Archive for July, 2009

Resume Tips for Web Designers

1. Be Focused
There is no need to list your entire work career, focus on jobs that are relevant to the position (preferably leave out ones that are not web-related). Then focus on the activities that are relevant within those jobs.

2. Use Lists
Lists help employers to easily scan through your resume and pick out the highlights. If they skim over your resume they will get a sense of whether you have the general skills and experience they are looking for. Remember, your resume may very well be in a pile of hundreds so you want to stand out as quickly and easily as possible.

3. Sell Yourself!
Make it obvious why you’re right for the position. Carefully read the job post and highlight why you are perfect for the position.

4. Be Human
Stay away from business speak and talk like a real person. Try to inject a little personality into your resume in order to stand out from the pack. Too much business talk can be stale and uninteresting.

5. Be Concise
It is quality not quantity. Don’t hide all your best qualities within unnecessary details. Get to the point.

6. Provide URLs
If you want to work in the web industry you are going to need to provide examples of work you’ve done and sites you’ve either created or contributed to. The interviewer needs to be able to look at real sites that you’ve worked on.

Provide links to your sites so the interviewer can look at the code. Don’t forget to point out the highlights within those sites so they can see the things you are most proud of.

SEO for Firefox

Want to improve your SEO skills with a simple glance? Then try ‘SEO for Firefox,’ a free plug in for Firefox. It can be turned on or off for regular web surfing.

According to its creator “This tool was designed to add more data to Google and Yahoo! to make it easier to evaluate the value and competitive nature of a market. SEO for Firefox pulls in many useful marketing data points to make it easy get a more holistic view of the competitive landscape of a market right from the search results. In addition to pulling in useful marketing data this tool also provides links to the data sources so you can dig deeper into the data.”

Pulls useful market research data right into Google’s and Yahoo!’s search results, including the following data near each search result.

• PR: (Google PageRank) an estimated measure of global link authority

• Age: age pulled from Archive.org, shows the first time a page was indexed by Archive.org’s spider. The theory is that if Archive.org found a page so did many of the major search engines.

• Links: (Yahoo! linkdomain) shows a rough estimate of the total number of links pointing at a domain

• .edu Link: (Yahoo! .edu linkdomain ) shows a rough estimate of the total number of .edu links pointing at a domain

• .edu Page Link: (Yahoo! .edu link ) shows a rough estimate of the total number of .edu links pointing at a specific page

• .gov Link: (Yahoo! .gov linkdomain ) shows a rough estimate of the total number of .gov links pointing at a domain

• Page Links: (Yahoo! link) shows a rough estimate of the total number of links pointing at a page

• del.icio.us: number of times a URL has been bookmarked on Del.icio.us. Heavily skewed toward techy / Web 2.0 stuff.

• Technorati: an estimate of the total number of links to a site from blogs

• Alexa: rank based on website traffic . Heavily skewed toward internet marketing and webmaster related resources.

• Cached: (Google site:) shows how many pages from a site are indexed in Google

• dmoz: searches the Google Directory to count the total number of pages from a site that are listed in DMOZ, and the total number of pages listed in DMOZ that reference that URL.

• Bloglines: shows you how many people are subscribed to a particular blog via Bloglines.

• dir.yahoo.com: is a site listed in the Yahoo! Directory or not.

• WhoIs: makes it easy to look up the whois data for any site.

6 Common Job Interview Questions for Web Designers

These are six common job interview questions for web designers I found on a human resources website:

1) Describe your experience with site design and creation, banner ad creation, HTML e-mail development, etc. What was the project?

2) Tell me about a time when you used diagrams and illustrations to convey technical concepts to a non-technical audience? How did you ensure that they understood the concepts? What was the size of the audience?

3) What is your working experience with the following: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Quark, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, HTML, CSS, and ActionScript, RSS, VB, SQL? For each, briefly describe a time when you used it?

4) Describe your experience with graphic design techniques for creating product images, brochures, flyers, data sheets, public relations materials, advertising and other marketing materials?

5) Describe a project in which you created and enhanced site design, layout, content and navigation to provide a highly relevant and usable site experience ?

6) What is your experience with SEO and online internet marketing concepts to ensure that company online presence is keyword rich and easily navigated?