You got the knowledge, the skills and the creative ideas but the problem is, you still don’t have the job. So how do you get jobs as a web designer?
Web design is a very interesting field but if you don’t have the passion, it can be just like any type of job that won’t give you that career satisfaction. Don’t do something that you’re not inclined to. Know yourself sufficiently and focus on that aspect to know your real passion. Once that you’ve determined that you really are for web designing then that’s the time to get serious on getting a job. It has a lot to deal with whether you have experience or not and whether you have a network – folks that you’ve worked with or met in the industry. And it’s not just concentrated on web design. They can be anyone from any type of field. They can be ex-collaborators, ex-clients or anyone that you’ve made contact with regardless if it’s related to web design or not. The point here is that everybody knows somebody and this is where you can take advantage of your network. And the bigger your network, the higher the chances that you get a good referral. People that you know, even if they’re not in the web design industry are bound to know somebody who’s looking for a talent to develop an online project.
They say practice makes perfect and this is also true for web design. But how do you get hands-on practice if you haven’t done any web design jobs yet? If you have absolutely no experience you can try finding an internship somewhere where you can just learn the ropes or do a personal project, help a family or a friend just to get started on web designing. There are plenty of opportunities and jobs out there but generally there are to types of options that you have as a web designer. First, you can work at an agency or a service delivery company where you become an employee. The second option is freelancing where you get your own clients or be a part of a team in creating a project.
Let’s say you choose the first option. How do you find a job placement and where would you look for any openings? The best way is to find a digital agency that lists advertising, marketing and social media companies. Behance is a good site to check for any web design job openings that you might find interesting.
Freelancing is also a good option if you prefer to get your own clients. What’s great about freelancing is that you get the freedom to choose a project that you like. Whether it’s a long term or a short term job, the advantage is that you are the one to decide on what project to handle. However, in order to have a stable career freelancing you need to have the solid experience and build a good portfolio. The more projects that you did in the past, the better chances you have of getting a freelance job. Elance is an interesting site to check for freelancing jobs so if you have a good portfolio then this is a recommended site to post your works and attract potential clients.