Probably the question I get most often when I give presentations about UX resumes is, “How can I transition into UX from my current career?”
There’s no doubt about it—UX is a hot industry right now. There are more jobs than qualified candidates, starting salaries are high ($60-80,000 in major tech hubs), and the work is fun and challenging. It’s no wonder so many of you are trying to get a piece of the action.
So, if you’re serious about getting into UX, here are a few tips:
» You have to be able to do the job
No matter how much experience you have managing projects, designing logos, or writing proposals—no matter how many years of experience you have—if you can’t demonstrate some ability to do UX, I’m not going to hire you for a UX position. If I hired an unqualified candidate, I wouldn’t be doing my job, would I?
I’m expecting to have to train you in our processes, our corporate culture, and our industry or subject matter. But I am not expecting to have to train you in basic UX concepts, techniques, and tools. Very few employers these days can afford the luxury of long ramp-up time or weeks of training. We need you to be productive from day one.