4 Vital Tips For Landing a Creative Job Out of College

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4 Vital Tips For Landing a Creative Job Out of College

Being a recent college grad is an exciting time in life. There are so many possibilities to consider, opportunities to chase and connections to make. That first job hunt out of school is filled with ups and downs. The interview jitters, the formal email correspondence, the disappointment of finding out you didn’t get a job, and the rejuvenation of gaining a new prospect – it’s all part of the process.

For young creatives, the challenge is even greater. While many of your classmates are just looking for a plain old office job, you want something that aligns with your passion. Whether you’re a designer, writer or photographer, here are four tips for landing a gig that starts your career on the right path:

Branch Out From Craigslist

There are a lot of great jobs to be found on Craigslist, but there’s also a lot of clutter. Keep Craigslist in your mix and check it daily. However, you should be spending a larger portion of your time on creative-oriented job boards.


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If a Job Application is Annoying, Do It

When you come across a job that has a lengthy application process, your first instinct will be to bounce. But before you do, take a deep breath and realize that a more rigorous first step means there will likely be a lower volume of applicants due to the same feeling you’re having. That means less competition, so if you’re qualified for the job, your chances of getting a call are much higher.


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Create Templates

There are plenty of resources out there that will preach the importance of a customized cover letter. They’re right to an extent, but the truth is that volume matters. It’s flat-out inefficient to try to create a personalized cover letter from scratch for every job you apply to. It’s also ineffective to send out a clearly generic message. So find a middle ground; create templates for different types of jobs and edit them to each specific situation. This allows you to streamline your outreach.


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Have a Presentation or Leave-Behind

When you land an in-person interview, your primary goal should be to make an impact on the hiring manager. You want them to remember both your name and your work. The best way to accomplish this is by bringing an actual portfolio for them to browse or even keep. A business card wouldn’t hurt, either.

Duggal offers a 20% student discount (recent grads included), so you have access to quality printing for your portfolio, business cards and more. Simply show your student ID at our 29 W. 23rd St. NYC headquarters and your own personal consultant will help set you up with everything you need to make a memorable first impression on potential employers.


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