Despite speculation that designers would end up replaced by AI, the demand for designers is growing. And with more of the world working remotely than ever before, new opportunities and new challenges are presented for both designers and hiring managers.
As a designer, it can be hard to prove your design skills. Sure, a portfolio shows that you can create a design that looks nice. But what about all of the design skills that aren’t able to be shown visually? Things like user research, your design thinking process, and your overall design philosophy aren’t exactly easy to show in a portfolio. You need a way to quantify your skills to companies looking to hire designers like you.
On the employer side, many hiring managers aren’t designers and don’t necessarily know how to verify a designer’s skills. Many aren’t even really qualified to review a designer’s portfolio. That means that some talented designers can fall through the cracks, while others who aren’t well qualified may not advance past the initial resumé review.
Whether you’re a designer looking to get hired or a company looking to hire a designer, some way to verify design skills is becoming more and more necessary. That’s why Uxcel has launched design Skill Tests as a way to verify a designer’s knowledge and skills in specific areas. For hiring managers, it means a way to verify that designers possess the skills they list on their resumés. And for designers, it’s a way to prove that you have the right skills for the job you’re applying for.
How Skill Tests help designers
Skill Assessments are a way for designers to prove their professional skills. There are a lot of talented designers in the world who have little or no formal training. They’ve learned skills in their own way, fuelled by their passion for design. But that can make it difficult to compete with designers who have a degree or certification that allows them to “prove” their skills and knowledge.
Uxcel’s Skill Tests level the playing field. They allow designers — regardless of their professional training or background (or even experience) — showcase their skills in an objective, verified manner.
Ready to try out a skill test? Head on over to Uxcel and pick one of the available Skill Tests you’d like to take. You’ll have 20 minutes to complete the test (we recommend using a desktop browser to take the test, and be sure you’ll have uninterrupted time to complete the entire thing). Your results are kept private unless you decide to share them. If you pass the test — score in the 70th percentile or above — you’ll have the option to add a verified skill badge to your profile.
If you don’t pass, don’t worry — you can brush up on your knowledge and retake the test in 30 days. And your results won’t be shared unless you choose to share them! We’ll also point you toward resources for brushing up on your skills, including Uxcel’s relevant courses.
The best designers in the world are committed to continuously improving their skills and the quality of their work. But before you can improve, you need to figure out where your skills aren’t quite up to par compared to other designers. Taking skills assessments shows you exactly where to focus your efforts to improve. And understanding where your skills are strongest let you focus on jobs where you’re more likely to be successful. In fact, 68% of professionals have said they’d prefer to assess their competency in a skill before applying for a job. You want to make sure that your skills align with what an employer is looking for so you don’t waste your time (or theirs).
Speaking of jobs, when you verify your skills with Uxcel, we’ll send you relevant job recommendations as they’re posted. Want access to more jobs? Just verify your mastery of more in-demand skills. Plus, you’re more likely to get hired if you can prove your skills — LinkedIn has shown that you’re about 30% more likely to be hired with Verified Designer Assessment!
Uxcel is on track to release more than 40 skill- and tool-based assessments in the coming weeks. That means you’ll have plenty of opportunities to show exactly what your strengths are to potential employers.