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How to Create a Portfolio and Get Hired: A Guide for Graphic Designers and Illustrators by Fig Taylor

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Making Yourself Known in the Marketplace

It is important to meet personally with creative employers and commissioners wherever and whenever you can. Since job advertisements for junior designers with less than a year or two’s experience are rare, and ones for illustrators virtually nonexistent (advertisements placed by agents who want to swell their books don’t count and are no guarantee of work), it will be up to you to be proactive and make yourself known in the creative marketplace by whatever means possible. Getting on well with a potential employer, discovering you’re on the same creative wavelength, or share similar interests can give you a real advantage if and when a vacancy or suitable commission does come up.

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