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We’re Hiring – Graphic Designer

March 22nd, 2017

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Atlas Branding is looking for a super-talented junior/mid-level graphic designer to join our design agency in Asheville, NC. We may need to fill this position in the coming months.

Do you take design seriously, work hard and enjoy a good laugh? We’d love to hear from you.

RESPONSIBILITIES

• Identity, print design and production
• Packaging, label design and production
• Responsive web design and production
• Signage and retail graphics

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

• Be fresh off the boat to four years of experience to be considered
(Compensation for an entry to mid-level designer)
• Ability to sketch and draw concepts by hand is required
• BFA in graphic design, this is not a marketing position
• Highly skilled in Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign
• Prepare web design files in Photoshop (coding abilities are not required)
• Photography and/or animation abilities are a plus, but not required

PORTRAIT OF AN ATLAS DESIGNER

• Equally comfortable with the conceptual and implementation phases of work
• Can collaborate, take art direction and be critiqued
• A self-starter who can prioritize projects and meet deadlines
• Versatile and can execute work in a variety of styles
• Open to learning new things and following relevant design trends

HOW TO APPLY

  • Résumé
  • Link to online portfolio or PDF portfolio (No PDFs over 10 MB please)

Please address and send your materials to Creative Director, Lisa Peteet.

Expect an e-mail or call only if you are considered for an interview.

No walk-ins or phone-calls please. This will not benefit your application.


Advice on how to apply? Read this:
How to get a design or advertising job part 1 >>
How to get a design or advertising job part 2 >>

 


How to Get a Design or Advertising Job Part 2

January 22nd, 2014

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Today’s post discusses the topic of  professional internet etiquette and  how to properly follow-up after an interview with a creative agency. This is a continuation of our Career Advice series. You can find Part 1 here. 

Professional Internet Etiquette

One very important factor to consider as you are applying and submitting your resume to different agencies is what’s NOT on your resume. You need to be aware that many agencies, creative directors and human resource offices WILL GOOGLE YOU. It is crucial that you maintain and engage in keeping your online persona professional at all times. Regardless of your own personal opinions, lifestyle, or tastes, the internet is public domain and your online life is a fish bowl. 

Here’s a list of things we recommend you consider before applying for jobs. We do speak from experience on a few of these items.

1.  We suggest that you Google yourself and see what comes up, if there are things that you don’t want your future employer to know, it’s best to get rid of them before you apply for jobs. Questionable photos from college? Consider taking them down ASAP.

We know this seems a bit obvious, but it is quite surprising how many people still take something like this for granted and don’t take action.

2.  Make sure that you have not written anything on your website or blog that would be construed as rude, inappropriate or unprofessional. One incident that comes to mind, was when we came across a recent blog post by a potential applicant who was being arbitrarily critical of a creative agency she had interviewed with for not hiring her. Ask yourself, is this something I should be discussing in the public forum? You just never know who will be viewing your website.

3.   This same kind of scrutiny also should be applied to any of the social media platforms you participate in. From Facebook to Instagram and Linked In, remember that your comments, photos on other’s profiles, anything in social media can be seen for the most part if people haven’t set up their privacy settings properly.

The Follow Up

1.  Follow up promptly within 24-48 hours of your interview
It doesn’t matter if you liked the agency or not, follow up. Either by e-mail or a handwritten note (preferred method), let the agency know you appreciated their time. And, if they asked something of you like tweaking something in your portfolio or working on a small freelance project, do it. Let them know you have intentions for doing what they ask and when you think they will see it from you.

If you want the job DO IT. If you don’t want the job, respectfully decline by e-mail. If you don’t follow up, it is unprofessional and may lead the firm to think you’re not interested. Agencies talk with one another and they definitely share résumés and recommendations of the talented and professional people they’ve interviewed. Leave an impression by following up.

2.  Know that interviewing with an agency is a process
Finding the right fit for an agency is a process. Be patient with the process. It is common in this day and age to be asked to freelance on a project or two before you are hired full-time. The agency wants to get a feel for how you work and if you meet deadlines. A second interview also is common as they let you meet the staff and get to know you better. It may take a few months before you are offered the job. Don’t see it as pulling your chain, but as the agency caring about you and their employees enough to take the time to get to know you.

