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How to apply for photography job with "no experience"

 
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Jun 19, 2015 08:59 |  #1

So in the organization i work for there is a photography job that has opened up. Requirements are high school diploma and 4 years photography experience. I meet the educational requirements, went to college and got a business degree, but picked up photography well after college and graduation.

The application starts off asking for a Resume to attach or copy. and here is where i run into my first question. My entire career has been in business administration and customer service. I have been doing photography personally for fun for a few years, but i have no "professional experience". I mean i've done some paying gigs for product photography and some family portraiture stuff, but its not what i'd call a side business or any sort of regular income.

My entire photographic journey has been self taught, i've taken no formal classes. Its all been reading books, articles, websites and watching stuff on youtube. That and just lots of practice.

If i have free time, i want to spend it doing something photography related.

So I guess my real question is how do i convey this information in a resume to be seen by some corporate hiring manager and have them not immediatly toss my resume into the big old round file?


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Jun 19, 2015 09:22 |  #2

Have to show someone your photo portfolio. someone who counts. Be sure it is on the topic/subject of what the job is going to be shooting.


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Jun 19, 2015 09:25 |  #3

What are some of the main details about this job (job description)?

If I were you, I'd make my resume' one of a kind by break down all the details as you describe in your post about what you have done. Along with that, attach 2 sheets of 8.5"x11" with collages with 8-12 images (total on both sheets) of your best corporate related photos based on the job description.

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Jun 19, 2015 09:25 |  #4

Since you already work there, maybe asking HR that question would be best? Maybe attaching an 8-1/2 X 11" print (with several smaller images in it) to the resume would be allowed.


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Jun 19, 2015 09:26 |  #5

^^^ Only great mind, think alike :)


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Jun 19, 2015 09:35 |  #6

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Have to show someone your photo portfolio. someone who counts. Be sure it is on the topic/subject of what the job is going to be shooting.

Agree, and you have an advantage, you are already working for the organization, so go to meet the responsible/manager/HR who want to hire a photographer and speak directly with her/him (bring your portfolio with you)


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Jun 21, 2015 16:51 |  #7
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As has been pointed out, talk to the HR manager and explain your ability and passion for photography and have some 'good' examples of work ready on a flash drive...

Without knowing what the job entails, it's hard to know anything else...

As to formal training/education and qualifications in photography, they are never anywhere near as important as ability! Unfortunately, in business, most people (with little to no ability or experience in photography) are unlikely to understand this as they are used to judging a person's ability by their education/experience background.

I have exactly ZERO qualifications in photography or professional writing, but I managed to become a leading contributor to a local automotive mag by delivering what they wanted. It even got me into the editor's chair eventually...


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Jun 22, 2015 01:31 |  #8

STIC wrote in post #17605672 (external link)
As has been pointed out, talk to the HR manager and explain your ability and passion for photography and have some 'good' examples of work ready on a flash drive...

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No printed ! it's more impressive in a real portfolio/real book
Plus the colors can change on the HR's computer depending the quality/no-calibration of her/his screen, example > B&W can become very greenish with way too much contrast = bad mojo
Print your portfolio ;)


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Jun 22, 2015 02:17 |  #9

Reservoir Dog wrote in post #17606040 (external link)
No printed ! it's more impressive in a real portfolio/real book
Plus the colors can change on the HR's computer depending the quality/no-calibration of her/his screen, example > B&W can become very greenish with way too much contrast = bad mojo
Print your portfolio ;)

I would 2nd this. get your best photos and PRINT them.

If you not to sure how to setup a portfolio then there are a number of youtube videos that can help.


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Jul 03, 2015 23:46 |  #10

I agree with printing out your photos too. Best of luck to you!


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Jul 10, 2015 04:05 |  #11
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Well judging by your flickr you certainly have experience. It doesn't need to be complicated. I think like me you just need a template to go off of. Kind of like some photographers need inspiration to get creative. I attached mine. I hope it's helpful.

I don't know if it's the best or whatever (blah blah blah) but it i something to look at and works for me and gets me jobs pretty regularly.

If you need to show work and you have an ipad maybe find a portfolio app. www.blurb.com (external link) makes nice little portfolios at a reason price and it makes it easy.

cover letters are important too.

Hope this helps! Send an email if you need more help.


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Jul 10, 2015 14:01 |  #12

Human Resources Manager here. A little tip if you choose to go merp's route. Lose the "Objective." In my field we consider those a joke, if we read them at all. Usually we don't.

Think about it, again using merps' example. No offense to merp. No s**t you want to use your skills to open up further work opportunities. Don't we all? What does that really tell me? Nothing. You might just as well say "I want a job, and I think I can do it." There is no logical purpose to waste the space on an objective.

Also follow all the application requirements to a T. If they say they want a cover letter, make sure you include one. Use a professional email address, not sexydude4chicks@whatev​er.com. It can make a difference, especially if they get a ton of resumes and they have to get nitpicky to narrow down the candidates.

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Jul 12, 2015 01:48 |  #13

If you've been shooting for 4 years on the side, then you meet the requirement. Just say "4 years freelance experience". Then add some of those paid gigs, and a couple references from your portraits and such. That and a solid portfolio should be more than enough.

Part of freelancing also includes portfolio work, and if you want to argue semantics then technically operating the camera in any way constitutes "photography experience" ;)




  
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Jul 12, 2015 02:06 |  #14

Different companies have different HR procedures. Where I work HR will pre-screen applicants and only turn-over resumes that meet the education and experience requirements to the hiring manager. However, we can also (and I always do) request that all resumes be sent through and do my own screening. Although I don't hire any creative positions if I did I would place more emphasis on the portfolio than on the resume. But as far as resume's go I'd much rather see a description of the projects and challenges you've solved before and skills you possess than an inventory of degrees and jobs.


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