IXDA Vancouver - How to get a great UX job

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From putting together your resume, building a portfolio, to personal networking, we discuss the steps you need to go through to get in the door for that UX interview.

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IXDA Vancouver - How to get a great UX job

  1. Resumes and LinkedIn profiles How to get a great UX job{ Patrick Neeman Director of Product Design, Apptio @usabilitycounts http://www.usabilitycounts.com Troy Parke Sr. UX Manager, Big Fish Games @uxhow http://www.uxhow.com
  2. Getting a great job is a lot like dating... ...you have to kiss a lot of frogs before your find your prince
  3. @usabilitycounts @uxhow 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 }
  4. @usabilitycounts @uxhow Show them your money, baby! • LinkedIn profile • Resume • Side projects • Portfolio
  5. @usabilitycounts @uxhow { 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
  6. @usabilitycounts @uxhow { A great resume }
  7. @usabilitycounts @uxhow { A great resume } Solid Opening Summary Clear and Concise Job Descriptions Skills and Brands Listed
  8. @usabilitycounts @uxhow Why should my résume be in Word? • It’s a standard format • Recruiters edit résumes • Concentrate on content • Creates constraints
  9. @usabilitycounts @uxhow Responsibilities and Accomplishments • A summary about your job function • Three to five bullet points what you accomplished • Write when you start a job as the goal • Write more of them for more recent jobs
  10. @usabilitycounts @uxhow 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
  11. @usabilitycounts @uxhow { Your LinkedIn profile } • Have a great summary • Include your skills and specialities • List the results of your work • Let brands speak for themselves
  12. @usabilitycounts @uxhow { A great LinkedIn profile } Great Title Solid Summary Accurate Job Descriptions
  13. Exercise • A summary about your job function • Three to five bullet points what you accomplished
  14. Patrick Neeman Director of Product Design, Apptio @usabilitycounts http://www.usabilitycounts.com Troy Parke Sr UX Design Manager, Big Fish @uxhow http://www.uxhow.com UX Portfolios How to get a great UX job{
  15. @usabilitycounts @uxhow How you tell your story is as important as the story itself
  16. @usabilitycounts @uxhow Tell stories that fit your audience • Designers • Developers • Product Managers
  17. @usabilitycounts @uxhow Tell stories that sell • Explain visually • Light and concise • Keep them engaged
  18. @usabilitycounts @uxhow Tell stories that have an awesome
 ending • ROI • Results • Outcome
  19. @usabilitycounts @uxhow Tell big stories
  20. @usabilitycounts @uxhow Big Story Big Fish Unlimited
  21. @usabilitycounts @uxhow • Problem • Process • Involvement • Final Product • Press / Awards • Outcome }Story Big Fish Unlimited Netflix for Games
  22. Challenge
  23. Process
  24. Results
  25. @usabilitycounts @uxhow Tell small stories
  26. @usabilitycounts @uxhow Big Story Bob The Chiropractor
  27. @usabilitycounts @uxhow Bob The Chiropractor 5 Page Lead Generation Website • Problem • First Version • Iteration • Improved Version }Story
  28. @usabilitycounts @uxhow
  29. @usabilitycounts @uxhow Results
  30. @usabilitycounts @uxhow What not to do
  31. Pet Peeves • Screen shots that are too small to read • Screen shots without explanation • Wireframes without any details • Portfolios with only wireframes and no research • Over-designed portfolio
  32. Three Great Examples LaiYee Lori http://www.behance.net/gallery/Vantageous/4652595 ! Simon Pan http://www.simonpan.com/ ! Peter Schuszter http://uxportfolio.com
  33. Exercise • Talk through two portfolios from audience members
  34. Networking and Social Media How to get a great UX job{ Patrick Neeman Director of Product Design, Apptio @usabilitycounts http://www.usabilitycounts.com Troy Parke Sr. UX Manager, Big Fish Games @uxhow http://www.uxhow.com
  35. 45%of all hires 9%of all job applications { Agency + personal referrals } Why social is important
  36. @usabilitycounts @uxhow 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.
  37. @usabilitycounts @uxhow Personal networking is the new job board Why?
  38. @usabilitycounts @uxhow 56% percent of people who got a job got it through someone they knew casually. Mark Granovetter Sociologist, 1973
  39. @usabilitycounts @uxhow { How do I become a personal referral? } Use Social Media
  40. @usabilitycounts @uxhow • Follow people at companies you like on Twitter • Subscribe to updates on Facebook • Tailor your LinkedIn and Facebook profiles • Go to conferences, meetups and classes It’s about making a lot of small bets...
  41. @usabilitycounts @uxhow {Social Networks} LinkedIn Research, reconnaissance and your profile Facebook Personal friends and their connections Twitter Super connectors and people with similar interests Stack Exchange, Git Hub, LinkedIn Groups Building street cred and engage with other users SkillShare, Meetups Engage with super connectors and people in person
  42. @usabilitycounts @uxhow { What kind of people should I be looking for? } • Super connectors, because they like helping people • People who might hire you, not someone who is you • Recruiters, because they move around a lot
  43. @usabilitycounts @uxhow • Ask about their company • Ask about what they’re doing • Ask about their interests • Ask them for advice Get them to talk! You want them to do the talking!
  44. @usabilitycounts @uxhow It’s like dating... You can “play the field” to find what you want
  45. @usabilitycounts @uxhow • Give you something to say • Create common interests • Doesn’t have to be work related • Improve your skills { Extra Credit } Have a passion project
  46. @usabilitycounts @uxhow { Extra Credit } UX Drinking Game
  47. { Extra Credit } Find My Bookmarks
  48. @usabilitycounts @uxhow { What not to do } • Do not talk all the time • Don’t stalk and give them space • Be respectful but be engaging
  49. Thank you! Patrick Neeman Director of Product Design, Apptio @usabilitycounts http://www.usabilitycounts.com Troy Parke Sr. UX Manager, Big Fish Games @uxhow http://www.uxhow.com

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