I just graduated! Now what? 3 tips for recent grads

July 20, 2009

1. Build your portfolio This will be your No. 1 seller. In the graphic design market, people are most concerned with your skill level.

Showing off that portfolio separates you from other candidates for job positions or new clients; either in a good way or bad. Make sure that you have strong pieces to show off, and if your portfolio is lacking, try beefing it up with work for friends, family, local businesses or your own business. 2. Network If you’re deciding to enter the freelancing arena, networking is key. Register your business name, make some business cards and find out where your local small business assistance organizations are located around the city. They will be able to tell you which networking and workshop events are being held for entrepreneurs. Most professional organizations hold networking events as well 3. Get a mentor My mentor was priceless when I first started. I didn’t know what to charge for my services. I didn’t know what to say in meetings. I didn’t know the correct way to register a business or handle invoices. He guided me through the proper processes and encouraged me. If nothing else, a good mentor should be honest with you and not only give you unbiased feedback when you need to hear it, but be encouraging and supportive. Do you have any tips for recent grads? Share them in the comments.

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