Listing on Guru.com... no categories for us?

26 Jun 2008 - 11:08am
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Jeff Garbers
2008

I thought I'd list myself as a freelancer on Guru.com, and was
surprised and distressed to find that interaction design, user
experience, usability, etc. etc. aren't among the many categories
you're allowed to select. Does this just reflect some ignorance on
the part of the Guru.com folks, or are our skill sets commonly omitted
on such sites? More broadly, does this omission reflect a *general*
lack of awareness and understanding about our field? If you've signed
up for one of these services, which are your "fallback" categories
when you can't pick one that's truly appropriate?

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26 Jun 2008 - 11:57am
Katie Albers
2005

I've encountered this problem almost universally, through every type
of site that allows you to list yourself as available for work. It
seems to stem from the fact that the US Government has an official
list of occupations that everyone uses to categorize all jobs. I
always find it interesting, for example, that there is almost no
employment Web site on which you can find the word "Web" in any of
the occupational titles. You would think someone would notice.

Katie

At 12:08 PM -0400 6/26/08, Jeff Garbers wrote:
>I thought I'd list myself as a freelancer on Guru.com, and was
>surprised and distressed to find that interaction design, user
>experience, usability, etc. etc. aren't among the many categories
>you're allowed to select. Does this just reflect some ignorance on
>the part of the Guru.com folks, or are our skill sets commonly
>omitted on such sites? More broadly, does this omission reflect a
>*general* lack of awareness and understanding about our field? If
>you've signed up for one of these services, which are your
>"fallback" categories when you can't pick one that's truly
>appropriate?
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