i have so many friends with jobs and great opportunities opening up and i wanted to share with you the details in case you are on the lookout for work. you can always click that link up top in my navigation bar that says “jobs” to check the job listings on a regular basis. see if there is a position you might be the perfect fit for! (i’ll be adding even more soon!)
see the list below for job listings near you! keep in mind it is always best to send all appropriate links & materials when submitting for the positions. we can’t wait to hear from you. -bri
DESIGNLOVEFEST & BLOGSHOP JOBS AVAILABLE:
company: designlovefest | Los Angeles, CA
job title: creative contributor; photographer, stylist (prop or wardrobe)
tasks include: we’re always on the hunt for creative people to help us create compelling content. we’re constantly putting together photo and video shoots and have room to expand our team. have a talent we didn’t mention? feel free to send your portfolio our way!
more details: from food to events to style to food, our influx of projects calls for more contributors. if you have something you’d like to share that we didn’t mention, we’d love to see it!
contact: please send portfolio with links and a little bit about yourself to: email@example.com
MY FRIENDS HAVE JOBS FOR YOU TOO…
company: Catbird | Brooklyn, NY
job title: senior graphic designer
tasks include: create regular mailers (including working on concepts, creating the graphics, e-mail slicing), create regular new home pages (creating graphics and image maps), work on signage, blog posts, photography, lookbooks, branding, collateral materials, re-work elements of our website (with a developer), work along with Buyer and PR manager to create plans for mailers, home pages and other marketing plans, update new online product listings, contribute to development of brand’s creative standards and visual identity, and collaborate in the development of project concepts.
more details: you - are great at both working collaboratively, as well as taking initiative, are highly creative but also amenable to working inside the brand, are organized enough to keep track of your own projects, are eager and excited to try new things, have a sharp eye for detail, have a solid understanding of web design and usability, are really good at taking criticism and not letting your ego get in the way of projects. requirements: at least 2 years in the graphics field, must have an online portfolio ready to view, complete proficiency in current versions of Photoshop, InDesign and Dreamweaver, and photography skills a plus.
contact: please submit your resume and portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org
company: Poketo | Los Angeles, CA
job title: photographer and designer
tasks include: executing the highest level of photography and design for poketo brand and all platforms, including web, print, events, retail store displays and collateral. working closely with owners in representing poketo, the brand, and all of its products and related marketing to the highest of poketo standards and aesthetic. responsible for: photography and design for e-commerce, web, events, and everything related to poketo. coordinating photo shoots, storyboarding, scouting, managing, and styling. maintain equipment and software including lighting, camera, lightroom, etc. managing digital content and organization for easy access internally. managing web store.
more details: requirements: has a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in photography/graphic design. expert knowledge in applications including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, and more. must have professional lighting skills. has an art and/or design background preferably with product / fashion design experience. has experience and understanding of shopping website user experiences.
has an online portfolio that demonstrates a keen aesthetic, photography, typography, composition, color, and attention to detail, all of this complementing and elevating poketo’s brand aesthetic.
contact: please submit your resume and cover letter to email@example.com with the subject line: photographer & graphic designer & your name. include in your cover letter, resume, and salary requirement with links to your online portfolio in the body of the email. candidates without an online portfolio will not be considered. let us know a little bit about yourself and why you think you’d be a good match for a position at poketo.
company: Spitfiregirl | Denver, CO
job title: graphic design intern (can be remote for the right candidate)
tasks include: you will work on a variety of design projects (identity, print and mostly web) with an emphasis on marketing to help build a brand. i am looking for strong concepts, good typography, a strong understanding of the web, good use of grids and color, and appropriate styles for respective projects. there should be some thought behind your work. you will get hands-on experience how a design studio works, including various stages of projects from concept to completion along with participating in office duties in our creative shop. this position is a great opportunity for someone to learn the ins and outs of running a professional design business in a casual work environment.
more details: requirements: portfolio of design work that includes web, print, and identity projects with a demonstrated proficiency in Photoshop (masking, brushes, layers) a must!!! Illustrator, and InDesign also requires proficiency. you should be proactive & good at multi-tasking. efficient! strong verbal and written communication skills. available to work 15-20 hours per week ~ an on-site intern given top priority but the right candidate will be considered if remote (we love Skype). this internship is for school credit only. a small stipend will be provided for those out of school.
company: Spitfiregirl | Denver, CO
job title: editorial intern (remote)
tasks include: we have lots of ideas for our blog and social media channels, but little time to implement them! we are looking for an organized and creative writer who is interested in penning unique point of view posts, loves finding great photography and creating artwork to visually support it and knows their way around WordPress.
