UX Career Guidance

Are UX Interview “Exercises” Crossing the Line?

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I’m increasingly troubled by stories from young Designers and UXers about UX interview “exercises” potential employers are asking them to do. Specifically, I’m seeing too many instances where, to my eyes, it looks like these organizations are asking interviewees to do real project work — for free.

I personally believe that these exercises are a waste of everyone’s time, but I get it. Organizations want a sure thing; they’re trying to minimize risk and vet a candidate as thoroughly as possible. But here’s what nearly three decades have taught me:

No

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3 things every recruiter looks for in a UX Portfolio

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In my new Build a Powerful UX Portfolio course, I talk a great deal about something that’s become clear to me over the past several months, and that’s this:

Although we are all — whether UXers, designers or developers — fiercely dedicated to delivering great UX in our daily work, we often fail to apply the same discipline, rigor or effort to our personal websites or portfolios.

In particular, there are 3 things that stand out to me, things I see in every UX portfolio I’ve seen:

1. This

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UX Career Advice: On Screwing Up, Surviving and Succeeding

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Sooner or later, you’re going to screw up.

Doesn’t matter how smart or sharp or well-prepared you are, it’s going to happen. That’s just the way it is. But instead of fearing that moment in your UX career — or running away from it when it happens — I want you to expect and embrace it as a necessary component of your success.

I’ll explain by way of a personal story.

Very early on in my career, I somehow landed a huge opportunity

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How can my UX portfolio speak to ridiculous job post skill sets? (Tuesdays with Joe, Episode 11)

In this latest installment of Tuesdays with Joe, I tackle the ridiculous UX job postings we’ve all seen: strange mashups of titles, conflicting qualifications and unicorn-like combinations of UX, design and development skills. How can your UX portfolio possibly address all of this?

I’m sure you’ve seen those job listings, which tend to read like this:

“Jack-of-All-Possible-UX-UI-Design-and-Development-Trades-Wanted. Must know everything there is to know about anything and everything related to all of these disciplines. Two brains (left and right) preferable. Must also be able to do this work with one hand tied behind back

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Should UXers and designers learn to code? (VIDEO: Tuesdays with Joe, Episode 01)

To code or not to code? That, indeed, is the question. This has been a raging debate for a good 10 years now, and there are strong advocates for and against. There are excellent points made on both sides, to be sure. And in this episode of my all-new video show, Tuesdays with Joe, you’ll learn which side of the “learn to code” debate I fall on — and why.

Given the incredible array of drag-and-drop tools at our disposal, designers can build impressive, responsive sites and apps without knowing a

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UX Career Advice for Beginners: Feel the Fear. Do it Anyway.

Advice for Anyone New to UX: Feel the Fear. Do It Anyway.

It’s your first big project, your first time working with an experienced team of product owners and designers and developers. Part of you can’t help thinking that it’s a miracle you landed this gig, and another part of you is silently hoping that no one finds out just how much you don’t know. And as excited as you are to be here, to have the chance to really do what you’re best

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How can a print designer break into UX?

how can a print designer break into UX?

This is a question I am asked several times a week, and it’s a good one. It’s also a hot-button item for me related to a myth I’d like to annihilate. A significant portion of the media — aided and supported by UXers in fear for their jobs — would have you believe that UX is an exclusive club that only those with the right talent and extensive training can join.

It’s not true.

In my

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3 keys to launching your UX career

3 keys to launching your UX career

Not a day goes by that I don’t receive an email from someone who’s new to the world of UX and isn’t sure where to start. Whether you’re just out of college or are transitioning from a related field, the discipline can seem daunting because it’s comprised of so many parts and processes. But while there’s definitely a lot of ground to cover in answering that question, there are 3 keys to launching your UX career that are

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Pick My Brain #007: How do I create a UX portfolio with no real-world experience?

How do I create a UX portfolio with no real-world experience?

Today’s question comes from Rashmi Bhat, one of the 8,267 students taking my User Experience Design Fundamentals Course on Udemy.

Q: Joe, I was reading a blog on how to find job as a UX/UI especially if you are new to this field. As I am just in learning mode, how can I make a portfolio without having worked on any real projects (without any experience)?

A: Rashmi, this

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Pick My Brain #006: How Do I Get Started in UX?

How Do I Get Started in UX

Today’s question “How Do I Get Started in UX?” is something I’m asked almost weekly, so I thought it’d be helpful to address it here.

Q: I am new to UX/UI, and I’m feeling like there is so much I need to know that I worry I’ll never  be able to learn it all. What advice or suggestions do you have for people who want to start a career in User Experience Design?

A: My

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