LinkedIn Profile Guide For UX Beginners

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Linkedin is the largest professional network on the web. According to Linkedin, the social network now has over 400 million users. That’s a huge opportunity missed in your job search if you don’t have an optimized and professional Linkedin profile! | Written by Tara-Lee York, UX designer and participant in the Design Writing Apprenticeship. Linkedin has many features that can … Read More

The Myth of the UX Degree

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“Hmm, I know I don’t have a formal design background, but I think, um, my experience as an engineer and PM is certainly going to help…” Here I was, at my first-ever UX job interview, trying to convince a total stranger that I can be a UX designer. I could hear the insecurity flying through my shivering body. I’ve never … Read More

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

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

2 Pivotal Lessons on Identity for Designers

Like many of you, I took a circuitous route that landed me in UX design.  After graduating, I started my career in a management rotation program. The program consisted of 6 rotations over 2 years, meaning I was changing jobs every 4 months. As an Econ major with no clue what I wanted to do, this was perfect for me. … 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

Are We in a UX Job Bubble? [Mar 2015]

People are concerned that we’re in the midst of a UX job bubble. And they have a right to be. “UX” is now corporate jargon used as a filler word anytime there’s a discussion regarding design or digital strategy. Anyone could throw up “UX” in their LinkedIn profile and probably get messaged from a recruiter somewhere. Now that we see UX … Read More

Take Me Seriously: Establishing Yourself as a UX Designer

World Usability Day comes once a year, and the one this past Thursday was one of my favorites. Someone asked the panel such a good question, I wrote it down in my notebook: You can also watch a Youtube video of the conference (I was behind the camera). I paraphrase the question below: I’m breaking into the UX industry, and … 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

Who to Listen to When Transitioning into UX

Staying in hostels throughout Colombia, I’ve met a number of inspiring people. Over dinner one night, a fellow traveler shared how her sister became a veterinarian after years of trying. “How many years?” “5 years.” So this chick got rejected from vet school four years in a row and still kept pushing on. That’s insanely admirable.  “Yeah, most of her classmates are 19-22 (they … Read More