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Include Friends in Your Creative Job Hunt

Include Friends in Your Creative Job Hunt

Christina Macres


You know that friend who tells it like it is? We all have one. And while it might seem annoying sometimes, this friend is just what you need right now. From cover letter and interview outfit advice, to being that person who tells you to snap out of feeling sorry for yourself, the right person can give honest criticism that’s still friendly.


In the past you may have relied on bosses, coworkers, and deadlines to stay efficient and motivated. Why not assemble a team to do the same thing in your non-working present? Everyone needs structure and this is where friends can really help. From listening to your unemployment woes to helping you construct a daily routine that includes researching, networking, and contacting potential design firms or photo agencies, friends can be just what you need to keep motivated and on-task.

Emotional Support.

Bottom line: Good friends want their friends to succeed. They also want to be there and lend an ear when things aren’t ideal. And, like any idea, concept, or plan, most times it’s just plain helpful to sit down and work out the details with another human being — even if that person is just listening. A good brainstorming coffee date with a friend might be just what you need in order to make better sense of what you want out of your creative job search.

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Friends of Friends.

Yes, even friends of friends can help you find the career you want. Research has shown that creative professionals who employ friends as well as friends of friends to spread the word to potential employers (or keep their eyes peeled for job openings) were more apt to secure a job in the arts than those who did not. Moreover, those who got these same groups to go a step further and introduce them to beneficial networking contacts or folks in the industry found more suitable jobs, faster.

Social Networking.

When you’re looking for a job, quality and quantity of friendships go hand-in-hand. This being said, even though you may not deem everyone in your social networking communities to be an actual “friend,” in the sense that maybe you won’t be in their wedding, that doesn’t mean they’re not open to helping you in your job search. Use your Facebook status to post a quick blurb or write a private message to a friend you know who’s presently in the your artistic field of interest. Hey, you’re already on ArtBistro, that’s one giant step in the right direction!

Don’t Isolate and Fixate.

It’s easy to get so bogged down in your creative job search that you forget the world around you. Remember that, just like when you have a full-time job, it’s advantageous to strike a good work/life balance when you’re unemployed. Definitely take time to network with other creatives, but also know when to turn off your job seeker mode and just be a friend.

Good luck!

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