I’ve been receiving a huge amount of correspondence recently which falls into three categories: applications for jobs, offers of work (mostly freelance) and requests for information about moving to Dubai or becoming a graphic designer. I feel a weird sort of guilt when I ignore these unsolicited and misguided messages so I’m writing this post to hopefully try to alleviate that feeling.
Applications for jobs
I am very fortunate to be employed as a graphic designer at an amazing organisation where I work within an in-house communications team. I am not a company and am I not currently responsible for recruiting designers to work in my team. Sending me job applications merely highlights that; a) you haven’t done your research properly; and b) are probably just ‘mail-bombing’ design companies you found on Google. Neither of these traits are attractive to anyone looking to fill a position.
Offers of work
I’m not currently looking for work (full-time, freelance or otherwise). I have a full-time job which I enjoy and take very seriously and a young daughter who I love spending as much time with as possible. Any time that isn’t occupied by one of these two responsibilities is my own to enjoy.
Requests for information
I’m always happy to share information and answer questions about becoming a designer, moving to the Middle East, or anything else you may feel I have some insight into. However, I won’t reply to general questions that could be answered via Google, nor will I spend an entire evening writing out answers to open, essay-style questions.
Thanks very much for reading :)