Hello EmoryDay. I want to be your WordPress Front End Developer.
I wanted to address some of the qualifications and expectations you mentioned in your job posting specifically. I hope you’ll spend a few minutes learning about me and seeing some of my work, and will be in touch. I am excited to hear more about the position.
Is experienced. You’re a bright, talented front end dev and have a few years of experience with WordPress, HTML, CSS and jQuery. You know how to optimize websites for mobile devices, and code and test responsive HTML emails. If there’s something you don’t know, you’re willing to learn.
I have some unique and well earned experience, so I don’t mind dating myself. After skipping around with Joomla, WordPress, Magento and plain old HTML… I began using WordPress as my CMS exclusively when RWD began getting attention and the WordPress community was obviously already way out ahead of any other open source community in adaptation. I had a feeling about it and was right. I’m a Bootstrap veteran, and always excited about what is coming next.
I also began building HTML/CSS/Bootstrap/jQuery templates as well, and have had the opportunity to be the FED for distributed teams building responsive template sets for eCommerce and other enterprise website development projects.
Willing and anxious to learn… has made my career. Has kept my skill set very much alive and growing. I’ve had the attitude, for sometime now, that everything I need to know, to develop anything anyone else can develop for the web… is on the web. And when I am also able to collaborate with others who are similarly obsessive about the creations and capabilities that I am, then learning is the biggest source of my energy.
Is thorough. You are careful, conscientious and incredibly meticulous; you have an extremely high attention to detail. Yet, you don’t let it hold you back by getting bogged down.
This is a challenge. I understand the critical nature of both fit and finish and delivery. Especially in a team environment. Although my meticulous approach is obvious, I like a WordPress environment. Compared to a fully iterated FED environment, I can typically go back in, when everyone else has signed off on something, and tweak it until it’s done… to me. My desk may be a mess… but that little class that moves a pixel different on FF will stick in my head, and that’s where I’ll be… on it… when everyone else is watching the game or Seinfeld reruns.
Is collaborative. You like being part of a team that is respectful of each other, even in the face of disagreement. In fact, we encourage disagreement – it almost always results in a better approach. You proactively share information that the marketing team and designers need to move their work forward and likewise, you ask for info when you need it. When you have an opinion, you share it – we may not always integrate it, but we do value every one’s input equally.
This is one of the main reasons I am seeking a full time position now. I’ve been a full time remote contractor for many years, working in a variety of industries and projects. It has been great for my skills. But my favorite work is when I am part of a team, working on larger initiatives, where I am coordinating with others who know things I do not, and orchestrating great digital environments and user experiences together. I am looking for the right company to focus my energy into that on a regular basis… growing as a UI/UX developer and digital designer, and leaving the small contractor businessman activities behind.
Doesn’t mind repetition. You know the importance of our site performing well across browsers, browser versions and mobile devices and you don’t mind testing them all out to be sure everyone can access our content.
This sounds a bit more like freedom than repetition. I’m often in a situation now where I know a bit more attention is needed for the product to be really solid on devices, but budgets or time frame leaves it out. At least the finer points. So I know the product could be better. More universal. And I don’t get the experience I want in understanding and mastering that landscape. While some of that work can be tedious, it is important. I would welcome an environment where I was required to follow a workflow that was full of web development tasks and presentation layer standards that I could focus on and be proud of.
Owns the clock. You’re highly organized, know how to prioritize, adapt quickly when the scope changes, because it often will, and thrive in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines.
I don’t know if I own the clock, but I certainly own the projects, and the ability to be a catalyst as they grow and become tested and challenged. Change is constant, and a normal part of most everything. I’m pretty good at it, but I don’t resent it. I’ve been responsible for completing work in a way that means an hourly rate has integrity at the end of the day. I’ve done it for a long time. If the guy or girl directing me to one thing after another is paying my salary… I will go from media queries, to photo illustration, to design and typography, to explaining why a proposed change may result in X, to figuring out something neat someone is doing, to firing up a WordPress install with one of my tested platforms just to see how that little thing we talked about may look and behave like. I am ready.
Is flexible. You aren’t married to your ideas and you can shift gears easily when things change. You don’t sweat the small stuff and are focused on the bigger picture.
Yes I am. I will have ideas on just about everything, but my ego is all grown up. Some will be important to me. But I want the generosity of ideas from others too. What a great way to spend my time! I really miss it as an independent contractor.
Welcomes feedback. You consider feedback a useful tool that gives you opportunity to learn, grow and benefit the project. You don’t view it as an attack.