3.  Have a good attitude and be honest
If you really want the job, go with the flow and invest the time the agency is asking from you. Even if you don’t get the job right away, they know who you are and hopefully you’ve learned several things from the process. Also, when asked direct questions about your skill set, be honest. A creative director needs to know what your strengths and weaknesses are, so they can help you polish your skills while trusting in your talents.


How to Get a Design or Advertising Job Part 1

January 15th, 2014

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As a new designer, chances are you didn’t get a lot of experience in school on how to apply for, interview and follow up on a job. It can be a daunting task, but there are a few things that you can do right to put yourself ahead of the game. 

This list of advice may seem basic, but in our experience, only a handful of designers are aware of how to follow through with this steps. So, here’s our secret equation that may not get you the job, but can definitely leave a lasting impression that will get you seriously considered as a hire.

How-To Properly Apply for Jobs

1.  Find out who at the firm is responsible for the hiring.
You can achieve this in one of two ways: go to the Contact Us page of their website and look under the section about job inquiries, if it’s not there, pick up the phone and ask the secretary who you should address your cover letter and e-mail to. Personalizing your e-mail and cover letter is important, because it shows that you took the time to look at the agency’s site and didn’t apply blindly.

2. Write a cover letter in addition to your e-mail.
They probably don’t teach this in school anymore and you may think it is outdated, but it isn’t. A cover letter isn’t the intro in your e-mail. It should match the styling and design of your resume and be 2-3 short paragraphs in length. A cover letter is important, because it shows the agency that you respect them enough to apply professionally.

A good cover letter should tell the firm what position you are applying for. Also, it should give the firm an idea of who you are (without bragging about yourself) and what you enjoy doing. Then share 1 – 2 comments that you like about their company and why you think that you would be a good fit there.

3. A resume is not an infographic.
I cannot stress this enough. It has been a recent trend to receive resumes as infographics, but this isn’t a good trend. Instead, you should present a creative, yet classic layout with attention to your typography. For examples of well-designed resumes check out this Pinterest board that we’ve assembled. If you do make an infographic, be careful and be elegant.

4. Follow up with a hand-written note.
In following up, most designers send an e-mail inquiring about the status of their application. Typically they do not receive a response back. Instead consider a hand-written note of inquiry to cut through the clutter of e-mail red tape. It can be simple and understated, but most likely it will be seen by the firm as a very classy move.

Preparing for the Interview

1. Research the firm before you apply. 
You need to be able to speak with them about their work and how you would be a good fit with their process, culture and design aesthetic, etc. They already know this, otherwise they wouldn’t be interviewing you, but you need to do your homework.

2. Show up 5 minutes early and don’t wear jeans.
In today’s world we’re all really casual, especially in creative industries. Out of respect for the person’s time that is interviewing you, don’t be late, and don’t dress down. You don’t have to wear a 3-piece suit, but pants/slacks and a button down shirt will be appropriate.

3. Bring your portfolio, 2 – 4 printed copies of your resume, and a notepad.
This sounds like a no brainer right? Most people we’ve interviewed over the years don’t ever bring all three of these things at once to the interview, and a handful of designers don’t bring their portfolio. You need to do everything in your power to be professional, prepared and respect the agency that is interviewing you.

4. Show 8 – 12 pieces in your portfolio – no more.
You will probably have 30 – 45 minutes for the first interview which means the employer will look at only some of your work. Select your best work and show only that at the interview.

5. Be prepared for your portfolio to be critiqued and be willing to have the humility to follow through with their instruction.
Some creative directors will critique your portfolio as they review it. They are doing this to see how well you respond to constructive criticism. Are you open to art direction? Do you have an ego? Will you modify your work and then send it back to them in order to show that you are teachable, even if there is a possibility that they won’t hire you? Historically, many firms have made hires based specifically on this action alone.


