Manners maketh the man (and woman)
If you have seen the Soft Octopus website, you’ll know we’re a small but perfectly formed creative studio. I can’t do everything and know there are people who are better photographers, musicians, film makers and web folk out there. I can do all of these things (a bit) but know that graphic design is where I excel. Collaboration is key and also fun – as long as you choose the right people. So, over the years I’ve developed a strong base of creative support I know I can trust.
Where am I going with this? I get several emails a week from students looking for jobs or occasionally a placement at Soft Octopus Design Studio. From the emails it is clear that often they haven’t even looked at what we really do here, how small we are and even what we consider important. Sending a CV that is poorly designed and riddled with typos isn’t a good way of getting your foot in the door at a design studio. Graphic designers are very judgemental about these things, it’s our job.
I do however remember being in the position of trying to find a job, so I ALWAYS reply. If my opinion is sought on a CV or portfolio, I always offer advice and words of support, sometimes I even provide useful links, I’m nice like that. Now here’s the really annoying bit, they almost never say thank you. Come on, be nice and nice things happen. Everyone knows that. How hard is it to say thank you?