The UI/ UX field has had a great scope since the past few years and is one of the best fields to pursue your career in. The use of User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) is prominent in almost every industry and you are also paid quite handsomely.
You have completed the relevant degree/ diploma in this area. But now, what next? How to land your first UI/ UX job? If you too are wondering this then you are at the right place.
In this article, we share 10 tips with you to help you land your first UI/ UX job.
- Understand the many fields of UI/ UX
The UI/ UX field is an extremely vast one. Decide which part of it you would like to work on. Do you want to be a product designer, a motion designer, UI designer, UX designer or an interaction designer? Choose your specialization first.
Put all that you have learnt in your course/ degree to good use. Practice as much as you can. You can even start by recreating already done projects. Look for ways that you can make it better.
- Create your portfolio
Add projects to your portfolio that you worked on when practicing. It is one of the best ways of letting a person know of your skills. There are many portfolio platforms that you can use for this.
- Devise a job search strategy
Once you have done the above steps, it’s time to devise a job search strategy. Be strategic here and avoid sending out random applications. Know about the job title, the location of the job, its pay, the industry and various other such criteria, before you begin to send out applications.
- Update your resume and portfolio
The next step is to update your resume and portfolio. You may already have these ready and just need to update them. Or, you may need to completely start from scratch. Make them as outstanding as you possibly can. Include all the information that you think is relevant enough.
- Build your social media presence
Try to be consistent with your social media presence but be very careful about what you share. You need to get the employer on your good side. This is extremely important when you put yourself on the job market. Avoid causing controversy on social media at all costs.
- Make use of templates to apply to more jobs
To save time, use templates to apply to more jobs. Have a smart and effective strategy for this. Every position that you apply to requires a unique set of templates for your resume. Create a set template for each kind of job that you want to apply to. You’ll understand this better when you actually start with your job applications.
- Be very well prepared for interviews
Never go to an interview unprepared. Before you step inside the interviewer’s office, make sure that you are thoroughly prepared for it. Read about and get to know the company well, get to know your interviewer, think of all the questions that you might be asked and prepare them well.
- Try to make a lasting impression
Create a lasting impression in your interviewer’s head. Give him reasons on why he should choose you over the other applicants. Be well prepared, dress well, answer all the questions politely and confidently, ask questions and you are sure to stand out.
- Don’t get demotivated
The job finding process isn’t an easy one. You won’t always get a job in your first go, even if you are good enough. Throughout this process, it is important to stay motivated, keep giving your best and not lose hope.
Follow these steps proper and we are sure that you will land your first UI/ UX job.
About the Author:
Mir Saeid is the Co-Founder of Kashmirica, a one of its kind brand from Kashmir. The brand specializes in selling exclusive Kashmiri products. You can buy organic saffron, dry fruits and pure organic sidr honey online from their store.
Mir is a British educated Digital Marketing Specialist with 8+years of experience in the industry. He is also the Founder of Kashmirica, a social impact brand that aims to take Kashmiri Handicrafts Global.