Getting your foot in the proverbial door can be challenging for soon-to-be college graduates looking to enter the creative field. Check out these five job search tips to help sell yourself to hiring managers and launch your creative career:
Cast a wide net when networking. “Who you know” can be the key to landing your first job, so start spreading the word about your search both online and off. Take advantage of professional networking sites and industry associations.
Request informational interviews with creatives in positions that you aspire to have one day.
Target your application materials. Research each employer and tailor your resume and
cover letter to every job opening you apply for. If you can, try to track down the name of the hiring manager so you can further personalize your pitch.
Only show your absolute best creative work. Some recent graduates make the mistake of including far too many samples in their portfolio. Stick to sharing your very best pieces. If you’re not sure about a particular item, leave it out.
Do your homework before interviews. Review the company website and ask people in your network what they know about the position and organizational culture. If you know who you’ll be interviewing with, familiarize yourself with the person’s background on LinkedIn.
Get the right people to sing your praises. Developing a list of top-quality references can help you stand out from the crowd. Choose three to five people who know the value of your creative abilities and will speak positively of you and your work ethic.
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