Expert Designer

CV + LinkedIn + Portfolio + Job Search + 1-2-1 Career Coach


Are you a designer looking for work?

No matter what your industry is, if you are a designer, need a portfolio, and are looking for work then Expert Designer is the full job search bundle designed with you in mind. The course has been put together by expert recruitment consultants who have found 1,000s of individual jobs working in top design practices such as Foster & Partners, Killa Design, Woods Bagot, and many more. We’ve spent hours working directly with their design leaders to find out what they expect in a CV, portfolio, and LinkedIn profile. Coupled with that knowledge as well as our award-winning training in recruitment plus a FREE 1-2-1 tailored career coaching session we’ll teach you the skills to find your next job in as little as 1 week!

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Stage 1


CV basics Black and Yellow

This lesson contains 12 modules where you will cover CV aesthetics, use of persuasive content and length as well as employer approved ATS friendly CV templates.

Once you have completed the course you will be able to tailor your CV to the jobs you apply for. Each time you will be able to create a unique and compelling read, highlighting key strengths that convinces an employer to take action on your job application. When you are aware of what attracts employers you will be better prepared for interviews ahead.

Stage 2


In the second phase we address LinkedIn. It is your personal “shop window” and opportunity to attract hiring managers to want to work with you. 

Work through 4 modules learning how to optimise your LinkedIn profile and grade it against your network. You will  receive a LinkedIn action plan and will rank higher in searches and draw inbound traffic creating both job and business opportunities for you.

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Stage 3


Employable-Designer Course by AE Academy

We have spent decades with the world’s elite, award winning designers finding talented creatives and learning what respected design giants look for.

This lesson contains 2 modules based on content and design. You will also be able to take a video walkthrough of a portfolio that has wow’d employers and has a 100% interview success rate. 

Killa Design, VX Studio, Wilson Associates, JT+Partners and Woods Bagot logo strip

Stage 4

Job Search

One of the most crucial parts of landing a job is how you go about finding it. The lesson contains 4 modules of award-winning recruitment techniques where you will learn how to effectively plan and track your job search. You will gain insights from a recruitment expert as to what hiring managers look for, learn original introduction methods, download a planner along with measurables to help you stay on track and learn how to find 80% of jobs that are never advertised.  

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final stage

1-2-1 coaching

The final stage in the Expert Designer course is the secret sauce: an hour long 1-2-1 online coaching session to fine tune your message, direction and approach! We will analyse your old materials as well as new to understand the information you have absorbed and from there we will tailor the coaching session to provide you with the help, advice and guidance you need. After our session we will advertise your profile on AE Marketplace and you will walk away with direction, drive and inspiration giving you confidence you will achieve your end goal: a job!!


Alain Chettiar
Alain Chettiar
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I have been the last few weeks reading a gargantuan amount of blogs and articles – which have been useful to some extent, but this course has brought me a different insight to CV content. It never occurred to me that simple choices (in the likes of job titles; buzzwords; and whatnot) could actually be bringing me down in the actual job search war. This course has offered me an interesting outtake that I am very excited to try out!
*UPDATE* I already secured a job and I still have people reaching out to me with offers. So things are looking brighter 😁 It’s all happening because of your help – since they don’t use ATS back home my (our) CV is making an impression haha. I cannot thank you enough for that!
Ahmed Mohammed
Ahmed Mohammed
Graphic Designer
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AE Academy inspired me to think differently about myself, my job search, and my materials. It's no longer a mystery and I'm already carving my career the way I want. I'm finally in control of my own future. My fate isn't in anyone else's hands anymore, it's up to me.
Saeed Kayyani
Saeed Kayyani
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Would you recommend this course? "Absolutely! My mind is famously chaotic and 'all over the place' among my social circle, so planning and organizing my thoughts and actions in this journey was, honestly, incredibly difficult and draining. Obviously, I was incredibly frustrated throughout. If Hayley was able to help someone like me out, then I'm confident that she'll work miracles for others.

