Breaking Into Graphic Design: Tips from the Pros on Finding the Right Position for You

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Allworth Press, 2005 - Art - 191 pages
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Packed with information on every step of the job search from writing a cover letter to assembling a portfolio, Breaking into Graphic Design is the definitive book on creating a professional, employable image. Interviews with more than forty award-winning designers, career counselors, and business owners demystify rituals and expectations. Job search strategies, presentation ideas, interview tips, and how-tos on evaluating and accepting offers, plus a r sum gallery, make this book an invaluable resource for anyone looking for work in the design field.

Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.

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I have worked as a graphic designer for over 15 years now and have just recently discovered google books. Whilst I don't personally feel that I need any guidance at this late stage of my working life, I felt compelled to write a few notes on this book. It's well thought out and the tips are, I think, extremely useful especially if you are new to graphic design and are trying to enter it. It's an extremely competitive market and one thing that I would say that supercedes all of the tips is experience. Get some commerical experience behind you if you can as a portfolio of student work isn't always enough. Even offer to work for free during the school holidays just so that you can obtain some commercial work in your portfolio. 

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Michael Jefferson graduated from Pratt Institute…but after graduation, he quickly found that his studies had not prepared him for finding work. He began to explore
the subject of job-hunting in the design field, and his research led to this book.
He lives in Washington, DC.

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