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UX Contracting 2021

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PSSIGCHI presents: UX Contracting 2021

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In the Seattle area, UX contract opportunities abound. Traditionally, many junior UXers have used contractor positions to get their foot in the door, and senior UXers have also advanced their career further through vendor roles at large corporations. While there’s no shortage of UX contractor positions today, the pandemic has slightly shifted the landscape of contracting as well. In this panel, featuring 2 UXers who were formerly contractors and 2 recruiters who help people get contracting roles, we will address questions such as:

  • Is contracting work still the best way for emerging UX professionals to get their foot in the door? What are the pros and cons of contracting?
  • Opportunities for senior UXers to do contracting - Why should they consider contracting? What can they gain from it?
  • How did COVID change the landscape and reality of contracting? What new opportunities did it open up?
  • Does conversion to full-time roles really happen? If so, how can we make it happen?
  • How should you look for your next gig while contracting?
  • When is the best time to leave?

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Hana Lui

Hana is a Technical Recruiter at Crystal Equation, where she is filling UX roles for top tech companies.

Nick Richards

Nick is a Senior Recruiter at Filter. He's been hiring UX Designers & UX Researchers with Filter for about three years.

Eric Smith

Eric is a full-time UX Researcher with Projekt 202 in Seattle, WA. He collaborates across design/engineering to advocate for users and create a meaningful UX. Previously, Eric has worked as a contract UX Researcher with Google, UX Research Coordinator with Indeed and as a 2nd grade Special Education teacher with the Pflugerville ISD. In his free time, Eric enjoys hiking, making music and spending time with his family.

Craig Hurd-McKenney, PhD

Craig is a full-time UX Researcher at Indeed.com, where he converted from a contractor role. He previously worked for Microsoft and Google, and holds a PhD from Texas Tech University in Technical Communication and Rhetoric.

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Puget Sound SIGCHI is a non-profit organization, serving the Puget Sound region's design, usability, and human factors research communities.

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