Your portfolio is the most important part of your job application—here are 5 things to keep in mind

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Graphic created with Blush

It’s good sense to tailor your résumé to the job you’re applying to, and your portfolio is no different. Treat it like a design challenge you’re solving for, and think of hiring managers as your end users.

1. Have a career compass statement

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Ruben Meines succinctly summarizes who he is and what he does

“Just like a great product, your career needs a purpose, a thesis. It needs a why.”–Sarah Doody, Founder of The UX Portfolio Formula

We all remember writing thesis statements for book reports in English class. A thesis would set up the central argument of your paper, just like a compass/personal statement sets up the purpose of your portfolio. Are you a specialist or a generalist? Have you worked on a team, or were you a UX team of one? What’s your dream role? …

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the seemingly endless list of Figma plugins. Here’s five plugins to help you supercharge your design process.

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Figma has thousands of plugins to speed up your workflow. Need to add a smooth shadow effect to a frame? There’s a plugin for that. Or maybe you need to find a free-to-use image for your hero section. With the Unsplash plugin you can browse millions of high-quality photos, all without leaving your workspace.

With the seemingly endless list of plugins, though, it’s easy to feel unsure about where to start. Here’s a list of five essential plugins to get you started.

1. Blush

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Easily create and customize illustrations with Blush

If you’re a long-time Figma user you might be wondering why I’m highlighting Blush over Humaaans. Both give you access to illustrations by the amazing Pablo Stanley, but there’s two key factors setting Blush apart–the most important being that this plugin was created by Pablo Stanley himself. Browse and customize beautiful illustrations from Stanley and artists from all over the world, all free to use for personal and commercial purposes. …


Bianca Sasscer

Hi! I’m a UX/UI Designer based in Denver, CO. Currently pursuing opportunities with teams that value open idea sharing and meaningful design.

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