After years of receiving calls and emails about UX jobs that were not quite right for me, I decided to something about it. I created UXswitch. What's that they say, necessity is the mother of invention? The idea is to make recruitment more human and efficient by matching a UXer's job wish list with only the top UX recruirers and employers. No more wasted effort. Simple really. And it's free (for now).
The wish list contains information such as preferred income, location, perm/contract preference and availability. Recruiters or hiring managers are only accepted if their main focus is UX or they are recommended by UXers. They're also asked to treat candidates with respect and pay attention to our good recruiter guide. The site was created using an iterative user-centred design approach. Pencil sketches, wireframes and on device prototypes were tested with UXers and recruiters at every stage.
UXswitch has already been described as disruptive and is being used by by hiring managers in Google, Uber, Vodafone as well as top UX recruiters from Amsterdam to San Francisco. UXers have taken to UXswitch is great numbers. It's really putting people in jobs and making looking for top talent much easier.
The future holds further functionality roll out such as the world's first humanised job board. A place where only the most carefully crafted job descriptions live. Job descriptions with an awesome user experience. The intention is also to extend the model to other niche industries such as Project Management, Coders and more.
"I have been trying to recruit a UX Designer for a client in Hampshire for a few months. I finally found a locally based candidate on UXswitch"
I created my profile on Tuesday, and I have already got offers from 2 different recruiters yesterday and today. This works! Thanks a lot! :)
I'm Frank Gaine. Strategist, Designer, Manager, Founder, Educator.