I'm a user experience designer with 3 years of experience for a top global company and I really want to move on to do something new.
A few months ago I was fairly confident on my chances of landing another job but after a few months of trying with a myriad of rejections from jobs both interesting and awful, my confidence has fell through the floor.
I think my big problem is that despite this apparently impressive company on my CV (or so everyone from outside my field keeps telling me), my time there was spent working on very niche solutions with very little in the way of end products to show for it.
At this company so much of the job came down to meetings and trying to get permission to do your job. Reporting and tracking findings on the same products again and again with very little time being given over to making actual end products.
I wasn't designing an array of systems, I was gathering data to prove to the guys actually making the systems that a button was in the wrong place or their flow was broken in the hope that a year or two down the line they would make changes.
I get the feeling that the recruiter will look at my 'portfolio' website, see a lack of diverse pretty pictures of flashy apps I've made, and instantly reject me. This is in spite of the fact I'm trying to get a UX rather than a graphic design job; in my experience an awful lot of people just don't know the difference.
Anyone who knows UX knows that the end product is only a small part of the job and its the process and insights behind it which matter. Unfortunately this 5% of the job accounts for 90% of people's perception of it. And it's the 5% that I'm largely missing.....
My question is; how can I spin this 3 years into a position where I can land a real UX job?