International Jobs

23 Apr 2007 - 2:02pm
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Rob Nero
2005

I have been watching the list for jobs lately, but I have not seen any
come through for countries other than the United States. Are there not
as many openings outside of the US? What is the feeling of the job
market abroad, versus in the US?

I am planning to relocate to Sweden/Denmark next year. Can you offer any
recommendations of companies, job opportunities, job listing sites?

Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated!
Rob

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23 Apr 2007 - 2:28pm
Dave Malouf
2005

I find this interesting as well, but I do see a spartant # of job
postings from outside the US from time to time, but definitely your
observation is one of value.

What is interesting is that from my best guestimate we are probably
25%-33% non-USers on this list. That is up to 1000+ eye-balls that
could gain value from such job postings.

What I have been told is that while the total global presence has a
worthy critical mass, there isn't enough say Swedish subscribers
(maybe a 100 or so max) to warrant the lists attention and recruiters
need to focus their attention where there is more critical mass for
these types of jobs. But that's what I've been told when I've asked.

Do some non-USers want to chime in, especially those that DO hiring as
to why they do or don't use the list to job post?

-- dave

On 4/23/07, robertnero at northwesternmutual.com
<robertnero at northwesternmutual.com> wrote:
> I have been watching the list for jobs lately, but I have not seen any
> come through for countries other than the United States. Are there not
> as many openings outside of the US? What is the feeling of the job
> market abroad, versus in the US?
>
> I am planning to relocate to Sweden/Denmark next year. Can you offer any
> recommendations of companies, job opportunities, job listing sites?
>
> Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated!
> Rob
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23 Apr 2007 - 2:57pm
Peter Boersma
2003

Rob asked:
> What is the feeling of the job market abroad, versus in the US?

When I last spoke to a considerable number of people in our field (at the IA Summit) I heard a similar story as what I see here in The Netherlands:
- a bunch of "old-timers" (some with maybe 10 years in the business, others are really old ;-))
- a gap
- a whole lot of youngsters (some with maybe 2 years in the business, or with 2 years prior experience but now working elsewhere, others really fresh out of school)

The old-timers are working at agencies or have co-founded smaller businesses or are working as a well-paid freelancer.
The gap makes it hard for the old-timers to hire the youngsters because they look so unexperienced and there is no-one else to mentor them.
The youngsters have been told in school that they are the new gods of the web; they will be great project managers (really, all of them!) or at least great conceptual thinkers. They also have trouble starting with a sitemap before they do detailed wireframes.

Oh, and one reason to not post to an international list: a lot of clients ask for local-language documentation and presentations and I can certainly understand that in the area of interaction design where a good sense of language and culture are very important for the end-result.

> I am planning to relocate to Sweden/Denmark next year. Can you offer any
> recommendations of companies, job opportunities, job listing sites?

- SIGCHI.DK has a job board here: http://www.sigchi.dk/jobs/index.html (how's your Danish?)
- Sweden has 2 prospective SIGCHI chapters (West Sweden and Stockhol, although the latter seems alive: http://www.stimdi.se/)
- There's also the Swedish chapter of IxDA: http://sweden.ixda.org/index.shtml (or, in english: http://sweden.ixda.org/english.shtml)
- Hans de Graaff's HCI Index lists groups in both Denmark and Sweden here: http://degraaff.org/hci/groups.html
- the Euro IA conference in Barcelona is a good place to network (http://www.euroia.org)

I am sure that if you contact some locals, they will provide you with more resources.

Peter, old-timer
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23 Apr 2007 - 3:33pm
Peter Boersma
2003

David asked:
> Do some non-USers want to chime in, especially those that DO hiring as
> to why they do or don't use the list to job post?

As I indicated in my reply to Rob, one of the reasons to NOT post to this list is the fact that knowing the local language is so important for our work. This makes posting to an international list a shot with a low hit:miss ratio.

Every now and then I do approach individual contributors with Dutch(-sounding) names. Not immediately to offer them a job (I usually try to have something useful to say in reply to their posting) but to add them to my network of potential future employees. Asking well-informed questions on a relevant mailing list is an indicator of quality, if you ask me.

Our real job postings go on our site (the official version), get sent to local mailing lists and community sites, are mentioned at network events or sent to individuals for further, private distribution, and get known through word-of-mouth (one of the good things of hiring freelancers; they get around). Oh, and we track CVs/Resumes on Monster.com for keywords.

Peter
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24 Apr 2007 - 2:36am
mprove
2004

>From time to time job postings show up on the User Experience Forum on Xing. This is a networking system like LinkedIn with its roots in Germany; therefore the majority of participants is from Europe. I run the UX group since 2004 and we have 1500 members. Languages are German AND English.

http://www.xing.com/go/invita/4667/346
(one premium month free, after that free standard membership)

cheers,
Matthias

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24 Apr 2007 - 4:04pm
Greg Petroff
2004

There are some jobs out there in Europe!!!

We are currently looking for an experienced interaction designer within
our team at SAP's main campus in Waldorf Germany. The Design Services
Team sits in Palo Alto California and Waldorf Germany. Our group works
on some pretty interesting efforts looking at web 2.0 constructs and the
enterprise. DST team members travel between our two sites and work with
other SAP teams worldwide. The DST culture is very pro design and fun!!

If anyone is interested contact me and I can connect you to the right
person to talk to.

Greg Petroff
Design Services Team
Office of the CEO

SAP AG
3410 Hillview Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94304
T +1.650.461.1833
F +1.650.847.2644
M +1.650.391.4431
E greg(dot)petroff(at)sap(dot)com

24 Apr 2007 - 5:35pm
carl myhill
2006

I pulled together some usability job sources recently on my blog. Some of
this has a more european flavour or at least may provide a jumping off point
for more searching...

http://uxp.blogspot.com/2007/02/where-to-find-jobs-in-user-experience.html

HTH

Carl

PS In the early days, the nordic areas seemed to be ahead of the UK and
perhaps even the US in usability. When I did my PhD in the 1990s I had the
impression that this was due to stronger trade unions there standing up for
the rights of employees (users). It seems like a long time ago but that was
my impression.

On 23/04/07, robertnero at northwesternmutual.com <
robertnero at northwesternmutual.com> wrote:
>
> I have been watching the list for jobs lately, but I have not seen any
> come through for countries other than the United States. Are there not
> as many openings outside of the US? What is the feeling of the job
> market abroad, versus in the US?
>
> I am planning to relocate to Sweden/Denmark next year. Can you offer any
> recommendations of companies, job opportunities, job listing sites?
>
> Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated!
> Rob
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