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By Dan Maccarone & Sarah Doody“If I were to just see you blind, I’d think ‘Cute kid, next.’”
That’s how Emily Rees, Director of Talent at The Stem, described how she normally would have reacted to Dan as a candidate for an information architect position when his resume landed on her desk in May of 1999.
On paper, Dan had zero professional design training or experience and neither his B.A. in English and performing arts nor his M.S. in journalism stood out as typical qualifications for what she looked for to fill that role.
“But you were referred by someone high up in the organization, so that’s what got you the interview,” says Rees. “Otherwise, you didn’t fit what I was looking for. You got the job because of the interview.”
Rees isn’t wrong in her thinking — not then and not now as she still hires roles in the world of user experience. But as we started exploring how organizations hire UX professionals, the problem arose: what should you look for and why does that differ depending on..
By Dan Maccarone & Sarah DoodyThis is the third article in a 3 part series about the state of the UX ecosystem. To start at the beginning, read this article.
Let’s get the hard part out of the way. Not everyone is cut out to work in User Experience (UX). That’s not a dig at anyone. Most of us aren’t cut out to be dentists, developers, or defensive linebackers. For those that excel at UX, it starts with seeing the world through a problem solving lens and a need to keep improving on the solutions we’ve already found.
We currently live in a world where UX is trendy and a lot of people want to break into it. “It’s sort of like when people hopped onto being HTML Developers,” says Jessica Sciorra, a veteran recruiter who works for VSA Partners in New York City. “They found that writing that stuff could make them a lot of money. It’s similar to any hot topic field. People get into it because it sounds sexy and it’s involved in new products.”
Part of the problem is that there’s still confusion..