So the time has come to get some kind of job, freelance or otherwise, and you are wondering, and you are feeling lost without a clue where to start.. well I’ll like to share my top tips for eliminating the “job search anxiety”.
First things first, you need to prepare yourself for the time this is going to take, the meticulous planning and sometimes the need to encourage yourself, accept criticism and be persistent, since there are no guarantees. Your first try may be the job you get and in other times it may take a while to get a call back.
After you have prepared yourself next you need to define what kind of job you want and in what sections, and with what companies. Understanding what it is exactly what direction you want to go in helps streamline where you put in your applications and clear out the clutter and confusion likely to arise if you don’t. If you are not sure or you have wildly varied interests like me, one way to decide is to make a list of interest based on their levels of interest, and apply to companies based on that list.
Next, and very importantly you need to build or review your resume, adapting it to specific companies where you are applying. During the process of writing your resume, it is very important that it stands out and is very well written, devoid of grammatical errors, and wrong spellings. Be careful to use active words rather than passive words, and as much as possible try to make your resume standout, maybe in its design, the use of subtle colors and font, while still keeping it professional.
As Graphics designers, perhaps nothing is quite the eye grabber a s a portfolio, which is a combination of all your best work to showcase what you can do, putting together a portfolio is just as important as a resume in out\r line of work, keep it clean, of high quality and standard and professional.
Next you are ready to send out your resume and start your application process, as much as possible, attach a cover letter which is a detailed but not too long statement of your skills and intention to work and why. Try also to address individuals in your process. some applications allow for portfolios to be sent along with your application, so keep a digital portfolio handy.
And Finally be patient these things take time, and in the process prepare as much as you can for an interview, so when you are actually called in, you would not be caught off guard or unprepared.