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Developing Your Talent Stack

The “Talent Stack” is a concept by Dilbert creator Scott Adams. It states that you can combine ordinary skills until you have enough of the right kind to be extraordinary. While Adams confesses he’s not much of an artist or a business expert, he’s combined those two skills with writing and his quick wit to create a […]

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Pushing Your Comfort Zone

How do you grow professionally? Gain better skills, get a new job, or just find time to think? How do you push past your comfort zone? New Year’s Day is right around the corner. At this time many people, myself included, make resolutions toward positive behavioral changes. A classic example is saying you’ll hit the […]

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Nailing Your UX Job Interview

Hurray! You’ve landed the ideal UX job interview. Now, how do you prepare for it? How do you keep your nerves steady? What’s your strategy to win the day and actually get the job? If you treat your UX job search like the design problem it is, there’s usually two personas to satisfy; the HR […]

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Stop Portfolio Paranoia

Your UX portfolio serves one purpose only – to connect you with a recruiter or hiring manager. That’s it. A UX portfolio template is designed to achieve that one, specific goal. Here’s how to create one. Who’s It For? Your portfolio must immediately, clearly and concisely communicate your unique value from the moment someone lands […]

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Becoming A More Confident UX Designer

While you will naturally gain confidence as a UX professional on the job, what happens when you’re looking for a new job or seeking a promotion? How do you demonstrate that you’re a confident UX designer to HR recruiters and hiring managers? Positioning Your Professional Story One of the first things I explore with my career […]

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Joe Natoli Podcast

In September I had the pleasure of appearing on Joe Natoli’s Making UX Work Podcast. If you’re not familiar with Joe’s work, he’s a veteran UX designer, teacher and consultant who’s been helping Fortune 500 organizations train Product Design, Development and UX Teams for almost 30 years. His excellent Udemy courses have over 120,000 students. Joe is […]

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