RESOURCES AND JOB SEARCHING LINKS
Below are a few of my favorite sites to search out job leads, check out salary ranges, keep in contact with like-mined professionals and follow industry trends within the creative field.
Create a professional Linkedin.com profile. This is a MUST. 97% of employers use LinkedIn to research potential candidates. However its so much more then that, it can be used for jobs /hiring, profile searches, building new relationships/networking, service recommendations, Linkedin groups, strengthening old relationships, etc.
Search for job openings and internship opportunities in countries around the world. Listings are updated daily! Going Global features constantly-updated career and employment resources—CONNECT THROUGH THE ALUMNI SITE
If you don’t have a twitter account, get one! You don’t need to have this service beeping on your phone all day long; just set up an account online and follow these links below. Check your account 1-2 times a day, you will be surprised how many job leads come in.
- Advertising Jobs @AdJobsinUSA
- Aquent @Aquent
- Authentic Jobs @Authenticjobs
- BehanceJobs @BehanceJobs
- Coroflot @Coroflot
- Creative Jobs @CreativeJobList
- Design Jobs @designer_jobs
- Designer Jobs @DesignJobsNY
- Full Sail Careers @FullSailCareers
- Krop @krop_jobs
- Mashable Jobs @mashablejobs
- NY Design Jobs @nydesignjobs
- Social Media jobs @socialmediajobs
- Social Media jobs @socialmediajobs
- Talent Zoo Jobs @TalentZooJobs
Below are a few links to help calculate industry salaries by category, title and region.
- AIGA | Aquent: Survey of Design Salaries
- Digital Creative Jobs: Salary Guide
- Simply Hired: Graphic Design Salaries
- TCG (The Creative Group): Salary Center
FREELANCE CONTRACTS / AGREEMENTS:
Thinking of freelancing? Below are a few links to help with form agreements, terms & conditions, etc…
- AIGA | Standard Form of Agreement for Design Services
This agreement allows you to create customized terms and conditions for different types of design engagements.
A client contract template for freelance web designers.
5 Essential Contract Templates for the Freelance Designer
- Speckyboy Design Magazine
5 Free to Use Freelance Design Contract Templates
JOB SEARCH SITES:
Below are sites geared towards the creative design industry—great places to locate work, network and be seen.
AIGA Design Jobs
The AIGA’s reputation speaks for itself and its design jobs section is a great place to find some amazing job opportunities. Many large and well-respected companies look for new and or experienced designers here.
Aquent is the global staffing agency for freelance/contract and temp-to-perm placement for marketing and design professionals.
Authentic Jobs lists hot new graphic design jobs every week, both full-time and part-time.
The Behance job board is new, but growing fast so be sure to check their listings before the competition gets even rougher! I’ve seen some hidden gems hiding in their graphic design job board.
Corflot hosts over 80,000 graphic design portfolios and currently has over 700 job listings. Jobs are organized into a variety of design related categories. You can even subscribe to their job listing RSS feed and get personalized job alerts!
What Craigslist!!! Don’t get too scared, you will be surprised how many jobs are posted here. Some are very legit, just take your time to scan through them. Some words of advice: don’t list your address on your resume, meet in a public place and get a contract on any freelance jobs you do. Also ask for 50% up front and 50% upon completion of job.
Creative Hot List
I love this site – On Creative Hot List you can search by location and on the far right it also shows level’s (senior/JR/mid-level)
You can search by title and location. Dice is a career website for technology and engineering professionals. A good place to search.
On Indeed try using “keywords” like Photoshop, InDesign, Layout, HTML, Flash, etc. You will generate more leads within your industry rather then just professional title searches
design:related showcases many great listings, including design management jobs, interactive jobs and many other design jobs requiring varying experience.
Filter Digital is a great site to search contract work and freelance. They are a staffing agency but it looks pretty good.
Freelance Job Search
You can search by location and industry on Freelance Job Search—Very cool!
The Freelance Switch job board over at freelance switch is another growing job listings website that has a variety of design, development, illustration and flash jobs.
Fresh Web Jobs
Fresh Web Jobs tends to lean more towards web design related jobs, but there are jobs for graphic designers on this site and you don’t want to miss any listings!
OK, I know this sounds strange. Type in “Advertising Agency” or what ever industry you wish to work in; then type in your region, zip code or state. You will be surprised how many companies are out there—right in your own backyard. Then research and network out to them.
Krop is one of the largest and most well known websites to find graphic design jobs. It has been around for a long time and new jobs are listed often by top agencies and design studios.
Motion Grapher Jobs
Motionographer Jobs is a free job board for opportunities in: Broadcast design, Motion graphics, 3D animation, Interactive design, Live action production, Graphic design, Visual effects and Producing
Post and Search Jobs Free
This site is so easy to use and you can find so many local jobs within your industry. Most of these jobs are not even posted on the standard job site. Try you luck, I’m sure you’ll love it.
Simply Hired is a great site to check because it shows design job listings from many different websites. It also has filter options so you can easily weed out listings that do not appeal to you.
Smashing Magazine a large design related blog, also has a job board with design and development jobs. The listings are organized into full-time and freelance positions for easier navigation.
Looking to work with quality clients? Styleapple works with small businesses and entrepreneurs to help them grow their businesses. This includes providing design services from web design to illustration and everything in between.
The Boss Group
The Boss Group is the global staffing agency for freelance/contract and temp-to-perm placement for marketing and design professionals.
The Wunderland Group is the staffing agency for freelance/contract and temp-to-perm placement for digital design, marketing, mobile, creative writing, online Marketing Creative, Print Media, etc….
ORGANIZATIONS / GROUPS:
Below are groups which you can join for networking and locating work. Also, try seeking out local organizations within your hometown—t’s good way to meet like-minded professionals in your region.
- Ad2—Select location
- American Advertising Federation
- American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
- Graphic Arts Association
- Blue Book
- Graphic Artists Guild
- Graphic Arts Technical Foundation
- Interactive Arts
- National Association of Broadcasters
- Orlando Advertising Federation
Here are just a few links you can use to keep up on top of industry trends, networking, job leads, etc.