I have had multiple interviews where the expected a degree for graphic design and i felt like it would be considered discriminatory to not hire someone with 10+ years experience and talent. Not just in my field of skills but anyone who has had experience in what they do. Do you have this problem? #experience #degree #graphicdesign #talent #skilled #talk
Greeting myself! I am Apon and I am a professional graphic designer with over 7 years of experience in the marketplace. I'm an expert in Any Kinds Of Graphics Design and I work efficiently and meticulously because I know our clients want effective and flawless designs in a timely manner. Committed to delivering smooth customer service to each client and dedicating myself to a project until the client is pleased. #design #workfromhome #graphicdesign
A year ago I interviewed for a contract position with this internationally known pharmaceutical company for a position as a graphic designer. I have over 25 years of experience and was thrilled that at 52 i was actually asked by a temp agency if I was interested. I had just finished a second long term contract with an equally well known toy company, doing a mostly non creative production work. This job I interviewed for at the pharmaceutical company had a similar job requirements as the contract i had just finished. I felt like i had the perfect recent experience for the job.
During this interview, I was comfortable and felt like my answers were hitting all the right buttons. The interview (with three people from the company, all from the design team) took a strange turn at one point where the team leader stopped, looked at the other 2 guys and said “well, i think now is a good time to tell you our disclaimer”...the other two looked knowingly at him, and he said “This position has absoloutly no creativity, it is strictly flowing in copy into templated layouts and then running it through a stringent government approval process”.
It almost seemed as if they were trying convince me it was not a great job. I told them that all my previous positions in design involved a lot of production work, and that I looked forward to the opportunity to work with the team to get the work done efficiently and accurately. While this was not the best news, i was certainly not going to turn away one of the few job opportunities I had come across, knowing how difficult it is to get an interview at my age.
They seemed impressed with my portfolio which was a mix of production work and creative design work, and perhaps maybe that was why they mentioned that the position had very few creative opportunities. We wrapped uo the interview with a basic skills test for Adobe InDesgin and Illustrator. I completed the Illustrator test and got 90% of the way through the InDesign when they came in and said that i did not need to go any further, even though i really only needed a few minutes more.
After a week, the temp agency recruiter informed me that the company had decided to go with an internally recommended candidate. They said that i did very well during the interview though. I was a bit dissapointed, because this would be a great job as it was 3 miles from my house (my previous contract job was a 90 mile commute that i endured for a year). I was not sure if the job going to an internal recommendation was for real or just Human Resource speak. The only thing i could imagine that i did wrong was that during the InDesign test, I looked up on the internet where to access the style sheets for setting the type as i had not used the program much in the last couple of years. I was not told that I could not use any resources to finish the test, and even to this day i refer to google occasionally for questions about Adobe Illustrator which I have over 20 years of experience using.
With that said, I got a call this week from the same temp agency for what looks like the same position at a reasonable pay rate. The temp agency did have one comment about the job description, stating that the position may require some clean up duties. I am interviewing with the same people, and have to wonder if they remember me from the previous year. I have seen this job pop up 2 other times during then year and applied once online but did not get a call back after i told the temp agency that i had interviewed for this same position 6 month earlier. This time I did not tell the temp agency about the previous interview, and got called back to meet with them next week. This time i plan to bring a more production oriented portfolio with me and emphasize that side of my work history. Should i bring up my previous interview with them? Do I ask what i was lacking from my previous interview? Do i emphasize that I do not mind doing the less creative production side of the job? How do you sell that to someone and make it sound believable?
The truth is I can either do this job that might be boring and earn up to 2.5 times what I make driving for Uber(which is also boring) which is what I have had to resort to in the last 8 months. Any comments are welcome...would love to hear from some HR professionals.
Hello! My name is Leo Campo and I am currently looking for work, preferably in a graphic design capacity, but also perhaps in a warehouse as an order selector or late night stocker at a grocery store.