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Florian Rand • Edited

Hey Brian, on the contrary, I think your d&d beyond fan site (don't remember the game name) it's pretty cool!

I got my first big design job with just one brand identity manual, a printed version in quality paper. Every advertising agency I showed it off felt in love with it. I went cold door until found my first agency, worked there nearly 5 years before jumping into freelancing.

It took me less than a week get that job, after four months designing that brand identity manual from scratch. From the brand name to all applications, design system (yes design systems aren't something that new) and the paper and cover selection. A lot of work! I was showing off with that piece of portfolio that I was a very versatile designer.

So don't focus in what, but how! You already have a few cool projects, make them awesome!

As a side note, everyone back then was losing their arses with online portfolio, that was the reason I crafted a beautiful printed manual, because at the end, was real final job on the hands of the recruiter.

Good luck with your interview! I hope my story serves as inspiration!

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Brian Barbour Author

Thanks Florian! I think I'm just one of those perfectionist types. I'm always looking at ways to improve. Maybe sometimes I need to stop and look back at what I've accomplished.

Perspective is everything.

I just really want to be a desirable candidate. Unfortunately, employers can't see how active I'm on in this community and others, and how passionate I am. The only impression they get of me is a silly resume and a portfolio.

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Florian Rand

I told you the positive side of that story. Before that I spent a lot of time sending resumes and all that stuff. Job hunting is stressful, god knows I hate It.

Don't give to it too much thought, in reality, you are dealing with normal people.

My advice is make it easy for them to know your qualities and skills, not the other way around, if you expect them to guess, well it's not going to go very good. But even that it's okay. Learning is a success/fail process sometimes. Just don't be afraid of failing.

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