Bonnie Siegler—the founder of respected design firms No. 17 and Eight and a Half—provides answers to designer's common questions about how to land a job. Learn how to write a resume that makes sense, how to present yourself and your work at a job interview, and more.
- Hello there. My name is Bonnie Siegler and I want to welcome you to this course about how to get a job in design. Since co-founding my first company, Number 17, in 1993, and then my current company, Eight and a Half, we've received hundreds and hundreds of job applications, ranging from faxes in the old days, to FedEx packages, to portfolios that were too heavy to lift, to emails. So I'm going to share with you what I've learned from my experiences and those of my colleagues, other people in a position to hire designers.
And I'm going to talk about common mistakes and best practices, what we love to see and what you should never do, through the entire process of finding a job. Some schools, I know, do help seniors prepare work to show prospective companies, but often students from the same school all do the same thing, and your presentation should represent you, and I know that you are unique. Now I'm not going to cover the content of your portfolio, or what constitutes good typography, or any of that. I'm assuming you're amazing and have that part covered.
This course is about all the other stuff. I know finding a job in design is stressful, and it's a really difficult process, and this course will answer some of the questions you may have been too nervous to ask anybody. I know I bungled my way through looking for jobs when I was first out of college, so I hope I can help you avoid some of the common mistakes. So let's get started, and figure out what you need to do to get the job that's right for you.
- Resumes and portfolios
- Preparing for the interview
- Getting contacted for an interview
- The interview process
- How to present yourself and your work
- The interview
- After the interview