Steven Steiner shares his career coaching advice on setting yourself up to find a job in UX during his chat with Seth. From what hiring managers want to know about potential job candidates to what not to do during your job search, this episode includes many tips to set yourself apart from the crowd when you get serious about landing the UX job you want. Read the article below and listen to more of Steven's great advice in the full episode!
Kicking off season two with episode 28 of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews Steven Steiner, Founder of Career Coach for Designers, where he coaches designers to help them level up during any point of their career.
Steven has gained over ten years of experience as a designer and design manager at agencies, start-ups, and in-house teams. This experience and his passion for helping others led him to career coaching and gave him so much valuable advice to share that he has learned along his career path.
Steven considers himself a Designer by trade and Coach at heart. In college, he pursued a degree in Informatics through the school of library science. He learned how data gets stored in a database and how to create an interface that allows people to retrieve that information. During that time, Steven found an interest in the mental model of a user and how they go about trying to find information on a digital platform.
Since then, Steven has worked up the corporate ladder as a designer and design manager for various sized organizations and agencies. As a manager, he enjoyed working with his teams to help them along their career path. Eventually, Steven realized that he would prefer to focus on teaching, coaching, and mentoring to help others level up in their UX design careers. This realization led him to create Career Coach for Designers where he gets to pursue this passion.
Steven shared valuable advice on what to avoid when you are serious about finding a job in UX. The job search process is challenging, but avoiding these pitfalls will ensure that your effort is focused on the right tasks and help speed up your timeline to landing that first job!
“There are so many Bootcamps and certifications that exist. All those programs are doing is filling an empty toolbox, but it's up to you to articulate how you use those tools to be effective.”
As an experienced hiring manager, Steven shares the four key things he would want to know about someone during the interview process. Take the time and check these boxes to ensure that you are prepared for an interview coming out of any applications you have submitted.
“Just be genuine, realize that every relationship is a human trying to live their best life, and all you can do is be supportive.”
It was fantastic to get so many great tips from Steven in this episode. As a Design Manager and Career Coach, he brings a hiring manager's perspective with lots of experience from inside the industry. Getting advice on how to prepare during your job search and what to avoid will help so many product designers as they get their start. Thank you, Steven, for sharing your wisdom with all of us.
Listen to the complete episode on The Product Design Podcast, which includes a deeper dive into Steven’s career path into career coaching and advice on how to avoid common pitfalls people make in their case studies. Don't forget to follow Steven on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Check out what he is up to as a Career Coach at his website!
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