How to Find Your Dream UX Job: Q&A

A couple weeks ago, one of our Michigan Account Managers, Joe Tebben, had the honor and pleasure of serving as both a guest panelist and sponsor at Detroit’s User Experience Monthly Meetup. The group, informally known as DUX, is made up of approximately 550 members ranging from seasoned UI/UX professionals to recent graduates and folks still working towards becoming UI/UX professionals.

This particular meetup, titled “Finding Your Dream UX Job” allowed Joe, along with 6 others, to serve as a sounding board for DUX who had several great questions for the group of panelists. Some of these questions included:

  • What types of UX jobs are available?
  • What skills/experience do I need to get a UX job?
  • What types of software/prototyping tools should I be able to use?
  • What are some important do’s and don’ts’s in a UX interview?

While these were just a few of the many questions asked at the meeting, the conversation shared some great insight on what candidates and hiring managers both look for in a UI/UX position. For more information and pictures from the event please visit the DUX Meetup Website. Missed out on the event, but still want to talk to someone about UI/UX positions? Give our Michigan office a call at (734) 667-4126 and ask for Joe!

4 Ways to Ensure You are Working Effectively With Your Recruiter

Working effectively with a recruiter relies heavily upon an open line of communication between both the recruiter and the candidate. To match the right candidate with the right position, there are a few things both the candidate and the recruiter can do to make the process go smoothly.

  1. Ask Questions

You can never ask too many questions and there is no such thing as a stupid question. For a recruiter, it’s crucial to find out as much as you can about a candidate before submitting their resume. Same goes for a candidate. It’s important for you to know everything you can about the role before you interview and accept the position.

2. Be Honest

There’s nothing worse than getting to an interview and finding out the position was not what you thought it was because the recruiter was not open about what the role entailed. It’s also equally upsetting for a recruiter to submit a candidate who may not have been completely honest about their qualifications. Honesty is the best policy when it comes to recruiting.

3. Stick to Deadlines

Going through the on-boarding process is something no one particularly likes to do. Between the paperwork, background check, and potential drug screen, who has time for all of that with their busy schedule? To make the process as pain-free as possible, it’s important for the recruiter not only to get the process started on-time, but also for the candidate to fill out the paperwork and go through all other screenings in a timely manner.

4. Meet in Person

So much can be lost in translation via email or telephone. Meeting with a candidate or your recruiter is a great way to break down any communication barriers. You might even have time to knock out some on-boarding paperwork over a cup of coffee.

An effective relationship takes two. The recruiter and the candidate both have to buy in to the process. While there are definitely more ways to work effectively with a recruiter, these have proven to be the simplest and, well, most effective, in our experience, at creating long-lasting recruiter-candidate relationships.

 

LinkedIn: Putting Your Best Foot Forward

LinkedIn is one of the best networking tools available today and it’s to your advantage to utilize it. While it is an amazing tool, if you do not use it correctly you run the risk of damaging your personal brand. Lucky for you, we are here to help! Why take our word for it? As recruiters we practically network in our sleep so we know a thing or two about properly using a networking site like LinkedIn. So here are a few helpful hints for making the most out of your LinkedIn account.

  1. “Think of your profile as a professional brochure”

This is your chance to show off your accomplishments and brag on yourself a little. Tread lightly; you don’t want to appear overly confident in your abilities. Exaggerating the truth will not win over potential employers. Honesty is always the best policy here.

  1. “Use the Project Section”

The project section is a great way to keep track of and showcase your previous work. Where you may not have room on your resume to list all of the projects you have worked on, LinkedIn is limit free. You can list to your heart’s content! Be careful not to list every single project you have ever worked on. Choose only the projects that best showcase your skills.

  1. “Stay Relevant”

Make sure you are immersing yourself in the right groups on LinkedIn. Follow only those groups that are relevant to your interests and career. This is another great way to show others that you are a well-rounded and informed individual in the business community.

  1. “Connect with a Purpose”

While I can admit to being envious of those with “500+” connections, it’s important to remember that quantity does not always mean quantity. Connect with those who provide value instead of a number.

We hope these tips have been helpful. Feel free to connect with any of our recruiters via LinkedIn. If you’re currently job searching, we have a whole list of career opportunities on our website as well. Feel free to reach out, we’d love to chat.