UXSpeakeasy - How To Get A Great UX Job

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By Patrick Neeman, UsabilityCounts.com & Dylan Campbell, Partner at Highlander Solutions

Mar 31, 2012: UX Speakeasy in San Diego, CA http://www.uxsconf.com/

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  • This presentation was done originally at the UX Speakeasy Conference (http://www.uxsconf.com) on March 31, 2012 in San Diego, California. \n\nPatrick Neeman is the Director of User Experience at Jobvite (http://www.jobvite.com) and Dylan Campbell is a Partner at Highlander Solutions (http://highlandersolutions.net). You can also reach Patrick at his blog (http://www.usabilitycounts.com) or download the UX Drinking Game (http://www.uxdrinkinggame.com).\n\nOn Twitter:\nPatrick Neeman - http://www.twitter.com/usabilitycounts\nDylan Campbell - http://www.twitter.com/highlandersol\n\n
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  • UXSpeakeasy - How To Get A Great UX Job

    1. From applicationto interview { How to get a great UX jobPatrick Neeman Dylan CampbellDirector of User Experience, Jobvite Partner, Highlander Solutions@usabilitycounts @highlandersolhttp://www.usabilitycounts.com http://www.highlandersolutions.net
    2. Getting a great job is a lot like dating......you have to kiss a lot of frogs before your find your prince
    3. Getting all dolled up for the big dance@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    4. Show them your money, baby! • LinkedIn profile • Portfolio • Resume • Side projects@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    5. { A great LinkedIn profile }@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    6. Great Title { A great LinkedIn profile }@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    7. Great Title Solid Summary { A great LinkedIn profile }@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    8. Great Title Solid SummaryAccurate Job Descriptions { A great LinkedIn profile } @usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    9. { Your LinkedIn profile } • Have a great summary • Include your skills and specialities • List the results of your work • Keep it industry specific@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    10. { A great resume }@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    11. { A great resume }@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    12. Solid Opening Summary { A great resume }@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    13. Solid Opening Summary Clear and Concise Job Descriptions { A great resume }@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    14. Solid Opening Summary Clear and Concise Job Descriptions Skills and Brands Listed { A great resume }@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    15. { Your resume } • An easy to read, parsable format (Word or PDF) • A clear career progression that tells a story • Skills and research methods listed for recruiters • Don’t over design@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    16. Show Detail { A Great Portfolio } @usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    17. Show More Than Wireframes { A Great Portfolio } @usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    18. { Your portfolio } • A clean and professional feel • A solid illustration of your process • Show clear thinking • Don’t over design@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    19. { Other Skills } • Writing • Visual Design • Prototyping + HTML@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    20. { Extra credit } Have a passion project@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    21. Who do you want to date?@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    22. Place small bets until you have a sure bet • Talk to people on Twitter and ask about their company • Go to events like conferences and meetups • Ask if anyone knows a good recruiter • Talk about what you like@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    23. { Networking } • Twitter, the new professional branding network • Super connectors@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    24. { Agency + personal referrals }@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    25. { Agency + personal referrals }@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    26. { Agency + personal referrals } 9% of all job applications@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    27. { Agency + personal referrals } 9% of all job applications@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    28. { Agency + personal referrals } 9% of all job 45% of all hires applications@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    29. Personal networking is the new job board@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    30. { Questions for yourself } • What’s your passion? • Where do you like to work? • Do like teams or flying solo?@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    31. Going on the first date@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    32. Companies hire to solve a problem • You are not the solution for every problem • You are not Mr. or Mrs. Right for every person • You are perfect for the ones you’re perfect for@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    33. { We’re not married, we’re just testing the waters } The typical interview process@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    34. { We’re not married, we’re just testing the waters } The typical interview process Recruiter Phone Screen@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    35. { We’re not married, we’re just testing the waters } The typical interview process Recruiter Phone Screen }@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    36. { We’re not married, we’re just testing the waters } The typical interview process } Hiring Recruiter Manager Phone Phone Screen Screen@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    37. { We’re not married, we’re just testing the waters } The typical interview process } } Hiring Recruiter Manager Phone Phone Screen Screen@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    38. { We’re not married, we’re just testing the waters } The typical interview process } } Hiring Recruiter 3 to 8 Manager Phone On Site Phone Screen Interviews Screen@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    39. { We’re not married, we’re just testing the waters } The typical interview process } } } Hiring Recruiter 3 to 8 Manager Phone On Site Phone Screen Interviews Screen@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    40. { We’re not married, we’re just testing the waters } The typical interview process } } } Hiring Recruiter 3 to 8 Manager Phone On Site The Offer Phone Screen Interviews Screen@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    41. Don’t be Spicoli: Be prepared • Show up on time • Know the company • Know the interviewer • Know your lines@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    42. Most importantly... Get them to talk! People love to talk ... and talk ... and talk { No one ever listens to them }@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    43. { Questions for interviewer } • “What’s the revenue model?” • “What’s the team structure?” • “Did you have a designer before?” • “Why didn’t it workout?”@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    44. Going steady@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    45. { Warning signs } • Unenthusiastic interviewers • Disorganized office • Work lacks quality@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    46. { Questions for yourself } • Will the money keep you happy? • Do you like the people? • Is it geographically desirable? • Will you be more employable?@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    47. It’s okay to say... “Let’s be friends.”@usabilitycounts @highlandersol
    48. And remember... ...there’s plenty of fish in the sea
    49. Thank you!Patrick Neeman Dylan CampbellDirector of User Experience, Jobvite Partner, Highlander Solutions@usabilitycounts @highlandersolhttp://www.usabilitycounts.com http://www.highlandersolutions.netCredit: Kenneth James Hamer (@hamerco) for branding direction assist.

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