Means to an IxDA message? WAS: Where are all the designers?
21 Feb 2008 - 9:59pm
5 years ago
> So, what are some of the best means we (IxDA) could > employ to communicate the IxD message & self-definition > with recruiters, HR departments, education, business > leaders, etc.?
We could start by vetting the IxDA job postings. We already screen
them for format; start screening them for content. I can't imagine
anyone on the board has the time to handle that responsibility
singlehandedly but perhaps some sort of group screening or flagging.
Make that part of the value proposition for designers searching for
jobs. We screen out the cruft.
In support of that, start teaching accepted vocabulary to recruiters.
Do it through the job board interface (first, create a job board.)
Many boards already make recruiters choose between distinctions like
fulltime/freelance and design/development. Add a few more
distinctions, explain what we say they mean, and penalize recruiters
who get it wrong in the same way we penalize recruiters who can't be
bothered to learn how to format their subject lines.
Then, based on those trials, reach out to other recruiting entities.
Create a "Guide to Hiring Interaction Designers and Interface
Designers." Tell them what to avoid and what to try. Teach them how
to speak our language. In many ways, it's the recruiters' job to
figure out how to entice the kind of candidates they want but that
doesn't mean we shouldn't help them. Use them as a bridge to the
thousands of companies out there trying to hire designers.