Re: What do I have to do???
by Danny Griffin <danny(at)tillmanallengreer.com>
||Fri, 05 May 2000 14:06:25 -0400
||Karen Ahrens <kahrens(at)mad.scientist.com>
>Karen (and list),
I have been a web developer in Atlanta for about a year now. I left
college (not highly recommended) to pursue my career after working with
HTML off and on for about two years.
Once I decided to pursue a career in this field, I developed a career
path. I found a job at the university designing a web site for one of the
departments. I also started my own web design company. These two things
helped me to establish an on-line portfolio, something that is imperative
in this field.
Since I didn't have a lot of experience, I used my lengthy background in
computers as my foundation and pushed my ability to learn and adapt to new
technologies. I also became familiar with all the popular web development
programs and listed those on my resume. Finally, I gave links to a few
sites I had created on my resume too.
In your case, I think you are doing everything right. I took more of a
"dive-in" type of approach and it is not the best way. Your training will
put you ahead of a lot of the competition in this field, you just need to
gain experience in practical application. Start your own company and
develop a web site for it. Better yet, start a web site dedicated to Java
or HTML technologies and become an "expert" in your field. Highlight these
experiences as well as your training in your resume.
Additionally, a well-constructed resume is very important. I recommend
using a functional resume rather than a chronological one. I used to teach
resume writing skills and I would be happy to offer you (or anyone else)
help with it.
Take heart, you will get a job! And as another list member mentioned, once
you're inside, you'll realize the huge potential you have for growth in
this field. Web development (especially e-commerce) is very, very hot
Hope this helps!
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