We have been hiring UX Designers for many years. In that time, I have read many UX Designer resumes and I can tell you there are really important differences between beautifully crafted and uninspiring CVs. Here some tips to prepare a great User Experience Designer CV to get you hired.
Resumes are the first things most recruiters and hiring managers look at to understand if you are suitable for the job. Your CV is your first step which shows a little of your personality (I know it is not fair but..). Help recruiters and show them what they really need to see: your personal statement! Explain who you are, what you want to do as a UX designer and what you have achieved before. And no! Wireframes are not accomplishments. Also, make sure that your User Experience resume and Linkedin profile are in excellent shape.
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Let’s start with the basics. You prepare your resume as a UX Designer and apply for the position to start your interview process.
A resume is the first step as recruiters look for if you seem qualified for the job. The phone screen is the second step that we (recruiters) want to see if you can explain your experiences well and the last step, which is an interview, is the time to prove all of them!
For the first impression, recruiters are looking for in your resume that:
- Right skills for a job in User Experience
- “Passion” to learn more
- Bring something new to the team
- Critical thinking
Your first task: apply the User Experience fundamentals that you have learned at school and consider your target audience (recruiters). You should make it easy to read/understand/highlight the information.
You should be brief; it is not easy to summarize your whole career in 1 or 2 pages but no one will view a 3-page CV carefully (I know, this is not fair #2).
The format should be like:
1. Personal Statement
Where would you like your career to take you? How would you describe your passion for UX?
Use strong action and short, positive statements because this will go with your CV wherever it gets sent (it is hard to say the same thing for your cover letter).
2. Contact Details
Name, email address, phone number and your LinkedIn profile are required at the very top of your resume.
When you have the skills at the top of your CV, the recruiter can know exactly what you can do BUT to show a graph or chart of a bunch of skills with a few that are far lower than the rest is not a good idea. Please don’t do that:
It is true that most jobs in a linear career involve similar responsibilities in similar achievements. Instead of describing everything you have done, you can list your job experiences per line and include your achievement with bullet points.
“I designed wireframes!” is not an achievement, we talked about this before. If you have numbers: it is good to use them. If you did gain favour for your business, it is great! “I designed a mobile booking app that brought in $1M in new sales” would be an impressive bullet point sentence (same as decreasing costs, improving NPS, etc.).
User Experience resumes generally have a lot of contract jobs which make them too long. It is good to compress them and lists what you did in a condensed format and what you accomplished. That would give us a good impression of your experience.
Recruiters want to see your professional development so you don’t need to write about what you did at school or modules you studied. You should show the highlights of your higher education.
You need to check these before submitting your resume
Spelling/ typo: read and re-read your resume to catch any error.
Focus: If you are applying for a UX Designer position, maybe there is no need to include the Sales Assistant experience in a store during your university years. When a hire manager looks at your CV, they focus on the job you want, not just the jobs you have had!
Delivery format: PDF file! You don’t want to lose the perfect format by sending a resume as a Microsoft Word document.
Be honest! Skills are the most common resume lies, according to Heather Huhman the career expert and experienced hiring manager. And she adds: “Telling the truth about your skills can set you up for success.” In addition to moral values, you don’t want to be in a bad situation when you get the job. Right?
It is good to have a portfolio BUT you should show your inner thought process instead of final designs only. For recruiters, it is important to see your process: techniques, methods, innovations and so on.
It is good to have a personal website where you can have your examples and portfolio up there and link to live sites or apps.
Sloppy design, poorly designed portfolio/website, too many pages, poor grammar, same bullets for every job, no job descriptions at all and job hopping are the main reasons to reject your resume.
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