The company I work for has a lot of SMB websites to produce over the next three or four months so we’re looking for a client-side developer to come in and help us out for a short term. I placed an ad on a few websites with details of what we’re looking for, and waited for the applications to come in.
When they did, I was shocked. The majority of them were terrible. From the introductory email to the CV to the examples provided, only one or two were good enough for consideration.
To pass on advice to prospective job seekers (and hopefully make my job a little easier in future), here are five tips for applying for a job in web development:
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It looks like Microsoft are giving a big push to get users of IE6 upgraded to IE7; the browser is included in the latest Automatic Update, and when opening IE6 this morning I was automatically redirected to a splash page promoting IE7 and encouraging me to download it. I wonder what effect this will have on market share figures (if any). Although I think this should have been done sooner, I applaud Microsoft for the effort; IE7 is far from perfect, but it’s better than IE6.
Happy New Year to all! After a nice long break over Christmas and the New Year, in which I wrote not a single line of code, I’m now back in the swing of things and looking forward to all the desktop browser goodness to come this year.
I’m pleased to have my first piece of published work on Dev.Opera! The article, Progressive Enhancement with CSS 3: A better experience for modern browsers, is a rewrite of a piece I wrote for CSS3.info last Summer, which explains how to use cutting-edge CSS features to improve the user experience for visitors using modern browsers. I look forward to hearing some feedback on it.
Dev.Opera has some great articles by excellent developers, and I’m proud to be a part of it. I intend to get more works published (both on- and off-line) this year; writing longer articles is a different discipline to writing shorter blog posts, and this has been useful experience. Many thanks to Chris Mills at Opera for his help with it.