SXSWi 2013- Building a better UX résumé

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The dreaded résumé. How can one love something meant to condense and cram a person’s life and career into a handful of pages? We as job hunters hate them because they never seem to sufficiently convey what we do or how we do it, and it’s usually the first impression any potential employer gets of us. Employers have a love/hate relationship with them because they do, at first, provide an apparently good abstraction of a potential hire, but it’s a thin veneer that quickly rubs away when they come face to face with an individual that barely seems to match up with that first impression.

A couple of years ago I experimented with treating my résumé as a UX project, applying user-centric principles and methodologies on myself in the hopes of landing a better job. In this session I'll go over the process that led me to my design, discuss 'user' reaction to the design, and outline some ideas that can help everybody build a better résumé, UX or otherwise.

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SXSWi 2013- Building a better UX résumé

  1. 1. BUILDING A et ter UX bWednesday, March 13, 13 RÉSUMÉ
  2. 2. MIKE DUNN UX ArchitectMike Dunn Spredfast UX Architect @ Spredfast @uxFOOLWednesday, March 13, 13
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  8. 8. 12 Phone interviewS 8 In person interviewS 2 Job offers on the same daYWednesday, March 13, 13
  9. 9. MIKE DUNN UX ArchitectMike Dunn Spredfast UX Architect @ Spredfast @uxFOOLWednesday, March 13, 13
  10. 10. MIKE DUNN GAMING JOURNALIST @GamingTrend gamingtrend.comWednesday, March 13, 13
  11. 11. MIKE DUNN Artist & animatorWednesday, March 13, 13
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  15. 15. The only people who get paid enough- get paid what theyre worth- are people who dont follow the instruction book, who create art, who are innovative, who work without a map.Wednesday, March 13, 13
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  25. 25. Objective To develop interactive media that pushes the boundaries of todays technologies with the optimal end-user experience. Profile Six years experience in interactive and visual design, project management, and client relations, with a demonstrated ability to deliver and troubleshoot in any given situation. How: Michael Dunn • Discover what the client wants • Drive Design, Development and Delivery Interactive Designer • Act as Technical Evangelist where necessary • Deliver results far exceeding client’s expectations without affecting bottom line Examples: “Mike has been a huge asset for • Re-branded and relaunched Kimball resources identity both on and offline, turning a mere BlabberMouth PR. He saw us through web presence into an invaluable resource for the company and it’s clients and providing a two web site revisions, taking us from an stronger and more recognizable brand, resulting in an increase of profitable accounts and undefined brand image to the vivacious, a more satisfied client base. but professional image we represent today. My trust was well-placed in Mike.” • Overhauled AmeriSciences’ Academy training presentations by making the switch to -Patti Hill, BlabberMouth PR Keynote on a Mac platform and creating a far more compelling and cinematic experience than Powerpoint could offer, prompting several distributors in the company to make the switch as well as well as ushering in a year of record growth for the company. “Mike has a creative mind and a passion for visual representation. Ive never Technical Expertise worked with someone with such an eye Here is a sampling of my technical know-how: for detail who could still get the job done as quickly as he does.” Web Graphic Design Multimedia -Ron Burke, Gaming Trend HTML/XHTML Photoshop Flash CSS Illustrator Keynote “Mike built our website for Kimball Javascript InDesign Powerpoint Resources Inc., He is extremely Actionscript Quark Final Cut professional, creative, and easy to work with. We have been extremely happy with his work and would hire him again in this Special Skills capacity. I would highly recommend him My experience has honed the following skills: to anyone needing web design services.” -Bob Hayes, Kimball Resources • Execution—consistently delivering to fixed time schedules against very steep odds. • Experimentation—relentlessly learning and keeping up with the latest and greatest interactive technologies and implementing them. • Communication—intuiting what the client’s needs really are when they themselves are not sure. • Focus—determining the scope of a project during the planning stages and keeping it in sight during production. • Management—knowing where my expertise ends and another’s begins, delegating tasks to others best suited for them to maximize quality and keep on schedule. Experience • Owner, FoolishStudios; Houston, TX — Jan ‘02- present Sole proprietorship. Designed, Developed and Directed a variety of interactive and print projects and marketing campaigns. Client list includes Slick Willie’s of America, Kimball Resources, and BlabberMouth Public Relations. • Staff Artist, Manager, & Writer, Gaming Trend; www.GamingTrend.com — 11/03 - present • Webmaster & Graphic Designer, AmeriSciences; Houston, TX — 2/04 - 10/05 • Webmaster, TimeGate Studios; Houston, TX — 11/00 - 8/01 5610 De Lange Ln Houston, TX 77092 Professional Credits C 832.202.9701 T 713.957.1779 TimeGate Studios: mike@foolishstudios.com ‘Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns’, PC Game- Webmaster www.foolishstudios.com ‘Kohan: Ahriman’s Gift, PC Game- Additional ContributionsWednesday, March 13, 13
