As you can see, quantifiable achievements trump job duties in terms of impact.
But what if you don’t see the added value in your actions?
Here’s a fact: there’s always someone in your organization that values your accomplishments.
Even if you find it hard to see how your contributions make an impact, consider, for example, the developers who never worry about you being a hold-up.
Or a team member who now realises there are no stupid questions after you politely explained the matter to them.
Take personal talks with them and get two-way feedback. You’ll soon have a list of accomplishments to choose from in your resume.
For more ideas on how to create an actionable resume experience section, check out our guide How to Describe Your Resume Work Experience.
How to frame a junior or entry-level UX resume experience section
So, you’re a student just out of school and have little to no professional design experience.
What would it take to get an entry-level UX design job?
Believe it or not, headhunters look beyond the hours you spent behind your work desk.
It’s things like how well you work in a team or under tight deadlines, and how can you analyze various information to get the best results, that move the needle.
- Did you have a relevant internship, a side project or a volunteer spell? Make sure to mention your role, what did you do and what results did you bring.
- Can you explain your motivation to send in the resume by describing your passions?
- Did you complete a relevant UX class or online course of a renowned institution?
- Can you compile your design work in a single place (e.g. a portfolio website)?
Now, looking at your background, can you demonstrate any relevant experience that suits the job description?
For example, the job board might read “we are looking for someone who’s able to work in a small team under tight deadlines”.
Then, maybe you’d pull up an internship spell at a small design firm that had a 20+ client portfolio and had to deliver prototypes and wireframes on a weekly basis.
Whichever way you choose to frame your experience as an entry-level candidate, don’t lie in it.
Many candidates claim to have taken positions, such as Art or Creative Director, but they’ve worked in a 3-person app design team, the other two being developers.
Such title may appear impressive on paper, but when a recruiter digs a little deeper, they’ll know you’ve just taken it out of context and have knowingly bent the truth.
So, just be as honest as possible and display your true title and competencies.
As an entry-level applicant or just fresh out of college, your education section may be able to turn the tides in the right way.
How to position your education on a UX design resume
The way you present your education section will largely depend on how many years of experience you have in UX design.
For example, you might be an entry-level UX/UI developer or researcher who lacks extensive experience. That’s when you want to upgrade your education section by adding:
- Relevant subjects you’ve studied (as well as what skills you gained and projects you did);
- Awards (e.g. Dean Award);
- Your GPA score (but don’t include it if it’s under 3.5);
- Regular info, such as degree name, year you graduated and the institution;
Whereas, in case you’ve changed a few designer positions over a dozen years or so, you don’t have to go deeper than just the most relevant information.
Let’s see how a senior UX designer resume education section should look like: