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Presenting The UX Slam! Bionic User Experience Pros Wanted -- All Levels (Freelance, New York, NY)

Sonia J.
New York, NY
Post #: 66
Presenting The UX Slam! Bionic User Experience Pros Wanted -- All Levels (Freelance, New York, NY)

Title: Bionic UX Pros Wanted
Client: Mid-sized Digital Consultancy specializing in User-centric RIA Web Design
Location: New York, NY
Type: Fulltime (also open to freelance and freelance-to-fulltime)
Unusual Interview Technique: The UX Slam (see below)

The Hired Guns has a new client -- a digital consultancy that specializes in user-centric web design and technology for media, financial services, consumer and packaged goods companies as well as good old Uncle Sam. These folks straddle the line between interactive agencies and management consultancies and are seriously pushing the envelope when it comes to building Web 2.0/RIA (rich Internet applications) sites. So, if you're clunking your head against your cube in a company where you feel like you have zero ownership for problem solving and your ideas are falling on deaf ears, this might be just the right home for you!

This digital consultancy has tapped The Hired Guns because they want to build a bionic team of user experience pros who share their revolutionary view of the space. What?s extremely refreshing is that they are open to hiring a host of web practitioners from a variety of interactive disciplines. And are you ready for this: the more HYBRID and TRIBRID you are -- the better!

There is one caveat: you must be forward-thinking. The leaders of this firm believe that the User Experience world hit an inflection point recently, with the old world serving up page-based design, and the new world serving up state-less or single-page RIA design. And they want to know what you think this means for the future of web design.

This company believes that now that the paradigm has shifted, it?s an unusual opportunity for a bevy of web practitioners to enter the world of User Experience, bringing with them their own unique skill sets and vision. And our client wants to be on the receiving end of this thought leadership. So they want to talk to everyone, from the usual suspects of Information Architects, UX leads, Interaction Designers and Visual Designers to Creatives, Animators, Movie Directors, Web Designers, Flash Designers, Library Science peeps, online strategists, and social networking gurus.

And now for the fun part ... instead of an interview ... how about participating in a "UX Slam"!?

Say what?

OK ... as you know, here at The Hired Guns we try to do things a little bit differently. And we love it when we can work collaboratively with a client that wants to mix things up -- with us and our Hired Guns! And so we suggested that since our client wants people of exceptional caliber, why not host a UX Slam where our best-and-brightest can come in and riff about the future of web design to a panel made up of the partners of the firm -- and skip the boring and stale interview process altogether! Well, they agreed!

So, here?s what we?re thinking ...

For the UX Slam, you'll be invited to a location (fun and creative) where you will be expected to hold court on the subject of User-Centered Web Design -- especially in the Web 2.0 and beyond space! Your presentation should address the following question in any way, shape or form you see fit:

"The history of interactive media can be characterized as a perpetual unfolding of change marked by the occasional paradigm shift -- the latest being the much hyped Web 2.0. What changes do you anticipate in the next few years and why? What challenges will these pose, and how would you propose meeting those challenges? (You can choose any angle to comment from: design challenges, organizational structure challenges, documentation challenges, technological challenges or other)."

Your audience will be a roundtable of key executives -- interactive old schoolers -- from the firm, including the SVP of User Experience. This company is not interested in stealing your ideas. They really and truly want to hear what you think, and, more importantly, how you think and the passion you possess for the web movement. Be prepared to field a few questions on your presentation at the end. And you can present any way you want to -- whiteboard, laptop, storyboards, tapdance -- just be sure to have fun.

To be considered for the UX Slam, please shoot us your resume and a pitch letter that talks about where you see the opportunity in user-centered design now that the paradigm has shifted and what you plan to do about it personally. (Don't let it turn into a rant.) Remember your resume and your pitch letter will be your "golden ticket" -- so be brilliant on both.

If our clients are inspired by what they read (and why wouldn't they be?), we'll bring you in to Hired Guns HQ for a brainstorming/coaching session in order to get you geared up for the UX Slam. From there -- it's up to you!

Finally, it is important to note that the UX Slam isn't intended to be "Survivor on Steroids" where you compete to the last man standing. Our collective goal is to discover as many thought-leaders as we can and deliver the usability dream team. So how 'bout it?


Email a cover letter (required) with your most recent resume attached to (Please do not reply to this email.) The cover letter should detail your experience relevant to this opportunity and include the reasons for your interest in the position.

No phone calls or faxes, please.
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