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CRITIQUE: Resumé Website

  • # October 24, 2011 at 1:09 pm


    # October 24, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I would change your entry/splash page to the same width and style as your resume page, so it looks more uniform. Then I would add a bottom margin to your splash page container, like you have on your resume page so it gives it some breathing room down on the bottom.

    Also the order of your employment history. It should probably be ordered latest to earliest instead, so potential employers can see your latest jobs/skill-sets first.

    # October 24, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Thanks @standuncan, I’ve made those changes. Good call. What about you Mr. @TheDoc and @WolfCry911 – I always value your opinions.

    # October 25, 2011 at 4:26 am

    I like the site, but I’m pretty sure everything could use a little more padding… some modifications or increase in the line-height property would be great. It looks all cramped up for now, but great resume none-the-less.

    Also, cool splash page… Even I’m fed up of people using outdated browsers :D

    # October 25, 2011 at 5:57 am

    The background takes much too long to load, took 15 seconds here on a 20mb internet connection. Not good enough! The text is also quite pixellated, and as previously pointed out it’s very tight.

    Further, I feel your waffley text on the first page is unnecessary, you’re overestimating the likelihood of anybody caring enough to read it. A potential employer needs to just get to the good stuff, your qualifications, experience etc….and that page gets in the way.

    “To continue, please be sure you’re using one of the fantastic broswers listed below”

    Honestly, don’t do this, not only is your copy full of errors but instructing people to only use specific browsers before proceeding is gonna annoy and put off a lot of people. A website this simple and basic has no reasonable excuses for not working fine in old browsers.

    Overall, nice idea, just not well executed, and considering you are a web designer it is not particularly attractive.

    # October 25, 2011 at 9:07 am

    @AmruthPillai – I’ll make a note of the line-height, I usually do +50% so 14px (which is the size I think I used) would get 21px of line-height. Thanks!

    @Brightonmike – that was just full of bluntness. Right on. So, in sections:

    1. You’re right about the background. I will reduce it.

    2. “Waffley Text” and the Browser disclaimer: The point of this splash and this text is to get rid of the people who wouldn’t read it or who wouldn’t have updated browsers. I have zero interest in working for a company that uses IE7 or 6 in their offices. Companies that do, are incompetent and lazy – So again, zero interest. I intend to come off arrogant and presumptuous, it’s a game plan that has made me a lot of money and has served me well in the past. I only work with companies I want to work with. I think everyone should adopt the same strategy. If such an approach would make a hiring manager scoff at the idea of hiring me, that’s exactly the reaction I’m going for. People who get it are the people I’m trying to attract. @AmruthPillai for example, would probably hire me :)

    3. Error’s in my copy – I haven’t proofread anything yet, and this isn’t live. I appreciate the looking out.

    4. Not attractive – Umberto Eco wrote a book called “On Ugliness”, you should read it. I appreciate your take on it, however I usually take critiques on beauty much in the same way I eat hardboiled eggs … with just a few grains of salt. I realize that’s precisely what I had asked for (a critique) … and I appreciate your input, truthfully. Thanks!

    Anyone else?

    # October 26, 2011 at 1:03 am

    In response to #2, I think you are looking at it from the wrong angle. It’s not what you or your hypothetical employer wants, it boils down to a combination of what the client needs, what the client wants and and a lot of what the client’s users/demographic will benefit from. There are still plenty of users out there using older versions of IE, AOL, Netscape, etc. I know because I have a lot of users using that crap and they are not willing to update (mostly seniors with older computers as well). I can’t stand having to make sure all my HTML5/CSS3 sites degrade gracefully, using If IEs, fallbacks, etc, but that’s what I have to do because of the user environment.

    Furthermore, companies that have IE7 or 6 as you say in their office are the exact opposite in my opinion, because that means they are hopefully using those browsers to check the product they are delivering to their client. There are many browser compatibility apps and screenshots services, etc, but I still don’t think any of them are accurate as actually using the browser and “using” the site in it.

    The only way you are going to be 100% crap browser free I can think of is if you get hired to work on intranet or extranet sites where the user environment is always known and controlled and that is few and far between.

    # October 26, 2011 at 2:42 am

    I’m just going to be blunt. It looks like it has been made by someone with 1 months web/graphic experience, not 10 years.

    # October 26, 2011 at 6:59 am

    If you want to be picky over your clients, I suggest you do so in a way that does not offend someone visiting your site for the first time. You say it screens out those using old browsers – but it screened me out and I’m using a modern browser. Your attitude is potentially alienating you clientèle who are not necessarily using old browsers.

