Reality Check 1: Only 20% of jobs are advertised in newspapers or handled by
placement companies (30 Mar 1998, Business Review Weekly, Aust.) Remarkable,
huh? So what about the remaining 80% - where does that come from? Word of
mouth and other 'informal' channels, probably - 4 out of every 5 successful
applicants get their job through some sort of network.
Reality Check 2: Graphic design is a pretty small professional group in
Australia. There are roughly 15,000 real designer jobs in this country, which is peanuts compared to other professions. So don't expect to find hundreds (let alone thousands) of job classifieds by trolling through the 'net. Your best bet is still personal networking.
If you're a recent graduate setting out into the job market, take a look at our three articles beginning with How To Get A Job - Part 1.
Still, it doesn't hurt to have a look, so here are some sites that have
(as at March 2002) some graphic design positions listed.
Aquent is a global professional services firm that delivers total staffing, consulting and outsourcing solutions for Marketing, Communications and Creative. Through a network of nearly seventy offices in fifteen countries, Aquent services in the areas of print and web design and Production; Advertising and Media, Marketing, Public Relations and Marcomm support. In its seventeen-year history Aquent has made nearly 400,000 matches of independent professionals with client companies worldwide. Aquent has local offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and a great web site with regularly updated job postings. Aquent, The Official Career Partner of AGDA
Sydney-based specialist with a wealth of information on their site in the 'For Job Seekers' section, covering everything from indicative salaries to tips for working overseas, and a lot in between. Margaret Kirby and her team have a great network in the Sydney design community, and the agency is an AGDA member.
iD Personnel [5/6/1999]
Small, independent, Sydney-based recruitment agency specialising in a number of areas, including graphic design. [Dana Kocanov]
Brisbane-based specialists in graphic design and multimedia.
Tenth House [1/9/2004]
Formerly Desktop People and Multimedia People prior to Sep-04. Specialist recruitment agency with online registration and job ads. You need to register either as a jobseeker or potential employer to see anything.
ADVERTISING & DESIGN
Site of B&T, one of the two big advertising industry weeklies in Australia. Good
selection of 'Creative' positions. [Shane]
The other big advertising industry-focused weekly. Good selection of
positions, with varying degrees of description. Sorted by recruitment
agency, rather than type of position, so you need to read the whole (long)
GENERAL JOB SITES
Employment Opportunities Australia
A few graphic design positions listed. You need to search under "Media &
Advertising" category, and enter "graphic design" in keywords. [Dorota Roslaniec]
A jobs-only website, with a specific graphic design category. Most of the
jobs seem to come from recruitment agencies.
Formerly JobNet, became JobServe in 2006 [ed]. Specialises in Information Technology (IT) jobs, but includes a reasonable number of web/multimedia design jobs. On the search page, enter "graphic design" into the Skills line. [Dorota Roslaniec]
Broad recruitment site, but with a lot of web design and related positions,
with a few "pure" graphic design positions as well. Part of the Fairfax
online empire (f2). When entering the search criteria, make sure you
enter "graphic design" (including the inverted commas) otherwise you'll
end up with hundreds of listings which include the word 'design' but have
nothing to do with graphic design. [Shane]
This is a News Interactive site, owned by News Limited, eg. newspapers like The Australian, The
Telegraph, Herald Sun, etc. When entering the search criteria, make sure
you enter "graphic design" including the inverted commas.
Big general employment site. Don't use the Quick Search facility - go
straight to the Full Search page and select "graphics" in pop-up menu for
Occupation. [Dorota Roslaniec]
If you have any other suggestions, send me an e-mail
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