Top 20 tips to help Graduates find a job in the Creative, Marketing or Digital Industry, based on 20 years working as a recruitment specialist in this sector.
You have chosen to work in one of the most interesting and varied sectors.
Working in the Creative, Marketing and Digital sectors is a great place to have an interesting long term career, once you have your first relevant job.
As these are are much sort after sectors to work in the competition is high to get a graduate job, so you need to be better than all the other applicants to secure that job.
"Experience is Key"
Employers always prefer candidates who have got some relevant work experience whilst at university. Please don't assume that because you have a relevant degree you'll be able to walk in to your first job.
Trends and technology moves so fast often universities are out of date. To get a job you need to have personal interest in the current design trends, how people want to be marketed to and technology. Please don't just rely on your university lecturers.
- First impressions count
- Research the company and role
- Know the location
- Know your CV
- Prepare your career story
- Be positive
- Ask your own questions
- Relax and enjoy the interview
- Contact details
- Employment history
- Education & Qualifications
- Good spelling, grammar and punctuation
- Simple format
- Appropriate layout
- Cover letter
Employers want to see commercial work
Only include your own work
Make sure all your links work
Design your Portfolio
Display your work clearly
Be proud; only include you best pieces of work
Don't include art or off the chart pieces
Think how to show your portfolio at interview
Be positive about your portfolio
"CREATIVE GRADUATES - Employers want to see Commercial Work in your portfolio"
By this we mean pieces of work that show case your creative ability in the world of business. How you design for business brands.
If your University is not supplying you with projects that involve business marketing material, they are letting you down. Companies are expecting graduates to have experience of designing for businesses and to be showcasing a lot of this type of work in your portfolio.
Companies use social media to research you
- What do you talk about?
- What are you interested in?
- What do you do?
- Where have you worked?
- Do you look like you'll fit the team
How to use social media when job hunting
- Research before contacting companies
- Research before interview
- Looking up the people you are meeting prior to interview
FINDING A PLACEMENT OR JOB
UNIVERSITY JOB BOARDS
Your own University will have details of suitable graduate placements
Searching Graduate Placement you will find, many sites offering graduate placements and jobs
Most job boards have a graduate job section of ability to search for graduate jobs
Regularly check on Company websites to see if they are recruiting graduates
Go to career fairs to make connections with local businesses
Can be a source for Digital, Marketingand Creative jobs
Finding Your Own Graduate Opportunities
Google companies close to where you live.
- Do your research, so you know what the company does before you contact them (you never know they may put you straight through to the employer and you are going to look pretty silly if you know nothing about the company)
- Phone up and ask for the email address of the person who looks at CV’s for your chosen job.
- Send CV & portfolio if appropriate.
- Follow up with a phone call.
- Smile, relax.
- Know your CV
- If they don’t currently have any graduate opportunities, do they ever take Graduates? Are they likely to do so in the future?
- Ideally you want to be paid but if all else fails offer to work for free for a couple of weeks to prove yourself.
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