I think a lot of younger UI/UX Designers are under the impression that once they’ve finished College, or a Bootcamp of some description, the doors are going to be flung open to the world of employment. That unfortunately is not always the case.

You have to work your ass off to get noticed, and turn (hopefully) land that dream job. Or at least one that gains you more experience in the field and puts food on the table.

I’ve spoken in the past about making your Portfolio shine, networking, and also building a following online via the usual channels of Dribbble, Behance, Twitter, Medium and their kind.

The one key point though that I want to raise is about not being disheartened when you’ve applied for a position, and well, nothing. No reply. No ‘Thank You’. Just silence from the other end. We’ve all been there, and it sucks. And I think in recent times, manners, when it comes to replies from a company regarding your job application are really in short supply. Everyone’s busy, including the company you were hoping to land a role at but manners go a long way, and they’re probably not the company you’d want to work for anyways.

And remember, don’t be afraid to apply for a job that’s asking for more experience than you may have under your belt. The majority of companies nowadays are more interested in a great portfolio, a good person fit, and your thought processes than if you have X qualification or skill in your sparkling résumé.

It isn’t fun when you apply for jobs, some of which are listed as ‘Junior UX Designer’ and not only do you get turned down because of a lack of experience but sometimes, you don’t even get a reply. It sucks.

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