I’ve spent the last week or two reviewing resumes for a new position at work, and I’m exhausted with the whole process. On one hand, the software we are using feels like it was written by trolls in 1998 specifically to abuse my carpal tunnel issues. Clearly the company responsible for it has never hired a UX or interface designer; every simple operation takes at least five clicks and a roadmap to get to.
On the other hand, the applicants we’ve been getting have been underwhelming. There have been standouts in the group, and we’ve contacted them, but the vast majority have clearly never read one of the thousands of How To Apply For A Job articles that litter the internet. So after reviewing 50 resumes this morning, here’s my unscientific list, in no order:
- This is a design position. You should list your portfolio URL at the top of your resume, somewhere in close proximity to your name. It should be in your cover letter too. Don’t make me Google your name, because I won’t—you’ve already been dumped in the “NO” pile.
- Buy a domain name and host your own portfolio. www.college.edu/portfolio/spanky57 is not a professional URL to pass out. You fail, because it shows me you’re not taking yourself seriously.
- Along those same lines, your email address should be something professional.
- This kind of goes without saying, but…don’t copy and paste the cover letter you wrote to that other job into the form field for this job. That’s just embarrassing. Check your work.
- The position I posted is clearly described as a print design job. Show me print design, or don’t apply.
- Something they don’t teach you in college is that good writers make good designers. If your cover letter doesn’t show me you’ve even done even a little research on my organization, you won’t get far. One sentence can go a long way.
- When you proudly point out that you coded and designed your portfolio website, be sure to change the <title> to something other than PORTFOLIO TEMPLATE.
- Speaking of portfolios, please keep the fancy navigation to a minimum. Your work had better be damned good if I’m going to fight your website to see it.
- If you insist on using PDFs to showcase your work, make them web-ready, please. It won’t disqualify you, but it’s goddamned annoying.
After years of spending hundreds of dollars at chain eyeglass stores, I’m giving this Warby Parker thing a try. I sent away for five try-on pairs of two frame styles, which should be here sometime this week. I’ve seen a lot of hipsters wearing WP frames and they all look big to me–like “I was too young to actually have lived through the 80′s and even though frames were big then I bet they weren’t this big” big. Hopefully they will fit my face and not resemble safety glasses from seventh grade shop class.
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Austin Homebrew has been offering free shipping on beer kits since the spring, and they are drawing that promotion to a close tomorrow. I ordered a pumpkin ale this afternoon so that I can include one of the batches of real pumpkin Mama made before Thanksgiving. I’m so happy with how the Irish Stout aged after four months, I’m going to brew up the pumpkin and sit on it for a long while before bottle conditioning the whole thing and waiting until the fall of 2014 to crack it.
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I’m slowly gathering footage to use while learning how to use Final Cut Pro at work, but I’ve already learned my first painful lesson: I failed to back up about 20 minutes of raw video, moved the project files around, and deleted them without realizing what I’d done due to FCP’s odd file structure. It appears they are gone permanently. Using a mixture of GoPro and DSLR footage I’ve still got something interesting to work with, but I really need more to be able to cut something together.
Update: Found them! FCP is so strange…
A couple of years ago, I got obsessed with finding a large-format laser printer for our home office, and I bought a used HP ColorJet the size of my Jeep off Craigslist. A few months earlier I had the opportunity to horsetrade a Xerox Phaser 790 from a consulting client, so for a short while, we wound up with two huge printers at the house. I couldn’t get the HP to print reliably with fluctuations in humidity and temperature (whenever we opened the office windows), so I decided to bring it into work where it sits in a dry, A/C-regulated office. It’s been a workhorse ever since, printing design flats on 11×17″ paper every week. The 790 was also sensitive to humidity, although the prints we got were richer in color, and after I brought it to the office and cleaned the fuser drum myself, the output cleared up.
Last week my client emailed me to ask if I would be interested in his Phaser 7300, a circa 2004 large-format unit he was storing in his basement. I remembered the quality of output it was capable of, so I quickly agreed to come and pick it up. It’s a big SOB, weighing in at about 160 pounds, so it’ll be tricky to get in the house, but not as hard as the HP was. And it’ll be a great replacement for the B/W unit we’ve got which is refusing to load paper correctly (and which requires a print server to be available to OS X machines). Perhaps the biggest problem will be where to fit the damn thing.