The problem of designing without content (which inevitably leads to a redesign when the actual content is delivered) was solved by an industry-wide realization that content strategy was the necessary missing step in the web design process. Kristina Halvorsen of Brain Traffic practically single-handedly created an entire industry by writing the book on Content Strategy.

Content Precedes Design

Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration.

Jeffrey Zeldman

Content Strategy & Storytelling

It’s great that you are taking a proactive approach to planning out your future. This is very similar to the problems that organizations are trying to solve by thinking through the best way to present themselves to the world. By better understanding their purpose, they can articulate this in the form of a content strategy. This involves messaging, goals, audience, voice, success metrics, content creation, maintenance, and governance.

Fix Your Content Workflow with Page Tables
In theory, getting stakeholder feedback on content is great. You can get advice from people who have valuable insights and who care about the outcome. But when stakeholder feedback goes wrong, your…
Getting content and design on the same page
When I started at Shopify, I was the first content strategist to work exclusively on my team. That made me the content sheriff of a wild west UX town. But instead of acting like a lone, shadowy…

Know Your Audience

If you think about this in terms of turning the job search process into a design challenge, then you need to gain some empathy for what a prospective employer needs.

The case study factory
Is the formulaic approach to case studies endangering young designers’ capacity for critical thinking?

If you are asking the employer for a job, that is going to sound like a cost or liability for the employer. If you talk about the value that you can bring to the organization, then you become an asset that the organization needs to increase their skills, talent, capacity, and revenue.

How To Charge For Design—Value Based Pricing
Wondering how to charge for design work? Chris Do breaks down value-based pricing with a group of designers.

How to Approach Job Hunting Like a Design Challenge

You can think about job hunting as a way to apply content strategy principles to this challenge of gaining knowledge, building relationships, and fine-tuning your approach to interviews. You can treat it all as a learning process.

If you take every interview, you get a lot of data. Instead of wondering what types of roles, companies, and teams would suit you, you can test things out. If you take every interview, you also get a lot of practice. When your dream job does come along, you will be fully prepared, and your portfolio and presentation will be stellar.
How to Approach Job Hunting Like a Design Challenge
To land a product-design job, apply design principles — like research, collaboration, and multiple iterations — to the interview process.

You could even find inspiration through secondary research about how people have been successful in finding work in a different field without experience. I came across this article from freeCodeCamp by listening to their podcast.

How you can start a career in a different field without “experience” — tips that got me job offers…
Last week I talked about how you can land a 6-figure job in tech with no connections [] by generating referrals from people inside those companies. The article found its way in fr…
Ep. 32 - How you can start a career in a different field without experience – The freeCodeCamp Podcast – Podcast
<p>Austin had a biology degree, a poor GPA, and a job in the medical field, but he wanted to transition into tech. He had no experience, but he figured out how to gain it quickly and landed offers from his dream companies. In this episode, he shares his advice and methods so that you can do the same…