Hiring a web front-end engineer and a rant

Update 3/28/06: Still looking… not for a web designer but a web front-end engineer. Jemery does a good job of describing the distrinction. No doubt about it, this is a hot skill set that is extremely hard to find!

I’m hiring a front-end web developer (contract or FTE) for either on-site or remote work. This is not a web designer or graphics designer job but rather a technical front-end developer, someone with crazy XHTML/CSS/Javascript skills that can work in our JSPX environment. If you or someone you know fits the bill and is looking, leave a link to their portfolio site as a comment here or drop an email to the address in the job posting. GreatSchools is a great place to work and we get a ton of traffic so your work will be seen by several million people per month!

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Here’s a tip if you’re considering applying, the first thing I’ll do is go to your portfolio website and do a view source. Save us both time and only apply if your portfolio website W3C validates XHTML and shows proper usage and understanding of CSS. While I’ll eventually look at the work you did for other companies, I generally take it for granted that you did your portfolio site by yourself so it weighs more heavily than anything else! Having a blog is also a good thing, it’ll show me that you have enough enthusiasm for the work you do to take the initiative to write about it!

Of the 40 or so portfolio websites I’ve visited today, only 1 person’s validated and demonstrated proper usage of XHTML and CSS. Please, is the bar really that low? Disprove my pessimism and leave a link to your kick-ass validating XHTML portfolio site (or a friends) as a comment here, even if you’re not looking I’d like to see some better examples than I’ve seen today!

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