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webinar recap article was developed by Aquent, AIGA’s official sponsor for professional
development, as part of the “Ask Aquent” webinar series. Aquent recruiters are hosting live online 45-minute
Q&A sessions each month to help respond to AIGA members’ most pressing
Let’s face it: Job hunting can seem pretty hopeless right now. The
bad news is that you’re not alone—there are more applicants for fewer jobs. The
good news is that your design skills are in demand—and that demand is growing along with emergent media technologies.
How do we know? We asked Aquent recruiter and agent Erika Oliver, who represents
elite UX, interactive and front-end development talents from the Midwest to the
Eastern Seaboard and matches them with contract and temp-to-perm job
opportunities at Fortune 1000 companies. During the June 21, 2012 launch of AIGA’s
“Ask Aquent” webinar series, Oliver offered solid advice to job seekers on how
to stay proactive and avoid discouragement. Whether you’re looking for your
first job or making a career transition, here are some of the key takeaways
from her “Getting the Job” webinar, plus additional tips and resources:
Are you fresh out of school with a slim
portfolio and résumé? Despite what job reports and downtrodden friends may say,
this is a very workable situation. Here’s what you can do:
With the ever-changing nature of today’s in-demand skills and growth
industries, many creatives are transitioning into entirely new careers. This is
another instance in which partnering with a reputable staffing firm makes sense. A
recruiter can help you take your current skills and experience to craft a
résumé geared toward specific companies. Recruiters
have inside knowledge of what their clients look for in candidates, which means better support for achieving your
After you’ve taken these steps, you will eventually get an interview. When you do, keep the following tips in mind, as they may help you land the job:
One of the most frustrating challenges of a job search is not
hearing anything at all. If you haven’t heard back in 30 to 60 days, drop back communications
to once per month. If you still don’t get an answer, move on. You don’t know
what’s going on “behind the scenes” at any business and—with smaller staffs and
bigger workloads—the priority of the position may have been reduced. Indeed, before
joining Aquent, Oliver found herself in this exact situation. She interviewed
for a position and didn’t hear for three months. When she did, they offered her
For more tips on the job market, check out these resources: The 10 Best Jobs of 2012 (from U.S. News & World Report)The Top 10 Fastest-Growing Industries in America (from TIME)
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About the Author: Aquent is the only global staffing company dedicated to creative, marketing and digital roles exclusively for Fortune 1000 companies. The world’s most renowned global brands come to Aquent for high-caliber freelance talent. Its new division, Vitamin T, provides small, mid-sized and ad agency clients with faster, easier access to in-demand interactive talent. Aquent and Vitamin T have built an impressive global network of marketing and creative services professionals, including print and interactive designers, UX designers and developers, copywriters, brand managers, market researchers, and more. As the Official AIGA Sponsor for Professional Development, Aquent serves as a source for creative and design talent and provides access to great career opportunities for AIGA members nationwide.
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