Are you in search of a great job in the vast field of user experience (UX)?
A career as a UX designer or researcher is ideal for anyone that is an out-of-the-box thinker, especially those who can utilize their left and the right brain effortlessly.
It's also in huge demand by many companies, especially tech giants. Moreover, people come from a variety of backgrounds to enter in this field.
One of the biggest hardships of this field can be finding a job, as there is a lot of important steps to take before your search begins, as well as during your search.
UX is a fast-growing industry with plenty of opportunities. These 8 tips will help you showcase your skills and land your dream UX job:
Additionally, here is a video explaining the '5-Step Approach' for your UX Job Search
In the UX field, it's extremely important to showcase your skills through an online portfolio.
Though having a flawless portfolio may seem like an obvious step, it can be easy to miss a few small details, such as broken links or typos.
Try to get as many friends and colleagues to look at your portfolio as you can. The more eyes and opinions the better.
Additionally, cross-check your resume and LinkedIn profile, as these are also essential to telling your professional story to potential employers.
Regardless of the type of job search, it's important to cast a large net while looking for opportunities.
This means applying for jobs that you're unsure about and pursuing as many networking events as possible.
Become more involved in UX-specific events, like conferences or other meet-ups.
Also, consider reaching out to colleagues that you know in the UX field, as you never know what advice, companies, or opportunities they may have some knowledge about.
If you are just beginning your UX journey, a high-quality UX job course is essential. This is true even if you have years of academic experience.
A good course will provide you with an introduction to the field, as well as provide you with the skills you will need to be successful in this area.
Additionally, it should provide you with an effective mentor who can help you navigate this unfamiliar territory and plenty of resources that will help you long after you finish the UX course.
It's well known that networking is one of the best ways to get a job, and the UX field is no different.
Even without a potential job opportunity, it's important to meet new people in the field who can offer advice and resources for you to pursue your own journey.
You never know whether a relationship will "pay off" in the long run, but it's almost always worth the time it takes you to simply talk to people.
However, try not to be outright about your job-seeking intentions. Be honest about your current place in the field, but also be genuine, kind, and curious about the other person's experience.
This will likely lead to a more meaningful connection, especially in the long-term.
And don't forget about networking via LinkedIn, it can be a powerful way to connect with colleagues from across the globe.
Searching for a UX job can be exhausting, even after a few weeks. That's why it's important to have a solid job-seeking plan and to stick to it.
The hardest part will be polishing your resume, LinkedIn, and portfolio.
Don't underestimate the power of a great application either. Set aside time to work on applications, and have a certain amount you would like to complete each week.
This way, you have a goal in mind on your search. Slowly but surely your efforts will compound and result in a great application. Additionally, consider preparing a few potential interview questions in advance, and keep a tab on companies you like the most.
Failure is inevitable, and it happens to everyone.
Oftentimes, we let ourselves believe that failure doesn't exist, or that we're the only ones who experience it.
Obviously, neither of these statements are true, and it's important not to get caught up in your own failures as this can stop you from continuing to push forward.
Therefore, accept that you will fail during your job search. Do your best to succeed, but know that it can and will happen. Not every interview will go perfectly, nor will every job be begging you to work for them.
It's simply a part of life, and all UXer's have been there one time or another. Keep your head up, and keep going.
The field of UX design is one that requires significant experience, in addition to mental ability.
Therefore, consider the best ways to gain experience and build your portfolio. However, not all opportunities will benefit you, so choose them carefully.
As well, consider focusing on the types of products that you would like to work within your career while looking for ways to build your resume.
Our gut instincts are usually telling us something before we may even know it ourselves.
If you go to a job interview and it simply doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. In a time where company culture is everything, sometimes we just don't fit in, and that's perfectly okay.
It's better to find and take a job that you feel happy and confident about, rather than pushing your instincts aside. Doing this will likely not end well.
Final Thoughts on Finding UX Jobs
Overall, looking for a UX job can be difficult. However, that's no reason to lose sight of your goal.
The field is full of innovative thinkers, problem-solvers, and cutting-edge technology. Its focus is on the user, which is perfect for people who prioritize empathy in their lives.
UX design and research is not for those without "the hustle" or ambition. It's for those that are willing to work hard and prove themselves, as well as make the world a better place.
Don't give up. The perfect job will come, so long as you take the right steps.
If you're not sure where to start, check out our UX resources page.