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Hey, I’m Derek Mei, UX Lead, Founder of The Handoff and a former Design Bootcamp Graduate from General Assembly.

A few months into my first job out of college, I clearly remember sitting in an uncomfortable office chair, surrounded by depressing office lights, realizing I didn’t want to spend my life working in financial services as an analyst for the rest of my life. On the job, however, I was (luckily?) exposed to poorly designed apps and websites, which led my curiosity down the road of UX and design.

After doing a bit of research online, I came across a bunch of different bootcamps – so many that I didn’t know which one I wanted to choose. After a bit of research, I decided to go with General Assembly’s UX intensive program, which gave me a really good foundation in the basics of user experience.

These were one of the many bootcamps and certificate programs I came across when I started out doing my research into which one I wanted to attend.

A lot of the people in my class were career switchers: some of us were graphic designers, others were architects, and a small minority were administrative assistants, marketers, and product people. However, all of us had one thing in common. We all wanted a job in the industry after finishing our bootcamp.

To this date, I still connect with some of the people I’ve met in that class. Some are now senior designers in the industry, while others are hopping from gig to gig still searching for a full-time role. After blowing several thousands of dollars on a bootcamp, most of us had expected to be able to get a job in the industry as more and more companies were looking to hire designers.

For me, I was fortunate enough to land a job pretty quickly after I finished my bootcamp, and I owe it all to my mentors and others in the field that were able to coach me on my application, resume, portfolio, and interviews.

Fast forward several years later, and today, I lead design at a top multimedia accessibility company and am pursuing my Master’s degree in one of the country’s leading UX programs. In the past, I led a design agency called Umeita Design that has worked with some big names in the tech scene, including some fortune 1000 companies. On the side, I mentor as many junior and entry-level designers as I can so that they can break into the industry the same way I did.

“As a bootcamp graduate, job hunter, agency owner, and a hiring manager, I know the ins-and-outs of the hiring process on both sides of the equation.”

If you’re reading this page, there’s a high chance you were like me, a recent bootcamp graduate on the market looking for your first job in the design industry. Even if you didn’t attend a bootcamp and are just looking for tips on how to land your first job, stick around, because in this program, I’ll reveal tips, tricks, and resources that successful job seekers have used that landed them a design job in this highly competitive job environment, and how it can help you too.Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

How Can You Stand Out from the Competition in this Fierce Job Market?

In 2020, with the advent of the coronavirus, the job market has become extremely competitive. All industries – not only limited to design or technology – have been hit hard by layoffs and loss of business. As a result, a lot of people are now back on the job market, even those with decades of experience.

I just feel like there are so few junior jobs out there, and so much competition that it’s hard to stand out. I’ve applied to dozens, maybe more than a hundred jobs, but have barely been getting any responses. What am I doing wrong?

Samantha B.

The number of bootcamp students that are graduating each year is growing, alongside interest in the field of design. More and more students are interested in getting a job in UI or UX because it’s a burgeoning field that is well-paid and allows you to work on some really interesting projects. According to Course Report, bootcamps that prepare students to work in technical roles are have grown more than 11x in less than a decade, which means growth is almost 50% year over year!

Bootcamps are a great option compared to a traditional design program or four-year degree because they teach you the basics of what you need to know before you start working full-time. However, a lot of these bootcamps only focus on what you’ll be doing on the job and how to succeed in it, rather than give you the tools or resources necessary to land that first job.

What’s Keeping You from Landing that First Job?

A lot of bootcamps promise they’ll teach you the fundamentals of what you need to know to get your first job in the industry. They aren’t wrong, but in this highly competitive job market, you’re up against a hundreds and thousands of other bootcamp graduates that are in the same boat as you – new to design and also looking for their first job in the industry.

The number one question that I hear from design graduates that come out of bootcamps is:

What’s next? What should I do now that I’ve finished my design bootcamp?

