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I received this via email...

Hello,

I am a recent grauate of a B.A Hons degree in Creative Digital Media.

My specialist area within didgital world is based around photography and digital

image manipulation.

Whilst searching the iternet, your images caught my eye.

I love the style of the work you produce. It's creative, fun, playful and striking!

Similar to the stye of work i produce.

Below is my CV, if you could take the time to look throught it.

I would the oppotunity to show you some examples of my work.

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I received this via email...

File under Artworker/general mac monkey.

You can imagine some third rate tutor telling them to send out these desperate, templated emails. Ten years ago they would have had interviews lined up, now with so much competition and so many courses with crap tuition they do this.

The worse thing is these poor kids have pretty much no idea what it is like out there until the University/FE door has well and truly slammed behind them.

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File under Artworker/general mac monkey.

You can imagine some third rate tutor telling them to send out these desperate, templated emails. Ten years ago they would have had interviews lined up, now with so much competition and so many courses with crap tuition they do this.

The worse thing is these poor kids have pretty much no idea what it is like out there until the University/FE door has well and truly slammed behind them.

I'm filing it under "potential model".

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It's an arty profession though, typing spelling etc do not matter. What matters is the strength of the portfolio and if you find his or her portfolio impressive.

11 years ago as a hobby I had an excellent portfolio as I had a knack for revisionista history removing people from photos stalin style or aging people in photoshop.

But these skills are automated with simple filters and effects so not really in demand anymore.

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It's an arty profession though, typing spelling etc do not matter. What matters is the strength of the portfolio and if you find his or her portfolio impressive.

11 years ago as a hobby I had an excellent portfolio as I had a knack for revisionista history removing people from photos stalin style or aging people in photoshop.

But these skills are automated with simple filters and effects so not really in demand anymore.

I disagree. First impressions matter. Attention to detail matters.

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It's an arty profession though, typing spelling etc do not matter. What matters is the strength of the portfolio and if you find his or her portfolio impressive.

I'm afraid it does. You only get one opportunity to create a first impression. An email like this suggests the sender is illiterate and/or careless. It is not even worth a reply.

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I'm afraid it does. You only get one opportunity to create a first impression. An email like this suggests the sender is illiterate and/or careless. It is not even worth a reply.

Admittedly in a very different field, a manager at the first place I worked after university used typos and grammatical errors as his first coarse filter of CVs. One error, no matter what or where, meant it went into the bin. I was amazed at how many highly educated people would send a formal letter with a spelling error or a glaringly missing word.

Luckily he missed the subtle typo in my own covering letter (I'm not kidding!)

sjiff

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I disagree. First impressions matter. Attention to detail matters.

It's paramount when working with design, layout or copy.

Nothing did my head in more, than colleagues with sloppy design skills and inconsistent house styles.

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Please tell me it was from a foreign student, in which case it is just about forgiveable to be that careless and naive.

Most forren students have better ritten English than most English students. :P

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Forgive me for banging a drum for my son but I think he deserves it having failed so badly in our education system :(

He enjoys going to local gigs and festivals and off his own back saved up and bought a semi-professional camera and subscribed to Lightroom. He read the manuals, experimented, played around with them and started photographing the bands.

He always goes to the Groezrock Festival in Belgium and last year got in touch with BG Magazine and asked if they'd be interested in a review and photographs. They said maybe, so he contacted the Groezrock organiser who he'd met before because of an 'incident' at the previous years festival :o and blagged a press pass. Both his review and photos were published in the BG which really pleased the Organiser as it's not a heavily promoted festival over here.

http://www.bigcheesemagazine.com//index.php?option=com_zoom&Itemid=53&catid=24

This year BC Mag sent their own writer and photographer to Belgium but something went awry because my son had a phone call a few weeks ago asking if he had any photos. Having a press pass for this year as well he was able to oblige and it's his photo accompanying the review in the current issue of BG magazine (not yet uploaded to website but I have the magazine by me right now.)

Anyway, with no training and certainly no degree, with just camera and lightroom manuals (and a lot of 'front'), I think it's a real achievement. It's just a hobby for him though, his daytime job is an electrician.

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It's an arty profession though, typing spelling etc do not matter. What matters is the strength of the portfolio and if you find his or her portfolio impressive.

11 years ago as a hobby I had an excellent portfolio as I had a knack for revisionista history removing people from photos stalin style or aging people in photoshop.

But these skills are automated with simple filters and effects so not really in demand anymore.

As one who works 'in an arty profession' when people are paying you lots of money; attention to detail, including spelling and grammar are of paramount importance.

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Anyway, with no training and certainly no degree, with just camera and lightroom manuals (and a lot of 'front'), I think it's a real achievement. It's just a hobby for him though, his daytime job is an electrician.

how much has he been paid?

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It's an arty profession though, typing spelling etc do not matter. What matters is the strength of the portfolio and if you find his or her portfolio impressive.

11 years ago as a hobby I had an excellent portfolio as I had a knack for revisionista history removing people from photos stalin style or aging people in photoshop.

But these skills are automated with simple filters and effects so not really in demand anymore.

Speling and grammer do matter, innit?

No mater wot the "strenght of the portfolio" is like, if you give the inpression of not being able to right a propa leter, you in't getting the job!

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I know this is a bit soft-headed, but I really feel for some of these youngsters. They just don't have a clue and will suffer years of confusion, anger and anxiety because their lives just don't roll out as they expect.

I think the majority of young people these days are sold a lie by teachers and, to some extent, their own parents -- and it is heart-breaking and will have repercussions. They expect to leave university and walk into a fairly autonomous role with decent pay that increases over their adult life, just because they are somehow integrally "special".

The values that youth-orientated society has inculcated into the young are just nonsense and have blindsided the young into misunderstanding the nature of business and employment, and the principles of making a living. Young people seem to think that stating they have "passion" and "ambition" is a killer statement, as though, somehow, hiring someone with "passion" for something automatically equates to productivity and profitability for an employer.

I notice evidence of this "special phenomenon" everywhere: it turned up on that Peston programme when a young woman said something about looking for a job that utilised all her unique talents (as though the focus was on what a job could do for her self-evolution, rather than what she could offer a company). And the worst place for all this bunkum is The Apprentice franchise.

People need to start being honest with the young; only when they have the full facts can they then start to negotiate their own lives properly. I told my undergraduate cousin a few years ago that not only is it highly unlikely that he will walk into a job that pays over £20K pa when he graduates, but that he might not find a "proper" job at all for two or more years. He was thoroughly shocked by this. He was even more shocked when I told him how much my husband and I earned every year -- he simply had no idea what was normal and what was not. As a result, he;s made some pretty interesting decisions in the last two years and has managed to get a paid internship in France for a year while all his college mates will graduate a year earlier into a dead jobs market.

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I have come across a few people who have said to me with some pride "I don't read books". I find this really shocking. What a strange attitude.

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I had an ongoing email conversation with the UK marketing director of very high profile company and was amazed at the basic errors of grammar and spelling that littered her text. But as the company was based overseas I just assumed that english was not her first language- but not so- she was a londoner.

I used to post on a lot of 3D Animation forums and it's scary how many posts started with the sentence 'I've just graduated with a BA....' followed by paragraphs of text filled to bursting with errors- really basic stuff like 'There' instead of "Their' type things.

I can only conclude that the people teaching them did not give a shite.

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