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Do I send it yet?

As I have been working on my final preparations for my CV and for my portfolio, I am beginning to wonder when is the ‘correct’ time for applying for jobs?! I have a few companies that I really like the look of and that have opportunities, but I am not sure if it is too soon to be applying to companies yet… is it too soon with 3 months(ish) to go?

Part of me is saying go for it and apply, but the other part of me is saying, if they offered you a job, could you realistically accept now? Also… what if I applied now and a better opportunity presented itself further down the line? This happened to me last summer… I accepted one placement for a number of reasons, but then got presented with another one which seemed amazing, but wasn’t (at the time) long enough for the 5 month summer, however the one that I should have taken ended up being a full summer placement and the one I took turned out to not be what I expected. So, with that in mind, I do not want to rush into decisions and make choices before I am completely sure that I have pursued all lines of inquiry and made sure that I am not shutting doors to potential opportunities. This is a really important decision and one that I am completely aware of every day and do not want to regret my decisions or run into blindly.


Update on The Guardian

Logo of the British newspaper The Guardian

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The Guardian is still something that I am reflecting on weekly and looking into, in terms of what is available.

Today I was really inspired to apply for a graduate trainee program that HarperCollins have – http://www.harpercollins.co.uk. The deadline is Monday 11th, so I would like to apply for this as it is 18 months and would provide me with some really relevant experience in both media and editorial. I will keep an update with how this goes.

Design Week -Top Jobs

I have been looking at the Design Week ‘Top Jobs’ newsletter this morning. On this newsletter, Design Week list their top 5 jobs available. I found this newsletter was really interesting and provided me with an insight into some of the top jobs available. Unfortunately at this stage, it would seem that the jobs are a little out of reach for me as all of them required several years in the industry, but, whereas a few months ago I would have taken this as a disappointment, I have actually found this to be inspiring and it has given me more of a drive to push forwards with my career and keep looking for ways that I can be good enough and have enough experience to go for the top jobs one day.

Ipp session 09/02/11

Today we have an IPP session on interview and techniques applicable to interviews.

A main date when these skills will be useful for us this term will be Industry Day on 24th March (this is the day before my submission deadline for the D&AD project- Live Brief)

It is best to be prepared for interviews to ensure that nerves do not get the better of you. Researching into the company is a ‘great way to find out more information’. We have been advised to look at LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and using the internet to research into the company and to use the available resources to our best advantage.

We are also being advised to keep an eye on press and media to evaluate how companies are operating.

CVs– these constantly need updating and revising. There is also the potential that we may have more than one CV depending upon which job we are applying for. We need to tailor the CV to the relevant job.

It is important that we practice our interview technique as we rely too much on what we know and take for granted that we will be able to say it all on the day.

On the day of the interview– plan your route. Anything can happen.

Appearance– we are communicating who we are through what we wear. Also being aware of the company- what is the dress code? Know the dress code of the company and, if in doubt, dress smartly.

How to talk to the interviewer– be professional, concise and don’t ramble! Focus and don’t bore them. ‘Tell me a bit about yourself’ does not mean tell me about your life (in detail), try to assess how much of ‘you’ needs to be talked about. Practicing this part is important so that you don’t bore them or say too much.

Competition– why are you the most suitable candidate? Why should you be chosen out of everyone they interview? Through research I should be able to find something within the company that I can latch on to and make my own. Show that I have company knowledge and that I know about where I am and who I am talking to. Be able to follow up with examples.

What have you learned from your experiences?– give your experience relevance  e.g. working in a team, communication, commitment. Good and bad experiences are a great way to talk about how you might deal with a situation at the company.

What are your ambitions?– do not come across as wanting the interviewers job or making it seem as though you are applying for a job more senior to the position you are applying for.

Why have you made a specific decision?– Talk about the route you have taken to get to where you are, what has changed and why?

What are your strengths/weaknesses?– Don’t say that you ‘don’t have any’, instead explain what they are, what you are doing/have done to improve this. Make your weakness a strength- how are you going to overcome a weakness?

Always provide a context to what you are saying: Context, Action, Result

What questions or situations do you find difficult? Consider the questions I may not want to ask but may inevitably be asked.

We have just watched a clip of the Pursuit of Happiness (I really love this film) of the part where Will Smith‘s character goes into a board room and approaches the managers and interviewers in a completely unconventional way, but in a way that he comes across as himself.

Etiquette– Don’t sit down first, be aware of cultural differences, eye contact, smile, confidence. “50% of your communication with the interviewer is non verbal

Take control of the interview- ask for questions to be clarified, be up front, drink water, take advantage of questions at the end of the interview point, expand on answers if you feel you have given a poor answer initially.

We are now moving on to an activity in which we will set up an interview technique session. Two people are the interviewers, one person is the interviewee and the other three are observers of the interview.

CV needs sorting out

I need to start to pull together my CV. This is one thing that I am quite happy with and that I have kept updated since my first year of studying at Ravensbourne. It is through keeping my CV up-to-date that I have been able to quickly apply for jobs or internships as and when I see them, rather than having to spend an hour or two or even a day or more sorting it out and preparing and therefore losing out on potential experience. I also find that by keeping my CV up-to-date I am able to give the impression that I am organised and can be punctual with delivery which in turn sets a good tone with potential employers – if I am able to show that I can quickly deliver this one document, then it shows me in good light and shows that I will be able to work promptly and efficiently.

A quote that someone recently told me and that I think fits with my views on having a current and relevant CV is: “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”

Design Week Blog

I have found that by looking at the email newsletter that is sent out via the Design Week blog, I have been able to keep in-the-know with what the jobs of the week are. This has been a really valuable way of keeping up-to-date and also provides me with some design-related news at the same time as looking for jobs.


Being in the loop with what is going on in the design world is not only interesting and insightful, but it provides me with things to talk about at the interview stage of a job application. It means I am aware of what is going on in the world of design and that I know trends, current projects and can talk fluently about relevant publications that are available.

D&AD project

The Body Shop

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For the D&AD project, I have chosen The Body Shop brief.

For this brief I will need to investigate: packaging, The Body Shop and the products we are to brand: White Musk, Body Butter, Tea Tree and Liquid Foundation.

I have chosen this brief as I am particularly interested in The Body Shop as a brand and also, the idea of researching and developing packaging is something I have not yet covered but would very much like to explore.

This brief is interesting as it is not a re-brand of The Body Shop, but is a development of four of their leading products. I need to explore what it is that they are trying to communicate with this project and where I can go from where the products currently stand in the market.