Career Transition to UX Design: Tips for Resumes

Job Search Part 1

Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash
Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash

Please Keep In Mind

My goal is not to tell you what skills you need to get hired, because in reality, as long as you have the basic qualifications for practicing UX design, any combination of skills can be a great match for a full-time role at a company. It’s more a matter of presentation, timing and luck.

Resume and LinkedIn

Your resume and LinkedIn profile are overviews of your work experiences. They are also what internal recruiters might see first, and what hiring managers, and designers will review before they contact you for an interview.

Do’s and Don’ts

Don’t: Say you are all of our past selves rolled into one, like a marketing/UX designer who does photography on the side. If hiring managers think you are not committed to the role because of a parallel career or side interests, they will also think you are less qualified.

TLDR

Surface the contextual pieces, including the type of position, duration of the project, your contributions, what platforms you worked on, as well as the industry and stage of the company or client. Those pieces help hiring managers pattern-match you to their vision for how their product, team, and company will grow.

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Jean Saung

UX Designer and Researcher based in Asheville, NC. I write about design, leadership, resilience, and emotional intelligence. https://www.jeansaung.com/