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  34. 34. Objective To develop interactive media that pushes the boundaries of todays technologies with the optimal end-user experience. Profile Six years experience in interactive and visual design, project management, and client relations, with a demonstrated ability to deliver and troubleshoot in any given situation. How: Michael Dunn • Discover what the client wants • Drive Design, Development and Delivery Interactive Designer • Act as Technical Evangelist where necessary • Deliver results far exceeding client’s expectations without affecting bottom line Examples: “Mike has been a huge asset for • Re-branded and relaunched Kimball resources identity both on and offline, turning a mere BlabberMouth PR. He saw us through web presence into an invaluable resource for the company and it’s clients and providing a two web site revisions, taking us from an stronger and more recognizable brand, resulting in an increase of profitable accounts and undefined brand image to the vivacious, a more satisfied client base. but professional image we represent today. My trust was well-placed in Mike.” • Overhauled AmeriSciences’ Academy training presentations by making the switch to -Patti Hill, BlabberMouth PR Keynote on a Mac platform and creating a far more compelling and cinematic experience than Powerpoint could offer, prompting several distributors in the company to make the switch as well as well as ushering in a year of record growth for the company. “Mike has a creative mind and a passion for visual representation. Ive never Technical Expertise worked with someone with such an eye Here is a sampling of my technical know-how: for detail who could still get the job done as quickly as he does.” Web Graphic Design Multimedia -Ron Burke, Gaming Trend HTML/XHTML Photoshop Flash CSS Illustrator Keynote “Mike built our website for Kimball Javascript InDesign Powerpoint Resources Inc., He is extremely Actionscript Quark Final Cut professional, creative, and easy to work with. We have been extremely happy with his work and would hire him again in this Special Skills capacity. I would highly recommend him My experience has honed the following skills: to anyone needing web design services.” -Bob Hayes, Kimball Resources • Execution—consistently delivering to fixed time schedules against very steep odds. • Experimentation—relentlessly learning and keeping up with the latest and greatest interactive technologies and implementing them. • Communication—intuiting what the client’s needs really are when they themselves are not sure. • Focus—determining the scope of a project during the planning stages and keeping it in sight during production. • Management—knowing where my expertise ends and another’s begins, delegating tasks to others best suited for them to maximize quality and keep on schedule. Experience • Owner, FoolishStudios; Houston, TX — Jan ‘02- present Sole proprietorship. Designed, Developed and Directed a variety of interactive and print projects and marketing campaigns. Client list includes Slick Willie’s of America, Kimball Resources, and BlabberMouth Public Relations. • Staff Artist, Manager, & Writer, Gaming Trend; www.GamingTrend.com — 11/03 - present • Webmaster & Graphic Designer, AmeriSciences; Houston, TX — 2/04 - 10/05 • Webmaster, TimeGate Studios; Houston, TX — 11/00 - 8/01 5610 De Lange Ln Houston, TX 77092 Professional Credits C 832.202.9701 T 713.957.1779 TimeGate Studios: mike@foolishstudios.com ‘Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns’, PC Game- Webmaster www.foolishstudios.com ‘Kohan: Ahriman’s Gift, PC Game- Additional ContributionsWednesday, March 13, 13
  35. 35. Objective To develop interactive media that pushes the boundaries of todays technologies with the optimal end-user experience. Profile Six years experience in interactive and visual design, project management, and client relations, with a demonstrated ability to deliver and troubleshoot in any given situation. How: Michael Dunn • Discover what the client wants • Drive Design, Development and Delivery Interactive Designer • Act as Technical Evangelist where necessary • Deliver results far exceeding client’s expectations without affecting bottom line Examples: “Mike has been a huge asset for • Re-branded and relaunched Kimball resources identity both on and offline, turning a mere BlabberMouth PR. He saw us through web presence into an invaluable resource for the company and it’s clients and providing a Technical Expertise two web site revisions, taking us from an undefined brand image to the vivacious, stronger and more recognizable brand, resulting in an increase of profitable accounts and a more satisfied client base. but professional image we represent Here is a sampling of my technical know-how: today. My trust was well-placed in Mike.” • Overhauled AmeriSciences’ Academy training presentations by making the switch to -Patti Hill, BlabberMouth PR Keynote on a Mac platform and creating a far more compelling and cinematic experience Web Graphic Design than Powerpoint could offer, prompting several distributors in the company to make the switch as well as well as ushering in a year of record growth for the company. Multimedia HTML/XHTML “Mike has a creative mind and a passion Photoshop Flash for visual representation. Ive never Technical Expertise CSS worked with someone with such an eye for detail who could still get the job done Illustrator Here is a sampling of my technical know-how: Keynote as quickly as he does.” Web Graphic Design Multimedia Javascript -Ron Burke, Gaming Trend HTML/XHTML InDesign Photoshop Flash Powerpoint CSS Illustrator Keynote Actionscript Quark Final Cut “Mike built our website for Kimball Javascript InDesign Powerpoint Resources Inc., He is extremely Actionscript Quark Final Cut professional, creative, and easy to work Special Skills with. We have been extremely happy with Special Skills his work and would hire him again in this My experience has honed the following skills: capacity. