So in the course of any one day I get a stack of emails from people that seemingly have no idea how/why to apply for a role in the creative industry.
Normally it’s cool, I’m polite and reply with a, “thanks but no thanks…” sort of thing, trying to offer a piece of advice where and when I can. But occasionally, towards the end of a long day, I don’t. And I write something like this:
Thank you for your application for the position of Digital Designer - UX/UI specialist.
Unfortunately we’re not able to put you forward for this role for a number of reasons, chiefly your lack of industry experience.
If you’ll allow me to offer a little advice…
I completely understand how difficult it is to get your first break in this industry but there’s a number of things you could and should be doing differently if you’re going to give yourself the best chance.
First of all your CV is a word.doc - if you’re a designer, don’t do that. Think of your CV as the first page of your portfolio; it’s an opportunity for you to demonstrate how awesome a communicator you are.
It should be concise, well laid out (watch those widows and orphans) and broadly speaking, should show you know how to effectively get a message across.
In your covering letter you say, “As you will notice from my CV, I have worked in various design roles…” Have you?? Because it’s definitely not clear from your CV. Other work experience is great but if it’s not relevant, don’t make a song and dance about it - saying you’ve pulled a pint will make very little difference when it comes to bagging design a role.
Finally your site. You’re applying for a digital designer position and you’re pointing me towards a Behance page? In the ad copy we’re asking for candidates to knock us out with a range of work and you don’t even have your own site?? Come on.
I hope this email doesn’t sound too harsh - it’s been a long day - but I genuinely want to help if I can.
You can call me on ***** ****** anytime from 8am tomorrow morning and I’ll do my best to pass on any advice I can.
A couple of links that might help:
A blog post I wrote a while back with some tips for those new to the industry: http://charactercreative.tumblr.com/post/612850172/advice-for-gradu...
A site that’ll help you with some ideas for CV layouts: http://cvparade.com/
Good luck with your search and maybe speak soon.
I didn’t push send in the end but part of me still kinda wishes I had. Would I have got a response? Would they have been upset or would they have taken it in the manner in which it was intended?
You’re thoughts, dear reader, would be very much appreciated…