With the job market getting tighter and an increasing number of web designers entering the market, what is a job seeker to do? Here is one creative solution: design a website as a resume and use it to show off your skills. That is exactly what Kenny Saunders of Kansas City, MO has done, and the result is definitely a testament to his CSS skills.
Website Reviewed: kennysaunders.com
One of the things that we like about this website is that it is truly an online resume, with the serious font and color that you would expect. While Mr. Saunders includes a limited amount of personal information, he sticks to a business-first approach that will be very appealing to his target audience—potential employers. He takes advantage of the online format to include more information about himself than an average resume would allow, but he organizes it in a way that is commonsense and not at all overwhelming.
There are a few errors—check out the Twitter symbol next to his physical address on the contact page—but for the most part this is a well-designed site that shows off the creator’s skills both in the portfolio and the design of the website itself. If his resume interests you, you can contact him in a variety of ways and even download a PDF version of his resume to put in his employee file. Hopefully he’ll have one of those files soon and be loving life at his new place of work!
Creativity: 4 stars. The website itself is not creative, but then a resume really shouldn’t be. We have to give him serious props for making an online resume (a creative idea in and of itself) and predict that we will be seeing more of this type of website in the coming weeks.
Ease of use: 5 stars. The website is incredibly easy to use. A navigation bar at the side shows the different sections of the site, and the use of negative space makes it easy to browse the site quickly. We especially liked how the portfolio has a link at the top of the homepage, which is the first place most internet users look. It’s nice to see some of the basic principles of corporate web design used in a personal webpage and it shows how well the creator knows the field.
Functionality: 4 stars. You can access the twitter, telephone number, and other contact info for the owner on the home page or the contact page. He has provided several ways of contacting him, but the Facebook or other social networking site link is rather conspicuously absent. True, there are things you don’t want your potential employers to see, but the void may pique their interest.
Content: 4 stars. There are a few little errors but on the whole the website is well written and shows that the job hunter in question is capable of stringing together flawless sentences.
Appropriateness: 4 stars. This website’s palette and fonts are very appropriate for a job seeker, but there are a few pieces of information that border on the too-personal. Potential employers don’t need to know the ages of your children or that you toured with My Chemical Romance—in fact, many will hold it against you.
Overall: 4.2 stars. A few flaws, but overall, a great job!