Respect. Being open. Feeling fortunate to be able to do the work I do, and work with others that would have the interest in that feedback. Understanding how valuable a vast perspective is.
Spending time with only those with the same knowledge and perspective as you… is no way to live.
Sometimes I am recognized for an exceptional product, idea or technique. That’s great. Energizing. I know it all came from the energy and ideas of others. I am more humble than I am competitive.
Works hard to make a difference. This isn’t just another website. You get to work on interesting projects and solve complex problems that transform people’s lives. You’re proud of the work you do and you’re willing to do whatever it takes to get it done.
To have this quality of employment… where I can live up to this level of expectation. Because I know I will be appreciated when I do. I have approached every customer’s digital presence like this. Since I built the first eCommerce website for Radio Flyer… since I developed the first iPhone web app to get Apple’s “Best Pick” on their website just months after the device was introduced… to recently being hired to completely re-develop a WordPress platform and website for Highfive, a Google video landscape startup. It still excites me every time I am part of a new project, and already being relied upon.
Likes to help out. It’s not all about you. Whenever a team member needs a hand, you make time for them, and they do the same for you.
Is self-motivated and can work independently. Once you are confident in what you need to do, you can run with it and don’t need a lot of direction. You are a self-starter and prefer mentorship over management. You have a thirst for learning and applying the latest and greatest so that you can continually hone your craft.
Wow. You will have this kind of team member if you hire me. This is how I have been a successful full time remote independent contractor for 15 years. I am an excellent communicator, and am driven by expectations and confidence.
Has worked remotely. You are highly organized, have strong self-structure and discipline and have worked remotely either currently or in the past so you know the benefits and the challenges.
I have done this full time for 15 years, leading and participating in projects from small ownership to fortune 500 marketing and IT departments. I am an organized producer and a pro. I am comfortable in well defined agile environments as well as more fluid, casual, task driven teams and projects. As a remote team member, you will find me on point and getting it done.
I also manage my own LAMP servers and hosting responsibilities, and have for many clients… and am my own Macintosh expert. I setup my own eCommerce gateways, have delivered email campaigns and podcast series, and am motivated by playing my part in finding solutions and enhancements to digital challenges independently.
Knows that we really mean what we say. Being part of our team is a privilege. Yep, that’s a bold statement. Not only do you have to have the skills, you need to be a great fit for the team and care about what we do. So, if it feels like we’re putting you through the wringer during the hiring process, it’s because we want to find the right person who gets it and really wants to be here.
Thank you. This is why I wanted to address these statements individually. I hope I am a good fit, and will truly have the opportunity to find out. Your language, references and statements here make the idea of being your WordPress developer very exciting, and your business is something I respect, and need exposure to.
I’ve been doing this for a while, and though my work has never been better I am struggling a bit with dedicating the time and choosing the best resources to keep me from getting too old as I age. I need some new energy, support and feedback.
Wants to be part of purpose-driven organization. PN is a pretty incredible place and is committed to allowing you to do the work you love and love the work you do. You can learn a little bit more about what it’s like to work at PN from Phil Caravaggio, our co-founder.
I will work my tail off for this opportunity.
You asked why I want to work for Precision Nutrition. Personally, it is uniquely personal.
I don’t know if this may be considered a potential plus or a negative to be considered for this position. But I have to be honest. I need your product. The more I learn the more I get excited about it. And of course, working for you in that environment, would be about as big a perk I could ever hope for in a job, and as a person.
I was very active and in good shape until ten or so years ago. Family, and the work to support them, had knocked me off my game. Cycling, Tai Chi, eating smart… took a back seat to my making it all work. I let it happen. I gained weight, found out I have heart failure, cancer for a time, and lately a problem with a hip, which makes the exercise I need even harder to stick with or even get to.
I am at the stage where I know I am shortening my life if I cannot get back to a fair weight, a healthy eating mindset, and an exercise program that enhances, if only just keeps me… cycling again.
This is also why I decided a short time ago to start looking for a full time position. Even if I make a bit less per year… the work involved in managing multiple clients well, and the insecurity of inconsistent income is a familiar, but a formidable drain on my energy. My ability to accomplishing this.
I feel dramatic just spelling it out here, so let me follow suit. A position as your web developer, and the ability to participate in your program, would change my life. I deserve the position because I am very good at what I do, and very serious about it. I need your program because I am a middle aged guy who lost my personal focus, and need some wisdom and energy getting it back. I am right on the beginning of the reality of how serious it will become if I am unable to.
Thank you very much. I look forward to meeting you.