Comments on If Ever I Should Leave You: Job Hunting For Web Designers and Developers

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  1. I feel like I am getting stagnant at my current job, though ideally I would prefer conditions to change here rather than looking for a position elsewhere. I was hired on by my employer with the promise that this would be a position with much growth opportunity and that I would help build a design team. It’s now been over 2 years and I’m still the only designer here. Our development team has grown but when I mention how it would be great for us to hire a new designer, they propose having someone overseas do some design work. That is not ideal so I usually will do what it takes to never outsource design like that. How can I best convince them that we need to hire more talent in-house? I love our development team but I miss having designers around me to brainstorm and collaborate with. I hope the only way to do this isn’t to threaten leaving for another offer.

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  2. So the majority of those reasons up there are things I’m dealing with now and why I’m currently searching, but amongst all the rosy “It’s a great time to be a designer” talks and assertions that there are thousands of designer openings available, 3-4 months into my job search and I’ve come away with nothing but spent vacation & personal days on disappointment after disappointment…furthest I got was a second interview that afterwards the organization changed their mind on the opening and are “reassessing”. If that’s code for “Nobody, including that last guy, are any good”, I don’t know, either these jobs aren’t nearly as numerous as reported and/or the requirements are obscene and only for those who’ve had the privilege (yes that p word) or luck of getting good gigs.

    I don’t know anymore, maybe I should just be happy with where I’m at and that I have a job, even if it is far less than ideal (this is obviously an understatement but I do not have the energy nor inclination to air dirty laundry). I’ve done the learn to code thing. I got front-end, visual, and UI layout with responsive chops, preprocessors, writing markup from scratch, etc., but in the push to burn our selves out even faster, I guess these aren’t enough and I need to keep grinding out new portfolio work until I wave my 30s goodbye. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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  3. I should have read this 3 months ago before I quit my job. All the reasons to quit that you mentioned in the article? That’s how I felt.

    I’ve still got no job until now. I admit that I wasn’t prepared to lose it. It was a big mistake on my part but what I can only do now is to stand up back again and try harder.

    Even though this was late, it was still a great read and I realized my mistakes. Thanks.

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  4. Thanks for the words of encouragement Jeffrey. I’ll keep at it.

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  5. I read this at the perfect time, my case as grown a little personal with my boss now, no promotion five years down the road, my passion to code for them is more than abused, my advice hardly counts to them,  after mistakes are done outside my line of advice, it then flies back to me in fury. i can hardly explain myself here, I would need like a thousand pages I think, I just feel like I hardly matter any more despite my input for all those years, am still told phrases like “I should know who the boss is”, just because I disagree with certain decisions they make in my field, I feel like a puppet doing wrong things just because my boss insists, my options are an exit plan and this came in time with the best advice, thanks

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  6. I’m writing this as today is my last day at this company I worked at for one and half + years, and I am quite happy I’m leaving. Very happy.

    Why did I leave? For the reasons mentioned above by Mr. Zeldman and what most people here have said.

    I got fed up with the incompetence, big egos and lack of respect. Besides, I wasn’t learning anything anymore. I became a tool to solve their JIRA tickets. Yeah. Lame.

    I was thinking for a while to leave, but I hadn’t found where to go to. Then, after a project where the developer had no idea about SVGs, I got heat from my manager for wanting to use “new technologies”, and emailed me this jewel: ...and ultimately the copy and design decisions are mine - not yours.

    LOL. RE-LOL.

    With a shitload of years in the visual design and web design fields, I immediately knew I had to leave and take my knowledge somewhere else. Again.

    So I listened to my heart and turned my 2 weeks notice the following morning. Bam!

    And no, I still haven’t found another job… but I don’t care.

    This isn’t the first time I have left a job without having another one lined up. It’s the 3rd.

    Of course I have finances planned for some time and all that stuff, but my circumstances are likely different from someone else’s.

    But that’s not my point. My point is: Peace of mind is PRICELESS.

    I have found that trying to find a job while at another job can be difficult and stressful because you have to lie left and right, use sick and vacation days to go to interviews all that. And when you get back to the office after an interview, see coworkers’ faces saying “WTF do you think you are coming in at this time of day? eh!” ¬¬

    The great advantage of leaving a job without having another one lined up is that you can take a few days to recharge. And then you can dedicate 100% of your time to finding this new job and prepare yourself better for interviews, polish your portfolio. Be YOURSELF without judgement from coworkers and managers.

    If you feel you need to leave, grab the bull by its horns and GTFO. When the values of the company you work in and yours are not aligned anymore, that’s your cue to move on.

    Thanks Jeffrey for validating my reasons to leave a job. Again.

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  7. Good advice - although I’d recommend having at least 6+ months living expenses (certainly if you are supporting others or live in a place where the jobs are few). I’d add that your leverage as an employee is highest at two points in the job/career cycle - when you are about to start a new gig and when you announce you’re leaving. If you’re valued - good managers will want to ameliorate issues you point out. So being transparent about why you are leaving (w/tact obviously) is important if you’d stay assuming those same issues went away. Often times good things are not appreciated until they go away. If for whatever reason you are not valued then it’s time to move on to a new opportunity.

    That said - ask yourself just how unique are my skill sets? How in demand? Sure you can do ‘x’ really well but if everyone else can too then it may not be a differentiator. Also where do you live? Looking for a job in larger metro area (e.g. the SF Bay Area) might provide a greater volume of interviews than smaller metro areas. How big and of what quality is your network? At least 1/2 the jobs I’ve held have been through ex-colleagues or friends.

    In the end just be sure about what you want and realistic about what you have to offer.

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  8. Thank you so much for posting this. There seems to be no one out there talking about this really crucial period in most people’s careers.

    I do have a question about a particular situation: I have been submitted for a promotion to a senior position but I think it’s time to move on. It seems to have put a time limit on my search for other opportunities because I don’t want take a promotion and then leave.
    —I love my boss and team but the company is going in a direction different from what I want to be doing.—

    I want to leave without burning bridges, like you say, but feel like leaving right after being promoted would light the flame. What do I do?!

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  9. Hey,

    Thank you for this article. I have been thinking about how to apply my skills in a position that would merge my two major interests. This article pinpointed a great way to do that: Freelance…

    Thank you! I will share this article on my twitter: @andaleem
    so it can help others.

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  11. Thanks for sharing these tips! I am sure your tips really helpful!

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  12. I suggest you try the job for the fashion designers such as France hourse Hermes, and so on.

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  13. Sorry, commenting is closed on this article.