The results are in...
Thank you for taking the time to share your design career journey with us. We understand your frustration and want to help you turn your design job search around, for the better, starting today.
Your design skills are not up yet up to par either because you lack a formal design education or because your prior design education did not provide enough foundational knowledge or you still lack practice.
Your portfolio likely suffered because your design skills need improvement. The smallest knowledge gaps show up as glaring deficits in trained eyes of experienced hiring managers.
The great news is, you do have strong career skills, which means you are already half way to achieve success. You just need to fill in the blanks in the design skills department.
Now that we understand the problem, the path ahead of you is clear.
You need to prioritize improving your design skills. This needs to be done before you can move forward with your job search. If you want to know exactly what design skills you are lacking, take our free test.
You need to improve your portfolio to reflect the updated design skills you acquire once you do.
You need to build a strong personal brand. This is not cliche but an actual effective way to stand out from the crowd. Imagine this – if you sound and look like everybody else, why would anyone remember you? To get the job, you need to be good and memorable.
Recommended Action Plan
Figure out where you lack the most in the design skill sets – is it visual design (i.e. your design does not look beautiful and polished? Is it your case study writing? Is it that you make design mistakes that seasoned designers won’t? You need to either have great self awareness or seek out professional feedback to help you get to the core of where you are lacking.
Once you uncover the areas you need to improve the most, you need a plan to improve on them, systematically. That can be a course that’s highly-tailored to your needs, or mentorship from an experienced designer.
Once you improve your design skills, make sure you update your portfolio preferably with a new personal brand that really accentuates your unique experiences, voice and expertise.