Get That Job!

by Joe Gillespie — Jul 1, 2002

The time comes in every designer's life when they have to get that first foot on the ladder. The ladder is, of course, their chosen career and that initial step is so very significant because it has, at last, committed them to a definite direction.

This article is about selling yourself. Obviously, this can't be your first step because you have to have something to sell but it might well be your first encounter with 'business' and business is what it is all about - never forget that.

There are two main paths you could choose. One is where you are looking for employment with an established company and the other is where you want to work freelance and design sites for clients. Personally, I am a great believer in working for somebody else, certainly to begin with. You benefit from their training and practical experience and are protected, to a large extent, from the real world nitty-gritties of seeking and managing a client base and all the extraneous baggage that comes with running a business. This can all be quite overwhelming when you don't have much experience.

If you want to be your own boss from the outset, and you think you've got what it takes, okay, the best of luck to you. Selling yourself to a potential client is quite a different story from getting a job with an employer – but we'll come to that later.

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