Starting Up as a Post-Grad Designer.
It should come at no surprise to any reading that I've recently graduated from a school in Florida and moved up to Colorado. I have a solid portfolio, creativity out the wazoo, and a stellar personality but it seems like so many design companies are looking for experience over skill.
I've been actively applying for jobs since I moved up here four or five months ago, with luck finding only one internship that didn't even last it's two-month course before letting me go on the note that they needed someone with more experience, someone who didn't need to learn. It seems to me like a lot of companies are trying to avoid teaching, and even the jobs that I seem a perfect fit for gets me not even a response.
I've been keeping up with updating my work and online presence, keeping socially active, including myself with local groups to network with no avail.
So, my question to start this post off is for any of you out there that have pushed through and come out with a great job after graduating college. What steps did you take that pushed your presence and made design companies want to hire you?