Ways to search when it is time to find a job

At some point college is going to end and we are going to have to find jobs.  One of the best was to do this in the leading search sites like InDeed and Beyond are to search by specific skill sets and not just job titles.  For instance the 5 listings below were found not by typing in Photographer but by looking for photography specific software skills like Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and InDesign.

  1. Position– Junior Editor

Company– Freshwater Digital

URL: http://indeedhi.re/2p4wBq7

Technical Qualifications

Proficiency with Adobe Premiere

Familiarity in After Effects, Illustrator and Photoshop

Knowledge of encoding and uploading to popular video platforms

  1. Position– Paid Internship

Company– GVSU Athletics

URL: http://indeedhi.re/2owu9em

Technical Qualifications

Experience with Adobe CC (Specifically Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and After Effects)

Able to write copy appropriately for each platform and include photos, graphics, and video

Visual communications background

  1. Position– Photographer

Company– OutFront Media

URL: http://bit.ly/2pqy0a1

Technical Qualifications

Proficient in Excel, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Adobe Photoshop knowledge is preferred.

  1. Position– Art Director

Company– Harper Collins Christian Publishing

URL: http://bit.ly/2p2rnhm

Technical Qualifications

Proficient with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

Must have experience and portfolio showing current work

  1. Position– Photographer

Company– American Wedding Group

URL: http://indeedhi.re/2o44uqj

Technical Qualifications

Proficient with computers, specifically Abobe Photoshop and Lightroom

2 years experience and portfolio

Demonstrate knowledge of current trends in the field

This strategy works far better sometimes as people looking for Good Photographers, and not a monkey to run a Photo Booth, are changing the job titles around.  They aren’t looking for a photographer , they are looking for a Digital Still Media Producer or an Art Director.

It is also important to remember that a lot of the good photography jobs are hidden in a closed system.  This means 90% of the good jobs are not posted online at all.  One specific way to overturn these rocks is to target searches on online sites for paid internships at major companies.  I have interviewed 4 working photographers in the last year and all of them found their Full-time position this way.  This is because hiring a creative can be a dangerous commitment when picking from an unproven pool, with interns you know what you are hiring and what they are capable of.



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