Finding Web Development Jobs

With companies constantly cutting back nowadays, web development projects are consistently being shipped overseas, making web development jobs and projects much harder to find. I use to have a constant stream of projects coming in from clients (I mainly do sub-contracts), but it seems I'm now having to go out and search for jobs. In my case, this isn't too bad because I need to focus on school anyway, but for others this is not the case.

The only two job-search tools I have used with success are the SitePoint Marketplace (external link) (quite a long time ago before all these jazzy new features) and (external link). Both of these were good for finding short-term projects, but yielded no further work. I think both of these, and other job boards, work best to build up a portfolio or to improve your portfolio, but they won't land you monetarily profitable projects. In my experience, most good, long-term clients cannot be found on job boards. Most good clients are found through friends of friends or by luck (such as when a client finds you through Google or something). Nonetheless, in order to win potential clients you need a portfolio of work, which is where these job boards come in handy.

A few months ago, SitePoint posted a few good places to find web development jobs (external link), although many of these sources seem to focus around permanent jobs, rather than freelance projects. Still, they mention a lot of (apparently) good job boards for web development jobs with which I don't have personal experience. You might try looking on some of the boards they have suggested.

Another good way to find more freelance work is to email old clients to see if they need any revisions or to suggest possible improvements to their websites. A lot of clients tend not to focus on their websites and forget about updating them unless they are reminded. It is a good idea to recontact them and work with them to update their website. Of course, it is also a good idea to keep in contact with clients anyway in case they need any work done. If you are in continuous contact with them, their website will most likely be on their mind more and they're more apt to request upgrades from you.

Finding new web development jobs can be tricky, but remember to keep your doors open! Keep in touch with past clients; find new work simply to add to your portfolio; and actively seek clients, especially in your local area (where there is a lot less price competition)! If you still cannot find freelance work, perhaps work on your own websites or launch new ones in the meantime.