I need some advice. I recently completed my online portfolio and I'm really keen on hearing your experiences with the next steps to finding a job in the industry. I've grown a lot as a freelancer but I really want to work and collaborate with a team and learn from another designer.
I think I know what I need to do — contact studios, trawl job boards and keep reaching out — but I'd appreciate any advice on working with a studio or any feedback on my online portfolio! http://www.jton.com.au My current plan is to contact studios and inquire of any positions, be it internship or a junior position.
hey James, just contact studios letting them know your searching for work and such, go to industry events, network, the usual things, most jobs won't be posted really so its kind of about being proactive and who you know
Just a quick note about your portfolio, I find the about type on the home page a bit distracting. I see it's 26pt and although I like larger type on websites it doesn't need to be anywhere near that big. Also the links being in another colour, underlined, and highlighted is overkill, just pick one.
Some nice work though. Just have to be patient and a very stubborn. Give yourself a number of emails and/or phone calls to make a day and stick to it. Nobody expects juniors to be brilliant from day one, enthusiasm, humility and patience will take you far.
Also keep coming up with self initiated work, especially try things that are outside your comfort zone.
I think you're portfolio is looking pretty nice, you've got some strong projects in there. I agree with the TREX though, the intro copy is a little distracting. Maybe cut it down to a line or 2 which then links through to an about page.
In regards to landing a full-time role, you're in a pretty good position if you are currently freelancing. I'd send you're details to studios where you would like to work. If you can get in there on a freelance role, a full-time position will often come up. I've got a couple of roles that way.