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Job Title Confused and Working in Australia

Not sure what I am these days, in cricket i'd be an all rounder!

9:41 am on Feb 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Looking for some advice to help me move forward, to keep it simple I may move to Australia in the next 6 to 12 months time.

I started learning web technologies in 1999, firstly making websites and SEO.

My Skills:

SEO - white hat optimized websites and over 7 years of knowledge/experience of Google, understanding of robots, meta, url structures, redirects and lots more.

PHP/MYSQL - Junior developer can design basic relational databases, create admin/member areas using smarty templates, oop etc

Apache - Can work with SSH, move files around, configure HTTP.conf, rewrite URL's etc

HTML/CSS - Yep all that too

Javascript - little understanding but no problem implementing ready made scripts.

Project Management - hardly any experience but with the right training then maybe.

IT Management - not sure if thats the same as Project Management.

Age - just turned 30

So what am I? webmaster? SEO consultant? Developer? and can anyone think of the best way to move forward with my career opportunities in I.T.

If anyone works in Australia can they give me any tips or advice



3:09 pm on Feb 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I would say that you are an all round webmaster. In my last role I was given a number of different titles - Marketing Executive, Webmaster, Web Optimiser and Web Marketing Controller - but I am only truly a webmaster for my own sites, as I only run the whole show on these sites.

What are you best at? SEO? Web development?

What area(s) would you like to move into? Do you want to specialize or have a more general webmaster role?

You may want to step up to an SEO Manager role but this would require some sort of project and people management experience, plus maybe search/digital agency experience.

You also have the choice of working in-house or for an agency.

Plenty of options (and work) available in the UK. Not sure about opportunities in Australia, but in the UK a lot of digital agencies and companies are building up web teams right now.

5:21 am on Feb 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Sell yourself as an online marketing person with tech experience. There is a huge shortage of SEOs over here and you can get a very good job I'm sure (at least there was, I've not been in the market for a while, but pretty sure there still is).

Look at seek.com.au and mycareer.com.au and search for SEO and "online marketing" etc to get an idea.

8:11 am on Feb 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the comments so far guys, this really helps.

I'm sure they're are many like me who've worked from home and built up a lot of knowledge and ready to go professional.

I was very high up in SEO but have since moved on to more Technical which was a direct result of working on websites etc.

The php/mysql is really progressing well but there are younger coders out there taking it over and doing a better job, I only learned php etc so as not to solely depend on SEO.

I'm a UK citizen living in Prague and I maybe looking to relocate in the very near future so I'm at a critical stage on progressing my career and a view to settling down in the right location.

Cheers for the advice and tips, appreciated.