Everything you need to better navigate your UX career and getting hired in UX. Some topics include UX career 101, UX roles, Resume building, Portfolio, Interviewing, Interview questions, Design exercises, How to stand out, Guided and Self-learning, Mentor advice, UX Q&A, Side projects, Online UX courses and programs, UX Resources and tools.
Sarah Donaldson - Lead Product Designer
Sarah Donaldson is the Lead Product Designer @ Fullscript.
Sarah shares how she got into the industry by accident, what is the difference between an intermediate and a senior designer, and what you can do to start positioning yourself as one. We also talk about what makes recruiters ignore candidates just because of their job application, and Sarah’s expectations of portfolio, resume, interviewing, and asking good interview questions. And lastly, we touch on the topic of Design Ops and what makes a good design lead.
Sarah on Linkedin
Josh Loh - Freelance UX Designer
Josh is a freelance UX designer from Vancouver, Canada. Josh talks about his career journey and how he transitioned from engineering into UX. He speaks to the differences between working as a consultant and as a permanent employee. Also, we discuss the challenges of building a community, and also the benefits they can bring. In addition, Josh gives valuable advice on starting out and some tips to increase your chances of getting through the door.
Book "Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less"
Christopher Behr - Design Lead
Christopher Behr is the Design Lead at Impala, a remote-first B2B startup in travel industry. We talk about Chris’s journey in the Design industry and some key takeaways. We discuss the pros and cons of hiring generalists and specialists and why so many companies look for unicorns. Also, Chris shares what kind of side projects he finds more valuable in a portfolio, and gives some tips on how to design your resume and case studies, and many more useful tips on getting a job in UX.
Christopher on Linkedin
Christopher on Twitter
Ashish Gurung - Head of Product
Ashish is the Head of Product at Visualping, a website change monitoring service for businesses and also people.
Ashish shares how he got into Product from consulting and Project Management, and educates me on job title and roles in the Product Management world. We also talk about the art of influencing and building trust with stakeholders and leadership, and what framework Ashish used to get buy-in to work on a project that helped him get on the path of product management. Then, he shares the biggest challenge of context-switching between strategic and tactical mindsets. And from the point of view of person hiring designers, what are the key answers he is looking for when reviewing candidates. And at the end, Ashish shares some insights about the Design team at his current company Visualping.
Ashish on Linkedin
Rachel Krebs - Senior UX Designer
Rachel is a Senior UX Designer, currently working at a FAANG company.
We talk about how Rachel got into the UX field, how her education in Chemistry and Business helped her gain skills that made her a better designer, the love of complexity working with internal tools and a ton of constraints, why it is important to be authentic to your true self, tailoring your resume to the job you want, what portfolio design pisses her off, finding new projects to add to your case studies, common mistakes during white-boarding exercises, and a lot more.
Rachel on Linkedin
Nick Koveshnikov - Senior User Researcher
Nick is a Senior User Researcher.
We talk about his origin story and the aha moment when he was watching users not being able to figure out how to use their product, differences working on internal and external products, his key takeaways from a 10-year long career, one of the biggest challenges for researchers - how to manage stakeholders and some strategies how you can do it better, portfolios and if you need one for job applications, what makes a great researcher, and much more.
Nick on Linkedin
User Research Collective Facebook group
Episode 13 with David Fitzgerald is very insightful
For those folks, who are in their job search process this episode is precious. Another perspective of your job search process.
The resume and cover letter guide is valuable. I’ve never thought about the resume layout from this angle even though it seems obvious.