Your CV is your chance to show off your skills and experience – so it’s definitely worth spending a bit of time and effort on it to ensure you stand the best chance of success when applying for user interaction design jobs.
To help you out, we’ve come up with our top tips for UI CVs.
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On your UI design or usability CV it’s really important to include specific details when it comes to previous campaigns or case studies. Be sure to name-check clients, the brief and aims of the campaigns and the techniques and tools you used eg. wire-framing, user journeys, process flow diagrams etc. It’s also a good idea to include dates and make it clear who you were working for at the time (eg. which agency, freelance contract etc). These are all questions a prospective employer will have anyway, so it’s good to give as much detail as possible now.
In addition to naming your skills and experience, it’s also a good idea to include some of the results from previous campaigns on your UI design CV. Why? Because it’s the results that count at the end of the day. Yes, a great user interface is super-important on any site or app – but if it doesn’t deliver great ROI or strong results, then an employer is going to have a hard time justifying spend on this area of the business. In terms of results, stats such as a percentage increase in ROI, an upturn in sign-ups/registrations or an increase in monthly visitors/an increase in the average session duration are all effective stats to include.
Include Live Links:
It’s always a good idea to include links to live sites or apps that you’re currently working on/have worked on. Why? Because then an employer can see your work first-hand and there’s no chance they’ll visit another site or app by accident which isn’t the right one and doesn’t reflect your quality of work.
Name-Check Work In Your Portfolio:
As we mentioned earlier, it’s a good idea to mention case studies and stats on your CV – and when you do, it’s always worth linking that to work you’ve included in your UI design portfolio. For example you could say, “During my time at Company A, I conducted a usability study and implemented key UI design changes that resulted in a 5% increase in ROI (this work can be seen in my portfolio on page 7).” This just helps to link all aspects of your job application together – and could tempt an employer into looking at your portfolio.
Get Too Carried Away In Your Personal Profile:
Your personal profile is your chance to really ‘sell’ yourself to a prospective employer so it’s important to come up with a strong personal profile/summary which outlines who you are, where you are in your career and what you’re looking for next. That said; it’s important not to go too OTT and to talk yourself out of the job. Think twice before making any ridiculous claims, any outlandish comments or any downright false statements. Why? Because chances are they’ll come back to bite you on the bum – and, since your personal profile/statement sits right at the top of your CV, you don’t want to give a prospective employer any excuse not to carry on reading the rest of your CV!
Leave Any Gaps:
Took time out for maternity leave? Had a bit of a sabbatical? Were unemployed for a month or two between roles? You need to pop it on your user interface design CV! It’s really important to fill in any gaps in your work history – because again, you don’t want to give an employer any excuse to question your application in a competitive history like UI.
Be Afraid To Highlight Your Eligibility:
When it comes to reviewing your usability CV, an employer will probably only initially look at it for a few seconds before deciding whether to stick it on the ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘maybe’ pile – so it’s important to make as much of an impact as possible in those few seconds. How? Be sure to make your eligibility for the role clear by emphasising your skills and experience which match up to the job spec. You could do this highlighting some elements in bold or even by including a tick box at the top of your CV which lists the key skills and techniques the employer is looking for in their next UI designer.