99designs:Crowd Sourcing For Companies And A Chance To Shine For DesignersIt’s tough out there in the job market now. But I think we are a little tougher. It’s been 5 months since I started applying for jobs. Looking for jobs is almost a full-time job itself. But we can always do a little extra, right? In between applying for jobs,  I’ve been helping out two local non-profits in the Washington D.C. area for the past month. I have to admit, it keeps me sane. There’s only so much house cleaning a person can do until they pass out from Clorox ™ over dose. Dance4Peace and Fairfax Symphony Orchestra have been wonderful by letting me help them out with marketing and media projects. But what if you don’t have access to local resources like that? How can you build up your portfolio?

ENTER CONTEST!

Search for contest in fields that you have interest. One part of marketing I love is designing and branding. I recently stumbled upon a website called 99designs. Similar to Groupon’s crowd-sourcing platform that I mentioned in Groupon: Bringing Deals and Business? post, 99designs is a site where designers can enter contest win clients accounts. Once the deadline is up, the company that posted the contest picks their favorite design. With more designs, the company has a better chance in finding a design that fits their needs.  We are all competing for a chance to be a rockstar. Sometimes designers just need a shot. With 99designs, it guarantees your design work will be seen. Watch this video below to see how the company XL Media logo contest brought him the perfect design.

The best part is the private feedback you get back from the company. As one project ends, another begins. So if you’re trying to have a constant To Do List, sign up for a contest and get busy. I’m starting to enter tomorrow! Now it’s your chance to shine.

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