After a month of job searching, I finally found a full-time position and a new home (at least in the process of signing a contract). How crazy things move so quickly in a mere of just a few weeks. Here’s how I did it.
- Clean up your web portfolio.
- Add descriptions of each projects from concepts, prototypes, videos, mocks, to sketches. Basically anything that would help people understand what you’ve done.
- Ask other people to review it. This will help you see if there’s anything unclear or if there are information that should be taken out or need to be added for better clarification.
- Have 10-12 really good projects to showcase your styles and abilities.
- Mirror your target company, position, or industry. If you have a specific company in mind or areas that you want to get into, then, research about it. In example, let’s say you want to get into the beauty industry for a big e-commerce corporate company doing Visual Design. Add any projects that you have relating to concepting, strategy, team-work, ux/ui, email design, etc.
- Vamp up your resume. I always say simplicity is best. Here are examples. http://www.careergirldaily.com/cv-template-download/
- Create a profile on LinkedIn for visibility and get personal recommendations.
- Keep up to date with the latest trends in the industry. Reading ahead of time regarding trends was very helpful for me. There were multiple times during an interview where I was asked if I knew what’s new in the industry or what people are doing these days in terms of Web Design or Technology. I am so glad I read up on it before I went on any interviews.
- Make sure to save the job description for each jobs you apply for. It’s a bit tedious but, you’ll thank yourself for it. Trust me. In the last month, I’ve applied to at least over 100+ jobs. For the most part, I remember the company names but, not the job description. Also, sometimes companies will delete the job post when they start doing the interview process and you won’t be able to refer back to that link when this happens. In this case, I screen shot the job description after I apply for it and then, I email it to myself. This way, I can search and pull up the information when I get a reply and refer to it when they call.
- Review common interview questions and refer it back to your experiences. I would definitely come up with answers for the tough interviews like what’s your weakness? How have you overcome challenges in the past? What’s your salary expectations? What you liked and didn’t like about your previous job? http://www.careercast.com/career-news/10-toughest-interview-questions-%E2%80%93-and-how-answer-them
- Reach out to your connections. You never know, their company might have a position available that you can apply for. It doesn’t hurt to try.
- Prep for an interview. I always re-read the job description, look up reviews about the company or the interview process prior to the interview. I find that it helps me gauge possible questions that may rise.
- Send a thank you follow up message for each interview unless, you’re not interested then it’s not necessary.
- Stay positive. Job hunting is stressful but, don’t forget to take a break and enjoy life.