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Re: [webdesign-18] Reducing our web labor shortage

From: Anita
Sent on: Friday, September 14, 2007 6:28 PM
2 points:
1.  Scott, I am very interested in working with you on this
2.  We have a web design meetup of over 280 people and we resort to going to meetings and asking if anyone knows someone who can do a php project?  Why don't we have a forum or bulletin board where we can post what we are looking for?  Also, I look through the profiles and most don't list skills or whether they want to be approached for jobs or piecemeal work.  Personally I would love to line up a few php programmers whom I can call every now and then for small jobs.

We must have dozens of members who could set one up at the drop of a hat - plus it would be good exposure to do so.

What do you say?

Anita

Scott Reynen <[address removed]> wrote:
I believe we had six at the meeting last night, and I counted four
who were looking for someone to do web work. Every time I mention
the job opening at my employer, everyone else in the room mentions
the job openings at theirs. There seems to be a web labor shortage
in and around Denver. While it's nice to have an abundance of job
openings, I think it's in our best interests to try to reduce the gap
between available jobs and available web professionals locally.

To this end, I've started contacting some local students and
educators about potential collaboration between web professionals and
local students interested in web work. I have a few ideas about how
we might form mutually beneficial relationships, e.g. mentorships for
individual students working on some of our projects, short lessons by
professionals for local students, some variant of startup weekend or
barcamp emphasizing student learning, etc. As I discuss these ideas
with local educators and students, I'd like to get an idea of the
level of interest among professionals.

So: are you interested in participating in any of the ideas above and/
or do you have any alternative ideas about how we could take a more
active role in expanding the pool of web workers in and around Denver?

Peace,
Scott



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