7 Steps to Improve Your Architectural Job Application - Part 2

Welcome back to part 2 of “7 Steps to Improve Your Architectural Job Application” series!

In this 2-part series, I’m going to show you the step by step process you can take to show them your true value throughout your job application. It’d be super helpful if you go read Part 1 first, so you can follow the journey from the start.

Now onto today’s topics, we will go through the follow up process, getting job offers and eventually succeeding in your day to day work.

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6 Steps to Building Your Personal Brand

Let’s talk branding. Whenever someone sends me their portfolio and asks for feedbacks, I always tell them to build a personal brand first. Many intern architects overlook this, because we are architects not graphic designers. We build buildings, not branding. 

Building a brand is a self-realizing process.

They think that employers only look at their drawings not the pretty fonts around it. But branding is more than just putting your pretty renderings in a pretty Indesign template. It doesn’t just help you find a job; it helps you realize who you are as a designer/architect.

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5 Ways Personal Branding Can Forward Your Career

Almost all of us nowadays have a brand on social media that is unconsciously crowd-sourced by everyone we know. The question is no longer IF architects need a personal brand, but how we can curate the brand that already exists. The difference between a successful brand and merely a digital existence is the consciousness behind it. I have written an article on the 6 Keys to Build Your Brand on my blog, but here I want to shift our gear towards seeing branding as a tool to help us succeed in our careers.

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6 Tips to get Your NCARB AXP done

Remember when you first graduated, you looked at the 5600 AXP hours and you thought to yourself how am I ever going to get through this? 5600 hours = 700 days = roughly 2 years if you work everyday. But for most people, it usually takes 3 to 4 years because: first, you don't work every single day; second, you don't always get to work on the required categories. For me, it took about 3 years. When I got the email from NCARB that I had finished my AXP, it was one of the most exciting moments in my life. I want to share with you some tips that I have learned in completing my IDP, and some helpful links at the end of the article to help you navigate through this journey.

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