Skip to main content

Landing Your First Job as an UX Designer

Last week, I met with one of my best friends who was offered a full-time position as an UX designer at Google. We pulled together some possible tips for you to confidently set off your next episode into the workforce. Whether you’re a freelancer who just decides to pin on a position or a graduate student who is a little nervous to join the real world, we believe our advice will help a lot.

1. No one is born to be experienced

You may have been intimidated when you checked out the job descriptions on your laptop. In fact, your self-doubt is unnecessary because most new grads don’t have much experience. Now if you calm down to rethink about it, you’ll find that it is enthusiasm and talent that the big companies really value. They like to hear that you are a fast learner with an open mind to grow with the team. And your experience such as designing a logo for your friend and making a website for fun will all be counted as excellent experience.


2. Expand your social network

You need to make best of Twitter, Quora, Medium, etc. to expand your social network as quickly as possible. At the same time, offline activities like Startup Weekend, Major League Hacking, XX+UX, MeetUp may bring you unexpected connections.


3. Chose your starting point

Think deeply over Startup, Agencies, Freelance and large-sized companies before you make your final decision. If you are just a confused student who has no idea what to do, the most important thing is that the job really fit you. Ask yourself what kind of person you are going to be 5 years later. Have a talk with your seniors but do not forget your initial determination.


4. Show your passion

Enthusiasm might be the most valuable assets that a new designer can show to his/her potential employers.Companies need to test the way you approach problems and how you understand design. Use prototyping tool like Mockplus to demonstrate your idea in the interviewing process Your independent idea is extremely important. Be confident and stay encouraged. The companies are not only looking for hard skills but healthy attitude and creativity.

5. Be yourself

When you gradually narrow down your options, all you need is to make a successful interview. There is a common mistake that you may overdo the practice because of the strain. It may make you look sophisticated though practicing will help you talk clearly and thoughtfully. If you get hired because of a rehearsed version of yourself, you are likely to find later that the job is not your type.
Here are some great organizations, blogs, and classes:
Mockplus blog and Designers Guild are active online design communities to keep up with the latest trends as well as get feedback on your work
Startup Weekend and Major League Hacking are a great way to get involved in Hackathons
Meetup and Eventbrite to find design events like Dribbble and XX+UX — Women in UX meetups in your area
SkillshareLyndaUdacityCodecademy, Coursera all offer tons of classes related to UX, motion, coding, etc.


Popular posts from this blog

Top 15 UX/UI Designers You Should Follow to Flow Out Inspiration in 2018

As is known, design is a rather broad and hard-to-define term. There are a wealth of different responsibilities encompassed by the term designer and design-related roles which have been existing in a wide range of areas, varying from print (publications and magazine) to industrial design (furniture and cars). With new design roles emerging in the industry, job titles like UX/UI designers seem to be confusing for both experienced and uninitiated designers. Before diving deeper, let’s have a quick look on the difference between UX and UI terms. User Experience (UX) designis a concept that has many dimensions and primarily concerned with how the product will feel. To solve a specific user problem, a UX designer will explore many different approaches, as any given design problem doesn’t have one single right answer. By identifying verbal/non-verbal stumbling blocks, UX designers refine and iterate to make the “best” user experience. Here is how Laura Klein (the author of UX for Lean Start…

13 Must-Have UX Tools for Designers

What are the UX design tools you use to create flowcharts? What are the best tools for wireframingprototypinguser testinginteraction design or team collaboration? There are an overwhelming number of UX tools out there, and finding the best can be mind-boggling. If you’re looking for UX design tools and UX wireframe tools to make your life easier, this post is written specifically for you. To help you create apps/websites with high productivity, we explore 13 amazing UX tools and best prototyping tools you should have for 2017. UX tools for mind mapping: MindManager
A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. It is a great way to brainstorm, make a plan, or turn ideas into the steps needed to make it real. MindManager is one of the best mind mapping software application developed by Mindjet. The digital mind maps can be used a “virtual whiteboard” for brainstorming, managing and planning projects, compiling research, organizing large amounts of information, an…

Professional UX Design Approaches for Building The Best Website

Building a website through UX design approaches is very much like painting or sculptural art, they all take patience, foresight, aesthetics ability, creativity and perception of details. Generally, the website you design represents your company, it needs to be stunning and breathtaking. If you look deeper into the aspects of website building, you can find some core UX features that outstanding websites share. By analyzing the top design trends, we may accurately trace out four major professional UX design methods for website building. 1. Streamlined Navigation By saying “Streamlined Navigation”, I do not only refer to the navigation bar but all others navigations on a larger scale. Not to mention the great ones, a standard website also needs to be of high usability. Besides that, the speed and accuracy of loading are of decisive significance as well. In professional UX principles, the typography should be carefully organized to ensure the best user experience. Links should be highly …