Before you go any further and jump to the 5 places to find a job in web design I would like to preface this post with a tip from someone that has hired dozens of web designers and web developers over the years:
Put yourself in your (future) bosses shoes.
It’s that simple. From the very first step – that of finding a job that piques your interest – through the final hand shake or signature confirming your employment (and honestly for the rest of your career) – try to get inside your bosses head/shoes. And if you envision your future boss as a member of the opposite sex, feel free to cross dress.
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In all seriousness I’ve interviewed candidate after candidate that was very interested in the position and what it brought them. I understand – we’re all up in our own heads all of the time, but as an employer I would LOVE (and have hired) those that come to me who understand my needs, my company needs, and offer solutions.
Employers are usually problem definers, and problem solvers.
People come to my company not for a website, but for a solution (usually) to the problem of “I want more business.”
I have refined my ability to target the problem and present a solution over the years.
As a potential employee you’re doing the same thing – the reason you’re sending your resume, submitting an application, or walking through the front door for an interview…
…IS NOT TO…
- Project an image
- Explain your abilities in photoshop
- Prove you are a CSS goddess… etc.
…THE PROCESS OF GETTING A JOB IN WEB DESIGN (OR ANY INDUSTRY) REALLY INVOLVES…
- Figuring out what your future boss needs
- Proving you are the solution
5 Places Get Web Design Jobs
A staple of employers and those looking to sell their dope apartments, craigslist should be the first place you look, if you’re looking locally.
Here’s why – everyone knows about Craigslist, and honestly – it’s free (in most places). Employers appreciate free, and much like dudes on ladies night, we flock to wherever there is action.
Oddly enough I’ve seen more people get jobs through Craigslist than any other service, even “fancy” jobs. (BTW “Fancy” in the preceding sentence should be pronounced in a southern accent.)
I would recommend craigslist as a great place to find a starting position in web design, or web design sales (particularly on a local basis). There may be an occasional hidden gem of a job for you more seasoned professionals, but for the most part this is bottom of the barrel hunting.
SimplyHired is a little different than the rest here as it’s more of an aggregate place for jobs (although you can still find directly posted web design jobs).
From their website: Simply Hired is a vertical search engine company based in Silicon Valley, and we’re building the largest online database of jobs on the planet. Our goal is to make finding your next job a simple yet effective, enjoyable journey. We can’t always promise you’ll discover your dream job, but we’ll give you the best chance possible to get a bigger paycheck, a more considerate boss, or a shorter commute.
One thing I love about simply hired – much like many of the other sites listed is that it isn’t free. Free is great, except it can bring a lot of noise – and garbage. At $100/job/month SimplyHired isn’t cheap and that can be a good thing for you as someone looking for a job. Remember you’re interviewing your future employer as much as they’re interviewing you!
TheLadders has a weird name, until you realize it’s for those of you looking to “climb that ladder.”
And by “climb” I mean “whore” and by “ladder” I mean “body of yours out to the highest bidder because youre a soulless corporate cog.”
No, it’s for those of you looking for high-end jobs, and they focus on fancy titles and highend positions:
The more successful you become, the harder it is to find solid information about new job opportunities…. TheLadders strives to make the search for relevant positions quick and effective. Today, with over 4 million members, TheLadders is the world’s leading community of professional jobs and professional job seekers.
In all seriousness TheLadders is a fantastic place to find a great job in web design.
Web developers use Basecamp.
Basecamp is a product of 37Signals. So it stands to reason that web developers will be looking at their job board – and great eyeballs mean great employers, potentially.
If you have the chops this (and the next item in the list) is the best place to look for a fantastic job. Organized by job role, jobs are only available for 30 days at which time they shrivel up, and disappear. Jobs on this board are extremely expensive at $400/job listing, so rest assured that only larger firms/agencies or premium companies (doesn’t the word “premium” make you think of coffee?) are adding their jobs.
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Back to business. AuthenticJobs probably has the most high quality jobs (and a more international base) than any of the other sites here. What it lacks in the sheer volume provided by Craigslist, it more than balances out in quality. Much like the 37Signals’ job board, it’s only those “in the know” that frequent this jobs board so it will be of high value to you – the person reading this and seeking a “web design job.”
Good luck in your hunt, and if you have any web design job boards you would like to recommend (or shamelessly promote) please feel free to leave a comment!