How to get a great UX job, U of Washington Presentation


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Step by step what you need to do get a great user experience job.

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How to get a great UX job, U of Washington Presentation

  1. Starting out How to get a great UX job{ Patrick Neeman Director of Product Design, Apptio @usabilitycounts
  2. @usabilitycounts Jobvite Director of User Experience
  3. @usabilitycounts There is no front door to UX
  4. @usabilitycounts The Competencies of User Experience User Experience UX How the user thinks and feels Information Architecture IA How the overall system is organized User Interface Design UI How the screen is organized Interaction Design IxD How the user and device act and react Visual Design VxD How the system looks Information Design ID How the information on a screen is organized Data Visualization DataViz How data is visually represented Content Strategy CS How the content reads
  5. @usabilitycounts Show them your money, baby! • LinkedIn profile • Resume • Portfolio • Side projects
  6. @usabilitycounts { Your LinkedIn profile } • Have a great summary • Include your skills and specialities • List the results of your work • Let brands speak for themselves
  7. @usabilitycounts { A great LinkedIn profile } Great Title Solid Summary Accurate Job Descriptions
  8. @usabilitycounts { Your résume } • Format that can be parsed (Word or PDF) • Career progression that tells a story • Skills in keyword form listed for recruiters • Don’t over design
  9. @usabilitycounts { A great resume }
  10. @usabilitycounts { A great resume } Solid Opening Summary Clear and Concise Job Descriptions Skills and Brands Listed
  11. @usabilitycounts Résume tips Too many positions Combine all into one position, and list each as a client Too few positions List projects under a position Unrelated positions Don’t list them at all, no one cares
  12. @usabilitycounts { 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
  13. @usabilitycounts { Your portfolio } • Tell a big story • Tell a lot of small stories • Challenge, process, solution, results
  14. @usabilitycounts { A great portfolio } Tell Stories
  15. @usabilitycounts { A great portfolio } Show More Than Wireframes
  16. @usabilitycounts { A great portfolio } Show Process and Thinking
  17. @usabilitycounts { The 5 Page Website } Challenge. Process. Solution. Results.
  18. @usabilitycounts { A Great Portfolio }
  19. @usabilitycounts { Extra credit } Side Projects
  20. @usabilitycounts How do I build my portfolio? And why is Oliver North in this presentation?
  21. @usabilitycounts { Other skills } • Writing • Visual design • Prototyping + HTML
  22. @usabilitycounts Networking • 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
  23. @usabilitycounts 56% percent of people who got a job got it through someone they knew casually. Mark Granovetter, Sociologist 1973
  24. @usabilitycounts User Research - 100 Recruiters The typical interview process Hiring Manager Phone Screen 7-10 people 3 to 5
 On Site Interviews The Offer } }Recruiter Phone Screen 10-15 people}Research 20-100 people } } Personal Referrals Start Here
  25. @usabilitycounts 45%of all hires { Agency + personal referrals } 9%of all job applications
  26. @usabilitycounts The lowest conversion rate for an application? A job board 0.41% percent of applications from job boards become hires. 11 percent of applications from referrals become hires.
  27. @usabilitycounts { Places To Network } • Twitter, the new professional branding network • Local meetups, Startup Weekends • National conferences for dream jobs
  28. And remember... ...there’s plenty of fish in the sea
  29. Thank you! Patrick Neeman Director of Product Design, Apptio @usabilitycounts