Most people would love to work for an iconic, established brand name and make their mark on the world by designing things that will reach a global audience. This may seem like a pipe dream, but of course, everyone started somewhere. To get into that small group of exceptionally talented individuals and earn your dream job, you will need to follow a few basic steps.
Focus on your portfolio
For any design job, a portfolio is really crucial. Anyone can describe their skills and sound good on paper, but proof is going to be essential when you want to stand out from the crowd. Your work needs to show your passion for design, so make it clear that you went beyond what was asked of you. A small number of fantastic examples may be enough, so remember not to make your portfolio into a drawn-out affair.
Differentiate yourself from others
When you’re submitting a job application to any major brand, they will have countless “same old, same old” submissions to filter out, so you need to make sure you don’t end up on that pile. Make sure you draw the most attention to things that you have achieved and nobody else has. Unique projects will stand out the most.
Find new ways to impress
How you come across personally will play an important role in addition to the contents of your CV. Instead of submitting a digital application, you could consider printing your portfolio and CV and hand-delivering them, as long as you act and look professional while doing so. Offering some extra value such as a link to free design resources you have created shows that you really take your work seriously.
Get further with freelancing
You might get the opportunity to work with big brands faster if you work for an agency rather than in your own right, as most bigger companies will go down this route. Adding extra work alongside your regular job history can make your CV stand out for the right reasons later on, too. If you have worked as a freelancer, whether it was for yourself or an agency, this shows that you have the self-motivation and passion to succeed in a demanding role.
Get the balance right
You will need to come across as confident, but also humble about your own abilities, as people who are too sure of themselves don’t tend to work so well with others. At the same time, you will need to show plenty of enthusiasm, but you need to avoid being over-the-top or backing yourself into a corner by exaggerating your own skills too much. Remember that it never pays to be dishonest when you’re asked an awkward question. The best way to master all of this is to practice and rehearse before you go for an interview.