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Presentation made by Adele Wootton, Account Director at Creative Niche Inc. at RGD Ontario\'s Resume Night - May 18, 2010.

Presentation made by Adele Wootton, Account Director at Creative Niche Inc. at RGD Ontario\'s Resume Night - May 18, 2010.

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  • 1. Resume Writing for Designers Copyright (C) 2010 Creative Niche Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 2. What is Creative Niche? Recruitment agency that specializes in matching advertising, design, marketing, interactive and social media professionals with the right companies. New Grad Presentation Unique recruitment team made up of former account service, project management, design and production professionals. Copyright (C) 2010 Creative Niche Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 3. Current Market Trends > Digital / Interactive / Web > Mobile > Rich Internet Applications (i.e. TweetDeck) > Social Networking New Grad Presentation Copyright (C) 2010 Creative Niche Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 4. Employment Opportunities Obvious… Less obvious… Not-so-obvious…. Production Artist Studio Manager User Experience Designer Graphic Designer Production SEO/SEM Specialist (Print/Web) Manager Art Director NewContent Manager Online Community Grad Presentation Manager Project Manager Copyright (C) 2010 Creative Niche Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 5. Work Environments > Advertising Agencies > Design Firms + Studios > In-house or Client-side > Independent Contractor / Freelancer New Grad Presentation > Freelancing through Recruitment Agencies Copyright (C) 2010 Creative Niche Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 6. Finding Work > General job search websites + publications > Industry-related websites + publications > Social media and social networking sites > Professional member associations New Grad Presentation > Potential employer website > Recruitment / Staffing agencies Copyright (C) 2010 Creative Niche Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 7. Resume Writing Research > identify a list of potential employers > research market trends > consider your needs and goals New Grad Presentation > carefully read job descriptions of your desired position Copyright (C) 2010 Creative Niche Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 8. Resume Writing Skills assessment > do an inventory of your skills, abilities, accomplishments and achievements > create sample case studies of your contributions New Grad Presentation to clients and employers > create PARs Copyright (C) 2010 Creative Niche Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 9. What is PAR? PAR stands for Problem - Action - Result. It is a great exercise for thinking about your accomplishments. P - What challenge did you face? New Grad Presentation A - What action did you take to overcome the challenge? R - What was the result of your effort? Copyright (C) 2010 Creative Niche Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 10. Resume Writing Writing: Your objective > quick statement including your title or how your skills can impact the company > relate your objective to your audience > it should be work-centered, not self-centered New Grad Presentation > do not exclude employers Ex. To obtain an intermediate-level Graphic Designer role. Copyright (C) 2010 Creative Niche Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 11. Resume Writing Writing: Your experience > be concise and specific about accomplishments > they should provide proof of your potential value > create an image that matches you and the company to which you Presentation New Grad are applying Copyright (C) 2010 Creative Niche Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 12. What is an accomplishment? It’s how you contributed to your employers or an achievement that reflects your work style. > Brainstorm and list all your accomplishments. > Turn them into high-impact statements. Lead New Grad Presentation with the result or benefit to the employer. Copyright (C) 2010 Creative Niche Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 13. What is an accomplishment? > Brainstorm and list all your accomplishments. Ex. Assisted the design team in securing $200,000 in new design business in my first three months, by building mock-ups and storyboards, and laying out editorial communications. Clients commented on the high quality of my work and attention to detail. New Grad Presentation > Turn them into high-impact statements. Lead with the result or benefit to the employer. Ex. Secured $200,000 account by creating high-quality mock ups, storyboards, and editorial communications . Copyright (C) 2010 Creative Niche Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 14. Resume Writing Writing: Your education > showcase academic achievements, Extracurricular activities, and related courses > with 2+ years work experience, education shouldn’t be on first page or top of resume New Grad Presentation Ex. Humber College - Toronto, ON Diploma in Graphic Design - Senior Project: Logo and identity redesign for Bell - Related Coursework: Advertising, Branding, Direct Marketing, Web Design Copyright (C) 2010 Creative Niche Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 15. Does your resume answer these 5 questions? 1. Who are you? > Name > Title > Profile New Grad Presentation Copyright (C) 2010 Creative Niche Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 16. Does your resume answer these 5 questions? 2. What do you want? > Communicate what position your are applying to New Grad Presentation Copyright (C) 2010 Creative Niche Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 17. Does your resume answer these 5 questions? 3. What can you do for the employer? > Highlight your experience, skills and projects New Grad Presentation Copyright (C) 2010 Creative Niche Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 18. Does your resume answer these 5 questions? 4. What have you accomplished? > Detail past accomplishments and achievements New Grad Presentation Copyright (C) 2010 Creative Niche Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 19. Does your resume answer these 5 questions? 5. With whom have you worked? > Mention brands, clients, companies and agencies New Grad Presentation Copyright (C) 2010 Creative Niche Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 20. Resume Writing Format and design > determine the layout, format, structure and content > consider a skills-based versus chronological resume New Grad Presentation Copyright (C) 2010 Creative Niche Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 21. Resume Writing Edit > review, proofread and spell-check your final document > ensure grammatical phrasing is consistent > check that New Gradand layout is appropriate the design Presentation for the role and company > save various copies and track where you have applied Copyright (C) 2010 Creative Niche Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 22. Our Career Advice > stay informed and anticipate industry changes > update your technical skills and knowledge > continue to participate in portfolio reviews > grow a personal Grad Presentation New network > build a great personal brand Copyright (C) 2010 Creative Niche Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 23. Connect with Creative Niche Register online with us! www.creativeniche.ca Follow us on Twitter: @CreativeNiche Join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/creativeniche New Grad Presentation We’re also on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com Search companies for Creative Niche Copyright (C) 2010 Creative Niche Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 24. Creative Niche Inc. is committed to the growth and development of our creative industry. We participate in various education and professional development events. Interested in having us speak at your event? Kimi Abdullah Marketing & Communications Manager 416.360.3893 x 229 | kimi@creativeniche.ca Copyright (C) 2010 Creative Niche Inc. All rights reserved.