As an aspiring UX designer, you probably have tons of great ideas that you want to turn into fully-designed portfolio projects. But how do you turn those high-level ideas into comprehensive and well-researched projects that will impress employers? Check out these tips for coming up with UX design projects to build your first portfolio and land that dream job.
Experienced UX designers know that you have the upper hand when it comes to securing the roles that you want. In fact, it’s common for UX designers to receive multiple job opportunities and offers. But that doesn’t mean you can slack off when it comes to your resume. Otherwise, you’ll find your competition one step ahead of you. So how can you make sure your secure your next dream job?
When you’re on the hunt for your next UX role, your portfolio can make or break your chances of scoring an interview. We know how important it is to craft a UX portfolio that tells the story of your most important projects and how you work.
We’ve hand-picked the best advice on portfolios from Joe Natoli’s recent Ask the UXperts session.
There’s no single, authoritative recipe for a career in UX, which is both exciting and daunting, but taking a step back to create a plan for yourself is well worth the investment. Because once you set your goals, you can start taking the steps to get there. Here are seven books to dive into so you can take the next step in your UX career.
Freelancing is well-suited to the work of UX professionals, with many considering the move as a next career step. They usually say they’re looking for freedom, more money, the ability to work on more interesting problems or learn new things – or even just the chance to work in their pyjamas regularly.
Here are a few important tips to consider before you quit your day job.
What is it that differentiates a junior from a senior UX professional? It’s not as simple as it sounds – both practitioners and employers should be aware that these “junior” and “senior” categorisations are fuzzy at best. They don’t always tell the full story of your experience when it comes to expertise and years of experience. Knowing which roles are right for you will help you navigate the job market and pave your own career pathway.
Whether we like it or not, every single one of us is a brand. What we do with our brand enables us to shape our UX careers in ways we may not have considered. Ashlea McKay built hers by accident, but along the way, she learned how to apply her thinking in a structured way. Here are five ways to build a successful personal brand in UX and create your own career destiny.
Are you a UX practitioner on the hunt for your next gig? As a relative newcomer to the world of UX, I’ve spent my fair share of time on job sites across the web. They’ve allowed me to look for future opportunities, get a feel for the market, what employers are looking for… and perks of course.
These sites could be the gateway to that new role, contract, or even a career in UX.
In this article Dave charts the growth of researcher-as-individual contributor from junior, to mid-level, to senior researcher, and gives us three key axes to assess our own progress.
From learning how to make UX work for her colleagues to honing her own design skills in wholly unexpected ways, Leigh Gamon shares her personal insights and survival tips from twelve months in the front line.