I recently was a hiring manager, trying to find a good fit for my CX team in the COVID era. This experience is something I might want to share later, once I’ve settled with all of this emotionally.
What I wanted to bring to your attention is some observations of mine. The hiring process, especially in UX, is broken. And I have to admit it seems like it’s broken from both sides.
There’s nothing groundbreaking that I’ve uncovered, but that’s my point. It’s been like this for quite a while. The pandemic just highlighted it even more.
Here are three…
It happened. You did it! You forgot about sleep, nights out, and friends to get it done. And you got your first dream job in UX!
It was not an easy battle. It took three rounds of stressful interviews, a white-board challenge, and sleepless nights. But it’s all behind now. Today you are starting your new job, where you will be doing something you love. And it’s making other people’s lives better. This fight was worth fighting.
Getting to your desk, you fire up your computer and look at your first task. The task is to create a couple of…
Before we start, let’s look at some job requirements in UX.
Okay, I am convinced. It’s quite common to ask for a Graphic Design, web design, or any other related field in a job description. And if you are eager to match at least 80% of it, I understand that it’s important.
But there’s also a couple of more reasons why one might decide to get a degree in Design, I assume.
Let me guess. You have heard from a friend or read on the Internet about user experience. It shapes the world and makes things better. If done right, it’s a killer UX. If done wrong, it is a total flop.
It sounds like something you want to explore. And you also heard that it’s possible to do UX for a living. How cool is that?
You gear yourself up with Google and search how to break into UX. But what you find is it only works if you are a UX Designer or a researcher. There are other things, also…
Are you experienced enough to fill a junior position? If you want to say, “but it’s a junior position…” you see the catch.
Some time ago, I looked at the most common job requirements in the UX field, and here’s what I noticed:
If you are reading this article, I assume that you are familiar with this issue. Companies are looking for all possible variations of skills and experiences that one human being is just incapable of having.
Although some claim that the golden age of UX is over, there’s still a lot of misunderstanding on what a UX practitioner should do. I’d even say no understanding at all.
You will not ask a salesperson to code or know how to choose a color palette. I am sure they will be surprised. But in UX, it’s quite common.
What does it have to…
If you are reading this article, I am sure it’s not a coincidence. You always felt that there’s something special about you. But you never knew exactly, right?
Let me tell you something.
When I landed my first writing gig at a big software company I did not have the following:
We’ve all been there, right?
You find a position, you attach your CV and paste your portfolio link. And there’s a filed for a cover letter. It’s not required, but it’s here.
Should you write one? Should you not? Will it make you noticed? Will it not? Do recruiters even look at cover letters these days?
I think you’ve had all these question. I know, I’ve been there.
And I would always go searching online what others say. …
I am fortunate to have a network of talented UXers who care about what they do.
Just recently, one of my fellows asked if it was a good idea to show an old MVP to an investor when pitching a project. The website is not really up to date but holds the idea.
However, what if the investors do not like the looks and will judge the book by its cover?
A tough question indeed. Here’s my take on early stage MVPs and when to show them. …
Here’s what I hear people say a Bootcamp will help you do:
All these three things are valuable and necessary if you are planning to get your foot in the door as a UX Designer.
But are those things worth a year of your life and almost $5000 of your money?
As a novice, with no experience whatsoever (although, I would argue here a little), it might not be that harmful to enroll in a Bootcamp…
I lead a CX team in short-term rental in Canada and the US as my day job and draw funny comics about UX later.