Vol. 023 - 12 volunteer/non-profit job boards for designers ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Hi designers,

Welcome to Vol. 023 of the UX Jetpack Newsletter, where I share job searching tips weekly. This week we are talking about:

  1. 12 volunteer/non-profit job boards for designers ๐Ÿ”ฅ
  2. How to answer behavioral questions?
  3. Donโ€™t take too much feedback at the same time
  4. See where the design team sits in a company's structure

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12 volunteer/non-profit job boards for designers ๐Ÿ”ฅ

  1. Design Gigs for Good https://www.designgigsforgood.org/
  1. Develop for Good https://www.developforgood.org/
  1. UX Rescue https://www.uxrescue.org/
  1. OpenIDEO https://www.openideo.com/
  1. Taproot Foundation https://taprootfoundation.org/
  1. Catchafire https://www.catchafire.org/
  1. Goodcompany AU https://www.goodcompany.com.au/au
  1. DoSomething https://www.dosomething.org/us
  1. VolunteerMatch https://www.volunteermatch.org/
  1. DemocracyLab https://www.democracylab.org/
  1. VolunteerConnector https://www.volunteerconnector.org/
  1. Idealist https://www.idealist.org/en

How to answer behavioral questions?

Try this next time when you answer behavioral questions:

You are never going to run out of answers.

Step 1: Write down a couple of scenarios where

  • your co-workers gave you positive feedback
  • your work had a major impact
  • you overcame a challenge

Step 2: Get a list of common behavioural questions

They are pretty easy to find on Google

Hereโ€™s an article for you https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/interviewing/product-design-interview-questions

Step 3: Think of ways how you can fit your scenarios into those questions

If you did some research on how to do better handoff with developers and created a template for it,

You can use the same scenario when you are asked

"How do you communicate with developers?" or

"Tell me about a time you solved a challenge at work." or

"Tell me how you took an initiative that led to a positive impact."

The trick is not about coming up with hundreds of scenarios;

it's about reframing your scenario to fit the question.

Donโ€™t take too much feedback at the same time

Never take too much feedback at the same time.

It does more harm than help to you.

โ†’ Put a variety of projects in your portfolio.

โ†’ Put only projects that are tailored to the company.

โ†’ Hiring managers spend less than 30 seconds reviewing portfolios.

โ†’ Don't join the company if they don't spend time reviewing your work.

โ†’ Have a script for your portfolio presentation.

โ†’ Keep a casual conversation during your presentation.

Itโ€™s confusing to hear contradictory tips about landing a design job.

Most people provide feedback based on their own experiences.

But everyone has a unique background and personality.

You need to learn to adapt to the feedback,

not taking everything at face value.

Walk your own path.

See where the design team sits in a company's structure

This is a cool website that allows you to see the org chart of companies and see how they are structured.r When you are assessing which company you want to work for, it's helpful to see where design sits in the org.

Check out ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย theorg.com

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