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Graphicdesign.com is proud to relaunch our site with improved design and functionality. This will be an ongoing process so feel to give your feedback on how we can improve it further. One of the goals of the site is to be a resource for those who work in graphic design and for those who want to get into the graphic design industry.

Some of graphicdesign.com’s improvements include:

1. We have added a growing graphic design firm directory that allows you to find a firm near you.
2. A listing of top graphic design schools that offer online degrees.
3. Occasional resource articles on popular graphic design technical and software tools
4. A new jobs posting section that will offer positions within the industry.

Graphic design is a dynamic career that is evolving along with our technological advancement and you need to use them all in order to best find the right position for you in the industry. It is not enough to just be a creative and hard working individual. You need to know how to network, present yourself well and often be a valued team member.

I thought it might be helpful to give some concrete helpful hints on how you can go about finding the right graphic design job for you.

1. Be Self-Aware and Confident – No worker or artist is perfect in every area. We all have strengths and weaknesses. The more you are aware of yours, the better you can present yourself and explain ways how you overcome any weaknesses. it is not enough to say it, but you have to demonstrated it. Reasonable confidence is key to your ability to communicate your experience and abilities. Over-represent yourself and you will come off cocky. Under-represent yourself and you won’t be seen as up to the job. Showing how you have overcome adversity on your resume and in your interview can demonstrate a strength and perseverance that employers relish.

2. Prepare and Find the Right Fit – No one forces you to apply for a job. You apply because you have determined that you want the job and feel that you have the ability to do the job. Do your potential employer a favor and spend some time determining if that’s the case before you take up their time. Examine your skills, potential and interest to find the right fit for your experience and ability. If you aren’t prepared for a particular position, go out and find experience or further skill development that will prepare you to make a positive impact in the position and return to claim the position with renewed confidence.

3. Presentation – Before you get to meet your prospective employer for an interview, it is likely they will first evaluate you from reviewing your resume and portfolio. These documents are your first impression. Invest your time in developing an accurate and professional resume and portfolio of your previous work. You should be prepared to deliver your credentials live or online with equal ease. Your documents begin to reveal what type of person you are and whether you are worthy to continue to the interview phase.

4. Networking – Once you have your resume and portfolio in order, you need to locate the type of graphic position you are qualified for and interest you. There are a host of methods to network:

  • Job Forums/Boards online – much like GraphicDesign is currently developing.
  • Social Networking – use your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and any blogging opportunities to promote yourself and indicate your search for a quality position. Be aware that potential employers will also use these social networking tools to evaluate you, so make sure you represent yourself well on them.
  • Traditional printed classifieds – used sparingly, but they can reach a different audience.
  • Graphic design forums – become active in any online or live community of graphic designers is a natural opportunity to spread the word of your job search and collectively brainstorm how to find your dream job.

Here are a handful of graphic design websites that have some history in helping designers find jobs: AIGA Design Jobs, Authentic Jobs, Coroflot, design:related, and Simply Hired.

Once you locate your dream job, pursue it with vigor. Once you get to an interview, impress them with your abilities and potential. Your design history is one key to your potential, but so is your drive and passion. Make sure they see what value you can bring to their company.