How to Find Photography Jobs
If you enjoy photography then you might be looking for photography jobs to start the career of your dreams. There are lots of photography jobs out there, but how can you find them and how should you apply to them?
Tools and Materials Needed
- Computer with Internet Access
- Postage Stamps
Step 1 - Searching for Jobs
The very first thing that you should do is search for job openings. There are two main ways of doing this. The first is to look through a newspaper or speciality magazine for job advertisements. This may turn up some results however, a much quicker and more effective method is to search on the Internet. The Internet has a myriad of different jobs including plenty of photography jobs. Because the Internet is global, it's possible to find work from all over the world.
Look through the Internet and search on forum sites for any potential job listings. If there are any jobs advertised, make sure you have the relevant experience in order to be considered for the job. You need to have experience otherwise you will find it difficult to land any job.
Some good photography jobs websites are www.getphotographyjobs.com and http://photography.jobs.jobsearchsite.com.
Step 2 - Networking
In order to land the perfect photography job you need to make a name for yourself. Build an online portfolio and spend time networking. Contact anyone who might be able to help you land a dream photography job. You might also have to be willing to start small in order to work your way up through the ranks. With the help of a portfolio you should find it much easier to get the attention that your work deserves.
Step 3 - Applying for Jobs
Once you have a list of jobs that you believe you are ideally suited to, start applying for them. The process of doing this will depend on the instructions in the job listing. For example, you may need to apply by phone, or by sending your resume via post. Sending your resume by post is the most common method of applying, but not necessarily the best way to get noticed.
In this case you should customize your resume to show relevant experience and print it. Include a personalized cover letter with your resume to spark interest. You should also attach your portfolio of some of your sample projects; this is a great way to capture the employer's eye and stick in his memory.
Step 4 - Waiting for a Reply
There will be hundreds of people applying for each job and so you will need to wait until you hear a response. You will either not hear anything, be told you're not a suitable match, or be scheduled for an interview.
Step 5 - Impressing at Interviews
An interview for a photography job will be slightly different from the run-of-the-mill interview. You should take your complete portfolio with you and display it for your prospective employer. Spend some time talking about how you achieved certain effects.
Step 6 - Don't Give Up
Nobody will land every job that they ever apply for, and this is completely normal. You just have to make sure you don't let yourself get discouraged because of it. If you are denied without making it to the interview stages, simply dust yourself off and try again.
You could also use the spare time you have to do some unpaid work to improve your experience and portfolio. Everything is about experience and confidence.