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Any advice on how to get your foot in the door with other companies? I’m junior level with ~3 yrs experience but honestly not getting any responses on applications I submit

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Ok, what is positive about what you said is that you are open to changes, this is great. Unfortunately a marketing person is not the best sounding board for a design resume—they have sales knowledge, but not real world design experience. It sounds similar, but goals and talent levels are different. And if they tell you they used to design before they got into marketing, definitely don't heed their advice. I'm going to have to ding a design professors review of your port a bit as well. I will venture to guess, your professors are far removed from a junior designer position and have not needed to apply for a "new" job for years, maybe even a decade or more. So squint when you take their advice. If anything, they should have been telling you to move a fast as you can away from showing school design work and start replacing their assignments with real work. Then they would have told you how to quickly get clients and execute, execute, execute. IMO, you need a good sounding board for your resume and portfolio. And I say this because as a Jr, you should be getting bites but you say even after the feedback, it's been crickets... Not sure I can give you anymore advice on here because there are lots of factors just getting to an interview... But if you're inclined, feel free to DM me if you'd like real world feedback. Hope some of that is helpful, stay positive.

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Sounds good OP. @GD1, you're welcome to message me 👍🏼

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From your description, smells to me like you have multiple problems going on... Some I initial questions: Have you had your resume reviewed by someone successful (& actives working) in your design channel? Then, did you get your portfolio reviewed by multiple peers in your design channel? (Recruiters don't count.) Next, have you taken the advice given to you to heart and made updates to your resume/portfolio??

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Hey, I’ve had my resume reviewed by a VP of marketing, and yes I did make the changes. I’ve had my site reviewed by professors who are also active in the industry. Otherwise I actually am the only designer at my job now so don’t have real connections to give it out to.

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Stop referring to yourself as a junior. You’re a professional, respect that about yourself. Just put “graphic designer” on your resume

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