Establishing Your Digital Presence: A Primer for Students

Last week I had the opportunity talk with a group of anthropology grad students at the University of Memphis about establishing a professional online presence. These are my slides, which tell you more about the general topics I covered than the specifics. It was a fun topic to think through and talk about with others. … Continue reading Establishing Your Digital Presence: A Primer for Students

Cover letter definites and don’ts, plus 3 examples that landed me interviews

Even in the digital era of professional websites, portfolios, social media and networking, some companies still require a cover letter with job applications. Along with a resume and portfolio, the three of these may comprise the "official" package for send-off to an HR recruiter or hiring manager ("official" because there are several other things that … Continue reading Cover letter definites and don’ts, plus 3 examples that landed me interviews

Getting into User Experience Research: 3 Senior Practitioners Share Their Stories

One thing I love about the field of User Experience is that it’s full of passionate, curious and talented people with a wide variety of professional backgrounds. In addition to the more traditional UX disciplines of human-computer interaction (HCI), human factors, information architecture (IA), psychology, web design and user-centered design (UCD), the social sciences, arts, … Continue reading Getting into User Experience Research: 3 Senior Practitioners Share Their Stories

What I’ve been reading lately: the not-so-weekly digest (#5)

Presenting another installment of a collection of most-highly-recommended articles and websites that shaped my thinking throughout the past few weeks on the following topics: design, research, business, organizational culture, technology, careers, and culture [change] and society. Design A panel of UX professionals dish on UX certifications | Elaine Matthias, UX Magazine An interview with Zeesha … Continue reading What I’ve been reading lately: the not-so-weekly digest (#5)

Applying a values framework in career decisions

Red Flag by Ben Sutherland Understanding your personal and professional values can be a really useful tool for making career decisions and figuring out the suitability of a job, team, boss or workplace. You can use values as a framework for thinking about questions such as, "What kind of company culture will I thrive in?" … Continue reading Applying a values framework in career decisions

Using a resume and a word cloud to visualize professional growth & change

Back in October 2012 I created a word cloud out of my resume to visualize the essence of my professional skills and experiences. Now that it's been almost 2 years since I did this, I thought it might be cool to create a new word cloud from an updated resume and see how they compare. … Continue reading Using a resume and a word cloud to visualize professional growth & change