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Architecture Job-Hunting Tips: How To Decide Which Firms To Apply To

This article was originally published by The Architect's Guide as "How to Create a Target List of Architecture Firms."

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This article was originally published by The Architect's Guide as "How to Create a Target List of Architecture Firms."In a previous article, 5 Reasons Why You Need Multiple Architecture Portfolios, I discussed the importance of creating a targeted employment application. This process begins with selecting the office(s) where you would like to work.So with the thousands of architecture firms out there, how do you know where to apply" I am sure you can come up with a few companies off the top of your head or perhaps you have a specific firm in mind. Regardless if you are targeting one employer or are simply looking for a ?new job? these strategies will help you create your ideal architecture firm list.Even if you are only considering one office, take the time to perform this exercise. The act of doing so may reveal opportunities you would not have otherwise considered.To How Many Employers Should I Apply"I typically recommend applying to 30-40 potential employers. This may sound like a lot but stay with me. This should not be a long exercise, don?t spend more than an hour or two on this step.What City"Obviously if you are not planning on moving then this is less relevant. However, even if you are set on staying in town it does not hurt to research what is out there. This will help with your later negotiations and give you an idea of what other employers are looking for in the marketplace.For example, let?s say a large number of firms are requiring Revit experience (which is actually true). If you are a Revit expert, you can leverage this knowledge in your application and later in the interview.Dream positions: You probably already have the names of a handful of dream offices where you would love to work. That is a great start. Write them down. This should probably consist of five or so offices.SpreadsheetI have found that the best method of keeping track of the applications is a spreadsheet. While we are in a creative field and generally despise spreadsheets, it is worthwhile to keep organized.The last thing you want to do is become confused and apply to the same place twice or leave out a great opportunity. Dealing with 30+ potential employers it is quite easy to become disorganized.Include a column for the company name, location, the date of your application, if you have received a response and any contact information.See example format below (download the Excel version here):
via The Architect's Guide

NetworkOne of the most valuable tools for creating your target list of firms is your network. This can either be existing contacts or people you reach out to that may not know you directly.LinkedIn is one of the most powerful tools for...
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