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Land Your Dream Design Job

A comprehensive job search guide for Product Designers and UX Designers: uncover your superpowers, build your portfolio, ace design interviews, and negotiate your final offer.

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Your all in one guide

From starting your job search to starting your new role

Define your northstar

Start with your ideal role in mind. Learn key characteristics and how to prioritize them when looking for your next role.

Assess your design skills

Learn what hiring managers look for in a modern Product/UX Designer. We’ll get into the details of interaction design, visual design, strategy, and professional traits.

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Create high impact portfolios

Define your brand and uncover your superpowers. You’ll learn how to stand out from the crowd with a portfolio that reinforces your unique skills.

Hack the application process

Go beyond job boards. Learn how to apply strategically and tailor your application for each role to increase your chances.

Ace interviews and exercises

Navigate design interviews with ease. If you’ve never done an app crit, take-home design exercise or a whiteboard challenge, don’t worry there are plenty of frameworks and examples to guide you.

Secure your success

Iterate and improve on your interviews. When you get the offer, learn how to negotiate to get the salary you deserve. Once you join, onboard quickly and start delivering value from day one.

Filled with examples

Detailed walkthroughs and explanations of design interviews

Who should read it?

Anyone looking to improve their design interviewing skills

New Designers

If you’re just starting out professionally in the design field, this book will show you the ropes for how to successfully identify and find a role that will help accelerate your career trajectory.

Senior Designers

Even if you’re a UX design expert, it helps to brush up on your interviewing skills. Whether learning what to highlight in your portfolio or how to navigate those thorny design challenges, this book has you covered.

Educators & Mentors

This book aims to bridge the gap between the two worlds—academia and professional practice—and will give you useful information for helping today's students succeed in the competitive marketplace.

What people are saying

Advanced praise for Land Your Dream Design Job

A timely bible for any designer

Dan’s Land your dream design job is a timely bible for any designer who want to break into the field. The book is filled with a variety of easy-to-understand principles, examples, tips & tricks that uncover the ambiguous land of portfolio building and design interviewing.

Make your dream job a sure thing

Dream design jobs are fewer and harder to come by, and are more competitive than ever. This book will equip you with methods that can help make getting your dream job a more sure thing.

Approach your design career with intention

Whether you're a product designer at the beginning of your career or simply a designer looking to refresh your portfolio and redefine your career goals, Land Your Dream job is a comprehensive book that helps you to approach your design career with intention.

A must-read

Dan has summed up the ins and outs of Design interview process for any designer looking to crack the code on nailing a portfolio review. If your team wants to win, you have to set up your candidates for success — this is a must-read.

Sage advice

Finding genuinely thoughtful and thorough insights on design interviewing is rare. Dan's book is a gem that does that and more with a comprehensive yet pragmatic approach from career aspiration to job offer and beyond. Sage advice for both the early career designer and design veteran.

Invaluable advice and insight

Dan's advice and insight into the design interview process is invaluable, particularly at a time when many companies are focused on the design of their products. His book breaks down the interview process into manageable and actionable components.

A comprehensive book

With abundant resources & frameworks and personal anecdotes, Dan distills his experience and expertise in a easy-to-consume format that’ll have you taking a lot of notes for your next play. An excellent read whether you have or have not landed your dream job!

Structure and process to think things through

Dan has done an excellent job of not only organizing all of the things to think about, but providing structure and process to help readers think things through in an intuitive, approachable manner. I would recommend this book not just to job seekers, but also hiring managers and recruiters.

What's in the book

Full table of contents

The Modern Product Designer

  • Product Design Skills, Traits, and Responsibilities
  • Defining Your Ideal Role
  • Mapping Your Design Futures

Taking Action and Finding Opportunities

  • Shaping Your Identity
  • Building Your Portfolio
  • Applying for Roles
  • Networking Authentically

Preparing for Design Interviews

  • Preparing for the Phone Screen Interview
  • Final Interview Preparation
  • Presenting Your Portfolio: Crafting a Compelling Story
  • Portfolio Presentation: Public Speaking Tips
  • Behavioral Design Interviews

Acing Design Exercises

  • The Take-Home Design Exercise
  • Real-World Take-Home Design Exercise Solution
  • Acing the App Critique
  • App Critique in Action
  • Whiteboard Challenge
  • Whiteboarding Remotely

After the Interviews

  • Post-Interview Retro
  • Learning From Rejection
  • Breaking Down Your Design Job Offer
  • Negotiating Compensation
  • Leaving Your Job on a High Note
  • Starting Your Job Strong
  • Land Well and Own Your Career
  • Appendix: Resources

Meet the author

Here to help you succeed

Dan Shilov is a Silicon Valley-based 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. Throughout 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 to land their dream job. Dan holds a master's degree in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University.