Episode 045

045: Advice for finding a job in the design industry

Getting a job in the design industry is all about building up experience and making connections. In this episode we talk about how we’ve landed the creative roles we’ve had so far, and share advice for portfolios, job hunting, and nailing an interview.

"If you’re applying for an internship you don’t have to be the best of the best, they’re just looking for someone who is hungry to learn and get their hands dirty straight away."

Femke


Key takeaways

Networking and making connections is one of the best ways to find a job in the design industry. Reach out to people who work at companies you’d like to work for on social media, or at meet ups, and make a genuine connection to find out what it’s like to work there. Remember though it has to be genuine, or they’ll feel like you’re using them.

Portfolios are more relevant than CV’s for the design industry. Think quality over quantity when it comes to figuring out what to include in it, and make sure you choose work that has an interesting process behind it to talk about in an interview.

Don’t wait for a company to be hiring to reach out to them. If you admire their work, get in touch and tell them how you’d be a great addition to the team. If there’s no position for you at the moment, they’ll be likely to remember you when one does open up.


Show timestamps

00:30 – Intro & catch up

04:20 – Femke’s first job in the design industry

06:30 – Alternative application process

08:45 – Portfolios

10:50 – Charli’s job history

13:30 – Worrying about getting a job

17:30 – Process is more important than style

19:00 – The skills you need to be a designer

21:10 – Should you have case studies?

22:40 – Using your work to tell the story of your process

25:30 – Quality over quantity

27:40 – How to talk about your work in an interview

28:50 – Internships

31:10 – Networking online

38:30 – Where to search for design jobs

42:40 – Last words of advice


Show links

The Heart of Christmas Book

Charli’s moving vlog

Femke’s portfolio

Charli’s portfolio

Dribbble

Xero

Edited

Atomic

Vice documentary episode


Show credits

Our site: designlife.fm

Our Twitter: @DesignLifeFM

 

Design Life on iTunes

Our theme tune was created by the talented Camiel van Schoonhoven