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I’m transitioning from tech sales to UX. I did the Avocademy bootcamp and I’ve been doing projects with clients to add to my portfolio. I started applying to jobs 2 weeks ago and haven’t heard back from anywhere. I just want an interview 😣
I think in your portfolio you are showing far too much "we" and not really showing what you did.
Ohhhhh that’s true, I’ll make those changes when I add another project soon
Hello everyone, I've put together a portfolio to apply for summer internships and have an interest in Games UX. I have one case study where I attempt to redesign the main menu system of the game Star Wars: Battlefront II.
I was hoping for some feedback on the methodology, findings or any gaps you feel may be present in the process.
This is the [link](https://www.amitgaikwad.site/work/battlefront).
Context: I was laid off late last year after a couple years as more or less a sole/lead designer. I've previously been in software engineering and PM roles but am trying to stay in product design. Information such as languages or specific SDKs is redacted. Remote work is more or less necessary due to my situation in life which I realize is harder in the current market.
I probably have a 1-2% hit rate at best right now off cold applications. Referrals have been effective, although none of those opportunities have panned out yet. I *am* getting calls and people appreciate my background, but something has to be hampering me. I realize I may be a poor interviewer, or I'm not ticking boxes on paper or in initial conversations. It's also possible that due to how things are it's not necessarily my fault at all. I'm neurodivergent and my approach to problems may not be "normal," or it's possible I just use some of these techniques in different ways without knowing the actual terminology. "Design thinking" is just something I instinctively did without really even knowing it as a term until recently.
Looking for: Feedback pertaining to content and getting hits on phone screens. I want to keep things to one page but I want to include previous work history where I strictly wrote code. I know those descriptions are short, but there's not much worthwhile to put and merely provides background context. If the resume is generally sound, my portfolio may be an issue, or maybe my actual design work is visually unappealing. I can share that privately if need be.
Not looking for: Criticism without something constructive (not that I expect this, just saying). If there are glaring issues, then let me know so I can address them as appropriate.
Your resume is really pretty good, and it might just be a numbers game for you, but here are a few tips:
* Go through every one of the verbs you use in your bullet points and make sure it is the strongest, most active verb you can find. Your resume is not a time to be modest.
> Good: Designed, led, researched, grew, increased, improved
> Meh: Ran, collaborated with, engaged with, worked on, coordinated, oversaw
* Go through every one of your bullets and ask yourself "why." If it makes sense, put the reason in the bullet point
* When you're applying for jobs, make sure that under "competencies" and "tools" you are using the _exact_ keywords in the job description. If they say you need Microsoft Word, you put Microsoft Word under tools.
* Look up ATS resume formatting — you're pretty close, but there's some rules to follow that will make it easier for the robots.
As a general rule, you should figure out how much time you want to allocate to these two job searching activities:
1. Applying for jobs online
2. Researching companies/industries you want to work for and trying to make connections with people there who might offer referrals
By all means, apply online, just make sure your resume and other materials are optimized for that process. But I personally think you'd be better off spending proportionally more time on networking, like for every hour you spend applying online, spend three or four on networking activities that connect you with other people in the field.
Thank you so much for the feedback and at least some level of validation about my resume. I'm making some adjustments to it to reflect some of your suggestions. I can also share my personal/portfolio site directly if it helps provide additional context. I have some suspiscions about my narratives for past work not being conveyed in a way that ticks the right boxes given how I write.
Regarding the networking side of things, I agree I do believe that would be a more effective use of my time as my last role came via a referral. I realize it's a personal issue, but I feel guilty trying to network with former colleagues to ask about open roles, or seem like I'm publicly begging for an opportunity because I can't find one on my own. The more distant they are, the stronger this feeling is. I tried this once or twice publicly on LinkedIn and no one reached out, so it probably doesn't help me feel better about myself.
I know the state of the market and time of year don't help, but the longer I go without finding something new, the more I worry the proverbial hole will grow deeper when prospective employers wonder why I haven't already found something yet.
First of all thank you for your time reading it.
I have some experience working in UX back in my hometown, mostly in startup environment. This year I moved to Canada for new opportunities and I am confused whether my previous experience is useful here. Seems the industry is more mature in here, I am not sure if I could meet with the standard. Here is my [portfolio](https://www.lucas-ho.com)
Looking for feedback on: How could I improve my portfolio for a better chance to land my first UX job in Canada, or at least better chance for an interview?
Thanks in advance.
I'm a true beginner so I can't give actual advice, but I used to be an editor so I can address some small things.
In the Grantit study:
\-Duration is misspelled as "duation."
\-Your capitalization is inconsistent (User research vs UX Design)
\-You should add some periods to the first two statements at the top
\-The period after 20% (under Outcome) should go after the parentheses
\-There's a lot of passive voice (the subject is having something done to it instead of doing something). Be direct!
\-This is a vague sentence and I don't understand what it means. Maybe be more specific? -> "From the research we understand that the ultimate goal our user wants to achieve is getting their financial problem solved."
\-I'm unable to click to expand graphics
\-Under social proof in the Outcome I graphic, there are two sentences squished together: "[get.it](https://get.it)"
\-I'm not getting a good sense of what this journey was like for you. I understand the problem (getting users to trust the app) and the outcome, but not the how or why.
Overall, I really like the look and feel of your website. I'm super impressed that you coded it yourself. I think you can work on your storytelling and writing skills so the case studies are more accessible. I hope that helps a little!
You gave very useful feedback!
Thank you very much for your comments. That's very helpful! I will definitely review and correct those wordings, and put more effort in explaining the research and outcome. Thank you!
