With more and more people tapping into their ‘creative side’, job hunting can get a little tricky when going for a creative role. This is because there often isn’t a clear-cut recruitment process as is with more traditional roles, such as finance or engineering. However, there are jobs out there, and with enough passion and determination, one of them will be yours. Here are some pointers for breaking into a creative role.
Have you considered going Freelance?
Competition in the arts and for creative jobs is fierce. Companies have a big pool of talent to pick and choose from. Your chances of securing a role will be much higher if you already have a great portfolio. Whether paid or unpaid, freelance work is a great entry route to full-time employment. The great thing about this sector is that you don’t need much to start up on your own, other than equipment or raw materials. It may take time for the money to come rolling in, but it will pay off in the long-run, either in the form of securing a job or having a successful freelance career.
Internships and Experience – Always a bonus
It’s difficult to break into the creative sector without doing some form of unpaid work in order to get some industry experience. If you’re still a student, now is an ideal time to get some of this under your belt. If not, you may be able to intern at a studio on evenings and weekends. You may be talented at your craft, but a lot of employers are looking for new recruits with the raw skills as well as some real work experience. Approach any companies where you feel you could gain valuable experience and offer to help out for a few weeks. Not many people are going to turn down a free helping hand, especially in an industry that is often so manic and busy. You may even make some valuable connections for future job opportunities.
Join the Right Communities – They will lead you to success
A lot of creative opportunities aren’t listed on conventional job boards, usually, because the opportunity isn’t a conventional job. Luckily, pretty much any major UK town or city has creative hubs and networks where anyone is able to join. Getting involved means meeting lots of like-minded individuals who you can collaborate on projects with. Making new connections in the relevant industry also means an increased likeliness of finding out about the latest job opportunities. Whether it’s a more specific networking group, e.g. for photographers or animators, or a larger one open to all creative individuals, research online to find some in your area. Twitter and Facebook are also great ways to get involved in these groups.
Be Creative With Your Application – Don’t be a Boring Betty
Depending on what your ideal creative job would be, it can pay to be original and creative with your CV. For example, if applying for a design agency, they wouldn’t be overly impressed with a bog standard, word document CV. The creative industry is about pushing boundaries, so don’t be afraid to break the rules a bit to get what you want!