Jim Hopkinson is an author, writer, and speaker living in New York City. His focus is on career development for the new economy, showing how new media, technology and branding are changing how people look at their career and lifestyle. Read more...
Whether you consciously think about it or not, design has an influence on the decisions you make every day -- the phone you use, couch you purchase, shoes you wear, and websites you visit. Why is it then, that the concept of design still seems to be in the dark ages when it comes to job-hunting? Many people think that great design is too expensive, but my feeling is that design is an investment.
If you've got the knack for it, it's worth it to take classes and become skilled with the latest software. If it's not your thing, find a designer you enjoy working with who understands your style, and build a long-term relationship with him/her. It will be worth every penny. If you can't find someone locally, check out sites like 99designs.com, crowdspring.com, or freelancer.com. However, there are also ways to get great results without breaking the bank.
Here are 5 overlooked design tips to help you stand out from the pack and get a job.