I'm basically a ball of stress this week. I've been rejected on several applications and bombed the coding exercise for my best opportunity so far. Needless to say I'm worried and I'm trying to work through it but I'm not doing myself any favors.
Now I have a UX opportunity to apply for, in a place I want to be, with a group of folks I think I want to work with. The role was posted 6 days ago so the clock is ticking. I really really want to go for this opportunity.
There's just one issue (well not one but lets focus on this one). I have no portfolio. I want to make one quick but between this article, and the fact that I have only one recent design project (a registration form re-do for a course I'm reviewing), I'm nervous that creating one in time to apply for this job could kill me faster rather than help me.
Can I do this on cover letter alone? Can I count requirements planning for boats and equipment as user experience experience? Can I say that my experience giving presentations in front of crowds will help me with working with focus groups? I've had a UX mindset most of my life, and I feel like I have plenty of experiences that will help me. How on earth can I go about proving it.
Note: This question is as much rhetorical crisis whingeing as it is serious question. Do not feel obligated to engage but if you can set me on the right path I'll buy you a pint.