Post # 1
I’m a Graphic Design major in school, and I’m applying to an agency for a job that’s asking for resumes. I guess I find it kind of weird that they aren’t asking for portfolios too, does that mean they want to just go through resumes on a preliminary round first?
Should I send a portfolio anyway? I have my own website hosted by my university that has my portfolio on it, so I could easily provide a link.
Post # 3
They do probably only want to check it out first. Can you find an agency thats tailored to what you do?
For example I usually try to work with Scienfic Agencies to get jobs because other places don’t really get my needs and always try to make me to take a low paying secretary job.
Post # 4
Im not sure about what to submit, but as a young person just out of school too my advice is to stay clam if things dont work out and it takes a while. I was unemployed for a while and got really down in the dumps but as soon as I perked up and gave it my all again, I found something in the least expected place. Keep an open mind!
Post # 5
I would just submit the resume if thats what they’ve asked for, and include something like “portfolio available upon request” or an address for a digital portfolio – but I don’t work in this field so my guess could be worse than yours.
In general my advice for new grads is to keep in mind that the first job is just a stepping stone. I’m back in school now, but when I first finished my undergrad I worked for a few years. Right after graduation I needed to find work right away. I couldn’t find anything in communications so I signed with a temp agency. They got me an administrative job. I cried on the first day, it just was not what I wanted to do with my life and some of the jobs I hadn’t gotten seemed so much better. Still, I ended up developing administrative skills, interpersonal skills and learning about business processes. I applied for more of a dream job in marketing/communications 5 months later and my boss hired me because the rest of the competition were new grads who hadn’t worked since graduation.
Post # 6
I am somewhat familiar with this field as I work in a related field. I would recommend just submitting the resume and including a link to your online portfolio (maybe in the area where you have your contact information). Make sure that your website looks good, reflects who YOU are and your work, and is grammatically correct. We recently hired a graphic designer and we definitely scrutinize the websites. I would also make sure it is easy to navigate without being so easy that it’s boring/plain. I would not send a portfolio if they specifically said not to send one (or didn’t ask for one) as that would show that you can’t follow basic directions.
Graphic design is a tricky field in that it’s all subjective. So what works for one company may not work for another one, so I wouldn’t take it personally if they don’t pick you. It could just be that the tone/style of your work doesn’t work with theirs. For example, we wanted someone who was cutting edge and hip with fresh ideas and we turned down people that had more of a standard, corporate look. I would also consider including a variety of things (e.g. flyers, ads, brochures) in your portfolio, so you show that you are comfortable designing for all media. In addition, I wouldn’t just rely on actual paid/printed work for your portfolio, especially since you are newer in the field. I would add some things that look awesome that you designed on your own (e.g. for a dummy product). I wouldn’t represent that as paid work, but just say that you came up with concepts or design ideas for x, y and z.
Post # 7
Wow I didn’t expect so many responses, thank-you!
I decided to e-mail them with my resume attached and just a link to my personal portfolio website.
@lilbluebird: Thank-you for the tips. I spruced up my site and added recent work before I sent them the link, but I’ll keep all that you said in mind.