• Know what you’re looking for before you start looking for a job.
• Get all of your ducks in a row before you start applying for jobs (e.g., resume, portfolio, profiles).
• Look everywhere, there’s a lot of options for finding a job these days.
• Find recruiters and your network to help you.
You’ve decided you want to work in UX. You even know what type of job you want in UX. You’re resume and portfolio are set up for success. You’re social profiles are in job search mode. You are job search ready. So ready, you’re not willing to wait for a recruiter to find you. It’s time to get a job and you’re going to be active about it.
…but where are the UX jobs?
Don’t worry, I’ve got your back. I even put them in a neat little list for you.
Some in the design community give places like LinkedIn a bad rap, but they can be very useful. I’ve personally been given lots of full time and freelance opportunities through LinkedIn. If done right, it can work for you with little effort. Do yourself a favor and get a decent LinkedIn profile in place.
Coroflot is a great community for designers and creatives in general. The job list is solid, it may lean a little heavy on the visual design side, but it’s definitely worth a look.
Similar to Coroflot in a lot of ways, Behance is Adobe’s creative community. Adobe acquired Behance in 2012-ish and actually hasn’t destroyed the site. The job board is solid due to both Behance and Adobes’ deep ties to the creative community.
Another creative community, Dribbble is “show and tell for designers”. I’ve always been a fan of Dribbble. The site is great and the community is incredible. The job board continues to improve and grow with no signs of slowing down.
Maybe I should have grouped portfolio sites with job boards… any how, Krop is one of the leader’s in the space and their job board always warrants a look. I always seem to think of them as visual/graphic design centric but more and more I see UX and web jobs available.
The behemoth of web design and everything UX. Smashing Magazine is definitely a great resource for a lot of things and design jobs are no exception. Get in there.
If you’re not familiar with the IxDA, you should get to know them. The organization is focused on the profession of interaction design and they do a lot of great things for the community. The job board can be a bit hit or miss but worth checking out time to time.
Authentic jobs has more than just design jobs, there’s a lot of developer and other positions as well. It’s a clean UX and I’m a big fan of the remote filtering option. Always worth looking into and you should probably set up email notifications for yourself.
The Hacker News for designers… Designer news is a great community. The jobs board is a bit light compared to others, but I think it’s quality over quantity. DN has a lot to offer.
10. UX Magazine
UX Mag is active and always useful. They deliver great content to help you advance as a UX professional. The job listings on the site are no different.
Dice is more of a IT job site but I’ve seen plenty of UX and design jobs listed over the years. Take a peak… there’s a lot to look through on there.
12. Angel List
If you’re looking for a startup job, it seems Angel list is dominating the space more and more every day. I haven’t personally tried the job hunt functionality to work at a startup, but it’s always interesting to take a peak through what’s available including salaries and equity. If you’re looking to get in early at a company, there isn’t a better option right now.
13. We Work Remotely from
37 Signals Basecamp
37 Signals (before they changed their name and streamlined their offerings) has always had interesting and compelling design opportunities on their job list. They even had Sortfolio for the freelance/agency types. However, since their Remote book, they’re very focused on remote opportunities and that’s what you’ll find on the site these days. Still very high quality of course.
14. AIGA Job Board
Graphic designer positions… this should be your first stop. Everyone else should still take a look. There’s plenty of intriguing options here.
15. Just UX Jobs
Best named site on the list… it’s just UX jobs. I don’t really need to say much else, lol.
Similar to Just UX Jobs, you’ll find targeted listing. I’m not 100% sure but I think they’ll crawl for these listings so the list is pretty solid. (Edit: They do crawl, but also offer premium postings.)
Don’t forget about Craigslist. Freelance work and small to medium size companies are listed on here regularly. Make sure you’r on the list for your city, grab some popcorn, and get ready to go through some crap but you’ll also find unique opportunities. Worth a look for the active job hunter.
Remote jobs… clean, simple and straight to the point.
19. Panda Jobs
A new site but looks very promising.
20. UX Jobs Board
The “#1 site for UX Jobs”. Lots of quality postings and worth a regular scan.
Everyone knows about these places… there’s tons of them and there’s tons of jobs (and spam). I would go here last personally, but it depends on what you’re looking for. Some companies exclusively list their positions on some of these sites so be open to it.
22. Talent Agencies, Staffing Firms, and Recruiters (e.g., Vitamin Talent)
I’ll definitely expand on this in the future on the blog, but recruiters and staffing agencies (like Vitamin T) are in the marketplace and can really work for you. Recruiters are all over the place and they’re either awesome… or not. If you’re in the job market, you should be talking with these people. They have a pulse on the job market better than anyone.
23. Company Sites
Yeah… if you want to work somewhere specific you can look at their openings, but it’s pretty useless for larger companies. Your application will be 1 of 10,000+. Smaller companies… can be good or the job was filled months ago and they didn’t take it down. I’m not a fan of this method for finding a job but it can give you an idea of their growth/expansion.
So that’s what I have for now… what other resources for finding UX jobs have you found? I’d definitely love to hear about it.