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  1. 1. A Q U E N T<br />
  2. 2. Who we are<br />Aquent is a creative and marketing staffing firm with a global presence. We have offices in 14 countries and have been in business for over 20 years. <br />
  3. 3. Who we are<br /><ul><li>
  4. 4. Vitamin
  5. 5.
  6. 6.</li></li></ul><li>Trends<br />Primary:<br /><ul><li>UX Design + UI Design
  7. 7. Motion Design/Prototyping
  8. 8. Front-end Development + Design
  9. 9. Mobile/device UI and UX Design</li></ul>Also:<br /><ul><li>Visual Designers (primarily UI)
  10. 10. Digital Production Artists
  11. 11. 3D Artists and Animators</li></ul>Specialists:<br /><ul><li>Icon Designers
  12. 12. SharePoint Designers
  13. 13. Game Audio Designers</li></li></ul><li>Trends<br />Technologies:Silverlight (XAML), HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, jQuery, ActionScript*, PHP*, Flex*<br />Design Tools: Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver*), Blend<br />Motion Tools:AfterEffects, Flash*<br />3D Tools:Maya, 3DS Max, Unreal, zBrush<br />
  14. 14. Interviewing<br />Interviewing 101<br /><ul><li>Know your audience
  15. 15. Be on time
  16. 16. Be prepared
  17. 17. Fresh breath, clean nails, smell good (but not too good)
  18. 18. Have a solid portfolio presentation
  19. 19. Avoid “foot in mouth” disease
  20. 20. Let them talk
  21. 21. Express enthusiasm… but not too much
  22. 22. Follow-up with a thank you</li></li></ul><li>New grad pitfalls<br />Interviews:<br /><ul><li>“Her portfolio was solid, but she was not a good communicator.”
  23. 23. “He had no idea how to use Outlook or our other basic office tools.”
  24. 24. “Jane has a great book, but lacks enthusiasm.”
  25. 25. “Joe said he was an HTML5 expert, but couldn’t answer basic questions correctly.”
  26. 26. “We liked her, but she is apparently unavailable for two weeks in June.”
  27. 27. “Seems like he has a big ego, especially for a new grad.”</li></ul>On the job:<br /><ul><li>“John doesn’t know how to ask for help when he needs it.”
  28. 28. “She is a good designer, but isn’t good about taking credit. She needs to make her presence known.”
  29. 29. “Julie doesn’t seem to know how to function in the workplace.”
  30. 30. “He is doing what we ask, but not really bringing anything to the table.”
  31. 31. “He really needs to call or email when he’s going to be late or out of the office.”
  32. 32. “If Shawna runs out of work to do, she doesn’t ask for more.”</li></li></ul><li>Resumes<br />Include:<br /><ul><li>Name, contact info, URL
  33. 33. New grads: summary, skills, education, relevant projects, work history
  34. 34. Some experience: summary, skills, relevant work history, other work history, education
  35. 35. Honors, scholarships, </li></ul>Omit:<br /><ul><li>Photos, age, marital status, religion, race, political affiliation
  36. 36. Objectives
  37. 37. Interests, irrelevant clubs or organizations
  38. 38. GPA
  39. 39. Reference contact info or blurbs</li></li></ul><li>Resumes<br /><ul><li>Be detailed! “Graphic Designer” can mean many things to many people. Be specific in projects and responsibilities.
  40. 40. Don’t include URLs that you are not positive are A) still live and B) still your work.
  41. 41. Talk about achievements: “Launched the redesign of the corporate site one week ahead of deadline.”
  42. 42. Start sentences with action words: launched, designed, created, developed, started, shipped, contributed
  43. 43. When listing skills, quantify your knowledge: expert, proficient, comfortable, familiar, novice. Don’t overstate your abilities.
  44. 44. Unless you have zero related work experience, try to avoid including irrelevant work history.</li></li></ul><li>Resumes<br />JOB TITLE<br />Company | Dates (always include month and year)<br /><ul><li>Primary responsibilities
  45. 45. Project 1 detail
  46. 46. Project 2 detail
  47. 47. Achievement</li></ul>Contract, temporary, and freelance roles should always be noted as such. Being honest about who your actual employer was and the terms of the assignment is critical.<br />Graphic DesignerAquent (on assignment at Starbucks) | Dates<br />
  48. 48. Portfolios<br /><ul><li>Keep it simple. Your portfolio should be a frame for your work.
  49. 49. Using pre-fab portfolios is fine. Krop and Cargo Collective are free and look great.
  50. 50. EXPLAIN each project thoroughly!</li></li></ul><li>Portfolios<br /><ul><li>Keep it simple. Your portfolio should be a frame for your work.
  51. 51. Using pre-fab portfolios is fine. Krop and Cargo Collective are free and look great.
  52. 52. EXPLAIN each project thoroughly!</li></li></ul><li>Portfolios<br />Super clean<br />http://www.055interactive.comhttp://www.thosewhosee.com<br />Flash intensive<br /><br /><br />http://www.stevecourtney.netGrids<br />http://www.emilyfickenwirth.com<br /><br />http://www.iknowemily.com<br /> <br />DIY look<br /><br />