How and where can I find photography jobs?
Photography jobs are hard to come by. Not only is the field unconventional, but the field also changed drastically with technology. Nevertheless, just because we are using different cameras, it does not mean that job applications are any different from other fields. First, as Steve’s Digicams shares, “The very first thing that you should do is search for job openings. There are two main ways of doing this. The first is to look through a newspaper or speciality magazine for job advertisements. This may turn up some results however, a much quicker and more effective method is to search on the Internet. The Internet has a myriad of different jobs including plenty of photography jobs. Because the Internet is global, it's possible to find work from all over the world.” Okay, so the goal is to first look for jobs in traditional outlets: newspapers, websites, and through networking. I cannot emphasize the importance of networking. You need to put yourself out there. Steve’s Digicams explains, “In order to land the perfect photography job you need to make a name for yourself. Build an online portfolio and spend time networking. Contact anyone who might be able to help you land a dream photography job. You might also have to be willing to start small in order to work your way up through the ranks. With the help of a portfolio you should find it much easier to get the attention that your work deserves” Talk to people about your work. Share your work online through a digital portfolio. Always have business cards ready with you at all times, so you can share your information. You really never know when it comes up in a conversation. As you apply for jobs, remember to strategize your approach. So, the resume needs to be tailored to the job’s needs and requirements. “In this case you should customize your resume to show relevant experience and print it. Include a personalized cover letter with your resume to spark interest. You should also attach your portfolio of some of your sample projects; this is a great way to capture the employer's eye and stick in his memory.” Remember, you have to also be patient. Photography jobs are hard to come by. “There will be hundreds of people applying for each job and so you will need to wait until you hear a response. You will either not hear anything, be told you're not a suitable match, or be scheduled for an interview.” But what is really cool is that once you get the opportunity to get an interview, you are up for quite the experience. “An interview for a photography job will be slightly different from the run-of-the-mill interview. You should take your complete portfolio with you and display it for your prospective employer. Spend some time talking about how you achieved certain effects.” You are going to have to display your artwork. Try to choose pieces that reflect on different qualities of your work. Good luck!