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Self Assessment, Résumé, Interview

HOMEWORK: due March 10
Read the article linked directly below. Refer to your self assessments and start writing a profile statement that makes you stand out from every other person seeking a career in design. Rely on your strengths especially if you have additional skill sets beyond design. Refer to the links below on this page including words and phrases recommended for use.

Assess Yourself

Self Assessment Part 1: getdowntobusiness

Self Assessment Part 2: self-assessment_1

AIGA and Adobe: Designer of 2015 competencies:

Self Promotion Tips

Links about résumé and portfolio from HOW:

Self promotion tips from HOW Magazine:

Winner 2010 Self Promo contest in UK:

Online presence tips from HOW Magazine:

Freelance Self Promotion list of 5 tips:

AIGA 10 common mistakes in résumés and cover letters:

Résumé key words

Résumé samples and their strategy:

Graphic design résumé blog:

Résumé and cover letter samples:

45 creative ideas:

30 artistic & creative résumés:

blog post of 30 résumé ideas:

you can use this site’s software to show your work

and you can also use this site to show your work:

10 Tips for New Grads

7 tips for a good cover letter

a site by student designers for student designers

Interesting info: create a one-page portfolio and tips for recognizition

Notes from a young designer: how to create a hard and soft copy portfolio

EXCELLENT advice … and it’s FREE

Fun and educational site to explore: The TRUE YOU

Creative business cards

How to create a pdf that has transition effects: and a post about issues that may arise (keep reading/best solution is near bottom):

Convert PowerPoint to Flash

Tutorial—create a customized WordPress blog portfolio using DW CS5:

Interview Notes from the

1. “Mind Your Manners.” This is especially important when checking in with a company’s receptionist prior to an interview: Six out of 10 hiring managers surveyed by creativegroup said they value their assistant’s opinion when making hiring decisions. So, go out of your way to be nice to everyone, from the executive assistant to the parking attendant, when you’re meeting with a potential employer.

2. “If You Don’t Have Anything Nice To Say… ” There are few bigger turn-offs for hiring managers than listening to a potential employee vent about his or her former company, coworkers or boss. While you want to give authentic responses to interview questions, focus on what you bring to the table, not slights from your past.

3. “Do Your Homework.” Researching the prospective employer is the most important step prior to applying for any job. Tailor your resume, cover letter and portfolio to the opportunity, making note of how your skills can contribute to the company’s immediate needs. In the interview, use what you learn about a firm to ask intelligent questions that demonstrate your understanding of the business.

4. “Don’t Sell Yourself Short.” Your resume shouldn’t be a laundry list of former job duties. Instead, highlight your achievements, quantifying your contributions wherever possible. But be selective in the successes you highlight. Ultimately you want to emphasize those that are most relevant. Winning a student design competition, if you graduated a decade ago, isn’t the crowning achievement it once was.

5. “Always Send A Thank You Note.” Yes, mom was right. Employers do pay attention. In fact, nearly nine out of 10 executives polled said sending a thank-you note can boost a person’s chances of landing a job.

Got the Job? NOW WHAT! 7 important tips…

In the past, you may have had anywhere between three to six months to demonstrate your value to a new firm. Not anymore. According to a survey by The Creative Group, advertising and marketing executives interviewed said it takes just nine weeks, on average, to determine if a new employee is well suited for the role. In that period, employers will not only evaluate your ability to do the job well but also take note of how you fit in with the firm’s culture and collaborate with your new colleagues. Following are seven common rookie mistakes and tips to help you avoid them: HOW Design – Job Tips for Designers