Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Studying Graphic Arts or Web Design? Here’s How to Land Your First Job

Graphic Design Student

Graphic Design Student

Applying at a creative agency is a bit different than applying anywhere else.

Ad agencies, marketing companies and creative boutiques are full of artistic people. This means they will probably put a high priority on “fitting in” with the rest of the creative staff. So there’s a bit of a balancing act between showing your personality and still presenting yourself as a professional.

INSPIRED Magazine, the web design lifestyle magazine, recently published an article that advises recent grads on how to land that first great gig at a creative agency.

After researching the company, their first advice is to show them your portfolio.

“Interactive agencies love it when you have your own portfolio site, or website. It shows that you have an interest in web and layout. While printing agencies love it when you have your own book with your work, showing how you can handle typography and layout,” said the article.

They also advise you to follow up with the company if you don’t hear back in 2 weeks.

“What if they do not reply to your email after about 2 weeks? Call them to follow up! You are not annoying, you simply show motivation to work there. They may have been busy and forgot to send you an email back.”

And lastly, even if you’re desperate to start working and pay back your loans, don’t sign any contracts right away.

“By signing a contract right away it shows that you are not serious or interested in reading their legal document. Agencies expect you to take their contracts seriously, it is quite normal to take the contract home and review it, maybe you can ask for second opinions if you need to.”

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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