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We Are Hiring – Entry Level Front-End Coder / Tech Support!2021-05-31T21:11:00+00:00

Hiring A Front-End Web Developer & Technical Support Agent

We pride ourselves in providing thoughtfully and carefully crafted websites for real estate professionals across North America. If you take pride in craftsmanship and finesse, feel motivated to find efficient and intelligent methods, and wish to further your career and education in a dynamic SaaS + Boutique Agency hybrid environment, this is for you.

The chosen candidate will be working out of our Gastown studio in Downtown Vancouver. Foreign contractors need not apply as we have a very strict policy of our entire workforce operating out of our Vancouver Headquarters. This is a full-time position, with a minimum of 37.5 hours per week of work.

Our website system is a blend of a SaaS-based platform with a very customizable front-end structure, and utilizes the AWS (Amazon Web Services) as part of its infrastructure. This is a great opportunity for those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of custom CMS management, teamwork with designers & communicators, as well as client care & management.

  • Unique opportunity to make your mark in a rapidly growing, boutique marketing services firm

  • Great opportunity to use your newly acquired HTML/CSS/Javascript & PHP skills

  • Closely mentored by senior developers & our CEO

  • Learn new cloud-based platforms we are building & integrate into cutting-edge workflow

  • Gastown, Downtown Vancouver based position, in a brick & beams building with your own iMac (27”) + 2 External monitors at your L-shaped workstation.

  • As much coffee, tea, chocolate milk you can handle!

  • Learn the agency dynamics in a multi-team environment with managers, graphic designers, content managers and other coders.

  • Work in an environment that combines SaaS-style web-services with a boutique, agency-grade branding & design agency.

Your Responsibilities In This Role:
  • Develop & code website front-ends according to the approved template visuals on our system based on the Brixwork core code.

  • Learn & manage the file systems on our Amazon Cloud & utilize them effectively.

  • Follow mobile responsive standard guidelines and styling conventions for beauty & function.

  • Work within deadlines, timelines, and hours allocated to fulfill corporate objectives.

  • Identify faster and more efficient ways to execute visuals to work faster.

  • Troubleshoot issues and make minor modifications/upgrades to websites.

  • Assist our Senior Developers with feedback & ideas to improve customer experience, decrease lead time on websites, and reduce the amount of tech support inquiries.

Your Skills, Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate will have at least 3 months of experience with the following basic web development languages & skillsets (not necessarily through a previous job, but as a personal hobby or studies is also fine. In other words,  you do not have work experience but have relevant education or other experiences, we may still consider you).

  • HTML
  • CSS & SASS
  • Javascript
  • PHP

Whilst possession of any of the below skills are not mandatory for your success in the role, they will be considered an asset:

  • jQuery & jQueryUI
  • CSS Wireframes such as Bootstrap, Skeleton, Boilerplate etc.
  • CSS3 Transitions & Animations
  • AJAX combinations using advanced jQuery & secured PHP back-end
  • MySQL database administration experience
  • Experience in Sketch (Similar to Adobe XD)
  • Work environment in a cloud (Dropbox & Google Drive)
  • Mac OSX environment
  • Amazon Web Services

The personality traits our team is looking for in regards to this position:

  • Able to follow established procedures & structures
  • Focused and dedicated
  • Aware of timelines, multiple-project pipelines, and deadlines
  • Problem-solver with determination
  • Attention to detail & user experience
  • Ability to tailor details to each client
  • Efficiency-driven mindset
  • Respect for data & website security with attention to detail
  • Not afraid of learning new techniques, experiments and enhancements

How You Can Apply For This Position!

If you found this post on InDeed.com, please follow the application procedures on Indeed.

If this role sounds like you, please submit an emailed application to jeff@brixwork.com (you can also find this email address on our website, www.brixwork.com) containing the following information:

  1. The email subject must contain “Front-End Web Developer – ”.
  2. Your resume & cover letter
  3. Attach examples of your work, either live on a website or code snippets.
  4. Any questions/answers contributed to StackOverflow, or repositories you worked on on Github etc.

Don’t phone us, please. We need all applications in email form only, and will not accept phone calls for job applications. We will review your resume and contact successful applicants to advise on the next steps.

