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General Assembly User Experience Design Immersive
Understanding yourself and what employers look
for when hiring UX talent...
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My background
What I look for
Profiling
Portfolio

!
Sell yourselves better
Sell yourselves better
Head of User Experience
at Plan
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@jasonmesut
slideshare.com/jasonmesut
slideshare.com/planstrate...
Sell yourselves better
Industrial Design
Brunel
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In-house
Yell.com (Yellow Pages)
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Management/IT consultancy
PA Consul...
Sell yourselves better
Some of my clients
Sell yourselves better
Plan
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My background
What I look for
Profiling
Portfolio

!
Sell yourselves better
What I’ve always looked for*
Empathy
Critical thinking
Self awareness
Professionalism
UnderstandingCuriosity
Design skills...
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Interest
Vocation
Opinion
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Passion
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Curiosity
Divergent ideation
Convergent concepting
Making tangible
Iteration
Graft of craft
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Design skills
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Interest
Discovery
Exploration
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Curiosity
!
Ever widening domain
Ability to reassure
Ability to flip perspective
Build confidence
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Understanding
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Recognition of others
Respect of value
Respect in conflict
Balanced empathy
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Empathy
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Ever widening domain
Ability to flip perspective
Hold on to some constants
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Self awareness
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Cynical optimism
Probing popular rhetoric
Seeing possibilities
Foreseeing challenges
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Critical thinking
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Service provider
Honesty
Organisation
Diligence
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Professionalism
!
My background
What I look for
Profiling
Portfolio

!
Sell yourselves better
!
Soft skills determine
how you think, make and
interact with others
!
Profiling
Sell yourselves better
Perfect EA poster
Created in 2005 for Euro IA so needs an update
Sell yourselves better
Soft skills
Sell yourselves better
Body metaphor
Sell yourselves better
Sell yourselves better
Profile wheels
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User Experience is made
up of a mix of disciplines,
practices and titles.
!
Profiling
!
Understanding your
shape and how you want
to develop is really useful
throughout your career
!
Profiling
Sell yourselves better
UX quadrants: 

2005 - 2013
ExS
Experience
Strategy
IxD
Interaction
Design
UR
User
Research
IA
Info...
Sell yourselves better
UX quadrants
ExS
Experience
Strategy
IxD
Interaction
Design
UR
User
Research
IA
Information
Archite...
Sell yourselves better
UX quadrants
ExS
Experience
Strategy
IxD
Interaction
Design
UR
User
Research
IA
Information
Archite...
Sell yourselves better
UX quadrants
ExS
Experience
Strategy
IxD
Interaction
Design
UR
User
Research
IA
Information
Archite...
Sell yourselves better
UX quadrants
ExS
Experience
Strategy
IxD
Interaction
Design
UR
User
Research
IA
Information
Archite...
Sell yourselves better
Provenance
ExS
Experience
Strategy
IxD
Interaction
Design
UR
User
Research
IA
Information
Architect...
Models as drawn by team members at RMA
Models as drawn by team members at RMA
Models as drawn by team members at RMA
Sell yourselves better
Have a go
Understand your shape
Map yourself against the different
dimensions
Your name Date
UR
Use...
Sell yourselves better
UX double diamond
ExS
Experience
Strategy
IxD
Interaction
Design
UR
User
Research
IA
Information
Ar...
Sell yourselves better
UX layers
RMA’s disciplines of User Experience
Visual Language
Motion Graphics
Information Design
I...
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My background
What I look for
Profiling
Portfolio

!
Sell yourselves better
Sell yourselves better
See more at: betteruxportfolios.com
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1. Portfolio rant
2. Portfolio tips handout
3. Sell yourself ...
Come together - bridging the physical-digital divide
We join the dots
www.plan.bz
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A presentation I pulled together for General Assembly's UX Design Immersive course in London.

I pulled the presentation together in a morning from some old and emerging thinking. Hoping to progress soon, so any feedback greatly received.

