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    What do people look for when finding a programmer?

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    I need help with 3 things:

    1 what are the most important things that a basic website desgner should know/do?

    2 I know css, html and javascript. How do I give good examples that I know these languages?

    3rd in meeting some tips on my website portfolio. Www.hudson.zzl.org

    Please note that it's still being uploaded since I only started on it yesterday..

    Thanks!

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    I most certainly do not wish to be unkind, but reviewing your posts in this forum makes me question whether you do in fact understand HTML, CSS and Javascript in any depth. All your posts request assistance, some on pretty basic topics - none of them offer it. Bright student - but not a teacher.

    Only a few weeks ago you asked "What is the best book/textbook for learning javascript?" That is not consisent with a claim to know that subject.

    You appear to have an intermediate knowlege of these subjects - better than beginner, but not expert. But I doubt if your skills are sufficient to make you stand out or be seen as competitive in the jobs market.

    You also mentioned somewhere that you are 16. Although the young are said to know everything , out there there are plenty of people twice your age and with 10 times your experience. You must ask yourself - why should anyone hire you rather than them? Unless you can supply a convincing answer you perhaps need to rethink your objectives. I would try and build up my portfolio with work for your relatives or impoverished organisations such as churches, social clubs etc. Businesses will want to pay more and get more.

    Have a look at:- http://jobsearchtech.about.com/od/ca.../webdesign.htm

    You main selling point is your personal reputation, which of course is hard to build. In fact, it goes through 5 phases:-

    1) Who is Max Hudson?
    2) Get that guy Max Hudson to design this website for us.
    3) I wonder if Max Hudson could possibly be prevailed upon to design this website for us?
    4) Get me a younger Max Hudson.
    5) Who is Max Hudson?

    Last edited by Philip M; 10-20-2010 at 04:19 PM. Reason: Add link

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip M View Post
    I most certainly do not wish to be unkind, but reviewing your posts in this forum makes me question whether you do in fact understand HTML, CSS and Javascript in any depth. All your posts request assistance, some on pretty basic topics - none of them offer it. Bright student - but not a teacher.

    Only a few weeks ago you asked "What is the best book/textbook for learning javascript?" That is not consisent with a claim to know that subject.

    You appear to have an intermediate knowlege of these subjects - better than beginner, but not expert. But I doubt if your skills are sufficient to make you stand out or be seen as competitive in the jobs market.

    You also mentioned somewhere that you are 16. Although the young are said to know everything , out there there are plenty of people twice your age and with 10 times your experience. You must ask yourself - why should anyone hire you rather than them? Unless you can supply a convincing answer you perhaps need to rethink your objectives. I would try and build up my portfolio with work for your relatives or impoverished organisations such as churches, social clubs etc. Businesses will want to pay more and get more.

    Have a look at:- http://jobsearchtech.about.com/od/ca.../webdesign.htm

    You main selling point is your personal reputation, which of course is hard to build. In fact, it goes through 5 phases:-

    1) Who is Max Hudson?
    2) Get that guy Max Hudson to design this website for us.
    3) I wonder if Max Hudson could possibly be prevailed upon to design this website for us?
    4) Get me a younger Max Hudson.
    5) Who is Max Hudson?

    Well thanks for being honest.

    Where would would I look to find a job for a church or something similar without pay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxhudson View Post
    Well thanks for being honest.

    Where would would I look to find a job for a church or something similar without pay?
    Well, try offering some churches or small societies in your area to design a free website for them. Success will build on success, and your portfolio and reputation will (hopefully) grow.

    If at first you don't succeed, redefine success.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip M View Post
    In fact, it goes through 5 phases:-

    1) Who is Max Hudson?
    2) Get that guy Max Hudson to design this website for us.
    3) I wonder if Max Hudson could possibly be prevailed upon to design this website for us?
    4) Get me a younger Max Hudson.
    5) Who is Max Hudson?

    Class observation.

    With regard to the volunteer work, approach local Churches, charity shops etc.
    Last edited by MattF; 11-09-2010 at 08:00 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxhudson View Post
    See title.

    Please note that it's still being uploaded since I only started on it yesterday..

    Thanks!
    Can't you keep a banner which says the "website is under development" ?

    Few suggestions:
    Seems you have no portfolio & testimony. So I suggest you to keep everything in a single page website & then a Contact Page.
    On the front page, you can put your own picture and on next column specify your skills.
    And you can specify the rate too..
    There are many people looking for partnerships and you can join with any simple projects & get a website on your account.


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