Design Jobs in Manchester and North West
Here at Orchard, we have been recruiting in the Creative and Design industries throughout the North of England for 25 years. Over the years we have built a number of incredibly strong relationships with the best Creative agencies and teams throughout the North, and have placed thousands of candidates with them.
Creative roles are our bread and butter, with different briefs coming through our doors every day. The type of roles we often recruit for are Graphic Designers; Artworkers; Creative Artworkers; Packaging Designers; Packaging Artworkers; Art Directors; Illustrators; Retouchers; Studio Managers; and Creative Directors.
Alongside our permanent and contract consultants we also have a freelance team, who work across the same sectors for both short and long term freelance briefs - so if you are a creative looking for your next freelance project we can help you too!
Looking for your next job in the creative industry? Here are our top tips…
1. Is your portfolio the best it could be? Make sure you keep your portfolio fresh, always update it with new work and projects. If you think your portfolio is a little shy on something that you know you’re capable of - create your own project in your spare time and share it on there too. This will ensure your full range of skills is shown, making you all the more employable.
2. Don’t feel pressure to demonstrate on your CV that you are the best creative in the industry by creating an incredibly extravagant design to stand out, your portfolio will show your quality. Your CV is your opportunity to tell the employer everything you have done and what you are capable of - it’s an opportunity to land a job that is often missed, so it is worth reviewing your CV and making sure all the relevant information is on there and that it’s easy to digest.
3. Stuck on whether to have a print or digital portfolio? When it comes to the interview process, it does no harm to bring your laptop or iPad in combination with printed work - there are clear benefits of both, so utilise them! It is good practise to have a running online portfolio anyway, but if you have print work, why not show it off how it was intended to be seen!
4. Stop saying we! When you’re presenting work that you did in a team, make sure you can explain your own contribution clearly. You could have ran a project single handedly, but if you can articulate what you did, what your ideas were, and why final decisions were made, it will come across like you had very little involvement. Whilst you want to show you can work well in a team, it's important to not let the fear of not looking like a team player overshadow what you actually did.
Make sure you keep up to date with our blog where we upload new, relevant content weekly covering everything from industry news, job hunting advice and opinion pieces all related to the digital and creative industries. You may like our blog posts How To Successfully Present Your Portfolio and Creative Crunch #5: What's New?
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Contact us on 0161 455 0055 if you would like to speak to one of our consultants about a current advertised role, any future opportunities, or for some advice on job seeking and the creative industry in Manchester and the North West.