How not to get a job, and how to get one

find job“How can I get a job in user research?”

It’s a question that comes up a lot, and reappeared the other day in one of the forums I belong to.

It reminded me of a post I wrote a few years ago in response to the annual deluge of speculative emails from new graduates asking me to give them a job:

And then,a bit later, I wrote another one with more positive advice:

These days we talk more about ‘user research’ or ‘user experience’ than ‘usability’ – but I think the advice is still good.

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