More advice about becoming a freelance Perl programmer

Richard Foley richard.foley at
Wed Mar 13 11:05:48 GMT 2013

In addition to signing up to job boards, you might consider putting your CV up
on the likes of LinkedIn and Xing. As networking sites go these seem reasonable
and mean your CV is linked to and recommended by peers.

It's a long term strategy but, as Peter said: ""


Richard Foley

On Wed, Mar 06, 2013 at 06:54:31PM +0000, Peter Corlett wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 06, 2013 at 04:34:30PM +0000, AJ Dhaliwal wrote:
> [...]
> > I hope someone can kindly help me with these questions
> > 1) How can I go about finding work?
> Don't typecast yourself as a Perl developer, as that just limits what roles you
> can do. If you can do Perl, you can quickly pick up Python or Ruby, for
> example. (Or Scala if the JVM/.NET is your kink.)
> Sign up with the job boards. Jobserve and CWJobs have been the most useful for
> me. Jobsite and "Careers 2.0" from Stack Overflow haven't found me anything
> useful yet, but are low-effort. Monster was a spam magnet and an utter waste of
> time. Consider using tagged email addresses so you can see where the leads are
> coming from, or at least don't sign up with your primary email address.
> Find other tech groups that may be relevant, such as GLLUG and DJUGL. Join the
> lists, go to the meet-ups, and network. has a social tomorrow, and as
> a newcomer you get a free drink. Now there's an incentive!
> > 2) What should I charge per hour?
> How long is a piece of string? Look at the advertised rates on the job boards
> for roles that fit your skillset, and adjust to taste.

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