Top UX Interview Mistakes to Avoid

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A collection of UX interview tips to increase your chances of getting a UX job. I’ve bombed my fair share of UX interviews. I’ve experienced interview failures from all spectrums of the rainbow, from arriving late to trying too hard to impress everyone. In fact, my failures feel even more painful when I’m sitting on the other side of the table, interviewing … Read More

How to Find a UX Mentor

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I interviewed ten aspiring UX designers, spending over 30 hours conducting interviews about what UX mentorship was like from both sides of the table. This article reflects my best thinking on how to approach UX mentors, and a counterintuitive way of thinking about mentorship in general. It’s no lie: mentorship can fast track your learning in a new field. Having … Read More

Top 10 UX Portfolio Best Practices

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There’s an exciting UX job you want to apply for. You’re putting the finishing touches on your UX portfolio. Just to make sure you’re not missing anything, you want some portfolio advice that you can implement TODAY. Enter this list – a “quick hits” of the Top 10 UX Portfolio best practices. You can click the links below to jump … Read More

Complete Guide to UX Resumes + 3 Free Templates

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Step by step guide on how to craft a UX resume for getting a UX job. The resume has been around for some 500+ years now, thanks to Leonardo da Vinci. Today there are more subtleties and challenges around the resume than ever. We’re talking file formats, resume types and the relevance of applicant tracking systems (ATS)…just to name a few. … Read More

Two Common UX Career Paths

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If you’re looking for a UX job, there are two primary UX career paths to explore: technical and managerial. Which one is the best for you?

How to Get a UX Job with No Professional UX Experience

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It’s not unusual to come across a UX Job posting that reads like this: “7+ years of professional experience as a UX Architect, expert in interaction design, front-end web development…” And that’s not even for a senior / principal designer role. Whoever does have that much experience should be a top-dollar consultant, has his/her own business or wrote a book … Read More

5 Hidden Sources of UX Portfolio Projects

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The path to become a UX designer is often frustrating, especially if you’re faced with the chicken & egg problem. To get a job, you need UX experience. But to get UX experience, you need a job…right? In Minimum Viable UX Portfolio and How to Get a UX Job with No Professional Experience, I recommended having at least 3 solid projects … Read More

The 1% Designer

You’re in UX design now? How did it happen that quickly? Catching up with old friends one night, I didn’t expect this comment. To them, my career trajectory changed vastly since they last saw me. It came as a surprise because all the changes – becoming a UX Designer, picking up design skills – felt rather slow and gradual to … Read More

List of Top UX Design Portfolios (Updated 2019)

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This will be a continually updated list of UX Design Portfolios I admire.  Ah, the UX portfolio. Annoyingly hard to build, ridiculously essential for getting a UX job. In the years, I’ve written about how to quickly create a UX portfolio and how to create a content-first portfolio. I’ve even published a popular course on creating a UX portfolio. Throughout … Read More

How to evaluate UX jobs at Agencies vs Startups vs Big Companies

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Searching for your first UX job is a big deal. If it’s going to be something that consumes at least 8 hours of your day, every day, for the next X months years, you better know what you want, and what you’re going for. In your job search, you’ll come across an extremely diverse set of companies looking for UX talent – … Read More