UX Cover Letters – a Step by Step Guide

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Nearly every job hunter has one part of the job application process that they hate – creating a resume, designing a portfolio, preparing for a job interview or writing a cover letter. In preparing for my personal launch into a UX career, creating cover letters has been one the most difficult parts of the process. | Written by Tara-Lee York, participant in the … Read More

No One Cares How Much You’re Paid

I hear and learn interesting things from UX job coaching mentees all the time. “I have 3 projects to include in my portfolio, but only 1 of them was paid.” This assumes that unpaid projects are not as valuable as paid ones. And it makes some designers feel that unpaid projects aren’t worth including in their UX portfolios. Not true. Hiring managers and … Read More

UX Beginner Case Study: Claire Campbell’s Journey into UX

Claire Campbell’s journey into a career in UX design is a far from conventional story. Claire had no previous experience of UX design before deciding to take an online, mentored course in the subject. Unlike many UX designers, Claire did not start out as a graphic designer, or a web developer, but had already established a successful career in the … Read More

Design Avocados

dedicated to Terri, who told me this story when I was a young whippersnapper In a previous post, I talked about a particularly challenging job assignment I had. In my darkest hour, a seasoned co-worker pulled me aside. She told me a story that left an imprint on me to this day. Now, I don’t know Terri just made it … Read More

Finding a UX Job: Farming Vs Hunting

Dozens of tabs filled my browser window. I was applying to as many UX jobs as I could, and it was hard to not get overwhelmed. It felt like I was sending my resume into a digital black hole, with little chance of getting callbacks from recruiters. Granted, after dozens of job applications over several months, I finally landed my first UX job. It … Read More

UX Job Tenures: Is Job Hopping Bad For Your Career?

“Hmm…I don’t know about this candidate. His design skills are good… but he looks like a job hopper.” I looked at the resume again. Was management referring to the candidate’s last position, where he stayed for 9 months? It wasn’t an awfully long time, but to me I wouldn’t have labeled someone a job hopper just for staying somewhere under a year. … Read More

When Should You Start Your UX Job Search? (Sooner Than You Think)

  A year ago, I met an ambitious dude who was doing a 180 on his career. He wanted to switch from finance to UX. Why do I say ambitious? The goal was to completely switch industries within 3 months. So I prodded him for more details…what was his plan? What concrete things was he going to do to achieve this … Read More

The 1% Designer

    Catching up with old friends one night, I didn’t expect this comment. To them, my job, appearance, and general life trajectory has changed vastly since they last saw me. It came as a surprise because all the changes – becoming a UX Designer, picking up random skills – felt rather slow and gradual to me. But that’s the … Read More

Two Common UX Career Paths

You’re entering the UX field, or have been in it for a couple years. You’re probably asking yourself: “What’s next?” With UX being such a broad field with a near infinite amount of things to learn, it can be hard to navigate to next point on your career path. This article aims to break down two common paths for you … Read More

How UX Recruiting Agencies Work (and how to use them to your benefit)

I’ve had friends , who I’ll refer to as Camp A, get great jobs at companies like Google through recruiting firms. But I’ve met much more in Camp B – those who’ve had bad experiences with talent agencies. What you’re reading now serves to help you fall into Camp A, and hopefully avoid the pitfalls of Camp B. To do that, we have to properly … Read More