Posted 09.10.2012 @ 7.11PM
Thank you Letsmakeart :)
I think I put up too much work on my site and the bad work lowered the quality of the good work. I want to do a complete website makeover and buy my own domain. I can't imagine potential employers would be too impressed with my current site.
@Aldous.. I think it's fantastic advice to receive! Your work looks absolutely amazing!! :) I think it's great advice that will benefit me.
Posted 09.10.2012 @ 10.32AM
Thank you to everybody who commented! Very much appreciated :)
I understand my web page is not very good, which is why I am learning web so I can improve it and do something that is actually good.
Noftus, I greatly appreciate your comments. Not trying to be an art director, just asking for a little guidance from professionals. I'll get rid of that Freakshow image.
Methinks I have a project to do today - a complete web page makeover :)
I do enter design competitions, so I have some work that isn't uni related. And I do also make up my own briefs and design magazines for them. I've actually just discovered that a man down the road from me is a graphic designer, so I will ask him if I could get some experience with him.
Anyways, thanks everybody for your comments. Going to take on board everything you have all said :)
Posted 08.10.2012 @ 6.20PM
I am a graduate finding it very difficult to get my first job. In fact, I am finding it pretty much impossible to get to just the interview stage!!!
Since graduating early this year I have applied for probably 100+ design related jobs and not once have I been successful in gaining even an interview.
I may not be the most skilful designer out there. I don't know web design (however I do have very basic knowledge in CSS and HTML which I aim to improve). But I am passionate about design.
I would love to do some design work for not-for-profit organisations to get some experience but I don't actually know how to find that work or who to get in contact with.
I applied for a job a couple of weeks ago which was EXACTLY what I had been waiting for. It was for a graduate and was the exact kind of work I want to do. I put my heart and soul into my application to make sure it was perfect and included a CV and portfolio (even though just a resume and cover letter were required), and I also called them to show I was really keen. I also had some relevant experience (even though it wasn't required) and felt confident I could at least get an interview, but I got the usual rejection email which I am ever so used to :(
I understand there's a lot of graduates in my position and it's a very, very competitive industry with so few jobs. But how exactly can I at least make it to the interview stage? I keep my resume, cover letter and CV designs relatively simple, and I tailor those as well as my portfolio to suit the job.
Any tips at all on what I should do to improve my chances? It gets exceptionally demotivating to not even be able to show them who I am :/