21 Inspiring UX Designer Resumes and Why They Work

November 26, 2018

One of the first step in landing your dream job is crafting a UX designer resume that will get you a second look. But what skills, qualifications and information are companies looking for when it comes to UX design employees? What needs to be on your resume – and how do you design it – so that you get noticed?

Don’t overthink it.

A nicely designed resume is important, but what’s equally valuable is how you explain yourself to potential employers. How are you different from the hundreds of other UX design job applicants?

It starts with a well-communicated, concise resume package and a portfolio.

Below you'll find 21 inspiring UX designer resume examples with links to original PDF

Ariel Norling Resume Example

Ariel Norling

Senior Product Designer at Copper.

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Jack Strachan Resume Example

Jack Strachan

Experience Designer at Bosch.

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Jason Lim Resume Example

Jason Lim

Lead Product Designer at Nerdwallet.

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Jeff Wang Resume Example

Jeff Wang

Product Designer at WillowTree.

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Jessie Van Resume Example

Jessie Van

Product Designer at Google.

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Jihoon Suh Resume Example

Jihoon Suh

Product Designer at Facebook.

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Josh Mateo Resume Example

Josh Mateo

Product Designer at Square.

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Karen Song Resume Example

Karen Song

Interaction Designer at The Wrecking Crew.

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Kevin Chang Resume Example

Kevin Chang

Product Designer and UX Engineer at Google.

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Kevin Mao Resume Example

Kevin Mao

Product Designer at Zumper.

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Martijn van den Broeck Resume Example

Martijn van den Broeck

Interaction Designer at Google.

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Min Zhou Resume Example

Min Zhou

Product designer at Instagram.

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Rachel Cohen Resume Example

Rachel Cohen

Senior UX Designer at LinkedIn.

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Sam George Resume Example

Sam George

Visual Designer at R/GA.

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Sanat Rath Resume Example

Sanat Rath

Interaction Designer at Google.

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Shawn Roberts jr Resume Example

Shawn Roberts jr

Product Designer at Uber.

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Simon Pan Resume Example

Simon Pan

Interaction Designer at Google.

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Sophie Gardner Resume Example

Sophie Gardner

Product Designer at Quora.

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Wenbin (Kyle) Li

Wenbin (Kyle) Li

Visual Designer in San Francisco.

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Will Chan Resume Example

Will Chan

Product Designer at Facebook.

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Xinyu Li Resume Example

Xinyu Li

Senior Product Designer at Copper in San Francisco.

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Here's Why They Work So Great and What You Can Learn From Them

Understand Your User

Treat designing a resume, just like a user interface or user experience design project. You need to understand who will be looking at the resume and design for that audience.

The reality is that when you apply for a job, your resume goes to a lot of non-technical people before it gets to a team of people that speak the language of UX design like you do. They might be looking for specific keywords or information to pass the resume on to the next stage of the hiring process. (There might not even be a real person filtering resumes; it could be a bot or another automated process.)

Make sure to read the job posting carefully so that you fully understand what the company is looking for. You want to write your resume to include elements that match the job posting and are in line with what the company does.

This can be even more important when applying for a digital design job with a company that doesn’t necessarily specialize in that area. A good understanding (make sure to do your homework) of what a company does can help you shape how to start the resume-writing process so that you “speak” to the right people and make a solid first impression.  

Avoid Mistakes That Get Your Resume Tossed

Stupid little mistakes are the things that will get your resume tossed quickly. Many hiring managers are actually looking for reasons to reject candidates, so your resume has to be practically perfect to make the first cut.

Here are some of the mistakes that will get your resume tossed. Don’t make them.

Prioritize Information

Many designers think a great resume design is somewhat boring. That’s OK.

You probably won’t have a lot of visual elements to work with. And you definitely won’t have the interactive elements that you are used to designing. But this text-heavy design does serve a purpose.

Make the more of that usability with information prioritized in a logical manner.

When designing the content for every individual section, think in reverse chronology. The most recent items should be first, followed by older ones. You don’t have to include everything. Stick to the most relevant experience and eliminate jobs from decades ago. (You can post a full bio on a network such as LinkedIn and include a link on the resume, if you want potential employers to see this information.)

Highlight Key Skills

When it comes to jobs in user experience and user interface design, skillsets are important. What have you done to standout from everyone else? What tools or software do you use that will impress potential employers?

You can highlight these skills on your resume. Skills can be anything from software proficiencies to understanding programming languages to your ability to solve problems creatively.

Match Skills to Job Listing Keywords

Do you have skills that match your dream job?

Take a close look at the job posting. What exactly are they asking for? This will help you determine if you are a fit for the job.

If your skills match, then use the same descriptive keywords in your resume. This will show the company that you “speak their language” and are what they are looking for in a job candidate. Making these changes can mean tweaking sections of your resume for each different job you apply for.

Separate Cover Letter and Portfolio

Package your resume to optimize user experience as well. Send everything as a PDF and don’t jumble everything into a single file (unless the job posting asks for it that way). Use the same header or footer on each file so that every page contains your name and contact information.

Use your name as the first part of the filename so that when the files are downloaded, they stick together alphabetically.(Make it easy for hiring managers to find and contact you.) 

Don’t Over-Design Your Resume

Don’t over design your resume when looking for a UX job. While what you do at work is highly engaging, interactive and visual, a resume isn’t always that way.

Keep it simple, include relevant information and don’t try to use it as a creative showcase. That’s what your portfolio is for.  

Keep It to One Page

Your resume should be a single page.

Cut all the extraneous information, long job descriptions and positions from years ago. A concise, clean resume is easy to read at a glance and shouldn’t overwhelm users (hiring managers).

If you want to provide additional details or information, use LinkedIn or a personal portfolio website and include a link on your resume.

Show Problem-Solving Ability

Ditch the old-school resume “Objective” section. Instead, highlight a few key project problems and solutions that you developed.

Did you create a user interface that resulted in higher conversion rates for an e-commerce customer? Or did you help a client drop their bounce rate with a redesign? Explain how you did it. Outline the problem and solution.

Design for a Good User Experience

Just like you would design for the user of a digital product, you want to create a pleasurable user experience for readers of your resume as well.

Consider these key components in the design;

Conclusion

The skills that make you a great UX designer can also help you create a killer resume if you think about it carefully. Consider your audience and how they will read and use your resume to (hopefully) contact and hire you.

A great hierarchy that’s relevant to the position and easy to read is the trick. While this might be easier said than done, a good resume should be a highly usable design that shows off your skills at a glance. (It just happens to be in a format that’s a little different from what you are used to designing.)

Need more inspiration?

Check out the curated UX case study gallery.

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About the Author

Jan is a Norwegian UI/UX Designer working as a partner at Folk design studio at day and making side-projects like CSC at night. Read more →