Web Design Jobs
When you're looking for a job in Web design or Web development, it's easy to get hung up on the title of the job you're looking for. For example, I get requests all the time from people who want to become "Webmasters" and "Web Designers". The tricky part is, they may already be set up to get a job in the Web industry, but since they won't look at anything that doesn't have the title Web Designer, they can't seem to get or find a job.
But there are lots of jobs available in the Web industry. You just need to learn how to look for them.
Web Design Job Titles
The first trick to finding a good Web job is to examine the job titles. Obviously, if the word "Web" is in the title, chances are it's a Web design or Web development type job. But there are other titles that might be Web related that don't sound that way. For example:
- Writer or copywriter
- Editor or copyeditor
- Information architect
- Product or program manager
- Graphic designer
- Layout artist
- Digital developer
- ... and so on ...
Finding a Web Design Job
First, look at the job title. If it has Web in it, keep going. But even if it doesn't, if it sounds anything like one of the above job titles, keep going as well. Look in the description of the job for the word Web or HTML or another Web technology that you know. If it says that the job is to be a copyeditor for an online presence, then chances are you'll be working in the Web field. True, it's different to be a copy editor than a Web Designer, but we're starting small.
If you can get in for an interview as a copyeditor for a Web site, then your job is to nail the interview. This essay isn't going to talk about how to do that, there are other Web sites for that.
Web Design Job Alternatives
But there is more to Web design than just finding a job at a company to build their Web site for. Many people do Web design in a non-corporate setting and do quite well for themselves. For example:
- Web writers - these are generally people who write Weblogs supported by advertising. Depending upon your topic, the interest level, and your number of readers, you can make a lot of money writing on the Web.
- Running your own Web site - If you have another sideline interest, such as a massage therapy business or perhaps you sell widgets at the local farmers market, you can get into Web design by building and maintaining your personal site. These sites can get very complex and interesting, and since you're doing it yourself, you can do as much or as little as you want.
- Web reviewers - similar to Web writers, a Web reviewer would write reviews of books, art, movies, or whatever and post them to a Web site. The nice thing about doing this is that you can start as small as you like and just keep reviewing items in your genre as you have time.
- Freelance Web Designers - this is fairly self-explanatory. You design Web sites for other people ona freelance basis. The most important thing here is to find something that sets you apart. For instance, you may cater to a very specific industry, so you know all their jargon and terms. Or you might provide additional services such as Ajax Web applications.