If you decide that you don’t want to go the freelance route at the moment, you will be trying to get a full time web design job. Here are some tips for getting said job:

1.     Tighten up your résumé and portfolio

When you’re going in for an interview, you’ve got to look good on paper. Consider this: there may be people behind the scenes who are helping to make the hiring decision. These people may never get to see your face or hear your carefully rehearsed story about how you dealt with a difficult customer in the past. In addition to being charming in person, you’ve got to be able to provide documentation of your experience. This is best done through a professional résumé and through a portfolio of your best work.

2.     Dress nicely, and be on your best behavior

I get that you’re a designer and an artist and that you don’t like to follow the conventions of society. Same here! However, if you want to land a job, you must consider putting on a blazer and some dress shoes. Your favorite DIY outfit is not going to impress most of the managers who are tasked with interviewing and hiring. On top of that, you should try to act as professional as possible. Keep the joking and crass remarks to a minimum. Once you’ve secured the job and proved your worth, you will be able to ease up a bit.

3.     Know what questions to ask

Research the company before you go to the interview. Get a handle on the company’s vision and mission statement. Usually, at the end of a job interview, you will be asked if you have any questions. This is not an opportunity for you to ask about compensation or benefits. I know it seems like the perfect time for these questions, but try to hold them inside! Instead, you should be asking questions about the company’s plans for expansion, their problems and potential solutions, and where they see themselves in the future. Ask about the team and about their vision of an ideal job candidate. Make sure they know that you are invested in them.

4.     Try some shameless self-promotion

I’m fairly certain that you don’t go around self-promoting yourself to everyone you meet. (If you do, I envy your courage and confidence.) An interview is one of the few times when it is completely acceptable for you to gush about your own accomplishments. You are expected to outline your amazing skillset and your uncanny ability to turn your weaknesses into strengths. Many interviewers will begin an interview by saying, “Tell me a little bit about yourself.” This is the green light. From here on out, you will be telling the potential employer about your education, your experience, and everything else that makes you the best person for the job.

5.     Don’t forget the cherry on top

There’s one last step after you’ve finished the interview. You’ve got to send a thank you letter or email. If you ask your parents or grandparents, they will say to send a card in the mail. In my opinion, an email is even better. That way, you can perfectly time when your message will arrive. You will want to send your email within 24-48 hours of the interview. Be sure to thank them for the interview and to express your interest in the job. Make sure that you proofread your thank you letter very carefully. Send it to everyone who was involved in the interview. You never know who is involved in making the hiring decision. It’s better to include everyone.

Following these 5 pointers will help you get a full time job in web design. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get the first job you interview for. You never know—you might be going up against the boss’s son. Keep working at it. You’ll get there.

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