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11. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 9y

Quoting bennnn

I opted for a Nikon (D70s over 350D at the time)

(Heh, my original choice was D70 vs 300D. :) (The D200 came later.))

How did you find the process of looking for work while travelling? Is it easy? I'm in the web industry myself (front-end dev), but I don't feel confident enough to take my skill internationally... Dont' want to give up my current job, and then only to find I can't get a job elsewhere :(

It's been something of a mixed bag. In New Zealand I found a four week project after two weeks of looking around, and that was extended to the maximum three months allowed by my visa. So I don't know if that was luck, or just the situation being really good in New Zealand.
In Australia it took me nearly three months of looking before I found my first (one week) project. Of course this was in the run up to Christmas, which is always the most quiet time of the year, as I discovered when right after New Year's I suddenly had three or four people emailing me each week, so that I had to actively turn down projects. (The trick here was that I had been pointed by a local to the forum where all the webdesigners in Australia hang out, which netted me all my projects, in contrast to applying through regular job search engines, which was absolutely useless. (Truth be told, I'm still looking for a similar website here in the Netherlands.) :))

So, no, looking for work while travelling is not "easy". But it's not that hard either, as long as you have the perseverance to sit out the quiet times. Beyond that you mostly need to be very good at what you do (breathe webstandards, *know* semantics, make the DOM dance - there's still a lot of people stuck in the 90s, while there's ever more savvy clients who know what to look for), to have an advantage over locals who have the ability to build a longer lasting relationship with the client. But on the other hand, I suspect that a lot of the people who contacted me contacted me precisely because I was a traveller, as about half of those I spoke with turned out to have a travelling background themselves (the prime example of course being Peter asking me to work on this here site). :)

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 13, 2007, at 2:07 PM by Sander ]

12. Posted by bennnn (Inactive 93 posts) 9y

[quote=Sander]
(The trick here was that I had been pointed by a local to the forum where all the webdesigners in Australia hang out, which netted me all my projects, in contrast to applying through regular job search engines, which was absolutely useless. (Truth be told, I'm still looking for a similar website here in the Netherlands.) :))
Could you please be so kind to link me this forum? I'm on a quest to build up my portfolio to send around other countries (funnily Netherlands is one place I'd like to work :))

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