I never would have guessed on my own that the way I was presenting myself to potential firms needed… adjustments. I feel a lot more focused on what my brand is, showcasing skills/accomplishments for what they are, and how to approach potential firms! I don’t expect jobs to fall in my lap, but I have a much better grasp of what I should be doing"
Nwabisa Madyibi
Nwabisa Madyibi
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If 5 out of 5 stars was a person. It would be undoubtably be Hayley.
Rodrique Thomas CA(SA)
Rodrique Thomas CA(SA)
Assistant Manager at KPMG UK
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“In one of your communications you mentioned that "what you learned from your professor, to prepare you for the job market, with regards to CV writing, would not work in getting that position". I totally agree with that. For a very long time i have written my CV where it seems that i am desperate for a job. I was looking at it from an employee mindset. You've tried to hammer home, that i need to see myself as a business of one and that's what my CV should reflect. To be honest i was a bit skeptical until i saw the final product. My CV went from desperation to "these are my skills, this is what i have to offer, when can i start". So yes Hayley's advice has assisted quite a lot, not just in terms of the CV being awesome. It also gave me the confidence to accentuate my strengths and boast about it (without arrogance of course). Since that CV i have been invited for interviews to a few high profile positions, hopefully they will stream in, so i can have more options to choose from. I would definitely recommend Hayley to anyone looking into CV writing. She's that voice you don't want to hear, as we are so conformed to social norms. But i can definitely say that she will be the one that can get you the results you want. Team Hayley all the way”
Hafez Mohammed
Hafez Mohammed
Architectural Designer​
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The course was extremely useful for me. I knew that my job search and approach was not really giving me any results, and in fact, I was looking for someone to help me fine tuning my CV, portfolio and approach. Luckily, I stumbled upon website and realized that you have courses on almost everything that I was looking for. From CV basics, ATS/Application tracking system, CV images, colours and templates, all the way to how you can write your summary, keywords & phrases, professional history, CV length and layout and CV template. and that's why I signed up for the most comprehensive course available to fix my CV and portfolio in a professional way.
Ahmed Mohammed
Ahmed Mohammed
Graphic Designer
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AE Academy inspired me to think differently about myself, my job search, and my materials. It's no longer a mystery and I'm already carving my career the way I want. I'm finally in control of my own future. My fate isn't in anyone else's hands anymore, it's up to me!"

Commonly Asked Questions

Once you have chosen your bundle, log into the career platform and start a methodical step-by-step process through the lessons and modules. At the end of the course you’ll be able to book your 1hr 1-2-1 session with one of our experts to fine tune your materials and guide you on to the next stages of your job search.

The course has been designed to give you all the skills you need to take control of your own career. We encourage our clients to be proactive and we set you targets to ensure success. Your career is personal to you so by teaching you the skills you will be able to direct where your career goes which is far more empowering.

We will advertise your profile on AE Recruitment’s marketplace page and will get creative with you on social media to help you on your journey. 

We will provide all the tools you need so that you can take control of your own job search. The cornerstone of AE Academy is empowerment which puts you in the driving seat, making your own choices and directing your own career as well as strengthening your personal brand to achieve inbound interest in you. No one is better at telling your story than you!

Learning how you can tailor your CV to suit the position you are applying for is an invaluable skill which increases the likelihood of being chosen for interviews. Not only that, it mentally prepares you for the road ahead. You will have confidence in your abilities, it will boost your self-esteem and in turn employers will be more attracted to you and your profile. All of these qualities are an incredibly important part of your job search process not only for you as a job seeker but for you as an individual. 

The free coaching is at the end of the programme so that we can maximise the benefits to you. The course is structured so that we are able to assess the information you have retained by comparing your “before and after” results. From there we can tailor our 1 hour coaching session specifically to you and your needs. 

The course takes a minimum of 45 hours however you are able to go through to course at your own pace. We expect that the majority of students will complete the programme within 1 month of commencement.

Our students have been winning jobs in as little as a week from the coaching session and we are currently enjoying a 90% success rate. Success, however, will ultimately be driven by you and the energy and time you put into achieving your dream job. 

Please note we are not just teaching you skills to find a job but we are helping you to carve a career for yourself, which takes time and planning.

Simply put, there are ALWAYS jobs out there! Just because it may not look like there’s jobs being advertised doesn’t mean to say there are no jobs at all! We will teach you the same techniques recruiters use to find the 80% of jobs that are never advertised and put together a job search strategy so that you stay on track.

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