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    Hi guys,

    I have strong technical retouching skills gained through self teaching and working for a social photographer as his assistant. I know I am more than capable to do a junior retouching job in fashion, product, beauty - anything really. However, without prior commercial or corporate experience no one wants to know.

    I am currently creating a new portfolio form scratch of fashion, product and restoration pictures as my current portfolio is definitely lacking. But I'm starting to think that it won't make any difference as I don't have the right experience on my CV. I'm now looking into unpaid internships as it seems the only option, however I really can't afford to only have even a part-time paid job.

    Does anyone have any words of advice on how I might overcome this? Or do I just need to persevere?

    Thanks,
    Claire

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    Re: Trouble finding job with no commercial experie

    A killer portfolio will trump anything else.

    The best CV imaginable won't help someone with a mediocre portfolio.

    However a wonderful CV with a killer portfolio is just the baseline. That gets you in the queue. The rest is up to you and your networking and people skills.
    Last edited by Doug Nelson; 09-16-2013, 09:47 AM.
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    • #3
      Re: Trouble finding job with no commercial experie

      Thanks Doug, that actually helps a lot. Time to roll my sleeves up I suppose, stop being so despondent.

      Thanks,
      Claire

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      • #4
        Re: Trouble finding job with no commercial experie

        Nice post. To get retouching job You must have a awesome portfolio by which anyone can impressed to see your work.

        And contact with Professional photographers to get photo retouching job.

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        • #5
          Re: Trouble finding job with no commercial experie

          If someone with a terrible CV has a great Portfolio you give them a chance (at least a test).

          If someone has a great CV but a terrible Portfolio you laugh at them behind their back, after you've told them you're not looking for help right now.

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          • #6
            Re: Trouble finding job with no commercial experie

            Thanks! I've been really concentrating on my portfolio recently and am much more confident about it now.

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