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    Trying to get employed as web developer?

    Hello,

    I started playing around with Dreamweaver 4 when I was 12 years old. When I was 14, I started picking up HTML and CSS. Not only that - I can script in PHP, and when spending some time reading manuals, I am also able to work with MySQL. Obviously I don't have much problem working with Content Management Systems, forums, etc.

    The problem is that I have never worked on any of large web sites. I am afraid to send my resume anywhere like that.

    I would like to believe that it is possible for me to earn my living in this field. I even got a job paying $20/hour for someone through Craigslist, but it's only 3 hours per week. This is far from enough. This was on first try, but the advertisement seemed to hit me on the spot, so I am afraid I just got lucky. The employer is more than happy with me, I am being called a genius every time I go to work, but it will take far too long until I can show the results for other jobs.

    I need some work pretty quick. Is it reasonable to expect to get employed with basically knowing only HTML, CSS, some JavaScript, PHP, and MySQL? Plus I am into arts, I like illustrating and designing web sites.

    I have a personal web site, there is information about my arts on ksiimson.se/about.html. Only the vector illustrations are recent, others I dug up from my old forum posts on various forums, because I am desperate to show something that I have done... Any hints, help, advice, anything?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristjans View Post
    when I was 12 years old. When I was 14
    And how old are you now? Still a teenager or are you now an adult? Did you get any formal education in design?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Grossman View Post
    And how old are you now? Still a teenager or are you now an adult? Did you get any formal education in design?
    Sorry, 20 years old now; I don't have any formal higher education though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristjans View Post
    Hello,
    I started playing around with Dreamweaver 4 when I was 12 years old. When I was 14, I started picking up HTML and CSS. Not only that - I can script in PHP, and when spending some time reading manuals, I am also able to work with MySQL. Obviously I don't have much problem working with Content Management Systems, forums, etc.
    That's cool.

    Quote Originally Posted by kristjans View Post
    The problem is that I have never worked on any of large web sites. I am afraid to send my resume anywhere like that.
    If you don't give it a try, how would you know.

    Quote Originally Posted by kristjans View Post
    I need some work pretty quick. Is it reasonable to expect to get employed with basically knowing only HTML, CSS, some JavaScript, PHP, and MySQL? Plus I am into arts, I like illustrating and designing web sites.
    If you're as good as what your saying, then you should be fine. Some companies offer training before they give you a real job. If your good at photoshop, illustrator or etc. it is a plus point for you.

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    Thanks. Lately I haven't found many jobs that my skill set would fit into, so I began to think that it would stay that way.

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    Why don't you try to design sites that you can keep yourself and that you can monetize?

    Is it because you want to find a working environment with social life and coworkers?
    Do you really need traffic? Where to? What for?
    If you really do need traffic then stop messing around!
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    There are jobs that can use someone like you... however you may need to cast a wider geographic net and consider moving if there isn't enough work in your area. Start talking to recruiting firms in your area about your prospects and see what they say.
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    you seem like a good hire. In the meantime, try trolling CraigsList for project/gigs/consulting contracts. usually, once you do good work for a company, you can be a long term vendor.


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