Date registered: Nov 2003
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RE: job hunting and self loathing
You have posted your works here and I am quite impressed by your ability to 'laugh at yourself' as opposed to taking oneself overly seriously as with the case with many at your stage of life, and your references are evidently solid.
So why no one calls?
In a whimsical and serendipitous job market, one employer's garbage is another employer's prized gain.
If there is a position that you do want above others, research it. See what kind of work the firm has put out in the past and see what sort of artistic 'style' the firm leans to. Who is the design director behind it and who ends up interviewing you. Tailor your portfolio for each interview to show that you are comfortable working within the particular firm's design parameters, but include also a few works that best characterize your personal expression.
You are marketing yourself. Successful businesses have tapped into the consumer needs by marketing research and extensive planning prior to setting out for production.
I apologize for the gross generalization here for the sake of making a point concise but one of the reasons the once mighty American auto industry is suffering right now was their inability to fathom the needs of the buyers after the Oil Crisis in the 70's -- the Big 3 just kept putting out big gas guzzling cars and expected the market to drive them.
"If I build it, they will come" attitude does not work in the job market arena. Hiring happens only when the need of the employer matches with that of an applicant, and the better the match, the more successful the job experience.
One can't help but take a cynical perspective of above -- yes, it's like being a whore -- but at the same time, cynicism will paradoxically help you gauge how willing you are to 'contort' yourself to the needs of the potential employers. Eventually, you will begin to see which design jobs are better fit than others.