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 being skilled in communication, organization and teamwork. It also means you are a proficient internet user and have 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.
2 SHOW ME YOUR FACE
Many companies are looking for a Bbbee candidate, even when it’s not advertised as such. If you are falling in this category, make sure they know about it. Adding a picture of yourself is a great way to solve this. On the same token, be sure include South African citizenship.
3 FLATTER ME
Write a short but relevant intro email, in which you explain why you would specifically like to work at the company you send your cv and portfolio to. Look at their website and be specific. Do not simply say “I like your design!”
4 MAKE IT EASY FOR ME
Create an online portfolio or an optimized PDF, all in one file. Zipped folders and a whole bunch of jpg are a nightmare when trawling through 200 applications. Make yours as easy to share as possible.
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.
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 are also going straight into the trash! Sort it out, a creative grown up will make a plan!
7 SHOW AS MUCH WORK VARIETY AS POSSIBLE
Close-ups showing the same project spread out over 5 pages does not make more of an impression. Make more work if you feel something is missing – nothing is stopping you from creating dummy designs.
8 JUMP THROUGH THE HOOPS
Many ads have requests for certain elements to be provided or other specified instructions. I want to see if you can follow written instructions, whether you are willing and capable to jump through the hoops before you even have the job, if not, you just spell trouble.
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