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing web design services.” My experience has honed the following skills: • Execution—consistently delivering to fixed time schedules against very steep odds. • Execution—consistentlylearning and keeping up with the latestschedules against very steep odds. • Experimentation—relentlessly delivering to fixed time and greatest -Bob Hayes, Kimball Resources interactive technologies and implementing them. • Experimentation—relentlessly learning andwhen they themselves are not latest and greatest • Communication—intuiting what the client’s needs really are keeping up with the interactive technologies and implementing them. sure. • Focus—determining the scope of a project during the planning stages and keeping it in • Communication—intuiting what the client’s needs really are when they themselves are not sight during production. sure. to others best suited for them to maximize quality and keep on schedule. • Management—knowing where my expertise ends and another’s begins, delegating tasks • Focus—determining the scope of a project during the planning stages and keeping it in Experience sight during production. TX — Jan ‘02- present • Owner, FoolishStudios; Houston, • Management—knowing wherelist includes Slick Willie’sends and another’s begins, delegating tasks my expertise Sole proprietorship. Designed, Developed and Directed a variety of interactive and print projects and marketing campaigns. Client of America, Kimball to others best BlabberMouth Public Relations.maximize quality and keep on schedule. Resources, and suited for them to • Staff Artist, Manager, & Writer, Gaming Trend; www.GamingTrend.com — 11/03 - present • Webmaster & Graphic Designer, AmeriSciences; Houston, TX — 2/04 - 10/05 • Webmaster, TimeGate Studios; Houston, TX — 11/00 - 8/01 5610 De Lange Ln Houston, TX 77092 Professional Credits C 832.202.9701 T 713.957.1779 TimeGate Studios: mike@foolishstudios.com ‘Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns’, PC Game- Webmaster www.foolishstudios.com ‘Kohan: Ahriman’s Gift, PC Game- Additional ContributionsWednesday, March 13, 13
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  37. 37. Objective To develop interactive media that pushes the boundaries of todays technologies with the optimal end-user experience. Profile Six years experience in interactive and visual design, project management, and client relations, with a demonstrated ability to deliver and troubleshoot in any given situation. How: Michael Dunn • Discover what the client wants • Drive Design, Development and Delivery Interactive Designer • Act as Technical Evangelist where necessary • Deliver results far exceeding client’s expectations without affecting bottom line Examples: “Mike has been a huge asset for • Re-branded and relaunched Kimball resources identity both on and offline, turning a mere BlabberMouth PR. He saw us through web presence into an invaluable resource for the company and it’s clients and providing a two web site revisions, taking us from an stronger and more recognizable brand, resulting in an increase of profitable accounts and undefined brand image to the vivacious, a more satisfied client base. but professional image we represent today. My trust was well-placed in Mike.” • Overhauled AmeriSciences’ Academy training presentations by making the switch to -Patti Hill, BlabberMouth PR Keynote on a Mac platform and creating a far more compelling and cinematic experience than Powerpoint could offer, prompting several distributors in the company to make the switch as well as well as ushering in a year of record growth for the company. “Mike has a creative mind and a passion for visual representation. Ive never Technical Expertise worked with someone with such an eye Here is a sampling of my technical know-how: for detail who could still get the job done as quickly as he does.” Web Graphic Design Multimedia -Ron Burke, Gaming Trend HTML/XHTML Photoshop Flash CSS Illustrator Keynote “Mike built our website for Kimball Javascript InDesign Powerpoint Resources Inc., He is extremely Actionscript Quark Final Cut professional, creative, and easy to work with. We have been extremely happy with his work and would hire him again in this Special Skills capacity. I would highly recommend him My experience has honed the following skills: to anyone needing web design services.” -Bob Hayes, Kimball Resources • Execution—consistently delivering to fixed time schedules against very steep odds. • Experimentation—relentlessly learning and keeping up with the latest and greatest interactive technologies and implementing them. • Communication—intuiting what the client’s needs really are when they themselves