Now that I’m searching for full-time jobs, part-time jobs, freelance projects, and other means to the end of money-making…I’m coming across a lot of very good resources for the just-out-of-college designer. Searching for that first job can be very intimidating, but you’re not alone! There are plenty of people who have been in your shoes and want to give you advice. I’m going to share with you some of the things that have made me feel a little better!
Making Steady Money As A Freelancer. This article talks about the importance of diversifying your income. It comes down to not putting all your eggs in one basket. Or not putting all your drafting pencils in one messenger bag. Something like that, metaphors aren’t really my strong suit. Moving on! Diversify your income by having Plan B, C, and maybe D ready for when and if your next freelance client doesn’t come along when you need them.
How to Write a Cover Letter. The cover letter will likely be your first impression to your client or employer. This could be your “hello” before you get to show your resume or even your portfolio. As such, your cover letter should be tailored to whomever you’re sending it. This article goes over the different styles of cover letter (application, prospecting, and networking) and the information that should go into each.
Graphic Design Resume Guide. When you’re a designer looking for work, crafting a perfect resume can be particularly difficult. This is due to a number of different schools of thought on what your resume should look like as a designer. I’ve heard “keep it professional”, “make it stand out”, “make it stand out a little“, and all sorts of combinations in between. What I’ve gathered from these conflicting resources is…
Yep. You should have a strictly professional, clean, printable resume as well as a resume that really shows your flair for design. If you really want to be prepared for anything, make one in between as well. (That’s a little bit of design. Sorry for the technical jargon.) That way you can be prepared for whatever balance of artist and businessperson that is expected of you.
How to Write a Resume. On that note, here’s one last article detailing the content that should go into your resume. Once your have your un-designed resume all ready, make sure you have a few experienced people look over it for you. A second (or third, or fourth) opinion is always worth having.
Until next time!