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The UX Careers Handbook




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ISBN 9781032062709
December 15, 2021 Forthcoming by CRC Press
288 Pages 39 Color & 15 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

This second edition of The UX Careers Handbook, offers you all the great advice of the first edition—freshly updated—plus a new chapter on critical soft skills, much more on becoming a UX leader, and a 17th user experience (UX) career pathway.

The UX Careers Handbook, 2nd edition, offers you an insider's advice on learning, personal branding, networking skills, building your resume and portfolio, and actually landing that UX job you want as well as an in-depth look at what it takes to get into and succeed in a UX career.

Whether your interests include design, information architecture, strategy, research, UX writing, or any of the other core UX skillsets, you'll find a wealth of resources in this book.

The book also includes:

  • insights and personal stories from a range of industry-leading UX professionals to show you how they broke into the industry and evolved their own careers over time.
  • activities and worksheets to help you make good decisions and build your career

And along with the book, you can explore its companion website with more resources and information to help you stay on top of this fast-changing field.

Not only for job seekers! The UX Careers Handbook, 2nd edition, is a must-have for

  • employers and recruiters who want to better understand how to hire and keep UX staff
  • undergraduate and graduate students thinking about their future careers
  • professionals in other careers who are thinking about starting to do UX work

Cory Lebson has been a UX consultant and user researcher for over two decades. He is the Principal and Owner of a small UX research consultancy, a builder of UX community, and a past president of the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA). Not only a practitioner of UX, Cory teaches and mentors to help professionals grow their UX skills, and conducts regular talks and workshops on topics related to both UX skills and career development.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

About the Author

Foreword

How to Use This Book

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PART 1: Establishing Your Foundation

Chapter 1: What is User Experience (UX)?

Chapter 2: Your Career is Grounded in Your Education

Chapter 3: Never Stop Learning

Chapter 4: Personal Branding and Networking for Career Success

Chapter 5: Critical Soft Skills

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PART 2: Getting a Job

Chapter 6: Resumes and Portfolios to Illustrate Your Value

Chapter 7: Work In-house or be an External Consultant

Chapter 8: Independent Contracting or Starting a Small UX Business

Chapter 9: Landing a Job (or New Contract Work)

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PART 3: Recruiters & Employers

Chapter 10. Working with a Recruiter; Being a Recruiter

Chapter 11: Employers Guide (and What Job Seekers Should Look For)

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PART 4: Career Glimpses: What, specifically, can you do?

Chapter 12: UX Career Pathways and Primary Skillsets

Chapter 13: Design-centered Pathways and Skillsets

Interaction design

UX for Developers

Information Architecture

UX for SEO Professionals

Visual Design

Service design

UX for Industrial Designers

Chapter 14: Research-centered Pathways and Skillsets

User Research & Evaluation

UX for Market Researchers

Human Factors

Accessibility

Chapter 15: Content-centered Pathways and Skillsets

Content Strategy

Content Writing / Information Design

UX Writing

Technical Communication

Chapter 16: Strategy-centered Pathways and Skillsets

UX Strategy

Customer Experience

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PART 5: UX Leadership

Chapter 17: Corporate UX Leadership

Chapter 18: Alternative UX Leadership Opportunities

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CONCLUSION

Chapter 19: UX in the Future; Your Career Today

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Biography

Cory Lebson has been a UX consultant and user researcher for over two decades. He is the Principal and Owner of a small UX research consultancy, a builder of UX community, and a past president of the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA). Not only a practitioner of UX, Cory teaches and mentors to help professionals grow their UX skills, and conducts regular talks and workshops on topics related to both UX skills and career development.