August 2020 | 7 min read
Create your resume like a user interface. yes you heard it right –
You need to know who will be looking at the resume and create it for that audience.
The important thing to remember is when you apply for a job, in all probabilities your resume will go to non-technical people before it gets to a team of people who actually understand and speak that the language of UX like you do.
They might be looking for specific keywords or information to pass the resume on to the next stage of the hiring process. (In some cases there might not even be a real person filtering resumes; it could be a bot or another automated process.)
So, Make sure to read the job description carefully before you send in that resume.
Sometimes its wise to alter your resume according to the job description. I am not saying you have to fake your work to fit the description but, if you are, for example applying to a gaming industry you might want to highlight work that reflects that industry more prominently.
It also shows interest to do your homework of the company you are applying to, so that your resume resonates with that company and you make a solid first impression.
1.Make sure not to make these common mistakes
Let’s face it – your resume will determine if the company wants to see your portfolio or meet you. So its very important to avoid certain mistakes like:
- Typos or misspellings: Yes it matters. Not a single typo
- Inconsistent design: Misalignments
- Mismatched : The job you are applying for and the resume should match.
- Out of date information: Make sure your most recent work is highlighted
2. Prioritise Information in a logical manner
The most recent items should be first, followed by older ones. You don’t have to include everything. Stick to the most relevant experience and eliminate the old stuff.
- Your resume should have a distinct hierarchy of information from most to least important.
- Include your name and contact information at the top
- The next section should include an introduction and work experience
- Include relevant skills including ability to use softwares in something like a Skills matrix
- Education should be a short and concise
- If you are just starting off in the field of UX then you should include more on education and certifications if any
3. Quantifying Your Resume
Employers love measurable statistics because it makes your experience more impactful and real. For example:
- How many projects did you handle solo?
- What conversions changed after you applied your work to it?
- Did you transform it from an off-line to online business?
4. Don’t Over-Design it.
Keep it simple, include relevant information and don’t try to fill it with colours and images, leave that for your portfolio.
5. Keep It to One Page
Your resume should be a single page.
Cut all the irrelevant information, long job descriptions and posts from years ago. Keep it concise and clean.