more details: requirements: a strong writer with a fun, witty personality that has a demonstrated proficiency in photoshop (masking, brushes, layers). you should be proactive & good at multi-tasking. efficient! strong verbal and written communication skills. currently maintains your own blog (or can demonstrate proficiency in the above) and has experience with twitter, pinterest and Facebook. we work in WordPress, so a basic proficiency in WordPress is preferred. available to work up to 10 hours per week – a blog schedule will be utilized. available for skype (or phone) calls and emails – this position can and likely will be remote! this internship is for school credit only.
company: roomforty/ Los Angeles
job title: events coordinator
tasks include: we need someone who is an articulate communicator (both on the phone and in emails), psychotically organized, comfortable with the negotiation process, natural at selling, and can maintain grace under pressure. creating proposed menus and contracts is a big piece of the scope of work. this position juxtaposes the creative/intuitive (understanding the client’s vision and providing a resonant menu) and the administrative (minding the numbers of the contract, revising the contract, coordinating the details).
more details: this position is not the only “sales” arm of the company. part of the scope of work would have an “office organizing” component to it–so someone who is comfortable both implementing and creating office systems. Salary would be a combination of base plus sales incentives/bonuses.
contact: please email cover letter and resumé to firstname.lastname@example.org
(photo in poster by max wanger)
hi guys! i am out of town this week teaching in san francisco, but katie is going to take over for me this week and answer today’s advice question: “what do you look for in a designer or intern?”
i look for a solid portfolio that shows a variety of print and web, a nice sense of color and layout. their site is usually straight forward and easy to navigate. when i contact them it’s nice when they respond in a timely manner. don’t keep people waiting or they’ll move on to the next person.
when i’m looking for help i also reach out to people in my network to see if anyone has a good recommendation. i keep in touch with one of my favorite professors from MICA and she always has someone’s info to pass along. every designer she has sent me has been hired. note to students: keep a good relationship with your classmates and your professors. think of them as your coworkers and your boss. they will be one of your most important assets when you graduate. your classmates will go off into the real world and get real jobs. when their boss says “we need help, know anyone?” they will think of you and if you showed up to class on time and if you presented killer work.
when i look at students i think it’s great when they take their project past what was required. i’ve seen some start with a packaging project. then they turned it into a lifestyle shot and then a social media campaign. it’s so great to see people thinking about the big picture. it’s also a major plus when a candidate has lots of skills vs just one. they are more valuable because they can help with so much more.
when it comes to the interview i like it when people look me in the eye. i also like a firm handshake. nobody likes a wimpy one. i know i shouldn’t but when someone gives me get a weak handshake they go down a couple notches in my book. i like when the person laughs or makes me laugh. i like to be around happy people so don’t forget to smile. i like when people ask me a lot of questions (makes me feel better about asking them a ton). i want them to be curious and have an extreme hunger for knowledge. it shows me they’re ambitious and eager to work hard.
(illustration by katie evans. read more freelance advice posts are over here!)
today’s question: “how do you invest in your business?”
i’m not really at a point to invest in my business yet. as soon as i get there i would probably start renting a studio space to work out of. it would be nice to separate home and work. and! with that comes the adventure of furniture shopping!
i’d also like to find an accountant that works with freelance designers to make sure i’m actually doing everything the best i can. i currently work with a lovely H&R Block woman named barbra for my taxes. she told me she was proud of how organized i was this year vs. last. she is great but i just wonder if i’m getting the best freelance advice. i would also get a lawyer and have him/her go over all my paper work and make sure my business is set up the best way. since i wrote this post about getting paid i’ve had a couple of sticky situations come up. it would’ve been nice to have some heat backing those emails i was sending.
i assume that if i’m profiting enough to put money back in my business i’d be crazy busy. i might want to hire an intern to help out a couple days a week. i’d try to find someone from a local art college to help out. i love working with students. they’re so ambitious and excited. i like to think that i’m helping them on their career path like my mentors once did for me. my mentors help me make my career. every big job came from someone recommending me. it’s really all about word of mouth.
so…one day…that’s the plan.
i have definitely learned the importance of putting money back into the business. sure, we’d all love to get a paycheck in the mail and take it straight to the bank…and then to the mall. but it doesn’t really work like that.
i am going to focus on the expenses of a blogger for this one…
1. employees & contributors: my biggest expense! in the beginning this expense scared me the most because it’s sure not cheap! but when i was really able to evaluate the income before i had the extra help and then after, i realized the value right away. i needed to free up some of my time so i could think further into the future and stop spinning my wheels.
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