Before you embark on a job search, step back before you jump in and set yourself up with the right creative professional career resources to help you get to where you want to be. Check out these tips from The Creative Group to get you going:
Begin with the right career resources
Taking a more strategic and thoughtful approach will help you focus on getting the job you want and a salary that's worthy of your expertise. First, decide on the companies or industries you're interested in and look into the salaries of the positions you're applying for. Next, find the career resources and training that are going to help you reach your goals.
What do you need to know?
Before you contact a prospective employer, do your homework — study the job description; read up on the firm on Glassdoor or the news button on Google; if you know anyone who works for the company, send them an email and ask to meet for coffee to chat about the firm’s workplace culture. If you think it’s a place you’d like to work, begin tailoring your resume and cover letter for the position. Once you’ve been invited to interview with the firm, practice your interviewing techniques with a friend or colleague so that on the day of the interview you are as relaxed and prepared as possible.
The freedom of freelancing
Learn why the most successful freelancers have another talent: managing their careers. They take a strategic approach to finding freelance work — by carefully selecting and assessing their assignments so that both they and their clients get the most from the relationship.
Freelancing also brings greater freedom. It can mean having a flexible schedule, a chance to try different types of work, easier childcare — on occasion, and the necessity for staying connected with colleagues.
- Strategies for Freelancers
- 4 Tips for Finding Freelance Work
- 3 Easy Ways to Turn Freelance Work into More Freelance Work
- 4 Common Challenges for Freelancers and How to Overcome Them
Polishing your portfolio
Whether you prefer presenting your portfolio in print or online, it needs to contain your best work presented in an attractive, engaging format. Ultimately, it should represent the essence of your "brand" and distinguish you from others. Here are some tips from some of the most successful creative professionals in the industry.
- Creating a Winning Portfolio
- 3 Digital Portfolio Best Practices: How to Make a Portfolio that Pops
- What the Best Agencies Want to See in Your Portfolio
- How to Put Together Your First Professional Portfolio
Your power in salary negotiation
Whether you feel it’s time for a raise or you’ve landed a new job offer, now comes the hard part: negotiating a salary that both you and your employer can live with. By taking the time to properly prepare, you’ll not only put yourself in a position to get the best deal possible, you’ll help calm jittery nerves. Here are some tips from the pros:
- Negotiating Your Salary
- 3 Common Salary Negotiation Scenarios and What You Can Learn From Them
- How to Ask for a Raise: 4 Steps to Getting the Salary You Deserve
- Negotiating Salary: Questions to Ask
Here’s the scoop: Starting salaries for creative and marketing professionals are projected to increase an average of 3.8 percent in the coming year, according to the 2016 Salary Guide from The Creative Group.
The Creative Group as your job search ally
From freelancing opportunities to full-time positions, in-house or agency, The Creative Group offers career resources for creative professionals — across different industries and across all career levels. We'll keep you on track to find a job that best fits your skills, experience and goals. Let The Creative Group help you find your next creative adventure.
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For more career resources and job search advice, visit the TCG Blog.