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In this world of technology where everything is just under your fingertips, getting your first graphic design job is possible with the right approach though very challenging. As we all aware, countless standard businesses had forced closures due to the pandemic event that leads to an insurgence of online shopping, selling and marketing the brands through creative ways. Indirectly, opening more opportunities for the graphic designers either experienced or just started. However, competition is still undeniably high if you have just started as an aspiring graphic designer. So, here are some of the best ways of getting your first graphic design job and break into the industry. 

Create a good quality design portfolio.

I bet you have heard this many times but, a portfolio is the best weapon for any graphic designer to get a job. Without a good portfolio, your potential clients will not be interested in you, let alone hiring you as their graphic designer, either full time or part-time. So, what makes a good design portfolio? Whether it is your portfolio on the website with a custom URL, freelancing platforms like Upwork or even your profile on the job boards, they should reflect who you are as a graphic designer. A good portfolio would showcase and prove your skills, case studies from past projects, versatility, ability to communicate and cooperate with the clients, contact information and personal details. Here are some of the best designs that can be used as an inspiration for a good quality graphic design portfolio: 

Proofread your portfolio and proposal. 

Yes, your portfolio can be presentable with excellent graphic design skills, case studies of past employers and other necessary details. But a small mistake might give a wrong impression towards you and ruin your chance of getting your first job. As the portfolio and proposal are two essential items that we rely on to get our clients, it is best to pay extra attention and proofread everything before presenting them to your client. Not only it shows unprofessionalism with spelling mistakes and rushed work, but the potential clients will be turned off with your work and decided not to look into your portfolio any further. 

Learn to present graphic design ideas to non-designers. 

It can be an overwhelming task to make a non-designer understand your design process along with a wide range of terminology. Instead of going into technical details and make your proposal looks unattractive to them, learn how to present your design ideas using general descriptions to create effective communication between the designer and non-designer. Having the same understanding of the end product can avoid several product revisions and drag on the project beyond the timeframe.  

Check and follow up with the client. 

Believe it or not, you might set yourself apart if you check and follow up with the client after submitting your portfolio and proposal. It is a great way to shine among the applicants as it shows your initiatives and seriousness in getting a graphic design job. Most graphic design jobs require a few rounds of discussion before selecting the perfect candidate. So, keep an eye for the text messages, emails, live chat or any questions from the clients as it is best to reply to them as soon as possible to give a great impression. 

Improve your soft skills. 

I think we all can agree that soft skills are one of the main factors of getting hired, no matter what type of job. It is crucial to be outstanding during an interview or chat session with the clients by being professional, polite and can hold an intelligent conversation. As we all know, the business conversation is different from how you speak with your family or friends, so that by identifying and practising the right and wrong thing to do can improve your chances of getting your first job. 

Perform well during the internship period. 

I know as an aspiring graphic designer who has just completed the degree, you might think of getting a full-time salaried position. However, you have to accept that sometimes thing doesn’t go your way. So, what can you do about this? Go for other initiatives like applying for internship programs, either paid or unpaid. The internship period might be a perfect time to show your skills and credibility as a graphic designer besides exceeding the company expectations to qualify for a position as a full-time designer. Many companies are hiring full-time employees through internship programs. Why not try this approach to secure your place? 

Freelancing platforms.  

Besides applying for an internship program, why not try bidding for a graphic design job on freelancing platforms like Upwork or Freelancer? There are countless opportunities for graphic designers, from small jobs to large projects from well-established clients. But if you have just started as a graphic designer, it is always advisable to start with small jobs and charge a low price to attract your clients. In that way, it would increase your possibility of getting your very first graphic design job.  

Search for the right job. 

Well, searching for the right job that is perfect for your skills can be a daunting task if not done correctly. For freelancing platforms like Upwork or Freelancer, it is crucial to specialize your profile and skills so that only the filtered graphic design jobs that matching your skills will be visible. Not only saving time by not having to scroll through everything even unrelated to your skills, but this also guarantees higher chances of getting your first graphic design job as you might fit perfectly for the job. 

Take the skills assessment. 

A freelancing website like Freelancer.com offers skill assessment to demonstrate the freelancer or professional competency and show their ability to the potential clients. The best part is the level of your certification represents the level of your skills. So, if you pass the assessment, you will earn the badge that indicates the skill level with the score and will be visible on your profile page. While, the potential clients can view your badge and be aware of your design ability, thus increasing your chance of getting the very first job in graphic design.