To start, I already wrote this post once and then had a ton of things go wrong and It didn’t save a draft or anything which made me really mad…just saying. So this post may suck because it’s half assed of the previous one.
Anyways. I have started to look for jobs again, as once again me and P are moving. But this time we are moving home which I am happy about. Now I can see all my family and friends without having to drive two hours first. Marvelous, I know.
So I just began my search and have been applying to a ton of jobs. I already landed two job interviews which feels like a good start.
Ever since my “bad interview” in Ottawa I have been going in being myself and not stressing. I want people to want me because I’m a good designer and a good person. Sometimes when I see job posting they ask for your favorite blog or brands - I feel like if your answers aren’t what they are expecting you have already lost your chance. Even though that doesn’t really say much about you as a person or possibly a designer. I know they want you to be up to date or current, but maybe you have your own way of keeping up. That’s just how I feel though.
Well I went to the interview and they greeted me kindly, we went into a room and began to talk. The job posting was looking for a designer an customer service individual. I am not a customer service person but I figured, why not? Well it seemed like they were looking for a person to do more then just those two things - and at a unreasonable price if you ask me. Anyways, I began to show my portfolio, I start it with a piece that lots have people told me they love, and thankfully it’s my favorite too. I hand it to her (its a book), I mention its a school piece and she stops before she even opens it and asks of I have any work I have done for “real people”…really!? I mean give me a chance! “Yes I have done work outside of school and I will get to that if you would just be so kind to let me continue pleaseandthankyoulady”. Well I didn’t say that but, you know, something like that I’m sure.
After that, I seemed to speed through my portfolio as they had no questions and showed no interest, really in any of it. I felt that my work wasn’t being appreciated and that was hard. I have put lots of hard work into each of those projects, like I’m sure many designers have, and I felt like I wanted a bit more feedback. But you can’t always get what you want right?
Well the rest of the interview went well and both the people I met were nice, and I’m sure they will find someone who wants that job and will love it. I don’t particularly believe it’s the one for me though.
To all the designer out there my advice to you is, don’t sell yourself short. You are worth more then they might think. You went to school for this and you know what your capable of. Stand up for what you have created and don’t let people tell you it’s not good enough. Everyone might not like what you do but you will find someone who will. And they will appreciate you and value you as their employee. Find a job you love, one that you want to brag to your friend and random people about. I know I will find that and I hope all designers do. Believe in yourself an your work and nothing can hold you back.
This is just my take on things. Take and leave what you’d like from it.
- Stay Golden