The other day, my good friend Eleanor over at The Present Group sent me a link to the post “Eight Things They Never Taught You About Networking” on Coroflot’s “Creative Seeds” blog. That post, and indeed, that entire blog, is a useful web resource in and of itself, but coroflot.com has a lot more to offer. Now, I realize that many designers, especially if you went to design school, already know about this site, but I think it may actually be most useful to those of us without the benefit of a “career services” office.
Coroflot.com is a one-stop shopping clearinghouse for those longing to be part of the design industry. You can create an online portfolio (really great if you don’t have the skills or funds to create your own web site), search for jobs, and create or join groups based upon shared interests, training or geography. In other words, you can find a job you want, network with someone at the company and show them your work all in one place. I started drooling a little over the posting for Chronicle Books’ semi-annual fellowships today. Other useful things on Coroflot include the 2007 Design Salary Survey and Coroflot Magazine, which regularly features work from online members.
Tip: To keep your portfolio at the top of the stack, update it a little every day.