Sharing our insights on the hiring process —
We recently put a call out for a designer to join us at JAC& and were humbled to receive hundreds of applications. It was an incredibly difficult and time-consuming task to choose just one applicant. We’re looking forward to introducing you to the wonderful person joining us soon.
Having reviewed a large number of resumés and folios, we picked up on some common threads and, in an effort to help people improve for future applications either at JAC& or elsewhere, we held a review session at the studio to share our insights and knowledge. Here’s a summary of what we spoke about on the night:
Know who you’re talking to:
Research the studio before you apply and ask yourself if you’re the right fit for the job and (importantly) if the job is the right fit for you. If it feels right and you’re going to apply, try to pick up on the studio values through their site or social media then demonstrate you’ve paid attention to this in your application.
Do what’s asked:
This is a really easy win. Pay attention to what’s been asked and do it. For example, if you’re asked to upload a folio don’t send a link to your website. Doing anything other than what’s asked implies that you’re either not listening or don’t care.
- Make sure your name and contact details are on there!
- Substance over style, content is key
- Name your file logically (i.e. FULL NAME_CV_YEAR.PDF)
- Supply references
- PDF’s only (no other file type)
- Ensure text is accessible (not flattened or outlined)
- Don’t brand yourself as a studio if you’re going for a job in a studio
- Tailor your folio. If you don’t have suitable previous work, create it
- Full screen mode? Don’t
- Communicate your input. Were you the lead designer on the project or did you help roll out? Be honest and credit where appropriate
- Get feedback before submitting. Ask your peers, friends, teachers (anyone!) to provide some honest thoughts and impressions for you
A big thanks to everyone who showed an interest in working at JAC& and took the time to go through the application process.
JAC& is hiring —
We’re searching for a designer with great communication and time-management skills, someone who understands our ethos and is excited to grow with us.
- Can work on-site in Collingwood 4 days per week
- Have a minimum of 2 years experience in (and a love of) branding and digital design
- Are considered, driven and organised
Please do apply!
Submissions will be closing on the 18th of April.
Branding for creative professionals —
The past year saw us working with more creative professionals than ever. In particular, we’ve seen an increase in the number of architects and interior designers who walk through our door for workshops and/or branding. Each project has reinforced the similarities we share as creative professionals and improved our self-awareness too. Certain themes have cropped up repeatedly that we thought would be useful to share.
While you may have the skills to create a logo or roll-out some marketing collateral, that doesn’t mean you should. Results aside, you’re missing out on an opportunity to learn through collaborating with a professional. Understanding that finances often dictate the need for DIY, we offer flexible payment terms and we’re sure other studios would be open to discussing this too. So, don’t let money be the sole deterrent!
Empathy for clients
Most creative industries have a bit of an issue with client blaming. When a project doesn’t go to plan, people often look for a scapegoat before looking inwards. It’s something we actively avoid at JAC& and encourage our clients to do the same. One of our architect clients shared a great snippet of wisdom in a workshop last year that we think about often. For every project – regardless of size or budget – she reminds herself that it’s likely the biggest and most important thing her client has done to-date. A really useful thing to recall if tensions or anxieties arise.
Project lag, folio struggle
For architects in particular, projects can often be a long process, which makes updating your folio regularly a struggle. While it’s beneficial to find a way to share what you’re working on in the interim, it’s a much better idea to communicate who you are through your brand. Rather than relying solely on your work to tell your story, use your brand character to connect with your audience and attract ideal clients.
Though we’ve seen these patterns in working with creative professionals, these themes can be present in any industry. If you’d like to chat about any issues you’re facing in your business and explore how your brand can help, please do get in touch.
Our word for 2019 —
The start of the year is the perfect time for big thinking. Good friend of JAC&, Jo Hook, suggests choosing a theme word, something that captures the feeling you want to experience and to keep you on track. This really helped us last year, so we’re doing it again.
Our word for 2019 is grow.
2018 saw us settle into a new pace after a big year of change in 2017. We reviewed and refined our approach and processes repeatedly throughout the year to make the most of our time and reduce stress in the studio. Feeling a bit like a well oiled machine now!
In 2019, we’re ready to grow. Staying true to our values we’ll be doing this at a steady and considered pace, but are looking forward to testing our limits and taking on some new challenges.
Celebrating collaboration —
To express gratitude to our clients, suppliers and peers for their support in 2018, we made a gift that celebrates collaboration.
Imagery was created with Willem-Dirk du Toit (photographer) and Natalie Turnbull (stylist) for a personal project called 1–3. We gave ourselves 1 hour to collect props and 3 hours to execute a series without intention or reference.
The giclée prints were produced by Hound & Bone Studio (a small business with an approach we really respect and admire) on Canson Rag Photographique.
The textured note cards were made by another excellent small business called Dodgy Paper using Hound & Bone offcuts.
We then documented the collaboration with Jill Haapaniemi.
This project goes to show that it really does take a village! It’s an honour to have such talented people in ours.