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I'm a graphic designer fresh out of college looking for general advice on how best to approach the job search. What quantity and type of work is absolutely necessary in a portfolio? Do I need my own website? What cities are up and coming in the design world? Should I attempt to freelance? Other tips?

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closed as too broad by Matt May 30 at 4:19

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I think this topic has been discussed several times on the site. If you do a search up at the top right or click on the tag freelance you should be able to see all your questions answered. –  Matt May 30 at 4:18
    
Also try the tag portfolio. If you are fresh out of college I woukd hope you have a career center that good help you obtain an intership. In regards to what cities are up and coming is debatable. Also, we are in the day of age that designers are typically expected to have a website. That too was a question and I dont recall where it was but there is a list of alternative solutions to a site if you can't code. –  Matt May 30 at 4:23
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I'll actually try to answer the question based on your situation: First you want to have some credibility. Get jobs, paid if not then unpaid. Do all of them. Portfolio is a must to get job. Start with specializing In one thing 'logo/bizCard/book/product' then move on to next. You need to have 3-5 best work in portfolio and 2 case studies showing your process. For crappy work just references to businesses not work itself. 2ndly do some personal projects and explore trendy at least 3 styles. To get a job you need to show something and that's where you put your personal work when starting out. –  Muhammad Umer May 30 at 5:24
    
Have confidence...as well –  Muhammad Umer May 30 at 5:28
    
I would have hoped these would have been topics covered in your college classes. –  DA01 May 30 at 6:10

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