How to Source, Attract And Recruit UX Talent

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UX-banner-blogUX designers are primarily concerned with how the product feels. A given design problem has no single right answer. UX designers explore many different approaches to solving a specific user problem. The broad responsibility of a UX designer is to ensure that the product logically flows from one step to the next. One way that a UX designer might do this is by conducting in-person user tests to observe one’s behaviour. By identifying verbal and non-verbal stumbling blocks, they refine and iterate to create the “best” user experience.

So while hiring UX Designers, their work sample speaks more than the resume. Hiring managers a more interested in the piece of work that UX designers have done. There are many sites where UX designers are posting their work; they are maintaining their portfolios at those sites.

Most popular UX Sites that are Behance, Dribble, Coroflot, Cargo and many others.

Out of them, Behance and Dribbles are the most common among UX designers. So, today we will discuss how to source and  approach candidates on these sites.

Reach Out Directly To People You Think Will Be a Good Fit :

Behance is a forum for designers to show their piece of work, nowadays many companies are focusing of this forum for sourcing best UX talents few of them are Apple and Facebook. Behance provide free search filters and it includes various fields for architecture and portfolios, it is a best part it.

Searching candidates on Behance:

For searching an ideal designer, you can use Behance search tool which includes creative field, tags, location, tools used, school attended, and more. Once you find a candidate that is matching with your requirement you can start a conversation by sending them a personalised message.

Suppose you need a candidate who has worked on iPhone platforms, here will be your search

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First, we should know what is Dribbble

Dribbble is a community of designers answering that question each day. Web designers, graphic designers, illustrators, icon artists, typographers, logo designers, and other creative types share small screenshots (shots) that show their work, process, and current projects. The design work on display includes UI, UX, HTML5, WordPress, Photoshop, Illustrator, and more.

Only drawback Dribbble is having, it doesn’t give access for free searches; For doing searching specific skill candidates as per location basis need to get a PRO Account. Premium account is of $20 per year.

But here you can follow candidate and appreciate their work and even hire them if you like his work

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There are so many other ways to source candidates on Dribbble, In the below image you are about to see the Designers tab, here you can get the options for searching candidates by skills and locations.

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You can get the complete access if you have a PRO Account for Dribbble

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X-Ray Search on Google for getting top UX Candidate on specific site:

Apart from the sites like Behance and Dribbble, you can also try for searching candidates by google X-Ray searches. Suppose you want UX candidates from Pune location through LinkedIn then your search will be as Below. (“UX Designer” OR “”UX” And “Profiles”), Pune

Here are the results

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Post jobs and attract the top talents:

The best feature of both these sites is you can do job posting on it.

Posting jobs in Behance cost about the same as on Dribbble; Behance also offers discounts for posts in bulk (whether it’s the same job for a few months or multiple design positions simultaneously). Behance offers custom recommendations for each job you post, taking the criteria you’ve put into the job post and searching the network for creatives that match your needs. When you find someone you like, you can save them as candidates, and Behance will use that to improve their recommendations.

Job post on Behance:

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Job post on Dribbble:

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Let me know if you are aware of any other search tools for Sourcing UX talents 🙂


About Aditi Sharma

Hi, I am Aditi, currently working as Sr. Recruitment Specialist with Rezoomex at Pune. I am passionate about technology hiring and writing blogs related to Hiring Practices. Follow my latest thoughts on Twitter @aditi_sha26

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