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Sell yourselves better: What a UX employer looks for

  1. General Assembly User Experience Design Immersive Understanding yourself and what employers look for when hiring UX talent 
 2 April 2014 Jason Mesut
 Head of User Experience
 Plan Sell yourselves better
  2. ! My background What I look for Profiling Portfolio
 ! Sell yourselves better
  3. Sell yourselves better Head of User Experience at Plan ! ! @jasonmesut slideshare.com/jasonmesut slideshare.com/planstrategic plan.bz betteruxportfolios.com
 Jason Mesut
  4. Sell yourselves better Industrial Design Brunel ! ! In-house Yell.com (Yellow Pages) ! Management/IT consultancy PA Consulting ! User-centred design / research consultancy Flow (now Foolproof) ! Digital design marketing consultancy / agency LBi The Team RMA Consulting
 Previously
  5. Sell yourselves better Some of my clients
  6. Sell yourselves better Plan
  7. ! My background What I look for Profiling Portfolio
 ! Sell yourselves better
  8. What I’ve always looked for* Empathy Critical thinking Self awareness Professionalism UnderstandingCuriosity Design skillsPassion
  9. ! Interest Vocation Opinion ! Passion
  10. ! Curiosity Divergent ideation Convergent concepting Making tangible Iteration Graft of craft ! ! Design skills
  11. ! Interest Discovery Exploration ! Curiosity
  12. ! Ever widening domain Ability to reassure Ability to flip perspective Build confidence ! ! ! ! Understanding
  13. ! Recognition of others Respect of value Respect in conflict Balanced empathy ! ! ! ! Empathy
  14. ! Ever widening domain Ability to flip perspective Hold on to some constants ! ! ! ! ! Self awareness
  15. ! Cynical optimism Probing popular rhetoric Seeing possibilities Foreseeing challenges ! ! ! Critical thinking
  16. ! Service provider Honesty Organisation Diligence ! ! ! ! Professionalism
  17. ! My background What I look for Profiling Portfolio
 ! Sell yourselves better
  18. ! Soft skills determine how you think, make and interact with others ! Profiling
  19. Sell yourselves better Perfect EA poster Created in 2005 for Euro IA so needs an update
  20. Sell yourselves better Soft skills
  21. Sell yourselves better Body metaphor
  22. Sell yourselves better
  23. Sell yourselves better Profile wheels
  24. ! User Experience is made up of a mix of disciplines, practices and titles. ! Profiling
  25. ! Understanding your shape and how you want to develop is really useful throughout your career ! Profiling
  26. Sell yourselves better UX quadrants: 
 2005 - 2013 ExS Experience Strategy IxD Interaction Design UR User Research IA Information Architecture Evolved from an Adaptive Path model and in use at LBi, The Team, and RMA
  27. Sell yourselves better UX quadrants ExS Experience Strategy IxD Interaction Design UR User Research IA Information Architecture Insight and big picture
  28. Sell yourselves better UX quadrants ExS Experience Strategy IxD Interaction Design UR User Research IA Information Architecture User Interface craft
  29. Sell yourselves better UX quadrants ExS Experience Strategy IxD Interaction Design UR User Research IA Information Architecture Conceptual, design, feel
  30. Sell yourselves better UX quadrants ExS Experience Strategy IxD Interaction Design UR User Research IA Information Architecture Analysis, rigour, logic
  31. Sell yourselves better Provenance ExS Experience Strategy IxD Interaction Design UR User Research IA Information Architecture Industrial design Business consulting, Marketing HCI Psychology Software design Web design Business strategy Market research Design research Library science Design strategy Device interface design
  32. Models as drawn by team members at RMA
  33. Models as drawn by team members at RMA
  34. Models as drawn by team members at RMA
  35. Sell yourselves better Have a go Understand your shape Map yourself against the different dimensions Your name Date UR User Research ExS Experience Strategy IA Information Architecture IxD Interaction Design www.plan.bz Name and date Draw a shape Fill out the wheel UR User Research ExS Experience Strategy IA Information Architecture IxD Interaction Design Jason 7 Jan 2014
  36. Sell yourselves better UX double diamond ExS Experience Strategy IxD Interaction Design UR User Research IA Information Architecture VL Visual Language MG Motion Graphics ID Information Design A work in progress Developed at RMA, currently being evolved at Plan
  37. Sell yourselves better UX layers RMA’s disciplines of User Experience Visual Language Motion Graphics Information Design Interaction Design Experience Strategy User Research Information Architecture What user perceives Big D Little d UX UI
  38. ! My background What I look for Profiling Portfolio
 ! Sell yourselves better
  39. Sell yourselves better See more at: betteruxportfolios.com ! 1. Portfolio rant 2. Portfolio tips handout 3. Sell yourself better presentation ! ! @jasonmesut slideshare.com/jasonmesut plan.bz
 Portfolio
  40. Come together - bridging the physical-digital divide We join the dots www.plan.bz

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