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Career Services

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Artists, architects, planners, and designers must be fearless in their work. They also have to be just as confident when they're looking for work. FAA Career Services provides specialized resources to help you locate the right outlet for your creative energy.

Find Jobs

Think beyond job postings: approximately 80% of positions are never advertised. People usually get hired by networking. FAA Career Services can help you make connections with professionals in your field.

Contact FAA Career Services ( from your University of Illinois email account for login information and passwords.

  1. Keep it short. Let your résumé—and your comments during an interview—fill in the specifics.
  2. Make it sound like you. Show your personality so that the recipient wants to know more about you.
  3. Use compelling language. Strong verbs, colorful adjectives, and clear descriptions will make your letter stand out.
  4. Tailor the letter to the ad. Highlight your skills and experiences that match the job requirements.
  5. Do your homework. Provide a detail about the organization that intrigues you—an ad campaign, a blog post, a performance choice—and show that you're a good fit.
  1. Keep it simple. Don't let fonts, colors, or a complex layout overshadow the content.
  2. Make it clear. Organize your information into logical categories: education, skills, work experience, awards, performances, exhibits, volunteering.
  3. Highlight your greatest accomplishments. Cat sitting for neighbors when you were 12 should be omitted.
  4. Keep it focused. Single out specific skills and identify tasks to help an employer understand what you can do.
  5. Alert your references. The people you choose should be eager to speak enthusiastically about your qualifications and talents, so make sure you send them the job descriptions and details about the organization when you're scheduled for an interview.
Market Yourself

Don't start compiling your portfolio before checking with FAA Career Services. You may also want to view our current student portfolios for ideas on how to present your materials.

Once you set your strategy, try one of these attractive tools to display your work for maximum impact.

To get hired or to drive people to your work, you will need a professional online presence. Post your résumé details on LinkedIn and join your department's Facebook and LinkedIn groups. A personal website can be used to sell your art pieces or design services, and it can help you get performing gigs.

Try these resources for well-designed and easy-to-use web templates.

  • Squarespace—highly recommended plus discounts for Illinois students are available
  • Weebly—free templates
  • Wix—free templates
  • WordPress—free templates

If you don't plan to sell your work through your own site, try one of these marketplaces. Read information on fees, commissions, copyright, shipping, taxes, and other terms of buying and selling carefully before entering into any agreement.

The Professional Mentor Program helps juniors, seniors, and grad students establish connections and explore career paths through informational online conversations and job shadowing. Email your résumé and a paragraph explaining your career goals to to be matched with a mentor.

Find Funding

These arts-specific programs are just a starting point to track down funding for your creative career. 

Spend a summer, a semester, or a year in a setting designed to foster artistic and intellectual growth.

Succeed in Your Field

Head to the section for your major to find possible career paths you may not have considered, links to internship and job boards, and specialized career advice.

No matter where you want to head after graduation, your degree can help get you hired. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2014 survey, many skills, talents, and qualities critical to success in the arts remain in high demand.

  • Ability to work on a team
  • Analytical/quantitative skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Computer skills
  • Creativity
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Flexibility
  • Initiative
  • Leadership experience
  • Organizational ability
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Strategic planning skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Verbal communication skills
  • Written communication skills
Contact Us

Make an appointment ( for additional resources, professional feedback, and individualized planning sessions.