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Finding the right graphic design job is much like online dating, you need to cast a giant net in order to reign in that one job perfect for you. In my experience you must do what you can to get your work seen by as many people possible.

Here are a couple of things that have worked for me.

Facebook groups. I’ve joined several facebook groups dedicated to designers in my local area. Your school may have one, if not why not create one yourself. Regularly within these groups you can see people that are looking for interns or new hires. Do not waste these listings because usually these aren’t advertised in major sites and your chances are better.

AIGA Jobs boards

This is the go to place to look for jobs if you want to be hired in a design firm because usually design firm employees are involved with local AIGA chapter. You also have to pay to see more info about these listings, which is a good thing. What this does is limit your competitors to AIGA members only. Not a member of AIGA? Do what I did and find a listing you’re interested in and ask a friend for a favor if he/she could copy and paste the info to you. This has worked for me in the past and thanks to my lucky charm [you know who you are].

The big idea? Play the numbers game, find the listings that others will not find. Make connections in the design community and use them.

You know what hasn’t worked for me? Craigslist. Why is that? Well everyone and their grandma uses craigslist, specially for jobs. One job advertisement on there can garner hundreds of applicants, most of them unqualified. But it’s hard to stand out in a sea of resumes. It is still worthwhile to apply to jobs through here in the off chance you catch an employers eye.