You are designers, it should therefore be designed!If you have worked collaboratively on a piece of work,explain what you have done.Have a low res PDF version for email.Website, Blog even better(utilise online portfolio galleries www.behance.net )
Common questions1. Tell me about yourself…2. What are you strengths?3. What are you weaknesses?4. What are you doing at the moment?5. Why do you want to work for us?
How should you present yourselfPractice interviewing with someone or with therecruiter. (Remember recruiters are there to help youget a job.)First impressions count there is no 2nd chance1. Eye contact and firm hand shake2. On time, prepared.3. Dress for success.
This is crucial.The cultural fit of a workplace will ensureyour workplace happiness.Be yourself
MannersWhether you use a recruiter (remember they aretrying to sell you in to an agency or company) or ifyou interview directly with the company.Thank them for their time.
Social Media – The good and badDo not underestimate its power.Facebook, Tumblr, Blogs, Linkedin …People can find out about you. It could be the differencebetween being employed or not.
Social Media1. Register with LinkedinUpload your portfolio and complete your online presenceFollow companies of interest1. You’ll be on their radar2. Gives you the opportunity to find out about potentialjob opportunities directly.Consider online portfolio as they integrate wellBehance.net
NetworkingMeetups.comNetworking is invaluable.Download the Meetup AppGet out there. Meet people. Communicate
The Follow UpIf you are applying directly give it a week before contact.A recruiter will give you an estimated time frame for a response.But do not harass people.
The reality checkThere’s no such thing as a free lunch
Offering your services free allows you to understandprocess, methods, culture as well as getting invaluableexperience.Internships, often mean no salary (they may coverexpenses) or minimum salary for a set period of time.
Important!!!!Do not let employers take advantage of you. Make sureyou have everything in writing and for a defined amountof time.