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Web Search: Finding Potential Employers (who may, or may not be hiring)
As you start your job search you should consider your current location and other locations in order to increase the possible job leads you can generate. The farther you are willing to move, the more job leads you will find.
Go to: http://local.yahoo.com (Yahoo "yellow pages") and begin your search for companies that would possibly hire graphic designers. Click (on the top right) of the Web page to set your location. Type your city and state and click continue. Begin searching using industry titles. Possible business industry titles are: graphic designers, design agencies, advertising agencies, printing companies, web designers, web site developers, prepress service bureaus, corporate art and design departments, publishing companies, newspapers, colleges, banks, multimedia companies, radio and television stations, etc.
http://maps.google.com is another web site that finds employers. It also has a cool satellite view feature to view your new location via satellite.
Finding Real Jobs to Apply for
Get out there and find a job! The good news is that there are more than enough graphic design jobs available for all of you. Your job is to go out and find them—they will not come to you.
- While many more web sites are available, these will get you started on the right track to finding a job you love. The more sites you find, the more potential job leads you will find. The farther you are willing to move, the more jobs that will be available.
- Look for job openings that match your qualifications and goals. Be sure to read each ad carefully to see what each employer is looking for. When you write your cover letter, you will want to communicate to them that you have the skills and qualifications they are looking for.
- National web sites like Indeed.com, Monster.com and Careerbuilder.com are excellent resources for the Web savvy job hunter—which you will be after project 2. These sites offer jobs that are not usually posted locally.
- Looking on the national web sites is great, but don’t overlook a city’s local newspapers and job centers. Here is a web site that lists every major newspaper printed in the United States: http://newspapers.com These newspapers offer great job leads and often list job openings not posted nationally. For the Web/e-mail savvy job hunter, you can set up several newspapers to e-mail you all of their new job leads. You will find this information on their individual web sites.
Job Search Web Sites
- Western’s Student Employment
- Yahoo! HotJobs
- America’s Job Bank
- AIGA Design Jobs
- Top USA Jobs
- Minnesota Workforce Center
- Minnesota Job Bank
- All Graphic Design.com
- Wisconsin Jobs
- Just Web Jobs.com
- Wisconsin Job Network
- U.S. Newspapers Directory
- Creative Hot List.com
About 1 in 4 graphic designers work as full and/or part-time freelance designers in America. I personally recommend that you work for an employer for a 3–5 years before you consider starting your own graphic design business. This will give you time to learn the ins and outs of the industry, develop a client and printer support base, and allow you to learn exactly what areas of the graphic design field you are passionate about—and really good at.