How to become a Web Designer in 2016
- 29th October 2015
- Posted by: Juan van Niekerk
- Category: Web Design
Become a Web Designer and you will be in high demand given that companies need to have a noticeable online presence in today’s day and age. Having a well-organised and easy to use website can make a huge difference in the amount of time visitors spend on the site. Cluttered and vague websites can be an instant turnoff for potential clients.
But many aspiring Web Designers find it hard to break into the industry, given that experience and skill is what motivates companies to hire applicants. It can be a catch-22 situation for many, as they don’t understand how to gain the necessary experience when they have never formally worked in the field before.
Tools to Become a Web Designer
It’s one thing to list your skills and experience, but quite another if you are able to show them. Potential employers will want to see that you have the skills that they demand before considering hiring you.
The best way to represent what you have done is by creating a portfolio of your work. Many Web Designers create their own website featuring work that they have done. Another option is to create a CD or DVD featuring your work. Even if you don’t have much to show, make sure that your work is presented in the best possible way. Web design is a visual medium after all.
Experience is Gold in Web Design
Not many companies will employ someone who has had no experience in the field that they are hiring for. In order to gain at least an acceptable amount of experience, consider doing freelance work. This will not only add to your experience and build your confidence, but will fill out your portfolio. You will also learn how to deal with clients and gain a better understanding of the time needed to complete a project.
Your New Web Design CV
Even though you have a portfolio ready, you will still need to have your CV prepared for any interviews you are invited to. Ensure that your CV is up to date and accurate – it does not help in any way to exaggerate the skills listed, as it will be very easy for an experienced interviewer to see through a lie.
Keep your CV simple and ensure that the experience you have listed is relevant to the job that you are applying for. Don’t fill your CV with mundane jobs such as babysitting or delivering pizza. Since your potential employer won’t want to sift through these jobs, it is best to keep it relevant and easy to find the required information.
Your Interview with a Web Company
The rules for your first interview are quite simple. Do some research on the company you are being interviewed for to prepare yourself for the type of environment you can expect. Dress for the job – this does not mean that you should necessarily wear a suit and tie, but ensure that you are neat, clean and presentable, whilst still coming across as professional.
Your first interview will most likely be more about the interviewer getting to know you. They will ask questions about your strengths and weaknesses, your hobbies and interests and generally trying to get a feel for your personality.
The second interview will be more technical. Questions will be about your previous work experience, your skills, certifications and what you can bring to the company in a positive way.
It is always a daunting prospect when starting a new career, but being prepared and confident in your abilities will make all the difference when applying for your first job in web design.
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