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    5 tips for landing your dream creative job

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    This Saturday CWC is heading to Sydney for our next event and the ladies at Shillington College have generously donated their space to us for the talk.

    It’s also getting to the time of year when students begin preparing their portfolios and job applications for work after their courses end. As someone who has been there I can attest to the fact that it is a daunting prospect, and any advice in that area is always appreciated!

    So I asked Thea Powell and Tanya Ruxton at Shillington what they suggest students (and indeed anyone looking for a new position or career change) do to increase their chances of landing that dream role. ”Getting that dream job can be hard.” says Thea, “and to be honest, there’s not one single thing that alone will ensure you get that job you’ve always wanted. But we do have a few tips for design graduates that’ll help get a foot in the door.”

    Here’s what Thea and Tanya recommend:

    1. Read the job description. Carefully.
    Don’t presume you know what your potential employer wants. What they really want to see is that you can follow direction. What file type are they after? How many samples of your work do they want to see? They might specify you put “Happy Green Tree-Frog” as the email subject. Who knows. Check and double check what’s required.

    2. Personalise your application.
    Your grandma might have told you a fair few times how important it is to make a good first impression. And your grandma would be right. Your application is the first thing an employer sees, and it should make an impact. Don’t hold back – remember, studios want to see your personality.

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    3. Sweat the small stuff.
    A spelling or grammar error can make or break an application. Sure, you’re not being hired to be a copywriter. But you are being hired as a designer who has excellent attention to detail.

    4. Know your portfolio inside out.
    You’ve won that prized first interview. Congratulations! Now to talk through your portfolio. Employers love seeing what you can do, but what they really want to hear is your reasoning behind each project. If it would make you feel more prepared, write down key points about each piece, and read over them the night before your interview.

    5. Be passionate.
    Show them who you are. Let’s face it – you’ll spend a lot of time with your co-workers. They’ll be looking for someone who will work well in their studio. Be friendly, be passionate – and at the risk of sounding like Oprah, be you.

    Tanya adds, “Overall, the most important thing is to never, ever give up. If you really want to work with a certain studio, keep trying. Determination pays off.”

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    Great advice, thanks ladies!

    If you’d like to chat to Tanya and Thea a bit more about folio preparation, they will be at our talk on Saturday. Or you can find out more about Shillington at their website.


    Posted by: Tess McCabe
    Categories: advice for students, feature article, guest blog, interview, jobseeking, sydney event | Comments Off
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    We’re coming back to Sydney!

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    Exciting news: after the success of our CWC event ‘Your Intellectual Property and How to Protect It’ in Melbourne in February, we’ve decided to take this show on the road and head to Sydney later this month!

    We continue to hear stories of local designers facing copyright infringements of their work by other companies, and since the rise of blogs and image-sharing websites such as Pinterest, understand that protecting our designs is now more important than ever. 

    Intellectual property lawyer Sharon Givoni has established a reputation for being an entertaining speaker and explaining the law in ‘plain English’. At this special Sydney CWC event, she will discuss a range of IP-related topics and will answer your questions.

    This event is highly recommended for anyone who makes or designs their own products to sell, creates custom designs for clients or creatives who design for an employer.

    We’re thrilled to partner with our venue hosts Shillington College in Sydney’s CBD. We hope many of our Sydney fans will join us for this informative event, and you’ll meet others in your creative community over tea and cake as well :)

    More info and tickets over here.


    Posted by: Tess McCabe
    Categories: CWC news, event, sharon givoni, sydney event | Comments Off
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    Scenes From Sydney: CWC Sydney Event

    By Jaclyn Carlson

    In late October, Sydney finally got our first CWC event (yeah!) and I’m here this month to tell you that it was a huge success and I personally can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store.

    Held in an eclectic new community center in Redfern, a room full of like-minded Sydney gals gathered to hand knit and listen to textile super star, Julie Patterson of Cloth Fabic.  Julie shared her background, business advice and candid thoughts on running your own business. If you’ve ever heard Julie speak, you’ll agree she is a natural born story teller and I couldn’t think of a better person to kick off Sydney’s first CWC event.  A big thank you to Tess for organising such a great afternoon for us local girls and if you haven’t yet signed up for the Sydney event newsletter – run, don’t walk, and get your name on the list.  You won’t want to miss the next one!

    A recording of this event is now up the Podcasts page for Full Members to enjoy when signed in. Find out about becoming a Full Member of the CWC here!

    Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Jaclyn Carlson is the author behind the Sydney-based blog, Little Paper Trees. When not documenting her expat adventures, she can be found working for one of Australia’s top design & homewares trade shows. Passionate and prone to wasting hours on Pinterest, she has years of experience in marketing, advertising and PR and aims to put Sydney’s creative women in the spotlight with her monthly column.

     


    Posted by: Jaclyn Carlson
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    Sydney CWC: Save the date!

    It’s true! The CWC is coming to Sydney, for the first speaker event outside of Melbourne.

    So mark your calendar for Saturday 27 October, 2012, 2-4pm and keep an eye on the blog for speaker, venue & ticket details to be announced in early October. And tell your Sydney-based friends!


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    Posted by: Tess McCabe
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