Last year I graduated, since then I have been working on personal projects and the usual stuff to learn and keep up. I have applied for very few jobs but I did not even get and interview.
Then I decided to work up my skills on my own and stopped applying fo jobs. So it has been a year since I have not had a job – but that does not mean I lost interest in web design, as I do work on it everyday (you know like all of you, whether we get payed or not this is what we love).
Now I am going to do something about it. I am going to seriously start applying to jobs or look for charity work
I have a friend that has not been able to get a job (in the same field) for a year. But the difference is that he is been looking for work and I havent.
The bottom line is:
I have a portfolio and three examples of work.
I am confident in fron-end and trying to get better at OO PHP (im also good at wordpress and few other things).
I am going to start blogging with a sercret target to show that I know what I am talking about (I thought hard about the target audience, and I’m just not a blogger, so I am going to write about everything I know)
I am way more advanced than last year, But will the fact that (more or less) had a brake from the job market for a year damage my changes to finding work?
Well, it’s all how you position it in the interview. At the basic level you are just marketing yourself, and marketing is all about highlighting aspects about a product to solve problems or fill needs.
But let me ask this: is there a reason you are going to work at finding a job versus moving toward paid freelancing or even starting a company?
So far I done one freelance job, which I did right after Uni, that is where I found that I did not know enough of web design, they asked be to do an commerce, and was unable to do it. then they changed they mind and asked for a portfolio type of site (which I am in my element with those).
– so because of that I have been too scared of freelance, though I have come a long way since then so I could have another go at it. However the reason to go for a job and not freelance is that I might learn more from the people within the company
I dont like starting my own company, as fare as I know that involves more the web design :) I dont care too much about the business side, i just want to design and code.
Would it be a good idea to spend some more time in looking for charity work and some freelance work in order to build up my work experience.
Also slightly off topic, how to employers react towards disabled people? or would my disability not be taken in consideration if I can do the work
A year really isn’t that long, if they ask about it just tell them you were doing freelance projects but decided its time to move into a full time position. They may ask about a project, just mention something you’ve been working on.
Remember, an interview isn’t a test. They want to see how you’ll fit in with the rest of the company (the resume is more of the test).
An employer can not legally discriminate against you because of a disability -assuming you are in the United States.
I am in UK, which is more or less the same in that kind of area I guess.
By the way, now that I mentioned this; do I need to mention my disability on my CV also I am sure I dont need to mention it on my about page would I? http://aurelslab.co.uk/about/ – As I am born with it, it does not seem a big of a deal.
I agree with Jeremy—if you’re freelancing and working with clients on the side, it’s not unemployment. Use freelance to your gain…it is great experience!! In fact, I’ve gotten more experience as a freelancer then I did working at an agency doing ONE thing, and only one thing sitting in my little cubicle.
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