The Secret Handshake

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The Secret Handshake


The Secret Handshake

I spend a lot of time looking for inspiration and resources to complement and improve my work. In one of those ventures I found this great resource for designers in need of some guidance or advice. Featured are some of the industry’s currently successful designers who provide wisdom on portfolio, resumes, and the application process. Some of my favorite pieces of advice are:

Portfolio Dos

“Have work that make people smile.

Have work that make people laugh.

Your portfolio should tell a short story, so put time in sequencing the work you’re showing.

Self initiated work is more important than school work.”

Allan Yu @allanyu_ | SVPPLY


“Only show work you like, or you’ll end up being hired to do things you don’t like.”


Resume Dos

“Smart companies are foregoing posting jobs altogether and straight up looking for people on portfolio sites like Behance, Dribbble & Coroflot. Be found there.

Use social media as your recruiter. Follow companies you admire, have interest in and terms that are applicable to your job hunt. You can literally wake up to an entire job hunt done for you every morning with no work on your part besides initial setup.

Social media is a gift and a curse. Your personal life and professional blur together. Have a strategy for each individual network and determine whether or not they play a part in your job hunt and how you choose to promote yourself.”

@jaycrimes | Bright Bright Great

About: The Secret Handshake is an online resource for student designers and young creatives (18-25) looking for insider insight, honest answers and solid solutions to help you go pro.

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