I am wading through resumes for a Jr Web Designer position. Someone I can beat with a stick and make me tea every so often. It’s amazing how many people responded to our ad that specifically asked for an online portfolio and certain skill sets that:
â€¢ Didn’t have an online portfolio. A web designer without an online presence is like a TV preacher without a sex scandal.
â€¢ Had a portfolio but had dead links in it (guilty!)
â€¢ Had no clue how to spell check (guiltyx2)
â€¢ Wrote terse, turgid or confusing cover letters. Granted I didn’t look hard at them, just to see if they regurgitated back the requirements listed, but there was one that was three sentences long and a link. Thats all. Nothing like cutting through the treacle.
â€¢ Had a portfolio but built the entire thing in Flash. While this wouldn’t be so bad but it hardly showcases your ability to code HTML, xHTML or CSS.
â€¢ Didn’t read the ad close enough to realize we were looking for designers with Photoshop, not Developers with C++ language.
After 24 hours of posting the ad to a popular web media job board, we got 15 resumes. 5 of them will be called. I suspect 2 of those 5 are over qualified for what we’re looking for.