Speed Dating For Your Résumé

  • 19 Feb 2013
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Pace University, Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts (entrance on Spruce St), 1 Pace Plaza New York, NY 10038


NYCUXPA EventWhen it comes to to finding a job in the user experience industry, there's a lot of heartache. What are the things hiring managers place the most value on?

For the first half of the event, we'll discuss digital portfolios with London expat Ben Tregoing of TDA-Digital NA, who has run extensive workshops on the subject. The second half of the event will allow you to meet a series of UX hirers from companies and recruiting agencies, who will tell you if your résumé is representing you accurately.


6:00-6:45PM Registration & networking
6:45-7:00PM Chapter announcements
Plus a brief word from our sponsor, Avenade
7:00-7:30PM Part I: Discussion
7:30-8:30PM Part II: Résumé Speed Dating

Part I: Discussion

Ben TregoingNYC UXPA President Gloria Petron talks with Ben Tregoing of TDA-Digital, North America, on the topic of digital portfolios. As co-founder and Director at TDA, Ben has spent the past five years advising businesses ranging from startups to financial institutions on how to structure and integrate their user experience teams. In addition, Ben was an active member of the London UXPA community, organizing yearly career events which included running booths and workshops for résumé and portfolio reviews.

Part II: Speed Dating For Your Résumé

What is it and how does it work?

A series of 2-person stations are set up around the room to form a circuit. A reviewer (a senior-level UX-industry professional or UX-industry recruiter) is seated at each station. Participants sit with the reviewer and hand over their resume plus whatever work samples they've brought, and in the few minutes allowed, the reviewer provides their assessment. Feedback is brief and high-level. At the end of the session it's time for the participant to move on.

Work samples may include wireframes, documentation, screenshots, etc. Samples can be presented on paper or via laptops or tablets. This will make it possible for reviewers to get a much clearer picture of participants' capabilities in the time allowed.

2013 Résumé Reviewers

Along with Ben Tregoing, we are honored to have the following individuals volunteer their time and expertise for this event.

  Ronnie Battista
UX Practice Lead, Slalom Consulting
Specialty: UX strategy
  Tom Bittner
VP, User Experience Design, Goldman Sachs
Industry: Financial Services; Specialties: Interaction Design, Research, Usability Testing, Information Architecture, Human Factors Engineering

Kim Cassidy

Kim Cassidy
Associate Creative Director, WeightWatchers
Area of Expertise: IA and usability testing,

Danaus Chang Danaus Chang
Senior Director, AnswerLab
Industry: User Experience Research Consultancy
  Kristen Connor
Vice President, User Experience, Yodle
Industry: Online Marketing
Specialties: Interaction design, visual design, content development, and front-end development.

  Amy Elfeld
  James Genero
Partner, Anvil + Gear
C Goldschmidt Christina Goldschmidt
Creative Director, Annalect Group
Industries & Specialties:
Media, Financial Services, Start-ups, Data Visualization / Big Data; Lean UX, Interaction Design/IA
Visual Design, Product Design
   Jamie Hunt
Sr. Director, Americas Lead, Experience Design,
Karin Kawamoto

Karin Kawamoto
Principal UX Architect, TandemSeven
Specialties: Complex user experience design

Rebecca Levi Rebecca Levi
Recruiting Manager, The Joanne Weaver Group
Specialties: UX Design, Interaction Design, Experience Design, IA
Lipkin Lawrence Lipkin
VP Design Strategy, Fidelity Investments
Industry & Specialty: Financial Services; UXD generalist

Jennifer Pugh Jennifer Pugh
Talent Agent, TheHiredGuns
Industry & Specialty: Agency Recruiter; Visual Design and User Experience

Tammy Sachs Tammy Sachs
CEO, Sachs Insights
Area of expertise and industry: Research

  Jules Ehrhardt
Partner, ustwo
Area of expertise: UX, UI, Tech, Business Development or Recruitment
   Jason Gregory
Designer director, ustwo
Area of expertise: UX, UI, Tech



Pace University Seidenberg School


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Pace University Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
(entrance on Spruce St)
1 Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038

The Spruce Street entrance is located to the right of the main Pace entrance, halfway down the block.

Nearby subways:
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Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall
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