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LANDING THE JOB/ LANDING THE JOB. STUDENTS AT UCLA Extension have repeatedly requested a workshop on portfolio design and interview techniques, and on June 4 of this year the school’s ASID Student Chapter granted their wish! More than 50 students, graduates and instructors attended Landing the Job: Portfolio and Interview Techniques to learn how to design and prepare their design portfolios for job interviews, as well as how to ace those interviews after they get their foot in the door. Guest speaker Joanne MacCallum, ASID, CID, instructor and former faculty advisor, offered a series of tips and techniques on creating an effective portfolio. Katherine Fern, ASID, instructor and current faculty advisor, gave attendees tactics for interview success. Items of concern to students were: formatting their portfolios, what to include and how to present them to perspective employers. “A portfolio is a collection of your best pieces of work,” MacCallum advised. “The content is just as important as the design. A portfolio illustrates your ability to communicate ideas, your thoughts and your creativity.” When selecting work to include, MacCallum suggested that students sort their work into three piles: ready to show, strong but needs modification and discards. She instructed students to have no mercy! Sorting through your work is like “going through your closet,” she said. “Look at [your work] objectively. What would a prospective employer think?” MacCallum emphasized the importance of demonstrating the ability to think conceptually and critically by including not only the best finished work, but also the sketches, concept drawings and prototypes that show an applicant’s ability to think and solve design problems. As many employers like to keep a portfolio for perusal or to show to a colleague before making hiring decisions, students were encouraged to digitally scan their portfolios into CD versions that can be left with the employer. Since many job applicants are applying to multiple positions at the same time (and portfolios can get lost), this allows an applicant to maintain possession of their portfolio while providing a prospective employer with an easy-to-use (and distribute!) digital version. Students were also advised to place their top piece of work at the front of the portfolio, and the second best at the end to ensure a best first impression. MacCallum encouraged students not to be afraid “to put something unusual” into their portfolios. If you have an unusual area of specialty or a niche market, represent that in some way in your portfolio—it may win you that job. Inspired with the information needed to create effective portfolios, the students were eager to hear the rest of the story. Fern began her discussion of interview tips and techniques by reminding attendees to remember that the employer’s needs are the first and foremost consideration in the interview. “When we prepare for a job interview, or a potential client interview, the first thoughts that enter our minds are questions the american society of interior designers student magazine 20 ACCESS fall | winter 2010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Access - Fall/Winter 2010

Access - Fall/Winter 2010
Meet Your Student Advisory Council
Web 2.0
2010 Student Chapter Awards
Student Chapter Updates
Colormix 2011
Questioning your Future?
ASID Forges a New Partnership to Promote Design for Social Impact
Meet Your Emerging Professional Advisory Council
The Fellows Project
Landing the Job
NYC Student Design Challenge
Student Design Challenge

Access - Fall/Winter 2010