Find Web Developers
Find Web Developers

5 Secrets Of Getting A Microsoft Web Development Job

August 15th, 2018

1) Compromise on web development technologies

It’s very easy (especially if you are fed up enough to leave your current job) to try and look for the perfect fit in terms of technology and agile practice (you don’t want to go through this hassle again right?). In my experience it can be difficult to find a job that is ‘perfect’ in all areas often you will find jobs that cover most of the bases but not all of them. Given that this is the norm it might be worth compromising on some aspects.

2) Create a transparent online identity to prove you are a web developer!

I have mentioned this multiple times in other articles. And this could be THE most important advice. There is nothing stronger than proving you can do the job. I don’t care what anyone says. Make sure you open a Stack Overflow account and start answering questions. Then get your linked-in profile looking buff. Begin writing blogs, commit to open source projects (Github or Codeplex) and use an online continuous deployment tool like Appharbor.

3) Be happy with what you are currently doing

Whether it’s the projects you are working on inside work or the ones you are working on outside work then make sure you are happy with them. It can be hard when in work you are put on a project you don’t want to work on but I strongly recommend finding your peace with it. Become good at it and be diligent this will make it easier to be happy about it and this will come through in your interview. With regards to the projects you work on outside, well it should be easy to be happy with them if you aren’t then change them pronto!

4) Practice and learn about technologies that you need to know

If there is an area of your experience you are not too well versed in discussing or there is a project you have worked on that if you were questioned on you would falter then make sure you practice discussing it. Discuss it with your partner, the cat or even just to yourself. It will help you iron out problems with it before you try and bring it up in an interview. With regards to technologies that you don’t have but feel you should. Well the truth is many people embellish things on their CV. The problem is that you may get asked about it, so make sure you learn it inside out. Spend Saturdays learning about the stuff you want to work with.

5) Mirror the people interviewing you

If you’re being interviewed by a Geek crack geek jokes. If you’re being interviewed by a ‘Mumsy’ HR type then act innocent and for the ‘lads’ just laugh at all their jokes. Skills in being Chameleonic don’t come naturally for everyone but you can get better over time. You have to be mindful that the world comes in all shapes, sizes and types, you will get further if you can match your communication more closely with people!

5 Tips for Choosing a Web Developer

August 14th, 2018

So you’ve had a moment of inspiration and conceived an idea for a new website that will change the way people everywhere use the internet. That’s a great start, but finding the right people to build it can be a challenge, especially for first timers.

1. Utilise your search methods

Word of mouth is a powerful tool and not something to be sniffed at, but appointing someone on the basis of a single recommendation is a huge risk. There’s a wealth of talent out there, so make sure you dig deep.

The web has some great sites where creative folk can advertise their expertise. Comparing work side by side allows you to make better judgements on who’s style fits your vision. And with ever increasing ease of communication, it’s not a necessity to stay local.

2. Do your homework

If you are new to the world of web design, much of the jargon is going to fly over your head, especially the acronyms. Do some research into SEO, AJAX, CMS and PPC and avoid a situation where you sit nodding vacantly whilst being bombarded by random letters and talk of cookies. Of course, if you don’t understand, don’t be afraid to ask for a plain English explanation.

3. Make sure you’re on the same page

It’s vital the developer understands your ambitions for the new business. Go through your business plan with them, explain your annual projections. All these details can feed into the design process ensuring the site is tailor made to your goals. A good relationship with your web developer will last long beyond this initial stage, so explaining future development is essential.

4. Look at past work & get references

Employing a web developer is no different from hiring a new employee for your business. Get references from past clients. Have a search on Google to find sites they have designed and built.

When you find someone to quiz make sure you ask the right questions; Did they deliver on time? How were they to work with? Do they have good after care services?

Source the references yourself, if you rely on them providing client details for you to contact, you’ll most likely end up with a biased view on the quality of their services.

5. Get the correct balance between experience and ability

The scale of web development firms is vast; from the one man band to large commercial agencies. Deciding who to go with is going to depend greatly on your priorities.

If money is no object and deadlines are tight, appointing an established, professional agency may be your best bet. A large office will likely be reliable with regard to hitting deadlines, the depth of their experience and wealth of knowledge is going to bode well for a smooth and well delivered project.

Young companies and freelancers may be less experienced but there’s a good chance you’re their number one client. Working with a small team can provide a more personal experience, and new starts generally have bags of enthusiasm and energy which is great to feed into the creative process.
If you are more flexible, working with a young, energetic team could provide the spark your site needs to take off.

Appointing the right people will make a huge difference to the future success of your business. You’ll be itching to get started, but putting the time and effort in now to make the best decision you can will pay off massively in future.

Web Designer Or Web Developer: Who Do I Choose?

August 13th, 2018

For anyone who has access to the internet, I am almost sure that they have come across these two terms, web designer and web developer. To anyone, these two terms sound just the same and they interchange one with the other. I mean, as long as you find someone to help get your website operating.

Hold on for a second! I will differentiate the two words for you so clearly till you will start wondering which other terms you use in the wrong way.

Why projects fail

The IT industry is very wide and involves a range of activities. Look around and you will find a web developer trying to perform the work of a web designer and vice versa.

This is the major reason why some people’s effort at getting their website running fails. It is because they did not take their time to figure out exactly what they needed from their website, thus hire the right people for the job.

Read further and find out what will help you differentiate between the two, the roles and functions of each and hopefully by the end of it all, help you decide which one you need for your website needs.

Who is a Web designer?

To put it simply, they are innovative people who have the ability to visualize what you need with your website just by having a chat with you. They then bring it to life by coming up with a very beautifully done website whose features are very pleasing to the eye.

There are web designers who hone their skills further by learning how to use features such as Dream Weaver and Photoshop which helps them come up with even more innovative websites. They can therefore be simply referred to as innovative professionals.

Who is a Web developer?

They, on the other hand, lean more on the technical side of things. They have the talent and unique ability to solve problems and have great arithmetic skills. They are always coming up with various codes in a variety of languages using features such as JavaScript and HTML. In addition, they commonly visit sites such as Fire bug to create plugins or even text editor and JavaScript. One more thing is they always know about an API and creating it.

There are people who call them programmers, but this is not entirely right because their tasks are more advanced than what is involved in programming and creating software. This is not to say that they don’t have these skills, but they are more of technical professionals.

Time to make a choice

After the above differentiation, you will have to figure out which one you need for your website. Although in some cases, you might need both. In case you need your website to be more popping and attractive, then you need the services of someone with innovative skills. On the other hand, if you need some databank or have issues to do with applications, then you need the services of someone with technical skills.