SoCal UX Camp -- How To Get A Great UX Job

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The presentation done at the SoCal UX Camp giving designers career advice about their resume, portfolio, and other tips for personal networking.

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SoCal UX Camp -- How To Get A Great UX Job

  1. 1. From applicationto interviewHow to get agreat UX job{Patrick NeemanDirector of Product Design, nPario@usabilitycountshttp://www.usabilitycounts.comSunday, June 2, 13
  2. 2. @usabilitycountsUser Research - 100 RecruitersThe typical interview processThe Offer}3 to 5On SiteInterviews}HiringManagerPhoneScreen7-10people}RecruiterPhoneScreen10-15 people}Research20-100peopleSunday, June 2, 13
  3. 3. Getting a great job is a lot like dating......you have to kiss a lot of frogsbefore your find your princeSunday, June 2, 13
  4. 4. @usabilitycountsGetting all dolled upfor the big danceSunday, June 2, 13
  5. 5. @usabilitycountsShow themyour money,baby!• LinkedIn profile• Resume• Portfolio• Side projectsSunday, June 2, 13
  6. 6. @usabilitycounts{ Your LinkedIn profile }• Have a great summary• Include your skills and specialities• List the results of your work• Let brands speak for themselvesSunday, June 2, 13
  7. 7. @usabilitycounts{ A great LinkedIn profile }Sunday, June 2, 13
  8. 8. @usabilitycounts{ A great LinkedIn profile }Great TitleSunday, June 2, 13
  9. 9. @usabilitycounts{ A great LinkedIn profile }Great TitleSolid SummarySunday, June 2, 13
  10. 10. @usabilitycounts{ A great LinkedIn profile }Great TitleSolid SummaryAccurate Job DescriptionsSunday, June 2, 13
  11. 11. @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 designSunday, June 2, 13
  12. 12. @usabilitycounts{ A great resume }Sunday, June 2, 13
  13. 13. @usabilitycounts{ A great resume }Sunday, June 2, 13
  14. 14. @usabilitycounts{ A great resume }Solid OpeningSummarySunday, June 2, 13
  15. 15. @usabilitycounts{ A great resume }Solid OpeningSummaryClear and ConciseJob DescriptionsSunday, June 2, 13
  16. 16. @usabilitycounts{ A great resume }Solid OpeningSummaryClear and ConciseJob DescriptionsSkills andBrands ListedSunday, June 2, 13
  17. 17. @usabilitycountsWhy should my résume be in Word?• It’s a standard format — everyone can open it• Recruiters edit résumes to put their letterhead• Concentrate on content• Creates constraints — that’s not a bad thingSunday, June 2, 13
  18. 18. @usabilitycountsRésume tipsToo many positions Combine all into one position, and list each as a clientToo few positions List projects under a positionUnrelated positions Don’t list them at all, no one caresSunday, June 2, 13
  19. 19. @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 designSunday, June 2, 13
  20. 20. @usabilitycounts{ Your portfolio }• Tell a big story• Tell a lot of small stories• Challenge, process, solution, resultsSunday, June 2, 13
  21. 21. @usabilitycounts{ A great portfolio }Show More Than WireframesSunday, June 2, 13
  22. 22. @usabilitycounts{ A great portfolio }Tell A Great Story, No Matter How BigSunday, June 2, 13
  23. 23. @usabilitycounts{ A great portfolio }Show Process and Thinkinghttp://www.behance.net/laiyeeloriSunday, June 2, 13
  24. 24. @usabilitycounts{ Your portfolio }• A clean and professional feel• A solid illustration of your process• Show clear thinking• Don’t over designSunday, June 2, 13
  25. 25. @usabilitycounts{ Other skills }• Writing• Visual design• Prototyping + HTMLSunday, June 2, 13
  26. 26. @usabilitycounts{ Extra credit }Have apassionprojectSunday, June 2, 13
  27. 27. @usabilitycountsNetworking{ Why do I want to become a personalreferral? }Sunday, June 2, 13
  28. 28. @usabilitycounts45%of all hires{ Agency + personal referrals }9%of all jobapplicationsSunday, June 2, 13
  29. 29. @usabilitycountsThe lowest conversion rate for an application?A job board0.41% percent of applications from job boards become hires.11 percent of applications from referrals become hires.Sunday, June 2, 13
  30. 30. @usabilitycountsWho doyou knowat Google?Sunday, June 2, 13
  31. 31. @usabilitycountsApplying online is a losing bet• No ATS (Spreadsheet)• Small to Mid Level ATS (Jobscore, Zip Recruiter)• Enterprise ATS (Kenexa, Saba, Taleo)Sunday, June 2, 13
  32. 32. @usabilitycounts{ Networking }• Twitter, the new professional branding network• National conferences for dream jobs• Local meetups and hack nights for local networking• Find super connectorsSunday, June 2, 13
  33. 33. @usabilitycountsPersonal networkingis the newjob boardWhy?Sunday, June 2, 13
  34. 34. @usabilitycounts56% percent ofpeople who got ajob got it throughsomeone theyknew casually.Mark GranovetterSociologist, 1973Sunday, June 2, 13
  35. 35. And remember......there’s plenty of fish in the seaSunday, June 2, 13
  36. 36. Thank you!Patrick NeemanDirector of Product Design, nPario@usabilitycountshttp://www.usabilitycounts.comSunday, June 2, 13

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