This second edition of The UX Careers Handbook offers you all the great advice of the first edition—freshly updated—plus a new chapter on critical soft skills, much more on becoming a UX leader, and a 17th user experience (UX) career pathway.

The UX Careers Handbook, Second Edition, offers you an insider's advice on learning, personal branding, networking skills, building your resume and portfolio, and actually landing that UX job you want, as well as an in-depth look at what it takes to get into and succeed in a UX career.

Whether your interests include design, information architecture, strategy, research, UX writing, or any of the other core UX skillsets, you'll find a wealth of resources in this book.

The book also includes:

  • Insights and personal stories from a range of industry-leading UX professionals to show you how they broke into the industry and evolved their own careers over time
  • Activities and worksheets to help you make good decisions and build your career

Along with the book, you can explore its companion website with more resources and information to help you stay on top of this fast-changing field.

Not only for job seekers, The UX Careers Handbook, Second Edition, is a must-have for

  • Employers and recruiters who want to better understand how to hire and keep UX staff
  • Undergraduate and graduate students thinking about their future careers
  • Professionals in other careers who are thinking about starting to do UX work

Cory Lebson has been a UX consultant and user researcher for over two decades. He is Principal and Owner of a small UX research consultancy, a builder of UX community, and a past president of the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA). Not only a practitioner of UX, Cory teaches and mentors to help professionals grow their UX skills and conducts regular talks and workshops on topics related to both UX skills and career development.

First Edition Acknowledgments. Second Edition Acknowledgments. About the Author. Foreword. How to Use This Book. Part 1 Establishing Your Foundation. Chapter 1 What Is User Experience (UX)? Chapter 2 Your Career Is Grounded in Your Education. Chapter 3 Never Stop Learning. Chapter 4 Personal Branding and Networking for Career Success. Chapter 5 Critical Soft Skills. Part 2 Getting a Job. Chapter 6 Resumes and Portfolios to Illustrate Your Value. Chapter 7 Work In-House or Be an External Consultant. Chapter 8 Independent Contracting or Starting a Small UX Business. Chapter 9 Landing a Job (or New Contract Work). Part 3 Recruiters & Employers. Chapter 10 Working with a Recruiter; Being a Recruiter. Chapter 11 Employer’s Guide (and What Job Seekers Should Look For). Part 4 Career Glimpses: What, Specifically, Can You Do? Chapter 12 UX Career Pathways. Chapter 13 Design-Related Pathways. Chapter 14 Research-Related Pathways. Chapter 15 Content-Related Pathways. Chapter 16 Strategy-Related Pathways. Part 5 UX Leadership. Chapter 17 Corporate UX Leadership. Chapter 18 Alternative Pathways to UX Leadership. CONCLUSION. Chapter 19 UX in the Future; Your Career Today. Index.