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1st Edition

The UX Careers Handbook

ISBN 9781138901063
Published June 1, 2016 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
298 Pages 54 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

The UX Careers Handbook offers an insider’s look at how to be a successful User Experience (UX) professional from comprehensive career pathways to learning, personal branding, networking skills, building of resumes and portfolios, and actually landing a UX job.

This book goes in-depth to explain what it takes to get into and succeed in a UX career, be it as a designer, information architect, strategist, user researcher, or in a variety of other UX career specialities. It presents a wealth of resources designed to help readers develop and take control of their UX career success including perspectives and advice from experts in the field.

  • Features insights and personal stories from a range of industry-leading UX professionals to show readers how they broke into the industry, and evolved their own careers over time.
  • Accompanied by a companion website that provides readers with featured articles and updated resources covering new and changing information to help them stay on top of this fast-paced industry.
  • Provides worksheets and activities to help readers make decisions for their careers and build their own careers.

Not only for job seekers! The UX Careers Handbook is also a must-have resource for:

  • Employers and recruiters who want to better understand how to hire and retain UX staff.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students who are thinking about their future careers
  • Those in other related (or even unrelated) professions who are thinking of starting to do UX work


Table of Contents

About the Author



Chapter 1: What is User Experience?

Chapter 2: Education: Your UX Career Foundation

Chapter 3: Never Stop Learning

Chapter 4: Personal Branding and Networking for Career Success

Chapter 5: Resumes and Portfolios to Illustrate Your Value

Chapter 6: Work In-house or Be an External Consultant

Chapter 7: Independent Contracting or Starting a Small UX Business

Chapter 8: Landing a Job (or New Contract Work)

Chapter 9: Recruiters and UX

Chapter 10: Employer’s Guide (And What Job Seekers Should Look For!)

Chapter 11: UX Career Pathways and Primary Skillsets

Chapter 12: Pathways to UX Leadership

Chapter 13: UX in the Future; Your Career Today

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Cory Lebson has been a UX consultant for over two decades. He is the Principal and Owner of a small UX 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.