1. Review your CV/Resume and Portfolio. Does it look up to par?
While your Portfolio is your business card, your resume provides the firm you are applying to with a sense of who you are and where you have been. Keep it short, at around 1-2 pages, ideally 1 page. In terms of your Portfolio, make sure that you have created a personalized version for the specific firm you are applying to. You should always have around 4-5 different portfolios ready for your job search. We have actually discussed portfolios in the following blog of ours,
2. Make sure you are realistic and start with what makes the most sense
It is probably unlikely that you will be going to the big leagues right off the bat, so you should try to make the most of what you are given. That includes going to get coffees for the office or doing a quick errand for a principal. All of these acts of help and assistance tied to your positive attitude will lead you towards a more ideal and rewarding experience. Zaha Hadid was not given a whole firm right when she started working towards her level of excellence. Give yourself time and do not be too hard on yourself.
3. Break out of your comfort zone!
You will not be able to grow and improve if you are never challenging yourself and your ways of thinking and working. So it is an imperative that you push yourself towards challenges and being uncomfortable, not comfortable. Personal contact is sometimes hard to achieve in a way that is natural and comfortable. Yet it is usually the more effective way to get architecture jobs. Call them and send them emails and knock on every door possible! Your consistency in your energy and will to make things happen will be recognized and is usually commended.
When considering your next career move, plan proactively and create Portfolios that include your best work. Consider looking into finding a mentor with Architect-US, and improving your Portfolios with our Portfolio Plans and Career Advice Program. We provide coaching and personalized mentorship, so you can have a professional and experienced take on your next steps in your career, as well as a great team to confide in.