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Land Your Dream Design Job

A guide for product designers, from portfolio to interview to job offer

by Dan Shilov

Design is hard. Finding the right job doesn’t have to be.

As designers, we spend considerable effort in honing our craft and staying up to date on the latest design trends. Shouldn’t we apply the same rigor when we’re looking for that dream design job?

Land Your Dream Design Job is a comprehensive book about landing a product design role in a startup, agency, or tech company. It covers the entire design interview process from beginning to end, and will arm you with techniques and strategies to navigate the (at times) turbulent waters of job searching with confidence. This book will help guide you to a role that plays to your strengths while providing enough support for professional growth.

In this book by designer Dan Shilov, you’ll learn:

  • What skills are expected of designers
  • How to demonstrate those skills throughout the job search process
  • How to identify your next opportunity
  • How to target your job search process to stand out
  • How to build a stand-out portfolio and tailor it to your dream opportunity
  • The ins and outs out of various design interview types from portfolio presentations, whiteboard challenges, app critiques, to take home design exercises and many others.

You’ll also find in-depth advice on how to apply beyond the job boards, and how to conduct due diligence, negotiate compensation, and accelerate onboarding to your new role.

As designers, getting feedback is critical to our work. From reviewing your performance to helping you do your own due diligence and negotiate salary, the book covers all the nitty gritty of landing your dream design job.

If you want to take control of your design career and your job search while saving time and moving with purpose—this book is for you!

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The Details
Edition: e1.0.0
Length: 240 pages
Language: English

About the Author

Dan Shilov
Dan Shilov is a product designer with over a decade of experience creating products for consumer and enterprise companies across web, mobile and wearable platforms. When he's not hard at work pushing pixels, he mentors designers and speaks at local design organizations. Over the course of his career he’s interviewed countless designers and design managers and seen them all struggle through various parts of the interview process. As a result, he’s been sharing his insights and documenting interview best practices to help designers put their best foot forward in order to land their dream job. Dan holds a master's degree in Human Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University.

Table of Contents

Part I
Understanding the Opportunity
Defining Your Ideal Design Role
Mapping Your Design Futures
Part II
Building and Taking Action
Building Your Portfolio
Applying for Design Jobs
Part III
Interviewing and Evaluation
Final Interview Preparation
Presenting Your Portfolio
Behavioral Design Interviews
Part IV
Passing Design Exercises with Flying Colors
Acing the App Critique
Whiteboard Challenge
Part V
After the Interviews
What to Do when You Get the Offer
Leaving Your Current Design Job on a High Note
Starting Your New Design Job
Appendix: Additional Resources
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