Last month, we had the pleasure of working with the Ladies That UX community to host an event dedicated to helping professionals with portfolios and interviews.

Held at the Mullen Lowe offices in Old Street, London, the event combined informative presentations and hands-on workshops to help candidates seeking advice on best practice.

Due to the fast growth that the field of UX has seen in the past few years, the supply of talent has begun to outstrip demand. For candidates, it means an increasingly competitive landscape. In other words, the need for an impressive portfolio that tells the story of your successes could not be greater. But what does an impressive portfolio look like?

Kicking the evening off with a presentation on portfolio guidance, our Associate Director and UX & Service Design lead Chris Chapman walked the audience through the best approach for building a UX portfolio. As part of the presentation, Chris covered some of the key questions commonly asked by candidates, including how long a portfolio should be, how to use an NDA-protected project in a portfolio and the differences between a design and research portfolio.

The presentation was followed by a lively advice panel in which Chris joined the talented Ruby Steel, Lucy Blackwell and Danielle Macdonald to share insights from their own experiences in the field of UX design and research. From portfolio design and CV tips to asking for a promotion, managing maternity, career acceleration courses and the pros and cons of being a specialist or a unicorn, the panel shared practical guidance on a range of different topics to help guide UX professionals along the right path.

To give UX’ers in attendance maximum value from the event, we also hosted a CV & Portfolio clinic with the help of specialists from our team. Having worked with a diverse range of UX professionals as well as employers, we’re well versed with the nuances of UX recruitment – in other words, we know what clients like to see when shortlisting applicants.

Ciaran O’Brien, Kate Chandler, Ellie Burrows and Dominic Moss gave one-on-one feedback on CVs and portfolios as well as top tips to help UX’ers thrive in interviews. The portfolio advice clinic ran alongside a networking session that gave guests a chance to reflect on their thoughts from the day with professionals in the same boat.

We’re delighted to have received such positive feedback from those in attendance and extend our thanks to the Ladies That UX community and to MullenLowe Profero for helping us to host this event. We hope to be back with another instalment in the future.

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