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Re: Proving I have mad perl skillzzzlz

by vagnerr (Prior)
on Dec 22, 2003 at 09:55 UTC ( #316352=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Proving I have mad perl skillzzzlz

You will always have trouble proving yourself to a potential employer due to your lack of "commercial experience." My advice would be to think of a personal project or two and write some code. Not only will it give you something to demonstraite your abilities but it also allows you to practice your skills and even build on your confidence (if that is needed). If you can, make your project available online. Working demonstrations would be the best of course you would need somewhere that you can host CGI if you are writing a web based application. Otherwise somewhere like Sourceforge is quite usefull. The interviewer might not be technical but if he/she has any sense they will ask one of their technical staff to look over your code and give their opinion. If you can collaborate on a project on sourceforge with some friends it would also demonstraite your ability to "work well with others."

Remember that amateurs built Noah's Ark. Professionals built the Titanic.

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Re: Re: Proving I have mad perl skillzzzlz
by The Mad Hatter (Priest) on Dec 22, 2003 at 13:55 UTC
    This is exactly what I ended up doing. One of my friend's mom runs a web design company and she saw the application I had written. Impressed by it, she now uses me when her company needs Perl work done. Everyone is happy. : )

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[Corion]: I think I should define a set of (say) five projects through which I rotate from time to time, just to prevent myself from being bored/annoyed by the problems they get stuck in ;)
[marto]: Corion, not bringing the kids would make it ideal :P
[marto]: a suggestion, have one project in the list that isn't programming/perl related
[Corion]: marto: Yeah, things are more parent-friendly the way they are ;))
[marto]: some hardware/makey thing
[Corion]: marto: Ah, I'm currently drifting to that again, over"painting" (well with Inkscape) one of my photographs and thinking about vectorizing some other images ...
[marto]: Corion, yes something 'artistic', so that or some music. Even combine some things, build a musical instrument :)
[Corion]: marto: Naah, I'm avoiding that rabbit hole ;) Sometimes I think of using Perl to create MIDI to generate music, or at least the harmonies to which I could jam, but then that would eat even more into available time ;-))

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