10 Tips for Landing that First Graphic Design Job, Part I

Landing your first graphic design job is just as much about working smarter as working harder. To improve your chances of success, before you even send out an application, check out these first five of ten tips about getting a job in graphic design.

1) Know the job market. Read every graphic design job ad that you can find. The more you know about available jobs, the more you’ll get an idea of the overall graphic design market.

2) Take your resume and cover letters seriously. Your portfolio can’t always show specifics of your work history, experience, and education—that’s the job of your resume. Your cover letter should be tailored to the individual job, and should highlight how your experience and strengths match the employer’s needs. Take a look at this post about creating a graphic design resume.

3) Be strategic with your portfolio. Beyond presenting your best work, a good portfolio is about creating a flow. Since people tend to remember the first and last items in a sequence, make a great first impression and finish well. For ideas on putting yours together, take a look at “The Do’s and Don’ts of a Successful Portfolio,” Part I and Part II.

4) Know your goals and job options. Is it your dream to work in a design firm full-time, or would you be willing to freelance at first? While freelancing can be challenging, it does have its advantages and can give you more experience before a full-time job.

5) Consider creating a website. Not only can your own website give you perhaps a more professional e-mail address, but it can show employers that you take graphic design seriously.

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3 Comments

  1. litmon
    Posted January 21, 2011 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    Nice blog post. Truly inspiring and I also like the language used. Just felt like it transported me to another world. Keep it up. Thanks for a new update.

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  2. Posted January 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    This was a good post. I agree with how you research the job market, but i believe being a freelancer is the better way to go. Open your own business. Forget working for someone else. I just takes some work.

  3. Posted February 3, 2011 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    This is a very helpful post for people starting out in the industry. I have tweeted this out as it needs to be read by any aspiring Graphic Designer

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