I’m trying to transition to UX design (and looks like this a field well peopled with many of us transition-ers! Happy to see that!). My background is television, I’ve worked for 20 years, mostly as an AVID video editor for giants in American tv, like Disney Channel, E!, ABC, Bravo and others. I have fleshed out what my skills are, and they are pretty impressive, but they are “soft skills”, things that aren’t necessarily quantifiable. I hired someone to help me with my resume, which I’m glad I did… but I’m really nervous about using it. It feels like I’m not being honest, because the resume calls me a “User Experience Professional”… true, I do have to consider the audience when I’m creating something for tv… and also work within parameters set forth by the client. I have to collaborate with a “team”, and although I’m informed of user research, etc. by the client, I don’t the research myself.
A few companies have requested resumes from me, so I want to send one… but I’m not sure what to call myself?? or exactly how to describe my skills in a way that will attract a company looking for someone with my skills to on a UX design team? I certainly am aware that I will be starting at the bottom and working my way up, but I want to learn that way.
I am taking a quick Sketch class (but I don’t want to do JUST wireframing…), and I have a Designlab course starting in a few weeks, but can’t wait that long to get my resume to the companies that have requested it… help… Chris