*On this page you can find our top Dos and Don’ts for your User Experience CV – and don’t forget; if you are looking for a new UX job, you can find our latest vacancies here.*
Point Out The Obvious:
If you’re applying for a UX job, you should have experience with things like wire-framing, user flow diagrams and concept sketches but it’s still important to point it out in your CV. Why? Because the recruiter or hiring manager is on the lookout for keywords in your CV and if they’re not included, they might think you don’t have them and will overlook you for the role. Similarly, things like CV databases rely heavily on keywords being present in CVs – and again, if they’re not visible (and readable!) on your CV, there’s a strong chance your CV will be overlooked.
Remember, the recruiter isn’t psychic – so if in doubt, list all of your skills and the techniques you’re familiar with on your CV – this way you’ll paint an accurate picture of who you are as a UX candidate.
Apply UX Principles:
When it comes to your user experience CV, you need to make sure you remember the key principles of UX and apply them to your CV. By this, I mean you need to make sure your CV is easy to read and follow, has a clear and logical path and drives a clear call to action at the end eg. contacting you. Your CV is a fairly simple static document compared to a huge website so if an employer questions the user experience of your CV, it’s highly likely they’ll question your ability to implement effective user experience design on their complicated website and apps.
Don’t Forget About Mobile:
There’s a chance the employer or hiring manager will end up reviewing your CV on their phone or tablet, so whatever design, format and layout you choose for your CV, you need to ensure it works well and is easily readable on all devices. Remember, you only get one chance to make a good first impression so you don’t want a silly thing like a poorly formatted CV on an iPhone to let you down.
Include Links To Your Portfolio/Current Clients:
Whatever kind of design job you’re applying for, it’s always a good idea to include a link to your online portfolio and direct links to your current clients. Why? Because the recruiter will end up searching for them anyway – so by including them on your CV, you’ll end up saving them time and effort in the long run.
Include A Photo:
For some reason, a lot of candidates like to include a profile photo on your CV but we’re sorry to say it can actually work against you for a couple of reasons. Firstly, unless you’re applying for a job where the way you look is super-important, it’s just irrelevant and can come across as a bit random. And secondly, first impressions count and, whether we like to admit it or not, sometimes we judge people on their appearance. With that in mind; we’d urge you not to include a photo and give a picky recruiter a reason not to take your application further.
Go Too OTT:
While you might want to show off your UX skills and knowledge on your CV, it’s important not to go too over the top. At the end of the day, your CV is there to demonstrate your skills and experience so it needs to be easy to read and easy to extract information from (both manually and robotically). That said; it might be worth thinking twice about designing a crazy CV which might help you to stand out but isn’t easy to read at all.
Over-exaggerate Your Skills Or Experience:
It goes without saying that you want to impress a potential employer but you need to be careful not to over-exaggerate your skills, experience or achievements on your UX CV. Why? Because all it takes is one quick phone call or email to check the facts and your fibs could be exposed. Be honest about your skills and abilities – and if you’re in the process of learning a new technique, include it. Similarly, if you were part of a UX team that helped to deliver a great ROI, mention it – but be sure to clarify what your role was within the team.
Copy Anyone Else:
When it comes to your UX CV, there are loads of great examples out there so it can be easy to copy someone else – after all, no one will know will they? Well they might – and just like lying on your CV, copying someone else can be pretty embarrassing. It’s OK to use someone else’s CV for inspiration but be sure to build on it and make it a bit different so it’s truly unique.