How To Write a Great Cover Letter

March 20th, 2013

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It’s that time of year where companies small and large receive applications, cover letters and resumes from junior and senior college students all over the country. This letter above from a finance student applying for a summer internship has been making headlines. It’s different because it is humble. The student is telling the truth and not selling himself as something he is not. It’s amazing how sometimes just being honest can be a breath of fresh air.

We really like this cover letter as an example of what students should be saying in their materials, interviews, etc. And not what one normally receives. As college students, companies know you’re still learning, they know you’re portfolio is limited and they know you need experience. The students that are contacted and hired for an internship are so because they usually display some of these qualities in the letter.

  • They’ve taken the time to send a cover letter (addressed in our name) and personalized to us.
  • A Resume (not an infographic resume). Click here to read more about this. 
  • A link to view their portfolio online, or a creative printed piece personally mailed to us. (This is specific to the design industry)
  • Arrived to an interview 5-minutes early, with a notepad to take notes. You’re being interviewed for your personality, and your willingness to receive constructive criticism to see how you’ll take it. We (several design companies) want to see how you do when someone else critiques your work. And, we want to see how you take our advice in the interview and run with it. Will you update your portfolio and re-send it to us with your changes? Will you set up an online portfolio if you don’t have one? How eager are you?

The advice will vary from candidate to candidate, but overall we want to see if you’re humble, eager, hard-working, creative and collaborative.


Creative Director’s Job Tip: Don’t Make Me Work

January 3rd, 2013

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We’re starting a new series on “Job Seeking” advice for young graphic designers on a mission to find a firm that is both hiring and interested in responding to your e-mail. Why? Because you are trying to learn how to respect the process and showcase your work in the best light. You may be applying into a creative industry, but like any other professional job, we want to know that you’ve taken the time to show us that you really, genuinely, want a job.

Our advice is going to be predominately for new graphic designers and recent college graduates, but our hope is that this may be helpful to designers, account managers and seasoned professionals as well. So, without further ado, I give you Job Tip #1: Don’t Make Me Work.

The Cliff Notes:
1 – Your first introductory e-mail to a firm should include all of the above:

a) Cover letter (This will be our next topic.)

b) Resume (Professionally designed in either InDesign or Illustrator. Not an infographic – keep it classy, not trendy. Saved as a .PDF)

c) A link to your online portfolio or a .PDF of your portfolio that is under 10MB.  (This is a must!)

d) Contact Information that is current. (Phone and E-mail)

2 – Make sure your e-mail is personalized and to the point. The e-mail does not count as a cover letter. It should only be a small paragraph in length.

Expanded Thoughts:
The average Account or Creative Director probably receives 50+ e-mails a day, while balancing their client work load so they’re probably going to quickly scan your e-mail. You want to make it as easy as possible for them to read and quickly review your work. In those precious 10 – 30 seconds, you want them to identify: what you are applying for, your experience, and your portfolio. If any of these elements are missing, your e-mail will most likely be trashed.

This probably sounds very basic as you read this blog post, but almost 2 out of 3 new designers that e-mail us are missing one of these elements. We hate to see young designers overlooked because they aren’t sure how to apply for jobs in this industry just yet.

For our concluding thought, take the time to do a personal address in your e-mail. If you’re applying for an account or office position, go to the firm’s website and see if you can figure out who the head of accounts is in the company. If you are applying for a design position, address your e-mail to the creative director (their full name). If their website doesn’t have this information available, it is perfectly okay and clever to pick up the phone and call the company to ask who to address your e-mail to. In our experience, the secretary or designer that answers the phone is happy to give you this information so you can send a personalized e-mail. Less happy to put you on the phone with that person – so I’d start with e-mail first.

Take the few seconds to figure out who you are e-mailing and you will definitely have a little more luck with receiving responses from time-to-time.

We hope this Job Tip #1 doesn’t come across too harsh. We’re trying to be honest with our experiences both in applying for jobs, and interviewing potential hires.

NEXT SERIES TOPIC: THE COVER LETTER…