How to Get Noticed When Applying for Graphic Design Jobs - Part I

According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics graphic design jobs will increase about 13 percent in the decade 2008-2018.

The good news is that there will be available positions in advertising firms, websites, print and electronic media for graphic designers and graphic design college graduates.

However the BLS also states that the competition for these available jobs will be very high.

So what can you do to increase your chances of being noticed by prospective employers? In this three part series we'll discuss various methods and tips on how to distinguish yourself from other job hunters and to help you qualify for more job opportunities.

college-campus-aerial-viewUntil the advent of the personal computer, graphic design remained relatively static as far as technological advances --if you had good talent, design skills and a good grasp of aesthetics as your foundation, a career in graphic design was accessible.

However in today's world, there is rarely a graphic designer that isn't familiar with at least two or three of the more popular design/image editing software programs. Understanding and using these programs is essential in graphic design work.

In order to receive the important career training you need in graphic design, methods, and computer skills, you may go to a graphic design school that ranks high in the quality of its curriculum and broad range of design classes and programs.

Your portfolio can be one of the deciding factors that can help you land a job in graphic design. Your portfolio should be professional looking and consist of examples that not only reflect your best work, but is geared towards the firm you are applying for.

Don't be afraid to rearrange and restructure your portfolio from job interview to job interview.

The needs of different design firms can sometimes vary. If you do your homework by finding out what each company's particular design needs are you can emphasize this type of work in your portfolio.

Be prepared to give your interviewer an Internet link to a website that shows off your work. Put as much care into designing your website as you do in assembling your physical portfolio. First impressions really count and you want to put your best foot forward in presenting your work.

A good graphic design education is essential for learning the skills of the trade but experience in the graphic design industry can also be an important part in your real-world education.

Graphic design students will especially benefit by taking on as many internships and outside work experiences as possible to fill this gap.

Increase your chances for landing a job by getting as much job experience as you can while still in school.

Next Time...
We'll go over some practical tips on how to establish yourself in a positive way when going to a job interview. Until next week, take care!

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