January 2008 - Page 2 of 2 - Broken Links Archive

How to apply for a web development job

The com¬≠pa¬≠ny I work for has a lot of SMB web¬≠sites to pro¬≠duce over the next three or four months so we‚Äôre look¬≠ing for a client-side devel¬≠op¬≠er to come in and help us out for a short term. I placed an ad on a few web¬≠sites with details of what we‚Äôre look¬≠ing for, and wait¬≠ed for the appli¬≠ca¬≠tions 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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Microsoft pushing IE7 update

It looks like Microsoft are giv¬≠ing a big push to get users of IE6 upgrad¬≠ed to IE7; the brows¬≠er is includ¬≠ed in the lat¬≠est Auto¬≠mat¬≠ic Update, and when open¬≠ing IE6 this morn¬≠ing I was auto¬≠mat¬≠i¬≠cal¬≠ly redi¬≠rect¬≠ed to a splash page pro¬≠mot¬≠ing IE7 and encour¬≠ag¬≠ing me to down¬≠load it. I won¬≠der what effect this will have on mar¬≠ket share fig¬≠ures (if any). Although I think this should have been done soon¬≠er, I applaud Microsoft for the effort; IE7 is far from per¬≠fect, but it‚Äôs bet¬≠ter than IE6.


Progressive Enhancement with CSS 3

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‚Äôm pleased to have my first piece of pub¬≠lished work on Dev.Opera! The arti¬≠cle, Pro¬≠gres¬≠sive Enhance¬≠ment with CSS 3: A bet¬≠ter expe¬≠ri¬≠ence for mod¬≠ern browsers, is a rewrite of a piece I wrote for CSS3.info last Sum¬≠mer, which explains how to use cut¬≠ting-edge CSS fea¬≠tures to improve the user expe¬≠ri¬≠ence for vis¬≠i¬≠tors using mod¬≠ern browsers. I look for¬≠ward to hear¬≠ing some feed¬≠back on it.

Dev.Opera has some great arti¬≠cles by excel¬≠lent devel¬≠op¬≠ers, and I‚Äôm proud to be a part of it. I intend to get more works pub¬≠lished (both on- and off-line) this year; writ¬≠ing longer arti¬≠cles is a dif¬≠fer¬≠ent dis¬≠ci¬≠pline to writ¬≠ing short¬≠er blog posts, and this has been use¬≠ful expe¬≠ri¬≠ence. Many thanks to Chris Mills at Opera for his help with it.


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I‚Äôve updat¬≠ed my Speak¬≠ing page to include more con¬≠fer¬≠ences, more videos, and a lit¬≠tle on my speak¬≠ing require¬≠ments and pref¬≠er¬≠ences. I‚Äôm plan¬≠ning to cut down on the num¬≠ber of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to inter¬≠est¬≠ing offers and oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ties, so please get in touch if you‚Äôre organ¬≠is¬≠ing an event.

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