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We’ve put together a few tips and thoughts for design graduates, based on our experience dealing with design agencies and with grads.
Don’t call the document something like CV_Version3.pdf.
Instead use the format: Homer Simpson CV 2016.pdf. This makes it easier to search for after a time.
Put all of the above into play. When you contact studios, research, find out who the best person to send your details to is. And don’t forget that person may be seeing a lot of other CVs and Portfolios. So you’ll need to stand out.
Send a CV and portfolio in PDF format, or a website portfolio. In your email, write a bit about yourself but not your life story. Keep it simple and precise but interesting. Some creative directors we’ve spoken to have had juniors follow up by sending them something physical, a sample portfolio, or something to get their attention. Some of these worked really well, others not so – perhaps they were too much! So again, be smart. Know your audience. They are busy people. We are always surprised at how many junior designers contact us with just a CV. No portfolio or web link and few if any words of introduction. Just an attachment to an email. This is your moment, when that email is opened, to make a good impact.
It’s tricky and there isn’t one answer. If you’re good, it will show in your portfolio and your attitude (your good attitude). It is always exciting to see the amazing talent that comes out of NZs design degrees. The naturally talented and genuinely driven will always stand out.