Video: How to get a design job

Towards the end of 2010 I did a series of interviews for Major Players about how to get into the creative, digital and design industries – click the link above to view the video

[Excerpts from the interview]

What advice would you give to candidates wanting to get a foot in the door?
“It’s all about presentation. Before you approach potential employers, make sure your design portfolio is polished and set up to the best of your ability. Make sure you’ve got it set up across multiple formats: presentable hard copy, digital leave behind (memory key or CD) and online (so you can access it anywhere with an internet connection). If you’re just starting out, you’ll still have a lot to learn, so be patient and listen to the advice you’re given.”

How can a candidate get noticed?
“It all about the people you know, if you’ve not got the experience you need to start cold calling potential employers, it can lead to a lot of dead ends. It’s all about who you know, so get to know people! Do things for free, showcase your work online and link out on social networks, join industry groups online – do everything you can to raise your profile.”

What should a candidate be learning/skilling up on?
“When you’re starting out, it’s a good idea to pick an area to specialise in and build your design skills around that. These days there’s so much going on and so much you can learn about, especially on digital platforms so try to learn more about one area, but also be aware of what else is going on in design, you don’t want to be left behind!.”

These excerpts were taken from the Major Players website, which appeared between January and March 2011