I spent a fair portion of this morning looking at jobs on the Job Centre Plus web site – while I’m really happy working where I am I feel I could really do with a financial boost right now, what with my wedding just around the corner. Just investigating at the moment, seeing what’s out there. I did find one job that looked promising, although it was full time rather than part time, and after some thought and contemplation I started the arguous task of creating an attractive CV. Ah, good old Adobe InDesign!
The finished CV looks pretty reasonable, but on closer inspection the job I was looking at turned out not to be quite what I thought it was. While the job title was “Web Developer” it was less about web design and more about tweaking existing sites to make them appear higher in the list on search engines like Google. True, there is a certain skill in that, and it’s an aspect of web design that shouldn’t be ignored, especially in commercial web sites, but it’s not quite the area I’m interested in. As much as I love tweaking web sites, it’s more the design side that I’m passionate about, and comparing my finished CV to the job description made me realise that I’m really not the sort of person they’re looking to hire. I know I could change my focus, but if I’m honest I’m not sure I’d want to. Any clever dick can add meta tags to a web site header and sign someone up to a Pay-Per-Click scheme, but web design is far more specialised, not to mention rewarding, and the salary they were offering wasn’t all that impressive given the number of hours required.
So I’m back where I started, only with a CV lying around. On the one hand I really can’t complain at my current working conditions – working from home has many perks – but the limited hours means I’m twiddling my thumbs a lot and not earning nearly as much as I could potentially be. On the positive side, it looks like things might start to pick up with the work I already have, so that’s an improvement!