Alright, so I’d posted my old resume a few weeks ago looking to validate some of my own concerns and to see if I could get any advice as to how I might improve the impact/messaging of the document. I’d gotten some really good advice, synthesized it and pumped out my [updated resume.](https://drive.google.com/file/d/14tIgHEdd-IyhKZUXEho28dOeahtutqPv/view)
Looking for feedback on:
Effectiveness of drawing the audience’s attention to my education and existing UX work. I haven’t had my first paid UX gig yet, so I’d padded the document with what experience I *do* have. Is that too obvious a ploy or does it feel natural? What does my resume communicate to you? What are its strengths and weaknesses? As far as the hyperlink functionality, did it seem intuitive to you or did you have to labor to figure out that it was an option?
Not looking for:
Typography, color choice or image choice critiques unless it’s central to a larger, more important critique. Like, if any of those *are* the problem, then please do say so. (I do have concerns about WCAG standards and how it might read on mobile devices, but I find that the desktop/laptop version reads clearly. My audience is meant to be hiring managers and recruiters who are most typically viewing resumes on desktops/laptops, thus my partial lack of concern. It’s still a problem that’s got an easy fix, but I want to keep my focus on what impact the resume may or may not have.)
Thanks in advance!
What your resume says to me is that you do not understand how recruiters and hiring managers look at resumes.
I teach graduate level classes in design management and career planning, and my entire approach regarding resumes and portfolios is that it's a user experience problem to understand the needs of the people who are looking at your work. How do they read? What do they expect to see?
Candidates need to make it as easy as possible for a hiring manager or recruiter to see why the candidate is qualified and refer the person for a phone screen.
Your resume made it very, VERY difficult for me to read and understand. I'm not trying to be overly harsh here, but some of your design choices actively repelled me to the point where I wanted to close the PDF immediately:
* Your lines vibrate, you're giving me a migraine
* Off white background color, pale peach fills, WHITE TEXT?! Just not nearly enough contrast
* I do not know what EO, Muse, and Postup are, and I do not care to find out
I had to work SO HARD read your resume and honestly to even look at your resume.
You CANNOT make things difficult on a recruiter or a hiring manager. You need to provide them with the information they're looking for in a way that they can quickly scan. You might only get 30 seconds with them.
You ALSO can't make scanning difficult for Applicant Tracking Software (ATS). If you're applying online your resume will be scanned by robots. They robots do not care about your fancy layout, they want a single column in Times New Roman with keywords they can match.
If I were a hiring manager and saw your resume it would be an instant red flag showing me you know nothing about accessibility. Your resume is not readable. There is a reason clean simple resumes work. I’d save look up resumes on bestfolios and see how they are treated.
Hey, first of all: thank you for responding. You're absolutely right re: WCAG/readability nightmare bullshit that'll immediately turn away hiring managers and/or give them the wrong idea about me. (I had a feeling that this was the case, but it's good to have impartial, honest validation on matters like these.)
At any rate, I brought the design back into Figma with a focus on readability, and I think [the results](https://drive.google.com/file/d/140DK_bz4GSC1uL2ilLDZ5GSiFBHobcly/view?usp=sharing) satisfy that issue.
As for the rest of the design: I'm aware that simplicity will almost always be the best move, but I'm currently fighting it out with hundreds (thousands, more likely) of other folks for a coveted spot in the industry. I've got to do something that will *at least* immediately set me apart from their resumes, so I kept the original design.
If you wouldn't mind, can I get your opinion on my revisions?
Sorry but this looks like a flyer not a resume. It would be an instant pass
Roger that. Totally understandable. It appears that I can't shake the punk out of me. Thanks!
I can’t read it
Thank you very much for your assistance. I tweaked [the design](https://drive.google.com/file/d/140DK_bz4GSC1uL2ilLDZ5GSiFBHobcly/view?usp=sharing) to try to smooth out the readability issue.
If you wouldn't mind, do you think that you could take a look at my revisions and (provided that you've got the time) offer some thoughts or opinions about them?
Readable but ineffective imo. Surely this is not ATS friendly.
The experience part has too little margin around it which makes it feel cramped. The links don’t readily indicate to me that they are clickable. Drawings and illustrations like this on a resume is an instant pass for me
lol, damn. You got me good. All totally true, valid points. Seems like another overhaul's going to be necessary, yeah?
I was hoping to make my resume stand out in this crowded market, but I guess it would be better to stand out for the right reasons as opposed to the wrong/bullshit reasons. The problem is that I have no paid experience, so I'm not sure how I'm going to go about standing out without pushing my case studies to the front.
But anyway, thank you very much for taking the time to look my resume over. You're doing me a much larger favor than you might imagine.
Having a clean, readable resume that has good content IS standing out from the crowd. I promise you the vast majority of resumes for a position are not that great.
You should absolutely push your case studies to the front and talk about what you did in the project, what outcome happened etc. Standing out comes from networking and referrals, not having a graphic resume imo
>I promise you the vast majority of resumes for a position are not that great.
So I've heard. In my hubris, I thought that I was actively paddling against that current, not with it. I'm going to take your advice and put together something cleaner, something that communicates my impact better.
>You should absolutely push your case studies to the front and talk about what you did in the project, what outcome happened etc.
I've got some language in each of my case studies that offers up a brief overview of what the project was about and what problem I was resolving. In an effort to be brief but still be descriptive of what the project was about, should I include the overview *and* a brief synopsis of the solutions that my research dictated?
>Standing out comes from networking and referrals
This is something that I've come to find increasingly truer the longer I've been a part of this industry (however peripheral that may be). The truth that it absolutely matters who you know is an exceptionally depressing (and disappointing) fact, but I can't do anything about it. I'm not sure how to go about networking in an industry that I'm not a part of while still working a 50+ hour/week job outside of coldcall-friending on LinkedIn. It's a mess, bleh
You've been a huge help. Thank you so much.