After two years of working at ArchPAD as a graphic designer, the business is closing, and I am now in the process of seeking employment.
When I first heard the news that ArchPAD was closing, I cried...I think I used up a whole box of tissues on just the thought, "What am I going to do?" I went over to my parents house and had a mini anxiety attack - wringing my hands and hyperventilating while the puppy was barking and nipping at my feet and my dad was sitting at the table, unsure of what to do, and my mom yelling from the kitchen, "STOP IT! STOP IT RIGHT NOW, JENNA!"
After calming down and wiping the snot from my face, my dad hugged me, and my mom sat me down at their kitchen table and told me to write it down. Write down what I had to do and what needed to be done.
Ultimately, losing my job is a good thing. Everyone in ArchPAD is moving on to better things, and I will do the same. I'll always continue to grow as a designer, gaining all the experience I can from working with different people and diferent projects. And honestly, this is the only way I know how to deal with problems...TO DEAL WITH IT.
I mean, change is a scary thing, and I was not at all prepared for the sudden change in my life, but the only way to move on is to move forward. This is an exciting time in my life, and I am heading into it with full positivity and an eager drive to succeed in a carreer search.
So, how am I going to deal with it?
1. Update my portfolio. (Advice to all designers/creatives: keep everything you work on. I hadn't updated my portfolio or branded myself since working at ArchPAD, and I found myself working late into the night this past weekend working on rebranding and revamping my personal brand, collecting samples of my best work, running it through the hall-test of my creative friends, etc. It's always good to keep record of the great things you have done, I just hadn't put effort into it until now!)
2. Change my hair color. Goodbye pink head! It was nice knowing thee. Even though I work in a field where outward creative expression is practiced and sometimes encouraged, it might be smarter to tame down my hair a little bit until I feel out the company and see what their dress-code is. This might not be the last time you see crazy colors in my hair!
3. Search for jobs. I've been perusing the internet and paper for job positions within a non-web based graphic deisgn area, and have found some leads. Also, my friends and collegues have been amazing - I've recieved many emails of some leads and encouragement while I head out on the job search. One thing is for certain, I will never work at a gas station again. No way. No thanks.
4. Apply for jobs. Luckily, I really like writing, so typing all of those cover letters will be a breeze. I keep thinking that the last time I was on the hunt, it was two years ago, and it was very difficult for me to get interveiws. But this time it is different: I have experience, confidence, and a GPS system to help me locate and nail that first interveiw.
Well, this blog entry is me telling you that I'm not going to give up. Nope. No way. I'm dusting myself off and starting over. My new personal brand is a way of showing people what my drive is. The tagline is, "Design is served." It simply conveys the message that I am hungry for experience, thirsty for challenging creative projects.
So, wish me luck, all!