Developing a good portfolio is an absolutely indispensable part of building a client base, or getting a good job for that matter. And developing a good portfolio can be a very difficult thing to do if you don’t know all the little tricks.
Fortunately I know a few, and I am here to teach them to you. Bear in mind that when I say tricks, I don’t mean hacks that help you do less work. In fact, these ‘tricks’ may have you doing much more work than you were planning on doing. But don’t get discouraged because you certainly can do it.
We must have a portfolio to attract work, but in order to have a portfolio we need work, but before we can work we need to show something, and it goes round and around. In...
In the densely populated design field, we are always looking for ways to make ourselves stand out from the crowd.
Never is this need to stand out from the masses more pressing than when applying for a new job. So here we are going to take a look at one way to do this, that should give you that leg up over the competition. That is to tailor your design résumé for the job that you are applying for.
This is not just a matter of tweaking the skills and information that the résumé contains to make sure they line up with what the company is looking for. No. This is...
Hiring a web designer is like sorting packages. Hundreds of applications filter in. Before you can even get to the good stuff, you have to sort through all the ones that might not be a good fit.
And even though you may not judge a book by its cover, hiring managers most certainly judge potential applicants by their résumé. And if you’re looking for a job as a web designer, there’s even more pressure to make your résumé stand out among the cardboard boxes.
At our company, we have a step-by-step process when we’re hiring a new designer. We’ll sort through résumés to find someone that meets some basic qualifications. We’re not picky: We really just want to get the applicant on the phone. Then, we’ll have an initial call screening. We ask questions about their work experience, life and the process they use to design. We ask some questions that will make them think quickly.
The goal is to determine if this person is what they represent on the résumé,...
In these tough economic times, many designers find themselves applying for jobs and freelance gigs on a regular basis.
So, how can we stand out from the rest and grab the attention of a design agency when they’re usually bombarded with hundreds of applications?
The best way to do this is in the design of your resume. Assuming that you have the skills that they’re looking for, a striking and visually appealing resume will go a long way at getting you the creative job that you want.
In the worst case scenario, it will at least buy you a few seconds...