I got bored doing an update. Well, I have been on the same update for the past twelve hours. In the meantime, like many others, I read the highlights in the news by Alexa, and digital design is hiring. I know I am now retired, but what do I have to offer?
1 Problem solving – I did that for 18 years, always rubbish at that.
2 Marketing, yes I can bull shit like the best of them, I am actually quite good at this, although I struggle to hold an normal conversation!
3 Print design, whatever. I know how to send stuff to the printer, or a photo design studio.
4 Digital design knowledge – I think my skills start to shine here. I know a range of programming languages, am very fluent in web design, understand the use of databases & wordpress sites. I am not a big fan of the latter, but this is partly because I know how they get lost easily in migration from one site to another.
5 Basic html – I am brilliant at html and building sites for any operating system, including building the actual server (linux or Windows), or other. I am not brilliant at stylesheets, but can add considerable other skills in this area.
I am proficient in University level software, after all, I used to support it. Actually, I taught the academics how to use it, professors usually needing the most time.
7 Social Media & networking.
I came off facebook and twitter after a break down in trust with a recent employer. I think most people understand how they work, and the morons on these sites, and when it is a good time to block content / users.
8 Flexibility & Time management.
If you have a brain, you design, and then re-design. Get something that works, then add the frills. If you are a bad manager, expect it all at the same time!
Keep it simple.
Write a simple blog.
ps the page I was working from was a bit simple, but hey ho. I think I score quite well, but I would not want to hire me.
A good grasp of google analytics is also very useful.
I also forgot to add a link to one of my better pages I have been working on, the page is basic and is about the modern pubs in the City of London (plus history), the content it links to gets a lot better. I am still working on a web responsive version of my pages, but I do have nearly 100 thousand pages to edit, rewrite, or rebuild.