From: Winfield Hill
Subject: Not yet an old fart, get with the program!!
Date: 24 Sep 2002 04:49:36 -0700
Organization: Rowland Institute
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Michael A. Terrell wrote...
>>> Check out my web site and tell me what you think.
> Go to hell, cocksucker.
Michael, I have a few suggestions. I really believe that you
can change your situation. I read your resume and was not
impressed. But recently in a thread discussing saving old
databooks, you wrote an interesting page about contributions
to your previous employer in updating and improving production
designs, saving his ass using knowledge his less experienced
engineers lacked. That's the kind of interesting information
that should be in your resume, and the orientation it should
have. Lengthy details of where you worked decades ago is of
less interest than capabilities, past responsibilities and
accomplishments that helped your employer's bottom line. For
example, who wants to know from September 1, 1976 to March 31,
1982 you were self employed, even if you did start your own
business doing commercial sound for three school systems, and
a number of churches, night clubs and restaurants? Condense
that info into entries for business-management experience and
your broad technical capabilities and real-world experience.
If you rework your resume in this fashion that'll be a start.
Your web pages do have some good content. But the appearance
is rather off-putting. You want to look totally professional.
First, get your own domain name. Then get a real web-serving
ISP, without the popup crap. Search low-cost ISP on Google.
After considering several good less expensive providers, I
choose Pair Networks in Pittsburgh, see http://www.pair.com/
They have a good $5.95/mon plan for web-page serving with 100MB
disk space, but I pay $110/year for mailboxes, virtual-domain
hosting, etc., 100MB/day transfer. Digitalspace offers 50MB of
space for $83/yr, with a onetime $10 charge for domain pointing,
see http://www.digitalspace.net/webhosting/ As for the expense,
put it on a credit card - it's an investment toward a good job,
or consulting, which will get you the $$ to pay it off.
Third, improve the appearance of your top-level pages, adding
a bit detail about what one will find via the various links.
Orient the pages toward displaying a) knowledge others want to
read and remember, and b) knowledge and capabilities you have
that can help an employer make money for his company.
Next, you've got too little info on the second-level pages, one
doesn't want to push down four levels before finding anything!
Fifth, get rid of the pages saying something like, "This list
is still being compiled. Please check back soon." What's the
value of that to the viewer? Keep the empty placehold material
on your own hard-drive under a web-page development directory.
I could go on and on, but I'm sure you get the picture! So get
to work, and soon you'll look like a million bucks and we'll be
singing your praises!