Quite often, beginning designers contact me on Instagram asking:
“How can I become a UX designer? I spend a lot of time studying theory, I have a portfolio, but HR tells me they are not ready to work together. "
I am very sorry that so many people cannot find their dream job. Today, we will analyze the main mistakes when creating a UX portfolio. I'll ask you the same questions that I ask the guys on Instagram, and you are going to try to provide honest answers to these questions. Based on your answers, you will be able to create a high-quality portfolio that will help you get your dream job.
1. What is the purpose of your portfolio?
Your portfolio is bait. The main goal is to get the recruiter interested in responding to your work and seeing you as a prospective job candidate.
2. What role do you play in the company?
Your portfolio should clearly reflect your role in the company. Before creating a portfolio, define your role: UX designer, UI designer, UX / UI designer, UX Researcher, or Product Designer. After choosing a role, list the main responsibilities and try to cover them in your portfolio.
3. What is your work experience and do you have any finished projects?
If you have only a couple of projects that correspond to your role - rather start creating cases, if they don't exist - find yourself a project. Through your projects, you can show what kind of specialist you are, what you can do and how you think.
How to find a project:
1. Case Study. You can come up with a project to work on yourself.
2. Volunteering. You can find an organization that needs UX / UI design services and offer your help. As a result, you will have a real case and experience of working in a team.
Does your portfolio meet the goals of recruiters?
Getting familiar with your portfolio, a recruiter often needs to get answers to the following questions:
Ask yourself these questions and then, try to honestly answer them. If your portfolio cannot provide clear answers for a recruiter, let's move on to the next point of our conversation and analyze the basic requirements for a perfect UX portfolio, how to create it and how to improve it.
1. It should answer the above questions for recruiters.
I want to note that if recruiters are looking for a specialist for a junior or trainee position, then they often understand that candidates may lack certain skills that can only be acquired through practice on real projects.
2. Your UX portfolio should clearly reflect your skills for the job that you are applying for.
Don’t only show beautiful pixel perfect prototypes, illustrations, color and icons in your work, but tell us a little about the processes that you carried out during the project: briefing, audience interviews, competitor comparison, and creation of wireframes or low-fidelity prototypes, usability testing, card sorting, metrics measuring and so on.
3. Ideally, your portfolio should consist of 3-5 cases, and they should not be outdated, for example, the last case is from 5 years ago. Try to upload new projects, and if you have signed an NDA agreement, you can start creating a design for your personal project.
4. Add a narrative. Your portfolio should include:
5. Be honest, don't exaggerate or underestimate your achievements.
Even if the project was eventually not released to the world for some reason, tell us about your work. Of course, not only the process is important, but the outcome of the work itself. But you are not alone on the project, there is also a whole team, and each team member has his own area of responsibility. There are many reasons why a design may not be implemented and released into the real world, and this does not mean that you need to either lie about it, or not add cases of this project at all.
Remember, your UX design portfolio should have a specific goal of getting the recruiter's attention to contact you. Let your portfolio speak for you and show what kind of specialist you are. Write about the creation of the project, your role in the project, what you wanted to achieve, what metrics were measured, how you created the design and what conclusions you drew from the project. Get to work soon and I wish everyone eventually gets their dream jobs.
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