60 Seconds #324: Getting a job in the Web Design field takes a little more than an email

by Fred Showker

Fred Showker's 60-Second Window Job hunting is tough these days, I guess, so it is ever amazing to see how many really, really BAD solicitations we receive. Just about every day, someone wants to work for DTG Magazine or the Design Center. The SEO people are particularly aggressive in trying to get us to sign the Design Center site over to them for optimizing.

Some of these are kind of pitiful, and for the most part, all of them can use some lessons on how to write a letter...

> Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015
> From: rahul arrora
> To: showker@graphic-design.com
> Subject: Do u need Sr. Web-Designer?
> Respected Sir/Mam,
> Greeting from my Side
> I am Rahul. I am having 6+ years exp in web designing fields. 
> I Have good experience of Phothoshop, Html5 and css3, 
> Responsive website, 960 Grid Css, Joomla template Integartion, 
> Wordpress Integration, Flash, Corel Draw, Illustration etc. 
> I have worked 100+ website for international clients.
> you would be happy by working with me and i will give you best 
> efforts of mine with the best quotation.
> we can schedule a meeting on skype for a good opportunity.
> Thanks

I felt so sorry for this guy. So, I immediately click the reply button to write him back, with a plan.

> From:  Fred Showker
> To:    rahul arrora
> Sent:  Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015
> Subject: RE : Do u need Sr. Web-Designer?
> Okay, Rahul, you're on : 
> Tell me where in the world you are located.
> Here's an example of programming we would wish to contract.
> Give me your ideas and feedback on this type of web site,
> which we would be interested in developing: 
> A GOOGLE search for "Staunton, VA" returned this link:
> http://www.sportfishermen.com/board/f584/2012-cannondale-
> slice-force-bicycle-staunton-va-2442415.html
> Today, when you go there you find the link is BROKEN.
> It DOES NOT WORK because it did not come from a Google Search.
> Look carefully at the URL ... it clearly says "staunton va"
> This web site designer cleverly programmed the site to grab 
> the search right off Google, then extract the info from eBay, 
> and present it back to the viewer, all on the fly. 
> More importantly, they did it without revealing that the site 
> actually has absolutely nothing to do with Staunton, VA.  
> In fact, the arrival page didn't even mention staunton va 
> in any form -- nor did the site. 
> It was all built on the fly, just to trap me to the eBay page. 
> http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170885933382
> So, the trick here is somehow the programmer had this site go 
> and extract the info, and post it to their own site so that it 
> would show up in a  typical google search.
> The interesting part is the "sportfishermen.com" site really has 
> NOTHING to do with bikes or Staunton ... however they grabbed 
> the viewers of the search.
> We wish to contract this type of web engine. 
> So what do you say???
> Answer and we'll discuss the project
> Fred

To date, there has been no response. Evidently he cannot do this kind of programming, or didn't really want a job. I don't know.

Folks, if you're going to send mass, unsolicited emails to get a job, you should FIRST be sure you can deliver what you say. Otherwise, your email is just spam -- and should be treated as such.

And, thanks for reading

Fred Showker

By the way, if you do decide to solicit me, we support only American design firms.

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