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junglebrodda wrote:and would being unemployed "too long" be of some concern?
Mr-914 wrote:It's more a question of what was happening during that period. I've interviewed a few people that traveled the world for a year after graduation. Nothing wrong with that as long as you are ready to settle down and give me a couple years of great work now. I also know a designer who would work for 2-3 years and then travel for 6-12 months at a time. He did that for at least a decade and always managed to find a job when he was ready.
Basically, have a great portfolio and don't worry about this until the interview. Then, have a better answer ready than, "I'm a horrible designer".
Variant wrote:junglebrodda wrote:and would being unemployed "too long" be of some concern?
Last time around looking for work I was unemployed for over four-and-a-half years. Wasn't getting rejected for jobs or anything, just wasn't finding ANY openings or getting any interviews.
I don't pretend to understand the job market at all, it's just been really rough for me personally. YMMV.
junglebrodda wrote:that sounds rough! what was the conversation around that when you did get interviews, if any?
Cyberdemon wrote:If you're going that long without work I think you have to question a couple things:
-Are you maximizing your networks? Design conferences, meet ups, all provide opportunities to get your name out there and meet new people who might be able to help you.
-Are you actively pushing your design work in your free time, or waiting for work.
-Your resume was blocked by an automatic filter or internal recruiter, and a real designer never saw it. That is especially common for large corporations.