How to find your dream job in design (live tweets)

If you're undecided what to do after graduation from the RCA, or need some practical advice on how to get your dream job then FuelRCA's employability events are for you! Live tweets from Fuel's webinar held on 29 July 2014. Chaired by John Bound.

  1. John is author of 'How to get the job you'll love' First up, CVs
  2. What do you think is most likely to persuade an employer to read your CV?
  3. 36%: names of places where I've had experience, 21%: punchy opening 14%: details of recent study, a list of skills, creative visual format
  4. opening profile is a great place to detail your skills and experience.
  5. Michele Gambarotto: found after graduation, most employers are looking for experience gained in industry rather than school
  6. therefore very important to show off your skills, what you did in your job and what you learnt
  7. Use the college work to showcase your skills, but use your experience to show your capability. Contacts also help
  8. George Wade: most important thing is the visual image, how its laid out, has the candidate taken the time to layout an a4/3 portfolio
  9. For George, visual element is important. Would not consider someone with a text based CV. Doesn't say anything about the designer
  10. John Lees: the cv is only part of a presentation bundle which will include details about the visual work
  11. Its important to highlight skills that are important to an employer.
  12. The hidden job market… use social media to create relationships, but these contacts need to be translated into person to person contact
  13. Don't just rely on email. Personal approaches are crucial
  14. Don't just rely on email. Personal approaches are crucial
  15. Un-adervisted positions. Employers are reaching out through social media, and through people already working in the company
  16. Take steps to advertise yourself online, what sort of industry you want to get into. This can help employers FIND YOU!
  17. Find your own authentic voice. 'I am interested in…. motivated in… pursuing…' rather than 'I am good at' etc
  18. Q: how many a4 portfolio sheets are appropriate to send with a cv?
  19. George A: No answer! Whatever seems appropriate for you to put across a message. Communication on each sheet should be tailored to reader.
  20. Michele A: Presentation should show their passions, style. Should be simple and direct. Give a hint of the person behind the portfolio.
  21. Poll: what do you spend most time doing when job searching?
  22. Organisations are looking for lots of different things. Talk to people already in the market, they will tell you what orgs are looking for.
  23. Results of poll: 42%researching organisations, 32%applying for advertised, 26%direct applications, 0% talking and job agencies!
  24. In some sectors looking for job adverts is not a great tool, as often these kind of jobs aren't advertised at all
  25. George: offered a job through face to face contact when graduated in 2000. Talking is the most important thing you can do!
  26. Direct job applications, i.e. contacting a company cold, can mean you aren't up against competition.
  27. Michele: Be prepared for interviews. Research the organisation. Job agencies can also help you find your dream job.
  28. Q: VISA issues for international students. Info will be on the Fuel site very soon. Can also speak to Shelley Webster at the RCA
  29. Michele: some colleagues are from UK, Japan, its an advantage having lots of different nationalities within the company
  30. Another poll: what do you think is most likely to get you into a meeting with an employer?
  31. 71% intro from a contact. 18% original portfolio. 6% speculative application. 6% speculative application
  32. Q: if you've replied to a job posted by social media with email, how would you follow up? Email for feedback?
  33. If there is an opportunity to make contact, take it. If you haven't heard anything, emailing is probably a waste of time.
  34. If there is an opportunity to make contact, take it. If you haven't heard anything, emailing is probably a waste of time.
  35. If you find a job advertised via social media, look around, see if you can find someone in the company, ask for more details about the job
  36. Asking for more details will mean when you apply they remember you, and can help with how you write your job application
  37. Q: Having been to the RCA is not making much difference, employers are concerned about the gap between academia and commercial side
  38. George: a lot of work produced at RCA can be a little abstract. Its important for the candidate to tailor CV and application
  39. An unusual project can be explained and communicated in a way that puts it across to companies with commercial mindsets through diagrams etc
  40. Michele: You need to sell the whole candidate.
  41. Poll:what proportion of art and design jobs do you think are NEVER advertised?
  42. 41% think 60% of jobs aren't advertised. 24% think its 50%. 24% think its 80%
  43. Its your job on paper to make the connection between what you have been studying, and what the organisation will be interested in
  44. When given the opportunity always ask people in the art world where to look and who to talk to.
  45. George: the higher the profile of the company in question, the more likely jobs aren't advertised.
  46. In architecture, its a good time to be hunting and applying. The market has picked up.
  47. Look for RCA connections within companies, this could be your way in!
  48. Q: what if you don't know the right person?
  49. Michele: there's no technique to find the perfect contact. It differs per field. Be creative!
  50. Q: is it best to send all work to company incase one little thing stands out? Or less and make them curious?
  51. Q: Not had much experience in field of work. Lack of practical experience difficult. Any thoughts?
  52. Q: Not had much experience in field of work. Lack of practical experience difficult. Any thoughts?
  53. Michele: MA at RCA would give skills to deliver excellent presentation, just need to find the right person.
  54. Communication of skills and strengths is essential if graduate has little experience in industry.
  55. Q: Is it worth putting all your experience in?
  56. Michele: describe the longer periods of experience in greater depth. Shorter periods of experience give the impression you are flaky
  57. Michele: work placements are great back door ways to get jobs. Internships can be stepping stones to jobs
  58. Q: career changes. How best to go about this?
  59. George: Meet with friends, chat to people in different fields and get to know what the different field is like.
  60. Q: how do you indicate commitment to your new path?
  61. George: in architecture, if you can demonstrate you are proficient in a particular software, you show you are committed to learning
  62. George: keep your enthusiasm and use that energy to apply for jobs. Keep up the momentum.
  63. Michele: Keep your speciality and look for any opportunity, particularly abroad, to gain more experience
  64. John: really focus on the organisations you would like to work to and get closer to these companies
  65. Thanks to John Lees, George Wake and Michele Gambarotto.
  66. For question regarding visas. Email shelley.webster@rca.ac.uk
  67. We will be back again next term with more webinars and events. Thanks for listening!