I’m on the hunt for a design job in Houston1. While looking at positions advertised online this morning I came across a job ad with a detailed list of job requirements (a good sign), with the title “Graphic Designer / Web Developer / Design Department Mgr”, or “a bit of everything” (a bad sign).
Below is the list of skills this advertiser needs. Emphasis added is mine.
- Ability to code, build websites from scratch, overhaul existing sites, build forms, manage shopping cart, develop web solutions and work with databases.
- Fluent in most web technologies.
- Build creative and functional web pages designed to sell and showcase products and content.
- An understanding of product development and marketing is essential.
- Ability to do thorough and accurate work.
- Write persuasive ad copy.
- Expertly design graphics for clients. Redraw logos.
- Work on trade show graphics and other print media.
- Developed eye for typography, palette development, intuitive layout, and a high level of attention to detail.
- Thorough proof reader.
- 3D Rendering skills.
- Check over customer supplied or in-house graphics for print.
- Prevent problems before they occur.
- Provide expert advice on graphic file, resolution and color issues.
- Work fast, accurately and creatively.
- Ability to change gears.
- Strong written & verbal communication skills.
- Ability to work with a team as a follower or as a leader.
- Ability and willingness to problem solve and do what it takes to help a client.
- Online portfolio with an extensive track record of experience and success.
- Reliable and cooperative.
- Quality oriented.
- Shows initiative.
And, here is my favourite part:
- Has a genuine enthusiasm for design and a willingness to improve skills.
“A willingness to improve skills” …to what?!
I’m fairly humble, but after 13 years in the industry I reckon I can call myself a “pretty good” designer. If these are the types of people I’m up against in my search for a design job in Houston, I’m a little screwed.
Maybe God himself will apply.