLS}

I was wondering if you can refer me to any open position in your company. Iā€™m happy to provide you with any additional information you might need. Attached is my resume, and portfolio link:

Or one-pager detailing my fav projects , skills and my special skills

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Best regards,

[first name]

Tip:

Connect and talk to people on LinkedIn such as recruiters or senior level artists/designers. Introduce yourself and ask directly if there is any employment opportunities. If they do not, just thank them and tell them to stay in touch. The worst thing that could happen is that they do not respond which is just as possible as applying for jobs online. Also, establish a consistent presence on these social media platforms you frequent by posting your work-in-progress, things you learned or maybe an achievement or collaboration you did.

The future of resume / Cultivating a professional online presence

In order to be found you have to be findable I think is an easy way of putting work out there making discoverable why focus on getting really good at what you do. Almost all of the people look up to and try to stew from today, regardless of the profession, have built sharing into the routine. These people aren't schmoozing a cocktail party; the too busy for that. The cranking away in the studio's, the lavatories, or the cubicles, but instead of maintaining absolute secrecy and holding the work, they are open about what they are working on, and they are consistently posting bits and pieces of the work, ideas, and what you're learning online. Instead of wasting your time "networking," the taking advantage of the network. But generously sharing your ideas and knowledge, the often gain an audience that they can tend average when the need ā€” for fellowship, feedback or patronage. ā€“ from the book Showcase your work by Austin Kleon

Do Not's

  • Put caricatures of yourself on your resume; most often it is not tastfully done

    • Instead, showcase a series of caricatures and illustrations of various characters in a look-book which can you bring to an interview

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