Career Development

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Literature on Career Development

Here’s the entire UX literature on Career Development by the Interaction Design Foundation, collated in one place:

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Tips for Writing a CV for a UX Job Application

Tips for Writing a CV for a UX Job Application

It’s not really fair that before we can show an interviewer how great we are for their position – we have to land that interview in the first place. A good CV can make or break your career prospects; you cannot get a great job without getting an interview. Sadly, in nearly all professions including UX many CVs are simply not fit-for-purpose.Why ...

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  • 7 months ago
7 Tips to Improve Your UX Design Practice

7 Tips to Improve Your UX Design Practice

Hey! But my UX design practice is perfect! Thankfully, we don’t hear that very much but the truth is – the longer we’re in a job, the better we consider ourselves to be at that job. Sometimes, it’s worth remembering that even the best professionals still have learning to be done. It’s also worth remembering that the longer we do things, the easi...

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  • 3 months ago
How to Build Your First Freelance or Design Agency Portfolio

How to Build Your First Freelance or Design Agency Portfolio

For most freelancers and newbie design owners, their most powerful marketing tool will be their portfolio. A portfolio is simply a collection of samples of your work that you use to demonstrate to clients that you have the experience and competence to handle their projects. As there are an awful lot of disciplines, it’s impossible to define the...

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  • 3 months ago
The Design Career Map – Learn How to Get Ahead in Your Work

The Design Career Map – Learn How to Get Ahead in Your Work

Most people put a lot of effort into their work. Unfortunately, they often neglect themselves in the process. Time served is no longer enough to progress your career (if it ever was). You need to consciously develop your personal and professional skills to succeed and you need a plan to get from where you are to where you want to be. Developing...

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  • 3 weeks ago
7 Powerful Steps for Creating the Perfect Freelance CV

7 Powerful Steps for Creating the Perfect Freelance CV

A CV is a great way of explaining your expertise to a would-be client. Not all freelancers use a CV/resume to market their services or to convey their experience to their clients. Those who do use one will tell you that it’s a great way of explaining complex information to potential clients and partners without long speeches. A freelance CV is v...

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  • 3 months ago
3 Methods to Overcome Your Weaknesses as an Entrepreneur and Freelancer

3 Methods to Overcome Your Weaknesses as an Entrepreneur and Freelancer

We all have weaknesses; no one is born with all the strengths and characteristics required to run a successful business. So how do you overcome your own weaknesses? The trick is to use three simple methods to deal with those weaknesses. These methods will significantly increase your chances of succeeding as a freelancer or entrepreneur. What do...

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  • 1 year ago
11 Characteristics of Successful Freelancers and Entrepreneurs

11 Characteristics of Successful Freelancers and Entrepreneurs

No two freelancers or entrepreneurs are the same, but the best and most successful do share some similar characteristics. The ability to work hard, professionalism, communication skills, persistence, passion, self-discipline and initiative are some of the most important characteristics. Here, we define 11 characteristics that will help you succe...

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  • 1 year ago
The Business Models of Freelancing and Design Agencies and Who Can Start Their Own Business

The Business Models of Freelancing and Design Agencies and Who Can Start Their Own Business

When you’re looking at going freelance or starting your own design agency, you’ll want to understand and examine the business models and the different types of work available to you before you start. This will help you understand and define what you intend to do with your business and how you will do it. We would like to share something with yo...

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  • 1 year ago
What Skills Does a Newly Qualified Designer Need?

What Skills Does a Newly Qualified Designer Need?

If you’re going to graduate this year or if you’re in your first job; you’ll be wondering what you can do to improve your chances of progressing on to or up the career ladder. So what skills do you need? And is the job all about your design skills?Become a Problem SolverUX designers should know this by now but many other design professionals wil...

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  • 1 year ago
How to Write Your First Business Plan

How to Write Your First Business Plan

Planning a business means planning to succeed in business. A business plan helps you define what you do so that you can explain this clearly and succinctly to customers. It helps you see if your plans are going astray so that you can take corrective action. It helps you think about your position in your market and how to be competitive. It’s wo...

