I started in information architecture in 2007, I got out of it and now I am trying to get back into IA/UX. I consequently do not have the 5+ years of experience or the mandatory "senior titles", but I do have the education! I came across this in a recent job posting: "5+ years of agency experience working on site builds. Someone who really understands the user experience." I was initially hired because I was a user experience professional. In almost every job posting I have come across is the prerequisite portfolio. But can static images or deliverables truly explain the context or process of the user experience?
During my last interview I asked how do they obtain user research. I received this look back and was told they had none, they had not spoken to any users' and there was no persona development, and this project was for a major website redesign.
So I was wondering if this is the status of IA/UX, or should I go back to my day job?