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10:33 pm on Dec 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Im new to web design. But I really want a job doing it. Of course if get a job it will be Very Entry Level. But if 'YOU' were the employer interviewing me. What kind of questions would you ask me. What kind of skills should I have before even applying for a web design job. keep in mind im entry level. i know HTML, Photoshop, Frontpage and Dreamweaver. I have a small portfolio (5) of websites i have done.

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12:16 am on Dec 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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"show me what you've done."

That's the number one question (IMHO) to ask a new hire, particularly if they have little paid "real world" experience. The ones that are passionate about something will have experimented and have something tangible to show for it.

You've got a portfolio that backs up the skills listed on your resume, so I think you're on the right track. Just make sure the sites are available during an interview.

12:29 am on Dec 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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when applying for web design/developer jobs. i have noticed most want java, asp and php skills.

should i even bother applying for them if i dont know the first thing about them.

or should i take the chance, apply and hope that the company will teach me?

11:36 am on Dec 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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These days it is very hard to get real a job in web development without knowing at least one server-side scripting language (PHP, ASP, ASP.NET or Java/JSP) - basic HTML skills are a given. Your problem is that most if not all sites which are large enough to require full-time staff to manage them are built around such technologies. Very large sites are often looking for CS graduates who can manage the systems.

If you want a web dev job, would recommend taking some time to learn something like PHP with MySQL as well as learn about server management (.htaccess, virtual hosts, Apache configuration etc.). You should concentrate on building your portfolio either with freelance work or by offering your services to local charities or non-profit organizations. For larger companies, either ASP.NET or Java will probably be required.

If you don't want to ge down the programming route, you could always go down the graphic design route, which would mean learning Photoshop/Illustrator as well as Flash animation and building a design portfolio.

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all-rounders are rarely required these days - concentrate on one thing - graphic design or php programming or asp programming etc - show off your skills with lots of examples

if going for graphic design, create lots of designs - they don't need to be working sites, just designs that can be turned into working sites
if going for programming, create lots of working sites - they don't need to look good, but they must work well (faultlessly!) and you must be able to show come of your coding skills

as for qualifications, forget home study webmaster courses, go for a higher level qualification like degree (BSc / BA) etc

1:34 pm on Jan 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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If you want to work as an all rounder then freelance is probably the best way to go. If you are good enough then through time, you may well be "poached" by a design firm or web development company.

In reality landing a good position is incredibly difficult. It doesnt really matter what qualifications you have on paper, the main concern will almost certainly be "let me see your portfolio".

The is mighty importaint to get your portfolio filled up with as may high quality pieces of work as possible.

For many designers getting the foot on the ladder very often involves offering your services for free to non-profits and charities. This works well for both sides, you get a site to boost your profile as a designer, and the non-profit receives free high quality work. This is definatly something to look into.

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2:01 pm on Jan 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You should know html inside and out, hand coded and not using a wysiwyg editor. Any kid can throw together websites with frontpage (evil) or DreamWeaver (less evil, but still evil), but then these sites are an update nightmare.

You should learn a good scripting language like PHP or ASP, maybe Perl. Throw in connecting that to a database like MySQL and and the ability to add CSS then you have something marketable.

Less than those basics, you are probably not going to go very far these days.