So I've noticed a few web developers on here, I'm trying to break into web development as a career and am curious as to how everyone on here got their jobs in web development?
I'm applying for jobs online at the moment, trying to apply for ones which I know I can do, I'm not expecting much in terms of salary, I just want a web development job.
Try as many languages on as many platforms and OSes as you can. Just setup simple websites showing you understand the core parts of using the language or that platform for Web Development ans website hosting.
If an employer can see you can do the work in a variety of situations, it shows you will have no trouble with future languges/platforms.
Obviously for the more common like ASP.NET, do something a bit more complex.
If you are tying to get into the UI/Graphical side of Web Development, focus on clear/elegant layouts and visuals. If you want to focus more on back-end, do some well structured class/DB systems and show the employer a nice overview of what you have done.
As said, have some good examples of your work that they can easily see and play around with.
Also, from my experience, add some funky/cool UI effects to give the employer a "wow" moment. But don't go overboard on things flying around the screen everywhere.
Just make it very clear that you can do the job no matter what is thrown at you, and that you can do it in a well thought out, well structured and polished way. With the end result being a simple but solid website that looks nice and is easy to use.
Anyways, thats my 2 cents. Been doing this for 12 years in the workforce and probably 20 years in a personal sense (QBASIC FTW!)
There's plenty of jobs that make up "web develpoment" - what are you interested in doing?
Thanks for the replies so far. I'm interested in front end development, HTML, CSS and JQuery stuff, I also enjoy using CMS's. At this rate I'm just trying to land a position / foot in the door. I don't care much about the pay, I just want to get in and start learning as much as I possibly can.
Put together your own site with a portfolio of bits and pieces you can do. Make it stand out as that's what will sell you and your skills more than a resume ever will. Once you've done that, PM me and I'll ask some friends if they have any positions opening up.
I've got a portfolio, it's not brilliant but it does show what I can do. I'll shoot you a pm.
I see you're in Melbourne, that's a shame - my work is looking for a junior web developer right now. You've got a portfolio, that's a step above most people applying for those positions (at least the ones that have graced my inbox over the last month).
I see you're in Melbourne, that's a shame - my work is looking for a junior web developer right now. You've got a portfolio, that's a step above most people applying for those positions (at least the ones that have graced my inbox over the last month).Take no offense to this.....you are looking for a Web Dev and can't grasp the concept that a decent web dev doesn't have to be in the office what the hell is wrong with you?
well he did say junior, not decent
can you speak and write another language other than English?
a decent web dev doesn't have to be in the office
That's true, but chances are any web dev that isn't in the office is going to be indecent.