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Landing that web design job.

February 2, 2009

With the economic crisis is in full swing, many have been laid-off or are about to be laid-off, and are now looking at new ways to make a living. Web design is a great choice.

Why is web design a good choice?

I imagine people could come up with many reasons (don’t be afraid to list them in the comments) but for me, it comes down to a few simple things:

  • Web design as a profession is growing as quickly as the Web itself continues too grow. The future of business is on the Web, and Web technology continues to evolve as well. That means there will be an increasing need for web designers for the foreseeable future.
  • Web design is an open market. No corrupt associations and fake certifications are required to jump in. All you need is dedication, a strong portfolio and a touch of talent. You got to love a true meritocracy!
  • Web design does not require a huge investment to jump into the game. There is no need for expensive equipment or ultra expensive training. Your home computer and some free or inexpensive software … and you’re on your way!

So, how do you land that lucrative web design job?

Assuming skill wise, you have all your ducks in a row, you need to just follow these simple rules to landing a web design gig:

  1. Have a good portfolio.
  2. When meeting with people, be polite and listen.
  3. Show up 10 minutes before any meeting or interview.
  4. Dress well.
  5. Try to figure out how you can make your prospective employer’s life easier.

If on the other hand you want to start a web design business, you should listen to my Business of Web Design podcast series.

Hope you find the above useful.

Listen to the podcast (MP3).

Stefan Mischook