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But your work is not finished there. Aesthetics aren't everything and your content will need to back up, what your page design infers. Pick up a copy of a book, such as "The Damn Good Resume Guide" (Yana Parker / 1996) and Harvey Mackay's all-time great "Swim With The Sharks: Without Being Eaten Alive" (Harvey Mackay / 1996). Read them, study them, memorize them. Learn what sells you and your job skills. When time comes to present yourself, you'll be glad you did.
Onward with preparation... Every developer who possesses a personal portfolio, will have a much better chance of getting job position they seek. If you've built any type of site, be it a personal site, or something built on a freelance basis, make sure that it is available for viewing by potential employers. If site was built as a temporary or time-limited site, make sure that you retain a copy of it, and it is available somewhere, online. A note though, if you do include personal sites in your portfolio, make sure that they represent an image of yourself that is both professional and desirable to prospective employers. In these cases, it may be better to suppress references to your hobby of collecting sharp weapons, or your on-going campaign to convince authorities you WERE actually abducted by an alien.
In closing - The final thing to take into consideration, is to be sure that you are getting your real worth, when being offered a position of employment as a Web developer. Do your homework, research job market, pay scales, and comparable items that are specific to your geographical location. Don't just accept any position offered, without first considering what your OWN requirements of employer are. The industry is highly competitive and right skill-set can mean a huge difference in compensation and benefits packages offered.
"Wait!", you're saying, "I don't want to be a full-time employee. I want to be a freelancer!". Well, in this case, we have one important piece of advice for those of you wanting to become full time freelancers... Stock up on instant noodles. You may need them in early days. But, that's another article, and another month!.
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