Posted by Willy Franzen on August 22, 2008. Jobs updated daily.
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Does job searching ever make you feel like a total idiot? You go to a company’s website. You look for their Careers page. You can’t find it. You look all over the place. You search Google. Finally, you find it. It doesn’t do you much good, though, because their job listings are difficult to navigate, the links that you bookmark don’t work when you try to come back, and you can’t figure out how to apply online for the jobs. This is a surprisingly common experience, and it’s representative of the complete ignorance to user experience that many companies and applicant tracking system providers show. Adaptive Path is a company that is all about user experience. They help other companies provide more usable products and services through consulting, training, workshops, and thought leadership. They also have a simple Jobs page that leaves no room for confusion (although it is a bit hard to find because they call it “Work with Us.”
If lack of usability drives you nuts, a job at Adaptive Path might be a great way to stay sane. They only have one full-time position currently available, but it looks fantastic. They’re looking for an Experience Designer. If you have the right background, this is an awesome opportunity. You need to be creative, you need to love making things, and you need to be able to “mix the left-brain and right-brain.” There’s no mention of required experience (despite the job title), but you better be familiar with the field of UX design if you’re going to apply. Adaptive Path is also looking for people to join them on a contract basis. They’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in working as a Project Manager, Interaction Designer, Visual Designer, Information Architect, Brand Strategist, or User Researcher.
AdaptivePath is located in San Francisco, CA, and they put a big emphasis on work/life balance. They offer 5 weeks of vacation, and seem to have a pretty cool office atmosphere; in fact, the Adaptive Path Twitter account tells us that they sometimes have a massage day at the office. They do say that it is a “rare treat,” though. If you’re looking to get an inside look at what it’s like to work at Adaptive Path, you should follow them on Twitter and subscribe to the Adaptive Path blog. There’s no better way to learn about a company (besides actually working there) than following their social media profiles. If you think that working at Adaptive Path sounds like a great user experience, you can apply by sending your cover letter, resume, and link to your portfolio (if appropriate). Applicants for the Experience Designer position should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and potential contractors should use Adaptive Path’s Contact page (we think, they don’t specify on the Jobs page).
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