Sep '11 - Jan '13
With the design-build project that I’ve been working on coming to a close and my portfolio off to the printer for a test print I thought I’d write about something I’ve been meaning to write about for a while now, job search strategery. As a disclaimer I’ll say that I have no idea how well this works, or doesn’t work. This is just my take on the job search strategies I’ve run across on firm websites, blog posts, and archinect forums.* I’ll explain myself briefly, but feel free to leave a comment or ask a question if you'd like clarification. Take note that this isn't everything in my strategy; I've got to keep at least one ace up my sleeve.
First of all, I haven’t got much to rely on in the way of networking so most of the time when I walk into a firm’s offices it will be their first impression of me. It should also be noted that I’m looking for work in a local economy that doesn’t support many architecture firms so I won’t get many chances to make good first impressions before I run out of firms to impress. So with that in mind my strategy comes down to three important parts.
Additionally, I have other materials to bring to an interview. Perhaps the most important is a half-sized set of construction documents I did for a design-“build” studio (build is in quotations because the project never got enough funding). I say this is perhaps the most important because while I’d like to think that I will be hired because of my jaw-dropping portfolio, the truth is a potential employer will probably care more to see that I can draw a legible detail in AutoCAD.
Anyway, like I stated at the beginning, I have no idea of the effectiveness of this strategy but I think it's important to have some sort of plan going out there. Expect at least one follow-up post on how the strategy works.
Commentary on looking for work, portfolio and resume design, networking, social media and the job search, interviews, dealing with rejection and the joy of landing a job.