There’s an overwhelming sense of stress for a lot of these graduates I talk to because it feels like their program took their money and dropped them in the middle of the ocean to have to learn how to swim. There’s no “What’s Next” cheatsheet or any type of resource teaching them how to navigate the post-bootcamp job search.

Something I’m struggling with is imposter syndrome and also just feeling like I’m not good enough. I compare my app or my portfolio to other students and established designers and I feel like I have such a long way to go.

Alyson K.

I’ve felt a little lost ever since I graduated from my bootcamp and I haven’t had much luck finding my first UX/UI position.

Freddie K.

A lot of bootcamp graduates feel lost after they finish their bootcamp. Don’t worry, because if you’re one of them, it’s likely you’re in the majority.

These were the exact same questions and concerns I had to deal with myself when I first started my job search out of my bootcamp:

  • Which jobs should I apply to?
  • Where do I find good jobs to apply to that I’m qualified for?
  • How do I create a compelling cover letter, resume, and portfolio that will catch the eye of companies and employers?
  • What do I need to know about the application and interview process?
  • How do I stand out from all of the competition or make myself a more attractive candidate compared to others with more experience?

After talking to some other bootcamp graduates and complaining about how I felt, I found that a lot of others had the same questions and concerns.

The worst part?

A lot of others realized that they all paid so much money for a bootcamp, only to find out after that they were not only out a few thousand dollars, but that they also had no income while looking for a job. Some of them picked up odd jobs, others had to cut costs relentlessly, but the fact of the matter was that time was not on their side.

After weeks or months of searching for a job, you might be in the same boat.

Why is it so hard to get your foot in the door?

Over the past few years, I’ve discovered the answers to the questions above and uncovered much more through my conversations with dozens of successful bootcamp graduates. Analyzing and examining these patterns closely have shown why some people stand out, and why others – even those that are well-qualified, fail to hear back from companies and employers.

Bootcamps are Great... But They Didn’t Prepare you for the Job Hunt

A lot of bootcamps promise they’ll teach you the fundamentals of what you need to know to get your first job in the industry. They aren’t wrong, but in this highly competitive job market, you’re up against a hundreds and thousands of other bootcamp graduates that are in the same boat as you – new to design and also looking for their first job in the industry.

Also, keep in mind that if their advice worked for everyone, then no bootcamp graduates would be looking for jobs and everyone would be happy. But, unfortunately, that’s not the case.

The problem is that most design bootcamps didn’t prepare you for the job hunt. In such a short time frame, it’s too much to cover both the course material AND how to stand out in the application process. Even if you’re lucky enough to attend one of those bootcamps that provides post-program guidance, graduates have said that it feels like these bootcamps and mentors stop supporting you after a few months of not being able to land a job.

Furthermore, sometimes it feels like companies don’t even want to hire bootcamp graduates. You can see examples of this debate all over the internet:

Recruiters and hiring managers look for design candidates that can provide value to companies and are considered “low-risk hires”. As a bootcamp graduate, many companies will instantly brand you as a “high-risk hire”, just because you don’t have the same formal education someone with a traditional degree does or you might not have any work experience in the industry.

The question is – how do you get started in the industry if no one gives you a chance?

Introducing...

The Ultimate Guide for Design Bootcamp Graduates

We help design bootcamp graduates bridge the gap between finishing their program and landing their first job in the industry.

The Ultimate Guide for Design Bootcamp Graduates is the only course that gives you all the tools, tips, tricks, and resources you need to get your first design job.

This is made for bootcamp graduates – other resources cater to applicants that are self-taught or haven’t been through the experience of attending a bootcamp.

This is fast – we provide pre-made templates, tutorials, and tricks that help you land that first offer so that you can focus on what really matters, instead of having to worry about busy work.

This is efficient – don’t spend weeks working on your cover letter and resume, or months building out a portfolio that won’t get you a call back. We help you make the most of your time because we know that your time is valuable.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

Getting Your Forst Job in Design

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 Why Did We Build This Course?

 Who is this Course For?

