Finding Jobs in Graphic Design

Begin your search by consulting Career Hub where you will find graduate and internship vacancies, as well as part-time and vacation work. 

There are also a number of national, regional and local graduate recruitment & internship websites available to you. Don’t forget to consult the university career websites in the city or region where you wish to work. For more information try some of the suggested links.  For the names of relevant agencies, see the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) .

Useful directories include: Benn's Media Directory and Kompass  

It can also be worth tapping into your local creative network to find out about opportunities.

Speculative Applications

Speculative approaches are generally more effective ways to find jobs in the design / arts industries. It is known that more than 70% of those working in design industries have found opportunities through speculative applications. (AGCAS 2012)

A speculative application involves approaching a company about the possibility of working for them rather than applying to an advertised vacancy. It could be an effective way to bypass the huge number of applications that any individual company may receive to one advertised vacancy. Also remember, that many SMEs (small medium sized companies) very rarely advertise vacancies as they receive sufficient speculative applications to recruit in this way.   

Top tips 

  • Research the company you wish to approach.
  • Tailor your CV/portfolio to reflect their work.
  • Contact the company to ask for the name of the most appropriate person to email your application to – this demonstrates initiative!
  • Ensure that your email (cover letter) is well written, articulate, demonstrates your knowledge of the organisation/gallery and your desire to work for them.
  • Follow-up your email within a reasonable delay with a phone call if no response is forthcoming.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 16:16