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UX Portfolio Review ep.3 | The Art of Storytelling

One of our Design Mentors on UX Coffee Hours and a UX Designer at Google, Shu Jiang, shared how she reviews the portfolio of a portfolio of an aspiring UX designer who's currently a year-2 student doing a UX master program.

How to choose the right UX Research method (during a UXR Interview)

One of our Research Mentors on UX Coffee Hours and a Senior UX Researcher at Google, Aona Yang, shared her views on how one should analyze a research problem during interview, and how to shape their knowledge around UXR methods so they can pick and choose the right one(s) for the right project (attitudinal/behavioral; quant/qual; stages of UXR, etc.).

UX Portfolio Review ep.2 | Balancing Visuals and Text

One of our Design Mentors on UX Coffee Hours and a UX Designer at Google, Shu Jiang, shared how she reviews the portfolio of a UX designer with ~3 years of experience.

The 3 most versatile UX research methods

One of our Research Mentors on UX Coffee Hours and a Senior UX Researcher at Google, Aona Yang, shared her views on typical UXR interview process and her Google's UXR interview experience - during which she walked through the typical types of interviews candidates should expect (technical, behavioral, portfolio presentation) and how Google's process works.

UX Portfolio Review ep.1 | What Hiring Managers Look For

One of our Design Mentors on UX Coffee Hours and a UX Designer at Google, Shu Jiang, shared how she reviews the portfolio of a UX designer who has recently completed a design bootcamp.

The 3 most versatile UX research methods

One of our Research Mentors on UX Coffee Hours and a Senior UX Researcher at Google, Aona Yang, shared her views on why mastering usability interviews/IDIs and Survey method is very critical for mixed-method UXR starters.

UX Portfolio | How to Create a UX Case Study

One of our Design Mentors on UX Coffee Hours and a UX Designer at Google, Shu Jiang, shared a few tips on effective UX case studies.

A Week In The Life Of A UX Researcher at Google

One of the most frequently asked questions on our platform is: what is your day-to-day like as a UX professional? Aona, one of our Research mentors made a Vlog to document a whole week in her life as a Senior UX Researcher at Google.

Startup Vs Big Tech. Which One To Pick?

One of our Research Mentors on UX Coffee Hours and a Senior UX Researcher at Google, Aona Yang, shared a few tips on how to pick a right company and specific criteria she recommends to help you decide.

UX Bootcamp or Design Degree?

One of our Design Mentors on UX Coffee Hours and a UX Designer at Google, Shu Jiang, shared a few tips on how to make a good decision on where to start with as an aspiring UX designer.

3 Things To Know Before Becoming A UX Researcher

One of our Research Mentors on UX Coffee Hours and a Senior UX Researcher at Google, Aona Yang, shared a few tips on how to get started with UX Research career and three things she wish she knew before getting started.

How To Start A UX Research Career: 2 Brutal Facts

One of our Research Mentors on UX Coffee Hours and a Senior UX Researcher at Google, Aona Yang, shared a few tips on how to get started with UX Research career and two brutal facts about it.

Getting Job Offers From Top Companies In The Silicon Valley

One of our Design Mentors on UX Coffee Hours and a UX Designer at Google, Shu Jiang, talks about how she got design job offers from top companies in the Silicon Valley with a newborn. Bonus track at the end, sharing a life-changing book she loves - "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less" by Greg McKeown."

How to Build Your First UX Portfolio

One of our Design Mentors on UX Coffee Hours and a UX Designer at Google, Shu Jiang, talks about tips to build your first UX portfolio. She answers questions like where to start, how much time should you invest in it, how would you know it's ready. The ultimate goal of building a UX portfolio, is to get you an interview and move forward in the job searching process.

How to prepare for a UXD job interview

One of our Design Mentors on UX Coffee Hours and a UX Designer at Google, Shu Jiang, talks about tips on how to best prep for UX/Product Design interviews. 1. prep your stories in three versions; 2. be an active listener.

The Dialog With Rachel Weissman

This episode of The Dialog at UX Coffee Hours is with Rachel Weissman, a UX Designer at Google. Before coming to Google, she worked at Salesforce. Apart from being a designer, Rachel is also a meditation & yoga teacher based in San Francisco where she helps people form a deeper connection with themselves, their careers, and the world around them. Rachel talks about Emotional Intelligence and its importance for UX professionals. She also talks about a community she recently founded called Design To Be, that elevates designers to become empowered, educated, and effective using EQ-based tools and practices.

Critique of Everyday Things, Ep.2

One of our Design Mentors on UX Coffee Hours and a UX Designer at Google, Shu Jiang, talks about tips for design exercises and critiques.

