Finding work

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  • welded

    So I'm out of school for now and pretty hard up for cash. I've gotten off to a promising yet disapointing start by having a number of clients and jobs fall through in the last two weeks, turning a lucrative month into a barren one. I'm not 100% desperate yet, but basically I'll need a job in the next couple of weeks or you'll see my body parts on eBay. And then I'll be back in retail.

    The question I put to fellow NTers is this: what is the best way to go about getting a job? Full time, part time, contract, it doesn't really matter, just so long as I can pay rent next month.

    A little more reading for those interested. I'm in Vancouver and prefer web-based work. Front and/or back end. I have a very student work-filled site up, but it was quite rushed. From brainstorming on paper to web ready in two days. There hasn't been much time to refine it either. I want to redo it and feel that I should before applying because there are areas of improvement and I get the impression people get dazzled whenever they see half-decent Flash. :\ What's more is I don't think I have the luxury of doing the site I want and instead doing a site potential employers might prefer. There's just that time thing.

    I've contacted the instructors who have made it known that they like me and my work, but it's the same story across the board. I'm definately on the will-call list, but there's nothing right now.

    Anyway, lots of words, but, again, the question is where should I be going from here?

    *Follow up question: does anybody here want to give me a shot? Seriously.*

    Thanks for reading. If anybody IS interested in giving me a bit of work shoot me an email, I would be grateful.

  • warheros0

    i emailed you, but, when did you do your site? do you have more work than that?

  • canuck0

    I think you have to overhaul your site. Just pick a few stand out projects that you did from school. Get rid of anything that will weaken your portfolio. I think in your case right now less is better. Instead of asking companies if they have full time work, see if they have any over flow work that you might be able to do for them.

    If you can do some pro-bono work anything to get some stuff in your portfolio that isnt school related.

    And if it comes down to it just swallow your pride and take something none design related, that way you wont be so rushed to get a solid portfolio together.


  • method_c0

    that's great canuck

  • AMFA0

    1. Portfolio:
    I would redo your portfolio - make it as good as you are.

    Your portfolio should be you: it should be what your design is, what your coding is, who you are.

    Employers can forgive designers for having less than stellar client work/student work because they know sometimes there are outside pressures that affect the outcome, but if your portfolio isn't great, how does that reflect on you? People want to know that you DID put time into your own work, because that is representative of you. And in turn, you'll produce that same quality for them.

    2. Seek out employers
    Contact people everywhere. Local, far, doesnt matter

    If you are looking for full time/contract/freelance, goto:ā€¦

    its the firmlist ( )vancouver.
    visit EVERY site. Send a personal email or a self-promo book (if you can afford it) to them. Let them know who you are.

    3. Work harder
    Get pro bono work. Do friends sites. Get your portfolio up and sell yourself. Most successful designer have worked too many 16 hours days to remember.

    4. Good luck.