How to Secure Your First Graphic Design Job?

Putting the first step into the graphic industry for a Fine Arts graduate is a pretty tough job. Strong competition exists, but people with genuine creative skills can snap the right role. With so many opportunities in the design field, it becomes an overwhelming task to find the first design job. What will help you to find an appropriate role is a clear understanding of your expectations. Another essential factor that you need to consider before proceeding to search a job is what you can offer to the prospective employer.

A clear knowledge of what you want

Most of the graduates do not have a fair knowledge about different job roles. You can have an idea about different profiles from the listed jobs in recruitment sites or any other place. Whenever you come across such relevant listings read them thoroughly to have a rough idea of what duties are involved in these different roles.

If you do not qualify for such a job, instead of bypassing look at the details for a few minutes. You may get to know about employers’ expectations and design related jobs that you may not have considered before.

Understanding what you can offer

An employer will delve on what you can do for the company. Therefore, you have to evaluate your skill sets and write them down in the resume. The skills that will really matter are

  • Software knowledge
  • Niche design skills

Only generic resumes will not work for an aspiring graphic designer. You need to supplement the resume with portfolio. Even if you are a beginner in this industry, use what you have created as a student to build up an impressive portfolio. Attach the portfolio with your resume whenever you apply for a graphic designer job.

Finding a job

It is very much true that you will require some industry exposure to set foot in this graphic design industry. You can gather experience during the tenure of your study. An internship will not only help to season your design skills, you will have a better understanding about the process of work in this industry. If you are passionate about designs, it will reflect through your works and you will surely get the right opportunity.

A major question of most of the designers is that when will they put their works online. It is best to start at an early stage as it can provide much needed recognition. Exposure will enhance your chances to get placed in desired profile. You can also acquire some freelancing experience under your belt. Any kind of experience will increase your creativity and enrich your profile.

Present online culture is opening up a lot of avenues for those aspiring for a graphic design career. You have to create and maintain profiles on various social networking sites to build up contacts. It is possible to get a job reference from peer groups.

Recruitment agencies are a good way to find some suitable job leads. Before jumping into this creative industry, consider Gabriele Skelton, a specialist recruitment agency. You will find valuable career resources on their website.

Thinking off-bit

Being a creative person, you do not have to wait for a job opportunity; it is possible to start your own business. Doing things on your own seems risky at times but it is worthwhile in the long run. When self-employed, your primary task will be to focus on building up a network. You can connect with like minded people online and build up a strong network. 

Rejection is a part of the job and do not feel laid back if you receive one. Accept the rejection spontaneously and try to excel in further works.

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