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My problem is that I've been with the same job for the last 5 years. While I've had a lot of accomplishments at this job, I don't have multiple web sites to show for this. Also the web site that I was the primary designer of has known been taken over by the Marketing Department and I no longer have a lot of control over the look, thus not showing my full capabilities. Also the web site functions off of a CMS that was purchased from an outside contracted company that causes the web site to function little more than just static html with no glitz or glamour that many design firms look for in creative design. Also because of this CMS, everthing is built in a point and click (Word on the web) interface, much like Frontpage, yeah real nice way to create site don't you think?
My question is what I can do to make my portfolio more appealing to a design firm looking to hire?
I found one company that is looking for a designer, and while the company sounds like a fun one to work for, their job ad asks for a resume (no problem) but also 10-20 links to show off the prospects design abilities. I would probably have barely 5 links from other on the side jobs I have done.
What has anyone that has been in a similar spot done to their resume or their portfolio? Have you produced both an online as well as print (printing out various sites) portfolio to take with you on job interviews?
My current job is for a community college, I used to manage, before the CMS, a 1000+ page site with only a part-time person. Making edits, adding new pages, while also maintaining the server, and other webmaster type duties. We also maintained a few other smaller sites that the college owned but wasn't used as much as the main site.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
If this isn't an appropriate place, I apologize in advance, moderators please relocate. I'm used to the idea by now ;)
I'd be looking for the quality of the graphics and the layout. Is it attractive? Professional? Easy to use?
I don't care if real business is conducted there or not, just the quality of thought you could bring to the company's websites.
Now going to go it own my own...
My wife has steady full time income, my daughter is at school, what better way to get work if an employer cannot be found?
Although you describe yourself as a webmaster, you are in a position to be more marketable as an SEO/SEM specialist. Other webmasters can build sites; you can build sites that will be found.
I firmly believe that all WW users have enough knowledge freely available here to learn from and make a comfortable living if they follow these steps:
* Learn efficient HTML coding, e.g. CSS. Throw out FrontPage.
* Fix your own sites
* Learn SEO
* SEO own sites
* Learn PPC
* Read WW at least one hour a day
* Post at least once a day, helping others
* Try Affiliate programs, AdSense and the like
* Get own PPC account purely for practice.
* Network in various physical or online venues and be known as the SEM guru.
* Decide if you want to work for yourself or a boss.
Doesn't matter where you live - I live in Australia and 99%-100% of my work (6 days a week at present) comes from the US or UK.
My skill set is more than just a webmaster but more on the side of a web developer (asp, some php), web designer (graphic design major in college - no degree yet), graphic artist, system admin, type of person. Thankfully I have all of the design and completed web page files on my computer at the office as well as a cd that I've brought home to retain my work.
I feel better about facing this, if it should happen that we need to relocate outside of the state. Any tips on creating an online portfolio or paper portfolio would be greatly appreciated.