5 things I wish I’d known as a junior designer on the job hunt

  • Your portfolio will get you an interview, not a job

 The role of your portfolio (and resume) is to urge you an interview. Your work should stand on its own, but it shouldn’t include an 8-page case study. Save your detailed process and trove of artefacts to review onsite.

  • Unsolicited redesigns are OK

 Junior designers often don’t have tons of client projects in their portfolio. It’s okay to supplement these with a few unsolicited redesigns. I’d recommend a product you already use but have some issue with. Take a glance at one I did a while back or find more here on Medium.

  • Your portfolio should reflect what you would like to do

 Your portfolio should reflect the work you would like to doit's going to sound obvious, but often portfolios show everything we’ve done, not just what we would like to continue doing. not curious about logo design? Prune your portfolio.

  • Tailor your pitch to the interviewer

 Always be happy to tailor your portfolio and presentation to a selected interviewer or role. for instance, highlight the small print of your design process to fellow designers, share your collaboration techniques with developers, and stress business goals and your impact to project managers.

  • Understanding code is an advantage

 It’s won't be a requirement, but knowing the way to code can tilt the scales in your favour. Anyone can devour the fundamentals of HTML and CSS, and with more patience, JavaScript. There are good free courses on freeCodeCamp.

 But even more important than coding is knowing technical concepts and terminology. additionally, knowing the chances and difficulties of developing for your target platform — be it web, native, or mobile — goes an extended way.

5 things I wish I’d known as a junior designer on the job hunt 5 things I wish I’d known as a junior designer on the job hunt Reviewed by Hassan Designz on January 15, 2020 Rating: 5


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