Any tips? Recruiting a graphic designer
March 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm #155105
My friend at a government agency sent me an email yesterday that he has to recruit a couple graphic designers and was having difficulty. Any suggestions for him on how to recruit a great graphic designer?
Side note – I’m looking for a summer graphic design fellow if you know any good recent graduates or graduate students.
March 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm #155123
Wow, I would think it would be easy! But a few words of caution. I’ll assume you’re looking for someone with print & web skills. I like to heavily rely on a portfolio.. but never underestimate the value of software skills and a head for good ideas/execution. Balance is the key. It’s pretty rare to find that in a recent graduate – so I would recommend a BFA degree and 5 yrs experience (depending on the salary).
You’ll probably be looking at some kind of learning curve, but the candidate should have an understanding of how to properly color separate an off-set print job and how to create well optimized web banners.
Posting on some of the typical job boards will work (careerbuilder.com, monster.com) – or posting thru trade magazine sites like Print or HOW will have a bit higher caliber.
As far as summer internships – I’d call up the art schools in your area to ask about internships or coop positions. Know that this many times requires a lot of hand holding (not always) but to the point that my group just had to admit we couldn’t handle the interruption of workflow.
Hope this was helpful!
March 7, 2012 at 2:47 pm #155121
Thanks Liz – any specific job boards other than HOW or Print do you like as well?
March 7, 2012 at 4:57 pm #155119
Hi! I am a Graphic Designer for a County government agency. If you are looking to hire students/recent grads, I would contact the local art/design schools and see if they have a job board to post on. I graduated from the Academy of Art University in SF and they have a great career resource site for students/alum at http://alumni.academyart.edu/career_resources.html.
Craigslist.org is a good place to post too, if it is popular in your location. That is where I found my current job…10 years ago!
March 7, 2012 at 5:01 pm #155117
Thanks Julie! Pretty cool about craigslist….makes sense for gov too
March 7, 2012 at 5:37 pm #155115
This would be a great place to post a link to any inter-gov postings.
March 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm #155113
It would depend GREATLY on what kind of graphic designer you need. 2D, 3D, website, virtual environment, motion, branding, product, promotional campaign, etc. Can you be more specific?
March 7, 2012 at 8:01 pm #155111
Dorothy Ramienski AmatucciParticipant
I would be happy to post on our job/internship forum at school if you could provide a few more details (hours per week, exact experience expected, etc.)
March 7, 2012 at 10:17 pm #155109
Chris IRS RecruiterParticipant
We recently recruited some graphic designers and we found some great potential applicants using the LinkedIn recruiter tool and Twitter.
Before putting the announcement out in the twitterverse, we searched popular hash tags being used by people in the industry and worked those in to our tweets; Think of it as targeted tweeting.
March 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm #155107
I’ve been designing for 15+ years now and have interviewed candidates for temp positions and junior positions. A diverse portfolio (print and web) that does not rely on personal sample work is a great way to gauge the experience of a designer, but more important is the individual’s communication skills. A graphic designer creates for a client, not for his or her self. That said, a graphic designer should feel comfortable with following instructions, making suggestions and contributing to a project professionally.
I’ve heard of fellow designers who let their creative sides get the better of them and let their personal views get in the way of client satisfaction. I’ve been guilty of the same when I was younger. I’ve learned not to take criticism personally and turn it into a productive discussion rather than an argument. You can get a good idea of how a designer works with others by asking questions and follow-ups like:
• What kind of group projects have you worked on? Did you feel you would’ve worked better alone?
• Are you an artist as well? How do you integrate your artistic creativity into graphic design?
Lastly, you should ask the potential candidate for client references/testimonials, especially if he/she is also freelancing.
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