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by DesignerX
December 8th, 2014, 5:35 pm
Forum: design employment
Topic: The rejection letter, as a learning experience
Replies: 18
Views: 5847

Re: The rejection letter, as a learning experience

We've had some job searches in the last few years that garnered over 1000 applicants. Little old me is the one that has to go through each and every one. So, while I try to respond to everyone, and I will give a critique after the fact if asked, some patience is required. Don't stop asking just beca...
by DesignerX
November 20th, 2014, 4:18 pm
Forum: design employment
Topic: Given an unpaid full project as a part of the interview?
Replies: 17
Views: 5969

Re: Given an unpaid full project as a part of the interview

We recently had a designer that left us that did a project like that to get his new job. He showed me the results and clearly he wowed them. I am personally against the idea of doing this to a candidate but it's not necessarily a scam.
by DesignerX
July 22nd, 2014, 4:10 pm
Forum: design employment
Topic: New job opportunity / questions
Replies: 9
Views: 2338

Re: New job opportunity / questions

Wow, I agree with the others that 90 days unpaid sounds bad. We have someone on trial right now and we're paying her. We gave her a competitive salary to start with a minimum starting salary if we decide to hire her. She knows up front that if she gets hired, she'll get a raise. She also knows what ...
by DesignerX
May 16th, 2014, 5:42 pm
Forum: software and technology
Topic: Looking for new software that does multi project scheduling
Replies: 0
Views: 1230

Looking for new software that does multi project scheduling

We are looking for new software that does multi-project resource scheduling and time sheets that works well with QuickBooks. What do you use? Would love to hear what other design firms like and don't like. We've tried AtTask which had a terrible interface at the time. We paid a lot of money and neve...
by DesignerX
September 16th, 2013, 11:05 am
Forum: design employment
Topic: How many of you hire people with zero experience?
Replies: 18
Views: 4323

Re: How many of you hire people with zero experience?

My company prefers to hire junior designers with 0-3 years of experience as a general rule. We would prefer to train a designer in our methods rather than having to retrain a designer that has come from somewhere else. Obviously there are some exceptions (I came from another firm with a lot of exper...
by DesignerX
March 21st, 2013, 2:42 pm
Forum: general design discussion
Topic: Anyone have tips for maximizing networking at conferences?
Replies: 10
Views: 1219

Re: Anyone have tips for maximizing networking at conference

My husband hates networking and thinks I'm good at it. I think that I'm not really but here's what I've done. I've just gone to the conferences, made friends, and stayed in contact with them. I've looked them up when I'm in the area and done real friend things with them. In other words, I was proact...
by DesignerX
March 21st, 2013, 2:37 pm
Forum: general design discussion
Topic: What do you wear to work
Replies: 26
Views: 4287

Re: What do you wear to work

We can and do wear pretty much whatever we want. I tend to wear something other than jeans, corduroys, most of the time just so that if a client shows up I'm not in a panic. I usually wear a t-shirt with a sweater (it's cold in the studio). In the summer everyone wears shorts, flip flops, etc. It ca...
by DesignerX
March 21st, 2013, 2:33 pm
Forum: design employment
Topic: Walk-in to say hi?
Replies: 19
Views: 8202

Re: Walk-in to say hi?

While this is an old thread I think it's a good one for job hunters to read. We find it kinda creepy and stalker-esque when somebody just shows up unannounced. We have clients in and out, meetings scheduled and there is no way we could possibly accommodate every person that wants to work with us in ...
by DesignerX
March 19th, 2013, 4:21 pm
Forum: design employment
Topic: Women in Industrial Design
Replies: 63
Views: 68662

Re: Women in Industrial Design

I'm a female director in design. It was tough to get here. There were few other women in my class in school. High school counselors were pushing me into engineering because I had good grades in math and science. I loved art. Working, I had some good breaks because I am female but I also experience h...
by DesignerX
March 19th, 2013, 4:05 pm
Forum: design events & competitions
Topic: Shady Dealiing? FastCo's New Contest
Replies: 2
Views: 1781

Shady Dealiing? FastCo's New Contest

Is it just me or does it seem rather shady that Fast Company would start a design contest after having a deal with IDSA for a number of years to host the IDEA awards? While IDSA is a not a perfect organization, they did start the IDEA awards and it seems to me that Fast Co is pulling a fast one tryi...
by DesignerX
August 23rd, 2012, 5:40 pm
Forum: students and schools
Topic: University of Cincinnati vs SCAD vs CCS
Replies: 7
Views: 3271

Re: University of Cincinnati vs SCAD vs CCS

While I've seen some nice portfolios of graduate students at SCAD, I have not generally been impressed with their graduates. I see some really nice portfolios form UC and CCS. If my kid wanted to go to ID school, I'd be tempted to send them to UC because of the strong internship program. However, CC...
by DesignerX
August 23rd, 2012, 5:36 pm
Forum: design employment
Topic: Asking about internship pay up front?
Replies: 5
Views: 2660

Re: Asking about internship pay up front?

Definitely wait until the end of an interview to ask about pay. It really sets the wrong tone if you ask up front. I don't have any leeway on pay. It's one amount and regardless of how wonderful the applicant is, that's all I can offer. So, I try to give the information on pay, living expenses, cost...
by DesignerX
August 23rd, 2012, 5:27 pm
Forum: design employment
Topic: How to be persistent without being annoying?
Replies: 24
Views: 7747

Re: How to be persistent without being annoying?

There is an art to being persistent rather than annoying. We had an applicant awhile back that we interviewed but ended up hiring someone else. He kept in touch by emailing me every 6 months or so to update his application. When we had a party, he used his own money to fly in so that he could attend...
by DesignerX
August 23rd, 2012, 5:19 pm
Forum: design employment
Topic: Industrial Design Job Market??
Replies: 17
Views: 9300

Re: Industrial Design Job Market??

Companies aren't responding anymore because a lot of small to mid size companies do not have a human resources department. If they do, often design recruiting is handled by a designer - not HR. So, in the past few years, any possible job opening created an avalanche of applicants. Often more than 1/...
by DesignerX
May 24th, 2012, 10:02 am
Forum: design employment
Topic: Hired on false pretense, discrimination
Replies: 32
Views: 9582

Re: Hired on false pretense, discrimination

I was actually in a bad situation with a previous company where I was being harassed. I documented it thoroughly and took it to my boss (who was not the harasser). You could take this to HR or someone higher up. The company responded by hiring lawyers and asking me what I wanted. I wanted to do my j...