Job Posting Websites For Creatives

We all know scouring LinkedIn, Monster and CareerBuilder, can come in handy when you are looking for a job, but there are other places on the web where creatives can find and apply for job postings. Here are a few I've used or have heard about recently that I took some time to look into: AIGA Design Jobs A comprehensive listing of professional positions, competitive internships, and pro bono opportunities across the country brought to you by The Professional Association of Design. Modify your search by selecting locations and/or a specific discipline. Members have full access to job postings, and membership rates for both students and professionals are as low as $50/year.

Indeed Similar to a google search, you can browse jobs by keyword and location. There is also a resume search - checking out other creatives gives you a look at the competition and may help with organizing and writing your own resume.

Simply Hired Simply Hired has one of the largest and most comprehensive job lists that I've seen out of this bunch. You can utilize numerous filters including date posted, distance, company, etc. There's an option to connect via LinkedIn and if you give up your email address new jobs that meet your search criteria will be sent straight to your inbox.

Smashing Jobs Smashing Magazine caters to creative professionals and their job posting board lists mainly interactive design positions from around the world. You can search for design and/or programming, part-time/full-time, and by location.

Design:Related Started in 2006, Design:Related is "a community site with portfolio, inspiration, and news tools that brings together creative people from different disciplines (and parts) of the design and art world. The design:related community serves to motivate designers and creatives to share their work and visual ideas, network and collaborate with other creatives, and find job opportunities."

Krop Krop features portfolio website templates and hosting for members that are made available to employers who post positions on the site. You can search positions by keyword and location and look at complete job descriptions (many also list salary/benefits - great to research). No membership required.

Authentic Jobs Free to browse jobs, view complete listings, and apply! Search by location and for full-time, contract, freelance, or internships.

FWA The FWA (Favorite Website Awards) features award-winning web and interactive design. Their are a variety of jobs posted for all levels.

 

If you are interested in a particular company, do your research! Some firms choose to forego job sites. They may post job opportunities directly on their website, and oftentimes start with an already existing pool of possible hires and/or freelancers they keep on file. Call them directly to find out what their process/hiring criteria entails and get started!

 

 

Writing a Personal Mission Statement

As your formal education comes to a close (and I stress formal because learning is a life-long process), it is important to take some time and think about what it is you want out of your future career as a creative professional. Writing a professional mission statement is as important, and albeit difficult, as creating a logo for yourself. There are a number of ways to discover what you want to accomplish as a designer. It may change five years from now or by next week — and that's ok. Having a place to start focusing on who you want to be, what you want to do, and the experiences you want to have in the future is what your mission and goals are all about. A well-known study conducted at the Harvard Business School proves this point well:

http://www.lifemastering.com/en/harvard_school.html

A Goals to Mission Process

Think about short term goals first, and then expand as far as you'd like into the future. Try listing the following:

5 Semester Goals

4 Six-Month Goals

3 One-Year Goals

2 Five-Year Goals

1 Lifetime Goal

Remember they can change at any time, but as you read in the Harvard MBA study there is a HUGE difference between thinking about a goal and writing it down.

Once you've written your goals, pull out those most important to you over the course of the next 6-18 months. Try focusing on these to create a mission statement. Just like your goals, the mission is flexible and revisable, but it should succinctly communicate who you want to be and where you want to go, professionally speaking. If you look for examples online you'll find a barrage of wordy statements filed with buzz words and action-oriented jargon. Here are two very different examples worth reading:

AIGA, the professional association for design, is committed to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force.

ESPN: To serve sports fans wherever sports are watched, listened to, discussed, debated, read about or played.

Create a sincere statement for yourself. Limit it to one or two sentences and focus on your professional goals in a way that is not too specific. This will help you to remember what it is you really want to focus on, and give you the freedom to interpret it in multiple ways. Memorize and recite it daily for a week — at the least, this process will challenge you to question what's next. Hopefully it provides you with a few answers as well.