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Tips for Usability Professionals in a Down Economy

Tom Tullis

Journal of Usability Studies, Volume 4, Issue 2, February 2009, pp. 60-69

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The economy stinks. Regardless of where you live in the world, you've probably been impacted by the current economic downturn. Most of us know people who have lost their jobs or even their homes. This is probably the worst downturn that most of us have experienced in our lifetimes.

The usability profession certainly isn't immune to these problems. Many people are looking for jobs in the field, either because they were laid off or they're just starting their career. And many others working in the field want to make sure they keep their jobs and continue to grow.

I've worked in this field long enough that I've been through some significant downturns before. I've seen strategies that people used in previous downturns to improve their chances of finding or keeping good jobs in this field. Some worked and some didn't. The purpose of this essay is to share some of the strategies that I think are more successful. I've structured them around a "Top 10" list of tips for usability professionals in a down economy.

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