Pay & Benefits

  1. 3 Month Probation & Training Period at $20.00/hr
  2. After probation completion, move to $23.00/hr + performance bonuses.
  3. Periodic reviews going forward based on project completion time, quality assurance score and other performance metrics
  4. Medical/Dental/Vision benefits after passing 3 month probation period

Your Future Co-Workers (7 + you!):

  1. 1 other Coder to share tasks with, bounce ideas off of, and learn from.
  2. 3 graphic Designers who will set the visuals and direction of your products.
  3. 1 Social Media & Content manager to help you out.
  4. 1 Administrator who handles customer inquiries, invoices & payments that you will communicate with.
  5. 1 CEO that oversees the operations, back-end software development & architecture, and project management

Hiring a Co-Op Student for Junior Web-Development, SEO & Customer Service2016-05-02T20:43:18+00:00

Brixwork Real Estate Marketing provides boutique marketing services for the real estate industry in Canada & USA. We are a small team expanding quickly and are looking to fill a position for an entry-level Junior Web-Developer with some basic knowledge in Search Engines & SEO, Social Media & Link Propagation, and of course, a great zest to learn & develop their skills further.

The chosen candidate must be a first-term co-op applicant with studies in the related fields (web development, software development or front-end/UI design), and will be part of a pilot program for a slightly different website & marketing angle.

This position has potential for a full-time web developer & SEO engineer position, so students in their final year of study looking for full time employment in the long term will be given a preferential treatment.

The ideal candidate should have the following skills:

  • Great handle of written & spoken English, punctuation
  • HTML Tag Structure and basic understanding
  • Basics of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)
  • Google & Keywords
  • A good sense of mathematics, graphs & charts, metrics etc.
  • Social Media & Sharing Environment

 The preferred candidates will have the following traits:

  • A zeal for achieving numbers, targets & goals
  • Take instructions well from senior / superior team members, and be open to learning
  • Be resourceful and quick thinking to solve problems
  • Know when to ask a question, and when to do a Google search
  • Efficiency driven and utilitarian
  • Respect for data security, privacy & security

The Work, Location & Details:

  • You will be working out of our Gastown studio with all equipment provided. Bring your great attitude (and a packed lunch, or explore some great lunch spots around us)
  • You will be working Tuesday-Saturday, 8 hours a day with a 0.5 hour lunch break (75 hours pay per 2 week pay period), 9AM~5PM
  • Your co-op pay will be $13/hr for the 4 months duration
  • You will start as early as next week (May 9th), if not even earlier depending on how well the interview goes
  • You will be part of a team of 6 people, and will be working closely with 2 of the teammates as we nurture & train you

Candidates MUST be (for legal and other reasons):

  • A Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident with no working restrictions (Working/Student Visas do not qualify)
  • Free of criminal history
  • Enrolled in a post-secondary school in BC recognized by the BCIC

How To Apply:

Write an email to info at brixwork dot com (you can also find this email address on our website, www.brixwork.com) with the following conditions met:

  1. The email subject must contain “Co-Op Web Developer Position”
  2. Attach your resume
  3. Attach a cover letter, or write in your email, detail what you want to learn, achieve & work on after graduation.
  4. Attach examples of your work, either live on a website, or code snippets.
  5. Don’t phone us, please. We’re busy as it is with client phone calls. We will review your resume on our own time and get back to you when we are ready.
Hiring A Web Design Intern (Paid Summer Internship)2014-04-30T09:10:42+00:00

Brixwork Real Estate Marketing provides boutique marketing services for the real estate industry in Canada & USA. We are a small team expanding quickly and are looking to fill a position for an intermediate HTML/CSS/JS/PHP coder who can handle composing websites based on the Brixwork real estate back-end.

Learn Skills, Make Some Cash, Potentially Land A Job!

This is a paid internship during which you will learn valuable skills (depending on your skills, pay will be negotiated and reviewed each month) in web design & coding, working with the graphic department & clients, as well as troubleshoot the most common yet important issues.

We are looking for a new web designer with basic HTML/CSS skills and a great pair of eyes for detail. The chosen candidate will be working out of our Gastown studio in Downtown Vancouver. No foreign contractors need apply, we have a very strict policy of our entire workforce operating out of our headquarters in Vancouver.

The ideal candidate will have basic school education, or training, or self-taught experience shown through a portfolio of the following skill sets:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Photoshop file to HTML/CSS conversion

Internship Period:

May 19th 2014 – Aug 8th 2014 (12 weeks), Full Time Hours (Monday – Friday 9-5pm, 8-4pm during July & August)

Qualifications:

Candidates with experience with the following skills that are considered; more recent & relevant will be preferred:

  • jQuery & jQueryUI
  • CSS Wireframes such as Skeleton, Boilerplate etc.
  • CSS3 Transitions & Animations
  • Understanding UI requirements based on Photoshop drafts
  • Work environment in a cloud
  • Mac OSX environment

The personality traits our team is looking for in regards to this position:

  • Focused and dedicated
  • Problem-solver with determination
  • Efficiency driven mindset
  • Respect for data & website security with attention to detail
  • Not afraid of learning new techniques, experiments and enhancements

The following skills would help, although not mandatory:

  • PHP Skills
  • MySQL database manipulation using PHP
  • AJAX combinations using advanced jQuery & secured PHP back-end
  • MySQL database administration experience

How To Apply:
Write an email to info at Brixwork dot com (you can also find this email address on our website, www.brixwork.com) with the following conditions met:

  1. The email subject must contain “Web Design Intern Position”
  2. Attach your resume or academic history
  3. Attach a cover letter, or write in your email, explaining why you want to learn more about web design.
  4. Attach examples of your work, either live on a website, or code snippets.
  5. Don’t phone us, please. We’re busy as it is with client phone calls. We will review your resume on our own time and get back to you when we are ready.
We Are Hiring A Talented Web Developer!2014-01-14T00:28:56+00:00

Brixwork Real Estate Marketing provides boutique marketing services for the real estate industry in Canada & USA. We are a small team expanding quickly and are looking to fill a position for an intermediate HTML/CSS/JS/PHP coder who can handle composing websites based on the Brixwork real estate back-end.
We are looking for a new web developer with savvy coding skills to join our team to assist in developing the websites. The chosen candidate will be working out of our Gastown studio in Downtown Vancouver. No foreign contractors need apply, we have a very strict policy of our entire workforce operating out of our headquarters in Vancouver.
The ideal candidate will have at least 1 year of experience handling the following (not necessarily through a job position, but as a personal hobby or studies is fine. In other words,  you do not have work experience but have relevant education or other experiences, we may still consider you).

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • PHP

 
Candidates with experience with the following skills that are considered; more recent & relevant will be preferred:

  • jQuery & jQueryUI
  • CSS Wireframes such as Skeleton, Boilerplate etc.
  • CSS3 Transitions & Animations
  • AJAX combinations using advanced jQuery & secured PHP back-end
  • MySQL database administration experience
  • Understanding UI requirements based on Photoshop drafts
  • Work environment in a cloud
  • Mac OSX environment

The personality traits our team is looking for in regards to this position:

  • Focused and dedicated
  • Problem-solver with determination
  • Efficiency driven mind
  • Respect for data & website security with attention to detail
  • Not afraid of learning new techniques, experiments and enhancements

How To Apply:
Write an email to info at brixwork dot com (you can also find this email address on our website, www.brixwork.com) with the following conditions met:

  1. The email subject must contain “Web Developer Position”
  2. Attach your resume
  3. Attach a cover letter, or write in your email, explaining why you want to work with Brixwork and outline your relevant skills, experiences and attributes.
  4. Attach examples of your work, either live on a website, or code snippets.
  5. Attach your expected salary range based on your perception of your own skill levels.
  6. Don’t phone us, please. We’re busy as it is with client phone calls. We will review your resume on our own time and get back to you when we are ready.
Improving Your Website Text with Headers & Font Styles2012-05-30T05:41:31+00:00

The Identity of Louis Riel’s Wife???

One of my memories from high-school include wondering why textbooks were formatted as they were. It was long – with paragraphs after paragraphs with a section break every page or two. To find something important, I had to scan through the tiny text for a while… and finally I’d find the tribe from which Louis Riel’s wife was from. It was boring, time-consuming to scan through, and it made me fall asleep. If textbooks were formatted in more interesting and attention grabbing ways, perhaps we would have all paid more attention.

It’s not as interesting to them as you’d think!

When one writes out his or her own biography, article or any other content, they are self-absorbed and narrow-perspectived- however the others visiting your site don’t necessarily share that enthusiasm about you (yet). Drowning the visitors with the typical “I care about you, I can negotiate, I put clients first, I have experience, I have a family and a dog” in 4 paragraphs is biography suicide. In fact the above short sentence would be more effective compared to having it take up half the page in longer sentences.

The question that the modern day marketer has to ask is, “How do I format my page so it’s not boring? How do I get across to my potential client without losing them among lines of scribble?” There are ways to make sure your website text is more interesting than my History 12 textbook from 10 years ago.

How to Make Your Content Text More Engaging, Less Boring, and More Effective/Efficient

1. Use Headings In Your Content Text

Website text is broken down largely into headings & paragraph text. Headings range from heading 1 to heading 6. Headings are like the pack leaders – for each paragraph or two, you should always put a heading above it that emphasizes the key points. Assume that 95% of visitors will scan through the headings and not even bother with your paragraphs (at least at first, they won’t).

What this technique can do for you:
  • Summarizes each paragraph, often with a colourful & larger font.
  • Creates visual division between long blocks of text, and draws the eyes quickly.
  • Gets the key points across to readers before they get bored by the long paragraphs.
  • Even if somebody had no intention of reading more, an enticing heading will get them to take a second look.
  • Keywords in headings have a larger impact on how Google sees your site. This has search engine optimization implications!

