November 13th, 2008
We have received a lot of applications since we’ve been on the go and we’ve formed some opinions about what we like and don’t like over this time so have decided to post this article as a guide for all future applicants…it’s not a list of rules, it’s not a definitive list by any stretch of the imagination, it’s simply a point of reference for designers/developers who want to join our team and have done their homework a bit. The biggest mistakes we see are the following:
- The applicant has not researched us in depth. Specifically, who the point of contact is, who’s currently on the team and what it is we actually do (yes, really!)
- Bad spelling and grammar in covering letter/email/CV
- No online examples of work or immediately available alternatives
Now, this post doesn’t exist only to make you aware of these things…nope, we’re cooler than that. This post is here to give you a little push in the right direction. We’re not horrible people, if you’re determined to work for us, we have no problem advising you on how best to make an impression.
Our number one grumble as listed above is people not researching us properly so to immediately give us an indication of your ambition to join ECI, we reckon that anyone who’s 100% up for the challenge will have been through our website with a fine tooth comb and will have come across this very post. So to answer the questions you will have from point 1, the point of contact for all applications is Stuart Ebdy who is the managing director, on the team at the moment we have Stuart, Mike Duguid, Graeme Benzie and Mark McAulay and to find out what we do, you need to have a look at our folio of work. That’s item 1 taken care of then!
Bad spelling and grammar on an application is pretty much unacceptable in this day and age. Word processors, email clients and even the Firefox browser come with spell checking so to avoid giving us a bad impression, use it. As for grammar, why not have a couple of people you trust read over what you intend to send us? It’s amazing how many little errors a fresh pair of eyes will find and it’ll give you peace of mind that what you are sending is as good as it can be, or at least it’ll give you someone to blame
Absence of anything to show us about your visual/technical skills is a quick way to raise doubt in our minds. A suggestion we regularly give is that if you don’t have an online folio of work, or any other work you’ve done on the web, send us several links of sites/designs/apps that you like with a brief paragraph about why you like them and also any work done by other designers that you aspire to. In the absence of your own work, this will give us a good idea of what you’re all about.
In general, what we want to see is imagination, creativity, integrity and relevance to East Coast Interactive, what are you going to bring to the party, what ideas do you have, what do you think we could do differently/better? How ambitious are you? Are you in for the long haul or are you just testing the water to see if you like it? There are no right or wrong answers to any of these questions, all we ask for is honesty…be straight up with us and we’ll do the same for you.
So, hope this has been a helpful little nugget of information to find and we look forward to your well researched and correctly spelled application!
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