Skillz to absolutely crush the billz

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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.

Web Developer:

  • 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.

Web Designer:

  • 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.

Graphic Designer:

  • 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.

Graphic Preflighter:

  • 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.

  1. If you think you can help me out, please get in touch.