Are you a designer with good UI UX design skills looking for a job but without any experience? Remember, skills and knowledge are just the basic foundation. To really set yourself apart from the crowd, add the five traits below to catch the eye of future employers.
Trait 1: Stay curious and always ask “why”
You are an inexperienced UI UX designer, so the best way to increase your knowledge is to be curious and always ask “why”. This will deepen your understanding not just of design, but all of the things that go with it.
Trait 2: Understand your organization’s values and make sure they share your values
Your partner could be your future boss, your Human Resources Director, your design team, or your client. Working in a company with 10 designers is different than working in a team of only two designers, so understanding the organization and its values is extremely important, especially for startups. Make sure it’s a good fit for you and your goals.
Trait 3: Understand your own values in addition to your UI UX design skills
The values you bring to the company are what the company cares about and are valued as much if not more than your UI UX design skills. Understanding those values helps ensure, again, that the company is as good a fit for you as you are for them.
Trait 4: Listen to feedback openly and honestly
Active listening is one of the important skills that helps us develop relationships with people. It also helps a lot in study and daily communication as well as work. To become an active listener, you must practice regularly. Show respect not only to your boss but also to your colleagues and everyone around you. Focus on the message and ignore the unimportant issues, and circle back to Trait 1: ask questions. This will help you better understand the message and improve.
Trait 5: Know where your focus and expertise lies and be clear about it
It is important that you have focus and goals for learning and your career. The Senior Designer does not expect you to know everything. For example, if you don’t know A/B testing, be truthful and say you don’t know it well but want to focus on that area. This sounds reasonable and is much more believable as an emerging designer than saying you know everything. They can now clearly determine that you excel in UI UX design, not in usability testing. It will be a lot easier for employers to evaluate you and decide which position is right for you.
There is no denying the importance of skills and knowledge, and one of the best ways to get your foot in the door and gain experience is to be curious, open, and willing to learn. If prospective employers see this, you have a better chance to land your first job.
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