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15 methods that do not work for getting a job in UX

Updated: Sep 1, 2023

There are many effective methods for getting your first UX role. I wrote about them here.

It’s also important to be aware of what does not work if you want to get your foot in the door of this highly competitive field.

Here are 15 methods that do not work, which are not based on my personal experiences or anything I have ever heard of people actually doing, but that are probably not worth trying. If you give any of them a shot and they work, I would be interested in hearing your story.

The 15 methods

  1. Body swaps

  2. Deep fakes

  3. Cryogenic freezing

  4. Psychics, tarot, crystals

  5. Magnets, essential oils, tin foil hats, bleach injections, ear candling, ionized jewelry, hexagonal water

  6. Knocking on wood

  7. Matrix neck port

  8. Phishing, pyramid schemes, multi-level marketing

  9. Stalking hiring managers at Target and giving them paper copies of your resume

  10. Becoming a serial killer who captures UX researchers and makes a suit of their skin, then standing in front of a mirror and ask, “would you hire me? I’d hire me. I’d hire me hard. I’d hire me so hard.”

  11. Spending 25 years at the Black Lodge

  12. Writing “ecneirepxe resu” in blood on a mirror while snowed inside a haunted mountain top hotel

  13. Networking on Grindr, OK Cupid, Ashley Madison, FetLife, etc.

  14. Mansplaining

  15. Excessive puns or sarcasm


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