are not sure. • Focus—determining the scope of a project during the planning stages and keeping it in sight during production. • Management—knowing where my expertise ends and another’s begins, delegating tasks to others best suited for them to maximize quality and keep on schedule. Experience • Owner, FoolishStudios; Houston, TX — Jan ‘02- present Sole proprietorship. Designed, Developed and Directed a variety of interactive and print projects and marketing campaigns. Client list includes Slick Willie’s of America, Kimball Resources, and BlabberMouth Public Relations. • Staff Artist, Manager, & Writer, Gaming Trend; www.GamingTrend.com — 11/03 - present • Webmaster & Graphic Designer, AmeriSciences; Houston, TX — 2/04 - 10/05 • Webmaster, TimeGate Studios; Houston, TX — 11/00 - 8/01 5610 De Lange Ln Houston, TX 77092 Professional Credits C 832.202.9701 T 713.957.1779 TimeGate Studios: mike@foolishstudios.com ‘Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns’, PC Game- Webmaster www.foolishstudios.com ‘Kohan: Ahriman’s Gift, PC Game- Additional ContributionsWednesday, March 13, 13
  38. 38. Objective To develop interactive media that pushes the boundaries of todays technologies with the optimal end-user experience. Profile Six years experience in interactive and visual design, project management, and client relations, with a demonstrated ability to deliver and troubleshoot in any given situation. How: Michael Dunn • Discover what the client wants • Drive Design, Development and Delivery Interactive Designer • Act as Technical Evangelist where necessary • Deliver results far exceeding client’s expectations without affecting bottom line Examples: “Mike has been a huge asset for • Re-branded and relaunched Kimball resources identity both on and offline, turning a mere BlabberMouth PR. He saw us through web presence into an invaluable resource for the company and it’s clients and providing a two web site revisions, taking us from an stronger and more recognizable brand, resulting in an increase of profitable accounts and undefined brand image to the vivacious, a more satisfied client base. but professional image we represent today. My trust was well-placed in Mike.” • Overhauled AmeriSciences’ Academy training presentations by making the switch to -Patti Hill, BlabberMouth PR Keynote on a Mac platform and creating a far more compelling and cinematic experience than Powerpoint could offer, prompting several distributors in the company to make the switch as well as well as ushering in a year of record growth for the company. “Mike has a creative mind and a passion for visual representation. Ive never Technical Expertise worked with someone with such an eye Here is a sampling of my technical know-how: for detail who could still get the job done as quickly as he does.” Web Graphic Design Multimedia -Ron Burke, Gaming Trend HTML/XHTML Photoshop Flash CSS Illustrator Keynote “Mike built our website for Kimball Javascript InDesign Powerpoint Resources Inc., He is extremely Actionscript Quark Final Cut professional, creative, and easy to work with. We have been extremely happy with his work and would hire him again in this Special Skills capacity. I would highly recommend him My experience has honed the following skills: to anyone needing web design services.” • Execution—consistently delivering to fixed time schedules against very steep odds. Experience -Bob Hayes, Kimball Resources • Experimentation—relentlessly learning and keeping up with the latest and greatest interactive technologies and implementing them. • Owner, FoolishStudios; Houston, TX — Jan ‘02- present • Communication—intuiting what the client’s needs really are when they themselves are not sure. Sole proprietorship. Designed, Developed and Directed a variety of interactive and print • Focus—determining the scope of a project during the planning stages and keeping it in projects and marketing campaigns. Client list includes Slick Willie’s of America, Kimball sight during production. • Management—knowing where my expertise ends and another’s begins, delegating tasks Resources, and BlabberMouth Public Relations. to others best suited for them to maximize quality and keep on schedule. • Staff Artist, Manager, & Writer, Gaming Trend; www.GamingTrend.com — 11/03 - present Experience • Webmaster & Graphic • Owner, FoolishStudios; Houston, TX —Houston, TX — 2/04 - 10/05 Designer, AmeriSciences; Jan ‘02- present Sole proprietorship. Designed, Developed and Directed a variety of interactive and print • Webmaster, TimeGate Studios; Houston, TX —Client list includes Slick Willie’s of America, Kimball projects and marketing campaigns. 11/00 - 8/01 Resources, and BlabberMouth Public Relations. Professional Credits • Staff Artist, Manager, & Writer, Gaming Trend; www.GamingTrend.com — 11/03 - present • Webmaster & Graphic Designer, AmeriSciences; Houston, TX — 2/04 - 10/05 • Webmaster, TimeGate Studios; Houston, TX — 11/00 - 8/01 TimeGate Studios: 5610 De Lange Ln Professional Credits ‘Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns’, PC Game- Webmaster Houston, TX 77092 C 832.202.9701 TimeGate Studios: ‘Kohan: Ahriman’s Gift, PC Game- Additional Contributions T 713.957.1779 mike@foolishstudios.com ‘Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns’, PC Game- Webmaster www.foolishstudios.com ‘Kohan: Ahriman’s Gift, PC Game- Additional ContributionsWednesday, March 13, 13
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