8 tips for graphic designers entering the market

1   Design your cv
2   Show me your face
3   Flatter me
4   Make it easy for me
5   Straight to my trash
6   Don’t make excuses
7   Show as much work variety as possible
8   jump through the hoops
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1 DESIGN YOUR CV

Make it look nice, and legible. This is your first chance to show your skills in terms of typography. Include things you think might not be relevant, but show independence, such as trips or events you have organized and jobs you’ve had. But be brief and to the point, 1 line is enough.

Being a designer means good communication skills, organizing skills, team working skills, internet skills and a positive attitude. List anything that can support that – being the organiser of a dance group or coaching soccer to kids means a lot more than your matric Maths result.
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2 SHOW ME YOUR FACE

Many companies are looking for a bbeee candidate, even when it’s not advertised as such. If you are falling in this category, make sure they know about it. To add a picture of yourself is a great way to solve this. On the same token, be sure include south African citizenship
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3 FLATTER ME

Write a short but relevant intro email, in which you explain why you specifically like to work at the company you send your cv and porti to. Look at their website and be specific, not like “I like your design” as you should not apply otherwise!
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4 MAKE IT EASY FOR ME

Create an online portfolio or a optimized PDF, all in one file. Zipped folders and a whole bunch of jpgs are a nightmare when trawling through 200 applications. Make yours as easy to share as possible.
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5 STRAIGHT TO MY TRASH

As crazy as it may sound, there are still applicants who send batch emails replying to all advertised jobs (straight to trash!) or have their mother or teacher send the email through, which is the ultimate sign of not being independent.
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6 DON’T MAKE EXCUSES

I am not your teacher or your mother, and therefore not interested if your portfolio got stolen or you will only send me your cv tonight. You sound difficult and disorganized and you also go straight into the trash. Sort it out, you are a creative grown up now and you make a plan.
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7 SHOW AS MUCH WORK VARIETY AS POSSIBLE

Close ups of the same project spread out over 5 pages don’t make more impression. Make more work if you feel something is missing – nothing stops you from creating dummy designs.
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8 JUMP THROUGH THE HOOPS

Many ads have requests for certain elements to be provided, or other instructions. I want to see if you can follow written instructions… If you are not willing or capable to jump through the hoops before you even have the job, you just spell trouble.