Critique of Everyday Things, Ep.1

One of our Design Mentors on UX Coffee Hours and a UX Designer at Google, Shu Jiang, talks about tips for design exercises and critiques.

UX Interview Tips | App Critique on IKEA Space

One of our Design Mentors on UX Coffee Hours and a UX Designer at Google, Shu Jiang, talks about three tips on how to prep for app critique, as part of UX design interviews. In most cases, the interviewer picks an app on the spot. Like other design exercises, it can be stressful if you are not prepared. However, app critique is a great chance for you to shine, and show your critical thinking. Live app critique starts at 7'55".

5 Tips for UX Job Search

When you keep trying and getting rejected, when you think you are out of options, when you start to doubt yourself... you are not alone. Job searching is an intense process that can mess with your mood. In this video, I'm sharing with you 5 tips that I learned, about how to pull yourself through a rough UX job search, and make it effective. One of our Design Mentors on UX Coffee Hours and a UX Designer at Google, Shu Jiang, provides these tips on job search process.

Tips To Get Started As UX Content Strategy Lead On A New Team

How do you get formal training or learning about UX Writing or Content Strategy. One of our Content Strategy mentors on UX Coffee Hours and a Content Strategist at Facebook, Janel Torkington, answers this question about formal training or learning about UX Content Strategy.

Learning About UX Content Strategy

One of our Content Strategy mentors on UX Coffee Hours and a Content Strategist at Facebook, Janel Torkington, provides some tips for folks who are joining a new team as a Content Strategy lead.

3 Things to Avoid at UX Portfolio Presentations in an Interview

You have passed the initial screening, phone interviews and finally reached the last round of interviews. This is where you have to present yourself to potential employers. One of our Design Mentors on UX Coffee Hours and a UX Designer at Google, Shu Jiang, has been on the other side of the table as an interviewer over the last few years and in this video, she talks about some common mistakes that you would want to avoid. Preparing for the portfolio presentations can get pretty stressful, and we hope this helps in making it easier for you.

Getting A Content Strategist/UX Writer Job

I've got plenty of experience in the field. How do I get a JOB in Content Strategy or UX Writing?" is the question that one of our mentors on UX Coffee Hours and a UX Content Strategist at Facebook, Janel Torkington, answers in this Q&A video. Janel talks about the importance of your online presence, especially with the latest shift to remote work around the world, why it's critical to connect with a wider UX community (and why "competition" isn't a thing worth worrying about) and what she learned from freelancing that helped her land a full-time position at Facebook.

Transitioning Into UX Content Strategy

UX Content Strategy or UX Writing is a key UX discipline that not many people are aware of. In this video, one of our mentors on UX Coffee Hours and a UX Content Strategist at Facebook, Janel Torkington, talks about what UX Content Strategy is and how you can transition into this UX discipline. "Product Designers design with pixels and content strategists design with words" is how Janel explains UX Content Strategy as a discipline. Janel also talks about how you can create a killer UX writing portfolio out of amateur work.

Preparing for Whiteboard Design Challenges

In this video one of our mentors on UX Coffee Hours and a UX Designer at Google, Shu Jiang, talks about four tips on how to best prepare for whiteboard challenge, as part of design interviews.

The Dialog With Steve Schirra

In this video, Steven Schirra, a Research Manager at YouTube, talks about how he got into UX Research from a Writing background, his perception on how important (or not) advanced degrees are in getting into and building UX Research careers, what is important in a UX researcher resume, and finally his advice to students who are currently in school planning to pursue UX Research as a career.

Breaking Into UX Design Careers

How to get into UX Design roles? Our design mentor, Shu Jiang, gets asked a lot about how she got into UX from an architecture background. We agree that switching career paths can be daunting. In this week's video, Shu talks about six things to help land on your first UX Design role in the industry.

The Dialog With Anuj Tewari

In this video, Anuj Tewari, a Research Manager at Facebook, talks about what he perceives to be important in a UX researcher resume and research presentation/portfolio. He also talks about how students can write about their school projects in their resume.

The Dialog With Susan Petrick

The inaugural episode of The Dialog at UX Coffee Hours is with Susan Petrick, User Experience Research Manager at Google. Apart from being a UXR Manager, Susan has been serving on UX Research Hiring Committees for a long time and has also been teaching UX Interviewing at Google. We asked Susan what skills does she look for when interviewing candidates for UX Researcher roles, how can students demonstrate research impact, what separates a great researcher from a good one, and how important is research rigor vs. communication.

5 Tips for Creating a UX Design Portfolio

In this video, Shu Jiang, UX Designer at Google talks about 5 tips for creating a UX design web portfolio.
1. Quality, over quantity
2. What's your role
3. S.T.A.R. - a storytelling framework
4. Showcase key UX skills
5. About you.


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