As you prepare for a creative career, the Adobe Certified Associate can be a powerful way to get ahead. But your journey to success doesn't end with certification. Check out the resources below that can help you get noticed, get the job and reach your goals.
Build your brand
In order to stand out, be seen and get your voice heard on your job search, you'll need to craft your own personal brand. These brief videos show you how to create a brand and apply it to a variety of different professional tools including a logo, business card, professional social media presence and resume. Be sure to leverage your Adobe Certified Associate certification in your designs.
A first step in getting ahead in your career is to begin sharing your work online with other creatives. Behance is an online portfolio service and community for creative professionals with millions of members worldwide. You can share your works in progress, get inspired by your peers, and get feedback from others. Most importantly, Behance gives you an opportunity to begin to create your professional portfolio online, showcasing your talent and making you more attractive to employers in creative fields. There's even a job list where you can start looking for your next opportunity. Here is some basic information on Behance:
And here are some other ways to make Behance work for you:
- When you create your profile, be sure to add your Adobe Certified Associate certification to your list of credentials.
- When you upload your work, add the tag "Adobe Certified Associate" so we can add it to our growing collection of work developed by certified job seekers
- If you're a student, add your work to the Behance Student Show to get recognition from employers world wide
- Interested in continuing your design education after earning your Adobe Certified Associate? Check out the curated galleries of student work from some of the top design schools in the world.
Build your portfolio
Creative careers are not built on Adobe tool knowledge alone; you'll also need to create a portfolio that demonstrates your creative ability and talent. Behance is a great place to share your online portfolio, but you may also wish to create a portfolio in other ways as well. There are many options; choose one or more below and get started today.
Hack your creative career
99u is a blog, curated by the Behance team, focused on creativity, innovation and the design industry. You can find a number of articles in the archives on topics related to creativity, industry best practices and even self-care for creatives. Articles and videos are tagged with topics. The "career development" tag will be especially interesting to anyone pursuing a creative career.
Get the tools
Adobe tools are industry-standard for creative careers. Now that you're certified, you'll need to stay current. An Adobe Creative Cloud subscription will help you do that. Adobe offers discounts for students and from time-to-time offers special promotions for Adobe Certified Associates. Be sure to check your email often for communications from us about special opportunities. In the meantime, you can check out pricing and a variety of support resources.
The job market can be intensely competitive. Getting involved in contests and competitions for emerging creatives is a great way to get your foot in the door. Depending on the contest, you can win scholarships dollars, support a great cause or just get feedback on your designs. No matter what, a competition is a great way to get attention for your work and if you win, another achievement to add to your resume. Here are some contests we think Adobe Certified Associates might want to participate in:
- The Adobe Certified Associate World Championship: This annual contest, sponsored by Certiport, is open to anyone who has earned their Adobe Certified Associate in Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign. Prizes include scholarships, Adobe software and other tools as well as a free trip to participate in the annual in-person contest.
- The Adobe Design Achievement Awards: This high profile and long-standing competition is designed to identify the next generation of creative professionals. In order to participate, you must be a higher education student. You can enter your work in a wide variety of categories.
- The Adobe Youth Voices Awards: The Adobe Youth Voices Awards is a global, online competition that encourages youth to creatively express their vision for driving positive change in local communities. Winning projects receive software, hardware, opportunities to advance creative ideas toward implementation, and other prizes.