I’m getting frustrated with these unpaid design tests I am required to complete! Should I be water marking my design tests?

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Never ever do free work to get a job. If they want to see you at work, they can pay you.

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👏DAY RATE👏

If they want you, they can pay

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Did these when I first started out in visual design, and got smart to place annoyingly repetitive water marks with the file size saved small at minimum dpi. Always push back if you can, but if you do decide to do them, better to be explicit about why there is a watermark and you can say it was for xyz reasons, past bad exp, your mentor told you to, whatever. Hopefully you won't have to do these too often and good luck.

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No. Free. Work.
Your portfolio is all they should need.
Been burned too many times on this myself.
You’re better than this.

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They should be able to see your style, aesthetic, sense of white space, etc by what you have, but if you must, i love the watermark….but most want to “see that you packaged the files correctly” (total BS…they can just use your idea for free)

Id decline and move on.

That’s an intriguing question. I posted mine on linked in and my socials. I am getting frustrated on missing opportunities when they say my work is excellent. Maybe a small burb or something similar stating it was done by you with a handle or site? I haven’t but interesting thought.

I have seen coaches say to push back and not do the free test. Really, they should see if your style will fit them to your portfolio. Are you on the portfolio fishbowl? Would love to see yours!

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Tests should only be applicable if entry level but my POV is this practice is antiquated. I watermarked the tests the few times I did it so I think that’s a good place to start

I think design tests are a super quick way to give people a little look into what it might be like working with you. These should not be real clients, nor take longer than half a day. Thoughts?

Even if it’s a fake client, it can be a real brief or similar to fish for ideas

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