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John Conde's Blog: My experience seeking employment as a PHP developer

Note: This article was originally published at PHPDeveloper on 15 February 2012.
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John Conde has shared some of his recent experience when he began job hunting as a PHP developer. If his experience is any indication, it's clearly a good time to be a (qualified) PHP developer.

I created my profile on monster.com on a Monday and made it public that night. The following Tuesday morning my telephone went nuts and my email inbox blew up with recruiters reaching out with positions that I was "perfect for". Over the course of the next week and a half (not including weekends) I spent 10-12 hours a day receiving and returning phone calls, and reading and responding to emails from recruiters.

He received calls from all over the country as well - "apparently experienced PHP developers are in short supply". He points out a few things he found interesting about the search like the fact that unit testing was never listed as a requirement (or even a "plus") in descriptions, only a few descriptions talked about memcache and that PHP wasn't the language over half of the employers were looking for.

He also shares a few hints for those looking for jobs right now, things to add to your resume or look for as far as skills most in demand:

  • Have experience with frameworks
  • Joomla was very commonly being used so being familiar with it is definitely a plus
  • Have sample code to show your coding skills
  • There's more to the world then PHP