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Need A PHP Developer? Why You Should Hire Me

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Languages change. Perspectives are different. Ideas move on. This article was published on October 27, 2009 which is more than two years ago. It may be out of date. You should verify that technical information in this article is still current before relying upon it for your own purposes.

There seem to be lots and lots of PHP folks out there looking to hire good PHP developers. Finding the right developer can be a challenge, as can finding the right job.

I’ve been looking for a couple weeks now, and I wanted to put together a short blurb on why you should consider hiring me to be on your PHP development team.

I’m a self-taught PHP developer with five years of experience. That means two things: first, I’m curious by nature. Second, I’ve worked hard to get where I am. I’ve seen just about everything you can encounter, from basic database applications to complex web applications. I’m proficient in object-oriented programming, I’ve toyed with things like Phing, Propel, Zend Framework, Drupal, WordPress, Symfony and others.

As a freelancer I’ve gained valuable time management and team management skills – I managed a small team of two developers on two freelance projects that were large enough to require additional teams. I’ve also learned a good deal about business – a skill that you sometimes might want married with a PHP developer.

But beyond my resume there are some soft skills you should consider: I’m motivated to learn more. I taught myself PHP which means I’m capable of teaching myself other languages. I’m a well-known writer on PHP topics (15,000 unique visitors to this blog this month) who will be published in the near future. I’m extremely active in the PHP community, serving as a leader of the local DC PHP developer’s group. I’m well connected to those who are developing the tools we use, and I’m focused on making the open source world a better place to be.

Feel free to ask around about me: Cal Evans or Keith Casey would probably be happy to tell you that they know me and of the things that I am involved in.

If you’re looking for a PHP developer, I’m looking for a PHP position. Send me a note and let’s chat.

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Will wrote at 10/27/2009 6:52 am:

We’re hiring. You don’t fancy moving to the UK do you? :)

Brandon Savage (@brandonsavage) wrote at 10/27/2009 7:44 am:

I’m open to telecommuting but not moving to the UK, no. If telecommuting won’t work for you, try Derick Rethans: http://derickrethans.nl/good_bye_ez_systems.php

Will wrote at 10/27/2009 7:54 am:

We really need someone in the office, but thanks for the offer of telecommuting. I didn’t realise Derick had left eZ. Maybe I’ll get in touch. Best of luck with your job hunt.

Bart Dens (@dancet) wrote at 10/29/2009 6:06 pm:

Dropped you an email, we are looking for telecommuters!

Willie wrote at 11/22/2009 3:08 am:

Hello Brandon:

I would like to ask you something that has nothing to do with this topic. So, before hand, I apologize for that, but I just do not find an answer to my question. I started doing PHP about three months ago. I have done a couple of applications such as email, ftp, and I am currently working on builing a weblog from scratch.

My question to you would be when should I consider myself a PHP developer, based on your experience? or When should I consider myself with enough experience for me to look for work doing PHP development?

Thanks.
–Willie

Brandon Savage (@brandonsavage) wrote at 11/25/2009 3:43 pm:

Willie, you can look for a junior job when you have a grasp of the syntax. If you find the right junior job, you should have a senior-level mentor who will guide you through the programming processes you need to learn.