    But if that’s what you insist on doing, sure, but I don’t see anybody else doing it.

    # October 26, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Hey Tanner, here’s my 2 cents:

    I like that the design is clean, however it really doesn’t blow me away or make you stand out. As you advertise yourself as a graphic designer I think that you should show that through your resume. There’s nothing really interesting about the design – the typography is bland and I feel like the text should be split up into smaller bullet points. At the moment it seems to scream a lack of design flair/creativity.

    Here are a couple of examples I just found quickly on DeviantArt which are more representative of a standout graphic/web designers resume in my opinion, and show both creativity and attention to detail:

    Also, I’m not a big fan of the splash page – way too wordy in my opinion. If you cut that down into a few keys points and added some imagery/illustration/photos/anything that isn’t text to it then it might work better. It might be a better idea to just put a note on your resume about using a modern browser and then link to that splash page from there, so that anyone who is interested in why they should be using one could read that. I don’t think you should subject every employer you send this to to read this though. If they’re anything like the CEO at my workplace then they’re interested in whether you have the skills and experience that we need – if yes then get them in for an interview so we can see if you’re a good fit from a personal standpoint. Resumes should be about wowing an employer/catching their eye and then demonstrating you have the chops for the position, not rambling on about your personal standpoint on browser choice. If you feel you need to talk about that then you should do it in the interview.

    Hope this helps!


    # October 26, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    after this you will hate me for sure :]

    I never responded to your posts but you seem to have really unfriendly attitude towards your web users and local guys, newcomers, …

    … my opinion from 3 angles

    1.) User
    aha, it says IE8 +, but I am at work, using IE6 / IE7
    hmm, it will not run I guess = leaving, bye


    2.) Human Resources person
    wow it has it’s own prologue, will be a novel, cool
    not gonna read it
    you actually listed no real skills you can prove
    (html, css, jquery, php, sql, …)

    # October 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I quite like the retro example.

    # October 26, 2011 at 2:40 pm


    I do not feel like it is on purpose but that he means that and is being serious

    or if it was sarcasm from your side
    I did not get it because I am not native speaker and don’t get jokes right the first time ;]

    # October 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I’m not overly keen on the entry page to be frank and it seems a little superfluous given that this is your resume and that’s what people are there to see. Though I can see a point to your ‘cover letter’. Rename it as your personal site? Also spotted typo “please be sure you’re using one of the fantastic broswers listed below” so maybe worth going through again, nothing worse to a potential employer than spelling mistakes in a resume!

    Asides from that I think the resume page itself is quite nice and interesting.

    Not overly keen on the floor background and doesnt seem relevant (unless youre promoting a floor fitter, which I know youre not ;) .

    # October 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    at last my own experience
    3.) Web Coder
    developer, designer, call it what you like ;]

    @Remeste says 1 month, I agree
    10 years exp just because you believe in it does not make it is real


    why splash page?
    UX suffers here why resume goes to … wait for it … resume new page?

    should it not link directly like this?

    I love orange so do you, but how can anyone (poor users) tell what is heading, link and bold text?

    you need more padding, everywhere

    joke IE8+ good one :D
    does that equal for being lazy or not having skills to code properly for IE7 ?

    using HMTL5, good for you, positive points but …
    why doing this ?

    href="x" rel="x" type="x"
    href='x' rel="x" type="x"

    the solo quotes are good fo .JS, double bad guys good for .html


    drop this part

    if you lacking confidence in coding skills use

    to find errors

    IMG not having alt=””


    some stuff from above plus …

    seven = 7 … H1 headings for what? making text look bigger?

    *** CSS CRIME SCENE ***
    dear Tanner,
    noone with 10 years of experience in web could create .css as your have
    and do not say it is “development version”

    stuff like this can be put together

    background-image : url(../img/bg.jpg);
    background-position : center top;
    background-repeat : repeat;

    margin : 20px auto 20px auto;

    seriously man?

    a:link {
    color : #fff;
    text-decoration : none;
    a:visited {
    color : #fff;
    text-decoration : none;
    a:hover {
    color : #fff;
    text-decoration : none;
    a:active {
    color : #fff;
    text-decoration : none;

    using CSS3, you are missing webkit man
    study this

    and so on
    but good starting point, just clean it up

    we all started somehow ;]

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