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HI,
I’M CHRIS LYONS,
CREATIVE CAREER STARTER.

I teach design school grads a process for connecting with a first job they’ll love. I help high school art students translate their creative skills into a creative career. Let’s get started.

Download my FREE guide to clarify the job you’re looking for, get your portfolio aligned with it and set yourself up to have conversations with creative firms you want to work for.

Searching for your first design job can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t have a process and tools in place.

CREATIVE CAREER STARTER COURSES WILL HELP YOU:

  • Clarify what you want to do as a designer
  • Confirm what city or region you want to work in
  • Identify potential creative firms to reach out to
  • Find the appropriate senior creative to connect with
  • Establish a consistent personal brand so you look professional
  • Strengthen + focus your online portfolio to attract the job you want
  • Align your resume with the type of work you want to do
  • Write smart, memorable cover letters that get responses
  • Ace the interview process with confidence

“What sets Chris apart is his tenacity in pushing you to achieve goals in tangible, proactive ways. I leave every conversation armed with a game plan.”

— DANIELLE SMITH, ASSOC. ART DIRECTOR, PARTNERS + NAPIER

CREATIVE CAREER LAUNCHPAD

A 6-week, 1-on-1, comprehensive program that puts you on the path to a first job you’ll love. Learn how to find a creative job that’s right for you, focus your online portfolio, effectively connect with people in the places you want to work and confidently interview and negotiate offers.

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PORTFOLIO POWER SESSION

Landing a job you’ll love requires a focused online portfolio full of smart work. If you’re not getting strong, positive reactions to your portfolio, it’s time to re-examine your work and make your book stronger. Send me a link to your portfolio site or a pdf to review, then we’ll spend an hour together via Zoom strengthening projects, editing and developing ideas for additional projects. Then we’ll follow up in a week or two to review your progress.

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CREATIVE CAREER STARTER MINI-COURSES

Cover letter writing

Learn to write smart, memorable cover letters to the people in places you want to work. And how to effectively follow up on them. This mini-course will help you strengthen all your job search correspondence.

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Winning the interview

Feel confident and make a strong impression. Learn how to properly prepare and deliver a professional portfolio presentation and follow up after an interview. You’ll also learn to manage offers and negotiate salary and benefits.

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Business basics of freelancing

Generate income while you search for a job you’ll love. Learn the business basics to confidently manage freelance projects: estimating, project management, invoicing and saving for taxes.

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“Chris offers a unique blend of optimism and realism to both inspire students to achieve their career goals and give them the tools they need to make them happen.”

— BEN PICARD, PRODUCT DESIGNER, ACTION NETWORK

THE CREATIVE CAREER STARTER PODCAST

Conversations with creative professionals that will energize your job search and help you get your first creative job.

Learn the secrets of a successful creative job search from award-winning creative pros. Each episode, I interview a young, creative professional about the steps they took to go from high school art student to design school grad to successful employee at a creative firm. Join us!

Chris Lyons, Creative Career Starter

As a design school professor working with seniors, I see firsthand how overwhelming it can be to graduate and not know the steps needed to land a job that’s right for you. That’s why I created my courses.

I offer honest, practical insight into what’s expected of young talent from an employer’s perspective gained from my experience as an agency creative director and partner. As an award-winning freelance Illustrator with national clients, I have experience with self-promotion, client interaction and knowledge of what design talent the industry is looking for right now—and I share it all with you in my courses. I’ve guided many design school grads as they’ve launched successful careers. My courses will guide you to the job you’ll love.

Let’s get your creative career started.

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