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  • 1 year ago
How to create the perfect structure for a UX case study

How to create the perfect structure for a UX case study

UX case studies form the core content of a UX professional’s portfolio. They are essential to getting you hired, because case studies are a window to your professional practice, by showing how you think, adapt, cooperate and ultimately solve challenges. A UX case study has to tell a story about you. Like all good stories, case studies benefit gr...

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  • 2 weeks ago
Stop Yourself from Becoming Content Fried and Free Your Mind to be Productive

Stop Yourself from Becoming Content Fried and Free Your Mind to be Productive

Content fried is the point we reach when we subject ourselves to too much data. It commonly affects content curators but it can affect any of us. The “always on” Internet may be a blessing much of the time but it can also be a curse. The term “content fried” was defined Beth Kanter, who is a trainer, researcher, speaker and motivator. Content ...

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  • 3 months ago
15 Popular Reasons to Become a Freelancer or Entrepreneur

15 Popular Reasons to Become a Freelancer or Entrepreneur

You can pick from literally hundreds of reasons to become a freelancer or entrepreneur, but some crop up more than others. This section provides an overview of 15 of the most popular reasons that people choose to go out on their own and start a business rather than staying in the safe, secure and sometimes more limiting field of employment. If y...

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  • 4 months ago
Discover and Understand your Passions and Interests – and Increase Your Success Rate as an Entrepreneur or Freelancer

Discover and Understand your Passions and Interests – and Increase Your Success Rate as an Entrepreneur or Freelancer

Many would-be freelancers and entrepreneurs know exactly what they want to do; others aren’t really sure. Whichever position you are in, sitting down and working out your passions and interests before you begin a business is a good idea. A wealth of evidence shows that when we work in harmony with our passions and interests, we become happy in t...

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  • 1 year ago
Understand and Define Your Values – and Increase Your Success Rate as an Entrepreneur or Freelancer

Understand and Define Your Values – and Increase Your Success Rate as an Entrepreneur or Freelancer

Our personal values can often be a little hard to define. Why?—because our real values and the values that we aspire to sometimes conflict. An honest examination of our values, however, is vital to succeed as an entrepreneur or freelancer. That’s because when we work in harmony with our values, we’re more likely to enjoy and appreciate what we d...

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  • 1 year ago
How to use Design Thinking to build the Perfect Portfolio

How to use Design Thinking to build the Perfect Portfolio

All the UX training in the world would be for nothing if you couldn’t get a job as a UX professional and fulfill your dream. Hiring for UX positions is difficult – recruiters need to assess many applicants’ skills, experience and attitudes towards their work. Contrary to being measured by traditional text-based résumés, UX candidates are typical...

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  • 1 month ago
Entrepreneurs and Freelancers: Learn to Create Your Marketing Story

Entrepreneurs and Freelancers: Learn to Create Your Marketing Story

Don’t focus your marketing efforts on “buy from me”; it’s irritating, and it doesn’t work. Look to tell a story that embodies your customer’s worldview and the sales will come. Authenticity and believability play a key role in this. A marketing story is a way of conveying complex and intangible ideas about your business in a way that your audien...

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  • 1 year ago
How to adopt the right attitude towards your UX work

How to adopt the right attitude towards your UX work

If you’re going to graduate from your university or design school this year, or if you’re in your first UX design job, you’ll be wondering what you can do to improve your chances of progressing on to or up the career ladder. So, what skills do you need? And is the job all about your design skills? Read on to see what’s really involved, and how a...

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  • 1 month ago
How to write the beginning of your UX case study

How to write the beginning of your UX case study

Writing your portfolio UX case studies is easier when you follow a simple structure: a beginning, a middle and an end part. As with practically everything else in the field of writing, knowing what to do where and what to save for later is vital. That’s why, here, we will get you off to a good start, by giving you a few tips on how to write the ...

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  • 4 days ago
How to write the middle or “process” part of your case study

How to write the middle or “process” part of your case study

UX case studies are all about the work you’ve done and how you progressed from an initial problem statement to the delivery of a finalized product. Describing a process instead of just a collection of visuals is the key difference between a UX portfolio case study and a Visual Design portfolio. You need to show the “road” you took to reach your ...

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  • 2 months ago