Getting a Web Development Job For Dummies

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Craving a career in web dev? Chart your path with this helpful guide

Getting a Web Development Job For Dummies provides a roadmap to one of the "hot jobs" in the booming world of tech. The web development field is large, and it encompasses many actual functions. This book helps you understand the web development career opportunities and determine the path you should take, based on your own personal needs and preferences, to launch your career. You'll learn about various career options, the skills you'll need to become an attractive candidate, how to go about learning the ropes, and proving your abilities to a potential employer or client. With so many possible goals and no one right way to get there, this book cuts through the confusion to put you on the path to a career you want.

The web development industry is expected to grow for the foreseeable future, and there is already a shortage of trained workers to fill the jobs. Whether you lean technical or aesthetic, you can find your place in the industry with right skills—both hard and soft—and with the right plan. Getting a Web Development Job For Dummies is your guide to formulating that plan and getting started right.

  • Find formal or informal ways to build the tech skills you'll need
  • Discover where you fit, whether as a freelancer or within an organization
  • Learn how to build a resume, develop a portfolio, and impress interviewers
  • Get expert tips on finding resources, building a reputation, and more

If your pet peeves include malfunctioning forms, flashing banners, and sites that take way too long to load, the web development world needs you. But before you begin your journey, you need a destination and a route in mind. Getting a Web Development Job For Dummies is your roadmap, so you can set out today.

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Learn to:

  • Secure the best job opportunity for your skillset
  • Build a resume and impress interviewers
  • Research employers and interpret job listings

Chart your path for a career in web development

If your pet peeves include malfunctioning forms, flashing banners, and sites that take way too long to load, the web development world needs you. But with so many possible goals and no one right way to get there, it can be confusing starting out. Luckily, this hands-on, friendly guide serves as your roadmap to starting a career in web development.

  • Welcome to the world of web dev — find out how web development got to be such a big thing, why companies care so much about their web development efforts, and how you can make yourself a valuable employee
  • Get into position — discover helpful tips for positioning yourself for the job you want, whether your core abilities are technical or graphical and artistic
  • Find your niche — get to know the web development needs of small companies, big companies, educational institutions, governments, and non-profits—and how that affects your employment prospects
  • Whichever way the wind blows — find guidance on choosing from among full-time employment for a traditional organization, full-time employment for a web development organization, and self-employment

Open the book and find:

  • The major categories of web development jobs
  • Why a web portfolio matters so much
  • The key concepts of web design jobs
  • How to use online job boards and LinkedIn
  • Tips for writing a resume and acing an interview
  • How to create a portfolio site that will help you get the job you want
  • Advice to keep and grow within your ideal job once you land it

About the Author:

Kathleen Taylor is a Silicon Valley-based recruiter and principal of Taylor Executive Search. Her work focuses on finding and recruiting talent for software-as-a-service, digital media, and other tech companies, including startups.

Bud E. Smith has written all editions of Creating Web Pages For Dummies.

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