2. Bold, underline or italicize some of the text

If there are certain keywords within a paragraph that you’d like to put some extra jazz into (“Award winning”, “Vancouver local resident for 25 years” etc. are good examples), feel free to make those blocks of text bold, italic, underlined (or a combination of them). Just be careful to not over-do it – if you have too many of these, your content is going to look like it’s been ravaged by a pack of rats. Pick just a few very important ones you want to really get across to your new leads on your webpage.

What this technique can do for you:
  • Like the heading, draws the eyes by the emphasis.
  • For readers who are quickly scanning, they will pick up the keywords.
  • Google also likes to put more weight on words that are bolded or underlined. Accented words have a lot more relevance than the other several hundred words.

3. Don’t make your paragraphs too long. Use techniques #1 & #2 to help you achieve this.

Be concise. Short paragraphs are more popular, not only to high-school kids reading a textbook. If one sentence will do, don’t make two – instead, get more juice across by bolding some of the text that really matters. Don’t try to make two large points in one paragraph when it can be split into two.

What this technique can do for you:
  • Keeps your page clean & tidy, without being too long.
  • Not overwhelm the other elements of your page.
  • Give the due attention to headings & bold text for faster communication to the readers

An Example on Rhiannon Foster’s Website

Here is a before & after shot comparing the homepage intro text. After the text was modified to include some key headers, and some of the text bolded, the main points are delivered to viewers much quicker – Core Business Values, Professionalism, Authenticity & Education.

Before & After The Text Styling

 

Why We Do Not Offer Flash2011-11-13T03:41:26+00:00

We have had several inquiries recently on why we no longer offer Flash™ animation services on our REALTOR® websites. We have many great reasons for it, and here is why:

  • The trends in web standards is going towards the direction of eliminating Flash™ as a mainstream web design element. This is because Flash™ is not a web-standard language like HTML or CSS – it’s a 3rd party plug-in. The World Wide Web is moving towards the direction of not relying on plug-ins – browsers by themselves are fully capable of the things we need.
  • This is why the innovators at Apple decided to stop supporting Flash on their mobile devices (iPhones and iPads) several years ago. Our websites are fully compatible with these mobile devices without restriction.
  • Flash™ content is not readable by robots from Google or other search engines, reducing your SEO performance. To alleviate this, designers often use raw HTML layers behind the Flash™ piece; but this is more time consuming and expensive.
  • Flash-free websites load faster. We have the modern technology on pure HTML and Javascript that enables us to create the smooth animations and interactive user interface features without relying on Flash®.
New Themes Coming Soon!2010-10-29T23:16:16+00:00
brixwork for realtors website theme

Our New Red Biscuit Theme

Some of you may know that Sonika Studios Inc. is the creator of the Brixwork semi-custom CMS. Our first standard distribution of Brixwork is in the form of Brixwork for Realtors – a fantastic website management system for the best realtor websites. Currently all of our clients are on front-ends that are fully custom designed. However we are in preparation to offer an alternative – a template-based monthly-subscription service to Brixwork for Realtors will allow more realtors at all budgets to have access to our services.

Some of our new themes being designed are:

  • Greywood (our first master theme, consisting of classic wood textures and green)
  • Red Biscuit (a contemporary & modern theme with a splash of colour)
  • Classy Glass (incorporating beautiful glass tones and an open design – coming soon!)
  • The Boss (classic black & leather texture for the upscale – coming soon!)

Brixwork for Realtors allows realtors to manage their websites with ease, while focusing heavily on a beautiful user interface & design, along with a well-composed and consistent content delivery scheme.

April 30, 2021

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We work with Realtors® all over B.C to look their best online. Check out how we ensue each unique Realtor® is given the presence they deserve.

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We Are Hiring – Entry Level Front-End Coder / Tech Support!

If you like creating beautiful things online, and would like to work in a dynamic team, and learn new skills in this industry, this job is for you.

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Brand compliance doesn't mean you cannot stand out from the crowd. Take a look at these gems for Century 21 brokerages & agents across Canada!

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Custom content pages are a gold-mine for Google™ and even better you can curate the pages to your audience and entice readers to stay longer. Take a peek at what the 3 key benefits of community pages are.

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Hiring – Production Line Graphic Designer

Join our team to create beautiful visuals in one of the most active niches in Canada - marketing real estate. We are a boutique firm with in-house design only.

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Good design, consistency and originality on Instagram posts will help you create an impressive feed that will outshine all of the other thousands of Real Estate professionals. Check out the do's and don'ts for Instagram!

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Digital Dominance for Real Estate Agents in a COVID World

Modern business requires modern tools. Here are a list of critical cloud software & apps that every real estate professional can use to increase efficiency & close more deals.

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