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.

"Diagnosis"

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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.

2

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.

3

Although it would be great if our work speaks for itself, but it’s not enough. It is the most basic requirement to have great design skills, but if you lack portfolio, personal branding and career skills, other candidates who excel in those areas will often have a leg up against you.

Opportunities

Now that we understand the problem, the path ahead of you is clear.

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You need to fill in the gaps with your design knowledge gaps. Otherwise it may show up as glaring mistakes in your portfolio.

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You need to prioritize receiving coaching in career skills and portfolio development.

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Personal brand building is a crucial component of your success in the job hunting process. Without an outstanding personal brand, you will have trouble standing out among thousands of applicants who are equally competent in design.

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Make sure your resume receives higher than 80% ATS score because if you do not, your resume will not even be read by most big companies. It is a technical subject that professionals and coaches trained in ATS optimization can help you.

Recommended Action Plan

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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.

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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.

3

Receive in-depth feedback for your portfolio to identify areas of improvements. It’s not enough to cover the basics – you need advice from top industry professionals and hiring managers.

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Do a deep dive in where you are the weakest in interview skills, including your presentation skills, storytelling abilities and interpersonal communication skills. It’s best to receive feedback through mock interviews and formal coaching because it’s hard to judge our own ability.

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Work with design career coaches or professional portfolio building programs to improve your resume ATS score.
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