Starting design career

12 April, 2022 - 2 min read

If you’re just starting out in your design career, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed at the thought of finding your first job.

Trust me, I’ve been there! With so much competition in the design industry, it can be tough to stand out and get noticed.

But don’t worry, there are plenty of things you can do to increase your chances of landing your dream design job. Here are some tips that have helped me in my own design career.

Build a strong portfolio

Your portfolio is your chance to show off your skills and the types of projects you are capable of tackling. Make sure to include a variety of projects, and highlight your best work.

Network and build relationships

Connect with other designers and let them know you’re looking for work. Attend industry events, join design groups and communities, and participate in online forums to meet potential employers.

Use job boards and online platforms

There are many websites and platforms that list design jobs, such as Dribbble, Behance, and LinkedIn. These can be great places to find freelance work or full-time positions.

Create a strong online presence

In today’s digital age, it’s important to have a strong online presence as a designer. Make sure to have a professional website that showcases your portfolio and includes a clear and concise resume. Use social media to connect with other designers and showcase your work.

Be proactive and persistent

Don’t be afraid to reach out to potential employers directly. If you see a company that interests you, send them an email introducing yourself and your work. If you haven’t heard back from potential employers after applying for a job or submitting a proposal, it can be helpful to follow up with them.

Consider internships or entry-level positions

If you’re just starting out in your design career, internships or entry-level positions can be a great way to gain experience and build your portfolio. These types of positions may not pay as much as more experienced roles, but they can provide valuable experience and connections that can help you land future design jobs.

Learn new skills

Keep learning and expanding your skill set, as this can make you a more competitive job candidate. Consider taking online courses or workshops to learn new design tools or techniques.

Be open to different types of work

When you’re just starting out in your design career, it’s important to be open to taking on a variety of projects. This can help you gain experience and build your portfolio.

Be flexible and willing to negotiate

When you’re just starting out in your design career, you may not have as much bargaining power as more experienced designers. Be flexible and willing to negotiate on things like rate or project scope in order to land your first job or gig.

Seek feedback and guidance

Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback on your work, and seek guidance from more experienced designers. This can help you identify areas where you need to improve and ensure that you are on the right track as you begin your design career.


I hope these tips help you find your first design job or freelance gig! Remember to stay persistent and keep learning, as this will help you succeed in your design career. Good luck!

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