Coming to us via Jill Terlaak (@geofeminia) and David H (@dvdhns) is a story by Mathew Ericson When Maps Shouldn’t Be Maps. This is a well put-together piece discussing the fact that some data are good for mapping; some data are better illustrated via graphs, charts, and other information layouts; and some data are better for behind-the-scenes analysis.
From @gisuser and written by Greg Rose (@gregrose), is a feature article in GISuser on How to Land that Entry Level GIS Job. Especially helpful is Rose’s assertion that you need to be creating your own GIS analysis and cartography to show off at interviews. I know I would be impressed if an entry-level candidate were to show initiative like that. I would add that sample work like that should be real-world oriented, tell a good story, and be easy to discuss in an interview. When discussing your sample work in an interview, be sure to elaborate the middle of the story so that you can discuss what challenges you encountered and how (or if) you solved them.
The NACIS 2011 cartography and information design conference was just held. Several of the presentations have been made available and can be found on this CartoTalk thread. So far Hans van der Maarel (@redgeographics) has posted slides on improving text placement, Robert Roth has posted his slideshare link on the topic of interactive cartography, a link to Aaron Straup Cope’s art in cartography ideas is posted, and Mamata Akella’s presentation on online basemap design is also linked to.