 What to Expect from this Course

PART ONE

Preparing Your Applicant Profile

 Before Your Application

 Self-Assessment: Matching You with the Right Design Job

 Developing Your Personal Design Brand

 Preparing Your Applicant Profile

 Refining Your Cover Letter, Resume, and Portfolio

 Position Yourself to What Employers Look For

 Sourcing Job Opportunities

PART TWO

Conquering the Interview Process

 Case Study: How Natalie Landed a Role after her Bootcamp

 Get Your Foot in the Door: The Phone Screen

 Acing the Design Challenge

 Nailing the In-Person Interview

 The Portfolio Review

 Top Interview Questions to Look Out For

 3 Secrets to Stand Out from Other Candidates

 You’re Not Done Yet – What to Do After an Interview

 What Do I Do if I Don’t Hear Back from Companies?

PART THREE

Succeeding in Your First Design Job

 Should You Negotiate Your Job Offer?

 Preparing for Your New Design Job

 Succeeding in Your First Month on the Job

 After the First Month: How to Learn, Grow, and Succeed in Any Design Role

Learn How Bootcamp Graduates Successfully Got Their First Job Offers

When I graduated from my bootcamp, I saw other graduates land offers within a few weeks or within a month of finishing their bootcamp. I asked myself how they were doing it.

Most of these offers were upwards of $50,000, with some even breaking $80,000. I was a bit jealous, but also was EXTREMELY curious and wanted to learn how they did it.

Learning the secrets behind these successful applicants meant that I would be on the road to landing my dream job in the industry – one that would pay me (well) to learn on the job while allowing me to work on exciting and meaningful projects.

The Ultimate Guide for Design Bootcamp Graduates gives you an inside look into what other design bootcamp graduates did to get their first offer in design…

 Learn which jobs you should focus your time and effort on so you can apply to companies that have the highest chance of getting back to you

  Get inspired by successful cover letters, emails, and resumes that got positive responses from companies

 Walk through step-by-step technical tutorials on which platform to showcase your skills and build your portfolio on

 Learn what to include and what to leave out of your case studies to stand out from the competition

 How to build up real-world work experience when no one is willing to give you a chance (while getting paid!)

 How to persuade and assure companies that you aren’t just a student coming out of another design bootcamp

 Gain insights into how you can prepare for any type of interview – whether it be on the phone, over video chat, or in-person.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Join Today and Gain Access to Bonus Content and Resources to Help You Get That First Job Offer Faster

 Step-by-step checklists with instructions on getting started

 Case studies on designers that landed jobs shortly after their bootcamps

 Successful examples of resumes, portfolios, cover letters, and other resources to get inspired by

 Tech tutorials and walkthroughs that help you focus on your content, instead of worrying about the application process

This Course Isn't for Everyone...

If you’re reading this page and you haven’t finished a course, whether it be a bootcamp or an online course, you shouldn’t join. This course is not going to teach you about design – there are hundreds of other courses out there on the internet or in-person that you can take to level up your skills.

Until you have a few projects under your belt and confidently know the difference between UI and UX, please do yourself a favor, save your money, and take a few courses or study up before you come back here.

However, if you’ve already completed a bootcamp or have a solid foundation in the fundamentals of design, but are struggling to land a job, this is the course for you.

As a bootcamp graduate, you might feel like an imposter at times, but that’s normal. You’re new to the field and are still picking up new terms, techniques, and tools, but over time you’ll become more confident in your skills and feel like you belong.

This course will help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does this course differ from career coaches or design mentors?

Career coaches are great, but they ultimately make their money off the time they spend with you. The Ultimate Guide for Design Bootcamp Graduates helps you get a lot of that advice that career coaches give you in the form of a course that you’ll always be able to come back to and refer to in the future.
Mentors are great resources as well. They’re one of the top resources you can rely on as you go through your job search. However, mentors tend to have multiple mentees and work to juggle as well, so you have to be respectful of their time. This course contains a lot of advice, collected directly from dozens of mentors and professionals in the industry.

