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What job Recovery? Live in Alexandria Va. and graphic design work is scarce

Left the Ashburn region because truly creative graphic design jobs are too few and too far between so I took an opportunity to travel East to within spitting distance of Wash.D.C. and find the same old same old.Too many just graduating graphic art students of cut & paste jockey's crafting digital collages demonstrating mediocre talent cluttering what passes for creative graphic design. Is Wash.D.C. a creativity killer or what?

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Mik Vance
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Hey Fredric,

Welcome to Jobcase. Good to see you have an eyer for talent. These graphic designers you speak of, do they work with you like at your company?

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Hi Fredric sounds as if you are old school. And there is a resurgence for people with that kind of talent especially in illustration and typography. Ok so I do Digital work and yes you are right it is full of cut and paste jockey's but heres the twist you cant do brand using cut and paste, you can't create icons using the same method and above all you cant do illustration that way so maybe that could be an option....... also I find there is a calling for chalkboard art which is a market thats growing would that appeal to you? I'm sure you use adobe products but give sketch a go and see if you can master UI and UX design also and I'll see you on the field someday old chap

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Follow your passion !

Since I was a boy I knew that I will end up being a graphic designer, and a musician. As an adult I also stayed in my lane and became confident and got great experience in this field. It’s very important to be true to yourself and know our strengths and talents that way we can shine brighter and have more chances to be successful at life!

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It's wonderful that you were able to stay the course you set yourself on Manuel Corazzari ! I know many people struggle with this. Do you have any tips for how to do that? Do you think it's acceptable to change careers and if so how often. Just curious : ) Thanks for posting this Manuel!

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Graphic Design Position

I have a question, my name is Aaron McLeod, and I'm a college graduate with an Associate's Degree for Graphic Arts. I have been going out and sending out resumes to various companies whether if it's online or face to face, most of them throwing that word "experience" in my face like for example: "Do you have the experience to work at a sign shop, or the experience to install a sign," and ect. Now I may not have the experience on what they're looking for, but I do have the10+ years experience of freelancing as a Graphic Designer, and just because I've never worked at a sign shop in my entire life doesn't give them the right to hold that against me like that. My first job that I ever worked at for seventeen years since high school is McDonald's. I've done the follow up more than three times, and I was trying to get in contact with the people I suppose to talk to numerous times and I've been getting stuff like "It's being reviewed by the boss", or, I have left them a voicemail, but nothing happened. All I'm getting is promises but no one delivered.

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Hey Aaron,

Thanks for sharing and welcome to Jobcase. My name is Mik and I've been an interactive designer since 1999. I can imagine your frustration considering your experience and your desire to prove you can do the job. Let's see if we can win this "war" by breaking down your issue into smaller "battles."

First, off, congrats on your Associates Degree in Graphic Arts. That should be proof enough to employers that you are knowledgeable to handle the job. Now you stated that some companies you spoke with demanded a specific set of skills to be hired there. For example, "Do you have the experience to work at a sign shop?" Well, that's good feedback. What can we do with it? How about trying an internship? Internships are a common way of finding work and building up experience, networking with contacts and building up your portfolio. The design world is actually quite small and agencies/shops will recommend interns who have impressed them, or contact them if there are suitable opportunities in the future. Heck, if they love you that much, they may just extend you a full-time offer! Even while doing that, you gotta make a name for yourself. Enter relevant competitions and exhibitions to help promote yourself and build up your network of contacts.

Also, one bit of advice I have to make about your reaction to the sign shop rejection. You have to understand from their perspective that they work in certain way and having a newbie around that they have to teach from scratch only slows things down. So cut them some slack. However, you might even get your foot in the door by offering to intern, like I suggested above.

Next, let's talk about the frustration of not getting feedback from places. It sucks. And I admire your persistence, but know when you aren't getting anywhere. I assume you are trying other places as well. Even so, don't let your degree pigeonhole you into thinking you can only work for one type of company (not one company) in the design industry. Businesses are always looking for freelancers, logo designs, branding specialists. So look at your set of skills and see what else you can offer to other businesses who may not just be design shops. You can do design anywhere. Corporations, design offices, and the wide variety of other businesses employ graphic designers.

Here are some other insightful tips from a pro: http://bit.ly/1W2WP9i Also be sure to use our job search to find graphic design positions near you.

I wish you the best of luck, and I'll always be here if you have any further questions to just need to talk. Mik

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Graphic Designer

I am looking for a Graphic Designing job for the new year when I will reserve my car is anyone looking for a designer?

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Hi Kayla: Thanks for posting to Jobcase! I found a bunch of graphic designing jobs hiring near you - click the link to view everything I found: http://www.jobcase.com/jobs/q-Graphic-Designer-l-Latrobe,-PA If you’re looking for something different, here’s how to see who’s hiring near you:

  • Click on the “Jobs & Companies” text at the top of this page
  • Enter the type of job role you're looking for
  • Click the blue search button If you see something that looks interesting, just click View Job and follow the instructions to apply. Let us know how it works out for you!
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Danny Brown, M.ED
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Don't know if this will help. You can go to Outsource.com and sign up for freelance work. You can choose what you want to do or don't want to do. It could work for money now and possible put you in touch with someone who would hire permanently. Good luck! Dany

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My advice to people interested in working at #Sotosigns as a #GraphicDesigner ...

To look for another place to work, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE WHITE! The boss (Sal) told me to my face that he doesn't like WHITE PEOPLE.

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Lord i need a job!

Professional graphic designer. Been out of work over a year because of my triple by pass and living out of my car. If God can hair me open a door for me. So I can get on my feet again. And get a place to call home.

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Paulo, your situation sounds so awful. I'm so sorry. If I can help at all with anything, please let me know. I found these design jobs in Cranston and sincerely hope one of them works out.

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Graphic Designer/Engineer

I do amazing graphic logos and trademarks for independent companies and I also know how work well with the video editing on Adobe premiere on video projects and montages. I'm willing to work full time or part time if possible.

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Hello Davon, Welcome to our Jobcase community! I would recommend you start off by filling out your profile so everyone is able to help you out better. This can be as easy as uploading your resume!

After you have done this, you can start your search for available positions in your area by following these steps: 1.Click on “Jobs & Companies” at the top of the page 2.Enter a job into the search field that says “Position” 3.Click on the blue button to search for that position in your area 4.Once the list is up, click on the title of any you are interested in to apply. Please let me know if you need any further assistance!

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My advice to people interested in working at #BulgarianSchoolofAtlanta as a #GraphicDesigner ...

It is a wonderful there and everybody are very nice and friendly easy to work with the team like them!!!!

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Graphic Designer with 20+ years of experience needs freelance work

Lost my job after 17 years, although there seems to be a lot of job openings in my field, I've not had an interview. I've been using Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, QuarkXpress most of my career and know them better then most. In the last 6 months I've been taking Web Development courses, Dreamweaver and a really fun program called Captivate. Far from being a pro in them but I'm ready to build smaller web sites without the ecommerce part. Once I have a few sites built it won't be long and I will soar! Examples of my work can be seen at http://www.graphicdesires.net. Thanks!

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Alyssa Hicks
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Hi Nikki, Have you tried finding freelance work on sites such as upwork.com and guru.com? Those might be a good place to start!

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