How to find graphic design work in the Bay area?
July 16, 2012 11:33 AM Subscribe
My girlfriend and I live in the Bay area, and she's looking for graphic design work. She'd prefer a full-time job, but would be happy with contract work for now. She's new to the industry, and would like your advice on finding work. Any tips or resources would be welcome.
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My girlfriend is a gifted graphic designer and photo retoucher, with a BA in studio art from a well-respected school. However, she doesn't have a whole lot of industry experience, and neither of us have many connections. For the last couple months, she's combed Craigslist, SimplyHired, and Indeed for full-time positions. This yielded a couple interviews, but no offers. She's looking for a "way in", but doesn't know where to start. To quote her, "I'm willing to pay my dues, but I don't know where to pay them!"
She's willing to start with contract work or possibly even paid internships. Her current focus is on building her portfolio and learning the industry; it's okay if the work doesn't pay fabulously right away.
What websites should she be searching for jobs? What articles or blogs should she read? What meetups or events should she attend? What's the best way to beef up her portfolio? Do you have any advice from your own personal experience? Any other tips or suggestions?
Thanks for the help.