Author

Anna Vecchi

Abstract

In today’s society, the most common way for people to search for job opportunities is by using the internet on their personal electronic device, whether it be a laptop, desktop, tablet, or mobile phone. There are hundreds of websites and mobile applications catering to all kinds of career services in a plethora of fields. One specific sector of employment that is rather unique is the creative field. Creative positions are posted on their own websites like Behance, AIGA, Coroflot, etc. Since these niche websites exist, there are also hundreds of articles discussing how creative individuals approach the job searching process. Each industry has a different protocol when it comes to the hiring process; that which creatives, in my personal opinion, go through a rather intensive process in order to get that desired job. Not only does it require an interview, but a designed resume and cover letter, a portfolio, and an impress piece (among other things).

While creatives search and apply for these jobs, they are most likely finishing up their collegiate career or working full-time. It can be difficult and tedious to keep up with each application and remembering the status of each job applied, especially trying to remember which website you found XYZ job posted on. It is up to the individual to create their own method for keeping track, whether it be an Excel spreadsheet, text document, or using their Email history and labeling folders for each company. Regardless, these methods can fail due to the individual simply not keeping up and checking in frequently. This can result to not becoming employed by a date when the user wants to ideally be employed by and losing opportunity. I searched to see if there was a universally available system currently accessible to the public to prevent that from happening; there was not.

The objective of this thesis was to establish the systematic function of a mobile application

and website pairing that will act as a guide/tool to aid graduating creatives and individuals already working in the creative field. This tool would have made the job search process easier by organizing all job postings of interest in one location (similar to a Pinterest-type of database), keeping track of all job applications, and automatically sending appropriately timed reminders via push notifications to the user while prompting the user’s actions through Q&A/informative directions, rather than simply demanding an action through directions.

Publication Date

5-1-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Student Type

Graduate

Degree Name

Visual Communication Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CIAS)

Advisor

Dan DeLuna

Advisor/Committee Member

Joyce Hertzson

Advisor/Committee Member

Peter Byrne

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Campus

RIT – Main Campus

Plan Codes

VISCOM-MFA

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