UX Designer Key Skills

DESIGN_BANNER_small_with_boarderIf you’re looking for a new UX job, it’s definitely worth reviewing your skills to see if there’s anything that you can add to your CV to give you the best chance of securing a new role.

On this page, we’ve listed the top skills we think employers are on the lookout for when it comes to hiring new UX designers.

*Don’t forget; if you are looking for a new UX job, you can find the latest vacancies that are being advertised on our job board here.*


Wire-framing & Prototyping Tools

OK, so this might be an obvious one but it’s still important. Employers want to hear from candidates who are experienced with wire-framing and prototyping tools such as Microsoft Visio and Omnigraffle – so if you don’t have these on your CV, it’s time to get clued up!

User Research & Requirements Gathering

A large aspect of any user experience designer’s job is conducting user research and gathering requirements from end users and clients before they even start to design anything – so this is something you definitely need to have on your CV.

Adobe Creative Suite

Now, how much knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite an employer will want you to have will obviously depend on the role on offer – but if you have a good understanding of things like PhotoShop, InDesign and/or Illustrator, these are definitely worth including on your CV. Why? Because these are the key tools that are used to create mock-ups, so the more knowledge you have now, the less training an employer may need to give you.

Usability Testing

An effective UX designer will always take time to conduct usability testing on their designs to ensure it meets the requirements and delivers an effective experience. So whether it’s personal interviews, surveys, user personas or observation, it’s really important to have some experience with some form of usability testing on your CV.

Empathy & Understanding of Cognitive Science

While technical skill is obviously really important when it comes to UX jobs, softer skills are also important – and empathy is a really important one. As a UX designer, you need to have empathy for the user and be able to understand how and why they might feel a certain way about a particular journey. A good understanding of Cognitive Science, such as a degree in Psychology, will also really help when applying for UX jobs.

Experience With Responsive, Cross-Browser Design

Thanks to the popularity of mobile devices, it makes sense that employers now want to hear from UX candidates who have experience in creating effective user experience and journeys across all desktop, mobile and tablet devices – and responsive design is key.

Ability To Create User Flow Diagrams & Concept Sketches

OK, so this might be another obvious one – but it’s still important to note. Employers want to hear from candidates who are proficient in the whole user experience design process – and this includes things like creating user flow diagrams, concept sketches and interaction designs, in addition to a good understanding of information architecture.