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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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Tip #4: Broaden Your Other Skills

Tight economic times usually cause employers to ask their employees to take on responsibilities they might not have otherwise. Usability people who can step up to broader roles than they had before are likely to be more valued. Similarly, someone looking to hire a new usability person is more likely to be impressed with a candidate who can also do some prototyping, for example. I'm not saying that you need to become a Renaissance person, but that you might want to "spread your wings" a bit. Broadening your skills in one or more of the following areas might be appropriate:

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