jspauld2 wrote:As designers we have this ultimate ability to dictate our environment. From Automotive styling to pop displays the industry is ours for the taking. However when someone comes to me and asks for a "job", as an employer I have to factor in so many issues that I myself may not be willing to take on. However if i am working on a project and I meet a designer offering a particular skillset, this becomes a lot easier to negotiate. Dont sell your title, offer your skills....That is how to ride this economic wave. Example, if you are good at sketching, show samples to architects, illustrators, media producers, etc......good at 3D CAD, offer services to engineers, machinist, manufacturers.....
Prepare collateral promoting your skillset. We are not "business men", we are a "business" man!
I agree here. I think especially in these hard time this is a great option. Don't be afraid to take on little small projects for whoever is willing to give them to you. When I first came out of school I took on creating flyers for a local family rum hardware store. I heard from a construction friend of mine that they needed some promo work and did not have the money to hire a firm to do them for them. I went over and offered my skills and gave them a price. I also took over flow CAD and illustration work for a local design firm. This was not the most exciting work, but it paid the bills.
I think you have a great portfolio and I am confidant you will get there. Just be determined and push yourself everyday and don't give up. Where have you been looking? Are you willing to move? Have you scoped out the places in your area you would like to work or even the places outside your area you would like to work? If so find the Design Director or Principle of the firm and send them an email. Give them a cold call and be read with what you would like to say. One of the tactics I used was not to ask for a job, but to ask if they would take a look at my portfolio and offer advice. Most are willing to do this.
Good luck and keep us posted!!