Recently I started looking back in the job market beyond to work on my creative process. This way I can improve my creative performance because all an interview really boils down to is a critique on your abilities. It may not be as thorough as an academic critique since you don't always get responses back but in the end you will always find yourself getting honest feedback in the response of getting a job or not.
For a second I was going to brake down a job application preparation from a view point of exhibit presentation but really those differences are more to do with setting, the process can be similar. In both cases you have to have a way to present your work, and your self. Both of these activities take thought, and time to prepare for. Sure you don't need a suit to open an art exhibit but it won't be successful if you don't have a look. So basically what I'm saying is I got suits ready for a presentation.
That was an important part of the whole preparation and one that I think will be a one off. I shouldn't need to go through this process again, any time soon anyhow. What I do need to work on is making a better go at preparing my portfolio. That was my weakest link this last run. Somehow the end result which I thought was fairly good, showing what I've done for my present job, and my contract/part-time jobs would work out well, but I think I should have just stepped away from being diverse and bring my best stuff, even if I had already sent it with my digital samples.