Looking for a Creative Job? Throw Away the Resume
Photo by: SOCIALisBETTER
Some Digital Kitchen buddies and I had a presentation of our workflow at the Art Institute Artimation Festival. I was stunned at how out of date their portfolio class was. Apparently the entire “portfolio” class was structured to help students made a DVD reel and a resume. The students and teachers were asking questions like “What do you look for on a resume?” Are you kidding me?
Here is a note to all the creatives out there looking for a job… We don’t look at your resume! Do not write it and do not worry about it. We only look at your work. If your work isn’t up to our standards, it doesn’t matter how many internships you had or that you were head of the “Poster Screen Printing Club.” And as for making DVD reels, sorry to say we rarely look at those either.
Here is a whole class dedicated to helping get these students a job in the creative field, and they’re filling out resumes? That class should be for getting your work online. It is so much easier for both of us if you can send a link through an email or iChat that leads us to your work rather than physically mail us a DVD and a resume. Your best bet for getting a job? Make it easy for us to see your great work.