Please Sir Can I Have a Job
OK, so I was made redundant from reevoo just over a week ago and my initial holiday mood is now wearing off. I have a couple of things to follow up but I definitely don’t have anything concrete so I’m putting this out there on the off chance someone wants to employ me (permanent or contract).
This is a direct copy of an email I sent someone when they requested a CV. It’s not very comprehensive but it hopefully gives some indication of what I’m able to do.
I spent just over three years at reevoo.com, until being made redundant on Monday 8th Dec 2008.
- Ruby. A splendid little language.
- Rails. Although I started using Rails in August 2005, I’ve definitely missed out on some of the more recent changes.
- Testing. I’m completely sold on testing at all levels (test/unit up to selenium, or an equivalent).
- CSS. I’m not brilliant with CSS and although I can get reasonable results it’ll take me longer than it would someone that really knows their stuff.
- HTML. I love clean and semantically marked up HTML.
- Pair Programming. I prefer to pair program, particularly on production code.
- I want to work with smart people.
- I want to work on software that has a purpose I believe in.
- I want to work somewhere that I’m able to question decisions and have my questions listened to.
- I want to work with open source software.
- I want to contribute back to the open source community.
- Simple solutions (apache and webby over a rails app, for example).
- Learning and sharing knowledge.
- Prioritising by always working on the next most important thing
- Helping people through technology
- The disruptive nature of technology
- SEO. In my opinion, it’s as simple as doing the right thing (follow web standards, provide something useful and think about the user).
- Websites that don’t get the web (activeplaces.com, nationalrail.co.uk)
- Websites that are poorly marked up, therefore making scraping them hard :-) (particularly bank websites)