[thelist] Question...

Peekstok, Anna Anna.Peekstok at METROKC.GOV
Tue Jul 1 12:56:26 CDT 2003


Some brutally honest responses to your message and web sites:

1. Learn spelling and grammar. One error on your site would mark you as an
amateur. The huge  number of them on yours makes you look incompetent and
clueless. This is especially bad if you're looking for work in the field of

2. If you're trying to put yourself forward as a professional, don't label
yourself with superlative terms like "visionary", don't talk about your
dreams, and don't make excuses (such as your vague statement that you
"lacked the time to implement various ideas"). This stuff just takes up
space and wastes the time of someone who's trying to figure out what you can
do for him/her, and it also makes you look conceited and self-absorbed.

3. Instead, show specifically what you have done and what others have said
about you -- and that would be people who can be trusted for an honest
evaluation, not your pals or relatives. You may also talk about what you
*can* do, if you have abilities that are not yet reflected in your
accomplishments, but be aware that such statements don't carry much weight
if they seem overblown or out of proportion with the work you've done.

Hope these remarks are helpful; I don't mean them as a personal attack.
Thank heaven you can't see MY earliest attempts at self-promotion!


> -----Original Message-----
> From: rytames at telusplanet.net [mailto:rytames at telusplanet.net]
> Sent: Monday, June 30, 2003 11:21 PM
> To: thelist at lists.evolt.org
> Subject: [thelist] Question...
> I have a few questions, and since this
> group seems packed full of professional
> folks, it must be a goos thing to ask em.
> First of all, I'm looking for a job as a web designer/
> multimedia developer. I know all the stuff I have to 
> improve on, and secondary stuff I should learn...
> This post is not me asking for a job, but rather,
> I would like your veiws of:
> a) My web sites.
> b) My expereinces.
> c) My personality.
> First off, my experiences are nill. I was in college,
> I did learn photoshop/illustrator/digital audio and
> digital video; Project management, Plus some 
> networking basics, and what not.
> The problem was, I had to leave, so no diploma. I
> figured the diploma would be meaningless anyway,
> as the academics were not really pleasing.
> The second things is, I can do all that, if I
> had the equipment.
> I'm not going to list the things I know, instead
> I have two version of my online poirtfolio,
> that I would like creteced, from the veiw point
> of 'would I impress you, as a employer'.
> The links are:
> v1 - fairly basic ( i'm looking for opinions on v2 though ): 
> http://portfolio.tames.2y.net/
> and
> v2 - still need to add more content:
> http://portfolio.tames.2y.net/test.html
> A brief explaination is in order, becouse i like
> to explain myself. First off, I did everything myself,
> minus a few tid bits here and there.
> v2 will replace v1, and v1 is slightly in limbo, so some
> design elements are missing. 
> v2 is supposed to reduce the clutter, and make it
> easier to navigate, more interactive, and more intelligent,
> as well, as offer more insight to 'me'.
> I also decided to use to my advantage, peoples
> perceptions, of 'me'.
> I personally like v2 a lot more, but it is slightly more advanced,
> and I opted to attempt a lot of javascript and css. The thing
> is, I have not coded any server side funcationality as of yet, and
> that is where the cooler stuff comes into play.
> I know of the spelling mistakes, and all the missing content.
> I like it thus far, but I don't think it 'wow' enough to be 
> hired from.
> v1 is ok, it mostly concentrated on my graphic works. v2 though,
> i want to display more on my development skills.
> advice? comments?
> would be greatly appreciated. I have a lot more 'stuff' to
> add, just right now, getting the code i have done, woking
> correctly in as many browsers as possible. I have removed
> some features, as they work IE and Opera, but not netscape/mozilla.
> note to, that it is stuffering from scope creep, as i'm getting more
> ideas, as i add more code.
> it is partially optimized, but i can optimize it a lot more.
> i don't veiw it as very high tech, but I hope it to be later on.
> anything else? ya, if you veiw the css and js code, I can say, i need
> to organize it better, in more of relational modular fashion.
> any opinions are welcome, and appreciated.
> the whole point of the v2, is to eventually get it very modular,
> so I can change any element, via cgi, at will; I am looking
> into db/sql, and python.  As I would rather beable to use it
> for other scripting hosts, as well.
> other plans include xml, smil, wap/wml, and more experimental 
> stuff, as it seems i have a huge interest range.
> Ryan.
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