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Placement opportunities at Form
We are often on the look our for placement students - so if you are a graduate or in your final year at college, feel free to apply bearing in mind the following:
What we look for from a placement student:
• Graduates from a graphic design course or 2nd/3rd year students currently studying.
• Must be keen, motivated and passionate about design.
• Must know CS (esp InDesign and Photoshop otherwise you wouldn’t be able to help out on on-going projects).
• Be aware about meeting deadlines and working to time restraints.
• Willing to help out on all levels - from artworking adverts, to making mock-ups, to running errands, scanning, helping with mailouts and sometimes working on live client briefs.
We offer £80 per (5 day) week to cover travel and lunch. In return we think you can gain valuable knowledge about a small, busy, high profile studio. Most placement students tell us that doing a placement at Form has opened doors - and some placements have been offered a full time job with us.
To apply for placement send:
There are many, many talented designers out there. Bear in mind we get literally hundreds of applications from designers wanting to work (or do placements) with us. We sadly do not have time to reply to them all. If you want to apply for a job with us, or in fact apply to any design agency, do yourself a favour and consider the following tips for free.
1. Find out who the best person is to contact: If it’s the art director or partner, find out their names. There’s nothing worse than a standard letter starting ‘Dear Sir/Madam’, and certainly not ‘yo’ (it happens). What this says to us is; if you can’t even be bothered to find out who you’re writing to, you can’t be that keen in the first place, so goodbye.
2. Find out the best way your potential boss would like to receive your work: By post or by email. If you send a 5MB pdf unannounced, just think about all the other potentials doing that, and how it will clog the server, and will probably be deleted. Hardly the best introduction from a stranger. And you have destroyed your chances on the first hurdle. If you have to send a pdf, keep it tight; 2MB just about fits the bill - but ask first!
3. Many potential employers still prefer the good old fashioned way of receiving a well designed, informative letter: You’d be amazed at how many letters and CV’s we’ve received as standard Word docs set in a default 12pt Times Roman font - you are a designer and you have one chance to communicate and show off your skills.
4. Send 3-4 killer examples of your best work. Don’t overdo it; get straight to the point and leave them wanting more. If they are interested, they will contact you. If they don’t contact you…
5. Follow up that letter/email. Wait a few days, then call, write a letter, or email: Do not be pushy or desperate. Allow for the fact that the person you have contacted will be busy, maybe doesn’t need anyone RIGHT NOW, or may not be interested anyway. We have contacted people up to a year after receiving their initial letters; good work is filed for the right moment. Help yourself by keeping in contact. Keep your eyes open to the work that the studio produces. Acknowledge a good bit of work that has been done that you may see online or in a magazine. It shows you are alert, willing, and keen to be part of a team. You don’t need a degree for this.
It is not difficult to present yourself well. The bad news is that it is an over crowded and fiercly competitive market out there. The good news is that you are in control of the fact that you can come across as one of the best! Never forget that you are almost always a stranger, and it is your job to show the potential employer that YOU are more employable than the other 20 applicants in contact at any given week.
If you can take this on board, send a CV and a PDF of examples of work by email to firstname.lastname@example.org