My bootcamp offers post-program career services that offer job search help. Can I just rely on that advice?

Many bootcamps offer at least some rudimentary advice when it comes to job placement and assistance. However, note that the amount of assistance you will get as a graduate will vary depending on which bootcamp you attended and how the program was structured. Bootcamps that have Income Share Agreements (where you pay them back a portion of your income for a few years after your first job) tend to provide more feedback and coaching compared to other programs.
Some students feel as if their bootcamp "gave up" on them a few weeks or months after graduating because there was no more financial incentive to land them a job. This course can show you what these career services tell other students and give you a personalized plan to make the most out of your time from your bootcamp.

I’m about to finish my bootcamp soon - will this course help me?

Yes! The earlier you start your job search, the more you will thank yourself down the line. Bootcamp graduates tend to have a harder time landing a job compared to candidates coming out of a traditional college program. However, by starting the process earlier, you’ll be able to stand out as a more competitive candidate and appear more prepared than other graduates from your program.

How do I know if this is going to land me a job?

Let’s be realistic here - nobody knows for sure whether a course will work for them 100%. However, know that this material has worked for others and you’ll be following a system that has helped out hundreds of designers get their first jobs.

I’m from outside of the US – will this work for me?

Yes, although this course is tailored for designers applying to US-based companies, ~90% of the advice in this course will still apply to companies and employers in other countries as well.

How does the course work?

The Ultimate Guide for Design Bootcamp Graduates is an online, self-paced course with videos and supplemental materials in the form of PDFs and interactive attachments. Once you gain access to the course, you will receive unlimited access so the videos, resources, and templates this course will always be available to you, ready whenever you need them. Although the course is designed to get you job-ready within a month, you’ll be able to approach it at your pace and fit it into your schedule however you see fit. Know that the more time you put into your preparation, the quicker you’ll get a job.

Not Feeling 100% Sure About the Course? We offer a Risk-Free 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee!

Take the course for a spin. If it isn’t helping you in your job search in any way, I insist that you get 100% of your money back. Let me tell you why…

For the past several years, I’ve mentored dozens of designers looking to get into the industry and have given feedback on hundreds of portfolios. My goal with this course is to help you focus your time where it matters, so you can stop stressing about finding a job, and spend your time designing and learning instead.

It’s simple: Join the program and try it for yourself. If the video tutorials and resources don’t help you in your job search within 30 days, I want you to email me. Show me you tried the advice in the course, and I’ll give you all your money back with no strings attached.

Pre-Order the Course RIGHT NOW with our Limited Time Offer of $179 (originally $299)!

We’re putting the finishing touches on the course right now and will send out an email within a few days to let you know when the course will be ready to be published!

Questions, comments, or concerns about our course? We’re happy to help! Email us at team@thehandoff.guide to get in touch with us.

One Last Thing...

Learning how to position yourself as a bootcamp graduate is one of the most substantial changes you can make to stand out from the sea of applicants looking for their first design job. If you understand what employers look for AND have the skills to back you up, you’ll be regarded as a very strong candidate.

There is no better time to learn the techniques and skills that previous bootcamp graduates have leveraged to springboard their design careers. By pre-ordering, you’ll not only save more than $100, but also be among the first to learn the skills, resources, and tips that others have used to successful land their first position in the industry.

You have a choice to make today. The price of this course is a drop in the bucket compared to what you could make over the course of your career as a designer. What kind of money could you make in a month? The next year? 10 years?

With the tricks, tips, and resources packaged in this compact, easy-to-digest course, you can change the direction of your career forever.

Yes, I’m Ready to Get Started with “The Ultimate Guide for Design Bootcamp Graduates” and Land My First Job!

We’re putting the finishing touches on the course right now and will send out an email within a few days to let you know when the course will be ready to be published!

Questions, comments, or concerns about our course? We’re happy to help! Email us at team@thehandoff.guide to get in touch with us.