How To Progress Up The Ladder As A Web Designer

Lauren Merritt
by Lauren Merritt
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Tagged in: Design, Jobs, Usability & UX
  • We’re currently looking to hire an experienced and enthusiastic designer to join our growing team, we thought we’d share with you a few tips on how to land yourself the perfect job as a senior web designer.

    Showcase your...

    Portfolio

    Your portfolio is a platform from which to blow your own trumpet - go on - sell yourself! Make sure it’s updated with your most recent and best work. Employers are not interested in seeing a website you designed circa 2004 in your bedroom while eating a family-sized KFC bucket in your smalls, despite how good you may have thought it was at the time. Employers also don’t want to see War and Peace either - you don’t need to include everything. Ensure you know the brief and objectives behind each project so that you’re not left bamboozled when they ask you in the interview.

    CV

    Your portfolio is essentially your CV, most employers will expect to see that two page (maximum two pages) document as well. Steer clear of irrelevant buzzwords e.g. ‘passionate’ and ‘hardworking’. You need to stand out, not blend in. Prepare a new version of your CV every time you you apply for a different position so it’s targeted and specific to the job you’re applying for.

    Communication Skills

    As a web designer looking to move up the ladder your ability to communicate is going to be central to your progress. The skill to explain, listen and work with the client (and colleagues) is fundamental to getting the job done and leading bigger and more important projects.

    Fun side

    It’s super important to show that you’re not as dull as dishwater - show your potential employer that you have a life outside of work.OK, if your party trick is drinking seven tequilas in a row without stopping for air, then it may not be totally appropriate...but you know what we mean.

    Be active on…

    Social Media 

    Social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest are the perfect platforms to showcase your designs and you can also use these channels to stay up to date with with the latest industry news from your top influencers.

    LinkedIn

    This is a more formal / digital way to broadcast your achievements but none less important. It gives you the opportunity to connect with other designers and there’s no doubt employers will be snooping around on there - make sure the information on your profile is representative and up to date. Also, when it comes to preparing for an interview, you may while doing your research, find that you and your interviewer have a few connections in common.

    These are just a few ways to prepare yourself for career progression. If you think you’re ready to take the next step in your design career, visit our job opportunities page to see how you can apply. We look forward to hearing from you!


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