Note: This is the second part of my career progression into the UX industry as a graphic designer. The first part can be viewed here.
Having completed 2 out 3 projects from my bootcamp, I was eager to start preparing and sending out resumes in hopes to land a job before my course ends. This was a challenge as I always believed that I needed all 3 of my case studies to be ready before I can begin this process.
With only 2 case studies ready, is this achievable? Here’s how I landed my first UX/UI Designer job before finishing my bootcamp.
Tip: Showcase your case studies on Medium whenever you complete them. That way, it’s still fresh in your mind when you compile them and all you have to do is transfer your written case study onto your personal website whenever you’re ready to start building it.
What website builder should you use?
There are plenty to choose from, I personally used Webflow but I wouldn’t recommend it if you are new to web development. Here are website builders that can get you started with your online portfolio:
Overall I would personally recommend Squarespace’s structured editor, as it’s a more mature website builder and the functions are sufficient to showcase your work to your potential employer.
While you’re building your portfolio, showcase any work that is relevant to Design Thinking — I made a mistake in removing all my previous Visual Design work and only uploaded my new UX case studies. What I should’ve done was to include them in my portfolio, but write in “learnings and take aways” from my previous work to show how I’ve matured as a Designer.
Once you have your portfolio ready, it is time to send out your resumes! Be ready for rejection and don’t be discouraged by them 💪.
Here are some tips if you’ve been shortlisted for an interview:
In this day and age, LinkedIn is one of the first places your employer could potentially discover more about you before deciding if you are the right fit for the job. It’s a very useful platform to showcase your experiences and that you are a professional.
Showcase a professional profile image — This is the first impression your employer gets from your LinkedIn. Impress them from the get-go that you care about your work experience and are detailed enough to take a proper profile photo.
Summarise your work experience — List your work history and summarise your role in a few sentences. No one has time to read through 15 bullet points for each job you’ve had. If you have accomplished any achievements within the role, share them!
Designers these days are required to know how to write. Writing demonstrates to your employer that you are a matured Designer and are able to write basic articles. Just pick a random topic (E.g. What motivated you to take up UX? What is User Experience Design? What have you learned so far as a Designer? ANYTHING at all, just start writing in your free time. You’ll be surprise that employers will be impressed that you can write.
Those are basically all I have done that led me to my new job! I hope this article can help and inspire you to land that UX Design job.
I have also completed my bootcamp and here’s a snapshot of our graduation:
It has been an amazing learning journey and I hope to work with all of these talented and amazing human beings again soon!
Thank you for reading! Say hello at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with me on LinkedIn so we can share our experiences and chat about it.