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What’s more important for job hunters? Skills, or experience & credentials?

22/09/2014

What’s more important for job hunters? Skills, or experience & credentials?

One of the biggest Catch 22’s of securing that big break is the good old “I can’t get a job without experience and I can’t get experience without a job” gem. And look, I’m not going to deny this absolutely poses a degree of difficulty. But if it were watertight true, surely no one new would ever get a job anywhere ever...

Design Feedback, UX Maturity Models, and Customer Behavior: What We’re Reading

19/09/2014

Design Feedback, UX Maturity Models, and Customer Behavior: What We’re Reading

This week we bring you posts on tools for gathering feedback on digital design, a helpful UX maturity model, mapping the customer journey, influencing user behavior, and animated algorithms. Enjoy!

The day social media killed your job chances

17/09/2014

The day social media killed your job chances

How many stupid things have you done or seen your friends do on one or other social media platform? And how many of you who are parents cringe at the ‘I-have-no-idea-how-this-photo-will-impact-my-chances-of-a-job-one-day’ attitude of your kids? We’ve all seen it, we’ve read about it, some of us have even done it and ...

UX Tools, Design Patterns, Marketing Technology, and Customer Experience: What We’re Reading

12/09/2014

UX Tools, Design Patterns, Marketing Technology, and Customer Experience: What We’re Reading

This week we bring you posts on useful UX tools, design patterns, hot new marketing technology tools, the design process at Google Ventures, and the tension between user experience strategy and customer experience strategy. Enjoy!

Great UX Documentation, UX Unicorns, and Agile Design: What We’re Reading

05/09/2014

Great UX Documentation, UX Unicorns, and Agile Design: What We’re Reading

This week we bring you articles on creating great user experience documentation, agile approaches to design, conducting lean research, and UX unicorns. Enjoy!

  • 22/09/2014 What’s more important for job hunters? Skills, or experience & credentials? One of the biggest Catch 22’s of securing that big break is the good old “I can’t get a job without experience and I can’t get experience without a job” gem. And look, I’m not going to deny this absolutely poses a degree of difficulty. But if it were watertight true, surely no one new would ever get a job anywhere ever, right? So the first thing to take out of this is that it is possible. Someone else has done it before, in fact, plenty of people have, which means you can too.
  • 19/09/2014 Design Feedback, UX Maturity Models, and Customer Behavior: What We’re Reading This week we bring you posts on tools for gathering feedback on digital design, a helpful UX maturity model, mapping the customer journey, influencing user behavior, and animated algorithms. Enjoy!
  • 17/09/2014 The day social media killed your job chances How many stupid things have you done or seen your friends do on one or other social media platform? And how many of you who are parents cringe at the ‘I-have-no-idea-how-this-photo-will-impact-my-chances-of-a-job-one-day’ attitude of your kids? We’ve all seen it, we’ve read about it, some of us have even done it and tried to delete it, but just how badly can social media impact your job chances?
  • 15/09/2014 Aquent Becomes a Randstad Sourceright Premiersource Partner Randstad Sourceright, a leading provider of managed services program (MSP) solutions has selected Aquent to join their Premiersource Partnership Program.
  • 12/09/2014 UX Tools, Design Patterns, Marketing Technology, and Customer Experience: What We’re Reading This week we bring you posts on useful UX tools, design patterns, hot new marketing technology tools, the design process at Google Ventures, and the tension between user experience strategy and customer experience strategy. Enjoy!
  • 05/09/2014 Great UX Documentation, UX Unicorns, and Agile Design: What We’re Reading This week we bring you articles on creating great user experience documentation, agile approaches to design, conducting lean research, and UX unicorns. Enjoy!
  • 02/09/2014 Who’s Afraid of Marketing Technology? Surveying the marketing technology landscape is not for the faint of heart. It's so big and complex, one can easily feel overwhelmed. It's also easy to feel like you and your organization are missing out on the promise and potential of these powerful tools. Could a chief marketing technologist put your fears to rest?
  • 01/09/2014 4 reasons why CEOs still don't invest in digital marketing So, why are marketing managers struggling to spend even a small percentage of their media in digital? It's big news when companies like P&G announce that they're moving their digital spend to 35%. For me, the big question is whether this is enough? Consumers don't spend 10%, 20%, or 35% of their time using digital devices and media, so what's the bottleneck? I believe there are four major reasons why CEOs and CMOs are struggling to invest in digital.
  • 29/08/2014 The Web Design Process, UX, and Content Marketing: What We’re Reading This week we bring you articles on describing the web design and development process to clients, user experience design, hiring a content marketing team, and using data to tell a compelling story about city life. Enjoy!
  • 28/08/2014 What all Creatives can learn from the most creative people of all I am certainly not the first person in the creative industry to bring to light the fact that we, as adults, can learn a thing or two from watching the incredible unabashed creativity of a child, but I believe it’s a lesson we should not forget.
  • 21/08/2014 Using contract & temp-to-perm opportunities as part of your career plan Career plans don’t always go exactly to plan. With a strong vision for where you want to be and a stepped out plan on how to get there, you may be presented with unexpected obstacles you need to overcome in order to keep on track.
  • 15/08/2014 Feedback Culture, Design Thinking, UI History, and Data Visualization: What We’re Reading This week we bring you articles on creating a healthy feedback culture for your designers, applying design thinking to an evolving business, the history of one user interface design element, tools for data visualization, and teaching computers to recognize outdoor scenes in photographs.
  • 13/08/2014 Online Vs Offline: Which is more important in building your authority and reputation? We see it time and time again. Articles and blog posts that talk about ways to build ‘online authority’. Mostly, there’s nothing inherently wrong with the articles; indeed they often - well, the ones I read anyway - usually contain solid insights, tips and advice and are well worth the read. But the thing that sticks out for me time and time again is that a distinction is being made between online and offline. It’s as if building authority is confined to activities associated with what you do in the online world. Or put another way, you get the feeling that what you do offline - in the flesh, so to speak - doesn’t really count for much anymore, which is unfortunate and thoroughly misleading.
  • 12/08/2014 UX Fundamentals: A New Course from Aquent Gymnasium We are very pleased to announce the launch of a new online course from Aquent Gymnasium. UX Fundamentals will teach web designers and front-end developers the basic principles of user experience design.
  • 08/08/2014 Interview tip: Tell me about yourself? This is one of the most common questions asked at an interview, but people rarely prepare for it. Job seekers plan their strengths, their weaknesses and have an answer for the standard ‘where do you see yourself in 5 years?’, but few give this question any thought.

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