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.
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.”
Today I am going to do some job hunting. I am going to look on the websites that I am familiar with in terms of where to look for jobs. I will start with the following:
Dezeen – http://www.dezeen.com/
Design Week – http://www.designweek.co.uk/
Channel 4 recruitment – http://jobs.channel4.com/
And work my way on from there.
I tend to look at these websites as these are where I can select filters and edit exactly what I am looking for. I especially like the channel 4 website as there is an option to have email notification alerts, which is really useful for keeping in the ‘loop’ with what is going on in the job market.
I find that when I am looking on these websites, I can then move to another and another as I find inspiration/ideas in things that are said on certain websites.
Also, when looking on sites such as Dezeen and Design Week, there is also the opportunity to see other designer’s work and look at potential places to look to for work. This is both inspiring and provides a more intuitive approach to looking for employment, rather than just using the job search tool.
I am going to look on Skillset, a recommended link for looking into the industry in terms of employment, courses etc.
“Skillset is the industry body which supports skills and training for people and businesses to ensure the UK creative industries maintain their world class position. If you’re working in one of these industries, we have information and resources to help you take your career to the next level.And if you’re just starting out, you’ll find information on all the different jobs out there to help you decide which one is right for you.”
If I’m completely honest, I do not find this website to be entirely relevant to Graphic Design. There is a lot of Advertising/Computer Arts/Technology based info. on the site, but after reviewing the content, I do not find it as engaging as it could be and also the information is not presented in a way that I feel appeals to a BA graduate… it seems like it is set out for a secondary school student. Therefore, I will not pursue this site as a link for specific Graphic Design info, however the careers section – http://www.skillset.org/careers/ may be useful in terms of general advice.