02.15.12

ADVICE / 3

we all have a dream job we hope to land. everyone wants to know how to get there. here’s our advice!


KATIE’S ANSWER:
there are many ways to go upon it. my suggestion is to start by finding out who you should address your email too. you can google it, look on , or even call headquarters and ask who you should address your email to. make the effort. think of your email as your two minute elevator pitch. keep it short and sweet. tell them who you are, what you do, what you want to do at their company, and why you think you would be a great asset on their team. always include an example of your reasons. attach your resume and a of your top ten design pieces (keep it under 7mb). your should just give them a taste of your work. i’ve seen a lot of people pass along their website that has all of their projects on it. when they came in for the interview they didn’t have anything new to show or talk about and it wasn’t very exciting. if you’re more comfortable passing your website, edit down the work. again, you don’t want to show all your tricks in the beginning.

BRI’S ANSWER: i completely agree with all the points katie just made. you want the experience of when they open your email (or hey, send a package in the mail!) to be seamless and quick. completely representative of what you have to offer the company. i am a huge fan of that classic phrase less is more. they don’t need to hear about your pets (even though i’m sure they’re cute), what you like to eat for supper or even where you went to college. you want to edit your email down to the bare essentials. i always like to keep the emails that i write in my voice (which isn’t very stuffy) but i realize that isn’t for everyone. here is an email that I would write a company i loved:

hello ____!
my name is bri, and i am a freelance graphic designer in los angeles. (the company) inspires me every single day with it’s bold prints and perfect color palettes. it would be an honor to present you some of my recent work. you can find samples of my editorial work , and some more fun that might interest you here on my blog.

working with you would be a dream, and i would love if you considered teaming up in the future.

thank you for your time and have a wonderful day!
bri
(insert your logo signature/ info/resume/a few examples of your best work)

visuals are important. i received 100s of emails from very sweet people wanting to contribute to designlovefest when I posted that I was looking a few weeks ago. only about 3 of them included visuals of their idea in the pitch. 2 out of those 3 were chosen to be contributors. they mocked up ideas for me and kept their pitch to the point. this made a world of difference. and this is not to say that the other ideas weren’t great. (they were!) but I was able to visualize quickly and know that they were qualified. it says a lot about you if you go that extra step.

hope that helps! see you next week!
bri + katie

(illustration by , see last week’s advice post here)

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    I seriously love these advice columns. I’ll be graduating college next year, and these tips are endlessly helpful. Thank you!

    Kelly says:

    Agreed! Im graduating this May, you guys really reiterate that Im going about everything correctly! keep it up!

    linda says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. I need all the confidence I could get to help me transition jobs, which is also in the graphic design field. It’s a scary process, especially when you don’t know a company you admire is hiring or not!

    Shelley says:

    Thanks for posting this! The Advice column has been such a great help and boost of confidence. Keep them coming!

    Kendall says:

    LOVE this

    just needed to re assurance – although I agree 100% and would like to think I am on the ball – this makes me smile.

    laura says:

    Thank you SO much for these columns. This is absolutely my favorite part of your blog. I’m also a graphic designer, and soon will be looking for work in web design (eek! nerves!)

    It’s a huge relief to come here and find actual advice and help, beyond the eye candy (which I also enjoy, but between blogs and , you can’t help but feel an overload of pretty on the internet). Please keep it up!

    Brittany says:

    Bless you and this dear advice column! I think all of these comments go to show that your knowledge is appreciated!

    I love the way you’re developing your blog, Bri. Thanks for providing inspiration and help in a way that is constantly moving forward. It’s very cool to see people who aren’t just designing beautiful work, but also taking it to the next step. You rock!

    Andrea says:

    Hey Girls, thanks for the advice! I have a good suggestion for next weeks column and it sort of goes along with this weeks. How can I find/land really amazing freelance? I’m not talking a little one timer project for a random business that needs a new data sheet, I mean really cool exciting design projects on the regular? I’m sure lots of your freelance now comes from your creative friends, or people you have hooked up with from your blog or past projects, but how did you really get it rolling when you first decided freelance was it for you? I dream of being a full time freelancer and always could use as much advice as possible. thanks x10! ~Andrea

    Whitney says:

    Great advice! I am constantly at a loss over how to approach people, whether it’s online, in person, or in the mail. This helps a lot!

    Clara says:

    Awesome awesome advice! I am loving this column, such great insight and need to know information. Can’t thank you enough Bri and Katie!

    dee says:

    you girls are amazing! love these posts. thanks again for the advice.

    Queen Mother says:

    Your proud Mama is smiling. : )

    dee says:

    your Queen Mother did a good job! hehe

    This was insanely helpful. I know that I need to send more emails out about what I do (how else would they know) but it is so terrifying. Your example is simple and to the point. Thanks for sharing.

    This was really helpful, ladies! Always great to hear about how other freelancers work because everyone approaches it in their own way. There’s really no “rules” about it.

    Courtney says:

    Some good tips in here for writers too!

    Thanks so much for this advice Katie + Bri! I’m currently applying for jobs as a graphic designer and this was so helpful. It can get really upsetting after having interviews but no luck with the final catch, bringing back my happy-go-lucky personality is definitely the reminder I needed.

    Sarah says:

    Thanks for the advice! It’s nice to know what it is that sets people apart!

    i absolutely love this advice!! thank you ladies – it’s a good refresher and also nice to hear how other people approach these types of situations. it couldn’t have come at a better time either – i’m applying for an art curator position tomorrow! fingers-crossed!

    This is really great advice Bri and Katie. Thanks a lot!

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