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Transition from Student Designer to Career Designer

Paul Carew

Prepare to Merge

Now that you are up to speed, it’s time to put on your blinker and get ready to change lanes. The time immediately after your interview is an opportunity that is often overlooked.

1. Follow up. Follow up. Follow up.

If you don’t follow up, you miss the chance to sell yourself. After the meeting, determine why the organization is a good fit based on what you learned during your interview. If you’ve asked good questions, you have what you need to make the most of a follow up.

2. Demonstrate why it’s the right job for you

Find overlap between you skill set, creative work, style, or personality that makes this the right job for you. Share this common ground in your communications with the hiring manager.

3. Differentiate with personality

Every communication is a chance to differentiate from the competition. By doing research or meeting people at events, you’ve created a reason to initiate a conversation, as you have something in common with them. This is a fine line, but a few subtle touches of personality can help to be more memorable.

4. Be honest

Know what you are good at and what you are not. Be very clear about what your skill set is. You’re not proficient in Adobe InDesign if you’ve completed one project in the application.

5. Provide reference letters

By providing a list of reference letters, you are saving the hiring manager a step and showing your interest in the job. Be sure the references speak to your character, quality or work, and positive traits as a creative.

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