WHAT TO READ
A good list of books for graphic designers and illustrators:
sample resume_words (see the back for the great list of action words)
Staples Paper that works very well for your portfolio:
Framingham State Career Services
ON CAMPUS RESOURCES
CREATING AN ONLINE PORTFOLIO / PRESENCE
It’s a very good idea to buy the url that is your name. Here’s a great host:
HELPFUL TIPS & INFORMATION
+ it is important to have both an online portfolio and a physical portfolio. Your physical portfolio does not have to be large and cumbersome. Consider making a small book of your work.
+ before an interview, ask a potential employer up front, ‘what would you like to see in my portfolio?’
+ make sure your portfolio presentation is well-crafted, neat and professional.
+ try for 7 solid portfolio pieces (student work counts at this point!), but don’t add ‘filler’ pieces just to meet the quantity. If you only have 5 or 6 good pieces, then only show 5 or 6.
+ your physical portfolio case is another opportunity to show off your creativity, however, a simple black box or case can work as well
+ avoid long loading times for online portfolios
+ pdf emails of your work aren’t the best solution because the file size can be too large for company emails
+ your contact information should be easily seen on your online portfolio
+ create an online portfolio that is easy to revise and revamp often
+ create a ‘leave behind’ portfolio
+ practice practice practice before interviews
+ interview as much as you can
+ some common mistakes include not being able to articulate your own potential value and the story behind your portfolio pieces, not being organized, and showing too many or too few portfolio pieces.
+ know your portfolio pieces…be able to name the typefaces used, color schemes, the objectives of the project
+ have a ‘top 5’ pitch just in case your interview is cut short. prepare a 30 second talk on each of your top 5 pieces
+ send a thank you note after the interview
+ if you find a company that you like and they’re not hiring, try to set up an ‘informational interview’, a meeting where you can show your portfolio and ask questions, get some feedback on the job market in general. this is an excellent way to network, to learn more about the job market, and to get in front of someone who may remember you later when a position opens up.
+ join a local group such as the AIGA
CONTINUING EDUCATION AND GRADUATE PROGRAMS
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