So I recently graduated in December and committed myself to job hunting for about two months straight. I was ruthlessly applying to jobs with positions like “Graphic Designer, Visual Designer and UX Design”. After two months of not receiving call backs I started to reevaluate my work. I went to professors, friends and family to give me feedback on my résumé. I went to job fairs and resume building events on campus and spent a good week and a half redesigning it.
I started applying again to jobs only to receive emails along the lines of, “your résumé is really impressive however your skills do not exactly match our needs”. This was actually great news because now I know that my résumé is top-notch and my portfolio is lacking. So the redesign process began again: ruthlessly revising my portfolio, playing with hierarchies and organization of projects. Including more case studies and excluding meaningless projects. Revising past projects that could use more polishing and looking at projects on Behance for inspiration.
I started reading more design blogs and reaching out to the authors to tell them my appreciation. Little did I know that I had inadvertently started networking with these bloggers. There isn’t a particular end to this story; I’m still job hunting, I’m still creating independent projects and I’m still working with design teams to create great things. I’m still learning. Everyday I try to learn something new because well designers never stop learning.