Niek Gooren: A Lesson on Creative Wits

Meet Niek Gooren, just an ordinary Dutchman with an extraordinary story. He recently made the headlines after his uncanny but witty way of presenting his resume: via HelpNiekUitDeww.nl.

The link above is his own website where he posted pictures of himself, one of which shows him slouching on the sofa while eating crisps. The website is in Dutch, but the message is clear for its viewers: he’s in search of a job after losing his last one. After receiving around 50 offers, Gooren changed the image to one of himself at his desk in a PR firm, opening a bottle of champagne.

Gooren’s no celebrity, but what made him the center of several days of fame is his website. The traditional “send your resume by snail mail or email” method didn’t serve him well so he put his resume online, including the tidbit that he is low cost since “he likes his coffee black.” This story is an example of the power of well-designed websites with crafty content.

Being unconventional is a gamble, but the returns are immense. The only limits of web design, as in most aspects in life, is the mind. Imagination eliminates traditional boundaries to pave the way for opportunities once thought impossible or inexistent. Web designers are encouraged to think outside the box if they want to achieve extraordinary success.

Better Visibility for Images Through SEO

Suppose you run a photo blog or an online photo gallery. The site has a vast number of images with varying resolutions, covering a field of subjects specific to the photographer’s specialty. To help more people see and appreciate your works, a little SEO work is needed.

For starters, you need to change the filename of the image you will upload. Many digital camera brands have letters to identify the images, such as DCIM and DSC, followed by numbers. They must be changed to something that best describes the image.

Alt tags should be part of the image’s HTML code, which partly helps the site climb higher in the search results list. However, the tag itself should not have multiple keywords. It will also help to assign unique alt tags for every shot of the same product. However, any decorative image you use for the post must have no alt tags lest you reap over-optimization penalties.

Make sure your posts have specific focus and the keywords and alt tags match it. If you are tackling a new topic in the future, plan the right keywords to use. As for image size, remember to edit the file size to help it upload faster.