Well, last week I managed to land a job at a design agency here in NYC because of my profile on Dribbble, here’s how.
A senior interactive designer at the design agency where I got the job (to be announced later Alexander Interactive) was prowling the site for designers to work on an upcoming news website. (Quite a smart move seeing though it’s an invite only site.)
The designer, let’s call him John, simply typed “news website” into Dribble’s search engine and because I had tagged one of my shots with “news” and “website”, my shot came up first in the search results. John read the comments on the page, clicked through to the site “The Fiscal Times” that I had redesigned the home page for while freelancing for The Wonder Factory and saw what my capabilities were. John then clicked through to my website, checked my other work and then contacted me.
I sent him my CV & PDF portfolio and the next day I found myself at their studio having an interview with him and the creative director. The next day I got a phone call and they offered me a three week on-site freelancing contract. I took the job and I start there next week, with an opportunity for further work if we are a good fit for each other.
I only share this story with you to show that it’s possible to get a stroke of luck at anytime and it can happen more than once. For this “luck” to happen you need to have an active, up-to-date profile in as many places as you can manage because, it’s important to be everywhere.
Have you ever got a job via social media? Please share your story!
Dribble ball artwork by Dave Mott.
PS. Sorry, I have no Dribbble invites.
PPS. What is even more uncanny about me being in the same location as this NYC studio, is that the senior designer who found me actually studied at the same University as me, back in Australia, a good decade ago! Small world!