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    1. 1. Get a Better Job UX Camp London April 2010 Jason Mesut, Experience Director at The Team Marcvus Mustafa, Head of User Experience at LBi
    2. 2. Why this session? ‣ Jason wanted a free form discussion on this subject ‣ Jason had seen a lot of cvs (1000s), a lot of portfolios (100s) and interviewed a lot of candidates for UX roles in his career (100s) ‣ Jason roped in Marcus because he has seen even more cvs and portfolio ‣ Marcus also interviewed, recruited and line managed Jason at LBi ‣ Marcus and Jason also had lengthy discussions when Jason was thinking of leaving LBi to go to The Team ‣ Marcus and Jason both want to improve the process and quality of candidates for ourselves and the industry at large
    3. 3. Why did you come to the session today? ‣ Want a better job ‣ Want to see Jason and Marcus present ‣ Find candidates for a vacancy ‣ Find out what better means ‣ Thinking of changing a job at some point ‣ Following ‘him’ around ‣ Become more influential in my organisation ‣ Interested in our experience at looking through cvs
    4. 4. What is a better job? ‣ Opportunity for progression in an organisation ‣ Find it easier to do better delivery ‣ Feel like more than a number ‣ Better fit for your personality, your view of design process and your ethics (clients, type of work) ‣ Changing your current job, or leaving your current job (could even be a different job in same organisation) ‣ More money - but there is a huge risk of false economy in our industry ‣ Get bonuses,incentives (not necessarily financial) appreciation and kudos or ‣ Exposure to new ways of working
    5. 5. Factors for assessing candidates ‣ First impressions count a lot ‣ The need for different skills in an organisation and the perception of a candidates of having those skills ‣ Their salary demands ‣ How efficient they are going to be ‣ Their intrinsic and extrinsic motivation ‣ Knowing they can do the job ‣ Team fit ‣ Company fit
    6. 6. Getting the job ‣ CVs are very similar - around 30% will get an interview, 10% an offer, less accept ‣ Recruiters can charge 8-10k+ per candidate - this is often hidden, and they can be a pain to work with ‣ Not enough trialling - probation’s not enough - but there are legal issues for someone working for free or for short period on trial ‣ Depends on whether you are junior(aptitude) or senior (specific task or role) ‣ Word of mouth referrals are more powerful ‣ Some companies set a task / design challenge - makes you want it more ‣ Depends on whether you are going for agency/in-house, UX company or multi-disciplinary ‣ Portfolios need to demonstrate your level of involvement, show more than the finished product and help support the stories of your experience