How to get hired as a full-time, Junior Designer.

How to get hired as a full-time, Junior Designer.

User the three P's to get hired as a full-time designer: 1) Professionalism 2) Personality 3) Persistence

"Can you believe that some candidates have actually asked, "What's Figma?" That's like asking an accountant if they use Excel."

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How to get hired as a junior designer.

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Hi, my name is Kevin and I’m the founder of Mightysmart and also the VP of UserExperience at CatalystUX.

 Today’s topic, getting hired as a junior designer at a design firm.

 As an example, here is ad we placed on Dribbble for a Junior Designer with greatFigma skills. Over 5,000 people clicked the ad and 567 people applied. So, how do you get noticed?

Use the three Ps:

1) Professionalism

2) Personality

3) Persistence

 

Professionalism

●    Be a master at your craft.The job we posted on Dribbble says, “Figma Savvy Junior Designer.” Can you believe that some candidates have actually asked what’s Figma? That’s like asking an accountant if they use Excel.

●    The point is that if you don’t have the skills, you’re not making the first cut, so step one- become an expert- step two- create videos on YouTube and Instagram that show you know what you talking about and you are available for hire.

Personality

●    It doesn’t matter how great a designer you are, if you’re cocky or rub people the wrong way, you’ll find it difficult working with a design team, so leave your attitude at the door.

●    Find ways to show your personality, maybe write an article on Medium or post a video on Instagram about a design project that really meant something to you.

Persistence

●    I’ll probably regret telling you this, but most designers don’t use 128bit encryption algorithms to generate their email username- 99% of the time it’s first_name@companyname.com, so send them a short and concise email explaining why you are the perfect candidate.

●    If you don’t get an answer, don't get discouraged. With the right skills and attitude, you'll find a great company to work with. Good luck.